Food Blogger Cliche: My Top 5 Healthy Foods

Food blogging has changed my life in so many ways and one of the most beneficial things I’ve learned through the years it that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring and bland. In fact, it can be really delicious. (See previous post!)

I’ve been introduced to superfoods, the heroes of the food world, the foods that deliver a strong punch (kapow!) of antioxidants and benefits for mind and body.  No matter how crunchy-granola they may sound at first (“it’s pronounced as keen-wah“), I have learned to embrace these as part of my diet.

Sure, I’ll always have Nutella in my cupboard. But I stock up on these healthy staples, too. I attribute my devotion to these to the food blog world, particularly to the healthy eating bloggers who have influenced my way of eating.

However, it would be remiss to not acknowledge the fact that these healthy foods have become sort of like a cliche among some food bloggers, including myself. We sometimes tend to forget that the rest of the world does not share our obsessions. (What? You don’t know what kale chips are?? You don’t eat your smoothies in a bowl?!? You’ve never had avocado toast?!?!)

So I thought it would be fun do a quick round-up of my favorite healthy foods that make me a proud card-carrying blogger cliche. Let’s all eat these together after yoga class wearing Lululemon :)

Top 5 Healthy Foods (That Are Well Loved By Food Bloggers):

1. Quinoa

Mini Quinoa Patties

Not content eating quinoa for lunch or dinner? How about quinoa for breakfast?

Quinoa as an Oatmeal Replacement

2. Chia Seeds

No, chia is not Ryan Lochte’s catchphrase. That’s actually “jeah” as in yeah but with a j.

I’m not very creative with chia seeds, usually just including it with oatmeal. So I was very proud of my latest dessert featuring chia:

Chia Coconut Pudding

3. Sweet Potato

Crustless Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Quiche

Also related: Sweet Potato Fries

4. Green Smoothies

These are also called Green Monsters – basically just smoothies with some greens like spinach or kale blended in.

5. Nut Butters

I admit that while  love the healthy fats from nut butters (peanut, almond, hazelnut, coconut), I also use them mainly for rich desserts, somehow negating their health benefits. For instance:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Rice Crispy Cookies

Salted Peanut Butter Fudge

I can’t help myself – peanut butter goes so well with chocolate!

And here’s a bonus recipe that involves quinoa, peanut butter, and two runner-ups to this healthy food blogger cliche category: Greek Yogurt and Pumpkin.

Pumpkin Quinoa Yogurt Parfait

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Next time I’ll post about another set of food blogger cliches: eating things that could make other people either say “eww” or “oohh!” In other words: offal.

Have a great weekend, everyone!



24 Responses to “Food Blogger Cliche: My Top 5 Healthy Foods”

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    dan posted August 2, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I love using pistachio or hazelnut butter to make ice cream! I’m guilty of many of these blogger cliches, but I think we are helping the rest of the world find out about these awesome things!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 2, 2013 at 8:32 am

      I remember your pistachio gelato!

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    Samantha Angela posted August 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I LOL’d

    It’s so true that these are typical healthy food blogger foods. I’d argue oats could go up there as well. Especially oatmeal with pumpkin, nut butter, and chia seeds.

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Haha one of my favorite fall breakfasts! ;)

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    christina posted August 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    love this list!! my favorite healthy food is avocado. LOVE!

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    Rayna posted August 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    This is such a good list! I love switching up my breakfasts. Thanks for sharing!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted August 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

    This is a funny (and true) post. I’ve tried the chia seed pudding — I was not a fan, but my husband liked it. I would add kale to this list! It’s in everything these days! :-)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Yes, kale should also be on the list!

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    Sues posted August 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I love all these things, too! Especially quinoa and sweet potatoes… But like Amy, I’d definitely add kale, too :)

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    Rhonda posted August 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I love a few of these but nut butters are my favorite. I love the little single serving packs made by Justins. So tasty and a great snack.

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Those little packs are perfect for traveling!

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    Patty posted August 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Wow-eating healthy has never looked so good!

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    yummychunklet posted August 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Such a huge fan of green smoothies!

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    Natalie posted August 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Great picks! I love quinoa and chia seeds.

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted August 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I feel the same way about my favorite healthy foods! They’ve become so cliche…but oh well. I’ve totally gotten sucked into the chia seed craze, too. I’ll have to try that chia pudding.

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    Rosa posted August 5, 2013 at 6:13 am

    A wonderful collection of recipes! I particularly like fudge, cookies, patties and crustless quiche.



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    Jenny @ BAKE posted August 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    This is such a great list! I’m going to have to go out and get some chai seeds as it’s the only thing I don’t have in my cupboard right now!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted August 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Lately I love quinoa! I also love avocado :)

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    grace posted August 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    good list! i don’t eat any of those! well, that’s not true, i do eat sweet potatoes from time to time. i would like to be a more adventurous healthful eater though, so this list is a good place to start. :)

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    Joanne posted August 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

    It really is crazy how much of a cult following some of these have…but I have to admit, I enjoy them all!

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    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes posted August 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I’m a big fan of overnight oats, which has become a BIG cult thing lately!! I usually mix in some nut butter too ;)

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    Parita @ myinnershakti posted August 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Making those quinoa cakes STAT! Love this list and also love how you make healthy food look so delicious!

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    The Squishy Monster posted August 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I’ve never had quinoa as oatmeal…brilliant!!! love this line up, I agree with it times 10! =)

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    CCU posted August 14, 2013 at 5:17 am

    GREEN SMOOTHIES for the win :D

    Glad to be back!
    Choc Chip Uru

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