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Weekend Cooking and giveaway: Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet

May 1, 2011

Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet by Monica Reinagel is a fantastic book!   Quite often I find books on topics like this to be dull and preachy but that’s not the case at all with this one.  Reinagel has a common sense approach, conversational tone, and advocates moderation in all parts of your diet.

The book is divided into chapters on shopping, what to eat at each meal, snacking, drinks, and extras.  Also included are recipes, meal plans, a shopping guide and a guide to cooking methods.  Reinagel gives detailed explanations and then sums things up in a highlighted box.  I read the book from cover to cover and feel sure I will go back to those highlighted boxes over and over again.

I liked the fact that Reinagel teaches readers how to read labels and tackled dietary urban myths, explaining why they aren’t true.  I generally know what I should be eating (but will readily admit that I don’t always) so I knew a lot of the information presented in this book.  I still learned some new things and was glad to be reminded of others.  One thing that I’d never thought of was:

Be particularly alert for ingredient lists that contain sugar in several different forms.  Using small amounts of several types of sweeteners allows the manufacturers to bury these ingredients farther down the list – even though sugar may still be one of the principal ingredients.

I haven’t tried any of these recipes in the book yet, but there are several that are calling my name, like Leftover Vegetable Frittata, Asian-Style Broccoli Salad, and Quinoa Salad with Pecans and Cranberries.

My only complaint with this book is a small one – by the end of the book, Reinagel got repetitive on a few points.  She generally admitted when she did, though.   That didn’t keep me from thinking this book is fantastic – I think it’s a valuable resource for anyone who cares about the food they put into their body, and I highly recommend it.

Monica Reinagel holds a Master’s in Human Nutrition and is a licensed and board-certified nutrition specialist.  She received culinary training at L’Academie de Cuisine.  She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American College of Nutrition and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is also a professional opera singer.

Thanks to the great folks at Macmillan, I have one copy of this book to give away! To enter to win a copy of NUTRITION DIVA’S SECRETS FOR A HEALTHY DIET by Monica Reinagel, simply fill out this entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US mailing address only.  I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Saturday, May 7, 2011.   The winner will be announced on Sunday, May 8, 2011.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

Review copy provided by Macmillan.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
29 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2011 8:34 am

    Sounds like a useful book. I can handle a little repetition if the info is sound. And now I’m craving a frittata 🙂

  2. May 1, 2011 8:48 am

    Given the large amout of books on nutrition that are out these days, it’s quite an achievement for a book to have a fair amount of new information; this one sounds wonderful, good info in a very readable, manageable form.
    Thanks for the heads up on this one 🙂

  3. May 1, 2011 9:01 am

    There seem to be so many similar books – I don’t know where to start with. This one seems to be an informative and useful book. The repetition might turn me off too, but that doesn’t matter as long as I learn something from the book.

  4. Linda Henderson permalink
    May 1, 2011 9:26 am

    I need to loose some weight for health reasons and am always looking for nutrition information. Especially since I am now watching my blood sugar.

  5. May 1, 2011 11:11 am

    This is wonderful! I like diet books with a spin – something that encourages us to do beyond the usual reduce food intake and work out more.

  6. May 1, 2011 11:24 am

    I need a book that tells me how to convince my husband to try something new and eat healthy. He says at his age he will eat what he wants and to heck with the consequences. Well, he does have a point, but still . . .

  7. May 1, 2011 11:48 am

    When I first saw the title of your post, I was less than enthused, expecting a dry, rather boring book. Thank you for setting me straight. I have a tendency to make plans to eat a healthier diet and last a couple of days before sliding back into old, bad habits. Part of that is a lack of knowledge about healthier food and this book sounds as if could be a big help to me.
    Thank you for your review, Kathy!

  8. May 1, 2011 11:54 am

    I love these sorts of books (especially if it has a “common sense approach, conversational tone, and advocates moderation in all parts of your diet”) but hadn’t come across this one. Thanks!

  9. May 1, 2011 1:21 pm

    I don’t usually enter giveaways but this one is definitely one I’m hoping to get a win on! Looks like a fantastic book.

  10. May 1, 2011 2:41 pm

    sounds like an interesting read and I can attest to being very bad on the nutritional side.

    Will have to make it up with some healthy choices in food.

  11. May 1, 2011 2:44 pm

    There are so many books like this out there that it’s hard to pick which one is good. Thanks for your recommendation on this one.

  12. May 1, 2011 3:13 pm

    this one sounds like it’s worthy of reading….I’m always open to advice on nutrition!

  13. rhonda permalink
    May 1, 2011 3:36 pm

    love books on nutrition.lomazowr@gmail.com

  14. May 1, 2011 4:00 pm

    Cookbooks are a weakness with me…especially ones with really good veggie recipes. I love all kinds of salads.

  15. May 1, 2011 4:45 pm

    Looks awesome. Good tip on sugar.

  16. May 1, 2011 5:46 pm

    I think I’m going to pick this one up and read it this week.

  17. May 1, 2011 5:58 pm

    I am all about knowing just what kinds of things I am putting into my body, and it sounds like this book would be a wonderful resource when it comes to making smarter dining decisions. I loved this review, Kathy, and think that this is a book that I really need to investigate. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  18. sharon54220 permalink
    May 1, 2011 9:17 pm

    Let me tell you, I can definitely use this book. I’m trying to lose weight and it’s very hard for me this time.

    Thanks for the cance.

  19. May 1, 2011 9:39 pm

    MMMMMMM Quinoa Salad with Pecans and Cranberries sounds amazing!!!

  20. May 2, 2011 7:01 am

    Someone who lists a recipe for quinoa can hardly do anything wrong in my book 😉 AND she’s an opera singer! Wow 🙂

  21. May 2, 2011 8:23 am

    I really liked this one too! No need to enter me.

  22. May 2, 2011 10:50 am

    This sounds like a great book. I’ve been slowly trying to learn about nutrition because I tend to be a junk-food eater and it is catching up with me… plus I don’t want to pass along my bad habits to our boys. 🙂

  23. Amanda L. permalink
    May 2, 2011 12:07 pm

    I think this will help me out to get fit with nutrition. I listen to Get fit guy I have his workout tips now All i need is a workout meal plan. Not just for me but for my husband and kids as well.

  24. May 2, 2011 8:31 pm

    I guess as long as she is repeating important points, I can’t fault her.
    Sounds very interesting.

  25. May 2, 2011 9:36 pm

    Ditto on the repetition part. I definitely need to be re-enforced, regularly it seems.

  26. May 2, 2011 11:36 pm

    This looks like such a helpful book for those of us trying to eat better and lose some weight! I especially like that there are recipes, and I have such a hard time with meal plans so that’s something I could really use as well as the shopping guide!

  27. May 3, 2011 4:42 pm

    Sounds like a good read…already checked my library and they don’t have it, so my fingers are crossed I win a copy of the book. haha

  28. May 5, 2011 7:47 am

    You at me at the first sentence of your review! The excerpt you posted is a great tip … now, if only I knew the names of the many types of sweetener that could be used (probably listed in the book, right?!)

    • May 5, 2011 7:50 am

      Yes, different sweeteners are listed in the book. That passage makes so much sense, but it was a real eye opener for me.

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