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The Best Healthy Living Blogs of 2019

Living a healthier life might seem like a tall order — the nutrition, the exercise, the inner happiness! But having some friendly advice at your disposal, whenever and wherever you need it, makes it easier and more fun. With just a click, these awesome blogs filled with tips, tricks, and personal stories will inspire you on your journey to wellness.

Delish Knowledge

Think of this as healthy vegetarian cooking, made simple. Writer Alex is a registered dietitian, and her ingredient shopping tips and cooking videos — check out the one for vegan paella! — is the next best thing to an office visit. Vegetarians or anybody curious about the lifestyle can consider this blog your starter kit for plant-based recipes that range in ingredients and complexity.

The Real Food Dietitians

Who it’s for: Diet adventurers who love their Instant Pot, slow cooker, and Whole30 plan. This blog has recipes for each of these phenomena, plus tips for doing meal prep efficiently.

What it’s all about: Eating well, living well, and being well. Not only are there tons of dietitian-authored recipes, but you can also opt in for customized meal plans.

My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal provides inspiration through real-life “victory stories” (aka before-and-after stories featuring relatable people). There are also trainer tips and essential guides to big topics like hydration, low-cal meal options, and fat-burning workouts, as well as niche subjects like micronutrients.

Fit Bottomed Girls

For those who get frustrated with the status quo and ideals of what we “should” be, Fit Bottomed Girls offers a refreshing change of pace. The founders, both certified fitness pros, preach confidence and body positivity. They take a thoughtful approach to fitness, instead of quick, lose-fat-in-10-days results. Their roadmap to a healthier life is a combo of nutrition-packed recipes, doable daily workouts, and a good dose of meditation.

Fit Foodie Finds

Fit Foodie Finds is a wellness blog tailor-made for serial Instagram scrollers. The gorgeous photos of healthy meals are just as exciting as making them. Who knew oats could look so pretty? Healthy living posts primarily focus on recipes, but they also include workouts (booty, legs, you name it), DIY beauty, mental health, and relationships. Style-conscious readers will love it, too, with its gallery after gallery of fashion articles.

Mommypotamus

Moms looking for that trust-me-I’ve-been-there perspective and healthy ways to take care of their families and themselves will find it on Mommypotamus. This blog is especially full of information for pregnant women and first-time moms, touching on everything from ultrasound safety to birth plans. You’ll also find a wealth of content on motherhood, natural health, clean beauty, and more.

Toby Amidor Nutrition

Blogger Toby is a registered dietitian and multiple-time author who creates content for home cooks looking to up their game with the latest in nutrition and food news — including ingredient recalls and safety tips. Toby helps you see your kitchen in an exciting new way and reignite your love of cuisine and cooking. There’s a heavy focus on creative meal prep, along with more serious articles on things like foods to fight depression.

Peanut Butter Fingers

This blog will resonate with anyone looking for friend-to-friend advice from someone who’s built a career around motivating people — blogger Julie is a personal trainer. She puts on her motivational hat to pen posts ranging in topic from beauty routines she swears by to floor exercises that make you feel the burn. Be sure to check out the recipe index and workout feeds.

Naturally Savvy

Naturally Savvy is about seizing the life less toxic, appealing to fans of organic living and alternative medicine. The blog shows you exactly which herbs to devour — like ginger for good digestion — and products to stay away from — like dryer sheets because they can contain carcinogens. Fair warning: Clicking around the site may result in some uh-oh moments for those unfamiliar with the effects of certain foods and materials (you may want to rethink those rayon tampons).

The Healthy Maven

For those who want a 360-degree approach to self-care, with advice for betterment in the workplace, home, gym, and on the go, look no further. The Healthy Maven offers recipes for every type of meal under the sun (salads, sides, soups, and more), DIY tips (you’ll learn how to make your own yoga mat spray), and quick workouts. If you like where all this is going, there’s a supplementary podcast run by blogger Davida with guest wellness experts.

Fitful Focus

Fitful Focus is ideal for skeptics who need a confidence boost. Blogger Nicole made a life change in 2012, losing 10 pounds and finishing her first marathon, and she could be just the cheerleader you need. The name says it all: Get fit, be full, stay focused. If that sounds up your alley, you’ll enjoy the host of vegan and gluten-free recipes, ab workouts, and discount codes to conquer that online shopping list.

