If you are trying to remove toxins from your home, including in your kitchen, then you are familiar with the term “clean eating.” Basically all clean eating amounts to is eating whole foods, meaning that they are minimally processed, if at all (so nothing enriched, refined, or preserved) and grown in an organic way, free of pesticides, non-GMO, and free of added hormones.
It actually sounds quite simple, until you start trying to find recipes that will work, or go to the grocery store. Then it becomes quite tricky, indeed! I think what is the most frustrating, for me at least, is the amount of time I have to spend on food when I try to eat clean. It feels like I am constantly hunting for recipes, trying to find acceptable ingredients, and then spending tons of time in the kitchen preparing the food.
It’s enough to make me want to quit, and I’ve certainly quit more than a few times after declaring that our family would be eating clean again. Can you relate?
If so, I hope that this list of resources will be very helpful. I put it together because I personally really need easy ways to find delicious and FAST clean eating ideas. I don’t have time to scour Pinterest every day for a new idea, and I definitely don’t have time to spend an hour making dinner every night (not to mention preparing breakfast and lunch!). These 10 cookbooks are just what I have been looking for to help me take care of all aspects of meal planning much faster, and with delicious results.
- Clean Eating: 15-Minute Clean eating Recipes: Meals that Improve Your Health, Make You Lean, and Boost Your Metabolism
I love that most of these recipes have 10 ingredients or less and take around 15 minutes to make. Perfect for a busy lifestyle!
2. Clean Eating: The Ultimate Quick Start Guide to Eat Better, Lose Weight,
Geared more toward the person hoping to jump-start some weight loss, this is a fantastic resource with 15 minute recipes, simple ingredients, and delicious flavors.
3. Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Easy All-Natural Recipes for Healthy Eating in the Real World
This book goes beyond the 30 minutes or less guideline with some of their recipes, but I love that the book is loaded with color pictures and that the portions are generous and the food is so darn yummy! A great choice for the person who wants to eat better, but not necessarily eat less!
4. Clean Eating: The 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge: Boost Your Metabolism and Increase Energy With Simple Recipes for Healthy Cooking!
I like that this book is written by a personal trainer and wellness coach, someone who knows a lot about what “good fuel” for our bodies really looks like!
5. Clean Eating for Busy Families
Getting yourself on the clean eating train is one thing, but getting children on board is quite another! I own this cookbook and absolutely love it. It has helped me find foods that my kids enjoy, and most recipes take 30 minutes or less. Perfect!
6. Clean Eating on a Budget
This is the go-to pick if you are worried about how eating clean will impact your grocery budget. It’s a simple cookbook (not as many pictures as I would like) but it gets the job done and will help you save money. Also? It’s just 99 cents!
7. The Family Friendly Clean-Eating Cookbook
Here’s another great pick for busy families with picky little eaters! It includes -12 breakfast recipes, 14 lunch ideas, 15 dinner recipes, 6 desserts and 5 super quick and easy recipe for the busiest of days.
8. Fast and Easy Clean Eating Cookbook
The title says it all! Another great pick.
9. Clean Eating: Quick 15 Day Clean Eating Recipe Cookbook
This is a great choice if you are new to clean eating and have no idea where to start. You can follow these recipes for 2 full weeks and get a sense for your favorite flavors and cooking styles.
10. Clean Eating Kids
I know all too well that it doesn’t matter if a recipe only took you 15 minutes to make if your kids refuse to eat it. Better to help kids with the transition to a less processed diet by presenting more options that they might enjoy, especially at the start! Love this resource for that reason.
I hope these picks help you get on the path to a healthier lifestyle and help you save time because I know you’ve got better things to do than to worry about food all day!
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