A binder is a great place to store all your favorite recipes. A few months ago, we created a DIY recipe binder just for this purpose. But then we got thinking…wouldn’t it be nice to have a binder just for all your healthy food options?! Our answer of course was yes. It is an easy way to see all your healthy meal options instead of rummaging through all the junk. Having a binder that is strictly for healthy food will keep you on track with your goals and creating a healthy lifestyle change.
Follow along below on how to DIY your own healthy recipe binder.
What you will need
- A binder (1” should be just fine depends on how many recipes you choose to put in here)
- Sheet protectors
- Tabs/or DIY with scrapbook paper
- Printables (includes: meal prep weekly list, shopping list, breakfast, snacks, lunch, sides, dinner, dressings/sauces, crock pot, instant pot, desserts, drinks, appetizers, smoothies)
- Hole punch
Step 1: Once you have all your materials it is time to start your DIY healthy binder! For the first step place the cover and spine insert into your binder.
The binder we are using is called a Speedy Spine. It’s exactly how it sounds. Inserting anything into the spine of the binder is so easy. If you have ever experienced the frustration of trying to insert a piece of paper into a regular binder, the speedy spine will change your life.
Step 2: Fill your binder with sheet protectors and put all the printables in a sheet protector.
Step 3: Now comes the fun part. Making your own colorful tabs! (You can opt out of this step and buy some, but then you don’t get these cool colors to match the beautiful printouts!) We found some scrapbook paper that matched the colors in our printables.
Take one of the filled sheet protectors out of your binder and trace it. Using your ruler, create a tab that’s 2.5” in length. (While you are making your tabs make sure that you alternate where your tab will be so they don’t overlap.)
After you are done cutting out your tab. Hole punch and insert behind the coordinating printable.
Take the last few tab steps and apply those to the remaining pieces of scrapbook paper.
Step 4: Label all your tabs to the matching printable.
Now it is time to print out or take your favorite recipes from books or magazines and fill in your new healthy recipe binder! Have fun cooking!