Have you been good this January? Are you eating real food and going easy on wine and chocolate? Yes me too. Let’s use this healthy eating experience and make a life-changing thing out of it. I know we all had been waiting for the end of all that feel-good food, so we can bake brownies and stick our faces into it (which would make me feel good too). Did we all forget that this kind of food was the reason for this damn cleanse in the first place? Of cause we did!
Yet delicious and nutritious doesn’t have to exclude the other. And it doesn’t have to be every meal and every day, but if we can have good food most of the time, we still can eat chili cheese fries and feel not guilty about it.
Here are four of my favorite good-for-you-cookbooks, to proof you can have yummy and also healthy meals. You can find everything from easy weeknight dinner to sweets and all of them have beautiful pictures to inspire you and to make you crave whole food.
It’s available for a couple of months now, but fairly new to me. This cookbook was a Christmas present from one of my sisters and I love it. It offers tasty recipes and lures me into trying new ingredients. I also like the How-to chapter with helpful tips on essential techniques. You can also find Sarah Britton’s recipes on her blog: My New Roots. If you haven’t tried her life-changing loaf of bread yet, you are missing out.
Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes by Ella Woodward
Ella is a food blogger (Deliciously Ella), turned cookbook author with a second cookbook on the way. She started cooking plant-based food to overcome her health issues, but still wanted to be able to enjoy her meals. I picked up a copy of her first book, while I was on vacation in Germany and already marked several recipes to try. I cooked so far the Mexican quinoa bowl and the cinnamon pecan granola and loved both of them, because they are no fuzz, good for me and very tasty.
Melissa and Jasmine are a sister team with a food consulting business and they are also behind the food blog with the name Hemsley + Hemsley. They don’t believe in counting calories and prefer to help people to find a way to eat nutritious and delicious food. I enjoyed the flower-power pizza and their chapter for pantry staples is very helpful. This is the second book I bought while visiting Germany and didn’t regret to schlep it all the way home. H+H also have another cookbook coming soon, which I already have an eye on.
Fast Food, Good Food: More Than 150 Quick and Easy Ways to Put Healthy, Delicious Food on the Table by Andrew Weil MD
Dr. Weil is called a food guru for good reasons. This cookbook calls for fresh whole ingredients and everything tastes so good, you won’t know you are eating healthy. The title doesn’t lie, the recipes are quick and easy and not necessary meant to lose weight, they approach an anti-inflammatory diet.
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