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By Lora O’Brien
There’s revolution in the air! First, it was about being green in general. People learned about the importance of saving energy and recycling, and today it would be unthinkable to toss out paper and plastic in the rubbish bin. The, it was all about fashion, with people protesting the poor working conditions facing those who make their clothes. Now, there’s a food revolution, with a group of super-healthy bloggers and cooks touting the importance of eating well, not just for our own health, but for that of the planet, too.
And this revolution is heavily female-led. While male chefs dominate the ‘chic’ (but unhealthy) cuisine served in Michelin starred restaurants, women dominate the clean food movement, blazing a trail for good health and good husbandry of the Earth. Whilst male chefs threaten food bloggers with ‘copyright infringement’ for even taking pictures of their creations, female food bloggers not only share their recipes for free with the public, but they support each other on their various blogs via guest posts and recipe swapping. While the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay cook up mainly sheep, pigs and cows, these women’s food is generally vegetarian or vegan, raw, or organic and makes you glow from inside out. Meet the 10 women changing the way we eat.
Madeleine strongly believes, ‘Food is the most powerful drug; it informs not just how we look but how we feel and think too.’ Thus armed with this philosophy, she has made it her mission to prove just how delicious, nutritious and affordable eating healthy can be. And this girl knows all about how the wrong foods can mess with your health: for years, she battled with painful IBS, slept through the day and suffered lank and lifeless skin and hair.
All that changed after she worked at an Organic Cafe in Australia. Here, Madeleine learned about nutrition and cooking first hand from a team of people who helped her to discover how to properly source and prepare food, and thankfully for us, she hasn’t looked back since. With almost 150,000 instagram followers, a thriving blog and a new cookbook under her belt, we can safely say that Madeleine is teaching a lot of people how to get that much sought after Glow.
Back in 2010, after an accident, Natasha found herself two stone heavier and unable to shift the pounds. When a doctor told her that her body was highly acidic, Natasha researched alkaline diets, and changed her lifestyle there and then. Now with a wealth of knowledge under her belt from godmother, Vicki Edgson, who co-wrote her first two books, Natasha’s career is thriving. Not only has she written several cookbooks, but there’s also a Honesty Healthy phone app which is perfect if you’re on-the-go, or just looking for quick and easy recipes right at your fingertips–no longer do you have to trawl through the internet to find specific recipes that attend to your dietary needs. All recipes on the HH app will inform you whether the recipe is gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. Her Honestly Healthy website also gives tips on fitness, well being, and weight loss.
Our favourite recipe: No-coffee coffee smoothie: Just blend 1 cup coconut milk, 3 tbsp barley coffee or dandelion coffee,
4 tbsp coconut yoghurt and 1 tbsp maca or lucuma until smooth in a blender. Voila!
Ella was a self-confessed ‘sugar monster’, whose snacks were far from the plant based goodness that she now promotes. But when she found herself bed-ridden more often than not, she decided to adopt a plant-based lifestyle overnight, and since then her good health has skyrocketed. With a cookbook out and a phone app, Deliciously Ella is a name that many of the health community already know of. Ella shares with us all her simple recipes, and the Deliciously Ella app provides easy to follow step by step cooking instructions that even the most domestically challenged of us can adhere to.
Our favourite recipe: Mushroom & Chickpea Stew (click link for recipe)
When Sarah qualified as a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) in Canada, she was delighted to help others shift towards healthy eating. When she moved to Copenhagen, however, her qualifications weren’t valid in the EU, so the My New Roots blog was born, as a means of spreading the word about nutrition. Her emphasis is on fresh ingredients, and
We love how Sarah rallied against mainstream media’s (dis) information about how to care for out health. She says that after she was “bombarded by self-interested media and half-truths about how to look after myself…I knew I wasn’t alone. We’re all in this together – let’s help each other be the best we can be!” In that spirit, she shares tasty, healthy recipes like
Our favourite recipe: Miraculous Rice-less Risotto (click link for recipe)
Vani Hari is also known as ‘the food babe,’ a guru to anyone who wants to know about what is really in our food, how is it grown and what chemicals are used in its production. Once a bit–how shall we say–? ‘chubby’, she taught herself much by spending thousands of hours researching food, and interviewing experts, and as she learned more, she launched a website to pass on that knowledge. She made better informed food choices, and the weight just began to drop off. Her skin looked better. She had more energy. And she was inspired: “As I began to learn more, I was no longer duped by big business marketing tactics, confused by lengthy food labels, and it became easier for me to live in this over-processed world,” she says. Her hope is that by sharing what she knows (and great recipes, too!) she can help others transform their health, too.
