Hello! I'm Dannii and I run Hungry Healthy Happy with my husband Dave and our two chief taste testers, Avery and Ziggy.
I started the blog in 2011 as a place to share healthy recipes that weren’t boring or restrictive and how to sneak a few extra vegetables in to your diet and then Dave joined full-time in 2016. We wanted to 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, and enjoying all the other things too.
I didn't grow up helping out in the kitchen and you won't find hundreds of recipes past down through my family here. I learnt to cook as a poor student and that culinary education continued as our family grew and we had two children. I taught myself to cook delicious, and healthy recipes using ingredients you could find in your supermarket, and that is what you will still find here today.
We share healthy family friendly recipes, from comfort food to light salads, veggie packed to delicious treats and a mixture of quick and easy recipes to those that require a bit more attention. We have a vast selection of vegetarian and vegan recipes and something to suit all dietary restrictions.
Why should you try Hungry Healthy Happy?
- We are ranked the number 1 food blog in the UK.
- We have had 2 books published, so we know how to develop a delicious recipe.
- Family friendly recipes with a healthy twist.
- Easy to navigate website with a helpful search bar.
- All recipes are triple tested and we never share anything that doesn't work perfectly.
- Hundreds of loved and rated by reader recipes to try.
- We provide UK and US measurements.
- We have a handy jump to recipe button if you just want to go straight to the recipe card.
- We take all your comments on board and change things if needed.
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.
We have a social media following of over 150,000 and we have been ranked the Number 1 Food Blog in the UK for 3 years in a row. 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).
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. It contains 100 recipes for healthier alternatives of traditional unhealthy foods.
In 2018 our second book, The Healthy Slow Cooker, was published. It contains 100 healthy slow cooker recipes that the whole family will love. We wanted to show just how helpful a slow cooker can be when it comes to saving time, which is what a lot of people says holds them back from eating healthier meals.
The book also includes healthy options of some popular 'comfort' dishes, together with tips for choosing your slow cooker and how to get the most out of it.
I am the one the comes up with all the ideas for the recipes and I like to think that I am in charge in the Hungry Healthy Happy kitchen. I like to call it controlled chaos when I am experimenting and coming up with my latest creations. I am avocado and feta cheese obsessed and along with dark chocolate, they would be the 3 things she would take to a desert island with me. Oh, and her iPhone, she is Instagram obsessed too! Love me an IG story.
I 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 I enjoyed (or hated less). That is kind of how the blog started.
HHH isn’t a weight loss blog though. My goal has always been to be in a place where I am happy and healthy, not a number on the scale. I never wanted to give up the foods I loved, and I didn't. I just found a way to make them a little bit healthier.
I haven't always been interested in cooking and until a few years ago my culinary expertise extended as far as opening and closing the microwave, but with a lot of trial and error (mostly error in the beginning), I like to think that I have come up with hundreds of delicious recipes that our readers love and they keep on coming back for more.
In 2011, as a recently graduated mature student with a degree in Criminology (not sure what I was planning to do with that), I did the usual graduate thing of working in call centres and contemplating what to do with my life, so I set up this blog, although a very basic one with shockingly bad photos, and never thought my new hobby would turn in to a full-time job and career a few years down the line.
I am the main recipe developer, photographer, editor, writer and crazy cat lady in the HHH office and I juggle that with chasing two very energetic kids around. I also freelance as a recipe developer for magazines and brand websites and occasionally has time for the odd nap too.
Dannii gives more information and answers to many questions in the FAQ section.
Dave has a fantastic beard - we think it is the source of all his power. Dave comes from a long career in the construction industry, but gave it up just before Avery was born as the blog took off and we wanted to create a lifestyle that gave us lots of freedom as a family.
Dave does all the technical behind the scenes stuff on the blog that I don't understand, and don't particularly want to understand. This allows me to get creative in the kitchen and behind the camera, whilst Dave deals with charts, graphs, editing and all the geeky things he loes.
As well as a wonderful beard, doing all the tech and building awesome garden creations and DIY projects, he also makes some pretty delicious cakes. If there is a dessert posted on the blog, then there is a strong chance that he has made it. I am not much of a baker.
Dave loves a good roast dinner, homemade takeaways and anything with chocolate. Give him a giant stacked burger followed by a chocolate brownie and he is happy. I just try to encourage him to have a side of vegetables with it.
Avery and Ziggy
Our children are our chief taste testers, and whilst they don't love everything we make, there is about a 98% success rate. We are bringing them up to help us grow and pick ingredients, to help out in the kitchen and give everything on their plate a try. We believe that getting kids involved in the process means they are much more likely to try new foods.
Avery is a total foodie and loves anything with a strong flavour - smoked salmon, brie, olives and curry are some of her favourites. She isn't in to things like chicken nuggets and pizza, and prefers to eat what we eat.
Ziggy on the other hand, we call him our little veg dodger. He was weaned the exact same way as Avery, but is far more "selective" of what he will eat. I wouldn't call him fussy, as he is only 18 months old, but if he sees something colourful, then chances are it is being thrown off the plate. Which is why you will see lots of recipes (or suggestions for adaptions) with hidden vegetables.
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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