Lately, I’ve found myself on a bit of a health kick. I’ve been following along with and blogging about the nutrition and exercise plan in Yogalosophy —the new book by Jennifer Aniston and Kate Beckinsale’s yoga instructor Mandy Ingber—before I review it for Where Is My Guru ’s radio show on May 17. And my new routine has me thinking and reading about all things health and wellness.
If you’re looking for healthy recipes, new fitness routines, or other useful resources, too, check out these books, podcasts, and articles.
On Your Kindle
Food Matters , by Mark Bittman
One of my new go-to recipe idea books is Mark Bittman’s Food Matters. Bittman is a New York Times food columnist, but he isn’t a fancy “foodie,” as you might expect. Instead, his book is focused on easy at-home preparations and a decreased consumption of meat and processed foods.
What’s particularly good about Food Matters is Bittman’s emphasis on preparing seasonal vegetables in various ways and with different seasonings. I’ve been experimenting with his ideas for vegetables, like roasting zucchini and asparagus drizzled with olive oil and spices—they’re delicious! It’s also a great book for office dwellers, as he has great ideas for pre-making your lunches .
On Your Smartphone
Looking for a fun new at-home fitness routine? Whenever I’m thinking of buying a new DVD, I check out the reviews on the website Fit Bottomed Girls . In addition to reviewing many of the most popular home workout routines, they also have tons of fitness resources available. From articles on spin class basics and yummy smoothie recipes to reviews of fitness equipment and interviews with personal trainers, you’re bound to find something useful from the “girls.”
On a Podcast
Namaste Yoga , with Dr. Melissa West
Thinking about trying out yoga? Check out this podcast from Melissa West, which is full of interesting videos and pose advice. If you’re a yoga beginner, you’ll enjoy West’s soothing manner and modification-friendly practice, as well as her commitment to bringing yoga to people who may not be able to afford pricey classes.
Her podcast series is great, too, if you travel for work and need to practice yoga in your hotel room—or if you want to shut your office door and indulge in some restorative yoga on your lunch break. West is also currently doing a series of podcasts based on one of my favorite books, Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly .
I love this new cookbook by Melissa Lanz, which contains simple meals that are easy to prepare and full of veggies and other healthy ingredients. It’s great for busy professionals or parents who have limited time, yet care about the nutritional quality of the food they make—and it’s a perfect “starter” cookbook if you don’t cook now.
Lanz’s basic idea is that 20 ingredients can be used to make a week’s worth of meals. She talks about stocking your pantry with year-round staples, like olive oil and black pepper, and then buying seasonal, organic ingredients to vary your meals. As a result, the book is designed to follow the seasons, from light summer salads to yummy fall soups.
Photo courtesy of Francisco Osorio .