WELLPICKS: FOOD BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW
I'm not a naturally creative chef. I'd like to think I can make a pretty fantastic bowl, and that I've mastered chocolate almond butter cups, but when it comes to recipes, I typically rely on Pinterest and a handful of healthy food bloggers for inspiration. I say inspiration because I'm either too impatient or too lazy to follow recipes properly, and use them more as loose guidelines, which works most (definitely not all) of the time. There are countless health, wellness and food bloggers out there, chances are you probably follow a few already, but in case you're looking for some inspiration yourself, here's a round up of some of our favourites:
SARAH BRITTON, MY NEW ROOTS
Sarah's dishes and food photography are nothing short of art. She creates recipes that are inspirational, yet totally doable, making you feel quite accomplished after having tested one of them out. She started her blog in 2007 as a "plant-based, non-biased space for people to come and learn about how to take better care of themselves through diet and lifestyle", and since then has come out with two cookbooks. While Sarah currently calls Copenhagen home, she's Canadian and a fellow Institute of Holistic Nutrition grad.
Recipe suggestion: Life Changing Bread
ELLA MILLS, DELICIOUSLY ELLA
London-based Ella first started experimenting with healthy food while going through some serious health issues, and eventually figured she should start recording the recipes she was coming up with. The result has been an insanely successful blog, four subsequent cookbooks, a cafe and a line of energy balls. Her success is likely due to the approachability of her cooking style - all her recipes are super simple, in her videos she doesn't even use measuring cups or spoons half the time - and her food is really delicious. Her goal was to "show how easy it is to create beautiful, nourishing, and most importantly, delicious meals from simple, natural ingredients" and this is exactly what she does.
JOY MCCARTHY, JOYOUS HEALTH
Joy has been my go-to for healthy recipes since I started focusing on healthy eating. As I've said, I don't enjoy following complicated recipes, so have always appreciated Joy's simple snacks and desserts in particular, as they are easy to make, hard to mess up, and genuinely taste great. Joy is based out of Toronto and her brand Joyous Health includes lots of great natural products along with two cookbooks, one of which, Joyous Detox, just came out this winter. Joy's books give a great (and super simple) background on nutrition, and include tons of delicious, foolproof recipes.
DAVID & LUISE, GREEN KITCHEN STORIES
How cute are these two with their personal smoothies, being in love and cooking healthy food together? David and Luise are a couple from Stockholme whose blog is dedicated to healthy vegetarian recipes and stunning food photography. When they're not traveling to remote beaches with their children, they're cooking "simple food with natural ingredients, whole grains, good fats, and lots of fruits and vegetables." They too have a couple cookbooks, and are just generally fun to follow for their photos and adorable family.
Recipe suggestion: Coconut Coffee Shake
ANGELA LIDDON, OH SHE GLOWS
Oh She Glows seems to be the go-to cookbook for anyone experimenting with healthy, plant-based eating. Angela's goal in starting her blog, and publishing her subsequent cook books was to encourage people to embrace more plant-based, whole foods into their diets without feeling deprived. Most of her recipes are also free of gluten, soy and processed foods. She's a great resource if you're looking for healthy bowls, delicious desserts, and everything in between. She's also another fellow Canadian, living in Oakville.
DANA & JOHN, MINIMALIST BAKER
Since my main goal when making food is for it to be simple, I LOVE the Minimalist Baker. They're a Portland-based couple who post plant-based recipes (also have a couple books of course) that only require "10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl or 1 pot, or 30 minutes or less to prepare." Their recipes fit with a variety of diets and are all gluten-free. Check these guys out if you're looking for easy recipes that are delicious and impossible to screw up.
Recipe suggestion: Healthy 5 Ingredient Granola Bars