You can spend all of your free time in the gym – don’t spend all of your free time in the gym – but if you’re not doing things right in the kitchen, it might be hard to get your health goals on track. Make sure that you’re putting just as much thought into your meals as you are into your workouts with the help of some of our favorite healthy cookbooks on the market.
1. Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes
Written for runners and athletes, but packed with lessons that any health-conscious foodie can benefit from – counting calories is not the secret to healthy living, and there’s more to building muscle than loading up on protein – this book takes the stress and guesswork out of eating for first and foremost for fuel, but proves that doing so doesn’t mean missing out on flavor.
2. Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing, & Nutrient-Dense Recipes
Perfect for hectic on-the-go mornings, quickie lunch breaks, and post-workout fuel, smoothies have become a bit of a staple in the sphere of healthy eating. As such, you can never quite have too many flavorful smoothie recipes on hand for when your tumbler cups need a little shaking up. With 100 refreshing recipes meant to cleanse, energize, and nourish, you’re sure to love the newfound variety in your daily blend.
3. Hartwood: Bright, Wild Flavors from the the Edge of the Yucatan
A good cookbook puts delicious meals on your plate. A great cookbook takes you – and your taste buds – on something of a culinary journey. Hartwood, the cookbook based on recipes from the Yucatan restaurant by the same name, explores some of the most exciting flavors of this coastal region in Mexico; flavors that aren’t so much about crazy ingredients, but more so about layering simple, nutritious components to achieve the perfect dish (and, seriously, jicama salad with mint cream may actually be the perfect dish).
4. The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods
Written by produce-loving food blogger Sara Forte (and featuring mouthwatering photos from her camera-wielding husband, Hugh), The Sprouted Kitchen is a cookbook that hopes to make fruits and vegetables the center of all good meals you enjoy at your table. Walnut-crusted salmon with edamame mash and Moroccan stuffed squash are just a few of the delicious recipes you’ll find throughout the book’s pages, but if we had to pick our favorite, it’s hard to compete with peanut butter pretzel tartlets.
5. Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food
The ultimate Italian comfort food gets a nutritious makeover in this book that’s loaded with healthy, tasty, and totally satisfying pasta recipes that will make you forget you’re trying to keep your eating in check. You’ll find classics like spaghetti Bolognese in the company of new sure-to-be favorites like gnocchi with broccoli and anchovy sauce.