In many people's minds, the idea of eating healthy food and actually enjoying it seems to be a contradiction. Fortunately, there are those among us who know how to turn healthy ingredients into flavorful culinary masterpieces. If you're ready to discover a realm of healthy eating beyond boring or underwhelming dishes, be sure to add these four healthy cookbooks to your library.
She wowed us one time already with her New York Times bestselling book "Relish," and in "The Happy Cook," Daphne Oz reminds us that healthy eating doesn't have to be boring--in fact, you can enjoy each and every meal like it's Payday Friday. As the co-host of the hit daytime culinary talk show "The Chew" and daughter of Oprah's favorite doctor (Dr. Mehmet Oz), Daphne Oz knows a thing or two about putting together some delicious yet healthy eats, and she shares this knowledge by way of 125 sumptuous recipes that can turn any humdrum weekday meal into a cause to celebrate.
With unique, simple, and satisfying dishes such as Coconut-Mango Pancakes, Philly Cheese Steak Quesadillas and Truffle Salt Roast Chicken, "The Happy Cook" delivers plenty of creative breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that will put a smile on your face while keeping the calories in check.
2. Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
As surprising as this might sound, fitness enthusiasts often choose some of the unhealthiest foods on the planet to fuel up for their workouts. The prevailing premise behind these poor food choices (e.g., sugar-laden energy bars, doughnuts, Pop Tarts, etc.) is that since you're about to burn an ungodly amount of calories, you might as well make 'em the cheap kind--i.e., highly processed foods and refined sugars.
Olympic marathon runner Shalane Flanagan and nutrition guru Elyse Kopecky challenge this popular notion in their book "Run Fast. Eat Slow.," which focuses on the importance of incorporating macronutrients into your meals in order to facilitate better energy usage and proper post-workout recovery.
"Run Fast. Eat Slow." argues that by incorporating healthy fats (e.g., coconut oil, real butter, etc.), grass-fed beef, whole fat dairy, and other nutrient-dense foods into your workout meals, you'll feel stronger and recover quicker after your training sessions. With delicious pre-workout treats such as Ginger-Molasses Granola and cleverly-named power snacks such as Don't Get Beet Hummus, "Run Fast. Eat Slow." offers plenty of great macronutrient recipes to help fuel even the most active athlete.
3. Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes by Angela Liddon
Uber-popular food blogger and vegan cooking vixen Angela Liddon offers up dozens of creative dishes in this new cookbook, which focuses on making plant-based cooking just as convenient as it is nutritious. With more than 100 recipes to spark your imagination, "Oh She Glows Every Day " provides plenty of inventive culinary treats including 9-Spice Avocado Hummus Toast, Fusilli Lentil-Mushroom Bolognese, and Oh Em Gee Veggie Burgers.
4. Against All Grain: Celebrations by Danielle Walker
Although the holidays can mean all kinds calorie-laden comfort foods, your best laid diet plans don't have to be doomed to fail. In "Against All Grain," two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author Danielle Walker gives you plenty of culinary wisdom to help you whip up flavorful dishes minus many of the stumbling blocks that can derail your diet on special occasions of all kinds.
With 125 dairy-free, grain-free and gluten-free recipes to choose from, Danielle provides a bevy of creative and delicious retakes on practically every classic holiday dish you can think of, enabling you to serve a wide range of palates, including those with food sensitivities or allergies.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be a drudgery. With the help of the cookbooks listed above, you can enliven your palate and get inspired to start cooking nutritious home meals again!