Holiday Wish List: Healthy Cookbooks

A cookbook is the holiday gift that keeps on giving! And a healthy cookbook is even better – it keeps on giving the gift of health!

Below, we’ve compiled our top picks for healthy cookbooks to gift this holiday season. Be sure to double up when you shop – grab one to give away and one to keep for yourself.

Happy shopping!



THE WHOLE30 FRIENDS & FAMILY by Melissa Urban

About the cookbook: “You can honor your health commitments while enjoying time with family and friends, and this book shows you exactly how. The Whole30 Friends & Family is packed with recipes for all of life’s special moments, from birthdays to baby showers, barbecues to brunches. All of the recipes are Whole30 compliant, designed to mix and match to create the perfect menu whether you’re hosting or contributing a dish as a guest. And in true Whole30 style, the recipes are creative, colorful, and so flavorful that your guests will never miss the added sugar. The Whole30 Friends & Family will show you how to navigate gatherings, provide tips and tricks to make every social situation a success, and offer full menus for special occasions like dinner parties, date night, and Friendsgiving.”


SLOW COOKED PALEO by Bailey Fischer of Whole Kitchen Sink

About the cookbook: “Feed your family wholesome meals that are a cinch to prepare with these downright delicious Paleo masterpieces. Layered with flavor and packed with a nutritious punch, these slow cooker meals make following the Paleo diet simple and convenient. Updated versions of already familiar meals smooth the transition to Paleo cooking and eating, and options for making meals vegetarian, low carb and AIP-friendly mean that everybody can enjoy tantalizing Paleo favorites, regardless of dietary restrictions.”


CLEAN PALEO FAMILY COOKBOOK (Coming April 2020; pre-order now) by Ashley McCrary of Healthy Little Peach

About the cookbook: “Clean Paleo Family Cookbook includes 100 healthy Paleo-inspired recipes that your whole family will love. Perfect for your whole food Paleo elimination diet, or if you want keto modifications for your clean Paleo diet, every recipe is completely free of grains, gluten, legumes, dairy, soy, and artificial ingredients.”


THE DEFINED DISH: HEALTHY AND WHOLESOME WEEKNIGHT RECIPES (Coming 12/31/19; pre-order now) by Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish

About the cookbook: “Alex Snodgrass of TheDefinedDish.com is the third author in the popular Whole30 Endorsed series. With gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes that sound and look way too delicious to be healthy, this is a cookbook people can turn to after completing a Whole30, when they’re looking to reintroduce healthful ingredients like tortillas, yogurt, beans, and legumes. Recipes like Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa or Black Pepper Chicken are easy enough to prepare even after a busy day at work. There are no esoteric ingredients in these recipes, but instead something to suit every taste, each dish clearly marked if it is Whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more. Alex includes delicious variations, too, such as using lettuce wraps instead of taco shells, to ensure recipes can work for almost any diet. And for anyone looking to stick to their Whole30 for longer, at least sixty of the recipes are fully compliant.”


The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook by Michelle Smith of The Whole Smiths

About the cookbook: “As fans of the Whole30 know, it can be challenging to figure out how to eat for the other 335 days of the year. Michelle Smith, creator of the blog The Whole Smiths, has the answers. This cookbook, the first ever fully endorsed and supported by Whole30, offers a collection of 150 recipes to keep Whole30 devotees going strong. Many recipes like Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo are fully Whole30-compliant, and all are gluten-free, but you’ll also find recipes with a careful reintroduction of grains, like the tortillas in the Chile Enchilada Bake. Some recipes include beans and legumes, so there are plenty of vegetarian options. There are even desserts like Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies! Throughout the book, icons help readers identify which recipes fit their dietary constraints (and which are easily adaptable), but perhaps most important of all, the recipes are a delicious way to help anyone achieve a long-term approach to good health.”

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