Healthy Coloring Books for Adults

Thought coloring books were only made for kids? Think again.

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is minimizing stress. One of the latest trends that help do so are coloring books for grownups. Even better, some of these coloring books double as cookbooks. Here’s a look into this latest trend and where you can pick them up.

Why Coloring Books?
The first time I ever heard of an adult coloring book was from the Meal Makeover Moms, who just released The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook. So what inspired them to create a coloring cookbook?

“Adult coloring books were hot in 2015 and so was the smoothie bowl trend, so we combined the two for a first-of-its-kind coloring cookbook,” says Liz Weiss, M.S., RDN, of the Meal Makeover Moms. She adds, “Smoothie bowls are nutritious, and they're also beautiful works of art, so it made sense to use them in the book. We actually have 10 smoothie bowl recipes in the book, and each comes with a corresponding mandala coloring page design.”

The goal for the Meal Makeover Moms is to get families cooking in the kitchen, coloring and relaxing together. Plus, in today’s fast-paced world, coloring books encourage adults (and kids) to slow down and relax. “There’s also something very soothing and meditative about coloring that appeals to people yearning to capture the carefree feeling they had when they were kids,” adds Janice Newell Bissex, M.S., RDN, the other part of the Meal Makeover Moms power duo.

The Meal Makeover Moms were kind enough to share their Gorgeous Green Smoothie Bowl recipe with us:

You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon for $10.95 or download it for free on their website.

More Food-Related Coloring Books

Most adult coloring books cost between $5 and $10. Here are four more to check out:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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