So the older I’ve got the more I have focused on putting good, healthy food into my body. I am so passionate about it that I have even done an advanced course in nutrition. Now I am by no means saying I am an angel and stick to this way of eating 100% of the time – I do order the odd pizza and indulge now and again but I truly believe a 90/10 split is a healthy approach – as my mum would say a little of what you fancy does you good!
So when I’m doing my food planning for the week I have found myself reaching for the following cook books for some healthy eating inspiration (from left to right)
The Healthy Life – Jennifer Sepel
This is a great book for anyone who is wanting a book which also gives more detail on nutrition. The first half of this books looks as the basics of nutrition, the breakdown of macro and micro nutrients as well as liver care and other targeted areas. It also suggests some detoxes you can follow in a safe and healthy way (no starving yourself or juice only things here!). The recipes are nice and varied but you may find yourself having to visit some health food stores to get some of the more specialised ingredients!
Fav Recipe – all the smoothie recipes – so good!
The Medical Chef – Healthy Everyday (Dale Pinnock)
The entire concept of this book is incredibly clever – you get a key at the beginning for various physical elements and throughout the book – from high blood pressure, colds, poor immune system and many more. Throughout the book each recipe has the key in the corner so you can really see what you should be eating depending on your needs at that time. There is also a glossary at the back too. The recipes are super simple, little ingredients and super easy to follow.
Fav Recipe – Chicken breast stuffed with feta and spinach
The Lean Machines – Eat Well, Move Better and Feel Awesome
I have already shared my love for this book in my May favourites – and nothing has changed. This book combines a healthy lifestyle chapter, recipes and some workouts at the end, so it is a one stop shop for healthy lifestyle changes. The recipes are super easy to follow and can be done with ingredients found at your local supermarket making them quite cost effective too. I love that this book encapsulates mental health as well as physical changes – I think of this entire list this is my number one.
Fav Recipe – it’s a tossup between the quick bean chilli and the oatmeal raisin cookies – SO GOOD!
The Hairy Dieters – Fast Food
Me and my hubby are huge Hairy Bikers fan’s in general – and when they did their dieters show and then book range we were really impressed. I thought it was great that they took you on the journey using their meals and showing their progress and at times struggles – it felt very real and proved that at times losing weight isn’t easy! We have all the books in the collection so when the 30 minute meals version came out we had to have it – we are about to start a long commute when we move house so food in 30 minutes is where were at! The recipes are simple and as you can imagine quick and there is also a great slow cookers section – so not strictly 30 minutes but once prepped you can leave on during the day to have a delicious meal when you get home! I also think it’s great you get a strict calorie count – perfect if your counting your calories to aid weight loss.
Fav Recipe – Lamb Steaks with Mint and Broad beans
Clean Eating Alice – Body Bible
If you don’t follow Alice on Instagram then where have you been? She is serious #lifegoals – her breakfast pic’s have me drooling every morning! What I like about Alice’s approach is she isn’t ‘preachy’ about clean eating – it is about quality food and ingredients without cutting anything out – acknowledging that your body needs everything (yes even carbs!) to be healthy. She has a vast amount of recipes and there is even some fitness tips and workouts at the back – which clearly work because her body is rockin!
Fav Recipe – Butternut Squash, Red Onion and Feta Frittata
So if you’re looking for a bit of a healthy cook book binge then those are my top 5 recommendations – if you have any great cookbooks you think I would like please let me know!
Until next time