You want to be a good cook, and you want to be a healthy cook.
You don’t mind putting in some time and effort into a knock-down, drag-out recipe, and you also like being able to knock out dinner on the quick every once in a while.
So what should your kitchen library look like? Here’s a quick peek at a small handful of cookbooks that you should consider picking up for your cooking and health.
If homestyle means grease and fat and fried flavor, Healthy Homestyle Cooking will open your eyes to a range of new homestyle meals. And surprise! They won’t cause you to pack on the pounds like mama’s old recipes. Skeptical that there is such a thing as healthy homestyle cooking? The author spent 12 years turning your favorite unhealthy recipes into energy-boosting, heath-improving recipes for Shape magazine. So have no fear. She knows her stuff.
If you don’t have diabetes, you probably know someone who does. More than likely, you would like to have that person over for dinner. While there are tons of diabetes cookbooks, The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook is unique for two reasons. 1. It is authorized by the American Diabetes Association. 2. It’s all natural, which should always be your first choice for cooking. Don’t know a single person with diabetes? There are still plenty of killer recipes in here that will get your mouth watering and your mouth smiling.
You eat healthy enough when you sit down to a meal. However, you have a hard time finding healthy snacks that you enjoy. In steps Snack Attack! With more than 150 recipes that will help you snack without neglecting your healthy eating ways, you will never look at snacking the same. You’ll also stop feeling so guilty when indulging in between-meal snacks.
Okay, so you may be rolling your eyes right now. Another fad diet that won’t work for you. But remember - this book isn’t on your shelf to tell you how to lose weight. It’s to show you some healthy recipes that will help you live a better life. Besides, the South Beach Diet has helped quite a few folks shed some pounds, and as the eating portion played a large role in it, there are probably some things you could learn from this cookbook.
In case you’re not sold by the simplicity of the title, this may convince you of the book’s usefulness: it’s an American Heart Association cookbook. That’s right. Not only can you enjoy fast-and-easy meal preparation (you won’t find many recipes inside that take longer than 30 minutes to prep), but you can take comfort knowing every recipe inside the Quick & Easy Cookbook will help your heart beat stronger and longer.
You have good intentions, but getting five fruits and vegetables in your daily diet seems a bit ambitious and overwhelming. After all, you’ve got other things to do, and keeping track of your fruits and vegetable intake isn’t high on your priority list. If you beat yourself up for not shoving more fruits and veggies into breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this cookbook is just what you need. Grab a copy, head to the produce aisle at your grocery store, and prepare to get five a day with ease.
The Eating Well Dessert Cookbook: 150 Recipes to Bring Dessert Back into Your Life
With fewer calories in many recipes than there are words in the title, The Eating Well Dessert Cookbook is for all those people who think the only way to live healthily is to suffer a life of dessertlessness. According to the delectable meal-ending recipes included in the book, life without dessert is no longer necessary. That’s right - you can have your cake, eat it, and be healthy, too!