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Laila Ali gets us all in fighting shape


The name Laila Ali (and the Ali name in general) is synonymous with boxing, with being fierce and with kicking butt and taking names. Following in her famous father's footsteps, Laila Ali blazed her own trail in the boxing world, and now that she's added the roles of wife and mother to the list of hats she wears in the run of a day, Laila is even more committed to healthy cooking and eating than ever before. In her new book, Food for Life: Delicious and Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours, Ali brings readers an impressive and tasty collection of family-friendly recipes for everything from breakfast to snacks and everything in between.


The recipes in Food for LIfe are healthy, but not in a boring, I'm-only-eating-this-because-it's-good-for-me way. Not at all! These recipes are full of not only lots of nutrition but BIG flavour! There are some awesome comfort food favourites here, all with a healthy bent. Inside, you'll find recipes like:

  • Oven-"Fried" Chicken

  • The Greatest of All Time Burger (a tribute to her dad)

  • Heavenly Lemon Yogurt Cake

  • Not Your Mama's Sweet Potato Pie

  • Cornbread Dressing

  • Baked Zucchini Fries with Marinara Dipping Sauce

  • Super-Sassy Roast Chicken and Potatoes

  • Pulled Barbecue Beef

Doesn't exactly sound like health food, does it? That's because it's not. Food for Life is about delicious, family-friendly food that just happens to be healthy. It's about all things in moderation, and finding a balance between the foods we love to eat and living our healthiest, most active lives. I cannot wait to continue cooking my way through this book! I can see it finding pride of place on my cookbook shelves.


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