While the blogroll on the right hand side of this page gives you a list of some of the websites and blogs I like to visit, I want to take a minute to give you a little background on how I discovered my favorites, what they’ve taught me and why I keep coming back for more.
Without further ado, and in no specific order, I bring you…
Gena @ Choosing Raw – This was the first blog that I stumbled upon while making the transition to veganism and it has been a Must Read for me ever since. Gena is bright, straightforward and exceptionally knowledgable about veganism, health and cooking, and her recipes are creative and inspirational. One of the major things that I’ve learned from Gena is to be proud of my healthy food choices and to be strong and confident, not embarrassed, when I end up in the spotlight over my diet (which frequently happens). And more importantly, without her I never would have discovered kale salads, collard wraps or all of the amazing uses for raw cauliflower!
Kailey @ SnackFace – Kailey’s writing is vivacious, cheeky and fun, you can really tell that she’s having a great time and her blog is a joy to read! I had been toying with the idea of starting a blog when I stumbled on SnackFace. While many of my favorite sites cover the blogger’s daily life and all that it entails, SnackFace is one of the first that I discovered that focused on multiple, seemingly unrelated, topics. While she is sharing her daily adventures in Cincinnati, her adoration for both food and fashion come through loud and clear. It was reading her blog (and some gentle urging from a coworker) that really motivated me to start MCLV. I figured that if I could do it half as well as Kailey, I’d be all set.
Elise @ Hungry, Hungry Hippie – Elise is a nurse and in every post she comes across as well-informed and passionate about health and nutrition. She knows what she’s talking about and really cares about getting the message out there. She shares great recipes, yummy restaurant suggestions and jealousy-inducing photos of Santa Monica. But what really keeps me coming back for more is her organization. Yes, I’m serious and yes, I know that I’m a nerd. Elise works long shifts (12 hour night shifts, can you imagine?) at the hospital while simultaneously keeping up an exercise regime, eating healthy, spending time with her adorable husband and making time for friends and family. Whether she intends it to or not, her blog is virtually a tutorial on how to get $&#t done! 🙂 It is nothing short of educational to see how a busy, healthy, successful woman plans her life.
Jenna @ Eat, Live, Run – The first thing you’ll note if you head over to Jenna’s site is that she is not a vegan. At all. This Cordon Bleu trained Southern girl lives for butter, eggs, ribs and chocolate. She loves food, LOVES it, and it is ridiculously contagious. Her giddy excitement for cooking, breathtaking photographs and hysterical anecdotes (read the one about the BBQ sauce, please) will make you laugh. And then run straight for your kitchen. Whenever I read her site I’m galvanized to try something new, to go home and cook no matter how enticing delivery sounds, and first and foremost, to enjoy every single bite!
Gina @ The Fitnessista – While I love Gina’s recipes (you HAVE to try her Southwestern-stuffed Sweet Potatoes) and her adorable and optimistic spin on life, I have to admit that I am a total sucker for her fitness posts. This girl can dance, yoga, spin, aerobicize and pump iron with the best of them! Not only does she teach professionally, she has put together workouts, posted videos and even created boot camps for her eager and oh-so-lucky readers. She’s a brilliant and enthusiastic teacher and always has a fun and interesting spin to keep you engaged. Summer shape up, woo woo!
Evan @ The Wannabe Chef – I discovered Evan’s site when he did a guest post for Choosing Raw, but what made me fall in love with his site was his passion for all things delicious, his humor and the fact that he’s a Classics major (hey, we classicists gotta stick together! 🙂 ) Evan’s writing is funny and relevant, and his almost daily recipes are creative, delicious and wholesome. AND he’s doing it all as a student! He loves good food and indulging his cravings, and some of the things he comes up with are downright sinful (chocolate peanut butter mousse anyone?).
Angela @ Oh She Glows – If Angela wasn’t a baker (check out her Glo Bakery website) and food blogger, I would have to suggest that she become a photographer. This girl’s photos will make you drool with envy almost as much as her recipes will. And speaking of recipes… Wow. Her Vegan Mac n’ Cheese was one of my first forays into “scary” vegan cooking and I’ve been slowly but surely making my way through her recipe page since then. Her website is stunning and well-organized, always a pleasure to read.
I hope that if you have time you’ll check out these sites, I really can’t recommend them highly enough!
What’s your favorite food blog?