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Eating by Elaine is my recipe blog dedicated to healthy, family-friendly and allergy-friendly recipes.  After growing up in a family full of food allergies and after years of struggling with food allergies and food sensitivities myself, I have learned to cook healthy, family-friendly meals that can accommodate it all!

I have a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and am also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).  I am also a self-proclaimed foodie, and take healthy cooking and eating seriously and love to experiment with fresh ingredients and fragrant herbs to make the most of each meal.  I take comfort in knowing that what I am eating is improving my health.  As such, my recipe concepts highlight the specific health benefits of the main ingredients.  All health information presented on my blog is researched from reputable sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

My recipes, freelance writing, and editorial content have been featured in Oprah.com and The Washington Post since 2012.

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My recipes are low in sodium, sugar, cholesterol and saturated fat.  I use fresh, whole ingredients and stay away from all things artificial.  Many of my recipes are vegan and free of the eight most common food allergens.

Elaine cutting red pepper

I have two daughters, Riley (2 years old) and Jade (born April 2015).  Riley has a couple of nut allergies that we are able to work around in the kitchen.  The girls can oftentimes be found in the kitchen cooking healthy dishes with me as evidenced below :)  I find involving Riley in the cooking process helps her learn so many important skills and also makes her want to eat the food she has worked so hard to prepare.  Truth is, cooking with a toddler is possible (and actually really fun and rewarding).  And now that I’m a mom, healthy cooking is even more important than it ever was to me.

Morning Smoothie

Elaine and Jade

Background and Philosophy

The concept of Eating by Elaine came from a lifetime of experimenting with recipes to make them healthier while conforming to specific dietary limitations due to food sensitivities and allergies.  Eating healthy is a way of life for me and my goal is to teach people that healthy eating does not mean a complete diet overhaul.  My philosophy is that small steps lead to big results.  I believe anyone, any day can have a ‘healthy eating moment.’  Healthy eating should not have to be binary.  By adding healthy moments to your day, the ability to eat healthy becomes more attainable and less restrictive, and therefore, easier to maintain.

I believe that helping people move away from the ‘all or nothing’ mentality is key to adopting individual healthy behaviors.  The concept of healthy eating can often times be intimidating to people who aren’t familiar with some key healthy cooking concepts.  Through simple ingredient switches and modifications to cooking methods, it is possible to create the same flavorful dishes, but with a healthy twist.

Tea and Lemons

Eating by Elaine Healthy Eating Pillars

  • There are alternative cooking methods that can help “makeover” any recipe.
  • Incorporating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean protein and whole grains into recipes adds important nutrients and fiber to your diet.
  • Simple ingredient swaps are the key to making your favorite dishes healthier.
  • Herbs, spices and fresh ingredients add distinctive and delightful flavors to make healthier versions of any dish.

The overall goal of my recipes is to make healthy eating approachable, simple and enjoyable so that anyone can lead a healthy, happy and balanced life.


This site is for information purposes only and is not intended for diagnosis, treatment or any other medical application. Questions should be directed to your personal physician. 

All images and content on this site are property of Elaine Gordon and may not be used without permission. 

I have not accepted any form of paid product review in any of my posts.