For many people, the idea of a healthy eating lifestyle is somewhat synonymous with surviving on steamed veggies, forever giving up cake, donuts and burgers and pretending chocolate never existed. In other words, lifelong suffering.
Not so long ago, I was one of those people. I believed I would never eat healthy because I could never give up all those things.
Seriously? no chocolate!?! I’m not signing up for that!
Fortunately, it turns out you can not only have chocolate on your healthy eating plan but even chocolate cake, fudge, cheesy pasta sauce and all those things you could never live without. These 14 ingenious food bloggers transform your favorite unhealthy treats into just as delicious versions that are secretly good for you.
Speaking of chocolate, Katie’s healthy dessert blog revolves around it. She shares insanely delicious recipes that no one will ever believe are healthy. I know because I tested lots of them. After you try a recipe or two, you will no longer doubt black beans are a great brownie ingredient, you can use avocado instead of butter and the best chocolate cake ever is made of cauliflower.
Although the chocolate cake gave my colleagues a slight heart attack after they polished off two batches of it claiming it was “to die for” and asked for a recipe.
“WHAT?! Cauliflower? You’ve got to be kidding me!”
Thanks to her long time experience as a super healthy chef, Trinity developed a plethora of plant-based, wheat-free recipes you could drool over for hours. She even walks you through some of the preparations in her videos and shares awesome articles about healthy food – did you know celery was highly anti-inflammatory? I had no idea.
I can’t believe I survived all these years without Trinity’s raw chocolate pralines. Unbelievably, they are really simple to make and taste so much better than the store-bought, sugar laden ones. If you’re looking for some other healthy dessert alternatives, her raw carrot cake is a must try!
“A healthy lifestyle can be sweet!”
Ricki is a holistic nutritionist who shares sugar-free, gluten-free recipes and healthy living articles with special focus on anti-candida diet. If you’re struggling with candida and you’re worried about never enjoying your food again, you absolutely have to check out Ricki’s recipes.
On second thought, after browsing through her delicious recipes, you might consider going on an anti-candida diet voluntarily. Yup, they’re that awesome – did you see the raw s’mores? Or the bread-free stuffing? You can actually kick candida’s microbial backside while eating like a connoisseur!
Brandi of The Vegan 8 does not only create drool-worthy vegan, gluten-free and oil-free recipes, she also makes sure you won’t need to buy more than 8 ingredients for any of them! Most of them are really easy to make too. No more lengthy shopping trips and complicated food prep!
I’m especially crazy about Brandi’s dessert recipes (the dark chocolate fudge, oh my goodness!) and her super creamy vegan cheese sauces that sometimes include the most unexpected ingredients (check out this fat-free one). Oh and guess what! You can actually make delicious pizza crust out of potatoes! Ingenious.
“My mission is to show you how to find your inner and outer glow through mouth-watering and crowd-pleasing plant-based recipes.”
How could I not include Angela from Oh She Glows, right? Her energizing green monsters would persuade any veggie hater to blend some kale into a morning smoothie. If those don’t kick-start your day enough, you can make yourself a healthy, all-natural energy drink (I fuel my exam periods with this stuff and it totally works!) And you can’t possibly miss the bright and colorful raw pad thai and the decadent 2-ingredient chocolate frosting!
Healthy chocolate frosting? I’m in heaven!
Another thing that makes Angela’s blog stand out so much is her openness and authenticity. Her recent post on “being vegan enough”, labeling one’s diet and overall pressure on being perfect touches an often overlooked aspect of healthy eating: If it doesn’t make you happy and only brings more stress in your life, it isn’t going to do you much good.
Melissa’s gorgeous blog features healthy, vegan recipes made from whole food ingredients. You’ll love how simple most of her recipes are and how they often call for only a couple of ingredients. She even recently published a collection of healthy desserts with 5 ingredients or less. Perfect for busy foodies who want to satisfy their sweet tooth the healthy way!
My Whole Food Life is my go-to resource for amazing, make ahead snack recipes packed with healthy ingredients. And not just granola bars or energy bites you might expect, I’m currently in love with Melissa’s creative blueberry bliss bars. On top of that, you can find lots of great advice and articles on Melissa’s blog that will help you stay on track with healthy eating and even convince your kids to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Ella’s blog documents her journey of dealing with her health issues thanks to a whole-food, plant-based diet. Looks like a pretty delicious way to deal with an illness if you ask me: check out this crazy good looking turmeric and lentil soup!
