Chocolate and Books!

March 25, 2008

Okay, so I’m still a bit sick- I’ve been nursing a sore throat the past couple days with ham and split pea soup, excessive amounts of green tea, yogurt, and oatmeal. Yummy! Also, this morning I made some fantastic hot chocolate: take 3 small squares of Lindor 99% dark chocolate (probably about 15 grams?), 1/2 tsp of organic cane sugar, and 1/2 cup skim milk. Stir them in a saucepan over medium heat until its almost boiling, then add another 1/2 cup of milk and stir a bit more, and you’re done! It’s great. I got the 99% stuff to try at Easter and it’s so dark that it’s hard to believe it’s even chocolate, however done like that in hot chocolate tastes delicious. Also, taking a really small amount and breaking it up and then mixing it in with plain yogurt and frozen berries is a nice way to fix a chocolate craving.

Gena asked me a couple of posts back about if I have any nutrition book that I’ve learned the most from. There’s no one book that’s taught me tons, but I figured I’d share some of my favourites with you (in no particular order):

Nutrition for Life: The no-fad, no-nonsense approach to eating well and reaching your healthy weight by Lisa Hark, PhD, RD and Darwin Deen, MD
It’s got pretty pictures, discusses food throughout the life cycle, has information on food as medicine and also gives tips on shopping for healthy food.

SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life by Steven Pratt, MD, and Kathy Matthews
Very detailed analysis of fourteen superfoods, as well as some recipes and lists of brand names that are healthier (although some of those brands are really specialty and you can only get them online or at very specific stores).

SuperFoods HealthStyle: Simple Changes to Get the Most Out of Life for the Rest of Your Life by Steven Pratt and Kathy Matthews
Any book that claims both cinnamon and dark chocolate as health foods is sold right there! It’s got some new superfoods with the same detailed information on them as well as how to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle.

10 Steps To Healthy Eating: Boost Energy, Manage Weight and Prevent Disease with the Right Foods by Leslie Beck, RD
This was recommended to me by my nutrition prof- it’s got recipes and a 2 week meal plan, info on nutrients and physical activity.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink, PhD
Lots of research and studies! Also super reader-friendly because it’s all very easy to understand.

Pickles & Ice Cream
This is actually a book on nutrition for pregnant women, that my mum used when she was pregnant with me. But, it’s still got information that could be applied to anyone and it talks about the essential nutrients and which food contains what nutrients. Also very interesting to compare the view on nutrition in the 1980’s as opposed to today.

Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth about Women, Body Image, and Re-Imagining the “Perfect” Body by Leslie Goldman
…okay, so this isn’t a nutrition book. But it’s about body image and it’s really excellent!

There’s a few more books by Leslie Beck that I want to read and also some other health books (like In Defense of Food, which has had TONS of hype lately). University will be done very soon so then I will be able to run off to the bookstore and lose myself in health books, and I’ll let you know which ones are good! Does anyone else have any recommendations?


  1. Oh, I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for the list, I’m going to check my library’s catalog now. I know I’ve had In Defense of Food on hold forever, but I’m way at the end of the queue. It certainly is a popular one!

  2. thanks for the list.

    I need to check out a few of those and, of course, HEART Leslie.


  3. Thank you for the book list. I’ve added them all to my “to read” list. Hope you are feeling better soon!

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