Featured Food Blog: Cravings Gone Clean

Name: Lauren
Name of blog: Cravings Gone Clean
Twitter: @CravingsGoClean
Location: Toronto

Describe your culinary style.
My style is pretty improvisational, writing a blog has been great because it forces me to keep track of what I do. I try to be inventive, whether it’s using an unconventional combination of ingredients or making something more traditional using unexpected ingredients.  I think this all stems from my desire to health-ify everything–you’ve gotta get creative!

What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
Amazing taste is the priority, but it’s also very important for my food to be functional, whether it’s a nutrient dense salad that keeps well for a week of lunches, or decadent dessert packed with fiber.  I love to indulge, but I try to make everything have a purpose health-wise. I’m actually studying to be a nutritionist, so I try to bring that knowledge into my recipe creation. 

If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be? 
I think my Key Lime Pie Smoothie would be good.  It’s sweet and refreshing, which would be satisfying, but also hides a bunch of spinach!  Gotta eat my greens on a desert island.

For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
Here are some of my favorites:

What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure? 
Lately I’m addicted to those self-serve froyo places.  Froyo isn’t the worst thing you can eat, but it can have a lot more sugar than you’d guess…and it is easy to get a little too enthusiastic with the toppings!  They also give you dangerously large cups.

Define Yummly.
Good for you without compromising on taste in any way.  Decadent tasting and shockingly healthy.