The 21 Best Cookbooks for Clean Eating

best cookbooks for clean eating

I love reading cookbooks. Even if I don’t follow all the recipes exactly, flipping through cookbooks is fantastic for gathering ideas, inspiring new flavor combinations, learning new techniques, and helping me stay healthy. In fact, reading cookbooks is one of my healthy habits that create food confidence!

Making food and lifestyle changes that help you become your healthiest self is what I’m all about, and cookbooks are a great place to turn for recipes that help you get there. My Nourish program gives you all the support and guidance you need to make healthy lifestyle changes, so when you couple that with some clean cookbooks from this list, you’re set up for long-term success without getting bored when it comes to food.

The next Nourish session starts on September 4th, so grab your spot and get a head start on preparing for incredible lifestyle changes with some of the best cookbooks for clean eating:

1. My book, Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss

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My cookbook gives you the run-down on how to make nutrient-rich juices that help you detox, fuel up, and feel amazing!

2. The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook by Toby Amidor, RD, CDN

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Mastering meal prep is key to staying on track throughout the week, and Toby’s new cookbook gives you all the tools you need to make healthy meals without having to prep every single night. She also includes meal plans for clean eating, weight loss and muscle building.

3. Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero

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One of my favorite cookbooks of all time! If you’re tired of boring salads that don’t keep you full, this one’s for you – gather plenty of inspiration for filling and hearty meal-worthy salads.

4. Natural Baby Food by Dr. Sonali Ruder

Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes For Your Baby and Toddler

This cookbook is a staple for new parents who want to ensure that their baby gets the nutrition they need, so that kids can develop healthy eating habits, too!

5. The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals by Laurel Randolph

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I’m in LOVE with my instant pot – I can cook hearty, flavorful meals in minutes instead of hours! This cookbook gives you great tips on how to use your instant pot for shortcut clean eating meals and offers many vegetarian options, something I find lacking in the Instant Pot world!

6. Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz

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Soups are one of my favorite comfort foods. They’re hearty, versatile, and so easy to make healthy. This cookbook has tons of great ideas for mixing up flavors while keeping things clean.

7. Naturally Nourished by Sarah Britton

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Eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to buy obscure ingredients or cook complicated meals – and this cookbook is proof! All the recipes are made from easy-to-find ingredients with simple cooking techniques.

8. The Clean Eating Slow Cooker: A Healthy Cookbook of Wholesome Meals that Prep Fast & Cook Slow by Linda Larsen

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Slow cooked meals are fantastic for busy days – just toss ingredients into the slow cooker and come home to a delicious meal. This cookbook gives you tons of ideas for slow cooker recipes that are super easy AND super healthy!

9. Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash, RD

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This cookbook is great if you’re feeding picky kids while juggling a busy schedule. Most recipes come together in 30 minutes or less and come with practical tips for cooking clean without going insane by the end of the week.

10. Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD

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Even if you can easily navigate clean eating when it comes to lunch and dinner, eating a healthy breakfast – and serving a healthy breakfast to your kids – on busy mornings can be a struggle. This cookbook is loaded with healthy kid-friendly recipes that take no more than 5 minutes to prep, so you can eat a clean breakfast and get on with your day.

11. Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson

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This cookbook is one of my favorites for inspiring new flavor combinations – the recipes use natural ingredients in creative combinations for some pretty exciting meal ideas.

12. Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters

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I love that this cookbook is divided by season, giving you an idea of what produce items are in season throughout the year, and how to combine them into clean, delicious recipes. It’s perfect for flipping through before heading to the farmer’s market!

13. Sheet Pan: Delicious Recipes for Hands-Off Meals by Kate McMillan

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Sheet pan dinners frequently come to the rescue in my house – and this cookbook has so many creative, delicious ideas for hands-off dinners you can load onto one pan and stick in the oven.

14. Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please by Drew Ramsey M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh

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This cheeky cookbook features 50 creative ways to use the ultimate clean-eating ingredient – kale! It’s great for when you have a bunch of kale or other green you need to use up, but can only manage so many kale salads before you need some fresh ideas.

15. Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen: Epic Anytime Recipes with a World of Flavor by Richa Hingle

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Love flavors from around the world, but intimidated by how to incorporate them into your kitchen – especially in a healthy way? This cookbook has you covered, with global inspiration for healthy plant-based meals.

16. Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl

Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day

This gorgeous cookbook has a rainbow of smoothie recipes – perfect for breathing new life into your daily green smoothie routine!

17. Bowls!: Recipes and Inspirations for Healthful One-Dish Meals by Molly Watson

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Bowls are the perfect balanced meal. They’ve got all your whole grains, veggies, protein, and flavor piled into one dish – and this cookbook gives you tons versatile flavor ideas.

18. Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes by Angela Liddon

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If you like the idea of eating more veggies and plant-based foods, but get overwhelmed by all the steps that go into making vegan versions of your favorite meals – you’ll love this cookbook. It gives you ideas for plant-based meals that you can actually make every day without spending all day in the kitchen!

19. Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals by Ali Maffucci

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My spiralizer is seriously one of my favorite kitchen tools for healthy eating. Zoodles are a staple in our weekly dinner rotation – and this cookbook is my go-to resource for spiralized veggie ideas!

20. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka

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If you want to enjoy your favorite decadent and normally not-so-healthy dishes while eating clean, this one’s for you! It’s got tons of creative and simple recipe ideas and tips for making your favorite comfort foods super healthy.

21. The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio

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Whether you made it home from the farmer’s market with an overwhelming amount of produce or just have random veggies left in your fridge at the end of the week, this cookbook is a great resource for last-minute healthy meals.

What are your favorite healthy eating cookbooks? Let me know in the comments below!


If you want even MORE clean eating inspiration, join me starting September 4th for Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating where you’ll discover how to cook clean, eat clean and change your relationship with food!

Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating starts in September, 2017!

watermelon, cherry, wild blueberry smoothie

My Favorite Smoothie + FREE Green Smoothie Challenge!

Out of all the Wild Blueberry smoothies I’ve made (and let me tell you, I’ve made A LOT) this one is my favorite. It’s tangy. It’s sweet. And it’s super refreshing. It’s one of those smoothies you crave on a warm summer day.

Watermelon, Cherry and Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Wild Blueberries are a staple in our house, but watermelon and frozen cherries are my go-to fruits for smoothies. If you’re not on the smoothie train yet, but totally want a ticket to ride, I’d love to invite you to join my 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge — where you can enjoy a new and delicious smoothie every day!

Why green smoothies, you ask? I love green smoothies because they’re a quick and easy way to get lots of plant goodness into your body. It takes almost no effort to pack your smoothie with nutritious ingredients, and they’re great for taking on the go when you’re in a rush or don’t have time to cook a decent meal.

Smoothies are also the perfect stepping stone into healthy eating, especially if you want to begin eating healthier, but don’t know where to start. This one simple change to your daily routine can make a huge difference in how you feel — without the need for fancy, hard-to-find ingredients or hours spent in the kitchen. Your daily infusion of liquid green goodness is sure to inspire the rest of your meals, too.

How does the smoothie challenge work? You’ll get a downloadable cookbook with 7 days of green smoothie recipes. You’ll also get how-to tips for building an amazing green smoothie and a shopping list for getting prepped for the 7-day challenge.  You can get the kiddos on board, too! Seven additional kid-friendly recipes are included, with fun names and simple ingredients, these smoothies are sure to please all the little ones in your house.

The best part of the challenge is the fun we have in my Fearless Cooking Facebook group. There you’ll find inspiration, motivation, and GIVEAWAYS on every day of the challenge! What’s not to love?

CLICK HERE to join the FREE Challenge today! We start August 21, 2017.

If you’re too eager to wait for the challenge to start on August 21st to slurp up your first green smoothie (I understand if you are – I can hardly wait!) then I’ve got you covered with my favorite Wild Blueberry smoothie recipe. It’s a great way to kick off the challenge!

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Wild Blueberry Watermelon Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Watermelon Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen fresh Wild Blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen tart cherries
  • 2 wedges fresh watermelon
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3-4 oz. coconut water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.
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Looking for more of my Wild Blueberry smoothie recipes? Many of mine are here.  For breakfast try any of these Wild Blueberry delights: Belgian Waffles, Skillet Pancakes, Crumb Cake and Banana Bread. And don’t forget my wildly popular raw Wild Blueberry Energy Bites.


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7 STEALABLE HABITS that create food confidence

7 Stealable Habits That Create Food Confidence

7 STEALABLE HABITS that create food confidence

Becoming food confident doesn’t happen overnight. Eating mindfully and choosing food that nourishes your body takes practice, especially if you’ve got a busy schedule and are used to eating on the go. Instead of reaching for a quick fix or going with the latest diet trend, a better idea is to create your own healthy habits. I’m talking about do-able things you can implement every day, every week, or every month that support the healthy lifestyle, creative exploration, and mindfulness you desire.

Below are some of the habits I’ve developed over the years that help me stay one step ahead of my busy schedule and support me in creating the healthy lifestyle I want to live. That’s what creating food confidence is all about.

