A few months ago we introduced readers to Colleen Fields on our True Weight Loss segment where she inspired us with her 124-pound weight loss. By utilizing a whole body approach including food journaling, exercise and consulting with nutrition experts, Colleen explained how she learned to live a healthy lifestyle, which in turn, whittled down her waistline.
Along the way, Colleen discovered she was not only changing her body, she was really enjoying the new recipes she was creating, and decided it would be worth the time to share. Her blog not only makes you want to eat right off the screen, she also shares helpful recipe tips and tons of nutritional information so you know exactly what you’re eating.
Why did you start your food blog? While going through my weight loss journey, my cooking completely changed and I also found myself becoming a healthy lifestyle evangelist. I started my blog to show people that healthy cooking and eating is really easy and can taste good too, it doesn’t mean relegating yourself to a life of “rabbit food.”
“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.
“The Chef” cooks, “The Lucky Wife” writes and “The Well-Fed Kids” are the happy taste-testers for a blog that’s truly a family affair, The Saturday Evening Pot. From award-winning recipes to a desire to give back through the Spoon Foundation, Chef John and his wife Anne have created a site dedicated to good foods and good deeds. Recently, we spoke to Anne about the inspiration behind their labor of love.
Why did you start your food blog? My husband graduated summa cum laude from the Culinary Arts program at Johnson and Wales and we decided to start the food blog as a way to share our passion for food and “catalog” his recipes. We also knew there was potential to make income blogging, so we thought we’d jump in and see what happened! Adding another stream of income has helped in keeping me home with our children, something we’ve always wanted.
Writing the food blogger segment for Diets In Review is a great gig because I get to look at gorgeous food pics and find immediate inspiration for new dinner ideas, but what I really love is when I run across bloggers who I sincerely want to meet in real life. That’s how I feel about Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe. The two sisters describe themselves as, ” Jewish-Lebanese now American-Spaniards.”
Many of the recipes are inspired by their mama who cooked with Mediterranean and Spanish flair. The result is a flavor profile you’ve never seen before, but you’ll definitely want to see more of.
Why did you start your food blog? We’ve always had a passion for food and cooking . We believe it’s a great way to bond with friends and family. We love to entertain and when we do, people often ask for our recipes. We decided to start the blog to share them, and that’s also how we got the idea for the name, “May I have that recipe”.
Today our Sunday Food Blogger Spotlight falls on two self-proclaimed, “lazy foodies,” Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin, who co-author the blog, Two Lazy Gourmets. As friends and “kitchen collaborators” since they were housemates in college, the women have created a blog filled with tasty recipes, gorgeous photos and fun tidbits about their inspiration for each dish.
Why did you start your food blog? We started it to promote our cookbook,The Lazy Gourmet: Magnificent Meals Made Easy. But now that we’ve been at it for two years, it’s taken on a life of its own. We’ve been friends since college, and many of our early bonding experiences were based around cooking experiments. In fact, they still are. Now we get to share those experiments with the whole internet.
Today’s blog spotlight is The Healthy Apple, created by Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP. Not only does she have impressive alphabet soup after her name, she also has an impressive story. Amie became an expert in “clean” living because she had to.
After suffering from severe digestive issues and being misdiagnosed for years, Amie finally discovered she had the power to make herself feel better by eating better. Below, Amie tells her story and shares several tasty recipes from her gorgeous blog.
Why did you start your food blog? I started my blog in January of 2009 when I was working in corporate America and became very ill. I started cooking more and sharing what I was making, even though it was gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free and corn-free. Through The Healthy Apple, I provide balanced, accessible and engaging information on the most basic components of good health.
When you hear about a food blog titled, Peanut Butter & Peppers, you don’t hesitate, you just go look and wow, I’m glad I did. Peanut Butter & Peppers is the brainchild of Jennifer Drummond, who started the site in her quest for continued weight loss and desire to share healthy recipes.
What I love most about the site is how much fun Jennifer is having along the way. Some recipes are quirky (peanut butter hummus anyone?) and her commentary is honest and fresh. Plus, doesn’t her infectious smile make you want to go to her kitchen, pet her two Labrador Retrievers and pull up a chair for coffee and Meyer Lemon Snack Cake? Yes, please!
One of the best things about chef Jackie Newgent is that once she cooks you a delicious healthy meal, she can tell you exactly why it’s so delicious and healthy. As a registered dietician and award-winning cookbook author, Jackie is considered a “culinary nutrition, diet, and green cuisine expert.” She is frequently featured on Planet Green’s Emeril Green and Martha Stewart Living Sirius Satellite Radio’s Whole Living.
On her food blog, Tasteovers by Jackie, one of her favorite things to do is take a not-so-good-for-you recipe and give it a makeover. She never shies away from a challenge. Even decadent dishes like fettucini alfredo get a scrumptious healthy redo. Recently we spoke to Jackie about her blog.
If you thought Michael Natkin’s popular blog, Herbivoracious, was a quaint little site about basil and thyme, boy are you in for a surprise. This chef, blogger, cookbook author and busy father of two wants to expand your mind about the world of meatless dishes. From his website: “I love to draw inspiration from cuisines around the world, and stay abreast of the latest developments from the best chefs, then apply all of those ideas to create vegetarian dishes that you can rock at home.” With 400+ recipes to his credit, Michael has definitely been busy creating inspiring dishes for his readers.
Hey, Michael, it’s Father’s Day, put your feet up and let the kids cook for you!
Why did you start your food blog? Honestly, I started the blog out of pure frustration. I wanted to be a restaurant chef, but five years ago wasn’t the right time in my life to quit my day job and make that leap. I have young kids and a wife with chronic fatigue syndrome, so it just didn’t work. I also have this unstoppable passion for food, and needed to find a way to share and connect with the larger culinary community. Food blogs were just starting to become popular, and I thought that “Hey, at least this is something I can do.”
The Canning Diva has a slogan, “Food is Art. Canning is my way of Preserving Art.” And boy, does she ever! Diane Devereaux the Canning Diva, may use a mason jar, but her idea of canning goes way beyond your grandmama’s jams and jellies.
Diane is a Michigan native who developed a love for gardening and canning in her early teens. The Canning Diva website is stylish and vibrant, providing all the information on food preservation you could ever want, plus, recipes, ideas for meal stretching and, if you live in the Michigan area, you can see Diane in person where she frequently hosts classes and provides live demonstrations. We asked her to tell us about her blog and she eagerly obliged.