Health and wellness bloggers let us into their lives and—in some cases—their kitchens. Through healthy food blogs, they share with us their innovative recipes, healthy eating strategies, behind-the-scenes-tips, and stunning food photos to both educate and inspire us.
There's only one problem—there are a lot of them out there. We searched high and low to find the best of the best within some of the most sought-after healthy food categories—kid-friendly meals, budget-conscious recipes, gluten-free living, and more. So how did we choose these “Best of Blogs” for 2019?
You’ll find that many of the selections are run by registered dietitians. Mouth-watering recipes are great, but we also value credible, evidence-based information provided by bonafide experts in the field. Additionally, these blogs provide a consistent flow of new posts featuring authentic and delicious content, actionable advice, and aspirational ideas for home cooks everywhere. Here are 40 of the best healthy food blogs you need to check out in 2019.
This blog was created by a “regular” mom who grew tired of feeding her family overly processed junk. Real Food Real Deals follows a four-point check for each recipe—real (avoids overly processed ingredients), easy (30 minutes or less), affordable (recipes include the cost breakdown) and flavor (because if it doesn’t taste good, who’s going to eat it?). Real Food Real Deals takes traditional favorites and adds a healthy twist, like avocado deviled eggs or carrot and zucchini fritters.
Beth Moncel, the mastermind behind Budget Bytes, is a self-proclaimed food lover meets number cruncher, which is exactly what you need when you’re trying to eat well on a budget. Over her 10 years of blogging, Beth has created delicious recipes, how-tos, pantry staples, and meal prep content as well. The best features of this blog? For starters, there’s an app—think step-by-step photos, built-in timers, adjustable servings, etc.—and each recipe includes the cost per recipe and cost per serving.
From delicious, wallet-friendly recipes to tips on the best vegan buys at Costco, Toni Okamoto and friends at Plant-Based on a Budget have it covered. For more guidance and interaction, the blog also includes meal plans and helpful videos.
This easy-on-the-wallet blog also gets a thumbs up from kids. Parent duo Diana and Eric Johnson run Eating Richly, which features tasty recipes (whole wheat oatmeal fudge, anyone?) and also covers kid-friendly crafts and other ideas to create special, inexpensive moments with your family.
Easy Meal Prep and Simple Recipes
The absolute best part about the drool-worthy images on Minimalist Baker is that the recipes themselves are simple and easy to make. At least one of the following qualifiers is true for each recipe: takes no more than 30 minutes, requires just one bowl, and includes 10 ingredients or fewer. All of the recipes are plant-based and most are gluten-free to boot.
The tagline for this blog? Six-ingredient dinners. Who doesn’t love that? Jules Clancy, the talent behind Stone Soup, has quick and delicious meals down to a science, which makes complete sense given that she started her career as a food scientist before becoming a full-time blogger and cookbook author.
Registered dietitian and busy mom, Holley Grainger, delivers on providing nutritious recipes and food ideas that are simple to make and that kids will love. She tackles this feat on her Cleverful Living blog by serving simple solutions and tips for everyday meals. For example, her Shortcut Loaded Mashed Potatoes that start with refrigerated mashed potatoes (in other words, no peeling, boiling, or mashing) or the Slow Cooker BBQ Tender Roast recipe that offers tons of ideas for leftovers.
That's KISS as in "Keep It Simple Shannon." Shannon Garcia is the author of KISS in the Kitchen, and her recipe ideas here live up to that moniker. Simple, easy and nutritious. Bonus—most are gluten-free as well.
Registered dietitian Cassidy is leading the charge on better-for-you comfort foods. With Cozy Peach Kitchen, she presents them with a southern twist. Cassidy’s plant-based concoctions range from Vegan Tater Tot Green Bean Casserole to Pot Pie with Tofu and Mixed Veggies. Don’t forget the Cherry Chocolate Nice Cream for dessert.
Comfort food with nutrition info you won’t balk at? Emily Bites delivers “Lightened Up” comfort foods that don’t compromise on flavor. All recipes include Weight Watchers points as well.
Julie Andrews of the Gourmet RD is not only a dietitian, but a chef as well, and her recipes include the nostalgic favorites you grew up on but with a healthier twist. Case in point? Caramelized Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal or Hash Brown Waffles + Turkey Sausage Gravy. Enjoy!
