Plant based diet blogs

Whether you’re new to plant-based eating or have fully adopted the lifestyle, having resources for inspiration keeps things fresh and exciting. It allows you to connect with like-minded individuals and helps you feel supported in your health and wellness journey. Below you’ll find my top 20 whole food plant-based blogs and social media accounts that are an endless source of inspiration for whole food, plant-based recipes and living with intention.

I should preface by saying plant-based does not mean vegan. However, many of these blogs are fully vegan. If you’re wondering what plant-based means here as Nourished by Nutrition, check out this post.

While each of these blogs are wonderfully unique, they all have a common mission of sharing whole-food, plant-centric recipes in an effort to help inspire you to eat well and cook more. Each of these ladies has an unwavering way with ingredients and flavor combinations. Most of the recipes they share are simple and perfect for meal prepping or weeknight meals. The recipes that are a tad more complicated feel extremely approachable as they walk you through the steps while providing a reason for the process.

Not only do these ladies have incredible recipes but they all have exceptional photography skills. Since we eat without eyes first, it’s imperative that each recipe has equally beautiful photographs to entice and inspire especially when first transitioning to more plant-based foods. And these ladies have it mastered!


Faring Well (now Jessie May)

Blogging from sunny Costa Mesa, CA, Jessie shares whole food, vegan recipes and to-die-for wholesome treats. She has extensive recourses for kitchen equipment, cookbook must-haves, and go-to pantry items to help get you set up cooking more and eating well. Jessie shares insight into her life in each blog post along inspiring words that warm your heart. Her writing is like a beautiful novel that I look forward to reading each week. Not to mention, her photography mesmerizing – simple and vibrant. aka photography #goals!

**As of 2018, Faring Well is no longer active. Jessie now shares all things plant-based, travel, and sustainable living on Jessie May.

Instagram: @jessiemaysnyder

With Food and Love

Sherrie is the queen of salads, soups and cocktails. If you’re looking for simple dishes infused with flavor let Sherrie guide you. Not only does she have a blog full of delicious recipes, but she brings those recipes to life, sharing them with the community in here seasonal pop-ups. Yes, Sherrie will cook for you while you are surrounded by like-minded foodies. Basically, a dream come true!

Instagram: @shercastellano

In My Bowl

Real life musings and simple, everyday recipes by Nutritionist and mama Tallulah Dawson. If you are struggling with IBS or contemplating a Low FODMAP elimination protocol, Tallulah and inmybowl is an invaluable resource full of resources, guides and her personal experience with the elimination diet. She also has a way with words like that read like a novel that make even her everyday recipes, tips and guides feel like poetry.

Instagram: @tallulahalexandra

Wholehearted Eat

Sophie shares her passion for whole foods and natural living through plant-based, seasonal recipes and lifestyle tips. The majority of her recipes are incredibly simple, perfect for weeknight meals, but with the essence of from-scratch cooking and Sophie shares more “hippy-ish” recipes and guides such as homemade sourdough, sprouting, and kombucha (aka your next weekend project!). While these may seem intimidating, Sophie’s compassion and step-by-step guidance make these recipes (and all of her recipes) feel very approachable. Wholeheartedeats brings an overwhelming sense of calm and appreciation for slow-living as you scroll through the pages and become mesmerized by Sophie’s photography.

Instagram: @wholeheartedeats

Green Kitchen Stories

David and Luise are the dynamic-due behind Green Kitchen Stories where they share whole food vegetarian recipes that are unlike any others I’ve seen. Their photography is beautiful and their styling and presentation make the dishes look elevated, but don’t be fooled! The reality is the dishes are simple, flavorful and come together with ease because they are a family of five with three little mouths to feed. David and Luise are a perfect example that kids can eat what the entire family is eating, even when that is mostly veggies!

Instagram: @gkstories and @luisegreenkitchenstories

A Couple Cooks

Sonja and Alex bring to life the idea that eating well can be pretty simple, hence the name of their cookbook Pretty Simple Cooking. Their blog + podcast is a guide to eating real food, cooking more, and love the process. Sonja and Alex do a wonderful job simplifying cooking, reassuring you that good food doesn’t have to be intimidating or difficult, but it isn’t always fast. And that’s okay (!!) because cooking nourishing food and sharing it with others is the ultimate form of connection. Aside from their straightforward recipes and podcast, Sonja and Alex are incredibly open about their struggles and have the most precious adoption story and son, Larson. From their good food to their personal story, A Couple Cooks will have both your heart and stomach full.

Instagram: @acouplecooks

Jessica Murane

Founder of the One Part Plant movement (#onepartplant), Jessica’s mission is to get people to each at least one plant-based meal a day. She has done an amazing job bringing together a community of people supporting this mission and getting people to eat more plants. But that’s not all. Jessica manages her endometriosis with food. She is a solid resource for women struggling with endometriosis and safe-haven for women allowing them to feel supported and guided through their struggles.

Instagram: @onepartplant

Brewing Happiness

A mega-dose of self-love and encouragement mixed in with wholefood, feel-good recipes. Aside from everyday recipes that make eating well attainable to all (not just those with a hefty paycheck), Haley has a way with words. Each post is filled with a deeper message and compassion. Haley is the founder of my favorite hashtag on Instagram, #celebratehealthier (did you know you can follow hashtags?!), that only further reinforces Haley’s desire to build a community around eating well and doing things that help you be the best version of YOU. If nothing else, follow Haley for the wisdom she shares and her endless encouragement for practicing self-love, but you’ll find yourself bookmarking every recipe in the process.

Instagram: @brewinghappiness

The Green Life

Sophie is a holistic nutritionist and author of The Green Life, an online journal and shop. She’s done an amazing job at creating these with the intention of inspiring and empowering you to live your healthiest, happiest life. The recipes of The Green Life are all plant focused and designed to make you feel energized, vibrant and alive. Sophie embraces different lifestyles but has a philosophy (much like the Nourished by Nutrition philosophy) that we could all benefit from eating more plants. The Green Life is a wonderful resource for eating well and transitioning to more natural living.


The Full Helping

Vegan nutritionist and cookbook author, Gena of the Full Helping is a solid resource for plant-based cooking. Her recipes are easy, dependable and delicious. Among her wholesome recipes and desserts for balance, Gena shares insight into self-care, self-discovery, and resources to help you explore an informed and compassionate relationship with food. Wheather you’re struggling with your relationship with yourself and food or just want a delicious plant-based recipe let The Full Helping be your resource for a celebration of the meals and words of wisdom.

Instagram: @thefullhelping

The First Mess

Laura is the author of The First Mess Cookbook, one of my favorites (!!) and a must-have in your kitchen. Thanks to her culinary degree, she shares out-of-this-world recipes that are layered with flavor, which is key to making plant-based food irresistible. Aside from the simple, approachable recipe, Laura also shares a fair amount of “magic”. If you’re interested in incorporating more adaptogens into your diet or relaxing with an elevated latte, Laura’s your girl.

Instagram: @thefirstmess

Making Thyme for Health

Sarah shares approachable and seasonal vegetarian recipes that’ll make you fall in love with food. The recipes you find on Making Thyme for Health show you that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated. Just nourishing recipes that are delicious and make you feel energized.

Instagram: @makingthymeforhealth

Dolly and Oatmeal

Fresh, seasonal recipes that are all dairy and gluten-free, plus a heavy dose of wholesome desserts. Lindsey’s recipes are also layered with flavor, yet simple and approachable. Lindsay is the author of Chickpea Flour Does It All (another must-have!) which guides you on the ins-and-outs of chickpea flour. If you’re unfamiliar with all the culinary capabilities of this universal flour, I highly recommend this book. I promise chickpea flour will soon become a pantry staple. Lindsey is also an outstanding photographer. If you’re looking to up your photography game, Lindsey has a free photography guide that is a wealth of knowledge.

Instagram: @dollyandoatmeal

Love and Lemons

If you’re looking to eat with the seasons or want a veggie-heavy version of any of your favorites, make Love and Lemon’s your go-to. A quick scroll through of the extensive recipe index will leave you feeling fresh, energized and ready to get started cooking. Jeanine, the founder of Love and Lemons, is also the author of the Love and Lemons cookbook (which is my go-to gifting cookbook). The recipes are categorized by the fruits and vegetables that take center-stage in the dish. Its a very practical cookbook that makes plant-based eating approachable, but is also beautiful enough for a coffee-table conversation piece.

Instagram: @loveandlemons

Sprouted Kitchen

Sara shows you time and time again that eating whole foods is possible and can be done with ease, even with a family. A mix of everyday eats, weekend entertaining dishes, sweet treats, and kids meal ideas, Sprouted Kitchen is an endless resource for eating well. With such a fast-paced world and busy lives, Sara makes eating whole foods seem 100% doable. Sara is full of tips and tricks and will help you rethink buying convenience items like dressings or sauces, by showing you how to make them in less than 5 minutes, and then how they can elevate even the simplest of salads or plant-based dishes.

Instagram: @sproutedkitchen

101 Cookbooks

Heidi shares her vast collection of recipes that celebrate cooking and focus on incorporating vegetables and whole foods into your everyday meals. The recipes are designed with the home cook in mind and reinforce the idea that food is meant to be shared with the people you love. Heidi’s written four cookbooks, is New York Times Best Selling author, and a two-time James Beard Award winner. Her recipes do not disappoint! If you need a recipe for a weeknight or one to impress a dinner party or bring to a celebration, 101 Cookbooks has you covered.

Instagram: @heidijswanson

Naturally Ella

Cooking from pantry staples is Ella strength. Her website, Naturally Ella, is an extensive resource for any ingredient you can imagine. From produce like eggplant and broccoli to batch cooking grains and legumes, Ella’s got you covered. While Ella encourages you to cook from scratch, her simple, basic recipes for homemade sauces, dips, and spreads can elevate your ordinary grains or beans even if you don’t make them fully from scratch. Plus, each recipe has a list of substitutions and ways to use ingredients in a variety of ways that’ll get you thinking more creatively and cooking more from home.

Instagram: @naturallyella

Tending the Table

Fresh, seasonal recipes and a heavy dose of Ayurveda. Sasha is a Holistic Ayurvedic Counselor who shares an immense amount of knowledge and ancient healing practices into everything she shares. Her recipes are created with intricate attention to detail built on the foundation that “food is medicine”. Sasha is also devoted to sustainable living and a very knowledgeable in reducing waste both with food and everyday living. Sasha has made Tending the Table and incredible resource and guides you through simple steps to take toward more wholesome cooking and natural living.

Instagram: @sasha.swerdloff

My New Roots

Sarah is a holistic nutrition counselor and an incredible resource for whole food plant-based recipes and nutrition education. My New Roots has an extensive index of recipes where you’ll find weeknight meals, celebration dishes, wholesome treats, and how-to-guides. Sara’s recipes are typically from-scratch but her step-by-step guidance, flavor combinations and food-as-nourishment approach to cooking make you realize it is all worth it.

Instagram: @mynewroots

Happy Hearted Kitchen

A wonderful mix of plant-centric recipes and wholesome dessert. Jodi shares simple, season recipes and her mission to increase awareness about eating responsibly and sustainably. Happy Hearted Kitchen focuses on local, seasonal ingredients native to British Columbia, so you won’t find recipes including bananas and avocados, but trust me (!!) they aren’t missed. Jodi’s recipes are absolutely incredible! Let Happy Hearted Kitchen show you how to eat well with wholesome ingredients and balance it out with the best oatmeal cookie!

Instagram: @jodicatherinekay

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A curated list of the best plant based food blogs. Includes the whole spectrum of flexitarian eating: vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, ketotarian, lactovegetarian, ovovegetarian, pollotarian, fruitarian, nutritarian and rawtarian.

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A growing curated list of the best plant-based food blogs.

Favourite Plant-Based Food Blogs

The Simple Green
You’ll find an abundance of delicious wholesome plant-based recipes inspired by a deep love for organic gardening and a reverence for the seasons. Whether you eat plant-based or not there is something for everyone at The Simple Green. Many of the recipes are gluten free and free from refined sugars, save for the odd decadent dessert. Ranked #42.

50 Best Plant-Based Food Blogs

The 50 best plant-based food blogs are ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Influence and popularity on Pinterest and other social media sites.
  • Feedspot’s top 100 plant-based food blogs.
  • Alexa traffic ranking.

Because the ranking is to a large degree subjective, the top 50 blogs are listed in alphabetical order.

