We’re no short of healthy recipe inspiration these days thanks to the many healthy recipe blogs, food creators, and just drool worthy Instagrams. One scroll down Instagram’s explore page and next thing I know I’m in a dark hole of the many forms of cauliflower from buffalo wings, pizza, gnocchi, stir fry, tater tots, etc. But do I find myself making healthy recipes from these food blogs? Not usually, because it can feel overwhelming.
Fueling my body with nutritious and wholesome food is so important to me. Yet when life is busy, I need recipes that are not only aspirational, but functional and easy.
So I’ve done the dirty work to list what I’ve found to be the best healthy recipe blogs. A good tip is to bookmark your favorite recipes or save them to a collection on Instagram creating your own free online cookbook. I have tried and tested all of these blogs and I keep finding myself going back. Their recipes are truly healthy and unique, but not overwhelming in my life as a working mom.
Let’s dive in!
Healthy Recipes Blogs
The Minimalist Baker
This blog is a true lifesaver. You’ve probably seen her iconic recipe videos on Instagram because they are truly beautiful. Not only are her recipes delicious, they take no more than 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to make! As a mama with a packed schedule, this is music to my ears. If you’ve dreamed of it, she’s made it and made it healthy.
Feel the Lean
If you stick to a vegan lifestyle, this blog is for you! She’s a mama who focuses on whole foods that optimize your digestion. She’s known for her “rawnola” and “burcha superfood” mixes, which I HIGHLY recommend. Her ingredients have a nutritional purpose which I really appreciate.
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a classic banana bread is never complete unless there are chocolate chips both mixed IN the batter and sprinkled on top before baking… ya know?🍫🍌🍞 paleo chocolate chip BANANA BREAD for the 7,924th time because why in the world not? this recipe is nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free + dairy-free. plus it’s only sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and chocolate chips. you can 100% leave out the maple syrup if you prefer too💯 this recipe is on the blog and it’s also in my nut-free round up too for anyone with allergies or who prefer nut-free based eats. search “nut-free recipes” on the blog for full round up👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻#rachleats #glutenfree #paleo #nutfree #bananabread
Rachel Mansfield is a true recipe connoisseur and believes in using real food and ingredients that nourish both your body and your soul. She creates those viral Instagram photos where I swear you can smell it through the phone.
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A pretty delicious dinner with the help of some fridge staples on hand. I halved (lengthwise) and roasted sweet potatoes with just avo oil, salt and pepper. 400’ for 15 min. on each side. Lacquered them with the green harissa (search blog recipe archives) I keep on hand (so worth it! also great with eggs, stirred into whole, plain yogurt as a dip, marinade for all proteins etc.). Topped that with some avocado, pickled onions, cilantro sprouts, pepitas and a bit of sheeps feta. Queso fresco perhaps makes more sense, but I rarely have that. I may not be great at meal planning, but a few backbone sauces and dressings save my lack of a plan EVERY time 👌🏼
Sara’s healthy recipes leave me thinking, “how did she come up with that?” Her creativity surpasses me. But, she makes those creative recipes easy for beginners which is something I struggled to find for so long. Also, she’s a great resource for kid recipes so I can introduce Diego to new foods in a way he actually loves.
Feel Good Foodie
Talk about organization! Her website is divided like a cookbook where I can go into Appetizers, Kid-Friendly, Entrees, Salads, Snacks, etc. She makes it easy to find what I want to make and uses so many fresh ingredients.