Nargisse Benkabbou is putting her own stamp on classic Moroccan cuisine. With options like a heartwarming lentil stew or traditional chicken kebabs, Nargisse is proving that comfort food can come from anywhere. Get ready for delectable Moroccan recipes and photography that will have you wishing you could dive through your computer screen.
Nazima Qureshi is a registered dietitian Muslimah nutrition expert. Nutrition by Nazima is where she shares her knowledge, experiences, and delightful recipes like Indian Spiced Egg & Hashbrown Waffles. Whether you need help with meal planning, coping with specific dietary restrictions, or simply trying something new, Nazima has you covered.
Afro-Caribbean is the cuisine Imma is serving up on Immaculate Bites. You’ll find recipes for staples like collard greens and shrimp creole, as well as less familiar treats like Asun—a spicy goat dish native to Nigeria. Imma's blog is a great place to find something new and bold to experience in the new year.
Shihoko and Elizabeth, a mother-daughter team, left Japan many years ago and now reside in Australia. On Chopsticks Chronicle you’ll find their favorite Japanese eats featuring interesting and complex dishes like Miso Katsudon as well as simple recipes for making white rice (and more!) the Japanese way.
Plant-based meals your little ones will love? Sophia DeSantis of Veggies Don’t Bite offers recipes full of veggies, with sweet treats sprinkled in here and there. Delicious offerings (free of refined sugars) like the Mexican Tequila Lime Chickpea Soup are tested and approved at home by her own kids.
This dietitian-run blog includes healthy recipes your kids will love, but it also goes above and beyond, providing credible answers to everyday questions. If you've ever wondered about healthy baby food options or if you can give your toddler almond milk, Mama Knows Nutrition has realistic expert advice and solutions for you.
A pediatric dietitian and mom of three, there aren’t many more qualified than Ashley Smith of Veggies & Virtue to offer up healthy eating tips and recipe ideas for your kids. Veggies & Virtue focuses on age-appropriate food ideas, evidenced-based insight on pediatric feeding questions, mealtime organization, and clever ideas to help your kids enjoy healthy foods.
Sally Kuzemchak, the mom and dietitian extraordinaire behind Real Mom Nutrition, brings what she calls a “no-judgment zone” to helping parents feed their families. Real Mom Nutrition runs the gamut from allergy-friendly Halloween treats to a Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie, and much more.
Vegan and Vegetarian
There’s an art and a science to living healthy—that’s the motto Grateful Grazer lives by. With a blend of beautiful photography showcasing delicious plant-based meals to research-based articles discussing the impact nutrition has on our mental health or sports nutrition, this blog covers it all.
If you’re fond of a plant-based lifestyle, you will fall in love with Sherrie Castellano—the founder of the With Food and Love blog—and all of her clever and delicious recipes. Case in point? Not-to-be-missed treats like her Sweet Potato Crostini with Brie Honey and Jalapenos. All of the recipes on With Food + Love are also gluten-free.
This award-winning blog was created by Sharon Palmer, a leading plant-based dietitian. The Plant-Powered Dietitian features beautiful, lick-your-computer-screen-worthy images of vegan recipes like Vegan Eggplant Parmigiana, interviews of world-renowned plant-based researchers, and how-tos, all in one place. Check it out.
Ever wonder how vegetarians and vegans get enough protein? How about plant-based kid-friendly snack ideas? Whitney is a dietitian and mom who gets it. She shares her knowledge and experiences to help make your life a little easier (and more nutritious). Try the 10-Minute Raspberry Chutney—you won’t be disappointed.
This human and dog duo tackle all things vegetarian. They’ve got your Basic Blueberry Smoothie, your delicious Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondie Cookies, and your Classic Minestrone Soup, and more—all in the name of celebrating whole, plant-based foods. Cookie and Kate also features an app and has a published cookbook.
Carrots n’ Cake (CNC) has spent the past decade covering all things healthy living from “delicious food (and wine), to workouts, quick beauty tips, and daily #momlife shenanigans.” CNC follows a counting macros nutrition philosophy and shares the details of her meals and macro counts. CNC also counsels clients one-on-one to help them meet their own goals.
