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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Among the many benefits of a healthy diet is the increase in energy and zest for life. Changing one’s eating habits doesn’t have to be complicated. Turning away from the meal-in-a-frozen-box to food choices that use fresh ingredients just takes a bit of creativity and a determination to eat right and eat well. Good eating habits start at an early age. Filling one’s body with healthy foods can deter the desire to indulge in the not-so-healthy, but easily accessible, snack foods. And eating healthy meals and healthy snacks can be more satisfying and filling than the junk food alternative.
Hillary Short has considerable experience in preparing healthy meals and snacks. Working as a nanny, she sought ways to improve the diet of the young children in her care. Preparing meals for busy families, the author learned ways to create delicious and filling meals with healthy ingredients. She learned also to keep things simple. And this is how she prepared her recipe book, A Fresh Start: Family Friendly Healthy Recipes. It’s a very simple, basic, straight-forward approach to healthy eating. With colorful illustrations to tempt the palate and carefully laid out recipes with clear instructions, anyone can make one of Hillary’s delicious meals with ease.
Most of the recipes are for main course dishes like Mexican Black Bean Burgers for the purely Vegan and Vegetarian diet. And then there are dishes like Greek Roast Lamb and Flank Steak With Marinade for those who still want to keep red meat in their diet. There is one dessert recipe and several snack recipes to add that bit of extra to one’s eating pleasure. A great book full of interesting food ideas to help those who truly want to eat healthily.