Take It From Me: National Geographic Foods For Health {Book Review & Giveaway}

November 13, 2014

National Geographic Foods For Health {Book Review & Giveaway}

I am very passionate about healthy living. Being active and healthy has always been a part of me, but it wasn't until I got married and had kids that my passion grew stronger. I wanted my husband and kids to not only have a healthy mom and wife, but it also hurt me to see my kids and husband suffer from an illness.

We as a family are continually learning what we can do better to increase our health and have learned that it takes baby steps when it comes to lifestyle changes because it can be really overwhelming. If you are wondering what I mean by "baby steps," it could be going to the grocery store and purchasing a fruit or vegetable that you have never had before, or maybe swapping the potato chips for some hummus and crackers. Making simple changes can make a big difference.

One thing I have really enjoyed and has helped me along this health path has been reading and researching food. I have learned SO much about how food can benefit our bodies in a good way and how eating poorly can destroy it.

National Geographic has been focusing on food this year, and has come out with two very fun books, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOODS FOR HEALTH: Choose and Use the Very Best Foods for Your Family and Our Planet and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS COOKBOOK: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure.

Eating foods that are unprocessed are very beneficial to your body. National Geographic's Foods for Health highlight 148 ingredients that give your body the most health benefits with the least amount of impact on the environment. The authors of this book give great ideas of incorporating these foods into your family meals while sneaking in fun food facts and cultural history of each ingredient.

"Too Often in the past, nutrition has been perceived incorrectly as a science of invention. People have looked to nutrition to alleviate their ills that have resulted from mismanagement of everyday health habits. Instead of changing our habits, we prefer to believe that doctors will invent a miracle cure or a magic pill that allows us to continue in our poor dietary habits that have hurt our health." - Foods for Health

My little four year-old has big dreams of becoming a chef. I teach her every day about the importance of eating healthy and keeping her body in good shape. She has held onto my every word and was so excited when she received her very own National Geographics Kids Cook Book.

This year-round fun cookbook is filled with fifty deliciously fun recipes that involve both kids and their parents. My kids love to cook and it is such an important skill to teach them because if they can learn at a young age to have healthy habits it will be a lot easier for them to keep them when they are older.

You'll also find school lunch ideas, festive holiday meals, snow day snacks, creative crafts, fun food trivia and your kids will be introduce to cultures around the world. This is seriously such a fun book, and a great gift for the holiday season!

National Geographic has dedicated this year to "The Future of Food," exploring issues surrounding how we eat today and how we can provide food for all as the world's population grows. Check out NatGeoFood.com for more info!

Also, enter to win a copy of both books!!

Disclosure: I received products in exchange for this review. These opinions are 100% my my own.


  1. I loved the story of food article!

  2. I learned Garden Peas have ancient roots.

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  3. The word salad comes from the Latin term, salata, which means 'salted things'.

  4. Argentina consumes more beef per capita than any other country in the world!


  5. Visited and learned they have five easy chicken recipes featured.

  6. No one knows where the pea came from!

  7. Mayonnaise must contain eggs.

  8. Most of our limes come from Mexico

  9. I learned lentils have the highest protein count after soybeans for vegetables

  10. I learned that after soybeans, lentils have the highest protein content of any vegetable.


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