When someone says “eating healthy”, what do you usually think of?
It’s no surprise if salads and soups come to mind, as they’re often associated with clean eating. But there’s so much more to healthy eating than just those meals. You can still whip up scrumptious dishes that are not the quintessential sandwich, salad or soup. What if we told you that you could treat yourself to pizzas, pastas and chocolate pancakes – and still be super healthy?
We’ve compiled some of Instagram’s favorite culinary chefs who have inspired millions of people to emulate their homemade recipes and promote clean eating among their communities. Here are some creatively healthy recipes you can enjoy, without sacrificing your love for carbs and sweets.
Savory Oven Pancake with Greens & Feta
Tuulia Talvo is a blogger who lives in Helsinki. Her Instagram is peppered with tasty homemade goodies that look like they belong in a restaurant. She baked this pancake with buckwheat and flours, cherry tomatoes and broccoli, and a generous sprinkling of feta cheese!
Lemongrass Coconut Noodle Soup
Lauren Caris started her blog in 2015 to share her passion for cooking. She became a vegan due to health reasons, and her cooking promotes a clean, healthy and wholesome lifestyle through good food. This meal was inspired by her love for lemongrass noodle soup. The broth is infused with garlic, ginger, lemongrass, lime juice, chilis and toasted spices, and packs a flavorful citrus punch!
Fruity Dessert Pizza
Who ever knew that gluten-free dessert pizzas could look and taste so good! Kay Carrera definitely has a good eye for colors and textures. Topped with pineapples, kiwis, blueberries, blackberries, dragonfruit and raspberries spread out across banana cream, this pizza features a crust made entirely out of crispy rice cereal. It’s best served chilled!
Blueberry Quinoa Yogurt
Vanelja by Virpi Mikkonen is a blog that promotes natural ingredients and fresh bursts of flavors. This breakfast swirl is just one of Virpi’s bedazzling creations that exudes elegance. Fresh blueberries, banana slices and yogurt are accented with subtle hints of vanilla and crunchy quinoa. It’s safe for those with allergies too.
Oat, Buckwheat & Banana Waffles
These fluffy waffles are ideal for celebrating the sweet and savory culmination of coconut milk, bananas, blueberries, and passion fruit. Be sure to smooth some coconut oil over the waffle iron before adding the batter.
Sunshine Mulberry Caramel White Chocolate
This is certainly one of the dreamiest and prettiest smoothie bowls we’ve ever seen! Crunchy cashews, mulberries, lemon zest, vanilla and oat milk are blended with melted cocoa butter until the mixture smoothens and thickens into a creamy concoction. Place this smoothie bowl in the fridge or freezer to preserve the flavors and enjoy it when it’s chilled!
Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta with Peas & Mushrooms
When in doubt, always add mushrooms. Malin, an Instagrammer who endorses vegan food, prepared this delicious dish of cauliflower spiral pasta with peas and mushrooms tossed in creamy alfredo sauce. Garnish this with fresh chives and you’re good to go!
Chocolate Chai Pancakes
Who would’ve thought that chocolate and chai would result in something so heavenly? Kudos to food blogger Shabnam of The Hungry Warrior for this brilliant recipe. This stack of fluffy pancakes is prepped with a zesty berry salad and a nice drizzle of vegan chocolate ganache for that explosive taste! We can’t get enough of this!
Turmeric Chickpea Curry
Nisha’s Instagram feed is enough to get you salivating over the colorful dishes that she made herself. This lawyer-turned-chef channels her passion for cooking into healthy, fancy meals that aren’t too complicated to prepare. Don’t underestimate this dish. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help your body to fight illnesses. Furthermore, it can also reduce the risk of heart disease and might even be able to prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease!
Kale Pesto Pizza
You’re looking at one of the healthiest pizzas on the planet. Chia seeds, cashews, shredded cauliflower and several other ingredients are spread over creamy kale pesto and a crispy cauliflower pizza crust.
Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy shouldn’t limit you to salads and soups all week. Feel free to get creative in the kitchen with recipes such as the ones featured in this article.
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written by Carissa Gan