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~Cooking Inspiration~ Using Nutrition Blogs and Social Media to Spark Your Creativity in Kitchen

Thursday, 28 July 2016 00:00  by Charity B.


Do often think about how you want to start eating healthy, or how you want to start cooking at home instead of eating out, but have no idea where to start? Well, if this is the case, you are not alone. I think most of us have been there for many years. We may have health or fitness goals we want to reach, like losing weight, toning our muscles, getting more physically fit, improving our energy levels, mood and mental health and so on. But we fall short because we don’t know where to start; we don’t know what to do or how to cook. Making a meal plan seems outside your skill set, and developing a grocery list and going to the store seems overwhelming, and actually cooking may seem impossible.

As a dietitian, I have felt this way myself. However, I’ve found something that has helped significantly in these areas; online nutrition and cooking blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. This may seem too modern for some of you, but there is a well-spring of great ideas and inspiration at the click of a mouse. I have found so many recipes for myself, but also for nutrition group food demonstrations at Brookhaven Retreat this way.

Several of my favorite blogs include: Cooking Classy, Damn Delicious, and Delicously Ella. I also follow cooking and recipe boards on Pinterest and follow nutrition, cooking and fitness pages on Instagram. There are so many simple, yet healthy and creative ideas for healthy meals on these sites. If you just need a little spark of inspiration, explore and discover. It may seem intimidating at first, and you may look at a recipe and think, “Oh, I could never make that—it’s too complicated”, but I would challenge you to take a few risks and try something new. Start simple, and work your way up. Plan and prep are the two main keys to sticking with a healthy plan.

Here is a recipe from Deliciously Ella that I found attractive and packed full of antioxidants and vitamins:

Marinated Kale Salad

Ingredients for one serving:

For the salad:

  • four big handfuls of kale
  • 1/3 of a cup of pomegranates
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • a handful of pumpkin seeds

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of of tahini
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon of tamari
  • 1 lime


  1. Start by washing the kale, then tear small pieces off the stems, discarding the stems and placing the leaves into a bowl.
  2. Drizzle all the dressing ingredients onto the kale.
  3. Then use your hands to firmly start massaging it all into the leaves, as you do this you’ll feel the leaves soften and wilt.
  4. Keep massaging them for a few minutes to make sure they’ll really soft, at this point stir in the pomegranates and avocado cubes.
Last modified on Thursday, 28 July 2016 05:21

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