One of the basic and most important components of living your best life is a healthy and balanced diet. Eating well fuels our brains and bodies, prevents sluggishness, and staves off both minor and serious illness. That said, it’s not always as simple as we’d like it to be, and it’s easy for our relationship with food to become complicated. If you sometimes need a little help making your diet work for you, you’re far from alone. Here, I’ve compiled a list of the best healthy food blogs and a handful of helpful tips for eating well.
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Eating Healthy: It’s a Challenge!
Let’s face it: It’s not always easy to eat healthfully—or even to figure out what that means. There’s so much dietary advice, much of it conflicting and confusing, that it’s hard to know where to start. Should you eat less meat and cheese or fewer carbs? What’s the deal with gluten, and should most people stop eating it? How much sugar is too much for the average person? And does the sugar in fruit count toward that limit?
It’s often no breeze at the grocery store either. You’ll pick up a box of cookies labeled “low fat” only to see that they contain more sugar than the full-fat variety. Or you’ll check out a meat alternative only to see that it’s as high in calories and saturated fat as the real deal. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the information.
That’s where healthy food blogs come in. If you need somewhere to start, check out these ten smart resources for delicious and healthy eats. Making your meals part of your wellness plan doesn’t have to be frustrating or stressful. As a matter of fact, it can be fun!
The Best Healthy Food Blogs
A Couple Cooks
Looking to follow a mostly (but not entirely!) plant-based diet? That’s a great direction to head in. To get started, check out A Couple Cooks. It’s run by a husband-and-wife team who will help you cut back on your meat intake and show you how to eat more vegetables without giving up everything you love. You don’t have to go fully vegan to enjoy the benefits of eating a diet heavy in plants.
Green Kitchen Stories
On the other hand, you may eschew meat entirely, and that’s a great option too. Green Kitchen Stories features vegetarian recipes packed with flavor, like a sandwich with kimchi, mushrooms, and avocado, and a pumpkin-kale salad. There’s lots of inspiration for meals that are high in lean vegetable protein and low in fat.
If super-uncomplicated healthy recipes are what you’re looking for, Happyolks is the food blog for you. The gorgeous photography breaks down each step of the process beautifully for first-time cooks. Note that simple doesn’t mean boring: the blog is full of amazing dishes like shiitake bok choy dumplings and chard pesto linguine.
Have you been wondering how to eat more vegetables? Food writer Kathryn Bruton brings you a collection of amazing “skinny” recipes that pack tons of great-for-you veggies. Check out her carrot and pepper black bean stir fry or her spinach and watercress ravioli gratin. Eating your greens doesn’t have to be a chore!
Skinnytaste has a huge following, and for good reason. In addition to the delicious and waistline-friendly recipes, it’s easy to search by almost any dietary consideration, from vegetarian and gluten-free, to kid-friendly and slow-cooker-ready. And if you aren’t looking to eliminate meat-based meals from your diet, Skinnytaste can help you to prepare healthier ones.
The Year in Food
Do you love to eat incredibly fresh fruits and veggies—the kind you bring home from the farmers’ market? You’ll love The Year in Food, which features recipes that center on seasonal produce (and appropriate wine pairings!). Eating whatever is in season is a fantastic way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, and the ideas in this blog make it fun.
Cooking Light has more than just recipes, although their offerings in that department are pretty great. You’ll also read health tips, weight-loss success stories, and inspiration for individual and family meal plans. There’s also a section just for cooking novices, with great advice for getting started in the kitchen.
Do you have a killer sweet tooth? Eating too much sugar can lead to numerous health problems, from tooth decay and chronic inflammation, to Type 2 diabetes and cardiac issues. If dessert is your favorite meal of the day, you need a few Healthy Hacks to keep your favorite treats on the lighter side. Check out the high-protein dark chocolate raspberry cups … yum!
The Spunky Coconut
When you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, meal planning and preparation can feel incredibly overwhelming. It can seem like absolutely everything worth eating contains wheat flour, leaving you feeling deprived and depressed. That’s where The Spunky Coconut comes in, featuring good-for-you gluten-free recipes that are deliciously satisfying, as well as health and wellness tips. There’s no need to feel like you’re missing out!
Love and Lemons
For even more tasty gluten-free recipes, check out Love and Lemons. Many of the featured dishes are both gluten-free and vegan, while others are vegetarian. Try the completely plant-based breakfast cinnamon rolls, the gluten-free almond flour pancakes, or the chewy molasses cookies if you’re craving something sweet and delicious.
Healthy Eating at 1AND1
At 1AND1, we’re committed to helping our readers live well by eating well. We love to bring you our favorite healthy recipes, like these nutritious protein balls. They’re easy to customize to suit your palate and make an awesome on-the-go breakfast or snack. (You’ll never miss sugary, high-in-fat donut holes once you’ve had these, and they’re much more filling too!)
For a tasty plant-based lunch or dinner, check out these tips for the perfect vegan burger. With a small dollop of homemade basil vegan mayo, a veggie burger can be as yummy and satisfying as the traditional kind. And this one is much kinder to your body, with a lower saturated fat content. Minimizing the amount of saturated fat you consume can help to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level and avoid heart disease. It’s no joke that what you put on your plate matters when it comes to living a long and full life.
Let me know some of your favorite healthy recipes in the comments section. Happy eating!