It’s time to get excited about cooking again!
If you think eating healthy means dry chicken and steamed vegetables 24/7, it’s time for some inspiration.
Healthy cookbooks can be a game changer when you’re trying to clean up your diet by making cooking fun and easy, even for those with a busy lifestyle.
To help get you started, our nutrition expert Coach Isis has put together a list of her favorite healthy cookbooks. You’ll find that many of these books offer more than just recipes. They include valuable tips, relatable antecedents, and beautiful photos that are sure to excite even the most reluctant chefs.
The titles below offer everything from simple snackable treats to indulgent and nourishing meals that your whole family will enjoy. They also serve a variety of different dietary needs while celebrating fresh, whole ingredients.
Let’s jump in and explore!
Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes: A Cookbook
“Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. is an absolute go-to for pre-run snacks, post-run recovery breakfasts, quick and easy lunches, and 30-minutes dishes. Recipes include Shalane and Elyse’s signature Superhero muffins, energizing smoothies, grain salads, power bowls, homemade pizza and race day bars.”
Fit Men Cook: 100+ Meal Prep Recipes for Men and Women―Always #HealthyAF, Never Boring
“In Fit Men Cook, Kevin Curry contains everything you need to live a healthy lifestyle from grocery lists to meal prep advice. This book also contains Cook’s personal story of overcoming depression and weight gain and how he was able to turn his life around. Look for 100+ easy and flavorful recipes like banana and corn waffles, sweet potato whip, Moroccan chicken, and many more mouth-watering recipes.”
Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less
“Melissa Joulwan shares her love of food and adventure in this wonderful cookbook featuring recipes inspired by takeout classics, food trucks, and cuisines from around the world. Each recipe is free of grains, dairy, legumes and soy. Every meal is flavorful and simple to create, with affordable ingredients you'll find at any grocery store.”
The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes
“Alex Snodgrass of TheDefinedDish.com offers this wonderful Whole30-approved cookbook full of delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes . This wholesome cookbook is also designed for those who have completed Whole30, and are looking to reintroduce tortillas, yogurt, beans and legumes back into their diet.“
The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30
“Whole30 success is within reach thanks to Melissa Hartwig’s collection of delicious, compliant, fast and easy recipes. Whether you’re doing your first Whole30 or your fifth, or just looking for some healthy, fast, and easy recipes to try, this collection is a must-have for any kitchen.”
Danielle Walker's Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime
“What’s for dinner? Author Danielle Walker takes the guesswork out of meal planning with eight weeks' worth of dinner ideas, complete with full shopping lists and recipes for using up leftovers. This is a must-have for anyone with a busy lifestyle.”
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Volume 1)
“Authors Michelle Tam and Henry Fong have created a feast with more than 100 fool-proof Paleo and gluten-free recipes + more than 900 step-by-step photographs and cartoons. This cookbook has something for everyone whether your a an athlete, foodie or weeknight chef who is curious about the "caveman" approach to eating.”