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5 Best ice cream machines: prices and features

There is an incredible choice of ice cream makers available in the market, and you might spend weeks trying to choose the right one and trying to figure out, which features are important for you. These precious hours of summer, which is always not long enough, are always best spent eating the ice cream, instead of figuring out how to make it!

If you are considering to get an ice cream machine for yourself or as a gift, you came to the right place to learn all you want about best ice cream makers in a few minutes. We’d love to help you save your precious time, but still make the right choice for a type of a machine, that  fits your budget and your needs best.

First, we are sharing our general recommendations for the easier choice of the right equipment, but it you just want to see our list of the Top 5 ice cream makers, than simply scroll to the bottom of the article.

What to look for when choosing and Ice Cream Maker

Ice cream maker is an ice cream maker, it just should make the best ice cream possible, doesn’t it? Well, it’s just a tiny bit more complicated than that. There are a few features you should look at when choosing an ice cream machine, and I’m not talking just about its price and size. Here are the key points you should consider, before deciding which purchase is right for you.

Ice cream, gelato or sorbet?

All of these three options (ice cream, gelato and sorbet) have different consistency. Usually, cheaper ice cream machines have limited features and will allow you to create treats only with one consistency. Make sure that you are happy with what exactly they can make.

Can you clean it easily?

This could be an overlooked issue when it comes to the choice of ice cream makers. It can, however, be compared to juicers: one can get super excited about the result it creates, but cleaning it might become a real nightmare! Choose the machine that will not add you any extra household work.

How long does it take to make ice cream?

We won’t lie, you might need to wait a while until you can sample your final product. That said, some ice cream makers are faster than the others, with average time for churning around 30-60 minutes. It does not end there, however: many quick ice cream makers will produce a rather soft mixture at the end, that will need to spend several hous in the feezer until it starts resemble a store/bought ice crem. If you have a little more to give away, it is worth investing in a more expensive, but a faster machine.

How noisy is it?

As we know already, creating your frozen treat does take a while. So, for some households it might be really important, that thee is no continious noise for one hour straigh. Pay attention at the noise level that the ice cream maker produces, and if you can tolerate it.

How about the warranty?

If you are targeting more expensive ice cream makers, make sure that it has good technical support, or that it’s even available in your country (it might not always be the case!).

How much ice cream can it produce at a time?

Don’t rely on the pictures, but make sure that you check the exact quantity of ice cream the machine can produce at a time. If you have a big family, or hope to prepare treats for big celebrations, a possibility of creating large volume of ice cream at a time can be crucial. Remember, it can take 1 hour to make a batch, and there are only that many hours in a day.

Top 5 Ice Cream Makers

(we are partnering with Amazon, which means that if you make a purchase by clicking on one of the links, we will get a tiny percentage of the sale, it is crucial to keep this blog up and running. That said, our opinion here is neither influenced nor sponsored by any particular brands, and this overview is as objective as it can be)

  1. Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato Maker

    Price: $207.99 +

    Makes: 1.5 quart

What we love about it:

  • It can make gelato, ice cream and sorbet, which means it can achieve different consistencies
  • It’s fully automatic, with a timer
  • It will keep your ice cream cool for another hour after it’s ready, even if you forgot about it
  • It’s BPA free
  • It has commercial-style compressor (meaning it can keep making your ice cream non-stop)
  • You can add toppings and extra flavours during the freezing process, without interrupting it
  • Takes only about 45-50 minutes to make it to the right consistency
  • It’s not very noisy

What’s not so cool:

  • Removing ice cream from it might be a challenge
  • It’s quite heavy and bulky
  • Cleaning some parts of it is not easy

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2. Breville BCI600XL Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker
Price: $44.99 +
Makes: 1.5 quarts

What we love about it:

  • It can make all possible types of frozen treats, including ice cream, gelato, sorbet, frozen yoghurt etc.
  • Keeps ice cream cool for up to 3 hours after it’s ready
  • Has both automatic and manual regimes, thus offers flexibility for the desired final product
  • Extremely easy to use
  • BPA free and has a child lock
  • Very reliable brand

What’s not so cool:

  • It’s quite pricey
  • It’s bulky and heavy
  • The machine is rather noisy

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3. White Mountain Appalachian Series Wooden Bucket Electric Ice Cream Maker, 4-Quart (PBWMIME412-SHP)

Price: $174.80 +
Makes: 4 quarts

What we love about it:

  • Gorgeous and eco-friendly design, with a stainless-steel bowl inside and a wooden bucket outside
  • Makes a really big batch of ic cream at a time (4 quarts), thus it’s pefct for parties and big gatherings
  • Very easy to clean
  • It’s an established and famous brand of ice makers, has an excellent reputation of creating a perfect consistency ice cream

What’s not so cool:

  • Extremely noisy

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4. Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Price: $65.99 +
Makes: 2 quarts

What we love about it:

  • Great price
  • Made from stainless steel, BPA free
  • Very easy to use and to clean up
  • Very fast: takes only 25 minutes to make the ice cream

