Our Cookbooks

Parents in the Guelph Family Health Study have asked us for kid-friendly and healthy recipes that they can serve to their families at home.

Our researchers responded by creating a series of cookbooks intended to make it a little easier to enjoy healthy and tasty foods made at home with your family!  

Download them all today. They are FREE for everyone!                                                                                                

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NEW!! Tasty Swaps: Recipes for Healthier Meals

Canada’s Food Guide recommends limiting highly processed foods. These foods contribute excess sodium, sugars, or saturated fat to the diet which can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. 

To help Canadians make informed choices, Health Canada has introduced a nutrition symbol for the front of prepackaged foods that are high in these nutrients. 

Our team has developed this new mini-cookbook to help you and your family build important food skills and make homemade, convenient, and delicious recipes without excess sodium, sugar, and saturated fat.  We hope you enjoy it!

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Plant-Based Proteins: Recipes Made Easy-Peasy

The 2019 Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating plant-based proteins more often.  Eating plant-based proteins can have a positive effect on your health and the health of the planet.  It can also help reduce your grocery bill.

We have designed this cookbook and 12 instructional videos as a resource for understanding the different types of plant-based proteins and how to incorporate them in recipes to make delicious healthy meals and snacks for your family.

Our team has created recipes guaranteed to meet the discerning taste buds of picky preschoolers, meat lovers, and long-time plant-based protein enthusiasts alike!

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Les Protéines D’Origine Végétale: des Recettes Faciles à Faire!

Le Guide alimentaire canadien 2019 recommande de manger plus souvent des protéines d’origine végétale.  Manger des protéines d’origine végétale peut avoir un effet positif sur votre santé et sur la santé de la planète.  Cette habitude alimentaire peut également contribuer à réduire votre facture d’épicerie.

Nous avons conçu ce livre de recettes et les 12 vidéos présentant pour vous aidez à comprendre les différents types de protéines d’origine végétale et vous donnez des idées pour les incorporer dans des recettes. Vous pourrez donc préparer de délicieux repas et collations sains pour votre famille!

Notre équipe a créé des recettes qui satisferont les papilles gustatives des enfants d’âge préscolaire difficiles, des amateurs de viande ainsi que des adeptes de longue date des protéines végétales!

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Rock What You’ve Got: Recipes for Preventing Food Waste

For this new recipe book, our focus is preventing food waste, while helping parents and children eat lots of fruits and vegetables.  We partnered with our friends at the Guelph Food Waste  Research Group, The Helderleigh Foundation, and George Brown College’s Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) to create this book. Love Food Hate Waste Canada, an initiative of The National Zero Waste Council, has also generously shared their food waste reduction materials to bring this book to life.

Whether foods in your household are discarded because of a busy schedule, a picky eater, or a lack of enthusiasm for leftovers, the recipes and tips in this book are good for your health and your bank account.

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Snack Healthy, Snack Happy!

This cookbook is focused on healthy, kid-friendly snacking. To support kids’ healthy eating, researchers from the Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS) partnered with the Helderleigh Foundation and George Brown College Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) to create recipes that help make even the tiniest bites count.

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Kids in the Kitchen

This collection of recipes was created just for kids! Getting your kids into the kitchen early can help you teach them how to choose healthy foods and is a great way to spend quality time together! Research shows that children who are involved in food preparation are more likely to try new foods.

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Make Ahead, Big Batch and Slow Cooker Recipes

Meal preparation can be especially difficult during the winter when the days are shorter and it’s cold outside. These recipe ideas for make-ahead, big-batch and slow cooker meals will help make meals easier during the long winter months.

Half your plate Cookbook

Fill Half Your Plate with Fruits & Vegetables

One of our goals at the Guelph Family Health Study is to help your family develop healthy eating behaviours, including eating more fruits and vegetables. For this recipe book, we have partnered with Half Your Plate to provide you with tips, tricks and recipes to increase your family’s fruit and vegetable intake.