Champions of Wellness: Healthy Cooking

Meet 10 foodies who stress nutrition and easy prep just as much as taste

Champions of Wellness: Healthy Cooking

Dana Schultz

Dana Schultz
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Dana Schultz is a food blogger, photographer, recipe developer, and founder of the Minimalist Baker, an online resource that shares deliciously simple (mostly) plant-based recipes. Every recipe on the site can be prepared in 30 minutes or less with one bowl and 10 or fewer ingredients. Dana’s extensive background with food has lead her to enjoy a diverse diet free from labels. She encourages fuss-free cooking and kind, respectful sharing in her community of followers. Follow Dana on Instagram @minimalistbaker.

Dean Sheremet

Dean Sheremet
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Dean Sheremet is a former professional dancer, fitness trainer, and classically trained chef. The self-described renaissance dad is trying to demystify the world of food and fitness by sharing easy-to-follow tips, techniques, and inspiring photos on his Instagram feed @deansheremet. His versatility and relatable approach to wellness also make Sheremet’s fitness classes popular both online and in New York City where he teaches. 

"Dean creates inviting spaces for fitness and food that are thoughtful and fun." - Willow Jarosh, MS, RD, Verywell Expert Reviewer

Amy Chaplin

Amy Chaplin
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Amy Chaplin is a vegetarian chef, food blogger, and recipe developer whose beautiful cuisine has been featured in prestigious publications around the world. Once dubbed the “Goddess of Healthy Delights,” her cookbooks and website inspire people to enjoy nutrient-rich meals prepared at home with local, organic, whole food ingredients. Follow Amy on Instagram @amychaplin.

Julia Sherman

Julia Sherman
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Julia Sherman’s imaginative publishing project Salad for President is a visual playground where her followers enjoy unlikely but meaningful connections between food, art, and everyday obsessions. Each of her blog posts explore the work of a creative professional and includes a salad recipe that results from their collaboration. Sherman also develops food-related events in art spaces around the country. She is the creative director at Chopt Creative Salad Company and a celebrated cookbook author. Follow Julia on Instagram @saladforpresident.

Miranda Hammer, MS, RD

Miranda Hammer
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As a registered dietitian and self-proclaimed veghead, Miranda Hammer spends her days promoting the benefits of clean, healthful dishes that are cooked at home and enjoyed with loved ones. Her passion for wholesome foods has led her to create an online presence where she shares fitness hacks, lifestyle tips, wholesome recipes, and personal stories that encourage her readers to explore plant-forward eating for themselves. Follow Miranda on Instagram @thecrunchyradish.

Matt Holloway & Michelle Davis

Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis
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Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis don’t mince words. The founders of Thug Kitchen unabashedly verbally abuse you into a healthier diet. If you have a sense of humor, enjoy good food, and don’t mind a bit of politically incorrect sass, you’ll love their FORKED UP podcast and their best-selling cookbooks. They encourage their readers to eat clean and party hard with delicious vegan recipes and nutritional insights. Follow them on Instagram @thugkitchen.

Julie Smolyansky

Julie Smolyansky
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As the president and CEO of Lifeway, Julie Smolyansky continues a long-standing Eastern European tradition introduced to her by her parents. They began making kefir, a cultured dairy drink, in the basement of their home in the mid-1980s. Now Lifeway’s kefir products are found in grocery stores around the country. In addition to her role at the helm of the company, Julie is a mom, film producer, philanthropist, and the author of The Kefir Cookbook which helps readers understand how to use the probiotic-rich beverage in a wide range of nutritious recipes. Follow Julie on Instagram @juliesmolyansky.

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen
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Mary Ellen is a registered dietitian and the founder of Milk and Honey, a light-hearted but smart online resource for those with type 1 diabetes and others who want to eat low-sugar foods for wellness. Her site offers recipes, cooking tips, grocery store tours, and wellness advice to help anyone—with or without a diagnosis— enjoy delicious yet healthy indulgent foods. Follow Mary on Instagram @milknhoneynutrition.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver
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By the time he reached his mid-20s, Jamie Oliver was already an acclaimed restauranteur and celebrity chef. At that young age, he decided to use his fame and fortune for the greater good. With projects like Feed Me Better and Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, he uses a rebellious spirit and light-hearted humor to inspire his immense following to eat nutritious, delicious, primarily plant-based meals. Follow Jamie on Instagram @jamieoliver.

Heidi Swanson

Heidi Swanson
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When Heidi Swanson’s cookbook collection topped 100, she decided it was time to stop reading and start cooking. Her online project, 101 Cookbooks, is a recipe journal where she features healthy, vegetarian recipes—and an occasional sweet treat. Heidi is a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and a two-time James Beard Award winner. She focuses on whole food, plant-based meals and encourages her readers to enjoy home-cooked meals with family and friends. Follow Heidi on Instagram @heidijswanson.

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