What’s not so cool:

  • At times ice cream comes out significantly softer than you’d like it to be for serving

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5. KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment
Price: $44.99 +
Makes: 2 quarts

What we love about it:

  • Price! If you have KitchenAid already, this is a great machine if you are looking for a budget option
  • It will not take much extra space in your kitchen (once again, given that you own a Kitchen Aid at this point already)
  • Takes just 20-30 minutes to make the ice cream
  • It’s really easy to clean

What’s not so cool:

  • To use it you’ll need to have Kitchen Aid already
  • Some people reported earlier that the blue gel leaks during the churning processMight need additional equipment to achieve the perfect result

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After seeing all the options you might feel that an ice cream maker is too much of an investment, or  may be that your kitchen is packed enough already to add one more gadget to it. In this case, take a look at our No Churn Vegan Ice Cream Masterclass, which gives you great techniques and recipes to make frozen treats without an ice cream maker. Everything we cover in the Masterclass is also dairy-free and refined sugar-free. Even though these are not your conventional ice creams, they are much healthier and easier to make, and they are packed with nutrition too!

Related Article: What Vegan Ice Cream  is Made of?




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Food Allergies and Prevention with Dr Carina Venter

In today’s episode we are talking with the top expert about food allergies and their prevention through nutrition.

We are honored to introduce you Dr. Carina Venter, Chair of the International Network of Dieticians and Nutritionists in Allergy. This episode can especially be interesting for parents and parents to be. 

Interview Highlights and Quick Links

03:18 What food allergy is, and what is the difference from food intolerance

07:02 Can food additives cause food allergies? 07:40 Eczema and food reactions

09:37 Main food allergens (in the US and Europe)

10:40 Why food allergens differ by country

14:30 Why early introduction of certain food allergens (peanuts) can help the allergy prevention

18:37 What exactly triggers allergic reaction

22:09 Why some people develop allergies, and some don’t (hint: it starts in the womb)

26:30 How you should eat to prevent food allergies

29:42 How to cook when somebody is diagnosed with a food allergy in your family

31:10 Development of allergies in adulthood

34:15 Can you outgrow a food allergy?

38:30 How to prevent food allergies, especially in kids (from the point of nutrition)

41:20 6 Foods Elimination Diet

45:00 What you need to know about dairy allergies

About Dr Carina Venter

Dr. Venter is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where she is conducting research and working with children and adults with a range of food allergies. Previously, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor/Dietitian at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is currently the chair of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy, and a member of the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ACAAI), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI). She is a registered dietician in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa. She has had numerous publications in international journals, and has authored book chapters and edited a book on Food Hypersensitivity. She moved from the UK in 2015 where she had been performing research into food allergies and allergy prevention as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and at the David Hide Centre on the Isle of Wight.

She was a member of the EAACI food allergy guidelines on Allergy Prevention, as well as Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy. She was also a member of the NICE (UK) food allergy guidelines. Since her arrival in the US, she was appointed to the expert panel of the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines.

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Hair Loss, Ageing and Chemical Imbalances with Dr Ray Nettles

The guest of our today’s episode, Dr. Ray Nettles, is the inventor of a unique hair loss treatment, and we talk about hair loss, ageing and chemical imbalances in general.  We talk about the role of nutrition, genetics and our lifestyle, not just for healthy hair growth, but for our well-being in general. Dr. Ray Nettles explains how our bodies work and shares tips concerning what everyone can do to improve their hair and general health right now.

Interview Highlights and Quick Links

03:00 What is chemical imbalance?

05:00 Why food is medicine

07:40 The role of genetics and lifestyle

08:00 How much protein you really need?

12:00 Why you need to eat healthy fats

13:00 Food and Aging (Aging and nutrient absorption)

16:35 Why you need to fix your macro nutrients first

18:00 What’s the problem with nutritional supplements

22:15 Why food is medicine

24:00 Hair loss reasons and treatment

29:00Three simple things you can do every day to improve your hair (and general health)

31:45 Why bad habits are so hard to break

About Dr Ray Nettles

Dr. Nettles is the inventor of the Biochemical Report Card that enables him to test all elements of our biochemistry, including our nutrition, to see how we are doing at providing the nutrients our body needs to thrive as we age. Dr Nettles also discovered that chemical imbalances within the body are responsible in many cases for: fatigue, lack of energy, trouble sleeping, lack of libido, low drive, difficulty building muscle, weight gain and age related diseases. Dr Nettles is a great advocate of the notion that food is medicine. Based on the results of each individual’s biochemical report card, he provides his patients with recommendations to improve their health, reduce risk of disease and improve their quality of life. Dr Nettles has degrees in medicine, hair loss surgery, genetics, biochemistry (AACS, A4M, ISHRS, MD) and a masters in human behavior.

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Intuitive Eating with Amanda Lambrechts

In this podcast episode we interview Amanda Lambrechts, an Intuitive Eating Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Nutritionist. The concept of intuitive eating is opposite to so-called diet mentality, and it  is totally new even for many professional nutritionists.

