Better With Veggies is the food and fitness blog, where Heather Blackmon shares her approach to living an active life. She strives for balance wherever possible, enjoying foods with a heavy dose of veggies and workouts that make her smile! She want to inspire her you, her readers, to live a healthy life that you love and challenge yourself to be the best version of you.
What was your inspiration to start a food and fitness blog?
I started reading food blogs while trying to add more veggies into my diet. I discovered this whole world of health & fitness online that I never knew existed, but that inspired me in so many ways. I started my own blog as a way to join the conversation and share my own cooking adventures. Along the way, I learned to develop my own recipes and get even more creative in the kitchen!
What was the turning point for your blog? When did you realize it was successful?
When I started developing recipes on my own, I decided I wanted to make them look a little better. No one wants to eat food that doesn’t look appetizing! 🙂 I started reading more about food photography and trying new things, slowly getting a little better and amazed at what a difference it made! When my photos improved, I noticed that more people found my little blog and started trying my recipes too. When I heard from someone I didn’t know, who had tried and loved one of my recipes, I knew this was successful!
What’s your personal advice about food blogging to new bloggers?
Play with your camera and learn how to take better pictures of your food. When food looks good – you want to try it for yourself – so people will keep coming back to see what you’ve created!
What was your readers’ most favorite blog post? What do you think is the reason why the post got people’s attention?
My recipe for Pumpking Pudding. This recipe is quick and easy, but so full of nutrition and flavor! It’s also a recipe that is easy to adapt and create your own flavor combinations no matter what time of year it is.
Where do you see food blogging in five years?
I think you’ll see even more food blogs, as more home chefs share their own creations. That inspires everyone to get more creative and for more people to try cooking at their own home. Hopefully that leads to even more people moving toward a healthy lifestyle, as it’s so much easier to eat nutritious foods when you cook them yourself!
What’s the craziest recipe you cooked or baked? Why?
My Bloody Mary Muffins were a little strange – a brunch drink in muffin form!! They turned out so moist and with a nice kick of spice at the end, just like the drink that inspired them.
What’s your favorite Restaurant? Why do you love it?
Sushi Den in Denver. Although we live in the center of the country, they get some of the freshest fish I’ve had. Their sushi is always delicious, the service is great, and you never have to order from the menu! We always just give our server a budget and have the best meals created for us.
What’s their best dish you could recommend? Why?
Black Cod – it’s so soft, it literally melts in your mouth as you eat it and the flavor is incredible!
If you do not like a particular dish at your favorite restaurant, what do you do?
I will let the server know that I was disappointed, but if I ordered it I’ll take responsibility and finish it!
Name your favorite food blog and tell us why.
Spabettie – she does the most creative gluten free, vegan recipes and her photography is beautiful!
If you could banish any food from the earth, what would it be? Why?
Any foods that require animals to be mistreated in the process – like foie gras. Food should be sustainable, natural, and respectful of where it comes from.
Your favorite photo on the blog that you shot yourself. Why do you like it?
This is one of my more recent recipes (Healthier Winter Banana Pudding) and I’m working on the lighting and color in my photos. I love the way the colors turned out, staying true to this delicious creamy pudding, with the contrast of the red on the napkin
What’s your food guilty pleasure? (Something you love to eat, but feel guilty right after)
Cheese! I don’t eat dairy often, as it doesn’t agree with me, but when I do I get something amazing (like a strong roquefort) and know I’ll pay for it later.
What’s the most exotic meal you’ve had?
In Japan, I ate a whole, dried fish at one of the piers (so small it still included the bones!). That’s probably the strangest food experience and it wasn’t too bad!
Another favorite photo on the blog that you shot yourself. Why do you like it?
This is one of the first photos I took that incorporated more of the “cooking process” in the photo. I used the spatula for spreading the frosting as one of the props & was really happy with the feeling it gives – I want to lick that spatula!
What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with?
Tofu is the best, most versatile ingredient to me! It goes from breakfast, to snack, to dinner, and dessert with little effort and just soaks up whatever flavor you want to highlight!
Who is your favorite celebrity chef? Why?
Alton Brown is one of my favorites – I love the way he breaks down food and explains everything about it (and how to prepare it).