The Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2018

We asked a registered dietitian for her recommendations.

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December 18, 2018
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The Mindful Glow Cookbook

Registered dietitian and YouTube celeb Abbey Sharp shares her most vibrant recipes with stunning photos. Whip up Asparagus, Pea, and Tomato Quinotto, Sunchoke and Pear Soup with Caramalized Shallots and Pepitas and Chewy Crackle Almond Apple Cookies all while feeling grounded and confident about your food choices.

Buy It: Amazon, $26.00

The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

Nutrition superstars Deanna Segrave-Daly and Serena Ball show readers just how fast and fresh healthy cooking can be. These two dietitians dive into the flavors and healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet with recipes like Mashed Chickpea, Feta and Avocado Toast, Eggplant Relish Spread and Tahini Chicken Rice Bowls.

Buy It: Amazon, $17.99

101 Healthiest Foods for Kids

Family nutrition guru and dietitian Sally Kuzemchak shares practical information and awesome recipes that highlight 101 must-have foods for kids. While not a formal cookbook, this resource guide for parents includes details on everything from tomatoes to turmeric with nutrition info and tips for preparing and storing fresh foods. Don’t worry, there are also great recipes! Kids will beg for more Cheesy Brussel Sprouts Chips, Baked Quinoa Bites and Sweet Carrot Salad.

Buy It: Amazon, $22.99

Healthy Quick & Easy Smoothies

Break out the blender! Registered dietitian Dana Angelo White takes smoothies to an entirely new level with mouthwatering photos and 100 recipes. Smoothies feature fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and more, and all the recipes are made with little or no added sugar and tons of superfood ingredients. Must try recipes include Kale Lemonade, Chocolate + Cherries with a Pinch of Sea Salt and Pumpkin + Hemp with Banana + Maple.

Buy It: Amazon, $16.99

The 28-Day Dash Diet Weight Loss Program

Authors Julie Andrews and Andy DeSantis offer up an all-in-one guide to help promote weight loss and heart health with guidelines for eating, exercise, stress management and sleep. With 100 recipes covering every meal of the day readers can indulge in guilt-free recipes like Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and Grilled Plums with Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt.

Buy It: Amazon, $20.99

Clean Eating Crockpot Freezer Meals

Author Kelly McNelis is a mom of five on a mission to take meal prep to new heights. This ebook offers 30 meals that can be prepped ahead and go right from freezer to slow cooker. The book also features nutrition info, freezer labels and shopping lists.

Buy It: Amazon, $12.99

The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook

Who has time to cook complicated meals, especially during a busy work week? Registered dietitian and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Toby Amador helps you keep balanced meals on the table with 150 simple, fast and easy-to-make recipes like Olive and Feta Burgers, Slow Cooker Two-Bean Chili, Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad with Chicken, and Simple Blueberry-Banana Pancakes.

Buy It: Amazon, $15.99

Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook

Need to sharpen your Instant Pot skills? Dana Angelo White has mastered this kitchen gadget and shares her tips and tricks for healthy cooking using this time saving appliance. This book features lightened up versions of comfort foods that the Instant Pot is famous for, plus a wide variety of unexpected recipes. Top picks include Sweet Potato Chili, Rainbow Cheesecake, Homemade ricotta cheese and Indoor Shrimp Boil.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.99

Tex-Mex Diabetes Cooking

Diabetes-friendly cooking with a southwestern twist. Author Kelley Cleary Coffeen brings on the bold, fresh flavors in this beautiful compilation of recipes approved by the American Diabetes Association. Whether it’s Seared Sirloin Tacos with Guacamole or Green Chile Corn Chowder, your taste buds and your waistline will be satisfied.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.95

Smart Meal Prep for Beginners

Another hit from Toby Amidor, this meal prep cookbook goes beyond general meal prep guidance, and provides a 6-week plan to make a habit of meal prep and keep your fridge full. With specific, step-by-step instructions and meal prep plans that eliminate the guesswork of what to eat and for which meal, this cookbook is your kick-start guide to meal prepping like a pro.

Buy It: Amazon, $15.99

The Pescatarian Cookbook

Make eating more seafood less intimidating with this collection of recipes and tips from dietitian Cara Harbstreet. Complete with tips for meal planning, shopping and a Pescatarian lifestyle, your mouth will water just thinking about preparing Sea Breeze Salmon Salad with Margarita Dressing, Dijon Walnut-Crusted Fish and Lemon Curd & Raspberry S’mores.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.99