During the episode we talk about the concept of intuitive eating, its principles, possible challenges and how to overcome them. We also touch such topics like weight loss, positive body image, the link between our childhood and adult eating behavior, as well as the ability to understand what your own body needs. 

Interview Highlights and Quick Links

2:50 Why professional nutritionists take Intuitive Eating Approach

4:50 What is Intuitive Eating in a nutshell

6:58 What rejecting the Diet Mentality means and how to do it

7:30 The role if nutritionists and dieticians in transition to Intuitive Eating

10:20 The biggest challenges when adopting Intuitive Eating

11:20 Intuitive Eating and Weight Loss

13:00 Intuitive Eating and positive body image

14:30 Is Intuitive Eating for everyone?

17:20 How to recognise your hunger and not give into cravings

21:00 Childhood and our eating behaviour

24:20 How to listen to your body and understand what it really needs

36:40 How to manage unhealthy food cravings in the context of intuitive eating

38:20 What to eat when you follow Intuitive Eating

Resources from the Interview

Free Intuitive Eating Guide

Food Psych Podcast

About Amanda Lambrechts

Amanda Lambrechts (MS, RD, LN) is an Intuitive Eating Registered Dietitian, a Licensed Nutritionist and the owner of the online practice at Spilling the Beans Nutrition. Her practice focuses on helping people recover from disordered eating in addition to guiding individuals in breaking free from diet culture and moving towards intuitive eating. 

Website of Amanda: Spilling the Beans Nutrition

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Intermittent Fasting with Anastasis Tzanis

In this episode we interview Anastasis Tzanis, a nutritional therapist and a yoga teacher, talking about intermittent fasting. Anastasis has been practicing intermittent fasting himself and we will be covering such topics like benefits of intermittent fasting, weight loss, muscle gain, mental aspects of fasting and many more.

Interview Highlights and Quick Links

03:00 Scientifically proven benefits of intermittent fasting

03:38 Intermittent fasting and weight loss

05:40 Using fasting for medical purposes

07:25 Fasting during periods of high stress

08:38 Why one-time short fasts don’t work

11:15 Spiritual aspects of intermittent fasting

14:10 Why some people can’t stick to intermittent fasting and how to fix it

17:20 Fasting and our relationship with food

19:15 How to prepare yourself for intermittent fasting

22:29 Best foods to eat during intermittent fasting

25:10 Fasting, muscle loss and muscle gain

32:40 How to align intermittent fasting with your family life, even if nobody supports you

About Anastasis Tzanis

Anastasis is an experienced registered Nutritional Therapist & Yoga Teacher from Athens, based in London. He has a track record of working with individuals with a range of health conditions helping them improve their health, as well as yogis advancing their practice. He runs an online clinical practice and works as a consultant for companies using diet, breathing and yoga.

Anastasis holds a diploma from the Institute from Optimal Nutrition, the most prominent course of Nutritional Therapy in UK. He has developed the skills and has experience in strengthening the immune function, supporting patients undergoing cancer care and obesity. In practice he uses a 3 pillar model optimising the body’s energy metabolic function. The concept is simple: “When the body has enough energy, it will be able to battle disease and perform optimally.”

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Teff, a Gluten-Free Grain: Interview with Claire Smith, the Founder of Tenera Grains

What is teff, a gluten-free grain, and how to cook teff? In today’s episode we are talking with Claire Smith, a teff farmer and the founder of Tenera Grains.

In the interview Claire talks about the benefits of teff, her experience growing it and how to cook with it. She also shares her favourite breakfast recipe with teff – you can find it at the bottom of the page.

A short overview of what you can learn in the interview:

01:58 Why Claire started growing teff

03:20 Health benefits of teff and you should add teff to your diet

10:50 Tasting teff

11:55 How to cook with teff

16:52 Teff granola

21:10 For which diet is teff suitable (GF, vegan, Keto, Paleo etc. )

22:12 Claire’s favourite teff recipe for breakfast

Easy Breakfast Recipe with Teff

 – 1/2 cup of oatmeal,

 – 2 tbsp of buckwheat groats

 – 1 tbsp of teff grain

 – milk (any plant-based milk will also do)

Add all the ingredients to a mason jar and cover with milk (any plant-based milk will also work), add 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup. Mix it a night before to get an overnight breakfast. Teff and buckwheat start to sprout. Very healthy and fills you up. 

About Claire Smith

Claire Smith was raised on a farm in Michigan, USA. In 2015, her dad started growing teff on their farm and she worked with teff grain and teff flour in the kitchen. Two years later, Claire started making granola with teff  which became wildly popular with friends and family. Learn more about her story at

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8 Best Meal Planning Online Courses: Meal Prep Ideas and Beyond

Meal planning online courses can be a great help for those who want to embrace healthy eating, but have little time for daily cooking and shopping. Usually, they include meal planning templates, calendars and different tools to ease the process of meal preparation.

