Get Healthy This Year with These Recipe Books

WINTER 2018
By Rebecca Carhart for Modern Muse

After spending a month indulging at holiday parties, January is the perfect time to hit the refresh button and start eating healthy. Whether you want to make your heart healthier through portion control or improve your skin with a diet filled with nutrient-boosting ingredients, start 2018 off on the right foot with these cookbooks full of healthy recipes.

Go All Natural

Since a wholesome nutrient-rich diet can help lower the risk of multiple diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, make 2018 the year you cut out processed foods. Before you start meal planning, grab a copy of Natural: Wholesome Recipes For Pure Nourishment from Anthropologie. It's a great resource for healthy meals that use all-natural ingredients — each recipe features fresh, wholesome foods and lists the detailed nutritional values for each dish. Find recipes for breakfast, dessert, and everything in between.

A Smoothie A Day

Smoothies are an excellent way to make a simple and healthy meal in a snap. Not only will they help you add more nutrients and/or protein into your diet, but they're also easy to make and are conveniently portable (perfect for when you're running late). You'll never wonder about what fruit and veggie flavors pair well together with The Smoothies Bible from Kohl's. This handy guide offers all sorts of refreshing smoothie recipes, including classics like cherry-berry and peanut butter and banana smoothies.

Get Heart Healthy

Portion control can be just as important as ingredients when it comes to heart health. Cardiac dietician and renowned nutrition expert Jennifer Koslo put together 125 perfectly portioned low-sodium and low-fat recipes in The Heart Healthy Cookbook For Two, sold at Target. The easy-to-follow recipes will help you prepare simple, healthy meals that won't leave you "enduring never-ending leftovers, or wasting ingredients and time."

Eat Your Way To Better Skin

Since the food you eat affects every part of your body, including your complexion, author and beauty expert Wendy Rowe wants you to "nourish your skin from inside out" with her Eat Beautiful cookbook. Available at Anthropologie, the book includes more than 70 recipes that promote a healthy glow. In addition to tips on what foods to avoid and what you need to eat to target specific skin issues, it also features a forward from one of her clients with enviable skin, actress Sienna Miller.

Quick Yet Healthy Meals

While ordering in food may seem like the easiest option after a long day, Williams Sonoma's Healthy in a Hurry cookbook will have you eating a delicious meal that's actually good for you in less time than it would take for your Seamless order to arrive. Filled with more than 100 recipes for fast and healthy meals in under 30 minutes, it's perfect for someone who's always on the go. It also offers a basic nutrition guide, a list of "superfoods" that you should always have in your kitchen, and meal strategies that will make sure you never opt for takeout instead of a home-cooked meal again.