One of the biggest struggles I face every single year is making it through the holidays without packing on an extra five pounds. There’s a reason that I go on those juice cleanses every January! Amiright or AMIRIGHT?!?

I know you all can relate to this plight. On average, most Americans will put on about 5lbs this holiday season. After a few years, those extra pounds can really add up. So one of the ways we can combat that is by choosing healthier options.

But where do we start? Can we make food that is actually delicious while also being healthy?

Yes! Yes we can.

And there are a ton of amazing cookbooks out there that can do just that.

rawsome vegan baking

#1 Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes
This one is sure to satisfy your sweet-tooth during the holidays. Plant-based foods can actually be quite tasty!

decadent gluten free vegan baking

#2 Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets

If you need gluten-free options for the holidays, this is the cookbook that you’ll want!

oh she glows cookbook

#3 The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

There’s a reason this book is a #1 Best Seller. This one is packed with a ton of recipes that are not only tasty, but will have you glowing from the inside out!

thug kitchen

#4 Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Though this book is definitely NSFW, the recipes can’t be beat. Just don’t have it around small children. 😉

vegan richa's indian kitchen

#5 Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook

I’m a huge HUGE curry fan, and Indian food is definitely a must for me to make at home. When you’re ready to spice things up a little, this book is fantastic!

forks over knives

#6 Forks Over KnivesThe Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

This book has over 300 plant-based recipes that you can use throughout the year. If you buy nothing else, then grab this one because it is a great starter cookbook!

the complete vegetarian cookbook

#7 The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

If you’re still trying to dip your toe into the water of going completely plant-based, this cookbook is a great starter to get you on the right track. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with going more plant-bases, this book has easy recipes that will bring you past that overwhelm.

fresh from the vegan slow cooker

#8 Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes

I love using the slow cooker, because it saves me so much time! This book is packed full of healthy recipes that you can throw into the slow cooker to be ready by dinnertime.

101 easy everyday vegan recipes

#9 101 Easy Everyday Vegan Recipes

Need easy? We all do these days. These recipes are not only easy to make, they are oh so delicious!

clean green eats

#10 Clean Green Eats: 100+ Clean-Eating Recipes to Improve Your Whole Life
Mama always said to eat your greens, and that’s because they are so vital for a healthy body! But who wants to eat salad every day? This book is packed with recipes that are full of greens. And the best part? They are tastier and better for you than that small bowl of iceberg lettuce.

crazy sexy kitchen

#11 Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution

I’m a huge fan of Kris Carr, and her recipes are amazing. Look great and feel great with her fabulous food!

Do you have a favorite cookbook that didn’t make this list? Let us know about it in the comment section below.