Online programmes from our top list offer different approaches to meal planning. Some of them focus on building your personal meal plan from scratch, giving special attention to its nutritional value. Some give you ready-made solutions for weight loss and muscle building, and some simply offer necessary cooking skills and hacks. Regardless of their focus, all these online courses offer great solution that will make your life in the kitchen easier and your diet healthier.

1. Nutrition Masterclass: Build Your Perfect Diet & Meal Plan

This best-selling course can be especially interesting for those who are interested in meal planning for weight loss and muscle building. The instructor Felix Harder, a Health and Fitness coach, teaches his students to create a meal plan of their own. He also introduces healthy dieting and explains common dieting trends.

2. Meal Planning and Food Prep for Real Life

This course is the best solution for those who want to introduce meal planning into their every day life. You will learn to plan, shop, portion and package food in a way that makes sense for you and your family. Instead of teaching what exactly you should eat, the instructor covers practical skills for meal planning and preparation.

3. Meal Planning Masterclass: Create Your Own Meal Plan

One more best-selling course for those who are into muscle building and weight loss, offered by a bodybuilder. It teaches to design a meal plan around your schedule and lifestyle, without excluding your favourite foods. As a special bonus, it even includes cheat meal tips and strategies.

4. Internationally Accredited Diploma in Diet Planning

If you are looking at meal plans from a professional point of view, this might be just the right program for you. Upon completion you can earn an Internationally Accredited Diploma Certificate in Diet Planning and Weight Management’ certified by CPD Certification Service. It offers 72 lectures and almost 4 hours of video materials that teach all you need to create perfect diet and nutrition plans.

5. Vegan Nutrition: Build Your Plant Based Diet & Meal Plan

If you are following a vegan diet, then this course might be just what you are looking for. It will help you understand the fundamentals of vegan dieting (calories, protein, carbs, fat, vitamins & minerals) and create a plant-based diet that is perfect for your needs and lifestyle. This course also focuses on fat loss and muscle building.

6. Paleo Dave Method: Techniques to Master Weekly Meal Prep!

This course is not taught from a perspective of a nutritionist or a health coach, it is taught from a perspective of a professional chef. The instructor will share with you real kitchen secrets to make your meal preparation easier and more efficient. This program focuses on Paleo Diet.

7. The Mediterranean Meal Plan – Never Say DIEt. LIVE it!

The mediterranean diet is believed to be one of the healthiest in the world and many centenarians (people who live over 100 years) are found in the Mediterranean region. This course explained the concept of the Mediterranean Diet and teaches ways to follow it in your every day life.

8. Quick and Healthy Make-Ahead Japanese Meals and Side Dishes

This course derives inspiration from the Japanese cuisine, which is known for its healthy dishes. It focuses on easy make-ahead meals and is full for wonderful ideas for any healthy kitchen.

Do you follow any particular meal plans? Share with us in the comments!


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Top 20 Gluten-Free Bloggers 2018 (Recipes, Travel & Lifestyle)

Gluten-free bloggers from our list opted for a gluten-free lifestyle for a good reason, and often it was not their own free choice. Most of them were either diagnosed with Celiac disease themselves or had to live with severe food allergies of their family members. All of them follow different diets: on this list you will find vegan bloggers, as well as those who follow keto or paleo diets, or just simply live without gluten and sugar, without giving it a special name.

Regardless, in each blog you will find plenty of delicious gluten-free recipes, motivation and resources for a healthy gluten-free lifestyle.

1.Gluten Free Follow Me

Gluten Free Follow Me, a creation by Jackie Aanonsen McEwan, is ore than just a blog – it’s a proper guide to gluten-free life. On her website you will find recipes, products and over 2000 gluten-free eateries.

2. No Gluten, No Problem

This blog is created by Pete and Kelli Bronski, a husband-and-wife team. No Gluten, No Problem received multiple awards as a top allergy and gluten-free blog, and for a good reason. Their website is full of delicious gluten-free recipes.

3. Gluten Free Easily

Shirley Braden leads a gluten intolerance / celiac support group, and she set up this blog to share the information with the group. She shares gluten-free recipes as well as tips on how to lead a gluten-free life.

4. The Spunky Coconut

By changing the nutrition Kelly V. Brozyna could dramatically improve the health condition of all members of her family. She creates gluten-free and Paleo dishes that are similar to conventional wheat/dairy/refined sugar recipes – you can find them on her website and in her cookbooks. 

5. This Mess is Ours

Meg van der Kruik, the creator of This Mess is Ours, has a true challenge: she cooks for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten and dairy sensitivities. She shares her recipes on the blog, which accompanied by absolutely amazing photography

6. Noshtastic

Sheena’s blog is unique because it features recipes for different types of diets, while staying gluten-free. Thus, you will find gluten-free food ideas for paleo diet, whole 30 recipes, keto diet and low carb recipes.

7. Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

Nicole Hunn, the author of 4 cookbooks, focuses on making a gluten-free diet affordable for everyone. If you consider gluten-free food to be too expensive then her cost-saving recipes will change it.

8. The Gluten Free Lifesaver

The Gluten Free Lifesaver is created and managed by Kristine Ofstad, a coeliac. She features easy and yummy recipes and product reviews. If you are into food blogging yourself, then Kristine can offer you professional help in this niche as well.

9. Spoonful of Health

Dawn Wicks Rofrano, the author of Spoonful of Health is a health coach in Natural Medicine Clinic, where she works along with her husband, a Chiropractic Physician. Her blog is not specifically dedicated to gluten-free lifestyle, but her recipes are free of gluten, grain, dairy and soy. She also shares general health and nutrition tips.

10. Strength and Sunshine

Rebecca, the author of Strength and Sunshine, is a Celiac advocate, healthy allergy-friendly food blogger and a yogi. She shares amazing gluten-free recipes, which include plenty of cookies, breads, cakes and even doughnuts. 

11. CAFE (Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurean)

Jackie Ourman, a trained chef, had to switch her diet completely when her children, her mother and herself were diagnosed with life-threatening allergies. She shares gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes and many useful resources.

12. Hold the Gluten

Maureen Stanley has been gluten-free since 2005. She is the creator of a famous podcast and on her website you will find loads of helpful gluten-free products recommendations, including cosmetics.

13. The Gluten Free Blogger

Sarah is a coeliac who makes gluten-free lifestyle fun! She loves food and calls herself a  “Professional Gluten Free Pizza Tester”. On her blog you will find products, recipes, eateries and even humour.

14. My Darling Lemon Thyme

Emma Galloway, the creator of My Darling Lemon Thyme, is a trained chef. When she took a break from work to take here of her newly born baby she discovered that her children, as well as her, suffer from gluten and lactose intolerance. Her blog is dedicated to “gluten-free vegetarian real food recipes, stories and tips on organic gardening”.

15. Goodie Goodie Gluten Free

Julie is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her website is devoted to “healthy original gluten-free & plant-based & free-from recipes, lifestyle articles, self-care tips, gluten-free reviews & spiritual growth.”

16. My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Michelle was diagnosed with a celiac disease in 2010. She loves baking and has a serious sweet tooth for cupcakes and cookies, so she had no choice, but to learn gluten-free baking.

17. Gluten-free Goddess

Karina, aka Gluten-Free Goddess, who discovered she was gluten-intolerant in 2001, shares an archive of 400 gluten-free recipes. We also love her FAQ session – it has a lot of useful tips for the basis of gluten-free lifestyle.

18. Gluten Free Sage

Jet, the creator of Gluten Free Sage, is sharing her 15 years of experience of living with Celiac disease. Her website is not just about recipes – it offers a real support for those who go through the same challenges and features tonnes of resources and motivation.

19. Eat Without Gluten

Sema is a college student who was diagnosed with Celiac and who makes a gluten-free lifestyle look really easy. Her blog provides “positive, practical, educational and insightful information on the gluten-free diet”.

20. BuenQamino

BuenQamino is a creation of Christina Kantzavelos, a world traveller who has been suffering from food allergies and an autoimmune disease since 2012. Her blog features Celiac, Gluten-Free, Allergen Friendly travel.   

And the best source for gluten-free travel available on internet is to be found on Legal Nomads, a blog, which we earlier featured in our Top 28 Food and Travel Bloggers.

Do you think we missed a great gluten-free blog? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to add it!


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Top 15 Weight Loss Online Programs (Nutrition, Diets and Foods)

Our list of online weight loss programs and courses focuses on specific diets, foods and nutrition in general. We did not prioritize any particular approach to weight loss, as we believe that all bodies are different, and what exactly will work for you will depend on many factors. All the courses in our list are built by professionals in their niches and offer comprehensive guided programs, meal plans, recipes of weight loss foods and lots of motivational material.

Here, at Happy Bellyfish, we believe that weight loss is just a positive side affect of an overall improved health, and it’s your own health but not the shape of your body that you should focus on. Healthy food is the first thing to start with. To learn more about healthy eating habits, check out our list of Healthy Online Cooking Classes or join our Free Sugar Detox Programme.

We wish you lots of success on your healthy eating and weight loss journey.

1. Weight Loss And Nutrition: Lose Fat & Get Your Dream Body

This course will help you understand the fundamentals of weight loss, from a nutritional point of view. You’l be able to create your own diet plan that will fir your personal lifestyle.

2. The 30 in 45 Weight Loss & Body Transformation Program

This program focuses on the right foods that promote and enable fat loss. It includes an easy to follow food guide and meal preparation strategies. The course also includes a Body Weight Workout Program.

3. Reset & Rebalance for Weight Loss

This weight loss course offers a very comprehensive 8-week program. It is developed by a Registered Dietitian and is largely based on the science of the glycemic index. The course includes a 77 page workbook that enables students to customize their meal plans.

