Healthy eating inspiration - our 6 favourite sites
Eating healthily is all about your state of mind. Did you know that additives, sugar and fat in processed foods can become addictive? It's true; the more you eat of them, the more you'll crave them, and they can actually make you eat more too, leading to weight gain (1). So by resisting temptation and making some sensible food swaps, you'll find you actually want to eat so-called 'junk food' less.
During the summer months, ice-cold smoothies, healthy salads and fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available and we want to eat them – its 31 degrees outside and the last thing you'll feel like is a pie and chips. But when the nights turn colder and darker during autumn, it can be a struggle to stay on the healthy eating bandwagon. We don't know about you, but sometimes we need a little inspiration when it comes to eating a varied diet – and hunting for new recipes online is one of our favourite things to do here at the Expertrain office when lunchtime rolls around (after our lunchtime workout, of course!)
So with that in mind, we've gathered together 5 of our favourite sites that inspire us to eat more healthily. Some of them you'll have heard us mention before in our recipes, and others you might not have heard of. But check them out, try some of their recipes and be inspired by the clean eating philosophy they embrace. Oh, and let us know your favourites!
#1. Deliciously Ella
Ella Woodward's fabulous blog remains our go-to inspiration for healthy recipes. She started it as a way of treating the symptoms of Postural Tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) and it's packed with advice on how to be healthier, her philosophy, facts about food and of course, the recipes section. To anyone who hasn't visited it yet, we highly recommend it if you are looking to try clean eating – her recipes are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free and don't use any refined ingredients. Just plenty of natural, healthy alternatives. One of our favourite recipes of all time, Sweet Potato Brownies, is from Ella's archive, and we also love her Energy Bites and Chickpea, Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Salad. Check her blog out today if you're looking for healthy, delicious recipes to try this weekend!
#2. Oh She Glows
Angela Liddon's blog is packed with over 500 recipes and has been running for the last five years – we're recent fans but we can't get enough of her plant-based, vegan recipes. Her recent cookbook is a New York Times bestseller (and on the team's Christmas wishlist), and there are plenty of delicious recipes to choose from; we can't pick just one favourite! Amongst the most popular recipes on her blog are her Almond Butter Cups, Chia Fresca Energy Drink and Rad Rainbow Pad Thai. We're huge fans of her Cheezy Kale Chips – the Expertrain team are a bit addicted!
This UK-based blog is run by Jemma and began as a creative outlet after she became obsessive about eating and calorie counting. Her addictive desire to be skinny led to her eventual realisation that she shouldn't let her figure define who she is. So she started eating lighter, smaller yet healthier meals and started her blog. Today, it's a great place to gain a healthier perspective on eating and find some great, balanced recipes. Our favourite has to be her No Bake Peanut Butter and Coconut Balls, but we also love some of her breakfast recipes. What about Apple Strudel Oats or Cherry Bakewell Granola for a healthy start to your day?
Simple recipes, real food and clean ingredients; that's what the blog promises, and it definitely delivers! Karielyn's blog inspires us to cook more healthily and her passion for organic, clean, nutrient-packed foods is infectious. She believes in eating real, unprocessed foods and describes her family's approach as a lifestyle rather than a diet. Did we mention the recipes? Divided into handy categories such as 'coconut oil recipes' and 'breakfast recipes', it's easy to find inspiration. Her Clean Eating Smoky Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus is one of the best things we've ever tasted and there's even a great recipe for Zucchini (courgette) Hummus. As well as healthy meals you'll find plenty of sweet treats to satisfy cravings, advice on clean eating and detox and cleansing information. We love this blog!
We fell in love with Aussie dietician Gemma Critchley's site after discovering she had come up with a home-made version of Nakd snack bars – which we just had to try! (the recipe for the cocoa orange variety is here. Based in Liverpool, her blog is a great source of information and recipes, a handy one to bookmark if you are trying to make lifestyle changes and become healthier and happier. Her piece on plant-based calcium sources is a great read for vegans whilst her 71 zucchini recipes are also well worth checking out; we may have to try some of these ourselves! One of our favourite blogs for when we're enjoying some (rare) downtime.
#6. Abel and Cole
Abel & Cole deliver fresh organic fruit and vegetables, meat or recipe boxes to your doorstep, and their blog is packed with some pretty tasty recipes that we can't get enough of. One of our favourites has to be the Halloumi, Kale and Lentils recipe which we have already tried a few times. Kale is a great source of iron and vitamin C, and you'll find other great recipes using it on our recipes page.
Healthy eating and recipe blogs can help to inspire you to make changes to your diet. Or they can stop you reaching for the chocolate on a bad day when you have no idea what to make for your post-workout snack. We all have our favourites; these are just a handful of ours, and we thought our readers would enjoy them as much as we do! Which healthy eating blogs are your favourites?