It’s a new year so I’m hoping to bring back more regular food-related book reviews and hopefully update the Bookshelf on my blog with many more reviews too. I usually have a TON that I’m trying to get through from the library or other sources and goodness knows I have a bunch in my own stash so it’s about time I start sharing all these great discoveries with you all. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
You may not know it but this little o’ blog was borne out of local workshops that I used to teach in my community. It really all happened by accident but look at where it’s led me now! At the time, I co-led the workshops with a nutritionist that I had met through my kids’ preschool. When our schedules didn’t mesh anymore, we stopped offering joint workshops in person (I still occaionally talk on my own to local groups in my area like moms or church groups). But I still felt like I had a lot to share so Meal Planning Magic was born! (By the way, the nutritionist now has a great business in the Houston area that focuses on healthy living for families with a more holistic approach…you can check her out at Nourish Your Family)
It was through her that I discovered The World’s Healthiest Foods book. At first I was like, “Do I really need a book that big?” But I had learned so much from her I wanted to take a second look. And I’m glad I did! What I love about it this book is how comprehensive yet basic it is. It’s like an encyclopedia for probably every fruit, vegetable, whole grain, bean, healthy oils, nuts and more healthy foods than you could ever think of! There’s even a section on grass-fed beef and other lean meats and another that highlights herbs and spices. Written by George Mateljan, I love that it breaks down all kinds of foods that are good for you and presents the information in a way that is easy to understand and follow. It’s like the label for all those foods sold without a label!
Want to know what kind of nutrients are in the foods you’re eating? Check out the nutrient-richness chart. Need to figure out how to select your produce, store it so it doesn’t go bad and when it’s peak season is? Yep, that’s there too. How about some basic ways to prepare the foods? There are more than 500 recipes included, many of which take only 7-minutes or less to prepare. Each section also includes a several Frequently Asked Questions and also step-by-step visuals that show you how to prepare them too. There is also a section that talks about the general health benefits of each.
One of the last parts of the book includes a section on Health-Promoting Nutrients that talk about how your body uses them and examples of where to find them. Things like zinc, antioxidants and more. It’s like a little mini-nutrition lesson!
And here’s the bonus! There’s a World’s Healthiest Foods website that has a crazy amount of info! That’s all free but if you buy the book, you’ll get access to a “secret” section that includes a cooking video on how to make a “5-Course Meal in 15 Minutes” and other personal support and information.
All in all what I love about this book is it’s approach to present the information in an easy-to-understand way that can help anyone better understand the foods they each and help them make informed decisions on those foods when they are at the market. If you’re looking to get started on a healthier path of eating, check out this book!
Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this review. This book is part of my personal library that I purchased myself. However I am an Amazon Affiliate so if you choose to purchase this book and do so through my website, I will receive a (very) small percentage of that sale as a thank you for referring you to Amazon. Your price will be the same as if you ordered on your own. And I am thankful for your purchase if so!