by Dalila Thomas
When it comes to health, black women can often put their bodies on the back burner. From neglecting the gym and physical activity, to loading our bodies with sub-par nutrition. It’s time for that to change. Before you say “I just don’t know where to start” or “I don’t know any healthy dishes to prepare,” listen up! In this day and age, there are too many ways for us to better ourselves, especially when it comes to what we eat. One solution is called YouTube. These 5 Black Women-Produced YouTube channels make having a healthy diet, less daunting.
1. Food Heaven Show
If you’re looking to make a healthy transition, Food Heaven Show might be the first page you’ll want to go to. Why? Because the ladies behind the page, Nutritionista Wendy Lopez and Registered Dietitian Jessica Jones, both have a Masters in Nutrition Science; so they know their ish! Their web series not only shells out delicious and healthy recipes, like zucchini lasagna, but gives suggestions on how to make your lifestyle change easier, like tips for healthy diet swaps and meal prep made easy. And as we all know, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health.
2. Ayesha Curry’s Little Lights of Mine
By now you’re probably obsessed with her daughter Riley, but Ayesha Curry – wife of NBA champ Steph Curry – is more than just a beautiful mom, she gets down in the kitchen. Her YouTube Channel “Little Lights of Mine” features an array of no-fuss recipes. From basil pesto, and ham and cheese waffles to mango lemonade and homemade almond milk – there’s a little something for everyone. One thing’s for sure, in this family, there’s no doubt who’s the true Chef Curry with the pot, boi! *Cues Drake Song*
3. Tasha Edwards: The Sweetest Vegan
These tutorials are perfect for fast food lovers who are looking to transition to a Vegan/Vegetarian diet. Tasha Edwards, or The Sweetest Vegan, creates take-out alternatives that are not only easy to make, but easy to eat. Some of her best alternatives include a Vegan/Vegetarian McDonalds style sausage biscuit, to vegan IN-and-OUT animal style fries. Yum!
4. Nikisha of Urban Bush Babes and Pineapple.Life
If you’re looking for a tutorial for all things natural, Urban Bush Babes is definitely the channel for you. Besides offering DIY tutorials on vegan deodorant and all natural body butter, these ladies make it clear that they’re serious about their health in the kitchen too. From Jamaican jerk chicken to coconut rice and beans, Urban Bush Babes show that beauty is more than skin deep, it’s stomach deep.
Now these are a few ways to jumpstart healthier eating habits whether you are transitioning to vegetarian, vegan, or just want to add more nutrients to have a complete diet. Remember, as your quest for a healthier lifestyle begins, it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
Dalila Thomas is writer who resides in Dallas, TX.