With so many food blogs out there, it’s hard to know which ones are worth following, and which ones to take a pass on. While it’s possible to get a high quality recipe from several of the blogs out there, it’s nice to have a short list of reliable recipe providers so that you’re never short on ideas for a healthy meal to make. Our criteria for selecting these blogs were that they a) must provide delicious recipes that use healthy ingredients b) must be updated regularly with high quality content and c) must have added value in the form of commentary and other information provided with each recipe.
These were some of our favorites, listed in no particular order. Be sure to add any that we missed in the comments at the bottom.
This is one of our favorite healthy food blogs because it makes the point that you can eat to live and live to eat at the same time. This involves making foods that taste great and get you looking forward to your next meal, without setting you back on your healthy lifestyle.
A sampling of the recipes she’s created include Sweet Potato Cottage Pie, Loaded Parsnip Mash, Mango Chicken Curry, and Dark Chocolate Avocado Cookies.
As you can see they’re clever and very tasty sounding, subbing out unhealthy ingredients for healthy ones.
She covers all different types of meals and cooking styles, so you’re getting a little of everything with this blog, and there’s no specific diet that she’s following or adhering to, although she does borrow some principles from a few different diets, she’s simply cooking to live a healthy life.
Best part of the blog: She’s made a commitment to using fresh and unprocessed ingredients whenever she can, which means the meals she’s making are going to be that much better for you.
Give yourself a serious upgrade by following the blogventures of Ari, a self-described foodie that successfully lost 75 pounds and has kept it off.
The blog itself is follows the path she’s taken, and you can see the progress she’s made if you go back to archived posts, you can see the difference. It can be a source of inspiration, and a testament to how much progress can be made in just one year’s time.
What’s great about her cooking is that she’ll take recipes that you might have thought were off limits if you’re trying to lose weight, and she’ll make the necessary adjustments so they’re actually good for you, but still taste like they should.
Best part of the blog: This blog is like getting the recipes right from the horse’s mouth, as Ari started documenting the recipes she was using during her successful weight loss process.
The Spice Foodie is a way to cook up gourmet-caliber cuisine on your own that brings some spice back into your life.
Even though the dishes come out looking great, you’ll be pleased to note that she keeps the ingredients list to a minimum, and keeps the steps simple. She also provides helpful tips and insights in addition to the recipes.
She keeps the blog current with timely updates such as a wrap up of the year’s best recipes at the end of the year, and a list of healthy recipes to start off the new year right. And if you’ve ever thought of starting your own food blog she has a guide that will show you how to take better food pictures.
Best part of the blog: It’s a food blog for lovers of spicy things. These include not just peppery spices that make your mouth burn, but more exotic spices that don’t’ typically make a standard menu.
This is a well-structured blog that even comes with its own “code” for self-improvement. Whether or not you subscribe to this code, the recipes she provides are really tasty, and the running commentary is worth the read.
Simple ingredients, simple instructions, and a focus on clean eating is what makes this food blog really special, and she keeps it well updated so you can expect to find a new recipe each day to try out and learn from.
Take the Cottage Cheese Breakfast Crepes recipe as an example and you’ll see that it provides a high protein, tasty start to the day without using any unhealthy ingredients.
Best part of the blog: There’s plenty of useful information that comes with the recipes, and she ties it all together nicely, generally adding a non sequitur to the recipe, but seguing nicely.
Food blogging is about connecting with your audience, and Lauren does a good job of that thanks to the story that got her blogging in the first place. Her path of struggle and self-discovery is something we can all relate to, and is very relevant to food and health and feeling as good as you can.
We love it when food bloggers take the approach of making healthy meals taste good, because so many “diet recipes” miss the mark on taste in an effort to make them good for you.
Her recipes may lean to being a little more complicated than other blogs, with longer ingredient lists, but it’s worth the extra effort and she still sticks to using healthy items.
Best part of the blog: The wide range of recipe ideas makes this a blog you can come back to again and again for something new whenever you need it.
The philosophy behind 24 Carrot Life is what first intrigued us: she wants to make decadent meals that are also easy to make using healthy, whole foods.
Even though the focus is on living a decadent lifestyle, it’s not all about desserts, there are recipes for all different types of dishes, including entrees, snacks, breakfasts, and more. You can get a wide assortment of recipe ideas all following the same basic philosophy.
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