Get Inspired — Top 5 Recipe Books for Spring!
With Spring on it's way in just a few short weeks, I'm finding renewed inspiration in fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies and salads! I'm dreaming of farmer's markets full of delicious local produce and creating healthy meals with my family and friends. What better way to get inspired for Spring-time flavors than with some refreshingly tasty recipe books!? Even though Winter isn't quite over yet, I've got the ultimate guide for the best recipe books to make you feel like Spring is already here — Snag a copy of your fave recipe book and start prepping!
1) Eat Clean Play Dirty - By Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle
Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
If you love fresh, colorful produce with tons of flavor, then this is your recipe book. The makers of Sakara know how to make salads, soups and entrees delicious AND beautiful! I personally enjoy this book when I'm looking to create a lighter dish, or reset my body after a night or weekend of eating out or party-going. This book also includes great nutritional insights and information throughout.
2) The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson
Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
This recipe book has been a favorite of mine for many years. With minimal ingredients and simple recipes, this book is a must-have for your cookbook library! The Forest Feast is great for entertaining or bringing a dish to pass at a party, and even has some great cocktail recipes. When I'm meal prepping, I use this book as inspiration for my salads and side dishes.
3) Eat What You Love by Danielle Walker
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo
I know what you're thinking...do any of these recipe books include meat in the ingredients?? — Yes! I personally include animal protein in my diet, and Eat What You Love is one of my go-to recipe books for healthy and clean meals that include meat. This is also a great recipe book for families and anyone who wants to get full use of their Instant Pot® or slow cooker. This book even includes a kids healthy lunch guide! If you decide to try this book, check out Danielle's Chicken Piccata With Artichokes & Spinach and her Sesame-Crusted Seared Ahi Salad — Yum!
4) Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris
Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
Looking for deliciously refreshing smoothie recipes? — I got you covered! This book is loaded with great nutritional information on what I like to call "super foods" (foods that are highly nutrient-dense!) and also teaches you how to craft the perfect smoothie.
5) Eat Better Not Less by Nadia Damaso
Plant-Based (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, meat and Vegan Options)
Not only is this recipe book beautiful, but there are so many delicious and healthy recipes inside! Although this book looks like it would be all plant-based, there are many recipes that include animal protein as well. Each recipe is labeled as to whether it is GF, DF or V, so there are plenty of options for everyone. AND — If you're looking for some healthy desserts that still taste like dessert, you'll want to grab your copy of Eat Better Not Less!
Do you have a favorite healthy recipe book? Comment below!