Smart Eating Made Simple You are what you eat.  We have all heard this phrase at one time or another in our lives.  If you consume high calories, high fat, and packaged foods with additives and preservatives you are going to feel tired, and unhealthy.  In the book, Smart Eating Made Simple, nutritionist Jane Ibbetson explains how changing your diet to mostly plant based organic whole foods can help you regain your energy and improve your overall health.

I am a stay at home mom of five beautiful children and eating healthy foods is very important for my family.  When we get busy with school activities, traveling or family emergencies eating right is more difficult.  We are surrounded with advertisements for packaged foods claiming to be fortified with healthy ingredients like lutein, extra protein, fiber and nutrients. We think these products are healthy for us and fall for the manufacturers’ gimmicks.  However, these foods are missing vital nutrients that our bodies crave and need.

Smart Eating Made Simple is and essential guide book to healthy eating that every family must have in their home library. Jane Ibbetson  provides helpful tips and information on  what foods aid in healing, what foods you should serve to your family, and the science behind a plant based diet.  This book also contains several delicious and nutritious plant based recipes.

Below is one of my favorite recipes from Smart Eating Made Simple.

Delectable Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing

1 c of grapes, cut in half
3 apples, unpeeled, chunked
3 bananas, sliced
1 – 20 oz. can of pineapple tidbits in 100% juice
1/2 cup of dried apricots, chopped

dressing 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, undiluted 2 tablespoons raw honey

Layer the 6 fruits attractively in a glass bowl.  Mix yogurt, orange juice concentrate and honey for dressing.  Pour over fruit in the bowl and serve.  Do not stir before serving time.  Makes 8-10 servings.

After reading this book I believe I have finally found an answer to my health issues.  I suffer from insomnia, fatigue and digestive problems.  My husband has other problems with his health mostly related to his weight. We eat meat in small portions and try to stay away from red meats, however I don’t think we eat enough plant based foods.  This fall I am planing on incorporating more of the tips in Smart Eating Made Simple for my family’s diet.  I am also looking forward to trying more of the recipes in the book.

You can purchase Smart Eating Made Simple on or at your local book store.

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About the author, Jane Ibbestson: 
Jane Ibbetson holds a Master of Science in nutrition and works as an educator and nutritional counselor for high-risk families.  Along with her more than 16 years of nutritional counseling experience, Ibbetson developed an interest in healthy eating over an extended period of time and is a prime example of the lifestyle changes she advocates.  She lives with her husband in Arizona and enjoys spending time with her six children and 12 grandchildren.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of the book, Smart Eating Made Simple in exchange for this review.  All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at and her articles can also be found on She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on .

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    I used to read Jane Ibbestson's article manier times, and those are amazing. I truly liked the way she writes, she fantastically play with words.

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    This is absolutely true smart eating made simple. A healthy diet is vital to our health but it has to be rich with nutrition.

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    Like you even i got the answers of all my questions relating to the health issues.

  • Ann oakley , May 21, 2013

    I love reading smart eating make simple post on my face book Jane always have great tips, recipes she has pointed me to some great healthy sites.

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