Seven healthy living blogs you need to follow right now

There are tons of healthy living blogs and resources online that it can feel overwhelming — with so many to choose from, how do you know which you should really pay attention to? Here’s a place to start: our favorite health blogs that help empower people to find customized, targeted ways to nourish bodies and minds, just like we do.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to cook healthy meals, get in the best shape of your life, and improve your mental well being, these are the blogs you need to be reading.

Healthy living blogs: recipes and fitness tips for 2018

Fit Foodie Finds

When Lee Hersh was a freshman at the University of Minnesota, she started Fit Foodie Finds as a way to document her efforts to eat well while surrounded by the endless buffet that is the college cafeteria. Lee found that even though she was driven to “do the right thing,” what she lacked was balance and perspective. On her blog, she helps others realize that as long as they focus on the basics — eating mostly whole foods, moving their bodies daily, and keeping stress levels under control — the rest will take care of itself. Her articles cover everything from home cooking to mental health to why she isn’t afraid to admit she drinks beer.

If you want to get a feel for her site, some favorite posts are Sneaky Beet Brownies and How I Overcame Binge Eating.

The Fit Foodie

When Sally O’Neil moved to a beach town, she felt like she needed to have the perfect bikini body. So, she set about getting one the only way she knew how: by eating low calorie foods that were supposed to be healthy. She quickly found this to be not only boring but unsustainable. Her findings to find a better way of staying healthy while enjoying life are beautifully documented on her site, The Fit Foodie.

On The Fit Foodie, Sally is unabashed about her desire to create treats that taste good but are also good for you. Her experience limiting all flavorful foods clearly drives her in this regard; a good amount of her recipes document how to make healthy versions of candy, chocolates, cake, ice cream, and many other items that are traditionally off limits to dieters.

We recommend her post on how to make Pear and Chocolate Pudding, as well as her thoughtful entry, What a Balanced Diet Really Looks Like.

A Lady Goes West

When Ashley Pitt relocated from Orlando to San Francisco, she left behind friends, family, and familiarity. Instead of wallowing, Ashley decided to treat the move as an opportunity to use her background as a physical fitness instructor, personal trainer, writer, and editor to start A Lady Goes West. Her articles are highly informative and to-the-point, especially when it comes to describing various workouts and how to perform them. We also love that Ashley has a real knack for conducting interesting interviews with other people in the health and wellness space, from doctors to trainers.

If you're intrigued and want to learn more, we recommend checking out Fitness and Workout Terms You Should Know and Five Small Steps You Can Start With to Get Healthier Today.

Hummus Sapien

Alexis Joseph, the creator of Hummus Sapien, is one of the rare health and wellness bloggers with some serious academic chops. She is a registered and licensed dietitian, graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in dietetics, and earned a Master of Science in Medical Dietetics. In short, she knows her stuff.

But what makes her site stand out is that she doesn't write like a stuffy academic. For instance, Alexis is distinctly anti "diet," advocating instead that you focus less on specifics and more on figuring out what sorts of meals make you thrive. Another aspect of Hummus Sapien that we love is how she doesn’t just talk the talk. Alexis posts weekly updates, with pictures, explaining what she ate and why she ate it. This behind the curtains look is invaluable in building her credibility as a health professional.

For those new to the site, some good posts to start with are You Don't Fail the Diet, The Diet Fails You and Confessions of a Dietician.

Love and Lemons

Started by Jeanine Donofrio in 2011, Love and Lemons is as much a work of art as it is a recipe blog. Jeanine creates healthy vegetarian meals and her husband Jack photographs the process. The result is a gorgeous blog that serves as an ode to clean, plant-based eating.

Jeanine is clearly a master of creating meals that are both nutritious and beautiful, and we love that she doesn't try to be anything other than that. There is a simple, straightforward, genuineness that comes across in her posts. She eschews over-the-top statements, brash motivational speeches, dubious health claims, and other cliches that plague the food blogosphere. Her recipes are also interesting in that they almost always have a clever way of substituting healthy options in lieu of the traditional option. For instance, she creatively subs veggies for pasta with her sweet potato lasagna recipe. Who knew?

If you’re new to this healthy living blog should check out two of the most popular recipes on the site: Creamy White Bean Shells with Broccoli and Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas. Yum!

Nutritious Eats

Nutritious Eats operates on the premise that healthy eating doesn't need to be hard, even if you are feeding a large family. We love how honest Melanie, the blog’s founder, is about not having the time to prepare a perfect meal every night. She uses her down-to-earth nature as a way to steer readers toward meals that taste great, nourish the body, and feed a hungry family.

In a world where our relationships with food and health can seem complicated, Melanie does a great job of keeping everything grounded in basics that are easy to remember and simple to practice. She encourages her readers to buy organic food, cook at home, and learn to read a food label.

New readers will enjoy posts like Easy Meal Prep Tips for Packing Healthy Lunches and How to Reduce Toxins in Your Environment.

Summer Tomato

As a teenager, Darya Rose attempted diet after diet: SlimFast shakes, Atkins, South Beach. Never satisfied with the results of constant dieting, she thought there had to be an easier way to live a healthy life. Darya discovered that food quantity and quality along with exercise were the most important factors in maintaining her health. After completing a Ph.D in Neuroscience from UC San Francisco, Darya started Summer Tomato to help others learn how to shape a healthy life. She advocates developing a healthstyle — a set of healthy habits that you actually enjoy — and building a diet with a foundation of seasonal, locally-grown, real foods.

First time reader? 10 Simple Ways To Eat Less Without Noticing and How to Start Working Out When You Don’t Like Exercise are excellent entry points to the site.
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