In the last installment of health and fitness trends from across the pond, we talked about fierce fashion and free fitness. This time, it’s all about fit foodies based in the United Kingdom who have a fresh approach to healthy living.
Anyone following British crooner Sam Smith on Twitter or Instagram knows that he’s been singing the praises of nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, author of the popular cookbook Eat. Nourish. Glow. Freer’s blog is a great resource for those who are looking to take their healthy living habits to the next level by incorporating more fresh, nutritious foods into their diets.
Read: The You Diet, one of Freer’s articles for British health and wellness site Get The Gloss that she promotes on her blog, is an excellent read for further insight into Freer’s individualized approach to healthy eating. She encourages readers to find the best foods for them and provides simple guidelines for what types of foods most people need to feel good and improve their health.
Make: Egg muffins are the universe’s gift to foodies on the go, and Freer makes them even simpler with her basic method and yummy filling recommendations. Freer also has a wonderful tutorial on her site on how to make bone broth in the slow cooker.
Get more: In addition to her cookbook, Freer has a collection of four Eat. Nourish. Glow. eBook shorts containing recipes that make the most of seasonal produce. Spring’s recipes include wonderful hearty options perfect for the transitional weather such as Pan Fried Sea Bass with Carrot Mash and a great Green Breakfast Smoothie. Additionally, Freer gives tips on how to make small nutritional changes to get started on a journey to wellness.
Jack Monroe, creator of the blog A Girl Called Jack, understands the struggle of eating healthy on a budget because she has been there. Monroe makes healthy living accessible to all. In addition to recipes that are cheap and easy to make, Monroe teaches how to make health food staples such as the aforementioned green juice without fancy equipment.
Read: Monroe is currently taking part in the Live Below the Line challenge, a global initiative in which participants raise funds and pledge to live below the extreme poverty line for five days. Monroe’s blog post about her stressful trip to the grocery store is one of the most honest depictions of the difficulties of shopping for healthy food on a budget I have ever read.
Make: Omnivores, do yourselves a favor and cook up Creamy Mustard Chicken with Winter Veg as soon as possible. The sauce infuses the chicken with loads of flavor and makes it beautifully tender. I added peas, as Monroe suggests, and served the chicken on a bed of carrot mash I made using Freer’s recipe from her spring eBook, and I will never think of peas and carrots as a boring combination again. This was a meal so delicious I noshed on it at the kitchen counter. I literally couldn’t wait to eat it.
Some of you might be familiar with Julie Montagu from the addictive Bravo television show "Ladies of London." Montagu isn't actually from London — like the majority of her fellow cast members, she's American. She takes a level-headed approach to health on her blog, The Flexi Foodie, where she posts fast, fresh, plant-based recipes as well as helpful information on how to maintain one’s health.
Read: Oral health is very important, so check out Montagu’s blog post on Eating for Oral Health. We could all use a little bit of help with keeping our teeth and gums healthy and strong.
Make: Stuffed peppers get a plant-powered makeover with Montagu’s recipe for Bulgur Wheat Red Peppers, which are so filling you won’t miss the meat. They pair perfectly with Spiced Coconut Kale with Avocado. Her recipe for Almond Butter Granola Balls is super simple to make and really do satisfy a craving for sweets and provide a dose of energy.
Get more: If you want more recipes from Montagu, check out her cookbook, Superfoods: The Flexible Approach to Eating More Superfoods.
Kick start your healthy eating journey with these bloggers, and enjoy saving money and eating well.
Note: I use Google to convert recipe measurements. It has become a valuable tool in my kitchen!