If you thought you’d have to ditch nutella to eat healthy, I’ve got some good news for you! Ella not only has a wonderful, good-for-you recipe for this spread, she also made a video to help you prepare it.
There’s lot more than food on Deliciously Ella though! Along with her to-die-for recipes, you’ll find lots of resources about fitness, natural beauty, healthy lifestyle and even restaurant reviews (mostly in the London area).
“Molly takes the boring out of healthy and the preachy out of vegan.”
I couldn’t agree more – I know no other whole-food, plant-based blog like that. You don’t get many vegans describing their experience going plant-based as a “boring fucking story“. Before you even get to Molly’s amazing recipes, you’ll spend good ten minutes laughing and enjoying her unique writing style.
Feel like some vegan bacon? Phytonutrient packed gluten-free tortillas? Or the best plant-based mac and cheese ever? You name it, she cooked it. And threw in a handful of great humor and a generous pinch sarcasm.
Dana and John are the creative duo behind this blog. They don’t share exclusively healthy recipes but when they do, they’ll blow you away. Bonus points: most of them are quick & simple and you’ll need just a couple of ingredients to make them. No need to get all your dishes dirty either, there’s a huge collection of one bowl recipes on Minimalist Baker.
And by quick & simple I mean 30 minutes tops and totally foolproof! Such as these light and crispy quinoa spring rolls or the irresistible 5-ingredient ice cream snickers. Yup, those unbelievably decadent looking bars in the picture above are actually healthy!
I know, I know, I’m about to eat my laptop screen too.
Lindsay is a Registered Dietitian who features healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and more on her lovely blog. You’ll even find some very helpful kitchen hacks (my favorite: 3 ways to cook spaghetti squash) and weekend food prep inspiration. Her brilliant idea for frozen spinach cubes for smoothies just saved me half a pound of leftover spinach!
Lindsay’s recipes are a great inspiration and will keep surprising you with creative combinations of ingredients and flavors: I just found out avocado and roasted beets make a great soup! Who knew? Although The Lean Green Bean is not a vegan blog, you can find some vegan recipes or simply swap a few ingredients here and there if you follow a plant-based diet.
Natalie is the writer, photographer, and recipe imagination behind Feasting on Fruit. You’ll mostly find her in the kitchen elbow-deep in recipe creation, photographing or working on some graphic design. The majority of her unique, fruit-filled recipes are sweet but you’ll come across a bunch of savory ones too.
Holy kale! There’s a sweet potato gnocchi recipe too. I need take a little cooking break here. *sprints to the kitchen*
Feel like some vegetarian deliciousness packed with whole, unprocessed ingredients? Green Kitchen Stories is the resource for you then. So go ahead and jump in the middle of beautiful, mouth-watering photos of healthy dishes made by David and Luise.
Most likely, you won’t be able to decide what to make first – everything looks so darn good! I’m torn between their gorgeous frozen pomegranate cake, Korean kimchi wrap and pistachio falafel recipes. I might have to make all of them and have a huge Green Kitchen Story feast. Yum, that does sound like a plan.
Laura-Jane of The Rawtarian shares 100+ free simple, satiating raw food recipes on her blog along with inspiring lifestyle articles and her wonderful podcast. If you’d like to learn more about raw food, The Rawtarian is a great place to start with an abundance of resources.
Even if you don’t feel like going raw, Laura-Jane’s delicious recipes will help you include more nutrient packed plant foods in your diet without even noticing.
Actually, you will notice…
…and fall in love.
It blew mine.
Audrey’s unconventional blog is filled with gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free recipes. Many of them are also paleo, raw, SCD/GAPS, AIP, and more so whichever diet you’re on, you’ll find some baked (or unbaked) delights tailored to your needs.
Audrey has incredible talent for coming up with (almost) everything-free healthy recipes that taste even better than the original ones (such as this speedy raw apricot jam). Even her “most unconventional cake to date” is to die for and the gluten-free vegan mini-éclairs will keep you up at night.
You have been warned.
If you’ve been looking to make some healthy changes in your life but you’d still like to enjoy your meals, these blogs are great places of healthy yet delicious inspiration for you. Because eating whole foods should not be about deprivation but about true, intense enjoyment and appreciation of real food and feeling your best.