Blissful Basil
Plant-based vegan recipes and wellness tips to unearth the happiest side of life by Ashley. Former psychologist turned plant-passionate recipe writer + cookbook author. Lover of animals, veggies + space documentaries. Ranked #9.

Brand New Vegan
Makes switching to a plant-based diet as easy as possible by recreating all of your favorite comfort foods. You’re not going to believe how good it tastes and chances are, you’re not gonna miss a thing! Ranked #17.

Buttered Veg
For cooks and food lovers! Flavorful vegetarian recipes and balanced lifestyle tips support your long-term health and happiness. Ranked #46.

Ceara’s Kitchen
Your one-stop spot for healthy, comfort food-inspired, vegan recipes that will please vegans (and non-vegans!) alike. Ranked #15.

Clean Food Dirty Girl
Find Whole-Food Plant-Based recipes and stories to motivate and empower you to eat better. When you eat better, you feel better and that makes life amazing. Ranked #23.

Cocoon Cooks
A whole foods, plant-based food blog written by Rita & André. Explore the blog to find your new favourite vegan recipes! Ranked #27.

Delightful Vegans
The place for vegan food and traveling adventures. Learn to cook with delicious plant based ingredients and be inspired by our travels. Ranked #40.

Dreena Burton
Author of 5 vegan and plant-powered cookbooks and 2 ebooks. Mom to 3 plant-powered kiddos. Get your whole family excited to eat healthily. Ranked #14.

Healthy, vegan, low-fat, recipes made without oil. Food for Life instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Ranked #26.

Elsa’s Wholesome Life
Healthy wholesome plant based vegan recipe, travel and lifestyle blog. Australian nutritionist and dietitian. Ranked #20.

Feasting At Home
Where healthy meets delicious! Your resource for VEGGIE-LOADED recipes, along with helpful cooking tips and tricks from a chef’s home kitchen. Ranked #5.

Flexitarian Nutrition
Plant-Based Flexitarian Holistic Nutritionist | Real Food Healthy Recipes | Organic | Wellness | Ranked #31.

A girl obsessed with cookies, oats, and veggies. Fooduzzi is the plant-based food blog where classic recipes are made healthy! Follow to discover tasty vegan meals and treats! Ranked #24.

Food With Feeling
A food blog with simple and fun recipes that are mostly plant-based, vegan, healthy, and with the occasional indulgence. Ranked #10.

Holy Cow Vegan Recipes
Vegan food blog with 750 delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes for cooking and baking. Healthy, plant-based family meals from scratch. Ranked #12.

Lazy Cat Kitchen
A food blog from sunny Greece with lots of simple, delicious, vibrant, colorful and easy plant-based recipes and cooking techniques from all over the world. Ranked #6.

Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
Food for plant-loving omnivores. Ranked #34.

Meatless Makeovers
Brooklyn couple recreating recipes for a plant-based diet. Ranked #47.

Mindful Avocado
Easy and delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes using simple ingredients and real foods! Ranked #39.

Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
Healthy, easy, delicious whole food plant-based recipes that are plant-based, vegan, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and gluten-free. Ranked #21.

My Plant-Based Family
My Plant-Based Family provides a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet, On a Budget. Find Whole Food, Plant-Based (no oil) recipes and tips, Free weekly Meal Plans, Allergy-friendly recipes and tips. Ranked #19.

My Pure Plants
Wife and husband duo sharing plant-based and gluten-free recipe ideas (vegan, egg-free or dairy-free). Videos to ALL recipes. Ranked #45.

My Vegetarian Family
Tara founded My Vegetarian Family in 2017 in hopes of sharing with others how easy it is to be vegetarian. As a mother, marathon runner, doctorate prepared nurse practitioner, and health enthusiast, she’s passionate about inspiring others to discover the joy of eating good food that comes from good places. Ranked #48.

Nourished By Nutrition
Believes healthy is a lifestyle that focuses on balance in all aspects of life, with nutritious food being the foundation. Here you will find predominantly plant-based recipes as well as nutrition and lifestyle tips! Ranked #43.

Learn all about nutritious, delicious whole food and its power to transform your life. Get regular posts, guidance, and free courses to ensure your success. Ranked #16.

Oh She Glows
Award-winning recipe blog featuring over 500 healthy recipes inspiring you to embrace more plant-based foods in your diet without feeling the least bit deprived. Ranked #1.

One Bite Vegan
A vegan food blog with healthy plant-based recipes to help you save the environment, the animals, and your health. Ranked #41.

Our Wandering Kitchen
Maria & Alex are wanderers in many ways. From their wandering kitchen to yours, you can lean on them when you are looking for healthy, plant-based recipes. Together, you can eat better. Ranked #50.

Pass the Plants
Plants taste good, and I’m on a mission to share plant-based, vegan recipes that everyone will eat. I’m also a nerd about spaghetti squash. Ranked #22.

Pickles & Honey
Seasonal recipes simplified to the essentials and with a plant-based twist. Get recipes that are easy, approachable, practical, and satisfying. Ranked #28.

Pick Up Limes
Offers a collection of plant-based recipes, nutrition articles and videos that will nourish the cells and the soul. Ranked #4.

Plant Based Magazine
A vegan magazine bursting with hundreds of plant-based recipes, let us show you just how delicious and interesting a diet based on plant-power can be. Ranked #37.

Pure and Plant-Based
Here at Pure & Plant-Based, we aim to help teach you about a healthier lifestyle. Nutrition facts and healthy recipes, all whole foods plant-based and vegan. Ranked #49.

Pure Joy Planet
Pure Joy Planet is a culinary school with classes, courses, and certifications offered as interactive courses, globally and online. Ranked #35.

Running on Real Food
Simple, delicious and healthy, plant-based recipes and everything you need to eat, live and thrive. Ranked #2.

Sharon Palmer – The Plant-Powered Dietitian
An award-winning, plant-based food and sustainability expert, author, editor, speaker, and blogger. Ranked #36.

Straight Up Food
This blog is full of recipes and information on how to eat a plant-based diet that is free of added salt, oil and sugar. Ranked #25.

The Colourful Kitchen
Easy vegan recipes that are colorful, not complicated (and many are gluten-free). Ranked #30.

The First Mess
Cooking with natural, plant-based foods, eating seasonally and sharing wholesome meals. Ranked #7.

The Flexitarian
Browse vegetarian and vegan recipes. Eat less meat, be healthly help the planet with The Flexitarian (aka The Flexible Vegetarian) Diet. Ranked #32.

The Glowing Fridge
Yummy whole foods recipes, grocery guides, cruelty-free beauty products, plant-based tips & tricks or just to feel inspired. Ranked #13.

The Green Creator
Plant-based food blogger // food photographer // holistic health Ook in het Nederlands. Ranked #38.

The Plant Philosophy
Living a plant-based, vegan lifestyle and loving every minute of it! Sharing my favorite recipes along the way to inspire others to make healthier, plant-strong food choices. Ranked #33.

The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show
Help people transition to a plant-based diet for their health and to help correct the ills of our planet that has been caused by raising animals for food. Ranked #29.

Vegan Richa
Flavorful plant-based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options. Ranked #3.

Veggie Inspired
Learn how to love your veggies & how a well-rounded whole foods plant-based diet can be the healthiest way you’ll ever eat. Browse delicious veggie-inspired recipes that vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, & even carnivores will love! Ranked #11.

With Food + Love
Endo warrior and plant-based chef. And former health coach. Ranked #18.

World Wide Vegetarian
A traveling vegan, and vegetarian blogger, on the hunt for tasty, and healthy, food worldwide. Ranked #44.

Yup, it’s Vegan
Browse hundreds of whole food, plant-based recipes that are BIG on flavor but 100% free of animal products: no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey. Being Vegan never tasted so good! Ranked #8.

More Plant-Based Food Blogs Worthy of a Visit

Beantown Kitchen
Information about the health aspects of a vegan diet. You will also find delicious and easy to prepare recipes with nutritional analysis.

Contentedness Cooking
I create easy vegan recipes with few ingredients, helping cooking beginners and buffs to enjoy vegan food. Plant-based gluten-free, meal prep for all.

Cooking Gourmet Plants
For all meatless gourmet food lovers who want to enjoy various cuisines from the world.

Everyday Vegan Food
Vegan & whole foods plant-based food inspiration. Easy, healthy, tasty!

Flexitarian Kitchen
Being a Flexitarian is about reducing meat consumption and prioritizing veggie-rich dishes. Healthy and sustainable eating doesn’t have to be boring!

Green Beat Life
Helps those aspiring to live a plant-based life achieve their individual wellness goals with holistic nutrition and health coaching.

Klunker’s Plant-Based Kitchen
Michael Klunker talks about Delicious plant-based eating giving easy plant-based recipes and cooking techniques on his blog.

MamaSezz delivers ready to eat plant-based meals – hearty, delicious and fresh (never frozen) with no B.S. (bad stuff). Making healthy living easy peasy!

My Sweet California Life
Enjoy eating healthier! Find simple, clean eating recipes for sensational plant-based meals

Plant-Based and Broke
Focus on easy, inexpensive meals and content that’ll help make the transition to a plant-based diet easier for those who are financially restricted, or just frugal.

Plant Based Blonde
Certified Plant Based Nutritionist and Health Coach with a passion for alternative healing, sustainability and all things cruelty-free. Sharing how simple, nourishing and delicious plant-based eating is.

Plant Based Ireland
Ireland’s leading online resource for all things Plant-Based.

Plant Based Pixie
Registered associate nutritionist (ANutr) (MSc), award-winning food blogger, writer, and speaker. I eat a plant-based diet, using the scientific definition of plant-based meaning ‘a diet based on plants’, not necessarily a diet solely consisting of plants.

Plant Powered Katie
Katie was inspired to start this blog after witnessing the power of eating a plant-based diet first hand. This blog is to share information and recipes and to encourage people to try more plant-based cooking in their homes.

Plants Rule
Healthy, plant-based, oil-free vegan recipes. Chef Katie’s passion for ingredients with the realistic practicality of a home cook. These articles offer insight into the benefits of a vegan diet with the humor to support a balanced healthy lifestyle.

Simple Vegan Blog
Sharing simple, vegan recipes. Mostly healthy and gluten-free.

Sophie’s Kitchen – Plant Based Seafoods
The Best-Selling & 1st on the market, plant-based, vegan seafood in North America! The only seafood alternatives in 2000 stores nationwide! Non-GMO, Gluten Free.

Sprouting Zen
Tasty wholesome recipes that are plant-based/whole foods. Mostly refined sugar-free, oil-free, and GF!

The Culinary Peace
Follow for healthy vegetarian & vegan recipes, Indian food recipes, authentic Karnataka recipes.

The Plant-Based Londoner
Nutrition coach and wellness enthusiast, recipe developer, content creator and avid nut butter addict. Nourishing yet oh so indulgent plant-based recipes, recommendations on the most amazing places to eat in the capital (and across the globe) endless nutritional information, tips and advice.

The Trashy Vegetarian
After 10 years of being a vegetarian, I have spent a lot of time converting traditional recipes into meatless fare! I want to share these recipes with you!

The Vegetarian Cooking Couple
We have been cooking together for over 30 years and thought it’s about time to start sharing tips, tricks and flavorful vegetarian recipes.

The Vogue Vegetarian
Vegan/Vegetarian Recipe Blog. Written by, Emily Isobelle Jane. Within its pages you will find lots of delicious quick, easy, and fun wholefood, vegan, and veggie recipes!

This Savory Vegan
Bringing you vegan recipes that even a meat eater will drool over!

Whitney Earl
Plant-based/vegan recipes that are delicious, healthy, + easy to prepare.

Whole Living Lauren
Find nourishing and delicious plant-based recipes as well as health & nutrition tips from a Registered Dietitian.

Follow ♥ Plant-Based Food Blogs ♥ (Pinterest Board)

A budding new collaborative board featuring inspiration and recipes from some of the top plant-based food bloggers featured on this page. Plant-based eating is not a diet it is a lifestyle change! Adopting a plant-based lifestyle is hands-down the smartest thing we can do for our health. Follow this board and you’ll discover something very special and powerful: Plants Protect People!

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20 of the Best Vegan Blogs To Follow


It’s really hard to make these lists, there are just too many fantastic vegan blogs out there to choose from! I’ve managed to pare down to 20 of the best vegan blogs that I love to follow and check in on often for recipe ideas and meal planning.

