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The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook








The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook: Great Food & Expert Advice That Will Change Your Life (Oxmoor House, 2012) by the Editors of Cooking Light and Janet Helm, RD–my colleague and friend (and the popular creator of and co-creator of, is a real gem. It can be a great asset to anyone who has set New Year’s resolutions to improve the way they cook, shop, eat, and live. Here are three of the many reasons I love it so:

1) It’s gorgeous to look at. The photos of the recipes show you how healthful foods can be appealing. Images of real people, including those who are in need of new habits (eg the “time-pressed professional” and the mom of a “snack-happy family” plus the many experts (including several colleagues and friends) add a lot of warmth and character–and relatability–to the book.

2) It’s a positive, can-do type of food and nutrition cookbook. Unlike books that tell you what not to eat, this book takes a cup half full approach to convey science-based but practical, useable food and nutrition information and cooking advice. It’s broken down into 12 healthy habits–be portion-aware, eat mindfully, and veggie up and more–which makes it easy for readers to use. They can pick and choose the sections they read (and act on!) based on their unique dietary and lifestyle challenges and food preferences. The book incorporates hundreds of practical tips to help you make better food choices when food shopping, improve your cooking techniques, and incorporate more healthful foods into your diet and that of your family. It’s the kind of book that is likely to stay on your kitchen counter rather than collect dust on your bookshelf.

3) Diet? What diet! Unlike many of the food/nutrition/health books you’ll no doubt see stacked up at bookstores and hyped online at this time of year, this one doesn’t have the word “diet” in it–so there’s no risk of insulting anyone when you give them a copy as as a gift!

I give this book two enthusiastic thumbs up–way up–for you, your family, and anyone you love who loves food but wants to enjoy it without sabotaging their health.

What habits do you want to improve this new year?


Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher.


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Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized and award-winning health and nutrition expert, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books. An avid walker, she loves motivating others to #moveitorloseit. A book lover, she recently earned a certificate in children’s literature from Stony Brook Southampton and is currently working on several young adult novels. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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