Healthy Eating is well and truly on everyone’s radar. Over the last few years, the health industry has boomed and it is becoming increasingly popular to live a healthy lifestyle. Alongside this, many restrictive diets, recipe books and products are on the market and we seem to have forgotten the message that eating for health means eating food that make us feel good, provides us with nutrition and nourishes our bodies inside and out. But it’s often thought that living this way comes with a huge price tag, hours in the kitchen, requires all the fancy equipment and doesn’t taste great – as a huge advocate of the wellness industry I can promise you this isn’t the case! I have tried and tested many healthy eating recipe books and have compiled this list of 5 recipe books to make you love healthy eating…
1. Hippie Lane The Cookbook
Hippie Lane, created by the fabulous Taline Gabriel, is quite possibly the prettiest healthy eating recipe book I’ve seen! The pages are full of such beautiful recipes that you’ll be dying to eat healthy! Her recipes are all plant-based and free-from dairy, gluten and refined sugar – but I promise you’d never know! The book covers a huge range of recipes from quick breakfasts to dinner dates and sweet treats, but the brunch recipes are where it’s at – they are out of this world! Some recipes call for ingredients you might not have at home, but are easy to buy online and with careful meal planning, you can make buying the ingredients worthwhile! Most of the Hippie Lane recipes require a Food processor, I found a simple one like this works really well!
Best For: Brunch Lovers
Top Recipe: The Acai Bowl with Rawnola
Hippie Lane Essentials: Click to see my recommendations!
2. Deliciously Ella Everyday
Ella Mills, creator of Deliciously Ella is a huge inspiration to me. Her first book triggered my initial interest in healthy eating and I’ve never looked back! Deliciously Ella Everyday is her second book, and it exceeds the first – the layout of the book is more practical as recipes are organised by meal type making it much easier to find the healthy recipe you’re looking for! The recipes in this book are also designed to be more weekday friendly – quicker and simpler to make! Deliciously Ella introduced me into the incredible world of healthy alternatives, (courgetti spaghetti, cauliflower rice, quinoa pizza and sweet potato brownies), and my absolute favourite snack – Medjool Dates. In fact, most of her sweet recipes use medjool dates as a sweetener – buying online can be a great cost saver here!
Best For: People looking for healthy alternatives to their favourite meals!
Top Recipe: All of the Courgetti recipes!
Deliciously Ella Essentials : Click to see my recommendations!
3. The Food Medic
I have been following Hazel Wallace’s, (aka The Food Medic), blog and Instagram page for a few years now and she is one inspirational lady! As if running a successful health blog, being a qualified personal trainer and an ambassador of many wellness brands isn’t enough… she is a full time doctor! The Food Medic’s website quotes – ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ – the recipes featured on her blog and in her book live and breathe this message! Many of her recipes are high in protein and perfect for pre or post workout meals and snacks.
Best For: Gym-Goers!
Top Recipe: The Kale Hummus
The Food Medic Essentials: Click to see my recommendations!
4. I Quit Sugar
Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar was hugely helpful to me when I was learning about the world of healthy eating. It was one of the first healthy eating recipe books that I read and I learnt so much! I learnt that fat-free often means full of sugar, that diet/light options are usually packed with additives, and that there were huge differences in the fats that we consume. The idea behind I Quit Sugar is that we increase the amount of healthy fats we eat and reduce our sugar intake, and as a result eat more filling meals, fuel our bodies correctly and avoid uncessesary snacking! Despite being free-from sugar, this healthy eating recipe book is full of mouth-watering sweet treats, snacks and cakes that will make you question if it really is that healthy after all! Rice malt syrup (a healthy sweetener) is a absolute must if your making recipes from this book – easily found in larger supermarkets and even easier online!
Best For: People with a sweet tooth!
Top Recipe: All of the snack bars – I can’t choose!
I Quit Sugar Essentials: Click to see my recommendations!
5. Lean In 15
Joe Wicks, ‘The Body Coach’, is the hero of quick and healthy recipes. His recipes mean there is now no excuse for not having enough time to cook healthy meals! In his series of 3 Lean in 15 books, he shares 15 minute, simple recipes that are completely that fuss-free! The book features recipes, from breakfast to dinner, that are perfectly designed for pre and post workout meals. He puts emphasis on consuming healthy fats, lean protein and complex carbs! His Instragram is full of #leanin15 transformations that show that eating this way, alongside regular exercise, (he promotes HIIT training), leads to weight loss and healthy bodies!
Best For: Busy people!
Top Recipe: Baked Eggs in Avocado
Lean in 15 Essentials: Click to see my recommendations!
So there you have it, my pick of the best 5 healthy eating recipe books that will make you love eating healthy! No excuses!
What healthy eating recipe books do you love?
Thanks for reading,