4. Accelerated Weight Loss in Just 1 Week!

This short programme, designed by a kinesiologist and an acupressure expert, offers a simply meal plan that facilitates a rapid weight loss. The meal plan includes detailed recipes and a scheduled eating plan, that forces the body to use its stored fat.

5. Weight Loss: Nutrition, Lose Fat, Eat Healthy & Set Goals

This programme will help you identify healthy and unhealthy foods, understand nutritional food labels and learn how and when to use supplements. In a series of short lectures it presents nutrition tips and ways to set the right nutrition mindset.

6. Body 4 Believers Weight loss

The focus of this program is the knowledge about nutrition. It guides its students how to eat normal everyday foods in a way that removes fat from the body. You will learn how to achieve the right balance of the required macro-nutrients, improve metabolism and increase energy levels.

7. 6-Week Weight Loss Diet: Weight Loss Plan with 150+ Recipes.

It’s a very comprehensive 6-week weight loss program, that includes 40 videos of recipes and meal plans. It also introduces necessary lifestyle changes and covers such topics like raw foods and the ways to quit sugar and get rid of sugar addiction.

8. Weight Loss: Love Food and Lose Weight Without Dieting

One more six weeks weight loss programme, that doesn’t focus on any specific diet, but instead focuses on healthy nutritious food that helps you loose weight. You will learn what’s in your food besides calories and understand psychological and emotional side of our food choices.

9. Healthy Easy Desserts for Weight Loss (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

This is a healthy cooking online course that teaches how to create delicious sweets with natural sugars, focusing on nutrient-dense treats. It gives you ready solutions for homemade healthy snacks and healthy ways to satisfy your cravings.

10. Self-Control Psychology and Weight Loss

This course, unlike all the others on this list, focuses not just on the food itself but on the psychology of self-control for weight loss. It helps students stick to their goals and meal plans and teaches how to make high-calorie foods less alluring.

11. The Ultimate Intermittent Fasting & Fast Weight Loss Course!

Fasting is not the method suitable for everyone, but intermittent fasting is endorsed by many as an effective way to stay fit and energetic. This course explains the concepts of intermittent fasting in a series of very brief lectures and offers a meal plan at the end.

12. 5-Day Juice & Green Smoothie Detox For Weight Loss

A very brief course that gives an introduction into juicing and smoothies. It is created by a Certified Nutritionist and offers a full meal plan, a shopping list, juice & smoothie videos and a daily motivation video.

13. Xtreme Fat Loss Dieting Hacks For Faster Weight Loss

This weight loss course is based on a Keto diet. It offers mechanisms to control and stabilize blood sugar, introduces strategic cheat days and shares a workout plan as well. One small section is dedicated to intermittent fasting.

14. Nutrition for natural beauty from the inside out.

This course, offered by a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, doesn’t provide quick fixes for a fast result, but rather introduces a long-term transformative lifestyle solution. It covers such topics like food allergies, strengthening of immune system and proper absorption of nutrients.

15. 7 Day Sugar Detox (FREE)

A short free online programme from Happy Bellyfish that offers an actionable plan to quit refined sugar, manage sugar cravings and develop healthy eating habits.



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Top 45 Vegan and Plant-Based Blogs 2018

All vegan and plant-based bloggers from our top list are a great source of culinary inspiration. You will find here both big names from the food bloggers world as well as smaller, but equally delicious blogs. It doesn’t matter if you follow a plant based diet or a vegan lifestyle, or if you just want to incorporate more whole foods, fruits and veggies into your diet and eat healthier. These amazing bloggers share creative recipes, knowledge and their passion for clean eating.

1. Pick Up Limes

This blog and You Tube Channel is run by Sadia, a Dietetics graduate (an expert in human nutrition). Besides delicious recipes she also shares nutrition advice, food hacks and tips for minimalism living.

2. Deliciously Ella

Ella started her blog when she turned to plant based diet as a mean to cope with a chronic illness.  Since then she became a real sensation and inspired hundreds of thousands to improve their diets with her healthy wholesome recipes, which she shares on her blog and Instagram.

3. Avantgarde Vegan

Gaz is a professional chef who started his career at the age of 14. He hosts his own cooking show on You Tube, sharing his delicious vegan recipes, many of which are real masterpieces. Gaz knows how to cook in style, and his camera work and instructions are excellent.

4. My New Roots

Sarah is a Holistic Nutritionist and a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and she built her blog around her plant-based way of eating. 99% of her diet consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds – and you will find all these ingredients in her recipes!

5. The Full Helping

Gena has overcome anorexia in her teen years and eventually turned to a vegan lifestyle, learned to love cooking and managed to heal herself from an eating disorder. Her blog is the real help for those who are always looking for simple yet nourishing vegan meals recipes.

6. Vegan Miam

Rika and Doni are avid travellers, who share plant-based (mostly) Asian recipes on their blog. Their recipes are flavourful and unique, and their travel notes are utterly inspiring.