20 of the Best Vegan Blogs to Follow

I know transitioning to a vegan diet can be a little intimidating at first, luckily vegan blogs offer a wealth of free information and it’s a great place to start. They all post inspiring, beautiful, healthy recipes and support them with lovely writing and fantastic photography. Food blogging takes an incredible amount of work, so head on over and show these bloggers some love!

1. Vegan Richa

Amazing recipes, spectacular photography. Vegan Richa is one of the best in the vegan blogging world and I can’t get enough. Buy the Vegan Richa cookbook.

2. Pickles & Honey

As I continue to learn and improve my food photography it’s places like Pickles and Honey that continue to inspire me. I love her style of photography and her recipes are just to die for. She aims to brighten your day and help support you in creating a happier life. I’d certainly say she’s pointing me in that direction!

3. From My Bowl

I love the recipes and videos that Caitlin shares. They’re easy to make, healthy, budget-friendly and mostly all gluten, oil and refined sugar-free. Check out her YouTube channel for tons of resources on a vegan lifestyle as well as cooking videos and more.

4. Vegan Yack Attack

When I stop by Jackie’s blog to see what’s new all I want to do is EAT ALL THE FOOD, all the beautifully photographed, plant-based, delicious food. Check out these Buffalo Chickpea Nachos, this Deconstructed Falafel Bowl and this Cranberry Walnut Vegan Cheese Ball to see what I mean.

5. Fork & Beans

Proceed with caution. Too much delicious ahead, and guess’s all egg, dairy and gluten-free. Watch for Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches, Vegan Butterfingers, Gluten-Free Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars…you’ve been warned.

6. Coconut & Berries

Every time I visit Emma’s blog I end up going on a pinning spree. Things like Vanilla Almond Butter Fudge, Chickpea Salad Stuffed Avocados and Butternut Squash with Pesto keep me coming back for more.

7. Minimalist Baker

Although Minimalist Baker didn’t start as an exclusively vegan blog, I believe today all their recipes are plant-based are and you can easily find them all under the vegan recipes category. The amazing duo is one of my biggest food photography crushes, check out their Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles, Banana Crumb Muffins or this No-Bake PB & J Pie to see why. Buy the Minimalist Baker cookbook!

8. Oh She Glows

If you’re a blog reader, you’ve most certainly heard of Oh She Glows. Angela is a healthy vegan eating superstar and anyone and everyone can find something they love on her site. I’ve made many of her recipes and they’ve all been fantastic. Buy the Oh She Glows cookbook!

9. Sprouted Kitchen

I’ve got a big time blog crush on Sprouted Kitchen. I absolutely adore Hugh’s photography, the images always tell a lovely story with every recipe. I know how much work and patience it takes to photograph a dish along the way, so I really appreciate seeing it from the duo behind Sprouted Kitchen. I love Sara’s food philosophy too, you can read more about it on her About page.

10. Allyson Kramer

I’m pretty sure Allyson is a food lighting master, her photographs are amazing. Oh ya, and the recipes. You don’t want to miss those. Just take a look at this spectacular Roasted Beet and Apple Soup or these Soft and Spicy Ginger Cookies.

11. My Whole Food Life

I dare you to visit Melissa’s lovely blog and not drool just a little bit. I mean come on, Flourless Cookie Dough Truffles, Superfood Chocolate Bark and No-Bake Snickerdoodles? This vegan girl knows where it’s at.

12. Blissful Basil

Ashley posts wonderful vegan recipes with beautiful photos and clear instructions. Her site is one of my favorites.

13. Sweet Simple Vegan

Sweet Simple Vegan is run by a vegan couple who share fun, fresh, healthy and simple recipes.

14. I Love Vegan

I Love Vegan is a vegan lifestyle blog that not only has a ton of wholesome recipes but also features a lot of great how-tows and tips for eating a vegan diet.

15. Healthy Happy Life

You’ll definitely want to bookmark this site and visit it often. Since Kathy has been blogging and sharing recipes for so long, her site is an invaluable resource for healthy, plant-based recipes. I’ve made many recipes from her site and loved them all. Buy the Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen cookbook.

16. Rawsome Vegan Life

I’m pretty sure Emily is a vegan raw food genius. If you need dessert, her blog is always a good place to start looking. She’s also my food photography hero, I could browse her gorgeous posts all day long.

17. Keepin’ It Kind

Sugar-Free Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Icing. I don’t think I need to say more. Buy the Keepin’ it Kind cookbook.

18. Hell Ya It’s Vegan

I think you could find all the vegan recipes you’ll ever need on Claryn’s site. Things like Walnut Lentil Beet Burgers and Cranberry Scones with Lemon Glaze will keep you coming back for more and since she posts a lot of “veganized” versions of classic dishes it’s a great place for new vegans.

19. Connoisseurus Veg

I just couldn’t leave Alissa out of this list, I mean just look at that header. How awesome is that? But don’t worry she follows up the T-Rex with plenty of delicious recipes. You won’t be disappointed.

20. Fragrant Vanilla Cake

No list of vegan food blogs could be complete without Fragrant Vanilla Cake. If you’re in need of dessert, this is the place to go. Amy is the raw dessert queen and I’m pretty sure she can do no wrong. Her recipes are creative, beautiful, nutritious and made from whole food ingredients.

More Vegan Blogs to Follow

That’s barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the multitude of amazing vegan blogs providing free content for us all. I’ve shared quite a few more and you can find them all below. And of course, don’t forget to browse the Running on Real Food recipe archive!

  • 10 Best Blogs for Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes
  • 20 Delicious and Healthy Vegan Food Blogs
  • 5 Beautiful and Inspiring Food Blogs You Should Be Reading
  • 24 Blogs for Healthy Vegan Recipes

Plant-Based Diet Articles

  • How to Transition to a Plant-Based Diet
  • Beginner Tips for Eating a Plant-Based Diet
  • Best Plant-Based Diet Books and Resources
  • How to Stock a Vegan Pantry
  • Weekly Vegan Meal Prep Posts
  • One Day Vegan Meal Plan Posts
  • Vegan Nutrition Guide
  • Best Vegan Protein Sources


If eating more plant-based foods is on the menu, here’s where to get some great inspiration.

As much as I love sitting down with my cookbooks and browsing for inspiration, there is something to be said for all the amazing food bloggers out there, working tirelessly to give us pretty pages with a variety of great recipes. And it’s no different with vegan bloggers, who work extra hard to develop recipes that are distinctly lacking in animal products. has tracked the top vegan bloggers as per Alexa (the web traffic analysis company, not the eavesdropping lady who orders things on Amazon for you). Here are the top 10:

1. The Minimalist Baker
I have a confession; it’s possible that The Minimalist Baker gets so much traffic because of the frequency in which I make the site’s One-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake. I mean, not really, but it is the world’s best chocolate cake, vegan or not – it’s become the only chocolate cake I make!

2. Chocolate-Covered Katie
The latest recipe up right now is Keto Peanut Butter Tagalong Bars, which are described as such: “These peanut butter Tagalong bars are like your favorite girl scout cookies, made even better because now they’re bars instead of cookies!”

3. Vegan Richa
You may recognize this name for the book, “Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen,” which is comprised of Indian Vegan recipes.The cookbook was included in Top Cookbooks 2015 by Vegetarian times and in PETA’s Must-Have 7 Cookbooks.

4. Oh She Glows
Because who doesn’t want to glow?

5. Simple Vegan Blog
The latest three recipes listed right now are vegan pancakes, white hot chocolate, and vegan mac and cheese. Can you say plant-based comfort food?

6. Vegan Heaven
Blogger Sina promises “heavenly simple and sinfully delicious vegan recipes.” I also like that she has sections on going vegan and vegan travel.

7. Deliciously Ella
Deliciously Ella started as a personal blog and then exploded, in a good way. There is now an app, recipe books, a deli, and a range of plant-based food products – and yes, there are still loads of lovely plant-based recipes.

8. Vegan in the Freezer
No, not “vegan in the freezer” in that way, ahem. We’re talking vegan foods that take well to freezing. As in, “The recipes feature healthy and delicious food that you can enjoy now or freeze for future meals.”

9. Hot for Food
Put it this way, the power behind this blog is Lauren Toyota and this is the description of the blog’s new book: “A debut cookbook from hot for food… a fun and irreverent take on vegan comfort food that’s saucy, sweet, sassy, and most definitely deep-fried!” Who doesn’t like deep-fried food? And if it’s plant-based, it’s healthy, right?

10. Yup, It’s Vegan
Latest recipe on the blog right now? Vegan candy cane cake. But aside from that, this site is a great resource for vegan meal plans, if you swing that way.

Visit for more plant-based sites to visit, as well as interviews with some of the bloggers listed above. These were ranked by traffic, but if you have a favorite vegan blog not listed here, tell us the name in the comments and we’ll check them out.

My Eating Philosophy

I eat a primarily whole food plant-based diet. It works for me and I love how it makes me feel. Plant foods are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and all the energy we need to live our lives.

I eat what I want and that’s mostly just whole foods prepared in simple and delicious ways. I try to keep my recipes as simple and minimal as I can and most of the recipes you’ll find on Running on Real Food don’t require any fancy or hard to find ingredients.

Am I Vegan?

I grocery shop and cook vegan at home and all the recipes on Running on Real Food are vegan however, I don’t label my diet or eating philosophy any which way, nor feel I have to explain my dietary choices to anyone.

I am not vegan but I eat plant-based more or less 100% of the time.

I never eat meat or fish. I eat eggs maybe a few times a year and I don’t worry about eating completely egg and dairy-free when I’m travelling. I still eat close to 100% plant-based, especially when the option is available and I actively seek out vegan restaurants when because exploring local vegan food is one of my favourite things to do. Vegan food is always my choice when it’s available.

Here in Vancouver, it’s easy to eat a healthy vegan diet, so I do. Why wouldn’t I? Other than that, I do the best I can with what I have at any given time.

So overall and certainly day-to-day, I eat what’s considered a “vegan” diet. My choice to eat plant-based is an ethical and environment one however I also just enjoy how a plant-based diet makes me feel.

Most days my diet consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, some whole grains like oats, brown rice and quinoa, some soy and some beans and lentils. I have a whole food plant-based meal plan here and a 7-day vegan meal plan here that give you a good idea of how I eat.

I also share “What I Eat in a Day” posts in my Facebook group to help show how you can put together a healthy day of plant-based eating.

What I Eat in a Day

During the week I typically eat a smoothie, sweet or savoury oatmeal, tofu or chickpea scramble, veggie hash, pancakes or chia seed pudding or sweet potato or squash bowls for breakfast, leftovers from the previous evening for lunch and a wholesome, plant-based meal for dinner.

I snack mainly on fruit and veggies, hummus, dips, nuts, seeds and homemade energy bars. I use some products such as plant-based protein and a few other vitamins to help supplement my diet and support my workouts.

Love What You Eat

I think food should be fun and I love to eat, so I don’t worry too much about it. It’s pretty simple, just eat whole, fresh, real food most of the time and don’t fret about the rest.

Life and food are to be enjoyed! I love eating. I love trying new foods, I love experiencing local culture when I’m travelling, I love sushi, I love vegan pizza, I love dessert….I think 80/20 is a good general rule for enjoying a balance of food that’s good for the body and food that’s good for the soul.

How I eat is just part of my lifestyle and I’m very passionate about it. The reason we should eat is to keep the body healthy and strong, and a healthy body leads to a happy mind. Maintaining a healthy body weight is just a by-product of eating foods that are good for you.

I love cooking healthy meals at home, full of every colour in the rainbow. I enjoy experimenting with recipes and new foods. I love how amazing a healthy diet can make you feel inside and out. I have endless energy and I know it’s because I fuel my body with healthy, whole plant foods.

I avoid overly processed foods in my diet and prefer to keep things simple. I don’t really have need for processed foods when it’s so easy to make your own healthy options at home. That being said, I still eat processed foods sometimes – life is short! Especially all the fun vegan meat and dairy alternatives that are available today.

I feel very, very fortunate that I have the choice to eat the way I do. I have access to fresh, seasonal and local produce, farmers markets and health food stores. I have plenty of everything I need, everyday. I have fresh, clean water, some of the best in the world. It’s really amazing and I’m so grateful.

Why would you eat any other way when we have access to all this beautiful, real food? I think it’s amazing what you can make out of simple, whole plant-based foods. I often don’t tell people what I’ve made is vegan and they would have never guessed.

