We’ve all heard the term ‘healthy foodie.’ But what exactly does it mean?
Well, here’s my “official” definition:
Someone who loves tasty and healthy food, and buys with his/her health, and the health of the planet, in mind.
Sounds good, right? Wondering how to go about becoming a ‘healthy foodie’? My recommendation is to start with one of these 5 books and see where it takes you on your healthy foodie journey.
1) Omnivors’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals By Michael Pollan
Is a must read if you want to understand the link between food and the environment. Some would say that Pollan’s book started the revolution (or at least brought mass attention to the revolution) of farmers markets and the farm-to-table movement. I also think that Michael Pollan truly and brilliantly defined the true meaning of sustainability. We are species that eat plants and animals, which makes us omnivores, and we can do it in a way that keeps us and the planet healthy.
Other great reads from Michael Pollan include:
This book is a great retelling of Miller’s discoveries of what she calls “cold spots” – which are places around the world where there are low numbers of people suffering from disease. You’ll learn what Icelanders do to ward of depression (they in fact have the lowest in the world), why those on the Island of Crete have the lowest heart disease rates in the world, why the Okinawan’s have the lowest breast cancer rates in the world, and why Cameroonians have very low rates of colon cancer. It’s an engaging text full of lessons for us to apply here in North America.
Other great reads by Daphne include:
3) Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well) by Peter Kaminsky
An overweight and overly indulgent food writer turns into a healthy foodie (going from a 38 waistline to 34). His motto, I believe, is that you don’t have to give up anything (including wine) and you don’t have to go to extremes either. What you have to do is adopt better eating habits and eat a little less, but never sacrifice flavor! He also includes a few delicious recipes at the back of his book. My favorite is the braised Oxtail, it’s divine.
Other great reads by Peter Kaminsky include:
- Charred & Scruffed: Bold New Techniques for Explosive Flavor on and off the Grill
- Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread.
4) Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
Robinson is a witty New York Times Journalist that gives you both the good and the bad news about the food we eat today. The bad news is that many of the common varieties of fruits and vegetables we eat today are far less nutritious than they used to be. The good news is that there’s something you can do about it. You can look for the varieties that have double, quadruple and sometimes 10 times the amount of anti-oxidants. For example, because of long food miles, kale’s superfood properties loose between 60 -90% of their nutrients – making kale a vegetable that should be purchased seasonally and locally, ideally. In addition to these great nutrition tips, Jo Robinson also teaches us certain cooking and prep techniques that bring more nutrients and flavor.
Other great reads by Jo Robinson include:
- Pasture Perfect: How You Can Benefit from Choosing Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products from Grass-Fed Animals
- The Omega Die: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Best of the Mediterranean Diets
Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
Probably the most relaxing read of all the books listed above. The premise of this book seems quite utopian in the sense that the author tells the story of how her and her family farmed for a year and ate seasonally straight from their small acreage garden. This isn’t the 100 mile diet, this was the few-square-feet-diet -literally eating solely from her small farm/garden and raising a few livestock. I think many of us could maybe fathom that working for the summer and autumn months, but the question is how the heck did they get through the winter?! Beautifully descriptive language with great facts throughout the book and recipes at the end of every chapter.
Other great reads by Barbra Kingsolver include:
Spend some of your lazy, hazy days of summer reading one of these great books!