Every week, I send out a newsletter filled with personal reflections, interesting articles, and things that inspire me. It's a great way to stay connected, and a great way for me to share the things that lift me up. One of the weekly constants in my newsletter is a healthy recipe, sometimes by me, and sometimes by other bloggers around the web. My original intent was to provide most of these recipes by myself, because I love to cook and love sharing what I cook, but living in the dorms means I have a microwave, mini fridge, and not much else to work with. While finding recipes on other bloggers' websites is great, I wanted something a little bit more personal to share with my weekly subscribers.
Not too long ago, I met Emma through a mutual friend. She's an amazing cook, real food advocate, blogger, and pure ray of sunshine. Because she's 15, we bonded over being the "youngsters" of the real food movement, and I knew immediately that I wanted her to be a part of my community.
That's why I'm happy to share that Emma has specially designed some recipes to be included in the YogaMaris Weekly Newsletter! Keep an eye out for them in future editions, but for now, here's a quick interview with Emma to help you get to know a little bit more about her and the work she does.
Who are you and what is your mission?
My name is Emma, and I'm a 15 year-old allergy-free foodie! I live in southern Canada, surrounded by beautiful forests, meadows, and lakes.
My mission is to spread the word about real food - which to me means nutrient-dense, vibrant, Paleo-inspired, and flavourful food - to my generation. So many young people are unaware and mislead about the healing and nourishment that we can harness with the foods we eat. There is such abundance in choosing local, seasonal foods and preparing them from scratch! I am connecting with like-minded people through my blog and Instagram to share in the real food message, plus I have started a new interview series on my blog, Generation Real Food, to inspire other young people to nourish their bodies with food. I hope to work with my local community to teach kids about real food in the future!
How did you discover your love of food?
Food has been my passion since I was little - it's what I was born to do. I've had food allergies my whole life, as many as 20 when I was younger, but I've never let that stop me from cooking and sharing homemade food. A little more than a year ago, I watched a documentary about sugar that changed my view of food. That one show made me question everything I knew about food - from what we are taught in school, to conventional wisdom, to the role of politics in it all - and inspired my love for holistic nutrition and a real foods approach. I am eternally curious and always learning about food, myself, and the world. I'm an unashamed hippie and self-care advocate, outdoors enthusiast, and artist, as well as a total food nerd.
How will you be contributing to the YogaMaris Weekly Newsletter?
I am contributing some super-flavourful, nutrient-dense recipes that are easy to make - perfect for a weeknight dinner as a student or businessperson. I am inspired by the season, so expect lots of warming fall meals! I'm super honoured to be sharing these recipes on my friend Maris's newsletter.
If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?
Probably heirloom tomatoes! They're actually fruits, so I guess there's an element of unexpectedness there! I love how colourful they are and how they burst with flavour and sweetness.
What's your favorite way to move your body?
Definitely hiking in the forest. The simplicity yet complexity of nature always grounds me, plus there's the benefit of foraging black raspberries!
Which season is your favorite?
My favourite season... changes with the season! Here in southern Canada, the seasons are very pronounced. I love swimming in the lake in the summer, collecting sunrise-shaded leaves in the fall, playing in the snow and drinking tea in the winter, and seeing life blossom again in the spring.