I believe one of the keys to living a happy life is eating real, natural, unprocessed foods. Foods that simply are what they are. Foods that don’t need a commercial and weren’t made in a factory. We simply cannot be our best on a diet of fast-food and frozen dinners. Changing how people eat begins with education, so if I can show just a few people how simple it can be to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, it’s so rewarding.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t require any restrictive or confusing diet, I hope Running on Real Food can help show people that. Eating should be fun and enjoyable and not a source of stress in your life. Real food tastes amazing, real food is fresh and real food is good for your body and mind.

Do What’s Best for You

All that being said, I’m not perfect and I’m not a doctor or professional. I’m just doing my best like the rest of us. I just love food and health and sharing my recipe creations and experiences but these are simply the general guidelines that I follow. What works for me may not necessarily be what’s best for you but if you find a recipe here you enjoy, or find some little tips and tricks that make healthy eating easier and more enjoyable, I’m happy.

Treats Included

When it comes to social events, holidays, travelling and time with my family I don’t restrict my diet at all. I drink beer, one of my favourite meals is fries and a veggie burger, I can’t resist chips and I usually don’t go very long without eating cookies and chocolate.

Nutrition = health + happiness, so while I think it’s important to eat food that’s good for your mind and body, so is enjoying yourself and eating food that’s good for your soul.

Contact Me

I’m always available by email at deryn at runningonrealfood dot com on social media @runningonrealfood if you want to chat.

Best Of

Vegan blogs are your best source for finding plant-based inspiration that will make you forget all about the meat, stat. We are blown away by the creativity of these vegan bloggers, who take vegan eating to the most awesome level. From vegan yogurt to nut-based ‘cheese’ to cauliflower steaks to vegan caramel, we have no doubt that you will have oodles of recipes to try.

Check out our favourite Top 50 vegan blogs, and please let us know in the comments if there are any good ones that we’ve missed.

Our Favourite Vegan Blogs of 2018

Oh She Glows


The Scoop: If you like food, you’ve heard of this blog. Filled with creative vegan recipes, mouthwatering photos and a heart-on-her-sleeve writing style, Angela’s blog is a must-read for vegans.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Sundried Tomato, Mushroom and Spinach Tofu Quiche

Minimalist Baker


The Scoop: Vegan baking doesn’t require umpteen ingredients. This mainly vegan blog, run by John and Dana, a husband and wife team, offers simple, one-bowl recipes that can be whipped up in under 30 minutes. The photography here is spectacular too – and they offer a food photography school, if you’re so inclined.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Granola Bars


The Scoop: This blog not only includes heavenly vegan recipes, but also thoughtful discussions about ethics, body image, eating disorders, emotional eating and learning to love ourselves.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Learning to Fully Embrace Health

Vegan Richa


The Scoop: Vegan Richa is home to a crap-ton of ingenious vegan recipes. There’s more than a dozen veggie burger recipes alone! Many of the recipes have an Indian flair, but there are also flavours and spices for a variety of world cuisines.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Nut-Free Vegan Nacho Cheese Slices

Pickles ‘N Honey (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)


The Scoop: Written by vegan blogger, SEO expert, dog lover and CNE program grad Amanda. This blog is jam-packed with simple, seasonal and fresh recipes.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: How to Make Awesome Vegan Caramel

Deliciously Ella


The Scoop: Ella overcame a rare illness by following a plant-based, allergen-friendly diet, and she’s on a mission to share healthy, veggie-rich, delightful food that will help you feel awesome.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Turmeric and Lentil Soup

Oh My Veggies


The Scoop: This site contains a mix of tasty vegan and vegetarian recipes, along with menu plans, tutorials, nutrition tips, and recipe roundups from the best of the web.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Black Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Cream

Thug Kitchen


The Scoop: Warning: this site contains a ton of expletives and bluntness, but as long as you don’t mind the offbeat sense of humour, you’ll love the simple, affordable and delicious recipes here.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Grilled Chinese Five Spice Peaches with Noodles

Keepin’ it Kind


The Scoop: If you’re looking for creative, outside-the-box vegan recipes that won’t make you feel deprived or miss the meat, then Kristy’s site is the one for you.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Buffalo Cauliflower Wing Pizza with Tofu Blue Cheese Spread

Healthy Happy Life


The Scoop: Kathy Patalsky’s infectious enthusiasm shines through each piece of content on her blog, from recipes to videos to interviews with other inspiring vegans. She’s also the founder of, a food sharing site for vegan recipes.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Easy Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

The Viet Vegan


The Scoop: Written by Toronto-based vegan blogger Lisa, this blog is home to many simple vegan recipes with a Vietnamese twist, along with honest and humorous musings about life.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Vietnamese Mung Bean Dumplings

Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen


The Scoop: Susan has been blogging about vegan cooking for a decade, and has been a vegan herself since the late 198os. Her site contains hundreds of vegan recipes based on whole foods, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Polenta Lasagna with Portobellos and Kale

Vegan Yack Attack


The Scoop: Vegan Yack Attack covers a little bit of everything, from healthy meals to indulgent treats, making it easy for you to find something yummy to eat for your next meal.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Cauliflower Scramble

The Fig Tree (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)


The Scoop: This blog was mainly vegetarian until Winnipegger Courtney was diagnosed with a dairy allergy and made the switch to a vegan diet. Since ditching dairy and eggs, she’s never felt better – or more inspired in the kitchen!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Curried Coconut Lentil Stew

Vegan Miam


The Scoop: Written by Rika and Doni, a couple with a love for travelling, this blog features lovely vegan recipes along with reports of their vegan travel adventures around the world.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Sweet Potato Dumplings in Ginger and Jasmine Syrup

Fork and Beans


The Scoop: Cara’s aim is to help people with dietary restrictions feel normal – and she does just that with her delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes. Pay special attention to her infamous ‘copycat’ treats, like healthy teddy grahams, animal crackers, pop tarts and vegan baked cheetos.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Easy Homemade Sprinkles with Coconut Sugar



The Scoop: Longtime blogger and cookbook author Hannah is a truly talented recipe developer and photographer. You’ll love scrolling through her amazing vegan recipes and her crafty posts that feature knitting, crocheting and sewing.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Tofu Poke

Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen


The Scoop: With nearly 20 years as a vegan and with several best-selling cookbooks under her belt, Dreena is one of the pioneering vegans and her blog is filled with healthful, whole-food recipes that the entire family can enjoy.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Vegan Vanilla Cashew Yogurt

Veg Kitchen with Nava Atlas


The Scoop: Nava has been writing about the power of plant-based, vegetarian and vegan food since the 1980s. On her popular blog, you’ll find loads of vegan recipes, but also nutrition information, cooking videos, e-books, book reviews and a free downloadable app.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Quinoa Tacos

Post Punk Kitchen


The Scoop: Written by the famed vegan queen and cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, this website has been around since the primeval time of blogging – 2003! With plenty of recipes, videos and a reader forum, this blog definitely fosters an incredible vegan community.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Tempeh Chimichurri


The Scoop: You will get lost in perusing Laura’s stunning photos, thoughtful posts and recipes, which are filled with seasonal and whole ingredients. With her training as a chef, she adds unique twists to her recipes that bump up the flavour factor!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Fall Veg and Lentil Bowl with Gogi Ginger Tahini Cream

Oh Ladycakes


The Scoop: If you like baking, this is the site for you. Ashlae’s blog is packed with a ton of vegan, wholesome goodies (many of which are gluten-free), along with her quirky sense of humour and some travel stories for a lil’ variety.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Sweet Potato Waffles with Cacao Nibs

I Love Vegan


The Scoop: Written by a young, animal-loving married couple, this vegan lifestyle blog aims to make animal-free eating simple and easy to maintain.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Vegan Spinach and Mushroom Mini Quiches

Olives for Dinner


The Scoop: Erin’s blog is full of stunning vegan food photos (shot by her hubby) that will make you want to reach through your computer screen. Her specialty is veganizing classic dishes and whipping up creative Asian-inspired dishes . There are several recipes for vegan bacon using mushrooms that you will love!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Sweet and Sticky Cashew Tofu

Blissful Basil


The Scoop: A school psychologist by day and vegan blogger by night, Ashley’s sense of humour, along with her healthful and dreamy vegan recipes, will definitely help you discover your bliss.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Savory Lentil Quinoa Protein Pancakes

The Vegan 8


The Scoop: Brandi began exploring a vegan diet to help her husband heal severe gout. She started her blog to share the sinful-tasting yet delicious vegan recipes she creates to support his health. All recipes on The Vegan 8 are vegan, gluten-free and contain less than eight ingredients, making vegan cooking a total breeze.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Super Fruity Berry Smoothie

Allyson Kramer


The Scoop: Allyson is a talented professional recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and cookbook author. She not only creates vegan goodies, but also recipes that are gluten-free and allergen-friendly.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Salted Chocolate Cashew Butter

Eco Vegan Gal


The Scoop: Being vegan isn’t just about what you choose to eat, and this extensive healthy living site show people how vegan, whole food, plant-based living benefits our bods, our lives and the planet. With plenty of articles, recipes, product reviews, videos, interviews, beauty care tips and more, this is essentially a one-stop shop of vegan living.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Mint Chocolate Coconut Tapioca Pudding

The Colorful Kitchen


The Scoop: This gluten-free and vegan blog is written by a New York-based holistic health coach who turned to a vegan diet to deal with numerous health issues, including asthma and allergies. It’s full of vegan recipes that are super colourful, yet also easy to make.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Vegan Kimchi Stir-Fry



The Scoop: Kristina (aka spabettie), a Portland-based food blogger, puts a creative twist on fresh, vibrant vegan food. She loves the challenge of whipping up a good gluten-free and vegan recipe. Her focus is mostly on anti-inflammatory, clean and organic foods.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Savory Tomato Protein Pancakes with Tomato Tahini Sauce

Simple Vegan Blog


The Scoop: This vegan blog is written by a Spanish couple who are trying to live a simple vegan life full of tasty food. We think they’ve succeeded!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Vegan Spanish Paella

This Rawsome Vegan Life


The Scoop: Emily is a university student who woke up one day and decided to become a whole food vegan. Her site is filled with beautiful raw recipes (be sure to check out the decadent desserts!). She’s the author of two cookbooks; one about raw vegan treats and another filled with juice and smoothie recipes.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Raw Lasagna with Cashew Cheese and Sundried Tomato Pesto

Connoisseurus Veg


The Scoop: Alissa is a vegan blogger who also has her own law practice. She started her site to share her passion for cooking plant-based recipes, and veganizing recipes so they taste better than the animal-based versions.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Garlic and Dill Cauliflower Steaks



The Scoop: The aim of this blog is to ‘vegukate’ (or educate) readers about how delicious and simple whole foods can be, as well as share info about food, health, wellness and nutrition.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: The Very Best Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

The White Chestnut


The Scoop: This blogger lives in Spain and focused on fresh ingredients to make vegan meals that are simple yet tasty.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara with Black Garlic

One Arab Vegan


The Scoop: Nada lives in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She writes about plant-based Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as how to live a vegan lifestyle in a culture that doesn’t always embrace a plant-iful diet.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Vegan Shakshouka

Namely Marly


The Scoop: Marly is the matriarch of a vegan family who shares musings on food and life. She posts delicious recipes that debunk the myth that vegans only eat nuts and twigs!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

The Conscientious Eater


The Scoop: Faith avoided cooking at all costs until she began college and began to develop a love for it. As a dedicated runner, she began to research the best foods for her body. This led her to a vegan diet full of fresh, nutritious ingredients.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Homemade Almond Joys

Have Cake, Will Travel


The Scoop: This blog is written by a bicycle-loving California girl who also happens to be the author of several vegan cookbooks. Most of the recipes here are sweet treats and baked goods – but we’re sure you won’t have any complaints about that!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Cashew Coconut Creamer

My Whole Food Life


The Scoop: Melissa and her husband were longtime vegetarians who decided to become vegan in 2012 and since then, they’ve felt better than ever. Melissa is the baker of the family and loves to create healthy versions of unhealthy treats, while her husband Marcus posts the savoury vegan dishes.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Strawberry Creme Truffles


The Scoop: Jodi is an active gal who lives in the Alps and writes about local, seasonal and fresh plant-based cooking. Her heavenly food photos will make you wanna rush out to your nearest farmers market!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Lentil, Beet and Walnut Burgers with Pickled Fennel and Sunflower Seed Aioli

JL Goes Vegan


The Scoop: JL Fields wears many hats: blogger, vegan lifestyle educator, meal plan creator, author, personal chef, speaker, career coach, cooking class instructor, and more. On her site, you’ll find a ton of vegan resources, along with easy vegan recipes that can fit into your busy lifestyle.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Tempeh Patties

Fried Dandelions


The Scoop: Sarah is a former graphic designer and high school teacher who now spends her days creating vegan recipes in the kitchen. She’s well known for changing and adapting recipes as she goes – and she began her blog to keep track of all of her tasty experiments so she could make them again!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Tahini Alfredo

An Unrefined Vegan


The Scoop: When Annie became sick of city life and wearing fancy clothes, shoes and purses, she and her partner moved west to the wilds of Oklahoma, where there are no traffic lights or neighbours. She blogs about whole, vegan recipes – no processed vegan junk foods to be found here!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Creamy Greens and Match Soup with Tofu Croutons

Vegan in the Freezer


The Scoop: This clever blog focuses on healthy vegan recipes you can either enjoy right away or freeze for later. There are also a lot of tips on how to best freeze a variety of ingredients and dishes!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Mujadara Baked Rice and Lentils

Nora Cooks


The Scoop: Nora not only offers great recipes but has a wealth of tips and tricks about how to be vegan as a family (especially when you have picky eaters!).

