You'd be hard-pressed to find a diet that all nutrition experts agree is the best, but when it comes to "clean eating," the reviews are fairly unanimous. In a broad sense, it refers to a diet free of refined, processed food. In other words, bagels and chips are out, and fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish are in. Given how complicated and confusing diets can be, it's a refreshingly straight-forward approach to healthy eating.
If you've resolved to improve your diet, start with a new cookbook. We tapped Amazon's list of the best-selling healthy cookbooks to find out which ones live up to the hype.
Here are our picks for the best clean eating cookbooks to add to your shelf.
Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger
This New York Times bestseller is written by cardiologist Alejandro Junger, MD, and contains over 200 healthy recipe ideas. In addition to featuring daily meal plans, the book includes vital nutritional information and dishes suitable for paleo and vegetarian diets.
Love Real Food by Kathryne Taylor
The foodie behind popular vegetarian blog Cookie and Kate shares her favorite meat-free recipes, focusing on fresh, wholesome, and sustainable ingredients. Taylor also includes suggestions for alternative ingredients to make meals gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free for those with sensitivities and allergies.
Clean Soups by Rebecca Katz
Don't have time to cook midweek? Batch-cook one of the 60 soup recipes in this healthy cookbook and freeze them for lunch. From simple chicken pho and Moroccan carrot soup to two-day cleanses and traditional healing concoctions, there's something wholesome for everyone.
The Whole 30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
One of Amazon's top-rated health cookbooks, The Whole 30 has over 3000 positive reader reviews. It offers a step-by-step guide to "break unhealthy patterns of behavior, stop stress-related comfort eating, and reduce cravings, particularly for sugar and carbohydrates" in just 30 days.
The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook by Amanda Haas
Inflammation has dominated health headlines lately, but what does it mean in practice? This educational cookbook breaks it down via 65 recipes created to help manage migraines, diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders and other health issues.
Eat. Nourish. Glow. by Amelia Freer
This No. 1 international best-seller has a simple philosophy: Ditch sugar, dairy, and processed food to look and feel better. Just take it from Freer, a former assistant to the Prince of Wales who quit her job to back to school and became a nutritionist to famous clients such as Boy George and Sam Smith.
Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore
Forget dieting and juice fasting—this cookbook contains 100 easy recipes that make detoxing easy and delicious. There's something for every meal of the day, including snacks like peppermint fudge bars to cauliflower flatbread pizza, chocolate chia shake, banana coconut muffins and other tasty bites.
Against All Grain Celebrations by Danielle Walker
Considering going gluten-free? Start with this handy cookbook, which specializes in healthy dishes for special occasions. Walker's book proves that you can still have classic, tasty dishes like green bean casserole, pie, and a full turkey and stuffing spread while still catering to those with grain sensitivities.
Nutrition Stripped by McKel Hill
After years of suffering from lack of energy, migraines, and issues with her digestion and skin, registered dietician McKel Hill set out on a mission to clean up her diet and improve her lifestyle. In her book, she shares her knowledge and top diet-balancing recipes.
Can't wait for your cookbook to ship? In the meantime, start with these three healthy chicken recipes.