Bites of Wellness

Diet-conscious individuals who love a good cheat day will enjoy this blog that shows you how it’s done, with easy 10-minute healthy recipes and some indulgences, like sweet potato donuts. The content is geared toward carb- and fat-burning food choices, along with life tips to keep the metabolism going, like “you need sleep to lose weight.” Many recipes are available in e-book format.

Nutrition Twins

Busy bees that don’t have a lot of spare time but still want to stay on top of fitness and wellness trends will love Nutrition Twins’ approach to info — quick and digestible while hitting on all the buzzy topics. Find exercises you can do while sitting in your office chair, quick detoxes to do at home, and more. There are also articles more targeted at the long game, like how to train your taste buds to enjoy healthy foods.

Happy Fit Mama

This one’s for the exercise-minded — especially runners, as blogger Angela is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and RRCA Running Coach. You’ll find a whole slew of running workouts, both for the treadmill and outdoors. Angela shows through firsthand accounts that it’s great to have a major passion (for her, running) and then supplement it with other ripples of positivity, like yoga, healthy baking, and family time.

Eating Bird Food

If you dream about having a holistic nutritionist on speed dial, meet blogger Brittany. She has tons of tips for living a balanced life using alternative medicines and vegan ingredients. Brittany shares recipes you won’t find just anywhere (hello, chocolate chia pudding), along with travel stories on exploring wholesome goodness in hidden-gem cities, like Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charleston, South Carolina.

The FitNest

This blog aims to connect with wellness aficionados who want a community of support, not just words on a screen. Comments and shares abound, and blogger Zehra puts her heart out there to give you a view into her fitness journey and family life. Look for indoor and outdoor exercises, told from a beginner-friendly perspective. There’s equal attention given to stretches as to the workout itself. There are also lots of healthy recipes — all tested in Zehra’s home kitchen.

The Fitnessista

It seems we’re all too busy these days. For anyone without a ton of time on their hands but the desire to squeeze a bit more wellness in whenever and however possible, The Fitnessista delivers. Enjoy a range of quick workouts, quick recipes, and quick stories about life as a mom. If you need a two-minute read every day, this is it.

Love Sweat Fitness

People looking to sweat off a few pounds may want to start here. Blogger Katie lost 45 pounds herself, and it led to her creating a “hot body” series of workouts and a huge YouTube following.

The focus is on weight-loss workouts and recipes, for starters. In addition, you’ll find everything from seasonal music playlists to travel tips to beauty hacks.

Pumps and Iron

Go-getters who want to master their workout game can browse through posts authored by a personal trainer. Get step-by-step (and sometimes second-by-second) instructions for how to flex, pump, and tone. The blog provides an array of exercise ideas, broken down into helpful categories like studio equipment, target area, and structure. You’ll also find the occasional lifestyle topic, like book club advice and DIY gardening tips.

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Kelly Aiglon is a lifestyle journalist and brand strategist with a special focus on health, beauty, and wellness. When she’s not crafting a story, she can usually be found at the dance studio teaching Les Mills BODYJAM or SH’BAM. She and her family live outside of Chicago, and you can find her on Instagram.

1. Deliciously Ella

Best for: tricking yourself into eating healthier

As a self-described former “sugar monster”, Ella Woodward overhauled her diet after being diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, a rare and debilitating illness that causes everything from headaches to fainting. When conventional medicine couldn’t help her symptoms, Ella cut out all junk and switched to eating only plant-based foods – and the impact on her health was mind-blowing. Now she shares her super healthy, and more importantly, super delicious recipes through her blog and popular app; her much-awaited cookbook will be out in January.

BUY NOW Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Mills, Amazon, £13.60

Typical dish: ten minute mango pancakes, made with bananas, oats and nut butter. Quick, easy and totally lush.

2. Hemsley and Hemsley

Best for: adventurous chefs

Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are London-based sisters who base their recipes around fresh, unprocessed ingredients and natural fats and sugars. Their slick, stylish website and beautifully shot images make their blog a joy to browse (and cook from).

BUY NOW Good + Simple by Melissa Hemsley and Jasmine Hemsley, Amazon, £12.99

Typical dish: Courgette with basil and cashew pesto – a conventional meal with a fresh, healthy twist.

3. Chocolate Covered Katie

Best for: sugar junkies

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, US blogger Katie is your girl. Famous for her healthy makeovers of treats like ice cream, chocolate cake and even cookie dough dip, Katie’s clever recipes are the talk of Pinterest – and they’ll soon be the talk of your kitchen too. As Katie herself puts it: “Health and happiness go hand in hand, and how can you be happy if you’re not eating what you truly desire?”

BUY NOW Chocolate Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You by Katie Higgins, Amazon, £13.90

Typical dish: Healthy peanut butter fudge. Seriously. Wait ’til you try it.

4. The Model Foodie

Best for: when you’re super busy

Bailee’s blog The Model Foodie attempts to balance her love of food with her busy day job as a model. Her philosophy revolves around ‘clean’ eating – in her words, “low gluten, minimal carbs, high protein and lots of green veggies”. Her posts are fun, friendly and accessible – and she’s got a baby on the way, so look out for cute sprog-related blogs soon too!

Typical dish: Cinnamon oat goji berry breakfast bomb taste naughty but are so nice (for your body). Plus, they’re portable – essential when you’re running from casting to catwalk (or bus to office…)

5. Oh She Glows

Best for: veggies and vegans

Angela has won awards for her clean, easy to use blog, and she shares everything from recipes to menu ideas with inspiring life updates along the way. As a recovering eating disorder sufferer, Angela’s writing conveys her passion and interest for vegan food in a healthy, positive way. Her cookbook was released earlier this year, and quickly became a New York Times Bestseller – worth picking up if you like her online work.

BUY NOW The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon, Amazon, £8.99

Typical dish: The big vegan banana split is one of the most popular recipes on the site – and with cacao-date sauce, strawberry chia seed jam and coconut whipped cream, we can see why.

6. The Picky Eater

Best for: picky eaters (duh!)

Anjali is a certified health coach whose blog was borne out necessity – having always been very aware and ‘picky’ about the food she ate, she married an avid junk food fan, and has made it her project to streamline their eating styles ever since. She divides her recipes into cuisine types like Mexican, Asian and Italian, and provides nutritional info per serving with her recipes, which is incredibly helpful if you’re counting the cals.

Typical dish: Anjali’s makeover of family favourite macaroni cheese with spinach and broccoli will please your body AND your tastebuds.

7. Eatori

Best for: wanderlust-ers

Sydney-born Tori now resides in London, where she makes her living as a food writer. Her blog, Eatori, combines her interest in food with her love for travel – a quality that’s reflected in features like her ‘Best coffee in…’ collection, where she hunts out the best caffeine hit in all of the cities she’s been to. The author of two low-carb books, Tori’s approach is all about satisfying meals that don’t revolve around white flour and grains.

Typical dish: A clever swap for white flour makes Tori’s chickpea flour pancakes ideal for stodge lovers.

8. The Lazy Baker

Best for: beginners

Contrary to her URL, Kathryn’s blog isn’t just focused on baking – her recipes range from yummy dinners (kale and sweet potato pizza, anyone?) to occasional treats like white chocolate buttons with granola. The Lazy Baker is a great starting point for anyone that’s not that confident in the kitchen – Kathryn’s a formally trained cook, so you know you’re in a safe pair of hands.

Typical dish: Her spiced granola – made with barley, buckwheat and assorted nuts and seeds – is a great introduction to these seemingly terrifying (but incredibly easy and useful) ingredients

9. Wholeheartedly Healthy

Best for: better body image

Laura’s bright and beautiful style focuses on the entire package of health, from feeling good physically, mentally and emotionally – there’s even a whole section devoted to positive body image. Regardless of whether you’re there for the recipes or the life advice, you’ll come away with a smile on your face.

Typical dish: It doesn’t get much healthier than Laura’s yummy caramel apple cake made with coconut sugar, ground almonds and dates.

10. Honestly Healthy

Best for: improving digestion

Honestly Healthy’s founder, Natasha, has managed to turn her passion for healthy eating into her life’s work, with two books, a food delivery service and a fab website full of delish recipes and healthy eating tips. Tash’s approach centres on cooking the alkaline way – which is based on the idea that foods with a high pH (acidic) are hard on the system, whereas alkaline eating (foods with a low pH) are the key to life long health.

