Book Reviews

Healthy Meals for Hurried Families
By Jan Tilley, MS, RD, LD

Premise:
This book offers easy, nutrient-rich recipes for families who want to eat healthy within a busy lifestyle.

Synopsis:
Easy meals are offered for a good variety of meal occasions from salads to soups to desserts and side dishes as well as entertaining with a variation but generally short and easy preparation.

Nutritional Pros and Cons:
Based on current recommendations, many appealing recipes using a variety of nutrient-rich foods are offered as the basis to an overall healthy diet. Basic nutrition information is given at the beginning of each recipe category that is both easy to understand and easy to incorporate into real life. The nutrition information is factual and based on current recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines.

Especially helpful are the icons provided on each recipe to indicate:

Heart Healthy – 480 mg sodium or less and 10 grams of fat or less
Diabetes Friendly – 30 grams carbohydrate of less
Kid Friendly – Easy to eat, flavors kids love!
Gluten Free – No wheat, barley, rye, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
High Fiber – 5 or more grams of fiber

Bottom Line:
Healthy Meals for Hurried Families
is a great resource for families trying to eat healthy despite a busy schedule by incorporating more nutrient-rich foods into their meals.

Obtain a copy: JTA Wellness.

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The Nutrition Entrepreneur: How to Start and Grow a Great Business
By Sheila Kelly, MS, RD and Gary Kaplan

Premise:
This book offers step-by-step directions for planning, researching and launching an entrepreneurial nutrition business.

Synopsis:
The nuts-and-bolts steps offered prepare the entrepreneur for the logistical aspects of running a business. The bonus is the ability to obtain 25 CPEU/CEU’s.

Pros and Cons:
The book recognizes the fact that it would be impossible to cover all the nuances of running your own business. However, the reminder to remain connected to your personal support systems as well as the need to network are well advised. Also well advised, keeping a positive attitude, working hard and treating people well.

Especially helpful are the guided steps through each phase of preparation and business:

• Getting Ready: Planning Your Business
• Structuring Your Business
• Developing and Marketing Your Products and Services
• Contracts, Sales and Customer Service
• Online Marketing and Social Media
• Keeping it Real: Advice from the Pros

Bottom Line:
The Nutrition Entrepreneur is a great resource for registered dietitians on the cusp of embarking on their own business. The book is based on sound business principles and remains realistic regarding the challenges and rewards of owning your own business. From my experience, once the business is launched and nurtured, word of mouth will begin to symbiotically propel you forward if you follow the advice of positive attitude, hard work and delivering more than promised.

Obtain a copy: Skelly Skills

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