Sunday, January 29, 2012

Coleslaw Wraps/ Food Cures - Review & Giveaway

 The best six doctors anywhere

And no one can deny it

Are sunshine, water,rest, and air

Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

While, I am no expert on Food in general and nutritive & healthy eating in particular, I can safely say that, while sunshine,water,rest & air are something which we may not have control over ; diet & exercise are definitely within our ambit and we can strive to bring positive & proactive  changes to it.

 In this regard, the book Food Cures forces us to think deeply about our daily food habits and how we can bring a healthy perspective to it, thereby keeping ailments at bay !

Sometime back, I received a mail from Joy Bauer team to find out if I was interested in reviewing her book Food Cures  and I was delighted. Having already heard glowing views about the book from  various sources, my immediate answer was in affirmative. When I received the book, the only words that crossed my mind on flipping a few pages was Treasure Trove.

Joy Bauer - The leading nutritionist has a simple food philosophy, whereby nutritive & healthy food when eaten in right proportions can aid in curing many ailments. The theory is heart warming and something that can be easily followed. While, you have a host of other sites including all and sundry telling you the same thing, what is special about this book is that, it is a is a fine collection of information relating to a host of topics including weight loss, glowing skin,happy smile, osteoporosis,type 2 diabetes,boosting memory, fighting migraine etc and she actually forces the readers to think like a nutritionist by minding the food habits.

It is not a simple makeover, it takes time but with patient planning and sincere approach, what she promises is that, eating healthy becomes habitual and a way of life.

I tried her creamy low calorie version of the coleslaw and used it as a spread for the phulkas, the Indianised Tortillas and the result was one lovely lunch.

For the Coleslaw :-
  • Shredded Cabbage - 1 cup
  • Shredded Carrot - 1/2 cup
  • Scallions - as required - chopped
  • Dried Cranberries - fistful (I used Dried Figs)
  • Low Fat Mayonnaise - 1/8 to 1/4 cup - as required
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - 1/2 tbsp (you can also use orange juice)
  • English Mustard - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper - to taste
For the Wraps :-
  • Phulkas/Tortillas - as required
  • Coleslaw - as required
  • Pieces of Tomato,cucumber
  • Pepper powder to sprinkle
How :-

Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix. Layer the phulka/tortilla with generous dabs of the coleslaw, top it with the veggies (Non Vegetarians- you can add turkey breasts) & sprinkle pepper powder. Roll & dig in.

Now how does she tackle the issues ?? 

For every issue, the problem is broken in to 4 step program - the first being Start with the basics, second is Your Ultimate Grocery List wherein she details potential food to stock up for that issue, third being Going above & beyond to go for that extra mile in preventing issues and finally meal plans including breakfast/lunch/dinner options.

I was very much hooked to her pages on Boosting Memory & averting cardiovascular diseases. She has shared a whole lot of insights both food & otherwise as to how to keep your brain active & sharp as well as what food aids in keeping the memory from slipping !

A few dishes I tried out were the Cottage Cheese & Cantaloupes as well as  the Scrambled Eggs with Peppers, mushrooms & onions. Both of these were part of the breakfast options under the issue of Vision.  The scrambled eggs also found its way in to an option for dealing with arthritis issue. 

Another yummy breakfast under the cardiovascular disease that was thoroughly enjoyed by us was topping peanut butter on a slice of apple. 

What I like about the book :-

  • Information on what can aggravate health issues, how food can be planned & menu executed to tackle the issues.
  • In the eventuality of eating-out, what to look out for & what to avoid, for instance she says that people who eat gluten-free dishes must never order oats when at a restaurant or buy prepared/packaged foods that contains oats. Why ? Though oats are naturally gluten free, they can be contaminated with wheat during the growing , milling or packaging process.
  • The book is loaded with interesting information about ingredients as well as issues.
  • Addressing FAQ's on all concerns.
  • A comprehensive list of ingredients to stock your pantry for all the issues mentioned.
  • Nutritive recipes for a healthier lifestyle.
  • Other than the diet planning she has also harped on herbal & other supplements to boost the lifestyle.

Now for the fun part, Joy Bauer has happily agreed for giving away this book to 2 readers (one within India & one International). The books will be shipped by Joy Team to the lucky winners selected randomly by me.

Giveaway from Jan 30 - Feb 15
Winners will be announced on Feb 20
There are 2 books to be won, anyone can participate
You can share about this giveaway on your FB page or tweet about it

What you need to do (Leave a comment) :-

  • To enter this giveaway , share your thoughts on how do you ensure healthy eating ?
  • Where do you want the book to be sent ?
  • Your e-mail address.
Think Healthy, Eat Right,Stay Fit :)


  1. well well is family included this time :D and i qualify being international :D and and u know my mail id :D and address :D

    how do u ensure healthy eating haha..i am particularly interested in the weight loss section of this book esp from the way you have said they have described issues.

