Words by Nicole Thomsen
April 24th, 2016
Healthy eating has become somewhat of a trend recently. Yes, it’s absurd to think that looking after your health could ever become the ‘in’ thing to do. Surely, it’s an innate human function? Eat well to live well. But in today’s society with McDonalds and Starbucks on every corner and the supermarkets filled with convenience foods that are so processed they no longer resemble or taste like their natural counterparts it can be easy to lose the run of our diet.
Below you’ll find our five favourite new healthy eating cookbooks that will transform the way you eat. None of these are diet books in the traditional sense, there’s no counting calories here, but rather how-to guides on eating better and changing your mindset towards food. These books will help you rethink what healthy eating truly is.
Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw
Best for Newbies
For those of us just starting out on the path to being a Green Goddess, Madeleine Shaw’s debut book ‘Get the Glow’ is a must have. Overhauling your diet overnight is a big ask and for many, including myself, it only spells disaster. Cutting out sugar, gluten, dairy, meat and all of the “good stuff” all of a sudden can leave you feeling deprived, leading to overzealous binges that do more harm than having your daily croissant. But unlike the majority of new wave healthy eating cookbooks on the market, Get the Glow includes a host of recipes that involve meat. And fish. When you’re just beginning to improve your diet and move away from the refined, knowing that turkey meatballs and smoky roast chicken are still an option can make everything that little bit easier.
Of course, you still won’t find any recipes in here that require sugar or wheat (not even for the raw chocolate brownies) but the nutritional health coach has included a six week meal plan within the book as well as explaining the scary effects that sugar and gluten have on the body which make it easier to put that chocolate Twirl back in the cupboard (or into the bin).
The Happy Pear by David and Stephen Flynn
Best for Vegetarians
Whether you’ve turned to vegetarianism for ethical reasons or you simply don’t like the taste of meat, the benefits of a plant-based diet cannot be beaten, as ‘The Happy Pear’ guys will attest. The authors openly admit to being meat lovers before becoming vegetarians but have now made it their mission to get people eating more veg, which might just be possible with the help of their cookbook. The Happy Pear is full to the brim with recipes that will change the way you look at vegetables, especially the sweet potato falafels with red pepper relish which is so flavoursome it could even tempt a lachanophobe (someone with a fear of vegetables).
Even if you don’t have the intention of adapting to a vegetarian diet completely, the book is worth a buy if you’re trying to introduce more veg or vary a predominantly carniverous diet because the recipes show just how nutritious and delicious they can be. The cookbook is also suitable for vegans as most of the recipes don’t include any animal produce or can be adapted so.
Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
Best for Coeliacs
When you cut out gluten, whether it’s a diet preference or necessary for your health, the world of food can seem like a smaller place but with ‘Deliciously Ella’ you will find recipes that use a variety of alternative grains that don’t include gluten (and most importantly, don’t lack flavour). Ella recreates the typical meals you’d have on a daily basis like coconut thai curry or the classic sunday roast but without any of the problem-causing ingredients such as wheat or dairy.
The best-selling cookbook has over 100 natural, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes that are simple to make even for the culinary-challenged. For the most part they also use ingredients that are easy to locate in your local supermarket or health food store. For anyone suffering from daily bloating, like me, this book is worth a look.
Eat Yourself Beautiful by Rosanna Davison
Best for Skin Problems
You can call me vain but if I am being completely honest, what spurred me to improve my diet was my problematic skin. It’s the reason I’ve spent too much money visiting nutritionists and dieticians rather than the dermatologist that charged hundreds for skin peels that did nothing to improve my woes. If acne, congestion, eczema, or a dull complexion plagues you then ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ is one to read.
By simplifying the basics of nutrition and how the inner body works, Rosanna Davison explains how everything that we put inside our body has an effect on us both inside and out, good and bad. As well as talking about her own issues with acne as a teenager, Rosanna details the diet she implemented that saw a turnaround in her own skin and takes the reader through the best ingredients to eat to get that inner glow previously reserved for supermodels. The book is compiled of vegan recipes that are easy to make, delicious to taste and beautiful to photograph for your Instagram.
Natural Born Feeder by Roz Purcell
Best for Sugar Addicts
Sugar has long been headlined as the enemy. The delicious, high-promoting white stuff can be found in almost everything we purchase and consume except, of course, in whole foods (unless it’s naturally occuring sugar which is not much to worry about). ‘Natural Born Feeder’ focuses on recipes that use natural whole foods, which sugar is not. If you’re looking to quit the habit and remove refined sugar from your diet then Roz Purcell’s first cookbook is a good first step.
Thankfully for those with a sweet tooth, Natural Born Feeder includes many recipes that reinvent your favourite desserts like raspberry cheesecake and chocolate brownies using whole foods and not a sprinkling of refined sugar in sight (yes, really). Eating sugar-free doesn’t have to be boring, and Roz Purcell shows us how.
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