Have I said before that I love blogs? Well I do. I’ll spend majority of my weekends just reading blogs, especially food blogs. I’m still a pretty shitty cook but I’ve gotten better. I’m willing to try my hand at a new thing here or there. Before my laptop got stolen last year, I had well over 200 recipes from blogs near and far that I had racked up. I probably had more than that; I must say it was quite the collection which I miss greatly.
Since we are kicking off our healthy food challenge, I figured I’d compile some blogs that I use personally and others that I’ve found over time. Now what is healthy to me may not be healthy to you. One big thing I’m trying to do is cut out my fast food intake. Eating out constantly hurts your wallet and your tummy. I’ve seen it happen time and again. I’d like to focus on cooking my own food, buying organic when I can, and pretty much living an 80/20 (which I will go into more below) lifestyle. That particular regime suites my needs best but it may not work for you. All of these blogs cover a multitude of recipes and genre of food regimes that you may try them all out or none. Hell, I might throw in a No Meat Monday and try some vegan things out. The options are limitless!
I am unsure how tasty some of the foods are (for instance I am not a vegetarian/vegan and I also eat gluten) but I don’t doubt the deliciousness of their food! I will put them in their own respective categories to the best of my ability and hope you find a new site or two to visit or try a new type of food!
My Personal Favorites
Budget Bytes – This is one of the first blogs I stumbled across when I wanted to try my hand at cooking. My first job paid decent but the area I live in is expensive and I had no time (or patience) to get a roommate. I was trying to cook yummy food and maintain a budget. Therein lies Budget Bytes. Beth is GREAT at giving you a literal breakdown on your costs (which may vary per grocery store/area/etc) and the food is wonderful! She even has her own principles she lives by and teaches you how to properly stock your kitchen. Who doesn’t need that helpful advice? C’mon look at the name of the website! I couldn’t resist.
Skinny Taste – Gina packs a lot of flavor into to healthy treats. Her website boasts a multitude of food for yourself or your family, down to the pickiest (or youngest) of eaters. Even if you’re not willing to kick your sweet tooth (cause I know I’m not), she provides many healthy desserts that will help you get over the hump of going to McDonalds and grabbing a McFlurry. Also, definitely check out her crock pot recipes. You won’t be sorry. And if you don’t have a crock pot, invest in one NOW!
The Pioneer Woman – If you happen to be a Food Network junkie, you might’ve seen Ms. Ree on, you guessed it, The Pioneer Woman. If you love good, home-style country food while still indulging in things like butter, then her site is for you. Her recipes give you step by step instructions, with pictures, that guide you onto the path of food righteousness! If you have a family, or just short on time, look at her 16-minute meals that will save you money, time, and from driving out in the cold weather just to sit in someone’s crappy drive-thru. Sure beats Boston Market.
Nom Nom Paleo – At one point I was trying to live that Paleo life. And I am just…not about that life. However, I did come across a ton of Paleo blogs with tons of recipes that I did enjoy during my less-than-successful attempt! Michelle’s website is immensely popular in the Paleo/Primal communities because, well, her food is spectacular. Not to mention, she has a guide for eating out! Everyone still deserves to have some kind of social life when changing lifestyle habits and people like to go out. She makes sure you have options! Or even better, Paleo friendly restaurants. If you’re looking to give a Paleo lifestyle a try, then you must have her website in your arsenal.
The Foodee Project – This is another Paleo site. Not really sure who created it considering it’s mostly a bunch of compiled recipes pulled from other places (which is a gem all within itself) but it’s a great resouce and one I enjoy!
All Around Recipes:
Thug Kitchen (Seriously. Stop everything right now and go here. LOVE IT!)
Stacy Makes Cents (Frugal food AND budgeting site…double KO)
Paleo/Primal and 80/20 Clean Eating
If you’re unfamiliar with what I meant when I started babbling about Paleo/Primal things, please check out this here. It is a very helpful article. It will clarify a lot! When it comes to eating clean 80/20, this article will help with that. “I’m going to be good and eat awesome food 80% of the time. 20% of the time I can have my not-so-healthy indulgences IN MODERATION.” Honestly, everything is all about moderation. But I digress…
Elena’s Pantry (Her site also features a plethora of other special diets like nut free, dairy free, egg free, etc)
WHEW! That is a LOAD of resources! As far as recipes are concerned, a lot of websites may specialize in let’s say, Paleo, but they have gluten free recipes. And vice versa. It’s safe to say you’ll find a little bit of all things in every website, except maybe the vegetarian/vegan ones. I don’t expect to see any meat in those.
I sincerely hope this helps and here’s to a successful, healthy, prosperous year!
May the odds be ever in your favor!