Looking for foodie inspiration? Healthista‘s Amanda Lundgren has chopped and marinated her way through the best healthy eating channels on YouTube
At Healthista, we love to try new recipes. In addition to cookbooks and Pinterest, YouTube is a a quick and simple source for healthy and delicious meals, as long as you’re not expecting Nigella-esque film production values. There’s Healthista’s own YouTube channel that features recipes from our favourite healthy eating cooks including Dale Pinnock and All Godbold. But there are also these beauties that tick the quick, entertaining and do-able by the rest of us boxes. We love them.
Best for wholefood recipes: High Carb Hannah
Hannah Howlett, who goes by the name: High Carb Hannah on YouTube, has lost over 70 pounds (31 kilograms) in the past year and a half. How’d she do it? Lots of potatoes, apparently. She began eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet high in starchy carbohydrates and documented her journey on YouTube. She says she easily lost 40 pounds in six months without incorporating much exercise. After hitting a plateau, she started to incorporate more leafy greens and exercise into her life and lost an additional 30 pounds. Now, she makes loads of healthy recipe videos that are low in fat, oil, salt and refined sugar. And if you’re into minimalism, she and her husband, Derek Howlett, document their tiny house life on their second channel, Life Inside a Box.
You don’t need to do anything ridiculous. You don’t need to calorie restrict; you don’t need to exercise like crazy; you just need to eat the right amount of food for your body.
Best for budget recipes: Fit Men Cook
When Kevin Curry decided to get in shape, he tried to “out train” his poor diet. But he quickly realized that no amount of exercise in the world could truly counteract his food choices. He began experimenting in the kitchen and strived to make healthy meals simple, affordable and delicious. He started posting his recipes on his blog called “Fit Men Cook” and soon expanded it to a YouTube channel. In addition to posting weekly recipe videos, he shows his viewers what’s in his fridge, what he buys at the grocery store and how to meal prep.
Fit Men Cook is about all of us, both men and women. It’s taking our individual success stories and fitness and nutrition philosophies and sharing those ideas with the each other to grow and improve together. It’s all about everyday people—no matter the fitness level or athletic ability—aiming to live the best life possible through fitness and healthy eating.
Best for workout-fueling recipes: Carly Rowena
Carly Rowena is a certified personal trainer and fitness blogger. She got her start on YouTube, but she says her subscribers helped her realize she wanted to turn her love of health and fitness into a career. In addition to making workout videos, she also posts healthy recipes, meal prep guides and grocery hauls and shows her viewers what she eats in a day to get her amazing abs.
I like to think of myself as the girl next door who never wants to have to turn down a meal just to stay in shape. I’m all about balance and finding a healthy and happy way to feel incredible in your own skin.
Best for high-protein recipes: TheLeanMachines
John and Leon, a.k.a. TheLeanMachines, are a personal training duo who cover all things health and fitness on their YouTube channel. Judging by their buff bodies, they certainly know how to get a good workout in, but they also know how to whip up some quick and easy meals. Steak tacos, piri piri chicken and coconut chocolate biscuits are just a few of the tasty recipes on their channel.
Try not to villainize any of the macronutrients. No foods are inherently bad for you, apart from those that are altered by humans… there’s nothing wrong with carbs, there’s nothing wrong with fat, and there’s nothing wrong with protein. It’s just all about getting the moderations right.
Best for nourishing recipes: SweetPotatoSoul
Jenné Claiborne, the mind behind blog and YouTube channel Sweet Potato Soul, discovered her love of cooking as a child growing up in Georgia, USA. Turning her passion into a career, she moved to New York City and became a personal chef and health coach in 2012. She now teaches cooking classes and runs Sweet Potato Soul, which is inspired by her Southern upbringing and love of sweet potatoes. She is also a co-founder of an online vegan meal planning company called “Buddhalicious.”
I discovered healthy eating in college, and haven’t looked back since. Now my whole life revolves around food that makes me feel happy, energetic, and nourished.
Best for macro-friendly recipes: Diet Kitchen
Simon Roshdy created blog, YouTube channel and coaching service Diet Kitchen in 2013. After working professionally as both a chef and nutrition coach, Roshdy decided to combine his skills to form his own business. Roshdy focuses on making his recipes both macronutrient-friendly and micronutrient-dense. Although he decided to go fully vegan in August 2016, there are plenty of recipes on his channel for the meat eaters, too.
Fats are responsible for organ regeneration and health, so everything down to your skin, your eyes, your nails, absolutely everything. If you are feeling like your hormones are low and your brain seems a bit foggy, you are probably not getting enough fats in your diet.
Best for low-carb recipes: Rachel Aust
No one knows how to plate a meal better than Rachel Aust. The Nutritional Medicine and Psychology student from Brisbane, Australia also happens to be a freelance photographer, so her recipe videos are always stunning. But even better, the food looks amazing. Aust suffers from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) a condition affecting women in which the body produces too many male hormones which can cause bloating and weight gain, so she likes to keep her meals low-carb and gluten-free, but she certainly doesn’t skimp on flavour.
I believe that to get the body you want, you have to not only exercise but also nourish your body properly. I endeavor to create recipes that are not only good for you but actually taste good as well. It is possible to eat healthy and still enjoy your food, and I want to help prove that.
Best for informative recipes: Nichola Whitehead
Nichola Whitehead has been a UK Specialist Registered Dietitian since 2009, and she began blogging in 2012 to promote healthy eating. On her YouTube channel, Nic’s Nutrition, she posts recipe and nutrition videos every Sunday. What sets Whitehead apart is her extensive knowledge about nutrition. She goes in depth about the specific health benefits of each food she uses, so you’ll learn something in every video.
I promote all foods to be eaten in moderation as a part of a healthy balanced diet. Foods cannot be classed as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in my eyes, and I promote healthy lifestyles as a way of life, rather than fad/short-term diets.
Best for meal prep recipes: Fit Couple Cooks
Fit Couple Cooks comprises an American/Australian couple, Stephanie and Adam. Stephanie, a health and wellness coach, and Adam, a chef and personal trainer, make weekly videos about health and fitness. However, meal prep is their specialty. Lasagna, nachos and falafel are just a few of their epic “How to Meal Prep” videos. They don’t follow a certain diet, so there are recipes for everyone.
We recognize that sometimes it’s hard to pick which diet to follow. If your goal is to be healthy, then it doesn’t matter what path you choose because every body is different.
Best for family-friendly recipes: Clean & Delicious
If you’re looking for easy and healthy meals your kids will love, Dani Spies has got you covered. On her channel, Clean & Delicious, Spies shares bi-weekly recipe videos that cover breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Her recipes make multiple servings, so they’re great for feeding a family. And she uses simple ingredients you can find in your local grocery store, so you won’t have to worry about searching the aisles of Whole Foods (or forcing your kids to eat a mysterious kale dish.)
When you sit down to a meal, bring your awareness and your attention to that meal. Allow yourself to be nourished by the food you’re eating and the experience of the meal.
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