7. Isa Chandra

Isa has been creating delicious vegan recipes for over 20 years, and she managed to turn her passion for great food into a profession. Her blog offers exquisite vegan recipes along with gorgeous food photography.

8. Yum Universe

Heather Crosby, who calls her self a “veggie-lover”, shares her knowledge and resources for those, who want to lead a healthy yet delicious life. Her blog is a judgement free space with loads of recipes and meal plans, and it serves the goal to inspire more people to enjoy vegetables.



9. Blissful Basil

Ashley is a professional psychologist and a recipe creator who focuses on simple plant-based, vegan recipes. On her blog she offers a wonderful collection of both delicious and visually appealing recipes, including raw vegan meals, pastas, gluten-free dishes and healthy snacks.

10. Sweet Potato Soul

Since switching to a vegan diet Jenné has significantly improved her digestion, treated acne and freed herself from anti-depressant drugs. She shares easy-to-make vegan recipes and healthy eating tips on her blog and You Tube channel.

11. Plant Based Pixie

Pixie is a registered associate nutritionist, who describes her plant-based diet as  “‘a diet based on plants’, not necessarily a diet solely consisting of plants”. Besides sharing recipes, she also shares a lot of nutrition information, from a professional point of view, and occasional travel notes and fitness inspiration.

12. The Glowing Fridge

Shannon believes that plant based foods beautify from inside out – they make your gut healthy and your skin glowing. Her blog is not just about food, but also about beauty, wellness and general vegan lifestyle.

13. Vegan by Somi

Somi’s blog is a perfect place for those who are just starting out the transition to vegan or plant based lifestyle. She focuses on simple recipes, special tips and tricks and vegan nutrition as a whole.

14. Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen

Sarah is the creator of a popular You Tube Channel Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen, where you can find lots of daily vegan meals ideas. On her blog she shares written recipes, where one section is completely dedicated to “fake meat” recipes, if this is something you are into.

15. Rawmazing

Susan, who found her balance by eating raw and plant-based cooked foods, shares her knowledge and experience on her blog. Through her website you’ll find not just amazing recipes along with stellar food photography, but also a community of like-minded people.

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16. Plant Based Jane

Jane showcases on her blog how effortless can vegan cooking be, and how diverse a plant based diet is. Her recipes are easy to replicate and will suit for vegan foodies of any age.

17. Healthienut

Taavi shares a lot of recipes that resemble traditional treats – but don’t get confused, all of them are vegan. Her section on desserts has a big collection of healthy vegan baking recipes, which includes many cookies and cakes.

18. Fooduzzi

Alexa’s blog is full of ideas for hearty vegan meals, which you can easily prepare in your kitchen. She also shares gorgeous and innovative recipes, like color changing pasta or vegan parmesan (yes, such a thing exists!).

19. Sprouting Zen

Jen is a certified raw vegan chef who shares her recipes (not just raw) on her blog. Her diet once consisted of many unhealthy eating habits, including loads of fried foods and sugars. After she transitioned to a plant based lifestyle, coupled with the evolving yoga practice, she never looked back.

20. Mrs. Plant

Mrs. Plant has an inspiring story. Just 6 years ago she was a sedentary Type 2 diabetic, a fast-food junkie, taking oral medications 3 times a day. She switched to a plant-based diet cold turkey, went off medications in 3 month completely and managed a significant weight loss. On her blog she shares her recipes as well as specific information for people suffering from Type 2 diabetes.



21. Food by Maria

Maria, a certified Nutritional Consultant, calls herself a healthy Greek Canadian fitness and food enthusiast. She shares recipes of sugar-free desserts, colorful breakfasts, nutritious snacks and dinners, along with her excellent food photography.

22. Pass the Plants

Beth shares recipes and tutorials for a dairy-free, meat-free and egg-free diet, focusing on the meals that are both healthy and affordable. A special part of her recipes is dedicated to (vegan) re-inventions of traditional meaty dishes, like tacos or cheese sauce.

23. I Love Vegan

Brittany and William, a young married couple, features over 180 vegan recipes on their website. Their meals are especially suitable for beginner cooks and those who lead a busy life and are short on time. They show that a vegan diet doesn’t need to be restrictive at all.

24. Simple Vegan Blog

Iosune (a health coach and a recipe developer) and Alberto (a food photographer and stylist) share delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes, which are also simple to make and look gorgeous. They have a special section on their website dedicated to vegan Spanish recipes, which is unique!

25. Yup … It’s Vegan

Shannon’s blog is a great place to get inspiration for simple, budget-friendly vegan meals, without the use of refined sugars or refined oils. Focusing on regionally available foods, Shannon features the seasonal produce from the Mid-Atlantic United States.

26. The Simple Veganista

Through her recipes Julie showcases that vegan food doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.  She offers a vast collection of raw recipes, as well as adopted vegan versions of traditionally meaty and cheesy dishes like pizzas and burgers.