Our favourite recipe: 7 Layer Party Dip (click link for recipe)
The sister duo behind Hemsley & Hemsley are sisters, Jasmine and Melissa, who are food lovers that share a passion for wellness and healthy cooking. Not only do they have a bestselling cookbook, they also contribute to Vogue.co.uk and The Guardian. Thanks to much media exposure, the Hemsley sisters have a large celebrity clientele who often hire them for high-profile events around the world. And if you wondered how to make Zoodles (noodles made from zucchini), these sisters have recently released a spiralizer of their own which will allow you to do just that.
So what makes these sisters so important to the way we eat? Bid goodbye to yo-yo dieting, because these sisters have come up with a variety of recipes packed full of flavour, nutrition and vibrancy that you’ll love cooking and tasting. They’re far from hardcore veganistas–in fact, they live by the rule ‘a little of what you fancy does you good.’
Our favourite recipe: French apple tart (click link for recipe)
You may still think of her as the ditsy Cher from Clueless, but Alicia Silverstone is a very smart cookie. An advocate for a plant based lifestyle for almost ten years, when gave birth to a son, Alicia became even more conscious of not only the foods she was putting into her body, but the impact her carbon footprint was having on the planet.
The actress has created a book titled The Kind Diet, and it’s a must-read for anyone trying to change up their health, or live a lifestyle that is supportive and kind to the planet. Alicia’s writing style is so engaging, and the recipes in her book are relatively easy to follow. She gives tips on how to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, all whilst bringing to us exciting and innovative ways to eat new foods, and tips for getting the best from our bodies.
A struggle with an eating disorder caused Angela to seriously rethink her relationship with food, and Oh She Glows! was born. She started teaching herself how to cook healthy meals and snacks with a focus on plant based, gluten free recipes, and then blogged the results. These became so popular, she was approached to write a cookbook, and now Oh She Glows! is a New York Times best seller.
Once obsessed with counting calories and working out like a mad woman, today Angela knows that eating well, cooking your own meals and listening to your body are the keys to staying fit.
Our favourite recipe: Vegan, gluten free Chocolate Chunk Cookies! Get the recipe here.
Looking at the mouthwatering pictures of the recipes on This Rawsome Vegan Life, you’d never guess how they could possibly be anything but unhealthy–think carrot cake with ‘cream cheese’ icing, double chocolate cake and oven-baked french fries, for example, But Emily Von Euw is fully devoted to a healthy lifestyle–especially in terms of food. Her food blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life, became so popular for its wonderful photography and raw-food philosophy that she was asked to write a cookbook. The result was ‘Rawsome Vegan Baking’ which presentes desserts which, actually, don’t need to be baked at all! Her recipes are plant-based whole foods with an emphasis on detox treats, raw food, high-carb intake and low-fat intake, which she says: “can bring us all to better health and a longer, more vibrant life.” Who doesn’t want that?
Our favourite recipe: Banana bread cookies with coconut cream and chocolate sauce. Click here to get the recipe
Quitting sugar is tough: even if you really, really want to, it’s often hidden in products that you’d least expect to find it in–think bread, sushi and even soup! But Sarah Wilson has the solution: a blog packed with information on going sugar free, and recipes to make at home that all have a really low GI index.
Sarah’s an interesting woman–a former Cosmopolitan magazine editor whose career has spanned politics, health advocacy, restaurant reviewing, and trend forecasting, she’s now fully devoted to writing about natural living and healthy eating. Her site gives loads of tips on everything from why organic makeup is best to which cleaners are best for your home.
Favourite recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Curry: click here for the recipe
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