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Healthy Eating 2014


By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System

  A recent news article stated that January 6 is considered the most depressing day of the year. The holidays are over, Decemberís bills are arriving in the mailbox, and most people have given up on their new yearís resolutions. To which I responded: Really? People throw in the towel after just six days?

  Maybe the problem is unrealistic expectations. Set the bar too high, and a goal becomes so far out of reach that we give up. Resolutions for many include weight loss and healthier eating, so instead of highlighting trendy (and sometimes extreme) diet and exercise books this month, I thought Iíd share some of your libraryís newest additions that encourage reasonable, sustainable changes.

  Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila. Whether youíre looking to save money or cut down on chemicals and preservatives, Chernila provides clear, easy-to-follow instructions for 101 staples, from ketchup to graham crackers to yogurt. Personal note: I wouldnít have thought homemade yogurt would be worth the trouble, but I tried it and not only is it easy, the taste is far and away better than store-bought.

  Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker. Iíve been known to wax poetic about the humble slow-cooker, but often crockpot recipes call for distinctly unhealthy ingredients. The editors at Better Homes and Gardens have assembled 150 recipes that are nutritious and hearty but significantly slimmed-down. Includes shopping tips, calorie counts and nutrition information.

  Southern Living: The Slim Down South Cookbook by Carolyn OíNeil. Fried green tomatoes, cheese grits, and pound cake, oh my! The temptation of such southern classics can sure make healthy eating a challenge. OíNeil, a registered dietician, provides healthier options, mostly by incorporating lower-fat versions of traditional ingredients. This wonít revolutionize southern cooking, but youíll find solid recipes to work into your kitchen repertoire.

  Complete Juicer by Abigail Gehring (on order). If youíre interested in creating your own juice blends at home, hereís a good resource with tips on growing your own fruits and vegetables as well as recipes for homemade juices.

  The Paleo Cookbook by Anna Conrad (on order). Conrad, a chef, caterer and athlete, was inspired to write this book after trying the paleo eating plan. She shares 90 grain-free, dairy-free recipes for every meal of the day plus snacks and desserts.

  Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day by Isa Moskowitz. Even if veganism is too extreme for you, bestselling vegan cookbook author Mosko-vitz shares tasty, plant-based recipes that could easily be added into your weeknight rotation for an occasional change.

  For practical advice on the healthiest foods based on current research, check out Time: What to Eat Now, based on reports gathered by the editors of Time magazine. If youíre feeding little ones, consider The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start by Karen Ansel. 

  Finally, if youíre interested in healthy cooking for the entire family, we have The Healthy Homemade Pet Food Cookbook by Barbara Laino. If recent scares about contaminated pet food and non-nutritious fillers and additives have you concerned about your petís diet, this book includes 75 recipes for meals and treats that will nourish your faithful companion at any life stage and give you peace of mind.



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