FOOD LIFESTYLE

My Favourite Recipe Books for Healthy Eating

Ever having since returned from my fitness and yoga retreat in Crete with HHH Retreats I have been determind to keep the weight off, exercise far more and start eating clean. 

I love cooking, I love food and I love world cuisine so it’s no suprise I have a large collection fo cookery books, but I have also added to my collection this past month with some health eating books. Some get relegated to the back of the kitchen cupboards but those listed below I am using on a weekly basis and taking pride of place on the kitchen work top!

As you can see from the post it notes sticking out the top, I use this one a lot! I didn’t really know who Niomi was before I saw this book but I had heard great things about the recipes inside and her relationship with food. Niomi Smart’s passion is healthy food and this book compiles all of her favourite recipes into a cookbook to show you the smart way to eat. Niomi’s focuses on natural food, using everyday ingredients that will work wonders on your well-being. And all her recipes are simple to make and can fit into your daily life. The book covers breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, snacks, baked treats and drinks whether you want to wake up to a Tropical Smoothie Bowl, whip up a Roasted Fennel, Lentil and Fig Salad for lunch, and finish off the day with a Mauritian Curry with Coconut and Coriander Rice – you’ll be surprised just how delicious eating smart can be.

Whether for personal, practical or planetary reasons, more and more people are adopting a flexitarian diet that has less meat and fish, and is mostly vegetarian. In The Part-Time Vegetarian Nicola Graimes presents a collection of fresh new recipes, all vegetarian, but many with a Part-Time Option showing how to include meat or fish if you want. She explores a world of vegetarian flavours that will turn your expectations of meat-free eating around. Try Smoked Cheese Potato Cakes with Crispy Kale for the ultimate comfort food supper, or go for the variation of Salmon Potato Cakes as an indulgent weekend brunch. Or make the flavour-packed options of Lebanese Labneh Balls or Spiced Lamb Meatballs when entertaining vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests.

This book is brilliant and it is really helping me when I need a good ‘detox’ week! Tess Masters blends up great-tasting dishes that make it easy to eat well, detoxify, and rebalance. If you’re looking for healthy, convenient meals without all the processed stuff and sugar, look no further. Tess creates inspiring and tasty heartwarming plant-based recipes for every meal of the day that will keep your blender busy and your family happy and in good health. The Blender Girl is not just a collection of fruit smoothies – it s a gift of deliciously balanced recipes, power packed with information that adds a new twist to the old adage drink your solids and chew your liquids.

Bestselling author Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has inspired thousands to transform their bodies by shifting unwanted fat and building lean muscle. In Lean in 15 – The Sustain Plan he reveals how to SUSTAIN incredible results while still seeing progress week on week. Fully illustrated and with a hundred quick-to-prepare meals and four workouts, the plan is perfect for busy people who don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen or gym. Joe gives advice on how to combine his tasty, nutritious recipes with a brand new training programme to make you leaner, fitter and healthier than ever before. I haven’t followed the plan completely but I do enjoy the recipes he has in the book, and I feel like I am full, even after a healthy meal. The proof is in the pudding!

This book is not a quick fix – it’s a new way of life. The boys behind Leaner, Fitter, Stronger teach you how to make a fit and healthy lifestyle work hard for you; how to have a career, see your friends, go out, have a family, drink, eat burgers and get in the best shape of your life (and stay that way!). With Max, Lloyd, James and Tom as your guides you’ll never feel tied down by a regime, like you can’t accept a drinks invitation or like you have to force down that poached chicken fillet that you’d rather swap for fries. Even Theo has been following this book, and loves the fun-inspired recipes and was happy to see men similar to him still enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

I eat everything out of a bowl so this book was always going to be a hit with me! Bowls are the new plates, featuring flavoursome combinations of nutritious grains, proteins, vegetables, a sauce, and something crunchy. It’s a casual, comforting, satisfying way to eat lunch or dinner and a delicious way to serve up healthy super foods and pro-biotics. What makes Bowls! different is that it offers a comprehensive strategy for tackling this fun new way to eat, including 26 full recipes perfect for bowls plus 90 recipes for mix-and-match components.

Life is stressful enough without your having to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen making meals. Since my time is limited and work is stressful I often find eating healthy is hard so I invested in a slow cooker. Give yourself a well-deserved break instead and put your slow cooker to work. Once you’ve prepared the ingredients, this heaven-sent machine will do all the work for you. Stocks, soups and stews couldn’t be easier – and this book will also show you how to expand your repertoire and make imaginative recipes that will wow. I Love My Slow Cooker gives you more than 100 recipes for hearty soups and starters, tender meat, delicious poultry and fish courses, inspiring vegetarian dishes and divine desserts.

The aim of this book is to get people cooking different things with the usual items they buy, adding a healthy element at the same time. Talking to friends and family and looking in her own shopping basket, Jo has realised that we all generally sleep-shop and we tend to be in a cooking rut. We can see how it happens – work, families, getting fit for our beach holidays, socialising and box sets all eat away at our time and we haven’t even mentioned cooking.

Erin Gleeson is known for her visually stunning, healthy recipes dishes that are easy enough to prepare after a long day at work, yet impressive enough for a party. Her food has always been ideal for entertaining, but now Gleeson offers detailed guidance on hosting casual, yet thoughtful gatherings from start to finish from the decor and cocktails to the ideal food pairings. In this new book, more than 100 fresh, innovative vegetarian recipes are arranged in a series of artfully designed menus, tailored to specific occasions like a summer dinner party, a laid-back brunch or holiday cocktails. Lushly illustrated with hundreds of watercolour drawings and photographs, The Forest Feast Gatherings is an inspiring reference for anyone who wants to share good food with good friends in Erin s irresistible style and the perfect companion to the original.

Australians are famous for their sun kissed, athletic physiques, and now Saimaa Miller has written a guide to getting that same naturally healthy body this side of the equator. In Aussie Body Diet you’ll discover the seven secrets to optimum health, learn which type of detoxer you are, and be able to devise the programme that’s right for you, with tips for good health from Saimaa’s celebrity clients to encourage you. All accompanied by recipes so delicious, you’ll hardly believe you’re on a detox. In just fourteen days you’ll detox your system, and be left refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.

What are your favourite healthy eating books? Let me know in the comments!

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