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Mother’s Day gift idea: Tracye McQuirter’s By Any Greens Necessary

May 8, 2010

I would like to thank the wonderful nutritionist Tracye McQuirter for replying to my twitter inquiry about how many fruits & vegetables do we really need to eat every day.  Here is what she said:

In response to my question, "How many servings of fruits & vegetables do we need every day?"

I told her that about the 5ers blog & this is what she said about the webpage so far! I also asked her if she has any upcoming Bay Area appearances.

I asked her if I could quote her on the recommended fruit & vegetable servings...she is so cool!

If you have not heard of Tracye McQuirter, then you should check out her website:, which is named after her new book of the same title.  Actually, I’m going to let her introduce herself via her own video:

Tracye McQuirter's new book! Check it out!

Her website describes the book:

By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat is a wake-up call for every black woman who dreams of getting healthy and slim without sacrificing great food and gorgeous curves. With inspiration, attitude, and expertise, nutritionist Tracye McQuirter shows you how to be healthy, hippy, and happy by eating plenty of delicious and nutritious plant-based foods.

The first vegan food guide for African American women, the book includes:

  • Tracye’s personal journey from omnivore to vegan
  • More than forty delicious and nutritious recipes highlighted with color photographs
  • Menus and advice on transitioning to vegan foods
  • Resource information and a comprehensive shopping list for restocking the fridge
  • I aspire to eating 9 servings of fruits & vegetables every day.  Hopefully, dear friends, I can get up there on a consistent basis.  So, I will work up to get to that point.  For now, I am going to keep this 5-a-day going.
    I also believe that this book is a great Mother’s Day gift!  Personally, I will give this book to my very good friend who just got diagnosed with diabetes a couple of months ago.  Ever since she had her traumatic diagnosis, she started eating healthier and living more consciously about her health.  She might benefit from some of the information that Ms. McQuirter shares in this book.  Even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan per se, you might want to consider picking up this book because some of the alternative knowledge it contains may appeal to you.  I say “alternative” because it may not be mainstream knowledge.  With the lack of information on how to really become healthier, especially among Black women and other women of color, it is refreshing to find this potentially valuable resource for self-empowerment.
    Thank you Ms. McQuirter for your tip, your wisdom & your love for the folks!  I look forward to reading your book and sharing it with others.  More power to you!
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