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Featured Fitterati: Healthy Eating Blog Iowa Girl Eats

More than 400 blogs were submitted for consideration and after nearly 19,000 votes, 12 winners rose to the top to be part of the FITNESS Fitterati Blogger Awards. Read about them beginning on page 26 of our July/August issue (on newsstands today!) and visit The Fit Stop on Tuesdays, beginning today, to learn even more about the winners. We'll be highlighting one category each week. First up: Healthy Eating Blogs!

Kristin likes to take advantage of local produce for her recipes.

Kristin Porter

  • 29, West Des Moines, Iowa

Kristin lives by the mantra "eat well, run often, travel far" and chronicles her adventures doing all three on her blog Iowa Girl Eats. From Pinterest-perfect round-ups to crowd-pleasing dinners, she keeps readers entertained—and inspired—day after day. Her current quest: To help her meat-loving husband, Ben, go vegetarian for 10 days! Can she do it? We'll stay tuned!

My kitchen MVP “For everything from chopping and grating veggies to blending soups and even making homemade nut butters, I turn to my Cusinart 14-Cup Food Processor. The fact that it’s dishwasher-safe is a huge bonus!”

Quick-fix weeknight meal trick “Every Saturday or Sunday, I take a couple hours to meal plan, grocery shop and prepare anything I can ahead of time, like assembling casseroles and mixing sauces or marinades.”

Sanity-saving tip “I think it’s healthy to spoil yourself with a gooey brownie or a muffin as big as your head every now and again. Willpower is not infinite, and I find that occasionally treating myself ‘resets’ my resolve to make healthy eating choices the rest of the time.”