Confused about what to look for when it comes to a healthy recipe? Want to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor or the foods you like? Here you get access to some of the most creative and balanced meals put together by chefs and dietitians plus downloadable cookbooks.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association came up with MyFoodAdvisor to help individuals with diabetes better manage the way they eat. Should an individual want to go gluten-free or vegetarian but still adhere to the structure of a diabetic diet, there are recipes for those.

 

Each recipe has a break-down of the nutrition facts for those needing to track calories and carbs. There is a budget friendly menu as well. Most of the recipes are compatible with the diabetic exchange lists and this information can be found under the directions. The website has a recipe search option and calorie calculator off the right hand side. For more structure, an individual can select the tab for “One-Day Meal Plan” rather than piece the meals together themselves but new meal plans are only offered once a month (plans are archived).

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association came up with MyFoodAdvisor to help individuals with diabetes better manage the way they eat. Should an individual want to go gluten-free or vegetarian but still adhere to the structure of a diabetic diet, there are recipes for those.

 

Each recipe has a break-down of the nutrition facts for those needing to track calories and carbs. There is a budget friendly menu as well. Most of the recipes are compatible with the diabetic exchange lists and this information can be found under the directions. The website has a recipe search option and calorie calculator off the right hand side. For more structure, an individual can select the tab for “One-Day Meal Plan” rather than piece the meals together themselves but new meal plans are only offered once a month (plans are archived).

American Heart Associates

The recipes featured on the American Heart Association’s website go beyond controlling for sodium intake. A person on a diabetic diet can benefit here as well because the carbohydrate exchanges are listed right under the nutrition facts label beneath the directions. As an added plus, each recipe shows the price per serving which is not available with every recipe on the American Diabetes Association website.

 

Recipes are organized by “Course”, “Ingredients”, and “Lifestyle” (BBQ, holidays, seasonal etc) or can be looked for with the search bar at the top of the page. After adding an ingredient, a user can check a small box to the left of it which then crosses the ingredient off the list. There are cooking demonstration videos on the bottom right of the screen for the culinary-challenged.

eatright

Most recipes on health websites are pieced together by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists these days but when in doubt, one can visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics main website. Despite the great recipes shown, many of which creatively blend in various plant foods, they are not as well organized as the other websites on this list.

 

There is a search option to help overcome this problem. What are also useful are the articles written under “Cooking Tips and Trends”, “Eat Right on a Budget”, and “Snack and Meal Ideas” which are tabs right next to the “Recipes” section. Should there be a section on building a daily or weekly meal planning, it is not easily found. Of course the real gem of this website is the recipes which an individual may adapt to their existing meal plan structure.

eatright

Most recipes on health websites are pieced together by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists these days but when in doubt, one can visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics main website. Despite the great recipes shown, many of which creatively blend in various plant foods, they are not as well organized as the other websites on this list.

 

There is a search option to help overcome this problem. What are also useful are the articles written under “Cooking Tips and Trends”, “Eat Right on a Budget”, and “Snack and Meal Ideas” which are tabs right next to the “Recipes” section. Should there be a section on building a daily or weekly meal planning, it is not easily found. Of course the real gem of this website is the recipes which an individual may adapt to their existing meal plan structure.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic’s recipe section is very well organized as it breaks-down meal planning by “Number of Servings”, “Course”, “Meal”, “Main Ingredient” even “Preparation Method” which is a really nice touch. There is an additional section on “Special Diets” with recipes that are compatible with several health conditions such as high blood pressure, Celiac disease, and diabetes.

 

Although price per serving is not listed, each recipe comes with a concise nutrition analysis label and is compatible with the diabetic exchanges lists as well as the DASH diet. The Mayo Clinic team came up with The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid which has a link just under the nutrition analysis label. Clink on “Sample menu” to find out more about this eating plan which puts fruits and vegetables first.

National Institutes of Health

For those who want recipes in an E-book format, the National Institutes of Health offers several downloadable cookbooks as PDF files.

 

The “Stay Young At Heart” plan, which was designed for cardiovascular health, is the only one that has recipes built into the website rather than for download. Besides this eating plan and the one for DASH, the NIH has cookbooks that are adaptable to African American and Latino culture (plus Vietnamese and Filipino recipes, although not full cook books). After clicking a recipe to view, the set-up is similar to the above websites but without price per serving or diabetic exchange information. There is a neat feature where users can add ingredients to their recipe but this requires an individual to make a free account.

National Institutes of Health

For those who want recipes in an E-book format, the National Institutes of Health offers several downloadable cookbooks as PDF files.

 

The “Stay Young At Heart” plan, which was designed for cardiovascular health, is the only one that has recipes built into the website rather than for download. Besides this eating plan and the one for DASH, the NIH has cookbooks that are adaptable to African American and Latino culture (plus Vietnamese and Filipino recipes, although not full cook books). After clicking a recipe to view, the set-up is similar to the above websites but without price per serving or diabetic exchange information. There is a neat feature where users can add ingredients to their recipe but this requires an individual to make a free account.