#31DaysofMovement: 4 Get-Healthy Books for Some Serious Dinner Inspiration

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

Healthy eating isn’t all about the salads and grilled chicken, although those are delicious when done right. These four best-selling books (cook- and otherwise) go beyond the basics to inspire delicious, nutrition-packed (and guilt-free) dinners that anyone can make.

Photo from Flickr via Creative Commons.

Photo from Flickr via Creative Commons.

1/ Detoxing? Pick up “Clean,” by Alejandro Junger, wherein his guidelines for a 21-day detox promise to cleanse the body and purge it of its toxic ills. Vegetables figure in the equation, yes, but this isn’t that lemon juice-cayenne-maple syrup version of detox: Your body, Junger says, will truly thank you for it.

2/ This isn’t a cookbook, but it’s just as good: In “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” bestselling foodie-author Michael Pollan (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) picks apart the oft-maligned American diet in search of the “food within the food.” Written for omnivores and backed up with thorough research, it does away with trends and reconsiders what it means to eat well, leaving readers with the simple mantra: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

3/ And if you really loved him in “An Omnivore’s Dilemna,” Pollan’s “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” (and aren’t we all eaters, after all?) is the perfect handbook for making wise decisions at the supermarket or superbuffet. Each page gets a rule, drawing from cultural wisdom from around the world that, though the societies might be geographically distant, have arrived at the same guidelines for good diets.

4/The Natural Food Kitchen,” by Jordan Bourke, showcases no-guilt, delicious recipes that draw on natural, seasonal and nutrition-packed alternatives to refined products, emphasizing “healthy, everyday food for everyday people.” His recipes cater toward multiple palates: families, foodies and everyone in between. Bourke draws upon farmers-market ingredients and inspiration from his travels for his recipes featuring the trifecta of food perfection: looks good, tastes good, good for you. And yes, you can still eat dessert.

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