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Jackfruit

Jessie May


The Scoop: We appreciate Jessie’s open, honest writing and her commitment to an ever-evolving vegan diet filled with health-promoting ingredients. And we’re super jealous that she lives in California!

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Loaded Summer Chili Fries



The Scoop: You’ll come for the gorgeous photography and stay for the bold and creative vegan recipes. If you like cuisines from around the world, this blog’s for you.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: Hijiki Salad

From My Bowl


The Scoop: We love Caitlin’s blog for its delicious gluten-free and refined sugar-free recipes, but most of all we adore how her recipes require minimal ingredients and are super budget-friendly, making it even easier to eat healthfully.

Our Favourite Recipe/Post: The Best Vegan Egg Salad

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Intermittent fasting, or IF, is growing in popularity among bloggers, fitness gurus, and YouTubers primarily for weight loss and repopulating good gut bacteria. Fasting, when done correctly, gives your overworked gut a break. And it’s a little bit like a ‘reboot’ for your digestive system.
But before you decide if intermittent fasting is for you, better read this article first.

To start, if you have problems with low blood sugar levels or suffer with diabetes, please don’t even consider Intermittent Fasting without first consulting your doctor!
I mean it: talk to them first. We don’t want you to faint on us. Imagine! Crossing the road or driving…and fainting. Oh no! 😯

So, moving right along, on one hand, yes, if you fast you can lose more weight than if you eat too much. No big secrets there.

But researchers propose that during fasting, other mechanisms may also be at work which could help to improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity.

FACT: Intermittent fasting (IF) has some good points and some not so good points. And the most annoying part is, the results will vary from person to person.
What might be beneficial for you, may not be so beneficial for me.

You probably know that if you drastically cut calories on an ongoing basis, it’ll cause your metabolism to go into slow mode.

What does that really mean?

To preserve your fat reserves, your body will lower its fat burning speed to that of a sloth
Like last year you may have eaten 1700 calories to stay the weight you were. But this year, eating the very same amount of calories, you may start gaining body fat.

And that’s what happens when your metabolism slows.

Scientists explain this phenomena like this: humans had to confront frequent periods of undernutrition. No supermarkets anywhere where you could go and stock up on your food …Thus our bodies adapted to these periods of ‘no food coming in’ by turning down their energy requirements and surviving on way less food and calories.

And when you do intermittent fasting the wrong way, you could end up with a similar thing. You’ll activate the starvation response and turn down your metabolic rate. And when you start eating normally, you simply put your weight back on. Sometimes faster than you can type Intermittent Fasting.

In addition, during fasting, some people’s blood sugar levels drop so low, they faint. Or, due to monster hunger, when the fast stops, they start eating way more than they would have done following a standard eating pattern.

But intermittent fasting could be done in a more sane way.

And here are the main three methods that are being recommended. Some are better than others.

The 16/8 method:

This one is also known as a “lean gains” method. In this method, you’re given an eight-hour window to eat your meals; for the next 16 hours however, you don’t eat anything. You’re allowed water, black coffee, natural juices and green veggie smoothie to keep you going.

You can easily set your timings according to your routine. For example, you would start eating at 11:00 a.m. and then stop at 7:00 p.m., then you’d fast until the next day at 11:00 a.m. This is the most common method, because it fits in easily with most people’s current routines. This is my favourite option, because you can ensure you get your nutrient requirements covered. Use a well-balanced dietary plan, and never skip meals. Just eat three healthy meals within a shorter time frame.

Eat- Stop- Eat:

The eat-stop-eat method is one of the most difficult. It most closely resembles a weekly body cleanse or detox, as opposed to an eating pattern. In this method, you fast for 24 consecutive hours once or twice a week. You’re allowed low-calorie drinks to help you get through your day.

Individuals may opt for this method if their routine or strenuous work hours don’t allow them to use the 16/8 method. They may intermittently fast on the weekends or on a day off throughout the week. I am actually NOT a big fan of this one. This method can play havoc with blood sugar levels, your nutrient levels and people can become weak. And often when they start eating the next day, they end up consuming too many calories. So basically, it would have been a big waste of time, if weight loss was the goal.

The 5:2 diet:

In the 5:2 method, you consume only 500 to 600 calories for two consecutive days. It is also known as “The Fast Diet.” Often bloggers say that there are no requirements about what you can or cannot eat. You can eat a 600-calorie burger and be done with it, or you can eat more low-calorie foods throughout the day; how you stay within your 600-calorie limit is up to you. And this to me is just plain silly. After all: our health is so important. And if you don’t hit your daily nutrient levels, plus you eat junk food instead, …what sort of crazy plan is this? We should always attempt to eat the very best quality nutrients, albeit sometimes less. If you adhere to eating healthy whole foods during the 600 calorie fasting period, then this could be beneficial. The hamburger idea will not be. Don’t do it.

Why Intermittent Fasting?

People commit to intermittent fasting because they want to experience rapid, visible results; and they hope to get a host of other health benefits that are written about by others, such as:

  1. Quicker, easier, and more convenient weight loss
  2. Reduced risk of illnesses and diseases like type 2 diabetes, obesity, stress and inflammation in the body
  3. Better brain support
  4. Increased metabolism
  5. Improved body health similar to results from a cleanse or detox

But will YOU experience the same benefits? Or will this simply be another fad which doesn’t help you to retrain your eating habits? Aren’t you looking for a more sustainable healthy way of eating that doesn’t compromise your nutrient levels?

Then perhaps copy what I do: once or twice a week I go without breakfast and have herbal teas until lunch time. I have not noticed any HUGE cathartic improvements in my health. Probably because I’m feeling good even without this system. But I know I’m doing something good for my digestion.

As with any change to diet or eating habits, always consult a physician or nutritionist, but especially before embarking on intermittent fasting.

Yours in health and wellness,
Nicki Kelly

We’re going to go deep into the rabbit hole for just a moment.

A Baby Bunny
I will start off by saying that my first stuffed animal was a rabbit, my mom calls me Bun Bun (short for bunny) and that I have big front teeth that some may call, bunny teeth. My obsession with the cute cuddly creatures wasn’t the only factor that came to play when naming this blog. Ever since I can remember I have been overweight, or should I say… a chubby bunny. I am not one of those naturally thin girls who gained the freshman 15, or gained weight after having children. During elementary school and high school, I was teased and bullied because of my weight. They engraved in my mind that I was fat, so I believed that was all I ever would be. I didn’t understand why my mom and sister were so petite and I was so big. What made me so much bigger than my big sister? I remember crying to myself asking “Why am I like this? Why did I have to be placed into this body? This isn’t fair, why me?” I used to wish upon shooting stars that I would have an eating disorder so I could be skinny.

Bun Bun and a bun!

I had always been interested in fashion, but being 5’4 and 162lbs as a teenager, there are not a lot of stylish options out there. I remember searching for a Winter Formal dress and not being able to fit into anything. I cried in the dressing room of every store and my mom assured me that we were going to find the perfect dress. I hated shopping with friends because they always wanted to see how everything looked on me, but most of the time it would not even fit so I wouldn’t come out of the dressing room. I hated being fat, but chalked it up as “baby fat” that I would one day grow out of. I continued eating like a teenager, never thinking about what I was really putting into my body, and although the food that I ate wasn’t always unhealthy, it was just too much.

I have the most amazing parents in the entire world and they are a constant source of inspiration. My Dad is one of the most selfless, generous, hard working people I know, and has provided a safe, stable, and loving home for my family. My mom is a renaissance woman. On top of managing a household, volunteering for 5 different nonprofit organizations, and being a loving wife and outstanding mother, my mom always cooked homemade meals for us, consisting of a healthy balance and variety of foods. My parents never criticized me for my weight, what I ate, how I dressed, and always supported my insane ideas. Even when my weight started to creep up, they never acknowledged it or pressured me to lose weight. I am so lucky to have this amazing family, filled with so much love and support. Because of my parents, I truly believe that weight loss will happen when the time is right. No one can push you. You must decide to get healthy for yourself, which is exactly what I did.

Me at my junior prom in 2006 at 162lbs.

Hopping along in a new direction

After coming home from a weekend trip to San Francisco with my best friend, I was sorting through photos from our adventure and posting them online. It wasn’t until I got half way through the photos that I noticed how big I had become. I was shocked and disgusted by myself and couldn’t believe that I actually looked that way. At this point, I was at my heaviest weight of 192lbs. Later that night, I was hanging out with my family, watching some awesomely terrible reality TV, when my dad said “I think I’m going to try Nutrisystem, my buddy did it and dropped a ton of weight and has kept it off.” I looked at him in that very moment and said “I’ll do it with you!” and my dad’s reply, “Ok, but you actually have to do it and follow the plan if we order it. No cheating!” The timing was perfect. Just hours after looking at photos of my chubby self and being so unhappy with my own body and not strong enough to confront it alone, this window of opportunity opened up. My sister even chimed in “not fair, I don’t want to cook!” referring to all of the Nutrisystem meals being prepared and delivered to your door. She is so positive and loving. You will never meet anyone as kind or as happy as my sister. I love my family and their support was key to my success. I can’t say it enough.

Halloween weekend in San Francisco 2010 at my heaviest of 192lbs. Yes I was a loofah!

Our orders arrived a week later and I was excited to change my body and leave my old habits of snacking and overeating behind. I immediately went through my pantry and fridge in my apartment and threw everything out. I replaced the midnight macaroni, gummy bears, and unhealthy snacks with my month’s worth of NS meals and “approved snacks” i.e. veggies, nonfat yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs. My dad and I would email each other about our progress or… lack there of in his case! Each day on the program was new and exciting, and I was going strong learning all about portion control, the right carbs and seeing fantastic results. After sticking with the program for some time, I began to feel sluggish, tired, and weak. I was sticking to my program and getting tons of sleep, which lead me to think that something else was wrong. I went to my doctor, who ran a panel of blood tests for autoimmune diseases and test my blood sugar. All of my tests came back normal, which was great to hear, but did not tell me why I was so mentally and physically drained all the time. I decided to end the overly processed and preservative rich Nutrisystem diet. The Nutrisystem program was the perfect kick start to my weight loss and healthy eating, but it was time to continue on my own. It was a terrifying decision, to leave the program cold turkey because I would have to start making decisions about what I ate all by myself, but I had learned proper portion control and eating habits and always had Nutrisystem to fall back on if worse came to worst.

