8 Cookbooks for forming healthy habits

Now that our bellies have been stuffed with holiday fare, it’s time to get back to healthy eating in the new year. Here are eight of our favorite new cookbooks that will help you form healthy habits.

Whole Food Cooking Every Day by Amy Chaplin

Chaplin outlines the foods that are key to a healthy diet: seeds and nuts, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and other plant-based foods, and teaches us how to incorporate them into our regular diet. She begins with base recipes and expands with ways to customize and keep meals exciting.


The Healthy Sheet Pan Cookbook: Satisfying One-Pan Meals for Busy Cooks by Ruthy Kirwan

This cookbook teaches cooks how to make healthy recipes with less mess. Author Ruthy Kirwan’s 60 simple sheet pan recipes can go straight from the oven to your table. Highlights include short prep time and quick cleanup.


5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver, one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time, shares 130 recipes he’s created by combining just five ingredients. The variety includes salads, vegetables, rice and pasta, plus poultry, fish and meats. There’s also a bonus chapter of sweet treats!


The Clean Plate: Eat, Rest, Heal by Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress and bestselling cookbook author Gwyneth Paltrow focuses on bold flavors and clean ingredients in this book. This collection of more than 100 recipes targets specific health benefits including adrenal support, heart health, candida, heavy metal detox and fat flush – all supported by her team of nutrition experts and doctors.


Damn Delicious Meal Prep: 115 Easy Recipes for Low-Calorie, High-Energy Living by Chungah Rhee

Rhee encourages readers to take control over healthy eating habits by planning ahead. By taking the time to plan your meals, prep ingredients and do some cooking ahead of time, it’s easy to have perfectly portioned healthy options available any time of the day.


Cali’Flour Kitchen: 125 Cauliflower-Based Recipes for the Carbs You Crave by Amy Lacey

The founder of Cali’Flour Foods delivers this collection of guilt-free recipes to beat all carb cravings including pizza, pasta, cookies and sandwiches. With more than 125 cauliflower-based recipes ranging from vegan, dairy-free, keto, paleo and plant-based, she encourages readers to healthfully indulge without sacrifice.


Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook by José Andrés

Spanish American chef José Andrés teamed up with James Beard award-winning writer Matt Goulding to bring us Vegetables Unleashed with the goal of transforming how we think about the variety of vegetables available at our fingertips. With recipes, tips and tricks, Andrés shows readers how to approach cooking vegetables in a whole new way.


The Ultimate Healthy Greek Cookbook: 75 Authentic Recipes for a Mediterranean Diet by Yiota Giannakopoulou

With an emphasis on more fresh ingredients and fewer processed foods, this cookbook was created for the health-conscious foodie. Vibrant salads, delicious specialty breads, fragrant syrups and an array of dips for every occasion are just a few of the highlights in this collection of 75 recipes.

*Disclosure: The links above are affiliate links. These picks are editorially selected, but if you purchase, She Reads may get something in return. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Alison Luther

Alison Luther is a freelance editor and writer based in Fredericksburg, TX, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her background is in digital consumer content and marketing strategies, but today she focuses on small business marketing, ghostwriting, and writing about all things books on She Reads. In addition to raising longhorn, chickens, and children, she loves to cook and is a voracious reader.

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