The Spring session of the Slim Down Detox is over and I am so proud of all the participants! Not only did they lose almost 150lbs together; more importantly, they changed the way they approach cooking and eating. Each of them has expressed a desire to continue to prep meals, be prepared and eat in a more wholistic way. Amazing!
And as the 8-week whole food detox program comes to an end, many asked where they can continue to find healthy recipe inspiration. So I put a list of my favourite healthy eating blogs together and instead of keeping it to ourselves, I thought, why not share!
Below you’ll find a list of healthy, nutritious, easy and most importantly, delicious, food blogs I often turn to for inspiration and recipes. And if you’re looking for more community and support, be sure to sign up for a reminder of the next Slim Down Detox happening in September!
Top 10 Nutrition Blogs For Healthy Recipe Inspiration (in no particular order):
Against All Grain by Danielle Walker
While this list is in no particular order, Danielle’s blog and cookbooks are one of my absolute favourites. Sometimes, I find that with certain blogs I need to substitute ingredients to “healthify” the recipes but Danielle’s recipes are always nutritious.
She cares about the quality of ingredients in her food and because of her journey with Ulcerative Colitis, most of her recipes are very clean and additive-free. I have her Celebrations cookbook and use it all the time! One of my favourite go-to recipes is these amazing grainless hamburger buns. So great for a summer picnic or barbecue.
Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon
Six years ago when I first started my journey to health, I was desperate to find out what foods were bothering me. My skin was a mess and I hadn’t had my period in over a year. With the help of a practitioners and food allergy testing, I settled on a very restricted diet. That’s when I found Oh She Glows.
Many of the recipes worked with my then eating habits and I was so happy to enjoy ‘regular’ foods; and find delicious, nutritious and super easy recipes that always turned out great! Plus her books are just fantastic!
Fast forward to now, I can enjoy many foods but Oh She Glows is still one of my go-to’s for a quick alternative recipe. I especially love this aaamazing dairy-free nacho dip (oh boy! so good!) and this vegan Alfredo sauce. You absolutely must try them!
Minimalist Baker by Dana Shultz
One of my favourite things about Dana’s blog is that she takes minimalism seriously! Her recipes are short and sweet, and often only contain 5-7 ingredients. This makes it super easy to whip something up in a pinch.
She often features Indian, Mexican and Middle Eastern-inpired dishes and her baked goods are so delicious! Her Creamy Eggplant and Caramelized Onion Dip is so so good and a staple at my house! And if you’re more the print-and-cook kind, she also has a beautiful plant-based cookbook, Minimalist Baker Everyday Cooking.
Amelia Freer by Amelia Freer
Amelia Freer is best known as celebrity nutritionist to stars such as Victoria Beckham and Boy George, and she’s the real deal. I recently got an amazing deal on her book, Cook. Nourish. Glow. on Amazon for $10 (!) and I’ve already dog-eared almost every page and made more than a handful of her recipes.
Her whole food philosophy aligns perfectly with mine and I love that she doesn’t add unnecessary sweeteners and flavour-enhancers. Instead, she lets the delicious flavours of fresh fruits and vegetables speak for themselves. I also greatly enjoy following her on Instagram as she has a wonderful British accent and two adorable puppies!
Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
After struggling with a host of debilitating symptoms brought on by a heart condition, Ella found relief in whole, real food. She taught herself to cook using simple, natural ingredients and has grown an empire to include several cookbooks, her signature products and several deli shops around London.
I love her simple, delicious recipes that don’t require a lot of skills and highlight the natural flavours and colours of the ingredients. Her energy bites are the original balls, in my opinion, and the first recipe I ever tried when I got my first food processor ‘back in the day’.
Cookie and Kate by Kathryne Taylor
Another fantastic blog I often turn to for recipes and inspiration is Cookie+Kate. The recipes are fantastic, simple, delicious and just like the rest of the fabulous blogs in this group, use whole, real ingredients. In fact, Kate just published her first book titled, Love Real Food.
Kate features a lot of beautiful and vibrant salads, perfect for the summer. One of my personal favourites is this Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad. It’s so bright and colourful, in fact I loved the delicious flavours of this recipe so much that I used it as inspiration for another salad in the Slim Down Detox.
And of course, we can’t forget Cookie. A sweet mutt who’s energy and look reminds me a lot of my lovely Belle.
Naturally Ella by Erin Alderson
Erin’s blog is one that I have only recently come to and I absolutely love! Her beautiful rustic style is so comforting and homey and she has tons of great videos and recipes highlighting nature’s bounty.
Her website is geared towards helping you find the perfect recipe. Features like “Explore an Ingredient,” “Stock a Pantry,” “Dinner Ideas,” and “Plan Your Meals,” all help you not only cook delicious food, but also navigate your way around the kitchen.
Joyous Health by Joy McCarthy
I love Joy’s vibrant, light-hearted and fun approach to cooking, eating and living. As a fellow Toronto-based holistic nutritionist, I was lucky enough to have Joy as a teacher at our mutual alma matar, The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is so sweet and I love seeing updates from her growing little bubba, Vienna, and her hubby, Walker.
Her website goes well beyond a recipe blog. It’s full of nutrition and lifestyle tips; there is tons to read, learn and watch. While I have so many favourite recipes from Joy, right now I’m loving this Sweet Potato Pad Thai.
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
Sarah’s My New Roots is another special blog for me. Just as with Oh She Glows, I found Sarah’s website when I knew very little about what it meant to be a nutritionist or that whole foods played a key part in every healing journey. All I knew was there was a long list of things I couldn’t eat and Sarah’s recipes were full of things I could eat. That meant a lot.
Her recipes are not only nourishing and delicious, but so beautiful and unique. One of my favourites is this warming Butternut Squash, Leek and Apple Soup.
I really enjoyed Sarah’s recipes, but I didn’t know a lot about her personally other than that she lived in Denmark, which I assumed was where she was from. That was until she came to Toronto and to The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN), which I was attending at the time, to do a presentation about her new cookbook, Naturally Nourished. I was floored to learn about her journey.
Sarah is originally from Toronto and a fellow holistic nutritionist who had attended IHN. I felt like two parts of myself were coming together, one part that struggled to reach health with the help of Sarah’s recipes and the other that was now attending the very same school she had attended. It was a very special moment!
Vegan Richa by Richa Hingle
And finally, Richa’s amazing collection of vegan Indian recipes. If you asked a room full of people, “Who loves Indian food?”, I’m sure each and every hand would be raised!
But Indian food is often filled with heavy cream and dairy, which can cause many people issues and also leave you feeling tired and bloated. That’s why I love Richa’s amazing, lightened up versions of traditional classics. Time and time again, I reach for her Herb Garlic Flatbread. It’s so quick and easy and always hits the spot.
And of course, I would be remiss not to mention her amazing cookbook, Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. Now the only question remains, how do I get an invite to this kitchen?
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