Discovering rabbit food
To keep myself inspired to lose weight, I started buying magazines such as Shape, Fitness, and Women’s Health. While reading these monthly magazines, I was inspired by certain nutritionists and dietitians and would take detailed notes about their healthy eating tips. I started finding that articles I was tearing out or dog-earring were by the same writers. I started a list of my favorite contributors and recipes (many by vegan whole foods chef, Chef AJ) and wanted to learn more about them. After researching these amazing health and fitness experts, I learned tons of information and new ideas for healthy eating. I compiled a gigantic grocery list to help me get started cooking my own healthy meals. I knew that if I had a house stocked with everything I needed for healthy meals, there would be no temptation to stray and grab something unhealthy for a quick fix. I broke my grocery list into sections of protein, produce, whole grains, and plant based fats. My mom agreed to go to Whole Foods with me to gather all of my essentials that I needed to start a healthy kitchen of my own. We probably spent 2 hours in Whole Foods roaming the aisles as I tried to located things like chia seeds, and tempeh. My mom is so patient! I started creating recipes that consisted of one serving from each food group. For breakfast and a snack, I would have a fruit for my produce, and for lunch and dinner I would use vegetables to get a nice balance. It was fun coming up with different recipes using these 4 food groups, and the possibilities were endless. I had lost 60lbs at that point, which brought me down to 132lbs. I had much more energy and I credit that to the fresh unprocessed whole foods that I had been eating. People were really starting to notice my weight loss and I was becoming happier and more confident each and every day.

At my 22nd birthday party in 2011 at 132lbs.

Falling down the rabbit hole
My 22nd birthday was just around the corner and I couldn’t wait to wear an adorable new dress and show off my new figure. The night of my birthday party, I was so nervous to eat or drink anything in fear of gaining weight, so I just pushed everything around on my plate and only sipped on water. At the time I was so happy with how I looked and what I had accomplished that not eating at my own birthday party didn’t matter to me. Now when I look back, I am sad that I couldn’t allow myself to even celebrate my own day.

Cooking for myself and eating healthy seemed to be working out, until one day that I remember very clearly. After I ate a balanced healthy lunch, I still wanted something else to eat, so I reached for an apple. I knew I wasn’t hungry and didn’t give my body sufficient time to feel full from my meal and caved into my cravings for more. After eating lunch and an apple I felt so guilty that I wanted to throw up. I felt as if that one extra apple was going to cause me to gain all 60lbs back. It was a measly apple, but I was so used to staying so perfectly on plan and measuring everything out precisely with a food scale, that I truly believed that I had ruined my weight loss path. To compensate for that apple, I decided to not eat dinner in fear of seeing the number on the scale go up in the morning. The next day, I still felt guilty and angry with myself for “overeating.” I was acting like I had become a complete failure. I became so obsessed with trying to lose more weight and have a perfect body that I started severely restricting my calories. I cut meals in half and cut out carbs completely. Eating the smallest single serving cup of yogurt, or more than half of my meal made me question myself. At this point I was probably eating around 800 calories a day and I still felt guilty. I would go on 3 mile runs everyday to burn off my microscopic breakfast and lunch and would usually skip dinner. I became so obsessed with dieting and losing weight that it was all I thought about, day and night. My eating had become so restrictive that I wouldn’t eat when I went out to restaurants with friends and could no longer enjoy food. My restrictive lifestyle soon turned into a vicious cycle of starving all day followed by uncontrollable binge eating. I was at my lowest weight of 100lbs and it wasn’t until I noticed my ribcage strangely poking out of my chest and that sitting on hard surfaces became so uncomfortable on my sharp tailbone that I realized what I was doing was wrong.

At my smallest of about 100 lbs in fall 2011.

I turned to the internet in search of some sort of help and advice to turn things around. I stumbled upon numerous blogs by young women who had similar stories after losing a substantial amount of weight and were willing to share with the world. So many stories hit so close to home, and it was calming to know that I wasn’t the only one. I became so inspired by the women who were brave enough to confront their problems and blog about their story, journey, and recovery to optimal health. I started following a number of healthy living/eating blogs and turned to them for support every day. I fell in love with the support and devotion of the blogging community and feel like it has contributed so much to my new outlook on food, exercise, and health.

Getting back on my rabbit feet
As dumb and obvious as it sounds, I have learned that eating an extra apple one day will not cause me to gain weight. It may seem silly, but it took me a long time to come out of that “all or nothing” restrictive mindset and learn that food is not the enemy. I have been cooking my healthy rabbit food and have learned to respect my body. I know that food and body image will always be somewhat of a struggle for me, but I have come so far and become so strong that I know I can certainly maintain my new healthy lifestyle. After being an avid blog reader, I felt that it was my time to share my story with the world. I want to tell my story to help others who may have stumbled over the same hurdles, to inspire, and to have fun with food and exercise. Now it’s time to make some rabbit food!

Now that you have survived this monster of a bio, you can read some more fun things about me here, yay!

8 Inspiring Vegan Weight-Loss Transformations

Studies show that those who adhere to a vegan diet have a lower body mass index than that of their meat-eating counterparts. In addition, meat-eaters consume more calories and fewer vegetables, on average, than vegans do. This feature showcases eight people whose weight-loss success stories came about thanks in large part to their decision to choose an animal-free diet. Compassion and health go hand in hand—just ask these inspiring people:

1. Robert and Jessica

After realizing that our food and exercise habits were affecting our children negatively, we arrived at the conclusion that they deserved more than to watch our health fall apart at a young age. We started very simply—Jess took up Zumba. Meanwhile, I began playing tennis, a former favorite pastime from my childhood, and once the rust chipped away from all the parts I hadn’t moved in years, I began to feel exhilarated. The effort and feeling of competitiveness were addictive.

  • Our food habits changed much more slowly, as I was convinced that all we needed was to reduce our portions to reclaim our health. We became much more disciplined in our cooking and eating, ensuring that when we made our favorite foods, we made just enough for everyone to have a single serving. We began to see the weight slip off us, and more importantly, we began to feel stronger, with a growing sense of confidence in ourselves.

    Encouraged by our initial success, we began reading everything we could about food, nutrition, the horrors of factory farming, and organics and how these things were either a help or a detriment to our bodies.
    Our level of activity was ever growing over the course of our journey. We registered for our first 5K in December 2012, and our enthusiasm for running grew from 5K to 10K races, and eventually, I completed my first marathon, after hundreds of hours of training. We are now looking forward to our next challenges, our next races, and our next meals, which, as of just recently, are all 100 percent vegan.

    We sought during this process to change many aspects of our lives, and this ultimately yielded information that led me to return to school in pursuit of my medical degree and led Jess to enroll in school to obtain her art degree. We have grown more confident, more intelligent, and more compassionate—especially toward the animals who are seen socially as mere products instead of the wonderfully intelligent, sentient beings they are.

2. Keyrah

After many years of unhealthy eating I found myself at 288 pounds. I knew how I got there but I had no clue how to fix it. Would I always be overweight? Would I ever like what I see and love how I feel? I had so many questions. I remember saying, “Keyrah, you have to do this!” I have two daughters that I did not want to leave, and I didn’t want to miss graduations and weddings due to a weight-related early death. But how to change? After many failed attempts at multiple weight loss tricks, programs, and diets, I was still stuck!

On March 1, 2015 my life completely changed. I became vegan! I started by trying a plant-based instructional detox which was a vegan meal and exercise plan. I lost 19 pounds by day 11 and I was amazed, encouraged, and excited. Becoming vegan has been the best decision of my life. Not only did I lose 100 pounds in 10 months, I have also been able to inspire many people to become vegan by allowing them to watch my 128 pound weight loss journey on social media.

  • I began to notice an unexpected result of my weight loss journey—I was receiving hundreds of messages and emails daily. I tried to respond to everyone individually and it became nearly impossible, so I met with my health advisor Tori from LOJ FitClub, who is also vegan. He helped me bring the detox to others, in order to help start their vegan health journey. I am now 160 pounds. I’m happy, healthy, and I’m excited about having the freedom to inspire others. I would love for you to stay connected with me and the motivation nation and here’s how.

3. Alicia

I went vegan as a stressed-out graduate student who cared about animals, the environment, and workers’ rights. At that time, my own health was the last thing on my mind—I was just trying to make it through all-night writing sessions by scarfing down French fries and cookies, and I definitely didn’t think I had time to exercise.

  • Almost as soon as I finished my degree and started working normal hours, I realized that I now had time to invest in myself, so I started going to the gym. My membership came with a few free personal training sessions, and when my trainer asked me about my diet, I told her I was vegan. To my surprise, she said she was vegan, too! She also told me that since I was already eating plant-based foods, I should be able to shed the extra pounds easily, and she was right. By adding exercise to my routine, as well as cutting back on the fries and cookies (don’t get me wrong—I still eat those sometimes) and eating more unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, I was able to improve my health and lose about 70 pounds of weight that I didn’t need.

    Now, despite my busy schedule as a working mom, I still work out regularly with the PETA Pack, and I honestly feel younger now than I ever did back in my unhealthy student days. For anyone who is looking to improve his or her health, I definitely recommend starting by going vegan—not only can it help those who want to lose weight to do so, but vegetarians also have lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Plus, you’ll save water, reduce your carbon footprint, and save nearly 200 animals every year.

4. Kelly

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and I grew up on the standard meat- and dairy-based diet that most people eat today. By age 16, I had developed exercise-induced asthma, making it difficult to exercise; my vision got worse and I started wearing contacts; and I fell sick several times a year. By age 18, I was struggling with my weight and had become obsessed with calorie restriction. At this point in my life, I had limited nutritional knowledge and didn’t see the connection between my diet and my health. I would do restrictive dieting or run an hour a day for quick weight-loss results, then lose control and gain all the weight back.

  • At age 24, I met my husband, and I gained 50 more pounds during my pregnancy with our first child. After watching Forks Over Knives and reading several nutrition books, I decided to cut out the foods that were most likely to cause weight gain—red meat, dairy products, and egg yolks. I never considered myself a vegetarian or vegan on this diet until a couple of months later, when I decided to give up chicken and fish and animal byproducts after learning about cruelty to animals. I have been fully vegan for 3 1/2 years now.

    Who would have guessed that choosing compassion and plant-based foods would get me, a mom who weighed 200 pounds after my son was born, into better shape than I ever was? I lost 75 pounds, my total cholesterol dropped to 150, my vision improved to 20/20, and my exercise-induced asthma disappeared regardless of workout intensity. My weight loss and muscle gain inspired me to become a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer to share my knowledge. Over the past three years, I have helped more than 100 people get fit by eating plants to fuel their workouts with my vegan-owned and -operated business, Kelly Athletics LLC.

5. Victor

If you’d asked me four years ago if I pictured myself where I am now, I would have told you, “NEVER!” I was at a stage in my life in which I battled depression, being overweight, and having suicidal thoughts. Deep down inside, I always knew since a child that eating animals was not the kind thing to do, but it wasn’t until I became an adult that I decided to make the changes necessary to help remedy the situation. So I went vegan. Then came the exercise.

  • I got involved in different martial arts, including capoeira and karate. It was this combination of martial arts and plant-based eating that made it so that the body fat melted off me. Years later, in continuing this trend, I started doing things I never imagined possible: handstand pushups, manipulating fire in my fire nunchaku performances, and lifting another person on my hands in acrobatics. By choosing to live in a way that lets animals live, it took me out of the path of death that I felt I was on and led me into a state of being full of life. In a sense, much like the superheroes I read about in my comic books, veganism granted me superhuman powers I never imagined possible. Do I recommend veganism? You bet! It saved not only my life but also the lives of animals.

6. Eric

Before my transformation, I weighed in at 280 pounds and had a 50-inch waist. I was 51 at the time, and my doctor told me that unless I made immediate changes, I would probably live less than five years because of my poor health, which included type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. My medications cost more than $1,000 per month.

  • I decided to take action when I saw President Bill Clinton interviewed on CNN talking about The China Study and the healing power of a plant-based diet. I bought the book and hired a nutritionist, who told me that I could cure all my medical problems by going vegan and avoiding processed sugar.

    In addition to switching to a plant-based diet centered on whole foods, I started to exercise. At first, I was unable to tie my shoes without being out of breath. Then by walking every day with my adopted dog, Peety, my stamina began to improve. Now, I’m running an average of 40 miles each week and plan to run five full marathons and between 15 and 20 half-marathons this year.

    Today, I take no medications, am down to 175 pounds, and have a trim 32-inch waist. My type 2 diabetes is gone, my total cholesterol is 130, and my blood pressure is 96/60. At 53, I can compete athletically with most 25-year-olds.

    It is my greatest wish that others will achieve the happiness I’ve achieved, which is possible just by making this one dietary change in their lives. But you don’t have to be a marathoner to see great results. Many will see a drastic improvement just by switching to a vegan diet and walking for a half-hour several times each week! And this is why I joined the PETA Pack, because it combines everything I enjoy: healthy plant-based nutrition, running, and a love for animals.

