“Live Life in the Body You Love.” That’s the motto of Maria Guadagno, creator of The Bombshell Blueprint. This is not a, “what foods should I eat to lose weight” blog but rather, “what foods should I eat to give my body the fuel for overall physical and mental health, glowing skin and okay, a trimmer waistline too,” blog.
Packed with vibrant recipes and health tips, Maria, a Certified Health Coach and Natural Food Chef, will give you directions on how to make a delicious dish, then explain why it’s so good for you. Recently, we spoke to the glamorous wellness coach/foodie about the idea behind The Bombshell Blueprint.
Why did you start your food blog? To show people that healthy food should taste better than good, you just have to know how to prepare it! I also wanted to teach people that food does more than just fulfill our hunger, it can actually change the way we look and feel. I often include a benefits section with each recipe outlining what each food does for our skin, health, and energy.
How would you describe your approach to eating/health? I follow a whole food, plant-based diet, with tons of vegetables and fruit, as well as whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. I love raw desserts and dark chocolate, and when I do indulge, I make sure it is the best tasting, highest quality ingredients, and I never feel bad about it. No need to feel guilty over food!
Have you always had an interest in healthy food or did it come later in life? My interest in food came later in life. I grew up eating a lot of junk food, and hardly any fruits and vegetables. When I was in high school, my poor eating habits started to show, and my skin was perpetually broken out. When I got to college, a girl mentioned that my skin problems may have something to do with what I was eating, so I changed my eating habits. My skin skin finally cleared up, and ever since, I have been fascinated with the power of food.
What is your favorite (or a few of your favorites) food/ingredient to use in the kitchen? I love frozen bananas, as they make smoothies deliciously creamy and serve as an excellent base for ice creams. I love turmeric, not only because it’s a healing spice, but it is also has a mild flavor that pairs well with black pepper and cumin. It works well in salads and cooked veggie dishes.
Has blogging changed the way you view food and cooking? If so, how? Blogging has definitely made me place more emphasis on making food look beautiful. I personally like all my food mixed together in a big ugly mess, but that doesn’t look so good on camera, so now I think about how I will present the food.
Favorite recipe to date? Warm & Spicy Kale with Shitake Mushrooms
What three recipes would you like to share with our readers?
Smashed Avocado Greens – Even people who don’t like kale, greens, or healthy food LOVE this salad. It’s all about the technique!
Warm & Spicy Lentils - Getting your daily fiber intake never tasted so good.
Ginger Banana Cream with Slivered Almonds – A dessert so healthy you could have it for breakfast.
Maria is featured in our series of spotlights on healthy food bloggers. Be sure to check back next Sunday to meet another food blogger in our midst.
August 4th, 2013