Eating Bird Food
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When it comes to dinner I LOVE a good 20 minute meal and this blackened salmon fits the bill! ⏰🙌 . There's no marinating necessary… just season your salmon (I use my homemade blackened seasoning but a store-bought cajun seasoning works too) and cook it up with a little butter or oil. A cast-iron pan works great for this and gives the salmon that nice crisp, blackened crust. <— the best part, IMO. To balance the spice I really like topping the salmon with a fruity salsa 🍍 (like the pineapple salsa I shared earlier this week). Mango or jicama salsa would be amazing on it as well. 💯 . Serve over rice and boom… dinner is done. 🍽 ✅ Oh, and my secret lazy-girl rice hack… buy the frozen microwavable rice from @wholefoods or @traderjoes. You can always have it on hand, it’s ready in 3 minutes and tastes yummy. I used the jasmine rice for this, but you can do brown rice if you like that better. And to make this dish #lowcarb, simply top the salmon with guacamole and serve over cauliflower rice. 🤗 . Recipe is linked in my bio –> @eatingbirdfood https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/blackened-salmon/
This blog is full of creative recipes where the ingredients are truly utilized in unique ways and very simple to create. One of my personal favorites when I am craving something sweet is her chickpea cookie dough! You read that right, chickpea cookie dough. It might seem like it’s scary, but it is insanely delicious and cures that pesky sweet tooth.
Sweet Potato Soul
First of all, this blog is the perfect stop for vegan twists on your favorite classic recipes! If you’re living a vegan lifestyle but sometimes miss tacos, lasagna, or even chicken and waffles I would definitely give this blog a read. A personal favorite is the Toasted Coconut Butternut Squash Soup which you can bet I’ll be cozying up to on the couch with this fall season.
- Coco Date Balls (I made some similar ones using Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Powder! Check it out!)
- Vegan Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
The Real Food Drs
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A healthy and easy grab-and-go breakfast option for your busiest mornings! (#ad) These Zucchini Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups are quick to make, meal prep friendly and loved by kids & adults. ⠀ .⠀ Made with a combination of real food ingredients including rolled oats, @organicvalley Grassmilk yogurt, ripe banana, eggs, a little maple syrup, zucchini, walnuts, chocolate chips and coconut flakes. They're perfect to make on the weekends for an easy breakfast, a healthy lunchbox addition or to enjoy as a tasty afternoon snack. We recommend topping them with a little nut butter! So good. ⠀ .⠀ For the recipe, go here: https://therealfoodrds.com/zucchini-banana-baked-oatmeal-cups/ OR click the link in our bio: @therealfoodrds ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #therealfoodrds #organicvalley #glutenfree #glutenfreeliving #mealprep #foodprep #healthybreakfast #wholefood #realfood #eatrealfood #easybreakfast #oatmeal #muffins #zucchini #lunchbox #dietitian #dietitianapproved #dietitiansofinstagram #grassmilk #ogranicdairy
There’s something about dietitians crafting recipes that gives me peace of mind that they aren’t “faux healthy”. These healthy recipes really serve a purpose in the nutrients and ingredients chosen. If you are new to eating healthier or are just missing some of your favorite comfort foods this is a great place to start. They welcome every eater and encourage you to incorporate healthy meals whenever you can, making it as easy as possible.
Along with healthy recipe blogs on the rise, recipe or food Instagrams have become increasingly popular. Getting a visual for recipes or even watch videos of these bloggers create these recipes has been so helpful for me.
- Snackers! The @thesnacksociety is a must follow on Instagram. Nutrient dense snack recipes that will leave not wanting to buy snacks ever again.
- @sofreshnsogreeeeen is a nutrition and hormone health coach that will leave you feeling not only inspired to make healthy food, but inspired in your life too. Along with her tasty recipes, she shares thoughtful and motivation and education related to general health and hormones.
- @balancewithb is another one of those class favorites! She shares a perfect balance (hence her username) of savory, healthy recipes and nutritious treats with good-for-you ingredients!
- If you’re looking for some wholesome recipes that will leave you feeling full and satisfied, then Jeannette from @shutthekaleup is your girl. This girl gets with the whole food nutrition and shows how yummy it can be.
- Rachel (@rachlmansfield) not only has an amazing blog, but her Instagram is where the magic happens. She shares all of her new recipes on her Instagram, what goes into making them, and you’ll be obsessed with her grocery store trips for ideas of favorite healthy picks.
Has this post made you hungry yet? Be sure to check out these amazing food bloggers next time you find yourself in a recipe rut.
Let me know in the comments who your favorite go-to recipe creator is!