Interview with Grace from Grace’s Food Feed

Start simple! You don’t need 800 specialty health food products and a full-time membership to Equinox to be healthy.

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Grace. I’m a 20-year-old student entering my junior year at the University of Alabama studying food and nutrition with the hopes of becoming a registered dietitian. I have a passion for eating healthy, developing recipes, and styling food. I run a food Instagram and blog where I share the healthy food creations that come out of my kitchen. I’m originally from outside of Chicago, IL but my parents and I have recently relocated to outside of Huntsville, AL. In the future for work, I would love to practice one-on-one with clients consulting them about their nutrition or work as a sports dietitian. I also plan on continuing to grow my platforms and even expand my blog to include more lifestyle tips in addition to food.

Share your approach to food with us: what do you like to cook? Why?

My approach to food is: make it healthy, tasty, and pretty. Eating healthy is a given at this point to me because of how good it makes me feel and how much I know it’s making an impact on my long and short term health. Tasty is also a given because who wants to eat food that tastes gross or bland? I swear by my overflowing spice drawers and cabinets as well as a ton of fresh herbs and my true love – Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel seasoning. The “pretty” aspect isn’t needed for everyone but as someone who’s run a food blog for 3+ years now, I instinctively plate and photograph 99% of the meals I make. I’ll even do it when I eat out! It kind of serves as a food journal so I can see everything I’m eating and reflect on how it’s making me feel, but mostly it’s because meals are 100x more satisfying when they look pretty. Eating is not only a physical but also a mental thing and I wholeheartedly believe that presentation plays such a large role in being mentally satisfied by a meal.

Describe your food personality in 5-7 words

Bright, nourishing, colorful, flavorful, innovative, refreshing

What are your favorite recipes? Why? Tell us about them!

Vegan S’Mores Cheesecake Bars

I have a huge sweet tooth and love dessert so I’ve been trying to create more healthy alternatives to some of my favorite unhealthy desserts. These are completely plant-based, no bake (such an easy recipe), only 7 ingredients, and taste like the real thing. Find the recipe here.

Cashew Oat Milk

I’m obsessed with how creamy and rich this milk is. It tastes like a vanilla milkshake minus all the sugar, dairy, and other not so great ingredients. It takes about 10 minutes to make and only has 7 ingredients in total – two of them being salt and water. It’s so much easier than overpaying for plant-based milk full of gums, additives, sugars, etc. at the store and tastes a lot better too! Find the recipe here.

Almond and Cashew Herb Dip

This stuff is seriously addicting. I make a big batch on Sundays and use it as dressing, sauce, dip, anything throughout the week. It’s only made from almonds, cashews, oil, water, garlic salt, pepper, and whatever herbs you have on hand so it’s a super easy and customizable recipe. It tastes great as a dip for crackers or raw veggies, as a salad dressing on arugula, or a sauce on chicken or salmon. Find the recipe here.

Fajitas!

I make these every single time I have Mexican style food. I love using them as a base recipe and then throwing them on top of everything from tacos to sweet potato nachos to a salad. You can also sub the chicken for any meat, fish, or even tofu. I just recently made them using shrimp and they were just as good as chicken. Just always make sure to go heavy on the vegetables and seasonings and pair it with avocado in some form. Find the recipe here.

Paleo Collagen Pancakes

I made these weekly last summer. They’re packed with collagen protein, taste like real pancakes, have a hidden veggie in them (hi zucchini), are only sweetened with banana, and are the perfect blank canvas to dress up with nut butter, yogurt, fruit, seeds, chia pudding, etc. Find the recipe here.

What’s your favorite thing about Want the Recipe?

I can’t pick one! I love the interviews like this so I can discover more like-minded bloggers in the health and wellness community. I also love the ingredient spotlights and easy access to so many healthy, fun recipes. They’re both great ways to show people eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or boring.

What food can you not live without?

BREAD – sprouted or sourdough!Probably eggs. I usually eat them in some form at least once a day.

What kitchen appliance do you swear by?

Food processor or Vitamix.

What are your favorite blogs/ Instagram accounts that you follow? What do you like about them?

My top five Instagram accounts to follow would be: @nourishedbykale, @healthfulradience, @thewellnecessities, @shutthekaleup (who doesn’t love Jeanette), and @sweatsandthecity

I also love @leefromamerica but she’s currently on an Instagram hiatus.

I love these accounts because their food catches my eye. My main criteria for following an account is if their food drives me to make healthy choices and gives me the inspiration to make my food look beautiful and bright as well. Inspiring me to get my sweat on doesn’t hurt either! I also love when accounts are active on their stories and give useful advice for workouts, recipes, groceries, etc. The women running these accounts are also rays of positivity while keeping things real. All the way from the ingredients in their food to relationships, exercise, mental health, and just about everything else.

Do you have any advice for our food community?

Start simple! You don’t need 800 specialty health food products and a full-time membership to Equinox to be healthy. Start by shopping for health food basics and then slowly add all the extra, usually expensive stuff like collagen.

Do you have a favorite kitchen hack/ trick?

I have three! My first is using a huge pan to cook everything rather than multiple small ones to cut down on mess and prep time.

My second is to freeze portions of meat, seafood, etc. so you have a single serving of them on hand when you want/need them. That way you don’t end up wasting food when you can’t finish a pound of salmon or end up thawing a whole pound of chicken when you just wanted one piece for one night.

My third is a quick way to get crispy vegetables. You just chop them, steam them for 3-5 minutes, and then crisp them in a pan over high heat with oil or ghee and whatever spices you want. So much faster and easier than sauteeing or roasting!

What’s your Instagram handle, blog link, any other social media or accounts you’d like us to share!

Instagram: @gracesfoodfeed

Blog: gracesfoodfeed.wordpress.com

Anything we missed?

I put some affiliate links here for my two favorite collagens that I use every day in my coffee as well as a great deal for Daily Harvest smoothies! The collagen is my number one specialty health food product recommendation.

 

Thank you Grace!!

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