Kim Yawitz, RD
Meal planning is one of the best steps you can take toward better health in 2021, and cookbooks definitely make that process more fun and delicious. In this post, I’ll share my favorite dietitian-approved cookbooks. I hope they’ll inspire you to find some healthy recipes you love.
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Best Healthy Cookbooks for Families
Do you have some picky little mouths to feed at home?
I’ve yet to cook a single recipe from the Well Plated Cookbook that my kids haven’t loved. And honestly, I love them too. Author Erin Clarke does an amazing job of making comfort foods healthy, without sacrificing flavor.
Need a couple more family-friendly suggestions? Read on, dear friend! This mama cooks for 3 kiddos every night, using the cookbooks in the rest of this post.
Best Healthy Cookbooks for Macro Trackers and Meal Preppers
Macro tracking can be a lot of work, and recipes that include nutrition facts save time and effort.
Skinnytaste is my go-to for macro-friendly recipes, partly because there is a registered dietitian on the team. As an added bonus, Skinnytaste recipes are already loaded into MyFitnessPal! Just double-check the info against your recipe, since some nutrition data is crowdsourced.
You really can’t go wrong with her books. However, I’m a big fan of the One and Done cookbook. Try the cheeseburger soup—I make it almost every week.
And speaking of things I prepare every week, I cook at least one recipe from the Skinnytaste Meal Prep Cookbook on the regular.
This book is so awesome because it includes make ahead recipes, “planovers,” freezer meals, and other brilliant shortcuts to simplify your meals and your life.
Best Health Cookbooks for Paleo
Do you prefer to eat like a caveman? Fortunately, modern inventions like the printing press make this much easier to do.
Some of the best recipes I’ve ever made in my life come from WellFed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.
While I haven’t been strictly Paleo for years now, I go back to this cookbook time and again because the recipes are just that good. In fact, this recipe from the cookbook been my go-to for impressing dinner guests for several years in a row.
In other Paleo news, this recipe from PaleOMG (and the whoooooole rest of Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook, for that matter) is the stuff that dreams are made of.
What about you, friend? What are your favorite healthy cookbooks? I’d love to add more to my arsenal (and find some great healthy vegetarian options!).
Drop your recommendations for the best healthy cookbooks in the comments.