As much as I don't want to admit it sometimes, I am not a professional chef. I haven't cracked the code to endless creation in the kitchen, so I still rely on some tried and true resources when it comes to recipe inspiration.
And while I love endlessly scrolling through Pinterest just as much as the next person, having a few go-to resources helps me plan meals more efficiently and focused on the types of food that I want to eat.
When exploring new recipes, it's important to keep in mind that you are unique, and so are your nutrition needs. Just because something seems to work for everyone, doesn't mean it will work for you. While this can be frustrating at times, I like to think of it as more of an adventure. There are so many incredible food combinations out there, and each one affects us a little differently: it's like a delicious puzzle that you get to solve.
So What Makes a Good Food Blog?
Most nutrition-based blogs serve a couple of functions: First, they introduce you to new and diverse recipes. Furthermore, they provide some clarity about what you're eating, and the many ways that certain foods can help or harm you.
While we're searching for new blogs or resources there are a few things that we try to look for:
Simple Ingredients. While I love getting my hands dirty with a very authentic Szechuan dish, it's not something I can manage every night or even every week. So we focused on blogs and recipes that rely on ingredients that you can find at most grocers or health-food stores.
Wellness-Focused. If you've been following us for a while, you may know that we're not huge fans of any specific diet. Even if weight-management is your goal, your diet should be focused on the foods that nourish your body, and weight gain/loss can be achieved through portion control. For this reason, we've picked blogs that focus on eating clean, but don't limit themselves to any specific dieting paradigm.
Nutrition Backed by Science. We're not suggesting that every blog should read like a chemistry textbook, but if it makes claims about certain superfoods, we want to make sure that these are supported through research and not just empty claims.
There's no need to limit yourself to one or any of these blogs. Ultimately, as you start to learn more about what you're eating and how you feel as a result, you'll realize you have a powerful ability to impact the way that you feel each day.
With the above criteria in mind, here are a few of our favorite food blogs, listed alphabetically.
Let's kick this list off with not just one of the best recipe resources, but a Mecca for all things food. While we definitely can't argue the deliciousness of their Cheesmonger's Mac & Cheese, we try to stay in the "Healthy-Ish" section. If you're also new to cooking (go you!), Bon Appetit is another incredible resource featuring tips, techniques, and best practices for basically any recipe.
Quite possibly my favorite blogger. McKel holds a master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from Ohio State University, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. With 8 years of experience, she teaches the simplicity behind the science of nutrition and art of healthy living through recipes, health articles, and online education programs.
Healthy-ish food. Seasonal delights. Food in it's purest form. These are just a few of the things that we love about the Sprouted Kitchen blog. We think Hugh says it best himself though: "My intention is to make healthy-ish food that fits into your everyday life, using mostly produce, whole grains, healthy fats, natural sugar alternatives and the like."
There is probably not enough space in this entire blog to highlight how awesome Darya Rose is. For starters, she's a published author with a Ph.D in neuroscience. And when you're able to combine a background in science with someone who absolutely LOVES food, you get a blog that's incredibly special. It's entertaining, it's educational, and it's packed full of recipes that celebrate how awesome food is.
Your Mileage May Vary
Healthy doesn't have to be boring. These blogs are just a very small sample of the incredible world of cleaner eating.
However, when you start adding new foods into your diet, keep in mind that your needs may not be the same as the majority. Your goal here is one of discovery: finding the foods that not only satisfy you, but leave you feeling your best. Happy eating!
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