File The Spunky Coconut blog under the natural lifestyle/paleo-eating category. Readers will be inspired by the delicious recipes (free of gluten, refined sugar, and casein) as well as the down-to-earth lifestyle habits like natural deodorant and essential oils recommendations.
If you follow the Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle, consider this blog your go-to resource for all of your ketogenic recipes. The Low Carb Maven makes you feel that no food is off-limits (chocolate chip cookies, anyone?) despite the high-fat recommendations followed on the keto diet.
Suzy Karadsheh is a self-proclaimed "daughter of the Mediterranean," and her blog The Mediterranean Dish serves as a delicious digital culinary tour of Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Not only does the blog provide pages full of vibrant, big-flavored recipes, she'll also help you track down must-have spices and teach you the basics of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Nutrition and dessert don’t have to be mutually exclusive—Chocolate Covered Katie shows you how. In some cases, she sneaks healthy add-ins like sweet potatoes, peanut butter, and black beans into brownies and cookies. In other instances, healthy foods are the star of the dessert as with the Apple Enchilada.
This registered dietitian-run blog proves you can have your health and eat your cake too. The mission behind Healthy Hacks is to make desserts as “nutritious as they are delicious." If you're looking for desserts that are easy to make and taste like the less nutritious desserts you already love, this is a great place to start.
We mean health benefits, of course. Think gummi bears made with actual fruit puree, red velvet donuts starring roasted beets, or Almond Joy Fudge created with whey protein, coconut butter, and honey.
Want to learn more about anti-inflammatory diets or weight gain tips for athletes? Eleat Sports Nutrition has you covered. Registered dietitian Angie Asche provides evidence-based nutrition knowledge and tips for all different levels of athletes.
If you like to geek out on science, Marie Spano’s sports nutrition blog is what you’re looking for. Marie explains the nuts and bolts of complex concepts and studies in a way her readers can understand and appreciate.
From ‘offseason’ recipes to top recovery foods and breakfast ideas for endurance athletes, this blog has your nutrition needs covered. While Endurance Sports Nutritionist focuses on endurance athletes, much of the information, recipes, and articles could apply to athletes of any sport.
For anyone feeling overwhelmed with getting a meal on the dinner table each night, Prep Dish has your back. Not only are there hundreds of gluten-free recipes available, but there are services available to help you shop and prep once in order to enjoy healthy, stress-free meals all week.
Shauna James Ahern is the life behind the Gluten-Free Girl blog, a place where she addresses her celiac diagnosis but expresses that she’s “more interested in living joyfully with this than in deprivation. I’m all about the 'yes.'" And you’ll say yes to all of the tasty recipes on Gluten-Free Girl while you learn about living a gluten-free life.
Elana Amsterdam is the New York Times bestselling author behind Elana’s Pantry, a site featuring gluten-free recipes along with almost any other diet type you could think of—paleo, egg-free, ketogenic, nut-free, the candida diet, and many more. Elana’s Pantry has been thriving since 2006, creating a recipe index with hundreds of recipes along the way.
People have their own reasons for following a dairy-free diet—ethical concerns, dietary limitations, or even an allergy/intolerance—and the latter can be especially overwhelming for new parents if their baby needs to avoid dairy. Dairy Free for Baby comes to the rescue with recipes, guidance, and actionable tips—all vetted by a registered dietitian who also happens to be a mom.
Living up to its name, Make It Dairy Free serves up dairy-free recipes (kid-approved) and other resources to help you live your best dairy-free life. Although it’s a fairly new blog, the power-couple behind it all is not new to blogging, having a previous successful parenting blog already under their belt.
The colorful recipes found on Nutrition Stripped, filled with fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, might inspire everyone to leave dairy behind. Registered dietitian McKel Hill takes you into her kitchen sharing her favorite, nutrient-packed eats.
A Word From Verywell
Health and wellness blogs can inspire you to cook more or try new things and they can also keep you up to date and informed on issues that concern you. And there are a lot of them out there but not all are up to snuff. We hope the selection we picked bring you answers, good health, and joy in the new year and beyond.