Reading Corner: Cookbooks

A 2014 study from Johns Hopkins suggests that cooking might just be the ingredient in a healthier diet. The study found that people who frequently cooked their meals at home consumed fewer calories and generally ate healthier. The difference in caloric intake isn’t a small one, either; the study found that the 8 percent of adults that cooked once or less a week averaged 2,301 calories each day, whereas the 48 percent of adults who cooked six or seven times a week averaged 2,164 calories. The numbers speak for themselves, so the next time that you’re about to go out for dinner, pick up one of these healthy cookbooks and spend a night in instead.

Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach

by Danielle Capalino

This cookbook specializes in beating bloat and stomach discomfort while maintaining a low-FODMAP diet. FODMAPs are sugars that are hard to digest and cause discomfort, gas and IBS symptoms. There are many healthy, nutritional foods that contain these sugars (like onions, beans, dairy and cereals), which can be frustrating for people who try to eat well but still have discomfort. The book also includes a seven-day sample menu with recipes.

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Clean Eats

by Alejandro Junger, M.D.

Clean Eats is a New York Times best seller with more than 200 healthy recipes. Dr. Alejandro Junger is a cardiologist and detox specialist who compiled each recipe including paleo and vegetarian-friendly recipes. Each meal is meant to reset, restore and reinvigorate your body while teaching you how to make healthy choices and replacements in your everyday meals as well.

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Dining In

by Alison Roman

This is one of the more accessible cookbooks for beginner chefs of all skills. Alison Roman specializes in of-the-moment dishes full of quick techniques and hacks for your kitchen. Dining In features 125 recipes that are vegetable-forward. Recipes include Charred Green Beans with Creamy Tahini and Fresh Hot Sauce, Sliced Black Lentil Salad with Oil-Packed Tuna and Purple Potatoes, Shrimp in Shells with Garlic Butter, and many more.

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The Clean Eating Slow Cooker

by Linda Larsen

Slow cookers have been gaining in popularity over the last few years mainly because of their hands-off nature. Linda Larsen details healthy and wholesome slow cooker meals in The Clean Eating Slow Cooker that are promised to be quick to prep and easy for cleanup. Larsen began her clean-eating lifestyle series in 2010 and has written 33 health-focused cookbooks.

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