I love to read and I especially love to read about food. When I started working out regularly last year I realized that I could reach my goals sooner if I also made changes in my diet. Here are five of my favorite books about food that will help you eat healthier, and achieve your fitness goals. They should be available at your local library so check them out!
I really enjoyed this book and reference it often. It lists the fourteen superfoods, explains why they are so good for you, and provides lots of recipes for each food. What I really like about this book is that not only does it list the 14 Superfoods is also lists foods that are similar, so if you don’t like one of the superfoods you will probably like one of the similar items and can include them in your diet.
One of my biggest food issues is that I don’t know enough about fruits and vegetables. Melissa’s Great Book of Produce is a huge help when making selections at the grocery store. It is basically an encyclopedia of produce. From what foods are in season when (save when you buy in season), to how to prepare all those yummy foods you’ve never heard of this book is a must read for people trying to increase the amount of fruits in vegetables in their diet.
If you think you can’t afford to eat healthy you must read my friend Erin’s cookbook. While her cookbook was not meant to be a health food cookbook, Erin does a great job making low cost recipes using in season produce to maximize savings. She also uses very little processed foods in her recipes (not a lot of “cream of soup”) or canned goods so the recipes are usually good for you and always $5!
Warning- this book is PG13 in regards to the language so read at your own risk. We all know fast food isn’t good for you, but this eye opening book will cause you to think twice before you hear, “Would you like fries with that?” again. For many of us fast food, or eating out in general, has become a habit, and one that is hurting our fitness goals. Only read this book if you are willing to give up fast food, because you won’t be able to eat it again after reading it.
My trainer recommended this cookbook to me and when I started to read it I went back to him and told him it was for athletes! He told me I was an athlete and to keep reading it. I read about many people who are running, walking, cycling, or swimming long distances on a weekly basis. This book shares foods and recipes that will help fuel your work outs. It is amazing how much more I am able to accomplish when I’m feeding my body correctly. This cookbook is a great resource if you are working out several times a week for at least an hour.
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