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If you know me at all, then you know that I am active. I exercise a lot to try to stay on top of my health. But, healthy eating is an area that we are always striving to improve. That’s why I was pretty excited to give these new healthy living cookbooks from DK Canada a try.
Healthy Eating With a Twist
I have an extremely impressive collection of cookbooks in my kitchen already, so what’s so special about these new ones from DK Canada? Will they find a permanent spot in my kitchen? Let’s take a look.
I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that I googled Flexitarian immediately when I spied this book, because what exactly is that anyways? Want to eat more sustainably, but not ready to give up meat or dairy entirely?
Have you looked at plant-based diets and thought I’d love to try that but am not sure I am completely ready to jump in with both feet and commit to a fully vegan or vegetarian lifestyle just yet. Then Modern Flexitarian is the place to start. It will help you make more sustainable meal choices.
The Modern Flexitarian features 100 vegan- or vegetarian-based recipes. Every dish in Modern Flexitarian can be adapted to suit a variety of diets, so don’t panic over giving up meat just yet.
Who is Modern Flexitarian For?
This cookbook is basically for people like me. I love meat and would not wish to give it up entirely ever, but healthy living and healthy eating cookbooks can help my family make strategic choices balancing our meals with plant-based options too.
From the Publisher:
The plant-packed recipes in this collection provide plenty of options for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts, making it easy to increase your vegetable intake–and reduce your environmental impact–while still being able to enjoy dairy, eggs, and meat now and then. With tips on how to get started, sound advice on getting the right nutrients, and a sample weekly menu, Modern Flexitarian will help you make smart choices and embrace a mostly plant-based diet more easily.
Okay, this one knocks it right out of the park for me. The HealthSpan Solution has everything – the latest research and amazing recipes too.
Authors Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise spent over a decade researching diet and nutrition. This is the result of their work and I couldn’t be happier with this book. It has the data to back up the claims and the content is exceptional. These plant-based nutrition experts help clients and readers to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
Who is The HealthSpan Solution For?
Also, for me. This one will stay in my kitchen, without a doubt. Right off the bat it got my intrigued by the comments about how Western eating habits can be bad for health. It sealed the deal when I began rifling through hunting for great recipes and I found a southern foods section. Um, what? Alabama white barbecue sauce and healthy winter smoothies are worth the price alone!
From the Publisher:
This accessible and easy-to-follow guide examines the health risks posed by typical Western eating habits and explains how swapping animal products and added sugars for a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds can lead to lower blood pressure, healthy weight management, and longer life.
Their flexible, customizable approach to eating challenges the conventional idea of breakfast, lunch, and dinner and focuses instead on soups, salads, sides, and fruit-based desserts. With 100 delicious recipes to choose from, The Healthspan Solutions makes adopting a plant-based lifestyle simple and sustainable.
Easy-to-follow guidelines simplify food choices without being restrictive
100 beautifully photographed recipes offer options and flexibility
Tips for navigating grocery shopping, eating out, and socializing
The Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook
So, this one skews a little bit young for my teens. I could have used it a few years ago. That said, it is perfect for my elementary school aged niece and nephews. The oldest one is 11 and the youngest is seven, so pretty sure these are just right for them. I love the variety of healthy and easy recipes here in the Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook.
Who is The Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook For?
Kids from ages 5 through 13. That’s my assessment. Basically, if your child reads well then this book could be a great fit. Some of the more basic recipes like mini pizzas are for the younger ages here. Fruit salad in a cantaloupe bowl is doable for younger kids too.
This is the kind of gift that you give knowing you might need to stand by and help and supervise because let’s face it, the kitchen can be dangerous. But, these are great life skills. Now that my kids are teens, I am constantly actively working on their repertoire of dishes in the kitchen. The closer my daughter gets to university, the more intent I am on making sure she has several healthy dishes she can make if she leaves and goes to university away from home.
Food literacy is a skill that you start building now. It’s never too early to start teaching those kinds of skills. Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook is a great tool to help you work towards growing kids who have kitchen and food smarts.
From the Publisher:
Cooking is fun, but more importantly it is a fantastic skill that is useful to everyone for the rest of their lives! Each recipe has clear instructions and step-by-step photos, making it easy for young chefs to build confidence in the kitchen while preparing healthy meals for their family and friends to enjoy.
– Over 100 recipes for tasty and healthy breakfasts, light meals, main meals, and desserts
– Easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos
– Dual metric and imperial measurements
– Ideas for recipe variations
– Nutritional information on the different food groups including updates from the new Canada’s Food Guide
– Food facts, helpful hints, and a glossary of cooking terminology and techniques
$17.99 – Pretty much a steal at that price. This is paperback.
Change a Habit or Two With These Great Cookbooks
DK Canada never fails to surprise me with their gorgeous educational books. Each season they offer something new and noteworthy. If this is the season for healthy eating and making over old habits, then these three healthy eating cookbooks should be part of your home library.