4 Great Cookbooks to Keep You Eating Well

When trying to gain control of your health, you have got to eat well. In order to do that, you need to eat most meals at home. When eating out, you often don’t know the ingredients or the cooking methods. Therefore, it’s nearly impossible to eat the best when eating away from home. One way to maximize healthy meals is to plan your at home meals utilizing cookbooks. Unless you’re a trained chef, you’re probably not going to be able to create amazing, healthy meals on your own. I’ve listed my favorite (for now!) cookbooks below.
The Fresh 20

Why I love The Fresh 20 by Melissa Lanz

  • You can buy 20 Fresh ingredients to plan out 5 meals for the week
  • Meals utilize leftovers, nothing goes to waste
  • The book provides lists for pantry essentials, spice blend recipes and cooking tools
  • Recipes are based on the seasons
  • Beautiful pictures
  • Concise and easy to read shopping lists
  • Ways to Prep Ahead
  • When to buy organic

This book is easy to use and I feel good about what I’m eating. The ingredients are fresh and often times organic. The lists keep you organized and allow you to plan efficiently. Find more of Melissa’s amazing Fresh recipes here.
Runners World Cookbook

Why I Love The Runners World Cookbook

  • There are 150 recipes!
  • Beautiful pictures
  • An introduction to “how to eat like a runner”
  • A Recipe Key – Recipes are marked for Prerun, Recovery, Fast, Vegetarian, Vegan, Low-Calorie, Gluten-Free. This book has your meals covered!
  • Nutrition information is listed for each recipe
  • A runners pantry staple list

I love this book for when I’m training for a run. You know exactly how to plan for the type of meal your body needs. A bonus is the pancake batter and topping ideas! If you are a runner or just venturing into the sport, this cookbook deserves a place in your kitchen. Find out more about this cookbook here.

Why I love Superfood by LoveFood

  • This book explains the “superfood”
  • There are 150 recipes!
  • The foods are easily organized by Fruit, Vegetables, Meats, Dairy & Eggs, Grains & Pulses,¬†Herbs & Flavorings, Nuts & Oils
  • The “superfood” is listed along with scientific evidence of it’s nutritional benefits plus several recipes using the superfood
  • There are practical tips on how to eat and store the foods

This book offers a great way to educate yourself and your family about the foods they are eating. It’s a good teaching tool to pull out at the dinner table when serving the meal. SuperFoods is bright, pleasing to look at and provides many recipes to incorporate “superfoods” into your daily life. You can find out more about LoveFood Cookbooks here. IMG_9869

Why I love The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig

  • If you are into Paleo this book will interest you
  • This book teaches a “way of living”
  • This book is a 30 day program designed to heal your immune system and digestive tract through food
  • Meal plans are provided
  • A kitchen essentials list is included
  • Chapters on feeding kids and eating vegan/vegetarian is included

The authors note “the next 30 days will change your life.” You can still use the recipes without jumping into the program. But, if your having inflammation issues, digestive issues or just want to jump start a health makeover, I would check this book out. You can find out more about the WHOLE30 program here.

Next up, I’ll show you a way to store your own favorite recipes!

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