Our country spends over $100 billion on nutritional products that promise to make us healthier, but the obesity statistics continue to rise. All the diet foods and low-cal snacks just don’t seem to work, at least for long. Some folks are getting to the root of the problem by trying to eat healthier and greener, but with so much to choose from it is difficult to know what is best…
To narrow down the information, here are six great new books about healthy and green eating, both for adults and children. Each provides ways to change your habits accompanied by tips to protect the environment.
Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You
By Terry Walters
For the author, Terry Walters, eating clean means staying away from processed foods, eating more whole grains, and keeping to a vegan diet. Cutting out animal products from your diet may sounds daunting, but Walters has over 200 recipes which help anyone ease into a vegan world. Walters shows that eating to sustain the environment can be healthy and delicious!
Fast, Fresh & Green
By Susie Middleton
As a former editor-at-large for Fine Cooking Magazine, author Susie Middleton, offers many delicious recipes—all featuring vegetables. Even though her main focus is one aspect of the food world, she keeps it interesting and appetizing with layers of complex flavors that are likely to tempt even the most reluctant veggie eaters.
Earth To Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm
by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann
A collection of recipes from authors Jess Crump and Bettina Schormann focused on using what is in season. They also emphasize the importance of using local products from farmers near your hometown. The authors explain the Slow Food movement in an easily understandable way, and provide ways to incorporate eating by season into your dinner plans.
Feeding Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Program for Healthy, Safe Nutrition
by Alan Greene, M.D.
With the ever increasing statistics of childhood obesity in the United States, Dr. Alan Greene urges parents to change eating patterns from day one. This straight-forward guide to eating is aimed towards keeping mommy and baby healthy. The book not only provides information for “green” eating, it sets a strong foundation for a child to have a positive relationship with food for the rest of his or her life.
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
by Michael Pollan
With the increasing amount of diet books in stores, Michael Pollan is determined to keep it simple. Pollan offers an easy guide about healthy eating, which includes rules for making good choices, whether it is in the grocery store or an all-you-can-eat buffet. This pocket guide is short and to the point, perfect for anyone ready to eat right immediately.
In The Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
by Michael Pollan
Longer than the Food Rules pocket guide, In The Defense of Food offers more information about the food we put in our bodies. He warns of “healthy” alternatives and highly processed food, both of which have harrowing effects on our wellbeing. A testament to what is written in this book, Pollan’s mantra remains “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”