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Healthy Eating Storytime ~ Hora de cuentos sobre los alimentos saludables

Image of Fruit/Fruita BookCome to the Biblioteca Latinoamericana on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM  for a special English-Spanish storytime presented by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Your child will learn about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables and enjoy a nutrition-related activity and snack.

Vegetables/Vegetales book coverVengan a la Biblioteca Latinoamericana el martes, 11 de marzo 2014 a las 6:00 PM para una hora de cuentos especial en español e inglés presentada por El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Santa Clara.  Sus hijos aprenderán acerca de los beneficios de las frutas y verduras, y también disfrutarán de una actividad relacionada con la nutrición y la merienda.

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Backslidin's part of the puritanity



Down with diet dogma!  Here are some books to bring la dolce vita into your domicile!


Nourishing Traditions coverNourishing traditions : the cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig





Full Moon Feast coverFull moon feast : food and the hunger for connection by Jessica Prentice

Eat This Not That!

Eat This Not That book cover

It’s here!  It’s here! The 2013 Edition of Eat This Not That! by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding  is now available at your San Jose Public Library.   I love this book just for its sheer shock value. Page after page features mouth watering photographs of appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, desserts and drinks that are standard fare at popular fast food and restaurant  chains throughout the U.S.    Along with each photograph is a listing of the enormous quantity of saturated fat, sodium and calories that are contained in each luscious looking food item.


If you want to be super shocked go immediately to the section of the book entitled The WORST Foods in America. Dining at the Cheesecake Factory Restaurant?  Well, that healthy sounding Cheesecake Factory Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club Sandwich packs a total of 1,750 calories, 28 grams of saturated fat and 2,306 mg of sodium. Scary stuff! No wonder there is an obesity epidemic in this country. But let’s get real.  We all like to eat at chain restaurants and fast food establishments from time to time.  Sometimes we are just too busy to cook or find ourselves at the mall’s food court and need to eat something fast.  Eat This Not That! quickly shows you how to make easy food swaps from chain restaurant menus that can save you hundreds of calories , saturated fat and sodium.  


In addition to the restaurant and fast food chain shockers there are also helpful chapters on supermarket foods; holidays and special occasions; foods for kids and a small collection of recipes that will help you cut calories and save cash.


 If you are on a diet or just plain curious about the nutritional content of chain food establishments, check out Eat This Not That! 2013 Edition.

Low-fat Vegetarian Cookbook

book cover

Though having the look of an old cookbook (it doesn't have a picture for every single recipe), this book does cover different types of vegetarian dishes:  appetizers, soups, pasta, legume dishes, egg and cheese dishes, whole grains, desserts, and lasagne.  Other varieties are also found:  wheat germ burgers,  chili pot pie, mabu tofu, brown rice & broccoli, black bean hummus & carrot slaw sandwiches, corn custard, and many more.


This book is brought to readers by the Editors of Sunset Books.


I recently found a website that can help to answer the question from many friends and acquaintances "How can you sustain your life if you don't eat meat?":  You can type in "asparagus", "brussel sprouts", "turmeric", "tofu", "broccoli", "peanuts", "whole wheat", "quinoa", "black bean", "squash", etc. in the seach box for "name of food", you will get amazing answers in colorful graphical charts.


This website might even help to transform your friend's perspective towards vegetarian food.

After All, You're Callie Boone by Winnie Mack

Book cover of After All, You're Callie BooneLife is not going so well for Callie Boone during the summer before middle school! Her ex-best friend is now ignoring and making fun of her behind her back. Her family is driving her crazy. She is banned from the pool. And, she now faces middle school in the fall without a best friend! What is a girl to do?


Confused and hurt, Callie depends upon her diving practice time and her snack-loving father, who is a former diving star. Then a boy named Hoot moves in next door. Callie tests the limits of friendship with her new friend and learns what a real friend is like. A tragic twist shows her that there are more important things to life than her feelings about her former best friend.


After All, You're Callie Boone (AR 6.0, Level 4.7) is a fine motto to live by for anyone. Winnie Mack shows kids how important nutritious eating and loyalty are in life. Humorous and quick-paced, Mack's debut novel is a great summer read.

Trash Can Gourmet

Book cover of Rotten Ralph Feels RottenRotten Ralph, Sarah’s less than cooperative cat, won’t eat his healthy home-cooked meal. “Why should I?” He thinks, “when there are all those wonderful trash cans waiting for me in the alley?” So, Ralph sneaks out at night and dines on a green chicken wing, a furry fish, and for dessert? Mmmmm! Moldy blue cheesecake! Rotten Ralph has horrible nightmares and feels really sick after his foul feast. Will Sarah be able to get him to the vet in time? Are Rotten Ralph’s dumpster diving days over? Maybe eating out of trash cans is too rotten even for Ralph. Find out in Rotten Ralph Feels Rotten by Jack Gantos. This book is just one in a series of Rotten Readers. Check out Rotten Ralph’s further adventures.

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