    1. have added your name to the draw laks ; you guys anyways don't have unhealthy eating habits from what I heard from appa/amma; apart from of course eating very late by your dear hubby !

    2. i eat loads of junk. u wudnt believe it. empty mind mouth keeps chewing.

  2. First of all thank you for announcing a very nice giveaway.
    Healthy eating always has to start at home.Chidren try to follow the elders in the family in every aspect and mainly the eating habits.So if adults follow a healthy diet automatically kids tend to copy them.Same with fitness and health too.

  3. This is really a wonderful give away indeed Priya. Especially with children it should be like catch them young so that we the present generation could ensure a healthy future generation. I'm in Chennai and my mail id is

  4. The coleslaw looks so yum... Wonderful giveaway.I just try to include as much raw veggies and fruits in our diet. I'm in chennai dear and my id is

  5. First of all..The coleslaw looks so good ..They are one of the healthy stuffing to put inside a sandwich, that is my way of having it..Will try it soon and let you know..

    And about the Book, it is such a cool book to have on hand..You are so sweet to giveaway a awesome book like that..Thanks for that..

    And I too follow lots of healthy habits especially in foods..I include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, ragi and oats in my diet..Officially I have some detoxifying stuffs like green tea, herbal tea an soups too, which makes me refreshing and pure…

    Ofcourse I am in for the giveaway..I am from Nagercoil, Tamilnadu..My email id is hope that i win this awesome book..


  6. Hi Priya, I have had coleslaw in KFC, it was different. Yours looks delicious and healthy.

    My healthy way is having rava conjee or oats for breakfast, reducing my coffee intake which is so difficult for me. Eating orange and carrots for my eyes.

    Hope I win the giveway, if I win the cookbook you can send in Bangalore or Singapore. My email id is

    Sara's Corner

  7. Oh great looking coleslaw wraps..Great giveaway Priya..Every bookshelf should have this kind of healthy books, seriously the future generation is quite lost with junk foods and many fried foods, as you know am a healthnut and trying to feed my teddies with healthy foods in our daily menu..Wish to be a part of this giveaway too..I'm in Paris, email id is

  8. Coleslaw looks yum. Personally I don't have any sort if unwanted fatty carby stuff in my household and cook with mall grains from Tamil Nadu [ragi, bajra, millets, horse gram, green moong dhal etc]It is always a dilemma when it comes to healthy cooking. This is a wonderful book to be owned...:))
    Would love to be a part of it...
    My id is : and I do have an Unadian address.

    I have sent you a mail... do check it out and let me know..:)

  9. Coleslaw Wraps looks colourful and yummy...They are one of the healthy stuffing to put inside a bread, just like a sandwich..I just try to include as much raw veggies and fruits in our diet.
    Hope I win the giveway, if I win the cookbook you can send in kolkata or Arunachal Pradesh. My email id is

    Cuisine Delights.

  10. Hi Priya, thats a lovely looking Coleslaw and the plus point is it a healthy version.
    I am not a very healthy eater, but recently due to my medical condition and all I have decided to start moving towards healthy.....this book would be a great help so count me in :)
    Hope I win. If I do...please you would have to send it to Bangalore.
    Email :

  11. Hi Priya, the coleslaw looks great and is very healthy onr.
    I consider eating fresh fruits and salads as a part of daily meal to be healthy option. I also use less oil in food I cook.
    Sometimes we go out to restaurants to eat food. But I always pack home-cooked food for my little one and ensure that she eats her food before we order our meal.

    I hope I win. I stay in Bangalore.
    My email id:

  12. I have a copy of the book and I enjoy it :) Your slaw and wraps both look delicious, fresh and healthy!
    Lovely giveaway!

  13. A healthy give away!! I try and do my bit towards healthy eating by using brown rice and Quinoa in place of white rice on a day to day basis (reserving the basmati for occasional eating), always getting wheat bread from the bakery and keep a basket full of fruits in the kitchen round the year. You do have my email i.d. I suppose and I would fall in the international category..keeping fingers crossed and hope I get lucky!

  14. Great giveaway! This is my kind of cookbook. I love learning about which foods are good for what reason. I always serve a green salad with our dinner, along with another side vegetable of some sort. I keep introducing vegetables to the kids, even when I know they won't like it. My very Persian husband is now eating brown rice, wild rice and quinoa (although white basmati isn't forgotten at dinner time!). And we always have a bowl full of seasonal fruit on our kitchen counter.

