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I can’t find you on Twitter.
I am on Twitter! However, under different name than would be expected. You can find me by looking for @solamitasab – tweet to say hi!
Why do you update only a few times a month?
Quality > quantity! Also, currently I am working on some exciting projects that I cannot wait to share with you all. On the other hand, nutrition studies eat most of my time, too.
Wait, you’re not vegan?
I don’t subscribe to any dietary labels. Instead, I believe in fuelling and nourishing my body with real, whole foods. That means eating foods in their least processed state. My diet is largely plant-based, but I eat organic eggs and responsibly sourced wild cold-water fish occasionally. I have discovered through trial and error that I feel at my best when I do. However, eating more plants where we can and not relying as heavily as we do on animal products is something I encourage and dedicate much of this blog to.
Why are you creating plant-based recipes then?
Mainly for two reasons: First, I do this so that everyone can use my recipes, even those who have food allergies, sensitivities, or a lifestyle that doesn’t include animal products. I occasionally use ingredients such as eggs in certain recipes where I feel it is necessary for flavour and texture, but you can omit them if you like. Also, if possible, I will always try to suggest an alternative as well. Secondly, plant foods, leafy greens and fibrous vegetables are vital for optimal health and disease prevention and often acutely lacking in the modern western world. For this reason, I want to show and prove that plants are wonderful and will leave you pleasantly surprised. So, the recipes are here to help you add more plants into your daily diet regime. In general, in order to describe my recipes, I prefer to use the term ‘natural, plant-based whole-foods’, because it makes them approachable to everyone including people who do not choose any nutrition label to define their eating habits.
What’s the issue with dairy and gluten?
I feel increasingly wary of cow’s milk, because of the antibiotic-laden dairy farming. It is almost unrecognisable from the raw, natural, unpasteurised milk that previous generations enjoyed. Therefore I choose not to use it and I always make or buy nut, seed and coconut milk instead.
Why don’t you publish nutritional breakdown of your recipes?
Calorie counting has a time and place and I believe for most of us that’s unnecessary when embracing a healthier balanced diet, using whole foods and conscious cooking techniques and staying predominantly active. However, when working privately with clients who are either athletes or simply training to achieve specific body composition goals, at times myself included, I do take this into account. But for most part, I would suggest to focus on nutrient goodness vs. numbers.
What do I need in my kitchen?
You don’t need much to stay healthy. I started my journey in a small kitchen back in Huddersfield when I was a student and I only had several kitchen utensils, such as one small pot, a bowl, knife, spoon and a fork – it was enough for me back then! If you ask me now I would say that a powerful blender makes it all easier, I use Vitamix, but now there are so many other awesome brands that really do the job!
What are your favorite protein sources?
Probably this is one of the most asked questions that anyone would ask when someone is living on the plant-centric side of things. However, if you are not eating meat that does not mean that you don’t have enough protein to eat. It does, however, mean that you have to be mindful about good quality plant proteins throughout the day. Every day! Most research also shows that plant eaters do get enough protein!
Even though I still get a lot of protein from some of the animal products that I use, I also like supplementing my diet with plant protein powders when I need an extra boost, while traveling or staying very active. However, first and foremost, you should get protein from the food you eat rather than supplements.
Some of my favorite plant protein brands include Sunwarrior, Vega, Pulsin, Purition and Plantfusion.
What is your must have appliance?
Vitamix and Magimix, without a doubt. You can still do the most with a high speed blender, so this would probably be my go to as it works well with not only smoothies, but soups, nut butters, nut milks, hummus, various dips, fruit ice cream and much more.
I am on a budget, can I eat this way?
Yes! Even though some healthy foods are pricy on the market, it does not mean that those are the ones that you should be aiming for buying. There are so many superfoods right in front of us that we, more often than not, overlook. I will soon be publishing an article how to eat on a budget!
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