{Book Review} The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath

For those that have read my blog for a while know that I promote a high plant-based lifestyle. PLANT POWER, BABY! And while I do not eat a 100% plant-based diet, I have studied and know the benefits of plant based foods.  It’s a huge part of my own health coaching programs as our bodies THRIVE on alkaline, plant based foods.

I’ve partlogo-smallnered with BenBellaVegan for several years now. They have an AMAZING selection of health food books and cook books. And I am lucky enough to be the FIRST to check out their newest book releases! I certainly hope you enjoy my book review on The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath! It’s a FANTASTIC guide for those that are looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet or for the seasoned vegan wanting another reputable resource.


PS – I am not paid for these reviews… I am paid with books! Which is like GOLD to me! 😉

The Plant-Based Journey provides the support you need to make an easy transition into plant-based eating! Lani Muelrath is an award winning teacher, fitness expert and dietary coach who studied Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She has lectured all around the country teaching and showing just how easy and healthy plant-based living can be!


I will admit I was a bit skeptical of this book at first ONLY because I thought it would be very scientific and filled with words or theories that the average person would not be able to understand. But The Plant-Based Journey is the complete opposite! While it is very educational, it’s very easy to understand, easy to follow and implement, and very informative. And Lani just doesn’t tell you to eat a plant-based diet, she shows you in detail how and why! This book is laid out in 5 life changing steps that are not only inviting but they are easy to follow and not overwhelming. You end each page with a strong “I’ve got this!” attitude!

There are 5 KEY steps to this book:

  • Step 1 – AWAKENING – Lani helps you discover your “why” for eating plant-based
  • Step 2 – SCOUT – A step-by-step guide that teaches you the basics for successfully living a plant-based lifestyle
  • Step 3 – ROOKIE – You have the tools, now start to use them!
  • Step 4 – ROCK STAR – How to overcome everyday obstacles like eating out and family gatherings.
  • Step 5 – Champion – You made it! Learn how to sharpen your skills for a successful plant-based lifestyle!

This guide is FOOL PROOF! It’s very simple yet effective. And again, not overwhelming at all!

The Plant-Based Journey also has more than 20 mouthwatering recipes that will help you see just how TASTY a plant-based diet can be! PS – I have included one in this post for you – YAY!

Again, whether you are veg-head newbie looking to start incorporating more plants in you daily diet or if you are a seasoned vegan, The Plant-Based Journey is a MUST HAVE!


Game Changer Chili
4–6 servings


2 sweet onions
1 red or yellow bell pepper
1 1/2 cups bulgur
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (about 1 1/2 cups)
3 dates, soaked overnight and mashed into a paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon smoky or regular paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
4 cloves garlic, pressed or chopped, or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
Pinch of red pepper flakes, if desired
6 cups water
2 (14.5-ounce) cans kidney or red beans (about 3 cups), rinsed and drained
2–3 cups raw spinach, torn
1 cup cooked corn (optional)
Salt to taste


Chop the onions and bell pepper in a food processor, or dice with a knife.

Place the chopped onions and bell pepper, bulgur, tomatoes, dates, chili powder, paprika, oregano, garlic, chipotle powder, adobo seasoning, red pepper flakes, and water in a pressure cooker and cook under pressure for seven minutes. Alternatively, you can also cook on the stovetop for about 30 minutes, or until the bulgur is cooked through.

Stir in the beans, spinach, and corn, and let sit for about five minutes. Salt to taste. Serve in bowls.

Note: If you don’t have all of the seasonings, such as the chipotle and adobo, you can simply add more chili powder to taste. You can add them next time!

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