The end of another year, and wow, what a year it has been. From countless gigs and festivals with my other half, James, girlie dates and spending time with family, 2014 has been about developing my health food blog and brand, SpamellaB, and side projects.
A regular contributor to the Train Eat Gain website (and part of their amazing Christmas e-book alongside some established health food bloggers), a selected Wheyhey Chef for their blog and a one of four contestants in Body Power Expo’s first ever Bake’n’Shake healthy cook-off filming series, I have been working hard with some of my favourite brands creating gluten-free, high protein and healthy recipes. My blog has even been shortlisted in the UK Blog Awards 2015 ‘Health Individual’ category, which I’m over the moon about! It’s been non-stop but I’ve been absolutely loving it and learning a lot along the way.
The past 12 months has also been about meeting like-minded people and developing friendships with those who share my passion for health, food, fitness and blogging, mainly through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. As part of the inspirational Health Bloggers Community and their weekly Sunday #hbloggers chats, I’ve been amazed by various blogs, photos and recipes from numerous accounts, which is why I wanted to create this round-up of some of my favourites that have really made an impact on me.
It’s been hard to narrow it down as there are so many names and sites which offer imaginative recipes, beautiful photography and offer a lot of educational information about leading a healthy lifestyle and enjoying it. So without further ado, here’s my top 10 – thank you all, for giving me the inspiration to experiment with food!
When I started getting into healthy baking, Nicky’s website and Instagram account captured my attention. The queen of gluten-free, protein sweet treats, her talent and creativity shows in all of her recipes and it was an absolute pleasure to film the Bake’N’Shake series with her for two days. A good friend now, her Proteinology brand is continuously growing to include a cafe, opening in the New Year!
‘20 year old British girl who developed a love for fitness just over a year ago’, it has been amazing to see Hebe’s passion and skill for healthy food constantly develop on her blog as well as for Train Eat Gain. An inspiration to those who have battled through an eating disorder and come out the other side stronger and more determined, I get excited when Hebe posts yet another drool inducing recipe.
Two of the most stylish and talented women you’ll come across, Sam and Teresa blog about all things beauty, fashion and….food. You only need to scroll through the ‘Bake’ section and check out their extended clean eating venture, Saint In The Kitchen, to see how creative they are when it comes to indulgent but totally guilt-free food for all to enjoy! 2015 is only going to be bigger and better for these two gorgeous girlies.
I’ve been a fan of Nadia’s clean eating recipes for a while now, suitable for a whole range of dietary requirements including dairy, gluten and sugar-free plus raw, vegetarian and vegan. Does that mean food has to be boring? Certainly not, as Nadia’s inventive creations show. Visually appealing and greatly informative, this blog is a great go-to resource for those starting to get into the healthy food scene.
‘A foodie and fitness freak from Gibraltar’, one of the things I love about Ashleigh’s blog is her focus on gluten-free goodies. With an approach to food from another country, it’s even more fascinating to see her inspirational recipes which strive to ‘prove that clean eating doesn’t have to be boring or difficult’. A fellow Train Eat Gain contributor, it’s refreshing that Ashleigh believes in the strong not skinny mindset.
Having recently undergone a makeover, Jessica’s blog is a wonderful, visually striking collection of recipes with a simple, delicious and nutritious approach, mostly dairy-free with some vegan recipes included too. An aspiring food writer with a skill for photography, I’m a big fan of her exciting and imaginative culinary masterpieces.
It’s thanks to the Health Bloggers Community that I came across Hedi, a mum of two originally from Czech Republic with a love for health food, running, fitness and music. With an eye-catching blog packed full of imaginative, clean eating creations, mostly made from ingredients in their most natural state. Owner of her own vibrant clean eating community on Facebook, I’m constantly amazed by Hedi’s vibrant recipe ideas!
Originating from a medical background and interest in nutrition and fitness, Hazel’s blog is an inspiring and vibrant archive of clean eating recipes, from breakfasts and protein treats to main meals and sweet treats. Another fellow contributor to Train Eat Gain, Hazel’s passion shines through and her Instagram alone is enough to get you excited about healthy food and looking after yourself!
With motivational tweets and a sensible but dedicated attitude to living healthily and eating well, Charlotte’s blog contains a whole host of nutritious recipes based on the premise of clean wholefoods and superfoods ‘to help you feel uplifted’. Promoting the message that looking after yourself both in and outside is equally important, her recipes constantly inspire me and have me scribbling down new food ideas!
Last but certainly not least, I couldn’t miss out the talented Sophie and her beautiful blog brimming with stunning photography and colourful healthy recipes ‘using 100% pure and delicious ingredients’. As with Nicky, this was one of the first blogs I initially stumbled upon when looking for nutritious ideas for both sweet and savoury dishes. Sophie’s efforts certainly dispel the myth that healthy food is boring and dull!
Like I said, it was hard to pick out just 10 – there are so many more but here’s a starting point if you’re looking for inspiration and healthy food ideas. Hope you enjoy! 🙂