27. Connoisseurs Veg

Alissa, a recipe creator and an avid yogi, gets creative in her kitchen and loves to “veganize” traditional recipes. Her nacho sweet potato cheese and vegan mozzarella sticks are a great testament to that!

28. Vegan Richa

Richa Hingle, a person behind this blog, is an award winning recipe developer and an author of a best-selling cookbook. Her focus is vegan Indian cuisine – she lists over 1000 recipes, featuring different legumes, beans, lentils, pulses, veggies, whole grains, whole grain flatbreads, nuts, seeds and greens.

29. Crazy Vegan Kitchen

Amrita is a Melbourne-based, Singapore-native graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London and an animal rights activists. She shares  healthy, 100% plant based vegan recipes suitable for everyone, with a professional touch of a food stylist. Her colorful sushi and desserts will inspire everyone to get creative in the kitchen.

30. The Nut-Free Vegan

The vegan recipes of Steven, the creator of this blog, are unique, because they are completely free of tree nuts. His website is a treasure box for those who have nut allergies but still want to follow a plant-based or vegan lifestyle.

31. Vegan Heaven

Sina, who was once a real cheese-addict, shares her vegan recipes as well as tips for vegan travellers on her blog. You will find tonnes of plant-based and whole-food meals on her website, many of which take no more than 30 minutes to prepare.

32. From My Bowl

Caitlin is a vegan food and lifestyle blogger who shares her creations on her website and on her popular You Tube channel. All her recipes are oil-free, so it’s a perfect match for those who want to learn to cook wholesome meals without any use of oils whatsoever.

33. This Rawsome Vegan Life

Em, an award-winning food blogger and a best-selling cookbook author has been living vegan lifestyle since she was 16. She shares her recipes with a touch of a truly unique style, both in writing and photography. Her collection of raw vegan desserts is especially eye-catching.


34. Dora’s Table

If you are fond of Mexican food, Dora’s blog is just the right place for you. A graduate of Culinary Institute of America, Dora adopted plant-based diet to improve her health and since then she has re-created numerous famous Mexican dishes (yes to tacos and tamales!) to suit vegan dietary requirements.

35. It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Sam, coming from a family of butchers and hunters, went vegan overnight and she shares her easy vegan recipes with step-by-step tutorials on her blog. Her videos are full of optimism and humour, and her recipes are as creative as they can be – for example, a vegan egg, which looks exactly like a chicken egg cooked sunny side up!

36. Mississippi Vegan

Timothy’s menus are truly original. He tries to incorporate cajun, creole, and southern inspired ideas into his recipes, along with local, seasonal, and often wild produce and mushrooms. He is also a professional artist who compliments his cookery with top-notch photography and teaches food styling.

37. Veggie Inspired

Jenn’s blog began as a way to document her journey on a 30 day whole foods plant based challenge and she hasn’t stopped writing ever since. She has a wonderful collection of recipes that take 15 to 30 minutes to prepare, just perfect for the busy vegan foodies out there.

38. Naturally Nina

Nina is a student of Nutritional Medicine and Dietetics and she shares her passion for healthy lifestyle and nutrition through her blog and instagram. Her recipes are simple, beautiful and diverse, and will inspire anyone to make their kitchen healthy.

39. The Plant Philosophy

Veganism has completely changed Margaret’s life, and she eagerly shares her success to inspire others who already follow a vegan lifestyle or just find themselves in transition. Her recipes are simple and beautiful, and you will even find some ideas for vegan dog treats.

40. Elephantastic Vegan

Initially, Bianca started her blog to keep a better track of what she was eating and what she was able to cook. Today, besides delicious recipes (where an entire section is dedicated to homemade breads!) her blog also offers a lot of information for those who are just starting our with a vegan diet.

41. The Colorful Kitchen

Ilene is a certified health coach, who combines her love of color and texture with plant-based cooking on her blog. Her healthy recipes are mostly gluten-free, and through their colorful presentation they are the real pleasure for the eyes!

42. Healthy Happy Life

Kathy Patalsky is the author of two cookbooks and the founder of  blogger-fueled recipe website Finding Vegan, who strives to inspire everyone to enjoy more veggies and fruits in their diet. Her blog is not just about delicious vegan recipes, it is a lifestyle blog, full of beautiful photography and inspiring travel notes.

43. The First Mess

Laura is a Culinary School graduate, who grew up with agriculture and spent years working in restaurants. Her blog is about  “living simply, cooking, and staying connected to the earth”. Her marvellous plant-based recipe collection includes everything from easy dips to wellness smoothies and hearty stews. 

44. Pickles And Honey

This blog is run by Amanda, a Culinary Nutritionist, and Aaron, an award-winning Creative Director. Most of their vegan recipes feature not more than 10 ingredients and require minimal kitchen equipment, as well as just a few minutes for preparation.

45. My Whole Food Life

Melissa and Marcus created their blog with the mission to give inspiration to those seeking a healthier lifestyle. With their passion to create homemade healthy versions of unhealthy foods, they turned their blog into a “one-stop shop for great healthy recipes”.

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