Books We Love: MyPlate for Moms
(HealthCastle.com) Busy family schedule? Stressed about what to feed yourself and the whole family? Last night, we chatted about Getting Your Plate in Shape in our monthly #GoUnDiet Twitter party. Today, we want to introduce you to the book MyPlate for Moms: How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better by Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD. If you are the type of person who enjoys lots of detailed references packed into an easy-to-access format, this is the right book for you. And kudos to the author for actually dedicating a whole chapter to physical activity - including strategies to overcome excuses for not exercising, getting the whole family into regular physical activity, and differentiating between physical activity and exercise. ("All exercise is physical activity, but not all physical activity is exercise." We could not have said it better ourselves!) There is also a list of actual physical activity ideas that will get you the recommended weekly 150 minutes of "moderate-intensity and muscle-strengthening activities." Many nutrition books we see simply say "get some exercise" without further details, and this is one area of the book that definitely distinguishes it from the others.
If you are a regular visitor to HealthCastle.com, you will already be familiar with many healthy eating points raised in the book and will probably use those sections as a quick refresher. If you want to put what you already know about healthy eating into practice, check out Chapter 9's easy, healthy, and tasty recipes, such as Pistachio Chicken, Egg and Artichoke Pie. The "In A Blender" section includes good ideas for changing up the flavors in your regular smoothies, such as Cherry Vanilla Freeze and Cinnamon Pumpkin Smoothie. There is also a chapter dedicated to discussing MyPlate strategies for moms-to-be and kids, which includes smart snack ideas and closing nutrient gaps (between what kids eat too much of and not enough of).
Author: Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD