My chat with the amazing Sarah – the voice of ‘The Nutritious Princess’.
I am so excited to share my first ever With Love, Emma interview! While this does not include the live audio yet, this here is a sneak peak of what is to come in the next month. I am so lucky to be sharing one of my favourite cooking inspirations as my first guest! I had the pleasure of chatting with Sarah from ‘The Nutritious Princess’ a couple weeks ago on the phone. She is the loveliest human being! Sarah is based in Montreal – which really excites me as I am Canadian as well – woot woot represent!
Sarah takes the ‘balanced lifestyle’ approach in all aspect of her blog. She is Italian raised – so I am thinking she knows how to make some pretty wicked pasta and pizza. That being said, her recipes are to die for and so nutritious. What I also adore about this lady is the creativity she puts into her recipes. I think I was hooked when I saw her chocolate chip cheesecake oatmeal and brownie bite recipes…
If you want to hear the full live interview, it will be played on Evolution 1079 Fm in Vancouver and posted on my blog March 1st! For more details, keep checking my Facebook and Instagram. Here is the first half of our fun interview! All the bolded letters are me, and the rest is Sarah!
What made you interested in nutrition?
Nutrition has always been something that I have enjoyed. I love food. In college I really got into eating healthy and the benefits it has on your body. So that is how ‘The Nutritious Princess’ was born! I just started cooking and people just really started to love the photos I was posting. I have always just really loved reading about food. I am currently reading ‘The China Study’ – and it is just such an eye opener on the food industry and what you should be eating.
How long ago did you start “The Nutritious Princess’?
It has been about a year and a half – almost two years. I started off with an anonymous account just because I didn’t know anyone in my personal life that was into food and fitness. Oh my gosh, the response was so overwhelming. There is just so many people out there that also have anonymous accounts or who also love sharing the same things we do. The power of social media is just so strong with Instagram and Twitter I find. You can meet so many friends that have good genuine connections.
Did you create the website as soon as you started Instagram? Or did you wait until you felt that sense of community before diving into that?
I actually had a blog before even starting my Instagram. The only thing was, I was not nearly as consistent, I didn’t have a community of people, and I hadn’t shared it with anyone – so it kind of died down. It was under the same name however. Then later on when I did start my Instagram, I noticed everyone kept asking for recipes. Sometimes I would personal message them to people. Then I was like ‘why not share it on a blog and give lots of details and photos’ and that is how it started. I actually just started (blogging) this October the second time around. The sense of community is really what brought it about. I have lots of friends on Instagram that also have blogs – so it is all just such a nice support system.
Do think Canada or Montreal has had a large impact on the way you eat?
Montreal is a really foodie city. I wouldn’t necessarily deem them as the healthiest city in Canada, but we do have lots of vegan and vegetarian restaurants starting up now. It is getting more and more popular. As for Montréal itself, I just really love going out and trying new things and new restaurants because the food scene is constantly evolving in Montreal.
Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Oh my gosh I do. It is called ‘Olive et Gourmand’! It is this really small café near the old port in Montreal. They offer amazing food and everything is super fresh. One of my favorite dishes from there is their truffle mac and cheese. They have peanut butter salads, pressed paninis, and amazing vegetable soups. It is just really good and if you are ever in Montreal you just have to try it.
Do you have a certain motto when it comes to food, fitness or your lifestyle?
If you had asked me this about a year ago, I would have said yes. I was always so strict on myself; like eating healthy. But now, honestly, I can say that my lifestyle is a balanced eating lifestyle. I tried being vegan – you know I enjoyed it – but it wasn’t for me. I like incorporating a little bit of everything. So let’s say paleo brownies, vegetarian soups – but again – I like steak. Just a little bit of everything really. No labels, just everything in moderation.
How did you get into cooking?
I think a big part of that was my mom. Since I am Italian, she would always make homemade meals and always cook from scratch. So when I was little I always liked cooking with her, especially baking. I also always watched cooking shows. There was this American show called Zoom on PBS Kids, and it had a cooking segment. I loved it! I was always so into it.
Who inspires you?
As for people in the food industry, I really like Gordon Ramsey. Although he is really hard and blunt, he is an amazing chef. I love learning a lot of basics from chefs like that – like Jamie Oliver and other people on that network.
Has starting ‘The Nutritious Princess’ impacted your life more positivity all around?
It has definitely changed it in a positive way. I know that around the college time a lot of people my age struggle with eating disorders and binge eating. I find there is now more a positive approach to food and more people are starting to have this balanced lifestyle mentality. There is actually this food blogger I read called ‘the balanced blonde’. She used to be super restricted in her eating and she actually came down with an eating disorder. I can’t remember the term exactly but it is basically when you become so obsessed with eating healthy. And I find that I was a little bit like that. But now, I find that food has changed and people are more into moderation – like if you want your donut, go eat it! But then, if you want a kale smoothie, go eat that also. So really it’s about the best of both worlds.
Have you always had a healthy relationship with food?
I have always had a pretty healthy relationship with food. I have never been one to over examine things in that sense. Of course Italian’s love to eat, so as a kid, I was always like “eat more, eat more”. But it really is about listening to your body and listening to what you need. It’s all about taking everything one step at a time in moderation – one portion at a time.
What is your go-to healthy dish?
There are so many… But it would definitely be avocado toast with a poached egg and a few sprinkles of chili flakes.
The rest of this interview will be posted March 1st.