7. Stephane

At the age of 45, I was struggling with many health issues: I had high blood pressure and borderline diabetes, my knees were hurting, and even though I was a vegetarian, I weighed 280 pounds. I was eating a lot of dairy products. Soon, I became frightened because walking was difficult, and I couldn’t even imagine running. But I started to read about going vegan and the horrible dairy industry. It really opened my eyes, and as soon as I cut dairy products out of my diet, the weight started to come off. I joined a gym. The stares, the giggles—I endured them all. But I went every day. I did my first “boot camp” classes at 255 pounds.

  • I was hooked. My friends started joining me in my training. They had plateaued in their weight loss, but not me, and I credit my vegan diet with my consistent weight loss. In addition, I always had energy, and I never felt bloated or lethargic.

    I am now a runner, and now that I am training full time in order to compete, I recuperate in a flash. At age 48, I am beating records and finishing before people half my age. Why? You know the answer by now.

    I went from 280 pounds to 135 as a mother of three! I tell myself every day that true strength comes from plants but, more importantly, from compassion.

8. Eve

I stepped onto the scale, and I was dumbfounded. The number 340 registered on the digital reading. At 24 years young, I exhibited the onset of kidney dysfunction, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and an irregular heartbeat. I was told that my next step would be gastric-bypass surgery. My future would be filled with prescription drugs, hospital visits, and disability if I didn’t make a change.

  • I was in Las Vegas with my brother and sister-in-law, who are vegan, so I was excited to try some vegan cuisine. I had toyed with the idea of going vegan because of the animals and because I had heard that there are health benefits, but up until that day, the only big decision I was willing to make was “Do I want a large or an extra-large fountain drink?”

    I went back home to San Diego and started researching. I was startled. No, I was horrified. The more I researched the subject, the more I realized that going vegan was the best choice for me—and all the animals, too. I started going to vegan stores and reading vegan blogs. I started my first vegan food blog called Eve’s Tasty Apples to share my excitement about and passion for my newfound lifestyle. I didn’t have to diet. I didn’t have to worry about splurging or feeling insanely full and disappointed in myself for eating a certain way. Veganism allowed me to feel full in both body and spirit.

    My passion for physical activity was equal to my passion for cooking. I loved the opportunity that vegan cooking offered in the way of ingredients and creativity. I started turning my favorite omnivore recipes into vegan masterpieces. I became so passionate about vegan food that I started hosting cooking classes in homes and at a vegan restaurant called Casa de Luz. With the “Meatless Monday” movement catching on, I wanted to demonstrate what was possible by incorporating meatless meals into people’s diets.

    Recently, I completed my first triathlon. From self-defeat to triathlete! While crossing the finish line, I was reminded just how far my course had taken me—much farther than just the distance of the triathlon—since I had realized in Las Vegas that I had lost control of myself and wanted it back. I’m the product of what’s possible when you stop focusing on the reasons why you can’t do something and go full-heartedly for the result that you want to create. I’m an example of what’s possible with a vegan lifestyle.

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32 Must-Follow Food and Nutrition Blogs

19. Sprouted Kitchen

This blog resembles the pages of a glossy food magazine with a fleet of stylists making sure every bite looks impossibly scrumptious. But behind the scenes, there’s just one incredible couple, Sara and Hugh Forte. The division of labor is simple: She cooks and blogs; he photographs. The result elevates whole-food ingredients to epic proportions. Sandwiches, noodles, green salads, and other divine dishes have earned the attention of many in the food world, including Saveur magazine, which named Sprouted Kitchen one of the best original recipe blogs.

20. Skinnytaste

Blogger Gina Homolka outlines a simple formula on her site: “Exercise + a well-balanced diet + good sleep = a happy life.” And really, why complicate that? Her recipes for baked sweet potato skins and shrimp summer rolls with peanut hoisin dipping sauce prove that eating a rainbow of whole foods is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and the rest of your body too. Plus, Homolka has a sense of humor and isn’t above trying recipes from the 50 Shades of Chicken cookbook.

21. Fit Foodie Finds

From snacks (high-protein mint chip energy balls, anyone?) to one-pot meals (Crock-Pot chicken quinoa enchilada soup, please), this blog has our food cravings covered. Lee Hersh is a fellow workout aficionado and yoga instructor who develops recipes with nutritionally sound (and mostly gluten-free) ingredients. And her enthusiasm is infectious. Just read her post on DIY almond butter, where she gushes about the specks of vanilla bean in the spread and ends with a rousing, “Real food rules.” Right on.

22. The Almond Eater

Healthy recipes in 30 minutes or less? Count us in. Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, writes recipes and stays healthy by listening to her body. (Though she admits she does try to keep things on the healthier side, because if she always were to listen to her body, as she says, she’d “probably turn into a giant piece of cake.” Amen, sister.) Try everything from her dreamy almond butter chia pudding to these super-quick, roasted lemon garlic Brussels sprouts.

23. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

In 2012, Lexi was sick of feeling sick all the time. One year later, after revamping her diet and starting a regular exercise habit, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen was born. While she doesn’t adhere to one specific diet, many of her recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free, soy-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Bonus: Each recipe is clearly labeled at the top, so you know exactly who can partake.

24. The Roasted Root

Whether you eat Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, or none of the above, the recipes on this site will meet your dietary needs—and satisfy your palate. Impeccable taste aside, blogger Julia Mueller is also passionate about nutrition, which comes as no surprise when looking at her creations with a health-conscious microscope. And her photography is pretty impressive too!

The Best Blogs for Nutrition Advice

Scientist and nutritionist Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., highlights important (and interesting) food news, like what the term “natural” means and conflicts of interest related to industry-sponsored research. Sure, politics is a prevalent theme, but Nestle hand-picks the good stuff and shares it in a way that’s much more stimulating than the latest study release. Sign us up!

26. Whole30

2015 was the year of Whole30, and if you’re on board, the program’s blog is packed with advice, including grocery-shopping tips and recipes, to help keep you on track. It also features success stories, as well as a column by co-founder Melissa Hartwig, who answers questions about navigating everything from anxiety to relationships during the 30-day program.

27. Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman made headlines last year when he decided to leave his post as the New York Times’s lead food columnist and co-found vegan start-up The Purple Carrot.He’s the brains behind hundreds of healthy recipes, which are prominently featured on his site, along with excerpts from his previous column at theTimes.

28. NPR’s The Salt

NPR is far more than an entertaining and informative collection of radio programs. Since being founded in 1970, it has expanded into a multimedia news organization and launched nearly two dozen enlightening blogs, including The Salt, which covers everything from weird food news to the latest culinary craze. If you’re looking to subscribe to the crème-de-la-crème of fun food info, this is it.

29. Authority Nutrition

Cooking with olive oil is bad, and microwaves emit harmful radiation, right? Not exactly. Authority Nutrition not only debunks the junk, but is also a great source of nutritional information you won’t find on many other sites—like how restricting too much sodium could harm you. The best part: Everything is science-backed and easy to understand; your eyes won’t glaze over while reading complicated stats and medical jargon.

30. Summer Tomato

Darya Rose is a neuroscientist and the blogger behind Summer Tomato. Her philosophy? Quit dieting and start cultivating healthy habits you actually enjoy. She writes about everything from ways to eat less without really noticing it to the controversy around juicing to what you need to know about willpower—all in an effort to help you establish a “healthstyle.”

31. is “an independent encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition.” The site’s refusal to advertise products or brands ensures an unbiased take, and a team of health professionals analyzes all the research before it’s presented. The site’s blog is no different, and actually covers much more than just supplements—from research on low-carb versus low-fat to what you need to know about the trans fat ban. Our only complaint? We wish they posted a little more often.

32. Nutrition Stripped

Picture-perfect Nutrition Stripped is all about healthy living inspiration. Founder McKel Hill, R.D., M.S., blogs about everything from the post-workout window to the latest nutrition news to insightful interviews with food bloggers. Don’t miss the Myths Stripped section, where she debunks common misconceptions like how eating carbs at night will make you gain weight. Consider the slew of delicious recipes a mouthwatering bonus.

Top 50 most influential Vegan FB profiles to follow in 2015!

2015 starts with an incredible revelation: seems like each year more and more people are interested or at least curious about being vegan.

I’m a lifelong vegetarian, turned vegan 15 years ago. Back then, I had no idea there were other people in the world like me. I grew up in a small farm near the Portuguese coast surrounded by animals and nature.

I didn’t grow up in a vegetarian family. Actually, my father killed all our farm animals (in my innocent mind they were playful companions and pets). The trauma of having my companions constantly killed pushed me into being an incredibly intolerant child when it came to most animal products.

Growing up with the stigma of being the “kid who doesn’t eat like normal people” or “the kid with food issues” in a time and place where internet didn’t exist, no one had ever heard of the term “vegetarian” or “vegetarianism”, in a southern European culture where meat consumption was very heavy, was hard.

But I grew up healthy and became a vegan nomad, I’m been on a forever travel, sharing my stories with the world through my blog!

The top 50 vegan facebook profiles, gather some of the most inspiring people, changing the way the world sees veganism. It was not an easy task to get so many amazing profiles together, but it was well worth it!

My goal is to honor and thank all these amazing vegan influencers, who have a strong presence in the Facebook community and bring to light profiles a bit less known. So let’s share the love and get ready to follow these amazing world shakers!

I probably forgot many vegan inspiring profiles, please, let me know about them on the comment section so I can include them next year!




Peta – People for the ethical treatment of animals

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.

One Green Planet

We are an independent publishing platform focused on sustainable food, animal/environmental protection, and cruelty-free/green living. If that’s not enough, we also just happen to be the biggest vegan/plant-based food and recipe site on the Internet.

Oh she glows

An award-winning vegan recipe website that will please vegans and omnivores alike. Hi, I’m Angela and this is my recipe blog where I celebrate my love for vegan food. In addition to being meat and dairy-free, most of my recipes are free of gluten, soy, and processed foods.

Vegan Richa

Eating Plants till we Photosynthesize. Breads, Indian, Creative Vegan Recipes with whole, organic and healthy Ingredients. Most Gluten-free , Soy-free.

Fat free Vegan

Fat–Free Vegan Kitchen is a food blog focusing on using natural, whole foods to create healthy recipes so Sinlessly Delicious that you’ll never miss the fat!

My whole Food Life

I am Melissa, a Boston transplant living in Dallas, Texas. Welcome to my blog! My husband Marcus and I are very into eating and living as healthy as possible to set a good example for our girls, Meadow (3) and Olive (2). I have been a vegetarian for 16 years, but in May of 2012, we both became vegan.

Vegan Outreach

An organization working to end animal exploitation through the promotion of a vegan lifestyle.

Ordinary Vegan

I’m Nancy M – A free-spirited music loving girl who just wants everyone to get along. The movie, “Forks Over Knives” inspired me to live a vegan life. My hope is to inspire others by sharing my experiences, tips and recipes to make it as easy as possible for you to choose a a plant-based diet.

The simple Veganista

Hi, my name is Julie and I am the simple veganista. I began a vegan lifestyle in the early part of 2011 and haven’t looked back. Since then I have become passionate about creating healthy vegan dishes, some 100% raw, and sharing in hopes to inspire others.

Freelee the banana girl

Saving the Planet, one banana at a time.

My new roots

Welcome to My New Roots. Since October 2007, this blog has been the place for me to share the edible inspirations from my playtime in the kitchen, and my deep love for whole foods. The recipes and ideas you’ll find here revolve around my plant-based way of eating, and I hope that through the simple and delicious dishes I create, you too will discover a whole new world of flavour and nourishment.

The vegan woman

This website is for you – whether you’re a lifetime vegan, a newbie looking for support and information, or someone looking into Veganism as a lifestyle choice. The Vegan Woman is a positive place where we can share, learn, inspire and above all show how much fun and how rewarding it is to live a compassionate life!

This rawsome vegan life

A blog about mainly raw, always vegan recipes; and the awesome lifestyle that comes with eating plants.

You can call me Em. I eat raw plants because I love my body, the planet, and all beings. We are all equal and all-one! I want it to nourish my body and soul, work in harmony with the earth, and allow other earthlings their right for freedom. I find that raw, organic plants fit the bill pretty well.

Post punk Kitchen

A site for the Public Access Cable show The Post Punk Kitchen. Learn how to bake vegan cakes and make your own seitan.