BUY NOW Honestly Healthy: Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson, Amazon, £6.17

Typical dish: We could eat this coconut bread for days. Gluten free and completely vegan, it has a distinctly rich and warm flavour thanks to ingredients like agave syrup, brown rice milk and cinnamon.

11. Madeleine Shaw

Best for: glowy skin

With an interest in healthy food from a young age, Madeleine’s work is all about helping you rediscover the joy of eating well, and see the influence it can have on your health both inside and out – particularly in terms of digestion and skin (her “Get the glow” recipes are a particular fave). As well as a blogger, she’s a qualified nutritional health coach, and has worked with celebs like Millie Mackintosh and Caggie Dunlop.

BUY NOW Ready, Steady, Glow: Fast, Fresh Food Designed for Real Life by Madeleine Shaw, Amazon, £6.99

Typical dish: Having moved from Sydney to chilly south west London, Madeleine’s converted from sunshine food to hearty comfort cuisine – these bacon and sweet potato delights are a scrumptious place to start.

Best Of

It seems to be a struggle for some and easy for others. The goal: get your kids to eat awesome, healthy, nourishing, and delicious food. Where does the struggle start? Are parents giving too many options? Not enough? Given that kids won’t self-starve, if we can be consistent with food introductions, invite them into the kitchen to cook with us and offer education about why we choose the foods we choose, perhaps we’ll have more success.

To help you along, we’ve put together our list of the Top 25 kid-friendly food blogs. Hop on over and check out these delicious, kid-approved recipes that everyone will love.

Top 25 Kid-Friendly food blogs

Nourishing Meals

Connect: www.nourishingmeals.com

The Scoop: If you’re looking for healing and gluten-free cooking inspiration, you’ll find loads of it here. Alissa is a two-time cookbook author and mother to five children, so you can be assured that all of her recipes are kid-tested and approved.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Gluten-Free Buckwheat Hazelnut Pancake

Well Nourished

Connect: wellnourished.com.au

The Scoop: Georgia is a naturopathic doctor and mom of two who is devoted to blogging about nourishing recipes and ‘freestyle cooking’ using fresh, local and seasonal foods. She also offers fantastic resources about building a whole foods pantry and raising healthy babies, toddlers and children.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Protein Power Bar

Veggies Don’t Bite

Connect: www.veggiesdontbite.com

The Scoop: Sophia is a mama to three young boys and she created her blog to help families get healthier one step at a time. Her recipes are plant-based, gluten-free and sugar-free, and with kid-friendly options like Enchilada Noodles and Vegan Beanball Subs, you’ll have no trouble getting children to eat their veggies.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: The Ultimate ‘Cheese’ Sauce

100 Days of Real Food

Connect: www.100daysofrealfood.com

The Scoop: What began as a 100-day challenge for one family to cut out processed foods has grown into a worldwide movement that inspires people to ditch the crap and start cooking. 100 Days of Real Food is a one-stop shop of resources, including information about why it’s important to leave processed foods on the shelf, free menu plans, school lunch ideas, and more.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Common Food Label Misconceptions

Fork and Beans

Connect: www.forkandbeans.com

The Scoop: Cara’s website is full of bright, fun recipes for those with dietary restrictions. You’ll have a blast looking at her kid-friendly recipes – she even has a dedicated ‘Play with Your Food‘ category. She truly makes healthy eating fun!

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Silly Breakfast Toast Faces

Healthy Little Cooks *Culinary Nutrition Expert*

Connect: www.healthylittlecooks.com

The Scoop: This awesome website by CNE program grad Kim Young (the mom of our youngest CNE who met President Barack Obama) inspires kids to eat heathfully and get into the kitchen. The best part? Most of the site’s recipes are created by kids!

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Simple Veggie Quinoa Salad

Wife of a Grocer *Culinary Nutrition Expert

Connect: www.wifeofagrocer.com

The Scoop: Candra, the recipe creator behind this amazing goulash, is wife to a 3rd generation grocer and mom to 3 kids. Her blog features many delicious and healthful recipes that are tested and approved by her kiddos.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: One Pot Classy Sloppy Joes

The Healthy Family and Home

Connect: thehealthyfamilyandhome.com

The Scoop: Karielyn’s goal is to help readers walk away from the standard American diet and focus on organic, nutrient-rich foods. Her recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and sugar-free, plus she provides extra resources on clean eating and detoxing.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Pasta with Asparagus and Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Golubka Kitchen

Connect: www.golubkakitchen.com

The Scoop: Anya is a cookbook author, food blogger and mom who believes that the healthiest foods are also the tastiest. Her recipes are beautiful and elegantly styled, so you’ll likely be pinning them for later!

