I take a look at some the bestselling healthy eating cook books.
Over Christmas time there is always a surge of public figures/celebrities bringing out cookbooks. This year was no exception and two social media personalities also got their books into the top 10 on Amazon. The Body Coach – Lean in 15 and Healthy Eating Alice with 1.7 million and 517,000 followers on Instagram respectively it’s not hard to see why their books were so popular!
I decided to take a look at these books and see how practical they are for everyday living and cooking!
Lean in 15 – The Body Coach (Joe Wicks)
I now own two of the Body Coach books having been given one for Christmas by my Grandma (not sure what she was implying!) and I purchasing another off of Amazon. I really like the recipes in both of these books. There are meals without carbs for non-work out days and meals with carbs to refuel you after exercise. I brought the books without the intention of following the plan, as I think with all the little amounts of unusual ingredients (such as Chinese 5 spice, pow chok, etc. to name a few) that the plan would get quite expensive and not within my budget.
Instead I use them more as a guide and inspiration for recipes so I don’t end up eating the same things for dinners. What I really like is that a lot of the recipes are measured out for one of two people, which is perfect for me and as well as being nutritious they are also simple to make.
“I use them more as a guide and inspiration for recipes so I don’t end up eating the same things.”
So far I have tried a few recipes from each book including the Duck stir-fry, speedy beef, Joe’s Chicken pie – which is like a normal pie but substituting shortcrust pastry for filo pastry which works really nicely – and my favourite recipe Oaty Chicken. They have all been very tasty.
I do feel like my diet has benefited from the recipes in this book as it gives me inspiration for meals that don’t use carbs or potatoes and I think that helps a lot with maintaining and losing weight and has also helped me with portion control.
Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet
I have added Tom’s book although I haven’t brought it as my boyfriend and I were able enough to get a table at The Hand and Flowers in Marlow a few weekends ago, which is Tom’s restaurant and the only Mitchell star pub in the United Kingdom. After a 5 month wait we sat down to eat, unfortunately Tom wasn’t there at the time but one of the waitress told us about how he has achieved his weight loss.
She said Tom cut out alcohol for the first year and then began cutting out carbs and swapping things like rice for cauliflower. By increasing his protein and vegetable intake and cutting down and swapping carbs, Tom’s diet now is nearly without them and this is reflected in the book. He has managed to lose 11 stone in the last 3 years!
The recipes feature ingredients that will apparently trigger the release of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine in your brain (hence the name of the book). Tom’s ‘dopamine heroes’ include ingredients such as double cream, good-quality meats including beef, chicken and turkey, and even chocolate, not ingredients you would normally associate with a diet book!
“The recipes feature ingredients that will apparently trigger the release of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine.”
Recipes in the book include a shepherd’s pie with creamy cauliflower topping, a Chinese pork hot pot and chocolate mousse with sesame almond biscuits. All tasty sounding dishes with ingredients that people enjoy, as well as releasing the ‘Feel good’ hormone, hopefully means that if you try this diet book, you can stick to it!
Clean Eating Alice: Eat Well Everyday
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Having amassed over 500,000 followers on Instagram, Alice Liveing aka Clean Eating Alice released her cookbook ‘Eat Well Everyday’ in December 2016. Now a Sunday Times Best Seller the book features 100 recipes and tips for fitting healthy eating into your daily routine.
In the book Alice sets out what to eat on workout days, rest days and cheat days! It also features simple swaps and a sample weekly menu planner so you can follow Alice’s advice correctly.
The Hairy Dieters: Fast Food – The Hairy Bikers
Having released other dieting cook books in previous years, The Hairy Biker’s released this book at the end of 2016 featuring low calorie recipes that can all be made in under half an hour.
I saw an interview on this morning in which both of ‘The Hairy Bikers’ spoke about how they would have developed diabetes had they not lost weight, which inspired them to write their diet books.
The Hairy Dieters: Fast Food includes recipes for breakfast and brunch, soups, salads, mains and snacks. There are a variety of recipes including pasta dishes, chicken dishes and sorbets. This is their fourth diet book and has been released with the aim of making healthy meals easier and quick for everyone to prepare.
Do you enjoy cooking? What is your all-time favourite recipe book? Have you tried any recipes from the books above? Have your say in the comments!