Eat Your Veggies: Inspiration for Healthy Food Habits

Nutrition is a huge part of leading a healthy lifestyle, and according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the ongoing pattern of an individual’s eating habits has great impact on their health. So basically, our food habits are super important for energy, immune response, and overall wellbeing. And the best way to achieve good nutrition is to develop healthy habits, like cooking delicious meals at home.

The following resources include some great ideas for bringing healthy food habits home. Think chicken & poblano tacos, loaded veggie pizzas, strawberry rhubarb upside down cake…is your mouth watering yet? Dig in!

The Well Plated Cookbook: Fast, healthy recipes you’ll want to eat by Erin Clarke

 In this essential cookbook for everyday cooking, Clarke shares more than 130 brand-new rapid-fire recipes, along with secrets to lightening up classic comfort favorites inspired by her midwestern roots, and clever recipe hacks that will enable you to put a healthy meal on the table any night of the week.

Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig on OverDrive

In this New York Times best-selling book, Melissa Hartwig defines “food freedom” as being in control of the food you eat, instead of food controlling you. The Whole30 helps you jump-start the process, but as anyone who’s dieted knows, holding on to that freedom and creating healthy habits that last is the hard part. 

The Fresh 20: 20-Ingredient Meal Plans for Health and Happiness 5 Nights a Week by Melissa Lanz

A cookbook that shows busy home cooks how, by using just twenty organic ingredients per week, to create five whole, delicious meals in just minutes.

The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great – part of the Great Courses series on Kanopy

“Healthy” food doesn’t have to taste bland and boring. Learn how to use healthy ingredients and seasonings to enliven your diet and keep the pleasure in cooking and eating with this course taught by a nutrition instructor and a master chef at The Culinary Institute of America.

The Green Teen Cookbook by Laurane Marchive, Sophia Robson, Sarah, Eisenfisz, Dominic McInnes on hoopla

Get Cooking! This unique cookbook and rough guide to ethical eating is for all those who want to eat well, pay less and save the planet. Includes over 70 mouth-watering recipes. If you care about what you eat and where it comes from, this book is for you.

Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by various authors

Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America’s Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!

National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver on hoopla and in print

Join Barton Seaver – master chef and National Geographic Explorer – on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. 

Eating Well Magazine on Flipster

Clean Eating Magazine on Flipster

If you want to dive deeper into nutrition, science, and health your library card gives your free access to online research databases, like these:

MedlinePlus: Nutrition

Find information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. Nutrition content includes everything from the basics to specifics on healthy eating.

Consumer Health Complete: Food, Nutrition, and Exercise

This comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content is designed to support your information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.