If you’re a vegetarian, vegan, allergy sufferer or just a lover of wholesome food, finding the appropriate recipes can sometimes be tricky. Help is at hand, however. Coming from places such as the USA, UK and Scandinavia, these bloggers share their nutritional expertise and tasty recipes with millions of avid readers, proving how fun, inspirational and easy healthy cooking can be.
If you want to be healthy but find cupcakes and cookies too irresistible, Chocolate-Covered Katie is the blog for you. Blogger Katie Higgins provides sweet-toothed recipes which come in at an incredibly low calorie count, meaning you can indulge without regretting the consequences. She achieves this by using only non-artificial, vegan ingredients. One of the most appealing aspects of Katie’s work (online and in print) is her uninhibited joy – she revels in eating chocolate and cake multiple times a day, and with her revolutionary approach, so can you.
Winner of a coveted Red Magazine Blogger Award, Deliciously Ella documents the inspiring story of how Londoner Ella Woodward overcame a rare disease called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome simply by altering her diet. After deciding to try giving up meat, dairy, sugar, gluten and all artificial ingredients, she saw her life transformed as her health flourished and cooking became a passion. Her colorful recipes offer enticing options for all occasions, and her lifestyle articles and London café reviews are well worth reading too. She has just published a Deliciously Ella cookbook.
Oh She Glows
Another blog with an admirable recovery story behind it is Oh She Glows, a premier Internet hub for vegan recipes. Its founder, Angela Liddon, suffered from an eating disorder for over a decade, and transferring to a plant-based diet was one of the key milestones in her path to restoring her health. On the blog, she provides inspiration and hope for those experiencing similar problems, while exciting the tastebuds of anyone interested in veganism from a more general health angle. Her recipes are appetizing, nutritious and enjoyably simple to make.
Eatori, the blog of bestselling food and travel author Tori Haschka, offers an exciting combination of healthy cooking and adventure. Having realized the dangers of overindulging in white carbohydrates as a teenager, Tori now devotes her life to making and unearthing low-carb dishes in practically every corner of the world. Her extensive archive of recipes allows readers to experience the health benefits for themselves, while the Travel section engagingly records her memories of eating out in fascinating cities, from Sydney to St Petersburg.
Green Kitchen Stories
The lively, color-filled Green Kitchen Stories is a vegetarian treasure trove with wonderful scope and detail. Written jointly by a couple – Swedish magazine art director David Frenkiel and Danish trainee nutritional therapist Luise Vindahl – it takes readers through all the animal-friendly culinary ideas you could want, always in an easy-to-read and entertaining style. David’s artistic know-how makes the photography particularly striking, while Luise’s health awareness ensures the recipes can be enjoyed without any guilt. The blog’s popularity won it a prestigious Saveur Magazine Award in 2013.
Cookie and Kate
Animal-lovers will be thrilled by Cookie and Kate, where stunningly photographed vegetarian recipes are made even more exciting by the regular appearances of a very cute little dog. Cookie is the half-schipperke, half-dachshund rescue mongrel who helps blogger Kate Taylor test out her culinary creations, lending the blog a delightful sense of fun and warmth. Kate’s main nutritional interest is whole foods (foods that are as natural and unprocessed as possible), so you can be assured that her recipes will nourish your body well.
Wholeheartedly Healthy takes a broader approach to health than many food blogs, providing wise lifestyle advice, helpful exercise tips, and recommendations of natural beauty products along with its collection of tasty recipes. The founder, health coach Laura Agar Wilson, knows from her personal experience of losing and gaining weight that rigid health strategies do not work for everyone, and that physical health cannot improve happiness if it is not supported by emotional wellbeing. Her recipes mix the sensible and the indulgent to form a diet readers can truly enjoy.
The Picky Eater
Health coach Anjali Shah redefines a much-used derogatory term in her blog The Picky Eater, where she asserts that scrutinizing ingredients and choosing nutrients carefully is sensible, not fussy. A committed advocate of natural ingredients and vegetarianism, she encourages readers to make healthier, less processed versions of the foods they already love, so that they can savor their meals without putting their bodies at risk. Her recipes incorporate numerous world cuisines so have very wide appeal, and her light-hearted, humorous writing style makes them a lot of fun to follow.
Kath Eats Real Food
One of the longest-established healthy cooking bloggers around is US dietitian and bakery owner Kath Younger, who writes the award-winning Kath Eats Real Food. She began blogging in 2006 to document her weight-loss efforts, but soon switched to posting recipes and cooking tips at the request of her family and friends, who had long avidly admired her culinary skill. Her archives feature a delightful myriad of suggestions for all times of day, giving you everything you need for a balanced, delicious diet. Her particular specialism, however, is scrumptious oatmeal breakfasts.
The Post Punk Kitchen
The Post Punk Kitchen is a little different from the other blogs here in that it is mainly a video blog, with founder and presenter Isa Chandra Moskovitz adding new episodes regularly to her extremely popular YouTube series of cooking, humor and music. Her recipes are all vegan and cover numerous international styles, proving that converting to veganism does not mean missing out on your favorite tastes and cuisines. Her website and books contain many further enticing ideas, and she is an enthusiastic ‘baketivist’, supporting various charities through her work.
If your interest in healthy cooking stems specifically from difficulties with gluten, look no further than Gluten-Free Goddess, a compendium of sweet and savory recipes made by celiac Karina Allrich. Karina suffered from the symptoms of severe gluten intolerance for over ten years before discovering they could be dispelled by a change in her diet, so she deeply understands the problems this ingredient can cause. She is committed to providing appealing gluten-free versions of well-loved staples every week, and has won a Daily Meal award for her expertise.
As the founder of 101 Cookbooks, Heidi Swanson, puts it, ‘When you own over 100 cookbooks, it is time to stop buying, and start cooking.’ She began blogging to record her attempt to live up to this statement, and it quickly became a delightful trove of personal creations adapted from the work of some of the greatest chefs around. There are many special diet recipes, and Heidi is now something of a health celebrity thanks to her belief in all-natural ingredients – the subject of her award-winning book, Super Natural Cooking.
Jessica Woodward is a writer, translator, culture-lover and sweet-toothed vegetarian from the Isle of Wight, UK. She has a BA in French and Spanish from Keble College, University of Oxford, and is now studying for an MA in Translation at the University of Surrey.