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Quinn on Nutrition: Books to fill you up with healthful information

December 22, 2014

Want to give the gift of nutrition this Christmas? Here’s a sampling of useful books from reliable sources:

Diabetes Meal Planning & Nutrition for Dummies, Toby Smithson, RDN, CDE and Alan L. Rubin, MD. John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Simplified meal planning for people with diabetes. Includes recipes and instructions on how to put simple meals together that meet diabetes guidelines.

The Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 3rd Edition. Hope S. Warshaw, RD, CDE, and Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, CDE, 2011. Counting carbohydrates is a valid technique to help people with diabetes control blood sugars. Written by two registered dietitians and diabetes educators, this book explains how sugars and starches can fit healthfully into a diabetes meal plan. Available through the American Diabetes Association, www.shopdiabetes.org .

The I Love Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook, Chris Holechek Peters, Ulysses Press, 2012. For the vegan and vegetarian on your list, this handy book features 150 recipes made with foods from Trader Joe’s. Easy to make recipes such as Great Green Smoothie and (my favorite) Baked Herbed Garlic Polenta Fries. Nutrient information is not provided but recipes do indicate those that fit into the vegan and/or gluten-free categories.

The Calories IN Calories OUT Cookbook, Catherine Jones and Elaine Trujillo, MS, RDN, The Experiment, 2014. For the calorie-counter on your list, this book features 200 nutrient-rich recipes tailored for busy families and individuals. Recipes include nutrition information plus diabetic carb counting/exchanges.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide, 3rd edition, Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014. A valuable resource for those with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity. Information on planning meals with gluten-free foods, restaurant dining, and ways to avoid cross-contamination in your home kitchen. Available at www.eatright.org.

Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, Frances Sienkiewicz Sizer, MS, RD and Eleanor Noss Whitney, PhD, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2014. For the serious nutrition student on your list. Presents difficult and often misunderstood nutrition topics within the realm of solid nutrition science. One of my favorite go-to books.

Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 5th edition, Nancy Clark, MS RD, Human Kinetics, 2014. Latest update on this classic nutrition and sports resource. Features meal planning and training guides for the serious competitive athlete.

Endurance Sports Nutrition, 3rd edition, Suzanne Girard Eberle, MS, RDN, CSSD. Human Kinetics, 2014. For your favorite marathoner. This book also includes meal planning ideas for vegetarian athletes and those with food allergies and intolerances.

Help! My Underwear is Shrinking, revised, Jo Ann Hattner and Ann Coulston and E. Michael Goodkind, BA, 2013. Respected nutrition professionals have updated one woman's story of how to eat right, lose weight and win the battle against diabetes. Includes sample menus and is also available in Spanish. www.helpmyunderwearisshrinking.com .

 

 





 



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