Vegan Black Metal Chef

Vegan Black Metal Chef is the best vegan cooking show ever. Its a cooking show, but there is no talking. The episodes are set to a self made black metal cooking instructions.

The fast reason I tell people why I am vegan is that I do not believe in the exploitation of animals. Exploitation in this case means that the animal suffers for our benefit. Most animals raised for food live in what I would consider a darker hell than one even I could ever imagine.

No meat athlete

No Meat Athlete is about giving you tools, not preaching. We’re all about training tips, recipes, advice on how to transition, and the occasional dose of inspiration — so that even if now isn’t the time for you to start eating less meat (but especially if it is), you’ll know you’ve always got someone in your corner to help you out.

The lunchbox Bunch

Kathy is a top vegan food blogger. Her blog reaches millions of veg-curious individuals, each seeking delicious, cravable, fun, inspiring, plant-based recipes and vegan lifestyle advice. Though many of Kathy’s readers are not 100% vegan, her website is a resource for a diverse crowd of eaters and food lovers.

Will travel for vegan food

My name is Kristin and I L-O-V-E loveeee food. There are few things that I enjoy more than discovering new (to me) vegan restaurants. It’s true. Next to fooding-it-up I love to travel. What I look forward to the most is learning about different cultures and lifestyles.

Vegie head

Hi I’m Adele, effervescent founder of a place where saucy, tempting recipes live and my inspiring words touch hearts. I’m an enlightening author and recipe evolutionist for people who want to enjoy more plant based recipes in their diet. I’m from Melbourne, Australia

Happy Cow

Free online vegetarian restaurant guide, sorted by country and region, providing vegetarian and vegan restaurant dining and health food store locations.

The minimalist baker

Minimalist Baker is a space for simple, delicious food. Wonderful, right?

All recipes require just 10 ingredients or less (sometimes 7), one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. While we aren’t strictly a vegan or gluten free blog, many of the recipes are special diet-friendly. We simply love experimenting in the kitchen and providing unique and enticing recipes.

Vegan mainstream

Vegan Mainstream provides marketing solutions to vegan and vegetarian businesses, as well as to those interested in incorporating more mindful practices and products into their brand. Our strategic marketing plans and services are not only fueled by our extensive experience, knowledge and expertise, but also by our passion to see conscious brands thrive.

Gluten free vegan girl

I am on a mission to make healthy, vegan and gluten–free cooking exciting, easy, affordable and above all: TASTY!

Hello there, my name is Solveig, and thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I created this blog on June 12, 2012, with the idea of sharing my own healthy gluten-free vegan recipes.

Allyson Kramer’s recipes

Healthy Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian Recipes by Cookbook Author and Food Photographer Allyson Kramer.

Fragrant vanilla cake

I am a runner who believes in eating real food that nourishes the body and pleases the eye. I have an artistic mind, and I enjoy creating raw and plant based recipes. Good recipes are meant to be shared…and that is why I started blogging!

The kind cook

Welcome to The Kind Cook! My name is Melanie and I am a professionally trained chef from Australia who left the cooking world many years ago now. In the last few years though, I have transitioned to a plant based diet and discovered a passion for cooking that I never had as a chef.

Fork and beans

I’m Cara and I truly could not be more excited that you are taking the time to check this place out. My hope in starting this blog was to create a site where people with dietary restrictions will not only feel normal, but find that eating without certain ingredients can still be good.

Vegan Yack attack

This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes!

NSW hen rescue

A vegan abolitionist organisation, rescuing and re-homing ex-battery hens in NSW and advocate kindness.

My darling vegan

Welcome to My Darling Vegan (formerly The Sweet Life) – a vegan food blog focused on making compassionate eating easy, fun, and accessible to everyone. Join me as I share recipes, stories, food photography, and parenting adventures of my two darling vegan children.

Viva la vegan

Viva la Vegan! started to promote Leigh-Chantelle, ND’s Viva la Vegan! recipe calendars in 2005 and has since grown to be an interactive, multimedia community for vegans, focusing on positive education, information and vegan outreach.

Keepin it kind

Welcome to Keepin’ it Kind! Join us as we make the world a kinder place, one delicious vegan meal at a time…

The V word

My goal is to promote veganism, help save animals and fill bellies with lots of delicious cruelty-free foods.

My specialty is making vegan versions of favorite, familiar dishes. Because if you can have the foods you grew up with, the foods you always loved, the foods you crave in a healthier and compassionate way, why wouldn’t you?

Raw Kiwi

I’ve been a vegetarian/vegan for the best part of 18 years and have been eating a high raw diet since 2009.

My journey into health and raw plant food has evolved from having a child with autism and an extensive history of cancer in both sides of my family. I am really fascinated by how diet can play a large role disease prevention regardless of your genetic history.


Hi! I’m Angela, a Canadian ex-pat living in Sydney, Australia. I’ve been vegan since high school – about 19 years now! I’m passionate about food & love sharing healthy vegan recipes.

Rawfully temping

Vegan, raw vegan, plant-based recipes galore! Lots of mouth-watering photos and easy step-by-step instructions.

Amazing Plant-Based (Raw, Vegetarian,and Vegan) recipes… along with my personal journey exploring raw vegan (living) cuisine. Discover extraordinary ways to please your palate with Healthy Decadence.

The comforting vegan

My goal has always been to never sacrifice that comfort in pursuit of a vegan recipe & so far I have never met a dish I couldn’t conquer.

Holy cow! vegan recipes

Hi, I’m Vaishali and I am the human behind Holy Cow!, the first Indian vegan recipe blog on the web.

At Holy Cow! you will find hundreds of easy, healthy and delicious recipes that are tried and tested in my kitchen, including lots of fat-free, low-fat and gluten-free recipes. Most recipes are kid-friendly and I always use wholesome, natural ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry.

Olives for dinner: recipes for the ethical vegan

A vegan blog with vegan recipes and photography, as well as cookbook, book and product reviews.

My approach to cooking is centered around the strategic selection and application of spices, herbs and oils with other complimentary textures and flavors. I specifically enjoy veganizing classic dishes as well as developing asian-inspired flavors and techniques.

The veggieful

Hello! My name is Madison. I am 22 years old and live in Australia with my husband Jerome. We love running Veggieful together and work as an amazing team to put up delicious recipes and beautiful photos.

Coconut and berries

I’m Emma, a passionate vegan foodie sharing my kitchen adventures and healthy plant-based creations. Hope you stick around!

Carrie on Living

My intention is to inspire, inform, and connect with like-minded folks who are interested in finding health and balance. I love sharing recipes using ingredients that I find supportive to my health, and I encourage you to explore and figure which foods and practices help you meet your goals.

I’m a little vegan

A place to keep you up to date on all things veggie along with tips, tricks and a selection of my daily eats. I’m a little vegan and here is my story! well not that little but definitely a vegan. I have been a veggie since I was a child and then made the leap to veganism and haven’t looked back.

Vegan Miam

Rika + Doni are a couple, photographers, global travelers and vegan foodies based in Oregon, but living elsewhere as often as possible. The term “miam” is just a way of saying yummy in French and represents their desire to discover decadent vegan cuisine and recipes around the world together.

The vegan chickpea

The Vegan Chickpea is a blog written by and dedicated to the modern woman who is full of passion, possibilities, dreams, and works really hard to make all of the pieces of her life come together. And she may also be a bit of a perfectionist.

Vegan buddy

This page is for any questions you may have had about veganism. Whether you are a new vegan, a vegetarian or just curious about veganism.

Hell yeah It’s vegan

I started Hell Yeah It’s Vegan! in November 2008 when I was feeling particularly ornery about the state of vegan food blogging. This blog is dedicated to disproving the hordes of people who think vegans can’t eat anything, that being vegan means you can’t eat the foods you grew up with, or that vegan food is not as good as non-vegan food. Although some recipes require more creativity and ingenuity than others, there is practically no food that cannot be made vegan.

The little foxes

I’m Ashlee and I write about vegan food, fashion, beauty, and other lifestyle fun in between. I like red lipstick, Morrissey, and infomercials. I also like making people happy, so I share lots of joy-filled advice and heart-racing (to me, at least) giveaways here. It’s a place for cool times.

Vegetariando por ai – Turismo vegan

One of the most informative Brazilian (written in Portuguese) vegan travel blogs out there. A reference for anyone living, visiting or planing to travel to Brazil. A beautiful blog filled with great tips and information. Although not written in English, you can use google translate and get up to date with everything Brazilian!

Kiss me, I’m vegan

Out of a desire to share with the world this new gift that I had been given – a delicious, exciting, and kind vegan lifestyle – I created Kiss Me, I’m Vegan! in November 2008. It all started as a way to share with my family and friends how positively this way of life has affected me.





Everyone who has chosen to have a vegan lifestyle and either writes a blog, a journal, runs a website with the aim to inspire and educate people for the treatment of animals, while empowering them try new foods!

If you have a Facebook page, let me know! If there are more entries for next year, I can extend the list to a TOP 100! And trust me, I’d love to see more and more vegan influencers out there!

It was extremely hard to find vegan / plant based profiles and stick to 50 only. I’m sorry if I missed yours, leave me your profile link on the comments bellow as I’m organizing a TOP vegan bloggers list as well!

25 Top Food Blogs of 2014

Like it or not, we’re living in The Era of the Blog. In a country where just about everyone has the ability, with the click of a mouse, to post anything he or she wants to on the internet, it seems like everyone with an opinion has taken to a laptop or a tablet and started a blog. This is obviously nothing new (as anyone who used to have a Xanga account can tell you), but the fact that anyone, anywhere, can set up a platform to instantly reach millions of readers (at least potentially) is worth celebrating. For the fifth year running, then, we’re ranking the top 25 food-oriented blogs, judged according to readership and social media following.

25 Top Food Blogs of 2014 (Slideshow)

There’s plenty of time to argue the merits of what makes a food blog great, be it number of scoops, quality of the recipes, layout, industry usefulness, or wide appeal, but ranking blogs in those terms would be highly subjective. Instead, we’ve taken an objective approach: we tracked down nearly 250 leading food blogs, using “best-of” lists from sites including Saveur and Babble, then compiled four pieces of data on each one: the average number of monthly visitors for the past year (using and Quantcast’s data), which counted for 50 percent of each blog’s score, and the numbers of Twitter followers, Pinterest followers, and Facebook fans, averaged together for the remaining 50 percent.

There are a few notable differences from last year’s list. The Kitchn jumped from #2 into the top spot, and Simply Recipes, which had held down #1 for the past four years, fell down to #4. Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef dropped 14 places while Elana’s Pantry jumped nine, and David Lebovitz fell six spots. Recipe Girl also jumped up 16 spots, while Serious Eats made the jump from #7 to #3.

There were also eight newcomers, while others fell off the list entirely. This year we welcome My New Roots, I am a food blog, Dinner: A Love Story, Love and Lemons, Dorie Greenspan, Local Milk, Nourished Kitchen, and The Amateur Gourmet to our list, while we say goodbye to Simple Bites, Joy the Baker, Bakers Royale, Southern Plate, Eater (which, due to its new, expanded format, can’t really be classified as a blog anymore), Chocolate and Zucchini, Rasa Malaysia, and Picky Palate. Falling off our list in no way indicates a drop in quality; reasons vary from blog to blog. Some have slowed down the rate of posting entries; others have simply been surpassed by other blogs in traffic.

The blogs on our list offer everything from recipes to reviews to simple musings about life and food, but they’re all worthy of your RSS feed if you love to cook and eat. Click here for our list of the 25 top food blogs, and if you think we missed any, let us know in the comments below!

#25 My New Roots
Since 2007, nutritionist Sarah Britton has been sharing her love for whole foods and holistic nutrition on this blog, which features vegetarian, raw, vegan, and macrobiotic recipes, as well as plenty of words of encouragement for those looking to live a healthy lifestyle. Be on the lookout for her first cookbook, coming out March 31, 2015.

#24 I am a food blog
“Celebrating the awesomeness of food,” this simple and fun blog recently won the 2014 Saveur Magazine editor’s choice for best cooking blog and blog of the year. It features recipes inspired by their favorite restaurants “or just whatever’s in the fridge,” but that doesn’t mean they’re uninspired: they range from Chinese sausage carbonara to California roll nachos, and are illustrated by gorgeous photos. Many of these fun and creative recipes made it into the blog’s cookbook, Easy Gourmet, which was released earlier this month.

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