    I'm in the U.S. & you can email me at

  15. Lovely giveaway Priya...We eat lots of oats, even started adding oats for rice in our daily rice bowl and instead of full fat milk we use soy milk...also we try to be vegan for most days in the week. And I live in UAE :)

  16. Great Giveaway Priya...lovely recipe and this coleslaw wrap looks so to have such healthy collections...i live in USA and U can mail me at

  17. wonderful and thoughtful giveaway Priya !! the entire dish looks soooo enticing.. I do try to make all my dishes haelthy - convert deep fried to baked and heavy fat to low fat. Also use the paniyaram pan to make any kind of low fat bondas too :-)
    I am based out of India, and reachable on

    Happy hosting ... and would love to read that wonderful book as a giveaway !

    Sizzling Tastebuds
    Event : Valentine Fest – Served with Love

  18. Yummy colesaw and this is a wonderful giveaway Priya. I am all for healthy eating and also eating in moderation when it comes to sinful delights :)

    I am in the USA and email id is vardhiniskitchen(@)gmail(.)com.

  19. An awesome giveaway..The books sounds really good! Would love to have a copy of the same...I live in Hyderabad and you can mail me at

  20. Frist of, Love the wraps, altho coleslaw is not a huge fav in our home - I personally like it very much. I love the book that you are planning to give away! Looks like we could all do with a push in the right direction when it comes to diet! you have my email :) hugs, priya

  21. Loved your coleslaw wraps sounds like a filling and tasty meal.I love food specially sweets so what I practice is have sweets in moderation and to compensate for my sweet intake my lunches are always salads or soups. And whenever I have rice I try to substitute brown rice for plain rice.If hunger pangs strike at odd times I try to have nuts or fruits.I live in US and my email id is

  22. Hi priya

    Nice giveaway.....For me it is all about eating the right food at the right time plus throw in some regular walking and a healthy life will surely follow. I stay in India and my mail id is

  23. Awesome giveaway. Right time for me to know more about healthy eating. I have been blogging about healthy eats and this book will be helpful for sure. I live in the US and this is my id

  24. Thanks priya for dropping by my space :). Honestly, i have never really focussed on healthy eating. i won't say its all about fad food, bout we eat like any normal south indian family does & have always given in to our indulgences..The past few days is where i have been reflecting on our lifestyle & trying to make a positive change & i think this book would give me a lead in that direction! In the US & id is

  25. Thanx Priya for dropping by my space and letting me know about the wonderful giveaway. healthy food in my house is just about oats and wheat flour,and lots of fruits..! Not a big fan of soya milk. Would love to have a go at that book, looks very interesting and might help me push the bar a bit furthur...! I am based in Bahrain, but I do have an Indian address if you need it. My email id is

    Happy hosting dear..!

  26. Hi Priya,

    Thank you for letting me know about this giveaway :) That is definitely a healthy coleslaw wrap you have there. Gotta try it sometime!

    Well, I started thinking about healthy food when I realised that you are definitely what you eat! And the most important thing I have realised over the years is that fresh is best. Including more raw veggies and fruits in your diet is of paramount importance as they are amazing sources of nutrients without adding up calories. Along with that drinking lots of water - always make a conscious effort to drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day no matter what; be it summer or winter. Substituting saturated fats with healthy, unsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil etc is also another means of ensuring healthy meals. I am no health expert but these are my thoughts on healthy eating and something I always try to stick to :)

    Book is definitely interesting. You may contact me at

    Cheers! Lets keep cooking and eating healthy!


  27. Hi Priya,
    This is lovely recipe. I think including vegetables and fruits in regular meals jazzes up the dish and also ups the nutritional content. Including them in the regular meals interestingly for kids from early age will really help then adopt healthy eating habits.

    The book looks very interesting to support this. You can contact me on I am based out of Mumbai, India.


  28. Thanx Priya for dropping by my space and letting me know about the wonderful giveaway thats a lovely looking Coleslaw and the plus point is it a healthy version.
    Loved your coleslaw wraps sounds like a filling and tasty meal.I love food specially rice so what I practice is have rice varieties in moderation. Healthy food in my house is just about oats and wheat flour,and lots of fruits..I live in USA and U can mail me at

  29. Such an thoughtful giveaway Priya !! These dish looks so healthy.. I ensure am not deep frying my foods and make use of grilling, steaming options and ensure a low fat diet.. I am based out of India and contactable thru

    Would love to read this book!!! Cheers!!!

  30. This is a great giveaway! I have been trying to eat healthy, but never have been able to (binging!). I don't deep fry (dont know how to, thankfully!) and have stopped baking cakes or other items with butter at home. I make these only if there is a get together or else I might end up finishing them off.

    I am in Chennai and my mail id is