Deciding what and how to feed your family can feel overwhelming at times. I created this resource page as a reference to help you move forward with greater ease, confidence and joy. There is a lot of information here, so feel free to jump ahead to the sections that most interest you. I have included a “bookshelf” at the end of all of the books for those that like to browse at book covers more leisurely. I linked the books as Amazon links because it is the most uniform way to share the information but I have no affiliations or ties to any purchases you may make. I love my local bookstore and library! Whether you are looking for recipe ideas or information on nutrients you may need to pay special attention to, I hope you find something useful here.
Dr. Michael Greger provides free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Provides information, resources and ethical scientific research that emphasizes plant based nutrition.
True Health Initiative
The True Health Initiative is a growing coalition of more than 400 world-renowned health experts, committed to cutting through the noise and educating on only the time-honored, proven principles of lifestyle as medicine. Coalition members include physicians, scientists, nutritionists and authors from nearly 38 countries.
Forks Over Knives
A hub for health information, with an array of tools for the plant-based lifestyle.The Forks Over Knives website features delicious recipes, articles by leading experts, and scores of real-life success stories.
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies offers evidence-based education and resources. They promote optimal nutrition through science-based education, advocacy, and research.
Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
The vegetarian nutrition dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They are a leading authority on vegetarian diets and provide tools from evidence-based research to plan all types of vegetarian meals. They share information for all age groups, and fitness levels that will promote health and well-being based on the latest research.
Comprehensive, evidence-based source of vegan information. Provides reviews of the scientific literature related to the health benefits of a vegan as well as discussions about concerns related to vegan nutrition and recommendations for nutrients that can be low in the diets of some vegans.
Brenda Davis, RD
Internationally acclaimed speaker and author, Brenda Davis’ website features recipes, articles, videos and loads of useful information.
The Vegan RD, Ginny Messina, RD
Registered dietician, Ginny Messina, offers tools and knowledge to adopt a healthy vegan diet for long term health and happiness.
The Plant Based Dietician, Julieanna Hever, RD
Energetic and talented registered dietician, author and speaker. She created one of the resources that I most get asked to share (see below!).
The Nutrition Source: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Though not entirely plant based, the school and its department of nutrition offer evidence-based guidance for healthy eating and healthy living. The are the creators of The Healthy Eating Plate featured below. Additionally they do address the environmental impacts of our food choices in one of their feature articles on sustainability.
- Becoming Vegan Comprehensive Addition
- How Not to Die
- The China Study
- Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
- Eat, Drink and Be Healthy
- Vegan for Life
- The Book of Veganish
- Blue Zones
- Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows
- Beyond Beliefs
- Eating Animals
- A Plea For the Animals
- Comfortably Unaware
Plant Based Nutrition Quick Start Guides
The Plantrician Project offers two free guides available for download as well as purchase. One is a general guide and the other focuses specifically on children.
Nutrition for Kids
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine provides a plant based guide for for infants, children and teens.
Handouts From The Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
So many wonderful handouts! Including the health effects of soy, vegetarian diets for infants, children and teens, iron, B12, and the list goes on.
Canadian Food Guide
In addition to emphasizing plant foods and removing dairy as a requirement, the Canadian Food guide emphasizes cooking at home, enjoying your food, sharing meals with others and paying attention to food marketing. A great visual!
Becoming Vegan Food Guide
Graphic from “Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition” and from“Becoming Vegan: Express Edition” , both by Registered Dietitians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, Book Publishing Co.
Healthy Eating Plate from The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
The Healthy Eating Plate, created by nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health, provides detailed guidance in a simple format to help people make the best eating choices. Of course, I endorse the plant based selections!
From the Plant Based Dietician Julieanna Hever, offers an informative, easy to use graphic highlighting key nutrients and their sources.
Ellyn Satter: Division of Responsibility in Feeding
Feeding expert and registered dietician Ellyn Satter developed a model of feeding that is widely used by parents and feeding experts alike.
Richa Hingle creates easy to follow recipes using mostly whole foods
and features many Indian recipes.
Not just a baking site! Simple, delicious everyday recipes. Mostly gluten-free
so a terrific resource for those with celiac disease or
gluten sensitivity. Also, just a beautiful blog. A family favorite.
Oh She Glows
Delicious plant based recipes that are family and allergy friendly.
The Full Helping
Recipes that are focused on both pleasure and wellness, along with
occasional musings on nutrition, self-care, and mindful living.
Terrifically balanced and beautiful recipes and content.
Whole food vegan recipes that are family friendly.
It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken: Fuss Free Vegan Recipes
Hearty, satisfying vegan comfort food.
The First Mess
Seasonal, plant based recipes.
The Simple Veganista
Easy-to-follow, budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten, oil,
and refined sugar free.
- Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking
- Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals
- Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
- Vegan Richa’s Everyday Cooking
- Vegan Richa’s Indian Cooking
- Oh She Glows Every Day
- Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
- Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized
- Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
- The First Mess: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons
- Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine
- The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family