The holiday shopping struggle is real. Let me help with my healthy cookbook holiday gift guide! Gift one of my favorite 6 cookbooks and reads for your healthy foodie friend or family member.The holiday shopping struggle is real. Let me help! Gift one of my favorite 6 cookbooks and reads for your healthy foodie friend or family member.Haaaaaaapy Friday! If you’re anything like me then you’ve probably got holiday gift shopping on your to-do list this weekend. But who wants to spend their entire weekend shopping in a crowded mall?! Not me! So, this Friday and next, I’m sharing gift guides to help make your holiday shopping easier and free up some of your limited free time :). This gift guide features six of my favorite cookbooks and food and nutrition books perfect for your foodie friends or family members.

Ps. This gift guide includes some affiliate links and I was gifted free copies of these books. I was not compensated for this post and as always, all opinions are my own!

Happy shopping!

For the baby boomer who wants to boost brain power…

As much as I dislike the word diet, not all diets can say they reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by 50%. But the MIND Diet can. The MIND Diet: A Scientific Approach to Enhancing Brain Function and Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia
, by Maggie Moon, MS, RDN, is a hybrid of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH (Dietary Interventions to Stop Hypertension) Diet, focusing on “brain-healthy” foods high in healthy fats and antioxidants like whole grains, leafy greens, olive oil, fish, beans, nuts and berries. This book approaches the science behind cognitive fitness in an easy-to-understand way and includes a well-organized meal plan program to help improve your brain health. And if that wasn’t enough, the book boasts 75 delicious recipes that will help support mental acuity and fit within your MIND Diet meal plan. If you pick up a copy, you’ll catch my recipe for Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Cauliflower in there! This book is a great gift for anyone who wants to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, boost their brain health or follow a healthy eating lifestyle that’s appropriate for just about anyone.

For the Italian who wants to have his/her noodle and eat it too…

Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation by Alexandra Caspero Lenz, MA, RD, CLT, RYT, is an inspired new cookbook filled with 100 full-flavored vegetarian dishes that prove you can stay slim while eating pasta and bread. Alex’s recipes are inspired by classic traditions that have been in her family for 50+ years. Rather than skipping the carbs, Alex celebrates pasta and bread and adds nutrition to them in the way of vegetables, healthy oils and plant-based proteins like lentils, beans and tofu. Beyond the recipes, you’ll find Alex’s guide to stocking a healthy Italian pantry as well as her philosophy on achieving a happy weight. I’ve tried many of Alex’s recipes on her blog, Delish Knowledge, and can personally vouch that each one is more delicious than the next so I know her cookbook will follow suit. The first two recipes to try on my list are the Tofu Piccata and Lentil Bolognese!

For the Mom who wants her family to start their day off right…

Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

 by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD is the solution for parents who struggle to get a healthy breakfast on the table in the morning. Written with busy families in mind, Katie features 75 recipes that are easy-to-make, with at least half requiring no more than five minutes prep time. As a mother of three children herself, Katie shares firsthand tips about how to make breakfasts that are nutritious and realistic. Beyond the recipes, she includes a breakfast pantry list, principles for nutrient-dense meals and a buyer’s guide to better basics. As I paged through this cookbook, my stomach started to grumble, giving weight to the drool-worthiness of its recipes and photography. If you’re not yet sold on breakfast, this book will be a game changer!

For the kid or kid in all of us…

Eat and Color the Alphabet: 26 Healthy Foods to Color and Explore
is one of the latest food coloring books by The Meal Makeover Moms, Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD. Designed in a fun A to Z format, the book is filled with mandala-style food designs to encourage your family to eat right. The pages are easy for kids to color but also sophisticated enough for parents to join in on the foodie fun. This book is the perfect holiday gift to help your kiddo explore the world of delicious and healthy eating.

For the yogi or holistic health enthusiast…nourish-your-namaste-coverIf you know someone who is curious how to use alternative health modalities like nutrition and yoga to improve their health and wellness, then this e-book is for them! Nourish Your Namaste: How Nutrition and Yoga Can Improve Digestion, Immunity, Energy and Relaxation by Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT (moi), contains over 80 pages of nutrition recommendations, functional food lists, step-by-step yoga poses, plant-based recipes and more. And for the everyday yogi, the book also provides nutrition recommendations on what and when to eat to optimize his/her practice. And if you’re looking for extra support beyond the e-book, Kara offers a couple extra bonus packages containing shopping lists, meal plans, recipe books, videos and more. If you purchase the e-book ($14.99) between now and December 24th, you’ll receive the Level 2 package ($29.99) as a free bonus! And the first three people to purchase will receive the Level 3 package ($99.99 value!).

For those who are tired of diet books…

Tired of restriction, deprivation and uninspired, subpar tasting meals? Then you’ve got to pick up Whole Cooking and Nutrition: An Everyday Superfoods Approach to Planning, Cooking, and Eating with Diabetes
 by Katie Cavuto, MS, RD. This book is perfect for anyone with diabetes or any other ailment who has been taught to follow a strict diet to improve his or her health or anyone who simply wants to reconnect to the joy of eating. With more than 150 vibrant, flavorful recipes, this cookbook promotes a refreshing, mindful and pleasurable approach to eating. Packed with information about 85 different foods that will add flavor and nutrition to your eating pattern, Katie hopes to inspire people with positive messaging that healthy foods are sustaining, nourishing and delicious.

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  1. Sara @

    Yay! Great choices here Kara! These are some of my favorites too! 🙂

  2. Such a good line up and I’m honored to see Rise & Shine among them! Happy Holidays.

  3. What a great selection! They would all make wonderful gifts!

  4. Love that coloring book…and obviously your book too!! It’s on my list!