Recommendations

Here are some of my recommendations on valuable resources that I started my food blog with down below as well as kitchen essentials and healthy must-haves that I can’t cook without.  This page contains affiliate links and may receive commission from purchases via links.


Recommended tools to start a food or other blogs:

Canon EOS REBEL T7i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Kit  This camera has it all when it comes to great photography. As a beginning photographer, I found Canon T7i camera to be great for taking beautiful pictures as well as video. Canon T7i’s auto focus is my favorite feature allowing photos to come out very clear and crisp.  It is also a small camera  so it’s perfect for beginners and intermediates. This camera works wonders for food photography with one of the best LCD screens around. I highly recommend this camera as one of the best DSLR under $800.

I love Masterclass.com.  The site offers a variety of courses taught by the best in their field – from Annie Leibovitz teaching photography to Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and Gordan Ramsey teaching wonderful cooking courses. Each series of video classes are literally taught by masters and it’s at your finger tips.  From photography, cooking, writing, acting, to film making, they do a great job in putting together simple, step-by-step classes to take your skills to the next level.  These master courses are $90 per class or $180 for one year of unlimited courses.  It is so worth it!


My website hosting company is Bluehost.  It is a very convenient and inexpensive way to get started on your WordPress blog. Bluehost offers a discount as well as a free domain registration so take advantage of it. There are a host of different templates and themes through WordPress you can chose from. They make it very simple to put together the structure of the site but it’s up to you to create the content that will stand  out. Signing up is easy with Bluehost.

 

Affiliate Marketing Course

 Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is an awesome affiliate marketing course by Michelle Schroeder from Making Sense of Cents. Out of all of the courses I have taken, this was my favorite.  She’s not only thorough, but sincerely shares all the importance of why it makes sense to get started on affiliate marketing for your blog.   

Blogging can be really difficult.  Many bloggers and online influencers skip over affiliate marketing. They either think it’s too hard, that it’s a waste of time, that they will turn followers away, or that their followers just won’t be interested.  However, if you’re not earning money through affiliate marketing, then you are leaving money on the table.  I took this course for $197 and it was well worth it.  You can sign up and begin the course at this link: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

 

Kitchen Essentials:

Cuisinart FP-8SV Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor, Silver  If there is anything one thing I must have in the kitchen, it would be this food processor.  I love blending foods so I can’t live without it.

A Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker with Digital Timer, Red makes life so much easier because you throw all the ingredients and spices into one pot, turn it on and let it slowly cook.  Hours later, when returning from work or busy just with life you open the lid and an amazing stew or soup is ready to devour.

Your go-to Allezola Professional Chef’s Knife, 7.5 Inch German High Carbon Stainless Steel, Razor Sharp, Multipurpose Kitchen Knives is essential when preparing to cook with all the ingredients out and ready to cut.  A sharp and a reliable knife handles the chopping and dicing efficiently.

Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 6-1/3-Inch, Caribbean is great for handling a lot of cooking without much wear and tear.  This high quality cooking ware lasts a life time and a joy to have in the kitchen.

Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere Control Blender is one of the best blenders out in the market for the price.  I literally use it everyday and consistently delivers on all my smoothies and sauces beautifully.

 

Healthy Must-Have Power Foods:

Premium MCT Oil derived only from Coconut Oil – 32oz BPA free bottle | Ketogenic is an energy boosting oil derived from coconut oil and contains 100% MCT (medium chain tryglycerides).  There are several amazing benefits to this oil that is vital for your mind and body.  One is the rapid ketone energy that you receive shortly after ingesting bypassing any process from within the liver.  Second is the fast absorption of good fats for those that have malabsorption issues from illnesses such as Crohn’s disease.  Lastly, the hormonal and metabolic benefits from this energy oil is overwhelming.  I recommend taking a daily dose for added mental and physical energy that we all need.

Viva Naturals – The FINEST Raw Organic Chia Seeds, 2 lb Bag are packed with vital nutrients and so worth mentioning for our daily power meals.  Usually I have it for breakfast with a smoothie or a light snack during the day with yogurt.  These chia seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein.  For the best results and good absorption, it is recommended that the seeds are mixed with water or almond milk and stored in the refrigerator for at least an hour before consumption.

 

California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil

California Olive Ranch Olive Oil 16.9 FL oz is my go-to for cooking because of the health benefits and its rich content of omega-3 and 6. Extra virgin olive oil also contains the highest level of antioxidant polyphenols and oleoic acid.  It is healthier to cook with than other vegetable oils and highly recommend it for daily use.

Viva Naturals 1 Best Selling Certified Organic Cacao Powder from Superior Criollo Beans, 1 LB Bag Cacao powder is a superfood that also provides immense antioxidants and vitality.  By adding some into your smoothie or in baking, this pure cacao is packed with nutrients and you will no longer feel guilty about indulging in chocolate.

 

Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Bragg USDA Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, With The Mother 16 Ounces Natural Cleanser, Promotes Weight Loss – Pack of 2 has healing compounds that relieves acid reflux, alkalizes the body, provides probiotics and enzymes to strengthen digestion, detoxes the body and more.  With so many health benefits, organic apple cider vinegar is a must-have in my kitchen.  I apply the vinegar in salads, in my daily cooking, and take directly by mixing with water for greater benefits.

Healthworks Maca Powder Raw Organic, 2lb  provides you with amazing health benefits and raw energy from the natural source of maca, a Peruvian root superfood comparable to the Asian “ginseng”.  Very beneficial in balancing hormones and giving you that vitality.  Goes great in a smoothie.

 

Big Tree Farms Organic Brown Coconut Sugar, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, Fair Trade, Natural Sweetener, 2 Pound a perfect replacement to cane sugar and contains relatively more beneficial sucrose.  It’s better for you and contains inulin, providing production of good bacteria much like probiotics and also has a low glycemic index beneficial for those with high blood sugar levels.

 

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