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Fruit Leather Edible Puzzles

Tessa The Domestic Diva

Connect: www.tessadomesticdiva.com

The Scoop: Tess is a mom to three kids who began to eliminate foods after her screaming babies ceased crying when she stopped eating dairy. Her blog aims to help families reduce the overwhelm of dietary changes and offers recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and Paleo diets.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Paleo 5-Minute Muffins

Oh, The Things We’ll Make!

Connect: www.thethingswellmake.com

The Scoop: Tracy is an American expat living in Spain who blogs about how to make real food fun. Her blog is gluten-free and mostly grain-free; she began to follow a Paleo-ish diet when both she and her son developed skin issues. Aside from recipes, you’ll also find a ton of fun craft ideas!

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: DIY Natural Food Coloring

Oven Love

Connect: www.ovenloveblog.com

The Scoop: Natalie is an army wife with three children who love to share delicious, flavourful food. There are recipes here for multiple specialty diets – gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, egg-free, Paleo, GAPS, dairy-free, sugar-free and more, so you’ll be sure to find something yummy no matter what your eating style.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Cold and Flu-Fighting Gummy Snacks

The Gluten-Free Kid

Connect: www.theglutenfreekid.wordpress.com

The Scoop: Max is a 9-year-old food blogger who writes about gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian food. And get this: he’s been blogging since he was seven! We see a bright future ahead.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Blueberry Almond Pancakes (Max made these for his mom for Mother’s Day)

Whole New Mom

Connect: www.wholenewmom.com

The Scoop: Adrienne’s blog is packed with sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan healthy options, along with resources for non-toxic living, kitchen tips, natural beauty care and sustainable living.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

She Let Them Eat Cake

Connect: www.sheletthemeatcake.com

The Scoop: Maggie is a registered holistic nutritionist who has been baking gluten-free since 2004 when her husband discovered he had celiac disease. Then, when her son was diagnosed with allergies, her household became gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. There are loads of delicious baked goodies here, along with a multitude of kid-friendly, healthy recipes.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Gluten-Free and Vegan Peppermint Oreo Cookies

Fried Dandelions

Connect: www.frieddandelions.com

The Scoop: Sarah is a former graphic designer and high school teacher who now spends her days creating vegan recipes in the kitchen. She has a great ‘Fun for Kids’ section on her site that details the playful food projects she’s made for her son.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Race Car Fruit Snacks

Flo and Grace

Connect: www.floandgrace.com

The Scoop: Lexie began her blog to share the gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, low-sugar recipes she whipped up to help heal her baby’s intestinal issues. Now that he’s regained health (and is much older), she also writes about lifestyle, products and the random thoughts that pop into her brain.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Hearty Gluten-Free + Vegan Pancakes

Live Simply

Connect: www.livesimply.me

The Scoop: Kristin is a blogger and photographer who lives with her husband, two children and eight – yes eight – chickens in the backyard. Her site is packed with real food recipes, DIY resources, and two free e-books.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: DIY Homemade Chocolate Milk Syrup

The Pistachio Project

Connect: www.pistachioproject.com

The Scoop: Brittany began her family’s journey to health when she began to make baby food for her first child. Then, when her second baby developed eczema, she jumped off the diving board into natural, green and sustainable living. Visit her for a variety of natural living advice, including nutritious recipes, parenting, homesteading, green cleaning, gardening and home remedies.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: 25 Non-Electronic Gifts for Kids

The Herbal Spoon

Connect: www.theherbalspoon.com

The Scoop: Jamie fell in love with herbs and natural health as a child and has devoured all the knowledge she can to help her family. Through her blog, she aims to share recipes, herbal concoctions and DIY tips so you can learn to support your health, too.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Homemade Squeeze Pouch Recipes

Scratch Mommy

Connect: www.scratchmommy.com

The Scoop: Scratch Mommy is a tag team blog with contributors across North America who love cooking from scratch. A go-to for whole food recipes that will nourish your family, homemade skin care formulas, DIY cleaning tips, tutorials, and more.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Homemade Root Vegetable Chips

