Hungry Healthy Happy was created by Dannii in 2011 as a place to share healthy recipes that weren’t boring or restrictive (this blog focusing on how to nourish your body without giving up the foods you love), document Dannii’s 100lbs weight loss and show that healthy is all about balance, which is why you will find so much more than healthy recipes here. HHH (for short) is all about making healthy meals exciting, enjoying cake, finding activities that you love and that don’t feel like a workout, promoting positive body image, cooking with great quality products, home and family life, travel and focusing on all the things that make us happy in this world.
Since 2011, Hungry Healthy Happy has turned in to a fantastic community of like minded people who see being healthy as far more than a restrictive diet and are thinking more about their mental health and what makes them happy, which is why HHH is more than just food. With a social media following of over 150,000 and being one of the most popular and influential blogs in the UK, HHH is the place to go for quick and easy healthy recipes that are not restrictive (you will still see cheese, butter, ice cream and all the good stuff here – everything in moderation), fitness tips for busy people, and lots of time saving tips and gadgets. HHH has now added three new sections – Home & Garden, Travel and Family, as it transforms from a mainly food blog to a lifestyle blog, sharing home and garden projects, snapshots and reviews of our travels around the world and everything family related as our little family expands. The weight loss and fitness categories have now been all moved in to the new Wellbeing category.
In 2015, the Hungry Healthy Happy book was published and is available online and in all good bookstores. Having a book published was a dream come true and is just one of the many wonderful things that has come from blogging.
After 5 years of HHH being a one person blog, it is now expanding and here are the people that make the team:
Dannii is mainly in control of the Hungry Healthy Happy kitchen and most of the recipes you will see are hers, although she likes to call it controlled chaos when she is experimenting and coming up with her latest creations. She is avocado and feta cheese obsessed and along with dark chocolate, they would be the 3 things she would take to a desert island with her. Oh, and her iPhone, she is Instagram obsessed too!
Dannii lost 100lbs (7st) a few years ago as a result of a total lifestyle change because of a health scare, a move to focusing on more fresh (and green) food, finding creative ways to lighten up her favourite unhealthy meals and finding workouts that she enjoyed (or hated less). HHH isn’t a weight loss blog though, as her goal has always to be in a place that she is happy and healthy, not a number on the scale. You will see lots of health and fitness tips here, but Dannii will always promote the message that health is not a size and being healthy can definitely include indulging in some pizza every now and then!
Dannii hasn’t always been interested in cooking and until a few years ago her culinary expertise extended as far as opening and closing the microwave, but with a lot of trial and error (mostly error in the beginning), she has come up with hundreds of delicious recipes that readers love and keep on coming back for more.
In 2011, as a recently graduated mature student with a degree in Criminology (she is not sure what she was planning to do with that), Dannii did the usual graduate thing of working in call centres and contemplating what to do with her life, so she set up this blog, although a very basic one with shockingly bad photos, and never thought her new hobby would turn in to a full-time job and career a few years down the line. Dannii is the main recipe developer, photographer, editor, writer and crazy cat lady in the HHH office and works more hours than she probably should to bring you this blog that has become a huge part of her life. She also freelances as a recipe developer for magazines and brand websites, works as a social media manager and occasionally has time for the odd nap too.
Dave has a fantastic beard – it is the source of all his power. Dave comes from a long career in the construction industry, but has now moved on from that and will be heading the Home & Garden section on HHH as he comes on board the blog full-time.
As well as a wonderful beard and building awesome garden creations and DIY projects, he also makes some pretty delicious cakes. You will be seeing more dessert recipes on HHH as Dave is getting creative in the kitchen baking up lots of healthy cakes, muffins, bars, pies, biscuits and anything else sweet you can think of. They don’t call him the Bearded Baker for nothing!
Dave is also a self confessed fruit and vegetable dodger, but knows he needs to eat more of them, so he will be sharing recipes that are ideal for sneaking in extra fruit and veggies, as well as some of his favourite quick and easy meals that he has been perfecting ready for when little baby arrives and he will be in charge of the majority of the cooking.
Anything techy and design orientated that goes on behind the scenes on the blog will be handled by Dave now (Dannii has broken the blog too many times and doesn’t want to have a meltdown), so please direct any other those questions towards him. You will start to see lots of pretty graphics that Dave has put together to make the blog even more visually pleasing.
Bump is currently 35 weeks old and the size of a watermelon and already starting to show off their gymnastic skills with lots of kicks and wiggles. Bump will enter the world in early November, but is currently happy snuggling in Dannii’s belly and loves nothing more than when rap music is playing (it’s when there is the most kicks). Bump enjoys naps, cake, anything lemon flavoured, carbs, going for long walks, more carbs, Dave’s singing, potatoes and French cinema (not really, well maybe, we don’t know yet).
Due to the addition of bump, HHH now has a Family section that will cover everything pregnancy, baby, parenting and family related. This section will include reviews of bump’s (and eventually baby’s) favourite products, things that Dannii and Dave are learning along the way (or just a place to vent), family days out, family friendly recipes and things for fussy eaters and a few adorable baby photos.
Jimmy and Ari
HHH has two part-timers that go by the names Jimmy and Ari. Jimmy is nearly 10 years old and the black and white cutie with the face you can’t get angry at and Ari (full name Aristotle) is coming up for 4 and is much less intelligent than his name-sake, but gives the best early morning wake-up calls. They are usually more trouble than they are helpful, but they certainly make for an entertaining office environment. They can usually be found snoozing on laptops, attacking feet under the desk, wrestling each other or beeping at the wind outside. You will see them popping up in photos every so often, as nothing interests them more than when a food shoot is happening in their living room.
Now you have met the team, if you would like to work with us, have your products featured on the blog or just want a chat, then take a look at the Work With Us page to see what we can offer you! If you have a question or feedback about the blog, send us a message through our Contact Page.
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I am not a doctor, personal trainer, registered dietitian or any kind of health professional. I simply post what has worked for me and what continues to work for me and this should be used as a general guide to improving your health and fitness. It will not work for everyone and you should always consult your doctor first so you don’t cause yourself any harm.
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