Health and Fitness

Nutrition Books Worth the Hype

It seems absolutely everyone is suddenly a nutritional expert with a cookbook or two under their belt, but are all these reads actually worth the money? Here’s a quick rundown of our top recommendations…

Best for: quick & interesting recipes, positive changes
The most recently released read on our list is ‘Get The Glow’ by foodie and blogger Madeleine Shaw. Best friend to Millie Mackintosh and nutritionist to many other well-known faces, Madeleine has built a brand out of her happy, healthy ethos – it’s made quite quickly that this isn’t about fad dieting or eating habits, it’s a lifestyle change.
We love that the recipes are created from scratch using everyday ingredients, it’s all about eating fresh produce, with a big focus on soothing and caring for the gut. The recipes don’t go overboard with unknown superfoods, but rather introduce key ingredients throughout, which helps if you’re a newbie!
The book is beautifully written, personal and Madeleine speaks to the reader with a comforting, ‘you can do this’ attitude, as if she’s chatting with a friend.

Best for: nutritional advice, smart eating
You may have heard of Amelia Freer, qualified nutritionist and the woman behind Sam Smith’s recent weight loss. Amelia has a number of qualifications behind her, and the book is a mix of information and recipes, so you really get a great guide to your body and how it works. It helps to get a good understanding of how the foods you do and don’t eat affect your lifestyle, so the information is entirely helpful and surprisingly easy to take in.
The recipes are easy enough for anyone to grasp, but there’s only a few included in the book – ideal for those who own a hundred cookbooks but would prefer to learn more about their eating habits.


Best for: healthy home cooking, simple diet changes
For simple, everyday recipes, we love ‘Deliciously Ella’, the work of food blogger Ella Woodward. This has a similar vibe to Madeleine Shaw’s offering, it’s a fun, helpful guide to making small but effective changes to your diet and lifestyle – from someone who’s been there!
The beautifully laid out book is packed full of awesome recipes, but there’s also a good opening section on how Ella changed her ways (she’s a reformed sugar addict) that’s great for beginners. The book covers helpful sections such as your kitchen toolkit, staple ingredients and essential recipes such as almond butter and rice milk.
Deliciously Ella also has a really great section on sweet treats, helping you to make changes to your treats so they’re good for you!

Best for: bikini body changes, hardcore diet shakeups
If hardcore changes are your thing, we can’t recommend the Clean & Lean diet enough – this was our first foray into nutritional books and we still love the advice and recipes within.
James Duigan is one of the top personal trainers out there, boasting Elle Macpherson and Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley as his clients, and so this book is pretty awesome to own.
This is a read for anyone who loves a good diet plan; the book includes everything from shopping lists to meal planners, making it a really helpful pre-holiday read. The recipes include a lot of dinner inspiration (ideal for those who feel like they don’t have time to eat well after work), as well as a few sweet treats and lots of smoothie ideas.

Best for: diet overhaul, chocoholics desperate for change
Another saviour for us is ‘I Quit Sugar’, the work of Sarah Wilson. This is a 8-week detox programme that takes you through the stages of cutting sugar out of your life, Sarah has pieced together the guide so you know exactly what to expect and when.
If you’ve tried cutting out sugar in the past, you’ll know it’s almost impossible – which is why this book is such an incredible read. Read the chapters as you go, get clued up on the effects of sugar on your body, and whip up some of the amazing sugar-free recipes as you go!
The book is so easy to follow, it’s actually quite gripping – expect to devour a few chapters in one sitting!

Hopefully you’ll now have a better insight in to some of the brilliant healthy eating books on the shelves right now.

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  • Kate

    I’d like to get my hands on Deliciously Ella, I love collecting up kitchen/health books :)

    Kate xo //

  • Sophie

    I’ve just ordered Deliciously Ella, it sounds like such a lovely cookbook!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Lauren S

    I’d love to read Ella’s cookbook and Get the Glow, and I also loved Honestly Healthy’s offering for clean alkaline foods!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Kat Horrocks

    I need to get these, I am always interested in healthy recipes. I love Madeleine’s Youtube channel so happy she has a cookbook out now!


  • Angeline
  • Lucy Birchall

    I cannot recommend Madeleine Shaw’s Get The Glow enough! I’ve made a good handful of the recipes featured in the book and all of them are truly delicious, filling and nutritious. Deliciously Ella is good for plant based recipes and I also really enjoy the Hemsley + Hemsley book – I really need to revisit that one actually. It’s like a health food bible! But Get The Glow is without a doubt the best healthy lifestyle book out there – and that’s saying something as I own a LOT!

    She’s So Lucy

  • Eloise Balazs

    Thanks for the recommendations, I am currently studying nutrition so these will be a great addition to my learning. I’d also like too recommend to of my fav nutrition books, ‘eat pretty’ by jolene hart and ‘the beauty detox solution’ by kimberly snyder!

    Eloise x|

  • Eleri Roberts

    Get the Glow is top of my Birthday wish list :) x


  • Jessie O. Squires

    Get the Glow is going on my wish list too! Nutrition books are a little intimidating for me so I appreciate this post!