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If you’re determined to eat better in 2020, you aren’t alone. The start of the new year is always a great time to change unhealthy habits, whether it’s cutting back on screen time or shifting your diet. Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where and how to start when shifting to better eating habits. With so many trendy diets and expensive superfoods, eating healthy can seem intimidating. It’s a process, but it’s a process with many resources available. Thankfully, there are many cookbooks focused on clean-eating to get you started as you begin your healthy journey at the start of 2020.

Cover of Eat Clean, Play Dirty: Recipes for a Body and Life You Love by the Founders of Sakara Life Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle.
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1. Eat Clean, Play Dirty: Recipes for a Body and Life You Love by the Founders of Sakara LifeSakara, the 100% plant-based and organic meal service, now has a cookbook with an abundance of their favorite recipes. Founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise share their personal takes on clean-eating, complete with tips, descriptions, recipes, and stunning visuals accompanying the recipes. Each individual recipe is designed to help your body find balance, heal your gut, reduce inflammation, cut sugar cravings, and most importantly, create a body you love living in. One notable recipe from Eat Clean, Play Dirty is the roasted cauliflower steak sandwiches, perfect for a lunch or dinner party.

Cover of Good Clean Food : Super Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day by Lily Kunin.
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2. Good Clean Food : Super Simple Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day by Lily Kunin – If the stunning smoothie bowl on the cover isn’t tempting enough, just wait until you see all the other amazing recipes this cookbook has to offer. Author Lily Kunin, best known for her popular site Clean Food Dirty City, shares a wide variety of plant-based recipes that are exciting to both make and eat. The cookbook follows a less-is-more approach, with the recipes being based on dairy-free, gluten-free principles. Healthy doesn’t mean bland, though, because Kunin loves to share vibrant, colorful recipes. One notable recipe includes the spaghetti squash with mushroom meatballs. For a simple, easy, aesthetically-pleasing cookbook to get you started this year, this is a great place to start.

Well+Good Cookbook: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living by Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula.
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3. Well+Good Cookbook: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living by Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula – If you’re a fan of the famous Well + Good site, then you’ll quickly fall in love with these healthy recipes. With simple, to the point recipes, you’ll feel confident in the kitchen as you prepare each of these meals. This cookbook is a great choice for general changes in your eating, clearing up your skin, or even get better sleep. The Well+Good cookbook includes amazing recipes such as a jalapeno vegan burrito, chia + flax chicken tenders, kale salad with chickpea croutons, and tahini fudge, so you’ll never be bored with these recipes!

Clean Sweets: Simple, High-Protein Desserts for One by Arman Liew.
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4. Clean Sweets: Simple, High-Protein Desserts for One by Arman Liew – Sometimes, the sugar cravings are just too stubborn to get rid of them. It’s understandable, the new year follows a season full of various desserts at our fingertips. Rather than stocking up on candy and ice cream, though, this cookbook encourages you to make healthier choices with your desserts. Sweets are a fun way to indulge, and they don’t have to be something you completely remove from your diet. This cookbook includes mouth-watering recipes like protein peanut butter cups, dark chocolate and salted caramel waffles, molten lava cake, and white chocolate raspberry bars. With these sweet desserts being full of protein, you can go back to enjoying your sweet treats.

As you consider shifting your diet in 2020, these four cookbooks are excellent choices for getting you started with clean, colorful, delicious recipes!


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