Raising Natural Kids

Connect: www.raisingnaturalkids.com

The Scoop: When Dawn was pregnant with her first child, she felt overwhelmed trying to sift through all of the information about raising a healthy child. She decided to create a resource for parents about natural, non-toxic living so they can make informed decisions about their kids.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: The Truth About Your Orange Juice

Paleo Running Momma

Connect: www.paleorunningmomma.com

The Scoop: Michele is a runner and mom of three who posts many comfort food favourites that are Paleo and Whole 30-friendly. She shares new recipes several times a week so there is always something new and delicious to drool over!

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: Breakfast Fried Cauliflower Rice

Amy the Family Chef

Connect: www.amythefamilychef.com

The Scoop: When Amy gave birth to two children, she decided to adapt her cooking style to be accessible, healthy and family friendly. Her blog is filled with gluten-free recipes that focus on organic ingredients, along with a resource section to help families successfully follow a gluten-free diet.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: 10 Ways Your Children Can Help in the Kitchen

Hello Creative Family *Culinary Nutrition Expert*

Connect: www.hellocreativefamily.com

The Scoop: Hello Creative Family is a fantastic resource for parents looking to ignite their creative passion with simple, everyday and back-to-basics projects. From recipes to sewing to crafts to health and beauty, you’ll find it here.

Our Favourite Post/Recipe: 27 Crafts to Keep Children Busy During Summer Break

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For the last week, I’ve been hopping planes and carting around more than one painfully expensive suitcase with all my life packed up in it. And by all my life, I mean 23 T-shirts, 10 flip flops, and 2 pairs of shorts shorts because appropriate, well-fitting shorts are insanely hard to find. Which could have something to do with this. Maybe.

While I’m trying to figure my new Filipino life out, I’m going to be introducing you to My Top 5 Healthy Food Blogs. I’m super excited to share these peeps with you, because honestly, they (and their healthy blogs) are amazing.

Check out their sites, follow them on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, and be happy about eating their fresh, healthy recipes! I will be sweating myself silly and eating fistfuls of leftover M&M’s in between battles with my suitcase that has affectionately been named “The Big Kahuna”. But you’ll be comfortable and healthy and that’ll be really good.

1. Eat Live Run

  • What I like: Jenna for her down-to-earth blog personality and heart of faith, pretty food photos, and lots of yummy vegetarian and vegan recipes in between posts about meat and dessert. This girl knows healthy balance.
  • Best recipes: Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Olives, Goat Cheese, Fig, and Bacon Flatbreads, Shrimp Enchiladas Verde

2. A Nutritionist Eats

  • What I like: Emily, even though she left me shaking in my Minnesota boots for sunshine and avocados in California, a section called “Build it Better” with ideas for healthifying your favorite foods, and specific tips for what to eat when training for a marathon. Which I’m not doing. But still.
  • Best recipes: Date, Corn, and Goat Cheese Salad, Artichoke, Spinach, and White Bean Sandwich, Baba Ghanoush

3. Naturally Ella

  • What I like: Erin (yes, Erin, not Ella) for being smart about veggies, tons of healthy vegetarian recipes that don’t feel vegetarian, and simply gorgeous photography that makes me want to live on a farm.
  • Best recipes: Snap Peas and Soba Noodles with Honey Soy Dressing, Chipotle Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Guac Tacos, Pumpkin Oat Bread (pictured)

4. Prevention RD

  • What I like: Nicole for being a registered dietician – get it – RD?, an amazing recipe index that you could lose yourself in for hours, and a positive and balanced philosophy about food.
  • Best recipes: Honey Lime Enchiladas, Coconut Shrimp Curry, Baked Potato Skin Veggie Pizzas

5. A Couple Cooks

  • What I like: Alex and Sonja for their love of the farmer’s market, the garden, and international humanitarian organizations, simple and healthy recipes that use real food, and stunning photography.
  • Best recipes: Simple Vegetable Paella, Balsamic Strawberries with Greek Yogurt

I cannot end this post without giving you Alex and Sonja’s recipe for Balsamic Strawberries with Greek Yogurt because it’s pure healthy genius. It sounds weird, I know it sounds weird, but it’s to die for.

