Healthy Cookbooks for the Holidays

Healthy Cookbooks for the Holidays

As a food blogger and total foodie, my life just wouldn’t feel complete without cookbooks. Throughout the years I’ve created quite a collection and there are always new ones that I’m adding to my bookshelf. Here is my list of my current top favorite healthy cookbooks that are perfect for gifting or adding to your own collection.
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz (gluten-free, vegan and paleo options)

Wild Fermentation is what got me hooked on fermenting foods and helped me to start making my own kimchi. Katz walks you through the history of fermentation and helps you understand the basics to creating a variety of fermented foods. Recipes include vegetable and bean ferments as well as breads, grains, wines, beers, dairy, and vinegars, making this a great gift for anyone looking to begin fermenting foods and improve their health.

Fresh and Fermented: 85 Delicious Ways to Make Fermented Carrots, Kraut, and Kimchi Part of Every Meal by Julie O’Brien (gluten-free, vegan and paleo options)

Fresh and Fermented just came out this year and I’m already obsessed with it! This cookbook is filled with creative recipes to help you incorporate fermented foods into every meal (even smoothies)! It was written by the founders of Firefly Kitchens and I’ve been enjoying their fermented products from the local farmers market for years so I know they’re legit. If you think you don’t like sauerkraut, this cookbook just might change your mind.

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Homemade Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen

Homemade Gifts From Your Kitchen

It’s not too late. It’s not too late to decide that you simply must embark on a DIY holiday gift extravaganza and go absolutely nuts at the craft store. Believe me, I have been in your shoes. Today I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite kitchen projects with you which…

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Root Veggie Pot Roast

Root Veggie Pot Roast

When you work in an office full of guys and bring your homemade lunch every day, you’re likely to develop some friends… “That looks good! (leaning in) And it smells good too!” “What is that? Can you give that recipe to my girlfriend?” “Ohmygosh I’m so jealous of your lunch… How do you have time to…

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Easy Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Easy Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Remember the days when whole grain pasta was the go-to healthy dinner? I don’t know about you, but for years I relied on whole wheat, brown rice pasta and quinoa pasta as an easy weeknight staple. Nowadays my dinners still revolve around “pasta,” but now it’s all about turning vegetables into pasta. When zucchini is…

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Non-Alcoholic Cranberry and Pear Spritzer

Non-alcoholic Cranberry and Pear Spritzer

I’ve lived in Seattle for ten years now and I’ve lived my entire life in the state of Washington. As a native Pacific Northwesterner, I’m used to cold weather. I don’t mind the drizzle of rain and I actually crave the coolness of fall and winter. But, when I have the chance to jump ship and…

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25+ Healthy Stocking Stuffers Under $20

25+ Healthy Stocking Stuffers Under $20

Okay, let me start by saying that I’ve never actually tried this, but I’ve always wanted to… How awesome would it be to wake up to a stocking full of kale?! Although, I guess for some a stocking full of kale might be considered punishment. Hmm. I guess it depends on your audience. I have…

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Roasted Kabocha Squash

Roasted Kabocha Squash

Some say that the only constant in life is change. Although change helps keep life interesting, I sometimes wish that everything could just sit still for a minute. But, the truth is that I’m sure if I got that one perfect moment where everything finally sat still, I’d probably get bored and decide to take on…

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Grain-Free Cranberry Muffins

Grain-Free Cranberry Muffins

Alright holidays… it’s on.  This year I’ve decided that instead of getting lost in the crazy junk food holiday madness, I’m going to use the next month as a time to treat my body right. For me, that means regular yoga, lots of walking, drinking my green smoothies, and keeping healthy snacks on hand so I…

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Non-Alcoholic Natural Calm Sangria

Non-Alcoholic Natural Calm Sangria

Let’s face it… the holidays can be a little stressful. Between cold, dark days, lots of projects to finish before the end of the year, retail madness, holiday office parties, and visiting family, I think most of us feel a little run-down and overwhelmed. So, today I’m going to let you in on a little supplement…

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Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy

Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy

First let me start by saying that I’m so excited to be sharing this cookbook with you today. Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy is a new cookbook by Michelle Babb and is a simple approach to lessen inflammatory effects with 75 delicious recipes and a whole foods-based nutrition plan. Michelle is a registered dietitian with a…

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Panfried Kale with Toasted Pine Nuts

Panfried Kale with Toasted Pine Nuts

So, I have a question for you… why does everyone serve green beans at Thanksgiving? Don’t get me wrong… I love green beans. Really, I do. But I’m just not clear how it got started that green beans are a holiday tradition when they’re totally out of season right now and Brussels sprouts and kale are…

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