The start of a new academic year is the perfect time to implement healthier eating habits, whether you’re making a lifestyle change or just trying a few recipes. With dishes ranging from beef ragu with courgetti to sweet potato brownies, these five books prove that healthy food can be simple, delicious, and full of flavour.
Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
St Andrews graduate Ella Woodward’s hugely successful debut book explains how her plant-based, gluten-free diet transformed her health. In the ‘Getting Started’ section, she outlines the basics of her diet by writing about essential ingredients and equipment, how to make dairy-free milk and nut butter, and how to cook grains. Rather than dividing the chapters into starters, main courses and desserts, Woodward organises recipes by food type (grains, nuts and seeds, legumes and pulses, vegetables, fruit, and smoothies and juices), making it easy to learn about the foods’ health benefits, key ingredients, and how to incorporate them into recipes. This book is great not just for vegans and vegetarians, but for anyone interested in varying their diet by using more plant-based ingredients.
Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw
Get the Glow is based on a six-week programme that encourages followers to cut out refined sugar and eat healthy fats. It also explains the importance of a positive attitude and eating mindfully. With over 100 recipes including delicious soups, salads, curry, burgers, slow-roast lamb shanks, and sweet treats including a banana and cinnamon loaf and a raw chocolate avocado mouse, Shaw’s recipes are delicious and satisfying. Her enthusiasm shines through in her informal writing style, and she makes eating healthily easy and inexpensive by using simple ingredients and suggesting ways of saving money, such as using cheaper cuts of meat to make a slow-cooked dish.
Eat. Nourish. Glow. by Amelia Freer
This is a great book for learning about the foundations of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Written by qualified nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, it details ten steps to follow for better health, including advice on giving up or cutting down on things like alcohol and caffeine, finding grace around food, and exercise. As well as these ten chapters, recipes such as cauliflower pizza with roasted vegetables and pesto, chicken nuggets with mango and avocado salsa, and hazelnut chocolate salted caramels are included at the end.
The Art of Eating Well by Jasmine Hemsley and Melissa Hemsley
The Hemsley sisters, famous for their use of vegetable spiralizers and bone broth, have created a beautiful and informative book full of recipes that are nutritious, with the aim of being so tasty that you forget that they’re healthy. This book contains a huge variety of dishes: simple breakfasts, hearty soups and stews, impressive dinner party dishes, healthier alternatives to classics such as baked beans and fried chicken, and desserts such as their BB Brownies. In addition to this, they share their food philosophy, simple changes for better health, kitchen essentials, and advice for food preparation.
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
This book by Sarah Britton, a holistic nutritionist, blogger, writer, and photographer, is written in a witty, charming, and enthusiastic way. It is full of nutritious and flavoursome recipes, with dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-carbohydrate options. The recipes are all seasonal, using five seasons (spring, early summer, late summer, autumn, and winter). Britton also explains essential techniques such as cooking grains and making nut butters, seed butters, and ghee, and gives advice on stocking a pantry with wholesome foods. Britton also did a very inspiring TEDx Talk about making healthy choices, which is well worth a watch.