Thrive, Nicci Robertson

In Thrive, Nicci details her own issues with food and weight and how she accepted that her health was her own responsibility. Keeping in mind that everyone has their own personal journey, Nicci details 5 steps to re-inventing what and why we eat.


Eating well should be one of life’s pleasures but, for many people, this is not the case. Struggles with weight, nutrition-related health issues and low self-esteem can result in food being condemned as an ‘enemy’, to be conquered at all cost. Nicci Robertson understands, and she uses her personal experience to guide readers towards improved health and wellbeing by taking a different approach to nutrition.

In Thrive,  she explains how to exchange bad habits for better ones, recognise and eliminate stress factors that can contribute to lifestyle diseases, and understand the role that proteins, carbs, fats, fibre and water play in keeping us healthy. She also unpacks some common nutrition facts and myths. Her message is clear throughout: when you eat the right foods in the right quantities, your body will respond positively and you will thrive both physically and mentally. The book includes over 80 mouthwatering family-friendly recipes that are packed with flavour and nutritionally balanced. Whether your goal is weight-loss or improved health, Nicci’s recipes will have you rethinking the concept of ‘diet food’ and heading for the kitchen with enthusiasm!

Thrive Chapters are divided into:
  • Breakfast
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Mini meals and snacks
  • Main meals
  • Desserts
  • Smoothies and drinks
  • Sauces and marinades
Recipes that caught my eye:
  • Turkish Eggs (p49)
  • Grain-free Nut Muffins (p55) *
  • Baked Berry Oat Bars (p57) *
  • Ginger Chicken Soup (p66) *
  • Green Soup (p69) *
  • Immune-boosting Soup (p77)
  • Quick Tuna Salad (p83)
  • Thai Cucumber Salad (p88) *
  • Wild Rice, Chicken and Avo Bowl (p97) *
  • Baked Feta with Olives (p98) *
  • Broccoli Bites (p100) *
  • Edamame Hummus (p104) *
  • Chicken Livers with Bacon and Mushrooms (p110)
  • Baked Chicken with Chorizo (p112)
  • Chicken and Sage Meatballs (p120) *
  • Lamb and Kidney Meatballs (p122)
  • Rare Roast Beef on Rye (p128)
  • Baked Lemon Cheesecake (p143)
  • Passionfruit Pavlova (p144) *
  • Protein-packed Berry Ice Cream (p148)
  • Maple Ginger Ice Cream (p151) *
  • Green Smoothie (p154)
Thrive Apple Smoothie
Apple Smoothie
What I made:

The baked feta was really delicious and made for the perfect weekend lunch when served with some flatbreads. The cheesecake recipe did not work out without a lot of adjustment. The base was a liquid mess which meant I had to add a lot more almond flour. And then I used the recommended tin size, and that was far too small, with the mixture bubbling over, and a lot left over that did not fit in the tin. Saying that, we ate the cheesecake as it was perfectly tasty. The pavlova was an absolute disaster. The meringue looked great until I added the cornflour and then it did not have the right texture. Regardless of this I still stuck it in the oven. Only to have something not even worth taking a photograph of. It ended up in the bin. The smoothie was perfect for my morning snack after training.

Baked Feta
Baked Feta
My impressions:

Not all the pages * have numbers which could make finding recipes quite a challenge! The book contains great nutritional and health information and a plan to create healthy meals which is very well balanced in my opinion. There are meals plans for glucose balance, anti-inflammatory and intermittent fasting. Whereas I am not a fan of intermittent fasting, balancing my blood glucose levels is extremely important. And given the fact that I am osteopenic, anything anti-inflammatory works for me.

Baked Lemon Cheesecake
Baked Lemon Cheesecake
Publishing information:
ISBN 9781485901525
Format Trade Paperback
Published January 2023

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me Thrive to review.

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3 thoughts on “Thrive, Nicci Robertson

  1. Thank you! As I began ‘specializing’ in this area around 1994 I rarely investigate individual books like this any more . . . too many and many too ‘pushy’! This one looks sensible tho’ and I shall certainly do some homework . . . like the sound of quite a few of the recipes – thanks!

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