1. When meal planning for the week, I choose one veggie and make several meals using it.

Based on what’s in season, I’ll choose a star veggie for the week and buy it in bulk or family size. That makes it easy to navigate grocery shopping and is a great reminder of how versatile veggies are! (This is especially helpful if you’ve been throwing food away that you bought, but never made.) If you buy a amily-size portion of asparagus, for example, you could make my asparagus-zoodle dish one night, grill the asparagus another night and try my asparagus and white beans on the last day. All super simple, but very different ways to use one veggie.

For inspiration when planning meals, I head to Pinterest to find fun new recipes using my chosen veggie. If the idea of one veggie seems limiting, then you could certainly go with two, but the idea is to simplify!

TIP: A favorite veggie to cycle through in the summer is zucchini – it’s great sauteed, roasted, or in zoodle form! Pick up several pounds at the market and make my Lemony Zucchini Noodles with Spinach, Cherries, and Pine Nuts, these Lasagna Zucchini Boats, Baked Parmesan Zucchini, and even Turkey Burgers with Zucchini throughout the week.

2. I automate breakfast to make my busy mornings flow.

I don’t like to overthink my meals, so I automate as much as possible. This works especially well in the morning. Many of my clients tell me they have no time for breakfast so “automating it” is always my go-to advice. Making a big batch of my Mango Kiwi Chia Seed Pudding or Easy Egg Muffins saves time and leaves no excuse for either not eating or stopping somewhere on the way to work.

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TIP:  If you’re into the idea of having breakfast all laid out for you in the morning, but aren’t a fan of eating the exact same thing every day, overnight oats are the way to go. You can make 5 jars to last you all week, but add different flavorings to each one to mix things up a little bit. (Check out some mix & match flavor ideas for your overnight oats here!) Breakfast will still be automatic, but you can squeeze in some variety!

3. I read cookbooks for ideas and inspiration.

Even if I don’t always follow the recipes to a tee, cookbooks are great for gathering inspiration. I learn a lot about flavor combinations and cooking techniques and I’m always left excited to cook after flipping through a cookbook. Here are a few of my favorites:

4. I roast a ton of veggies on Sunday night.

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I’m much more likely to snack on veggies, add them to sandwiches, and omelets or make a Buddha bowl for lunch if the veggies are already roasted and ready to go!

My favorite way to cook a huge batch of veggies is to roast them because it’s so easy and I can roast just about any veggie with my versatile formula. While cooking Sunday dinner I always leave the oven on and throw in a tray or two of cauliflower or Brussels to roast while the oven is hot. They cook up while we eat dinner and it adds no extra time to my dinner prep.  This saves me time and money because at the end of the week I don’t end up with a fridge full of limp veggies that I never got around to cooking.

5. Every month, I create a goal of trying one totally new-to-me cooking technique or recipe.

I don’t ferment my own sauerkraut or make homemade yeast bread every day, but once a month it’s a good reminder of how fun cooking can be! I gather inspiration from those cookbooks I mentioned earlier and tackle one big food project.

It’s a great way to slow down and pay attention to my food and how it’s made, rather than running on autopilot all the time. Even when my experiments don’t turn out perfectly (it happens!) it’s a creative outlet and great practice in patience and mindfulness. Next on my list is to make Homemade Coconut Yogurt!

6. I host (or attend) monthly supper club.

Instead of having friends over for dinner where one person does all the cooking, my supper club friends and I take turns hosting each other. We have theme nights and each of us chooses a meal type to bring. This is a great way to make cooking fun and introduce my friends to healthy new recipes.

I love having friends over to eat, but it can get seriously stressful to plan everything out and get all the cooking done yourself.  With a supper club, entertaining  is way more fun. The host always makes the main meal and the guests bring the apps, sides and dessert. It’s always a super fun time and I look forward to the first Thursday of every month with my girls.

7. I plan for leftovers.

I double dinner recipes so that I have leftovers for lunches or even another dinner. If it doesn’t look like I’ll get around to eating the leftovers before they go bad, I freeze them and have a whole dinner ready to go for an emergency.

This one’s for you, tempeh fans. Slightly spicy, perfectly saucy, and full of Mexican flavor, this easy to make enchilada is sure to please the entire family.

Doing this has saved me from plenty of desperate take-out meals, and no one ever complains about having the same delicious dinner twice in a week! My Skillet Tempeh Enchiladas, Creamy Potato Corn Chowder, and Kung Pao Tempeh all make for great leftover meals!

What are some of your healthy habits that create Food Confidence?


Want to create some healthy habits together? Join me and hundreds of others in my next session of Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating. We start September 4th!  Click here to learn more and get on the interest list!

Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating starts in September, 2017!