I love a good book, namely a cookbook or one by Lindsey Kelk (incredible). However, the books I love more than anything and give me heart palpitations whilst I'm browsing through the Amazon 'healthy eating' section, are, you guessed it, healthy lifestyle/cookbooks. I've rounded up a few of my favourites in case you're interested in the world of healthy eating and living but don't quite know where to start, or if you're looking for something new to add to your collection.
Clean & Lean Diet by James Duigan
You've most likely heard of the 'Clean & Lean' diet as all of the glossy magazines talk about this lifestyle and if your like me and your guilty pleasure is reading the Daily Mail (Fail) website first thing in the morning, you've definitely heard of this. Honest to God, once you've read this you'll find yourself vowing to never eat a bowl of Ben & Jerry's ever again and you'll quickly begin preparing a shopping list for all organic food. The book encourages us to really think about our lifestyles and the way we eat and think more intuitively about what our body is really craving and what it really needs. James really explains the importance of 'cutting the CRAP' (Caffeine, Refined sugar, Alcohol and Processed foods), why sugar is so detrimental to our overall being and shows just how simple it is to turn our lives around and eat clean and be lean. It includes meal plans, recipes and an easy exercise plan. My favourite parts are the 'Bad, Better, Best' tables which give you the healthiest alternative to something that isn't so great (cereal bar > banana > banana and nuts). If it's good enough for Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Elle Macpherson, then I'm all over it.
Low Carb Revolution by Annie Bell
I picked this up earlier last year when I was first 'diagnosed' with PCOS and was feeling rather down in the dumps about it. I'd researched that eating a low carb diet helps those with the syndrome and despite the fact I was already eating that way already, I stumbled upon this beauty of a book and ordered it straight away. It's packed full of delicious low carb meals and really usefully shows the carb content and the protein content. No calories. No fat. Nada. By no means does this advocate no carbs, it simply suggests seriously reducing the amount most people eat and definitely ditching the processed stuff. The recipes are all very simple and easy to make, such as 'Parsley and Celeriac soup with poached eggs', 'Really juicy Chicken Breasts and Garlic Spinach' and 'Fish and Chips with Tartare Sauce' (ground almond coated fish with celeriac 'chips'). I cannot praise this book enough and found it so inspiring too.
Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson
Victoria Beckham amongst others are huge advocates of Natasha's 'alkaline' way of eating, which again, I'm sure you've been hearing lots about recently. This aims to reduce the amount of 'acid' in our diets (sugar, processed foods, alcohol) and eat more 'alkaline' foods to maintain our body's natural pH level. Whether or not you believe this is even possible, the book is fantastic and is actually completely vegetarian! I love the Green Smoothies, the Beetroot, Mini Pizzas and there's also a great desserts section with recipes for sweet potato brownies, amongst other scrumptious things. This one does require lots of 'funny' ingredients and I'd be cautious of some of her choices (ahem, agave nectar...). I've currently got my eye on her new book, Honestly Healthy Cleanse which I'm sure you'll hear non-stop once I do eventually get it. She also has a great YouTube channel.
The Art of Eating Well by Hemsley & Hemsley
These two sisters are very trendy in the stylish health and wellbeing world right now and this book has been every health conscious foodie's bible over recent months. This is full of beautiful photographs and fantastic recipes, all of which are fully explained as to why the ingredients are so good for you. I received this for Christmas so haven't been able to dive into it quite yet though there are plenty of recipes that catch my eye. 'Broccoli slaw with ginger poppy seed mayonnaise' anyone? They're seriously lovers of courgetti, aka the greatest low carb alternative ever. I did try their cauliflower based pizza a few months ago and unfortunately it didn't go too well (no matter what, the bases are always soggy and don't come off the baking paper, sob). However, I'm confident that all other recipes will be a success. If you want some exciting new ideas or fancy a new cookbook to add to your collection, make this your next purchase.
I've also currently got my eye on the Deliciously Ella book (because hey, it's Ella) and also one of my favourite bloggers, Laura, has a book coming out soon which I'm so excited about, not only to read it but I'm also just excited for her!
Do you have any healthy living or healthy cookbooks that you love? Let me know your recommendations in the comments, or if you're keen on trying any of these.