Do you have a celebrity crush? You know, someone famous you think, “I could totally be friends with them? Or I would love to go get a drink with them one day?” Come on… I know some of you do! Is it Jennifer Lawrence perhaps? Or maybe Leonardo DiCaprio? What about Emma Stone? George Clooney? Most of us have our little celebrity crushes 🙂 For me, one of my celebrity crushes involves a foodie (of course 🙂 ). She is none other than the Nashville foodie and nutritionist Mckel Hill. She is not as famous as some of the people I mentioned previously but she is gaining fast popularity. She has even contributed to Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book discussing health, food and nutrition.
Her website is called Nutritionstripped.com and it focuses on mind-body-soul wellness with a plant-centric approach. I do not recall what led me to her website, but once I found it I was in love. Like myself, she is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (brownie points for me 🙂 ), who enjoys a whole-food approach to living. She created Nutrition Stripped (NS) just three years ago and in that time she has developed hundreds, if not thousands of recipes to share with her 235k followers on Instagram and her blog. One of her most famous recipes includes Turmeric Milk, a delicious, soothing, anti-inflammatory beverage that has powerful nutritional qualities. Her plant-centric approach to nutrition, combined with beautiful and inspiring photos has likely contributed to her rapid growth.
Why do I love McKel Hill?
Let me count the ways…..
- She followed her passion! Although she understands the importance of dietitians in the healthcare field, she knew working in a hospital was not her thing. She went out on a limb and created a business from scratch to pursue her true love of sharing her knowledge of food, nutrition and recipes with the world around her. She even incorporated her artistic side and painted her own logos and sells them as T-shirts and totes. It is inspiring to see someone go after their dream and capture it.
- She is balanced. Although her main focus is on nutrition and recipes, she also focuses on other areas of health such as meditation, exercise, and mindfulness. She understands that good nutrition is just one part of wellness and that it is important to look at the whole picture.
- She likes to travel to exotic places. For those of you who know me, know I love to travel. I prefer to travel to places off the beaten path and learn about different cultures through their food. McKel seems to share this passion as well. I enjoy reading her stories about places she travels and how she incorporates their spices and flavors into the dishes she creates.
- She has a beautiful website. There is no denying the fact that her website is beautiful and inviting. The pictures of food are mesmerizing and I want to make everything I see. I also enjoy her inspirational blogs as well the flow of her website.
- Her recipes are delicious and good for you! I almost forgot to mention this important piece! Every recipe I have tried from NS has not let me down. They incorporate a variety of flavors and pack a nutrient punch. Some recipes are faster and easier to prepare than others, so if you are new to cooking experiment with the easier ones first such as:
Mckel has a knack for creating simple and healthful recipes. You won’t be disappointed with the flavor!
As you might expect, when I heard she was coming out with a cookbook I was very excited to add it to my collection. The internet is great for recipes, but I love being able to hold a cookbook in my hand and flip through the pages without advertisements or waiting for a page to load. I pre-ordered my cookbook from Amazon for $13.47 (what a steal!) and received my personal copy the day it was released. Yay!! You may have even saw my Facebook and Instagram post celebrating its arrival.
This cookbook did not disappoint. True to McKel’s balanced approach, she not only includes 100 whole-food recipes she also includes helpful kitchen tips such as:
- Kitchen Essentials
- Batch Cooking
- Meal Planning
- A Basic: How to section
Eating whole-foods and preparing meals from scratch can be intimidating, but McKel does a great job of breaking it down for you. She adds notes to the recipes to help you prepare meals for your specific health concerns, whether that be gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian. And did I mention the pictures are beautiful?
I have already started to make different recipes within the last week such as Chia Seed Jam, Sweet Potato Julius, Hummus, and Energy Seed Truffles. All have turned out yummy and easy too! I have been traveling lately and busy with work so I have been focusing on easy meal prep this week. Once I have a little more time I can’t wait to try her:
- Salted Caramel Brownies
- Carrot Gnocchi w/ Carrot Greens Pesto
- Garden Beetroot Pizza w/ Sunflower Seed Pate
- Elderberry Lime Infusion (when the cold season starts to hit)
Hopefully I have inspired you to check out her page (or buy her book) to get some great ideas and recipes in your household. And no, I am not receiving any kickback for this endorsement. Just wanted to send out some love ❤️ Remember, the best solution to poor cooking is cooking more often! Practice. Practice. Practice. No one becomes a good cook overnight.
Till next time,