Interview with Kayla from For The Love Of Mangos
It’s like the KonMarie method except at the grocery store. Bright lively fruit sparks joy! Wilted leaves do not.
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Kayla Roy, aka For the Love of Mangoes. I just moved to Prince George from Edmonton 2 months ago so I’m still settling into a new city. I moved out here for work without any real intention of staying but it turns out that I love the slow living much more than I expected. I have a day job in sales in the oil industry so I spend most of my evenings and weekends in the kitchen. When I originally started blogging, my website was called For the Love of Paleo. Since it is such a niche lifestyle, my blog got very popular very quickly. I couple years into it, I decided to go back to school for Holistic Nutrition so that I could actually use this following to communicate a positive message. The more I learned, the more I realized I needed to stop promoting specific diets, because everybody is different. I didn’t put much thought into the name change, except that I like mangoes and it was still pretty similar to the old name. I did get some negative feedback initially but I’m starting to find my new audience that is genuinely interested in overall wellbeing and positivity.
Share your approach to food with us: what do you like to cook? Why?
I cook nutrient dense meals and the food I buy is intuitive. I never buy the same things week after week, I always get organic foods when they look fresh and colourful. Even if I have an idea for a recipe with spinach, for example, if I get to the store and the spinach doesn’t look perfect, I will make something else. It’s like the KonMarie method except at the grocery store. Bright lively fruit sparks joy! Wilted leaves do not.
Describe your food personality in 5-7 words
Mindful. Organic. Fresh. Simple. Holistic. Medicinal.
What are your favorite recipes? Why? Tell us about them!
Balanced Bowl [Kayla’s revolt against calling bowls “Buddha Bowls”. We don’t get the Buddha name either, so we are down with her lingo.]
The balanced bowl is one of my favourites. It really checks all the boxes in terms of nutrition. Find the recipe here.
Amaranth Breakfast Bowl
Amaranth breakfast bowl is so fun! Food always tastes better when you’re really involved with the processing. You could buy puffed amaranth but I remember yelling and laughing in the kitchen the first time I popped it myself. Plus amaranth is such an important forgotten grain. Find the recipe here.
Turkey Beet Soup
My third favourite is probably my turkey beet soup. It’s a responsible way to eat turkey by making sure you use every part of the animal instead of throwing it away after thanksgiving including the bones and neck. I’m a self-proclaimed Soup Master. Before I truly understood cooking, I always made the most delicious soups that you could eat for 5 days straight and be sad that it’s over. This is one of them. Find the recipe here.
What’s your favorite thing about Want the Recipe?
Want the Recipe is keeping up with the times. When I want to try a recipe, I save it on Instagram or pin it on Pinterest. I haven’t dog ear’d a physical book to try something since elementary school so it’s nice to have an app that works the way I work.
What food can you not live without?
Peeling apart a fresh artichoke is so fun and rewarding once you get to the heart. There’s a unique quality about them that never ceases to surprise me. There is an enzyme in fresh artichokes that completely blocks all of your sweetness receptors on your tongue so after you’ve taken a few bites of it, everything else becomes intensely sweet. Even just a sip of water tastes like honey. The first time I tasted it, I thought I accidentally dropped palm sugar on the rest of my plate and couldn’t figure out where the sweetness was coming from but now I can’t get enough!
What kitchen appliance do you swear by?
A lot of the time it’s just me and my knife. If I had to pick an appliance, it would be my espresso machine. It gives me the energy to make everything great! 🙂
What are your favorite blogs/ Instagram accounts that you follow? What do you like about them?
I love Instagram accounts that teach me things. Sahara Rose is my newest obsession since she is so full of wisdom. I like @learningherbs since I am studying Herbology because I get to keep learning while I’m scrolling through social media. I’m also a big fan of strong bold women in business like @rebeccathoughts and @sophiaamoruso.
Do you have any advice for our food community?
My best advice is to not always take social media to heart. I’ve learned from stepping back that you don’t always need to keep up. You don’t always need to be doing something productive! Respect your rest as much as you respect your hustle. If you need to order in a pizza because you are TIRED, then do it and don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens to the best of us, we just don’t post about it.
What’s your Instagram handle, blog link, any other social media or accounts you’d like us to share!
You can find me on:
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