Getting started on a more nutritious lifestyle can be a little overwhelming! Trust me…I have been there. Here are a few resources that I recommend to send you successfully on your way. Remember…take one step at a time. Read and learn a little here and a little there. Read here for the little steps I took to pursuing a more nutritious lifestyle.
Baking with Whole Grains Course by Sue Gregg – This course is full of simple information on pursuing a more nutritious lifestyle. I love Sue Gregg because she maintains such a balanced and biblical approach to food and keeping our bodies fit as the temple of the Holy Spirit. I appreciate all the Scripture that she ties into it as well. This book covers all topics of whole grains, the two stage soaking process, dairy, salt, oils, sweeteners, with the addition of of recipes in the back. My mom and sisters used this book as a study before I got married and it was extremely useful (without the grading and stuff). Her cookbooks are a wonderful place to start as well. You can preview portions of the book online. This is well worth the purchase!
Breakfasts…with Blender Batter Baking Allegry Alternatives by Sue Gregg- this is another wonderful resource by Sue Gregg explaining all the different wonderful whole grains at our disposal and how to start using them in your recipes. This has a lot of information that is taught in the course above. I love this book! You can also preview it here.
Sue Gregg has a wealth of information and sample recipes available for you on her website. I greatly appreciate the Talking Food Pages which she is updating all the time. She has articles on coconut oil, raw milk, sprouting bread, etc.
The Green Kitchen Handbook by Annie Berthold-Bond – a simple and clear book with a wealth of information and practical advice, references, and sources for turning your kitchen into a healthful, livable space. It contains simple tips for immediate use: how to buy organic foods as inexpensively and conveniently as supermarket foods, what to look for on food labels, and how to reduce packaging. This is a basic how-to for many aspects of the kitchen. Helpful in pursuing good stewardship and nutrition in your life.
I do enjoy Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, but I will give a disclaimer. The book overall is very detailed and almost a little too complicated in part for the beginner. Her recipes tend to be more complex and gourmet. I prefer the simple real food cooking, adapting my favorite recipes to make them more nutritious. I would definitely not recommend starting here, but rather with the other books listed above. I have used many of Sally’s recipes, but I believe in a more balanced approach as Sue Gregg offers, coming from a believer’s perspective.
God bless you as you pursue preparing food for the glory of God!