When they made it for us last summer, I privately panicked. I’m more of a sugar and butter and flour girl. But then something amazing happened: I legitimately felt like I was eating dessert.

But it’s yogurt and fruit. But it’s dessert.

Miracle.

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Balsamic Strawberries with Greek Yogurt – a favorite recipe of one of my favorite healthy food blogs, A Couple Cooks. A great healthy dessert!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries (1 pint)
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 15 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • A few mint leaves
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. For the berries: Wash the strawberries and slice them. In a small bowl, mix the berries with 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. Let sit (macerate!) for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Prior to serving, add a few grinds of fresh pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt and about 2 tablespoons honey, or more or less to taste.
  3. Chiffonade a bit of fresh mint.
  4. To serve, place a dollop of the yogurt in a bowl. Top with berries and mint.

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Follow, tweet, like, and make all their yummy food because they’re awesome! All 5 of ’em!

Meanwhile, I’ll be using my pocket dictionary to order 6 plates of mango peach pies from Jollibee (the Filipino equivalent to McDonald’s), cause that’s how they roll here. I’m think I’m going to get along just fine.

by Heather Robertson

I like to pull from many different blogs to create my weekly menu meal plans. So, I thought I could share my list of healthy “go to” food bloggers. That way, you can use them as a resource when you’re making up your own weekly menu plans too.

I’ve listed links to the blogs I use most often for yummy recipes and what type of nutritional information they provide, if any (e.g. Weight Watcher’s Points plus, general nutritional information, net carbs, etc.).

I hope this information will help you decide which ones will best fit your eating plan.

What are some of your favorite food blogs? Be sure to tell me in the comments below!

In no particular order, here are 19 of my fave food blogs:

Skinny Taste – Weight Watcher’s points and nutritional information for each recipe.

Simple Nourished living – Weight Watcher’s points.

LaaLoosh – Weight Watcher’s points and Nutritional information

Green Little Bites – Weight Watcher’s points

Finger Lickin Kitchen – General healthy cooking

Slender Kitchen – Weight watcher’s points

Mother Rimmy Cooking light done Right – Nutritional information and Weight Watchers Points

Nosh my Way – Weight Watcher’s points

Hungry Healthy Happy – Nutritional Information

Katie Covered in Chocolate – Weight Watcher’s points and nutritional information (also good for Vegans)

Snack Girl – Nutritional information

Kalyn’s Kitchen – Low-glycemic recipes for South Beach all phases

Your Lighter Side – Net carb count

Simply Recipes – General healthy recipes

Low Carb Luxury – Net carb count

The Paleo Mom – Low carb

Paleo on a budget – Low carb

Slow Cooker from Scratch – Healthy crock pot meals

Stephanie O’Dea – Healthy crock pot meals

Recipes for Healthy, Low Calorie Mini Meals

When I started my research on food, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information on food blogging that’s available on the web. After checking out a large number of sites, I settled on Pinch of Yum which is run by a lovely couple who recently came back from a mission in the Philippines, Lindsay (the blogger and photographer) and Björk (the behind-the-scenes guy). Not only do they have a wonderful post on how to start a food blog, but they also share their monthly income report, they have a great ebook on Tasty Food Photography *and* they recently started up Food Blogger Pro which contains numerous videos and a forum to help food bloggers out. This is a great place to start out.

Another great resource for food photography is the book by Hèléne Dujardin called Plate to Pixel. I’m a complete noob when it comes to photography, let alone food photography, so this book along with Lindsay’s were lifesavers! I did luck out in the camera department as my husband had recently bought me a Canon Rebel t3i about a year ago, so I didn’t have to splurge on a new camera.

I had a blast buying props for the food pictures (which at the time of this post, have yet to be taken!). While I attempted to save money buying props, I didn’t do such a hot job. I bought a lot of what you will see from Pier 1 Imports and Longaberger. I have some old pottery from Longaberger when it was made in China, but I’m happy to say that they are making the move back to manufacturing everything in the good ole USA!

I still don’t have backgrounds for the pictures, so for now, I think I’ll have to use our beat up wooden table from outside. It definitely has the vintage look going on!! I do want to try out this post on how to make your own backgrounds and I do also want to hit up the local antique stores. Who knows what I will find!!

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