In honour of National Vegetarian Week I am interviewing some of my favourite veggie bloggers and today I am delighted to introduce to you the super talented Jeanine from Love and Lemons offering up her take on why whole vegetarian food rocks. Jeanine has also contributed this awesome raw veggie sushi recipe which looks divine!
What is your food philosophy?
I think different approaches are right for different people, but what works for me is eating a ton of veggies… especially leafy greens. I eat fish occasionally, and because I’m lactose intolerant I eat very little dairy. But everything in moderation… I drink wine nightly, and don’t usually skip (a healthy) dessert.
Why are you so passionate about vegetarian plant-based food?
First, eating this way makes me feel better… I have tons more energy than I used to and I’m able to maintain my ideal weight with less effort. But that sounds boring… really, I just get excited about fresh food – the variety of colors, textures, flavors… there are endless combinations to experiment with.
Whats your favourite go-to easy-to-make-in-minutes snack or meal?
I eat a lot of “kitchen sink” salads for lunch. I try to always keep salad greens around and then I throw in whatever else I happen to have. Maybe leftover tofu or roasted veggies from night before, or some chickpeas or quinoa. Then I raid the pantry looking for some kind of nut or seed to put on top for crunch. Drizzle it with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon.
Who are your food heroes and heroines?
Heidi Swanson, Giada De Laurentis & Michael Pollen
If you were stuck on a desert island and could only take 6 foods with you, what would they be?
Avocado, lemons, chickpeas, almonds, chocolate, and wine (does wine count as a food?)
What do you hope readers will take from your blog and recipe creations?
I want people to know that eating heathy doesn’t mean living a life of restriction. Vegetables can be exciting, and indulgent, beautiful.
Finally, what would be your top tips to anyone wanting to get started eating healthier but have no idea where to start?
Get familiar with fresh herbs – basil, cilantro, mint, thyme… and dried spices – cumin, coriander, paprika, etc… they add way more flavor than, say, butter and have zero calories. And finish everything (ok, most everything) with a squeeze of lemon. Citrus really wakes things up.
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