I’ve had so many family and friends come to me over the course of the last few years and ask how to start eating healthy. It seems like the hardest part of anything is just getting started. With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of healthy eating resources. The items listed below should help you to get on the right track with healthy eating.
Healthy/Real Food Cookbooks
100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love is Lisa Leake’s first book and a #1 New York Times Bestseller. It’s not only filled with inspiring recipes, but the first section of the book is full of good information on eliminating processed food and transition to a real food or whole food diet. Lisa is not a dietitian or health professional, but shares more of a personal journey that her family went on.
Cooking Light Slow-Cooker Tonight! I got this cookbook I got a few years ago for Christmas and enjoy using it for slow cooking recipes. Our favorite recipe that we’ve tried is the slow cooker pork carnitas. I have looked at and borrowed several cooking light cookbooks and most of them are filled with delicious and doable recipes!
Books, Magazines, and Websites
Books: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan will definitely make you think twice about the food you eat and encourage you to cook more at home from scratch.
Magazines: Eating Well and Cooking Light are my 2 favorite magazines for healthy recipes!
Real Mom Nutrition – Sally is Registered Dietitian who offers practical tips and various topics on healthy eating as well as recipes. Her website also offers a family focus with ideas on feeding your kids!
The Lean Green Bean – Lindsay’s website offers some delicious recipes. Not to mention she is the queen of meal prep! If you have ever considered meal prepping, check out Lindsay’s resources.
100 Days of Real Food – A blog about Lisa Leake and her family’s journey to real food. This website has tons of great recipes and ideas including eating real food on a budget.
Skinnytaste – A popular food blog that features recipes made with whole food ingredients. You can even sort the recipes on her site by specialized meal plan.
You probably already have most or even all of the cooking essentials you would even need! Of course there are the basics like a stainless steel cookware set (like this), basic mixing bowls with lids, and utensils. You’ll also want a few different sizes of baking dishes. I use my pyrex casserole dish and 8 inch square pan most often. You can get an awesome bundle with both of these and a couple round storage containers on amazon here. Make sure you have a good paring knife or cutlery set. I have an older version of this KitchenAid cutlery set that I love and it doesn’t even include the built in knife sharpener.
We use our NutriBullet almost every day. Not only is it super convenient, but it is pretty powerful and mixes our greens in our smoothies easily. We also use it to make oat flour or blend this favorite recipe for flourless chocolate chip coconut cake. If you are looking for a bigger blender, the Vitamix is my recommendation based on the ones I’ve used before.
A Kitchen Aid Mixer definitely saves you time when you are cooking from scratch. I use mine when I make any kind of baked good or bread. There are also all sorts of attachments depending on what you are wanting to do with it. I have the Artisan series one in white like just like this one.
Having a water bottle on hand helps to make sure you are drinking enough water and also helps you save money by paying for water and other drinks. I prefer to drink out of glass and stainless steel and avoid plastic. Here is my favorite glass water bottle (can also be found at target.) This used to be my go to water bottle, but lately I’ve been leaning towards this a vacuum insulated water bottle like this one which we love. It keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12!) I love it! ?
Buy plenty of different storage containers for leftovers and food prep. We use glasslock or pyrex containers to store most of our leftovers. We make overnight oats for our weekday breakfasts pretty often and use these pint sized ball jars with the wide mouths with these plastic lids for our oats.
Lunchbox and Cooler
Last, but certainly not least if you are going to get healthy giving up your lunch out is next on the list. ? You’re going to need a lunchbox. Here is the lunchbox I just purchased earlier this year and am loving! I chose this one because it is seriously huge for a ladies lunch box. I am always taking a ton of food (between my lunch, snacks, and sometimes overnight oats to work) and it holds ALL OF IT. Plus, I can’t help but love the deep purple color. I love it.
Coolers can be useful for a variety of reasons. First, I keep a cooler tote similar to this one in my car for cold foods I buy at the store. I like to visit several stores to find the best deals and this helps to keep cold/freezer foods cold while I store hop.
A cooler also becomes handy for road trips, day trip, or even a picnic at the park with your kids. I recently purchased this cooler for these purposes and it is pretty roomy for a day trip or lunch out with your kids. It would also be a great cooler to take to the beach or a day of ballgames to keep from hitting the concession stand.
Do you have a favorite book or other resource you use to maintain a healthy diet? What are your favorite kitchen accessories? Drop a comment below and share your ideas. I would love to hear you favorite healthy eating resources!
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