The Best Healthy Cookbooks to Use Today
Let me say right out of the gate that cooking is not my thing. While I’m a stickler about eating healthy—as you can see from my daily dinner—I’m never sure of how to mix foods together. I’m sure those beans and eggs could make a fabulous marriage if I threw some guacamole and salsa into the mix, but my brain doesn’t work that way. That’s why I went on the search for the best healthy cookbooks that would turn the produce aisle into a place to be worshipped instead of feared.
So, how did I decide on the best healthy cookbooks? Well, for me, a lot of it came down to the simplicity of the ingredients. I’ve spent enough time eating plain broccoli and brussel sprouts that I’m not going to spend a lot of money, time, and energy on a 5-star Michelin chef-inspired shredded brussel sprout soufflé. On the other hand, I knew I needed to kick my cooking up a notch and be willing to put in at least a little bit of effort.
In the end, I decided that the best healthy cookbooks were ones that offered a variety of recipes spanning a number of different skill levels, budgets, and needs. While right now I only have the money and time to throw two eggs in a pan, maybe in the future I’ll have the luxury of picking out the best halibut from the fine foods store and singing to it as I watch it slowly sear over my $5,000 gas stove. Hey, a girl can dream.
This isn’t the ultimate list of the best healthy cookbooks on the face of the planet. Thankfully, we live in a world where many cooks are much more inspired than I am and have put their amazing food combinations into print for us all to try and enjoy. So, there are countless books I’ve missed, but this list will at least get you started. Do you have a favorite you would deem as one of the best healthy cookbooks? Head down to the comments box below and let us know!
This is a cookbook I’m constantly returning to when I need a quick and healthy recipe for dinner. Be aware that many of the recipes are written for one or two servings, which could be good or bad depending on the day and your meal prep needs. What I love about this book, as opposed to Hungry Girl’s other publications, is that it eliminates the fake ingredients. Still boasting low-calorie recipes, this book uses whole and natural foods more so than the others.
America’s Test Kitchen doesn’t mess around. With recipes undergoing hundreds of tests and variations, you can bet that everything they publish will be a success. The one downside to this is that recipes can be labor intensive at times in order for them to be the level of perfection that America’s Test Kitchen demands. We are used to
If you haven’t heard of spiralizing your vegetables, get ready for your world, or diet, to change. The basic idea is to replace pasta with vegetable by shredding them into noodle-like shapes. While you can use a vegetable peeler, you have better ways to waste your time. Check out this popular spiralizer that will save you a lot of time. Inspirilized has fruit and vegetable based recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner and even dessert. Believe me, spirilizing your vegetables is amazing and definitely worth a try.
The name of this book speaks for itself, so I'll be quiet now.
This cookbook is perfect for someone like me who tends to get overwhelmed by recipes with fancy names and hundreds of ingredients. With each chapter name for one vegetable or fruit, you know what you’re in for before you even leave the table of contents. This cookbook is entirely vegetarian and very focused on whole, simple recipes. Designed for busy people with leftover vegetables on hand, Love and Lemons will give you great ideas for healthy meals in a short amount of time. And, even better, Love and Lemons is also a blog! Check it out here.
Woah, a healthy ice cream book?! Yes, you better believe it. If you aren’t drooling over the beautiful photography, you’ll certainly lose yourself when you see the recipes. As all of the ice cream recipes are vegan, you’ll be using nut
There are as many smoothie books as there are pigeons in New York City. The reason why I chose this smoothie book is because it gives great background information about ingredients, techniques, tips and tricks, and equipment advice. Short of having a huge pile of new smoothie recipes, when you finish this book, you’ll also know how to properly freeze bananas, how to smoothly blend your greens, and even how to make granola. Green Kitchen Smoothies does a good job of covering all of the smoothie bases and is a good choice if you’re new to the smoothie game.
I know the title sounds like an oxymoron, but Jamie Oliver proves that it is actually possible to have everyday superfoods. I have been a fan of Jamie Oliver since his Food Revolution show in which he transformed school lunches. This cookbook is a testament to his healthy message. It is full of delicious recipes that are not only delicious, but inventive as well. Granola dust? Yep, you’ll have to check it out.