March Pathfinders: Nutrition

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March is National Nutrition Month. Although it can be confusing to learn about diet and nutrition, there are some nutrition basics that can help you maintain or improve your health. And since the Library has recently updated its health and nutrition section, it seems to be a good topic for Pathfinders to do. Please be sure to stop in and check out the New Book selections on health, or browse our catalog online.


Here are a few examples print resources available at the library:

The American Diabetes Association vegetarian cookbook by Steve Petusevsky (641.5636 Pet)  Presents over 150 vegetarian recipes to lose weight and help bring diabetes under control, with advice on stocking a vegetarian pantry and a sample of four-ingredient dishes for busy cooks.

The joy of gluten-free, sugar-free baking by Peter Reinhart (641.5638 Rei)

Eating on the wild side: the missing link to optimum health by Joan Robinson (641.3 Rob)  Describes how to replace modern fruits and vegetables, which are high in starch and sugar and lower in nutrients than earlier generations of the plants, with different varieties that have better nutritional value.

Web Resources

Some of the basics can be found at this government site. There are recipes to try, posters to print out, and videos to watch. There is even a “super food” tracker to evaluate the foods you eat and compare them to your nutrition targets. The site will also lead you to many other good sites for food and nutrition guidelines.

For nutrition guidelines and other health information, this is one of the best sites there are. You can look almost anything up and the information is up-to-date.

Mayo Clinic has a great site for nutrition (and other health information). There is a place to sign up for an e-newsletter entitled “Recipes For Healthy Living”.

Healthy eating does not have to be strict. Instead it is about feeling great and staying healthy—all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you. Try this site for some ideas.

The “Eating Well” site also has some good recipes. And there is nutritional information for all of them.

Check it out at:

A really fun site is Eat This Much. An automatic planner personalizes your calories and food preferences.

If you don’t like feel like the meal presented, just click a button, and it will create a different meal for you. It allows for different types of diets, including Atkins, vegan, and paleo. The recipes are included along with a shopping plan.


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Print Resources:  Cookbooks

The toddler cookbook by Annabel Karmel (j641.5 Kar 9/10)

Provides tips on basic cooking techniques and step-by-step photographs for creating simple recipes.

Web Resources

Kids Corner:

Figuring Out Food Labels:

Kids Eat Right:

Health and Nutrition Information for Children over Five:

Free Kids Nutritional Printables – Worksheets, My Plate, Food Groups:


Print Resources:  Cookbooks

The teen’s vegetarian cookbook by Judy Krizmanic (y641.5 Kri 10/11 )

Recipes for all types of vegetarian dishes are accompanied by information and advice on vegetarian diet and quotes from teenage vegetarians.

Web Resources

For Tweens and Teens:

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats:

Healthy Eating for Teens:

A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs:

Vegetarianism In Teens:


Print Resources:  Cookbooks

Cooking for your gluten-free teen: everyday foods the whole family will love by Carlyn Berghoff and Sarah Berghoff McClure (641.5638 Ber)

Provides gluten-free recipes for comfort foods, from grilled cheese and pizza to pasta and pancakes.

Yum-O!: the family cookbook by Rachael Ray (j641.5 Ray 10/10)

A collection of family-friendly meals and cooking tips explains how to make mealtime fun for every member of the family while introducing youngsters to cooking and ways to make better, healthier, affordable food choices.

25 Easy Ways to Liven Up The Lunch Box:

10 Tips Nutrition Education Series:

Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen-Mayo Clinic:

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