10 of the Best Healthy Eating Recipe Books

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Good nutrition is one of the main foundations of the Vitalise Your Life philosophy.

Although a cliché, “you are what you eat” is the truth - one of the simplest ways to support our own health is by making good choices about what we put into our bodies; in terms of hydration, supplementation where necessary, but most of all what we eat.

By eating a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients our bodies need such as vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins we support our immune system, our endocrine system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, e.t.c.) and all the other vital bodily systems that allow us to be fully-functional and protect our health as we go through life.

The key to being able to enjoy a good diet EVERY day of our lives is:

  • Knowing what ingredients to use ( and NOT use)

  • Understanding the healthiest way to prepare and cook our food

  • Having plenty of inspiration so we can create delicious, mouth-watering meals that WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF!

Our List

The following list is chosen using a very simple criteria - we love them! These are some of our favourite books that have fed our family over the last few years.

Whether it was looking for a new spin on paleo breakfasts, on the hunt for something special for a dinner party, or just creating some tasty high-fat low-carb snacks for between meals, these are our go-to sources of inspiration.

We have deliberately chosen a wide range of subjects for this blog post; from sugar-free, through raw food to traditional home-cooked. Hopefully you will find something in here that really appeals and we would love to hear in the comments if you try any of these fantastic recipes!

Dive in. . . .

by Jamie Oliver / Penguin

Discover the art of cooking simply and naturally with Jamie Oliver's bestselling Jamie at Home “This book is very close to my heart. It's about no-nonsense, simple cooking with great flavours all year round. When I began writing it, I didn't really know what recipes I would come up with, but something began to inspire me very quickly... my vegetable patch!” - Jamie 

Why we love it?
Every meal is hearty; the flavour combinations are delicious and the recipes are organised seasonally

by Hemsley & Hemsley / Ebury Press

The Art of Eating Well is a revolutionary cookbook that will help anyone who wishes to feel better, lose weight or have more energy. Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley teach their principles of life-long healthy eating with exciting and inventive recipes that are so delicious you forget the purpose is good health and nourishment. 

Why we love it?
Great healthy alternatives. Generally all low-carb/healthy fat and a diversity of healthy ingredients

by Ella Woodward / Macmillan

From sumptuous desserts, to food on the go, delicious dips, raw treats and rainbow bowls of awesome veggies, Ella's philosophy is all about embracing the natural foods that your body loves and creating fresh, simple dishes which are easy to make and taste amazing.

Why we love it?
A great book for those starting out on a plant-based diet. Full of nourishing recipes.

I Quit Sugar: Simplicious

by Sarah Wilson / Macmillan

Sarah Wilson, bestselling author of I Quit Sugar, taught the world how to quit sugar in eight weeks. Now with I Quit Sugar: Simplicious she strips back to the essentials, simply and deliciously. She shows us:

* How to shop and cook without sugar and other processed foods
* How to buy in bulk, freeze and preserve, with ease
* How to use leftovers with flair

Why we love it?
Creative, practical, clever. This book is a bible for healthy living!

by Miyoko Schinner / Ten Speed Press

Kitchen crafters know the pleasure of making their own staples and specialty foods, whether it's cultured sour cream or a stellar soup stock. It's a fresher, healthier, more natural approach to eating and living. Now vegans who are sick of buying over-processed, over-packaged products can finally join the homemade revolution.

Why we love it?
Some of the best vegan recipes we have ever seen. Full of healthy, nourishing recipes to replace all the usual dairy & meat staples.

The Uncook Book

by Tanya Maher / Hay House

The Uncook Book by Tanya Maher is the perfect book for anyone who wants to celebrate life through food. Raw food really gives you that opportunity because it gives you so much energy and clarity - but this book is as much about pleasure and enjoying life as it is about health.

Why we love it?
An all-round raw food recipe book from an intelligent, experienced raw foodist

by Ross Bridgeford / Energise For Life

Have you ever wanted to live alkaline but didn’t have a clue what to cook? Now, at last, the Alkaline Diet Recipe Book gives you over 100 simple, delicious & alkaline recipes for you and your busy lifestyle!

Why we love it?
This book gives you a basic understanding of what eating alkaline means, along with plenty of recipes to get you going.

by Martina Slajerova / Fair Winds

Learn to make 100 savory and sweet snacks perfect for fat fasts and boosting your fat intake. These delicious, high fat snacks are ideal for Low Calorie High Fat, Ketogenic, and Paleo diets, and are also a great alternative to sugary treats.

Why we love it?
Contrary to most common held beliefs that eating fat makes you fat, and is bad for your heart - actually it is essential for health. This book has 100 recipes for delicious ways to increase your healthy fat intake. Great for kids too!

The Paleo Cookbook

by Rockridge Press

THE PALEO COOKBOOK simplifies the transition into the Paleo lifestyle. This comprehensive Paleo cookbook has 300 mouthwatering recipes for every meal and occasion, all gluten free and full of whole, unprocessed ingredients. 

Why we love it?
A mammoth collection of 300 everyday meals without any gloss; just loads of inspiration

by Antoinette Savill

Award-winning cookery writer, Antoinette Savill has used her expertise to create tasty and child-friendly gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, yeast and nut free recipes that the entire family can enjoy. She caters for all age groups and all occasions, including toddler foods, packed lunches, party foods and meals that will appeal to teenagers.

Why we love it?
This book may be older now but was our bible when raising our kids on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet