It’s important to remember that you should never stop learning, observing and acquiring new ideas. Coming up with ideas for a blog can be difficult and I believe that finding new inspiration is key to staying on top of your content. This passed week I have focused on looking for inspiration in new places. I came to the conclusion that I don’t read enough outside of the readings required for my classes. Whether it’s food related or not, books are a way to experience something new while making me a better writer at the same time. I’m also excited to visit the San Marcos farmer’s market soon (look out for a blog post) to see what the local market has to offer. Lastly, I want to review experienced blog sites with similar content. What better way to get inspired than by seeing content done by professionals with recognized blogs? This way, I can acquire some inspo and write an honest review for any of you health nuts looking for another blog to follow.
While scrolling online, I came across an article about Andie Mitchell: a writer, blogger, bestselling author and healthy recipe creator. After clicking the link to her blog, I quickly decided that her blog would be the first website I review. Mitchell lost a remarkable 135 pounds in one year after she discovered healthy eating and regular exercising. Talk about inspiring! Mitchell discusses how she began updating the recipes she’d always loved by using lighter, better-for-you ingredients to achieve her incredible weight-loss in her New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along.
At first glance, Andie’s blog is graced with bright colors and beautiful photos of food while being clean-cut and well organized. Her blog is also user-friendly, with a easily navigable “recipe” tab. Within each recipe blog, she also provides stunning, step by step photos of her recipes, accompanied by honest reviews, insight and ideas. At the end of each post she also presents an ingredient list and simplified instructions on how to recreate the meal. Another component to her blog that I enjoy is that Mitchell encourages customizing her recipes and even gives alternative ingredient options to try.
By welcoming people to put fourth their health journey in the comments, Mitchell has created a community with her followers that acts as a safe-haven for those looking for knowledge without the judgement. Both well-written and creative, Andie Mitchell’s blog is a very real and down-to-Earth place that offers culinary ideas too beautiful not to try. Mitchell has done more than just create a recipe blog; she has helped offer inspiration to health seekers, cooks and bloggers alike by proving that you don’t have to compromise on taste when it comes to eating healthy.