I’m thrilled to feature a few questions this week on someone that I’m a huge fan of! The Humble Herbivore‘s instagram site is full of mouth-watering vegan foods and recipes. As a student who is finishing up university, she really has her act together when it comes to a balanced perspective on eating, diet, nutrition, and body image. She also seems to appreciate hot sauce as the sacred entity that it is (we never EVER run out of hot sauce in the Lawless Vegan household!).
I managed to secure a few minutes with the the Humble Herbivore. Read on to see what she’s got to say about all things vegan!
- What is the last thing you ate?
Oh boy… well I just went on an at-school binge (what else is new) and ate a Nature Bar, a puffed rice roll, and earlier, a tomato/cucumber/kalamata olive salad in my nutrition class. I’m always eating something so it’s so hard to keep up with what I ate last.
- Which vegan chef do you most admire and why?
I absolutely adore Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows. I have a lot vegan cookbooks but her first book still has a perfect streak. Everything she makes is super delicious! Oh She Glows was the first cookbook I used in my transition into a vegan diet and it worked flawlessly. I highly recommend it.
- What’s one dish you’ve created that’s scored you the most high fives?
I’d have to say homemade pad thai or lemon basil pasta with fresh shiitakes. I usually don’t share my food with anyone because I’m a greedy vegan but I high five myself pretty hard when I make these.
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
This is a tough question to answer because I’m finishing university now and I’m really pressured to figure out what my next steps are. I’m graduating with a HBSc in Geology but who knows what I’ll be doing next! Maybe I’ll start the first vegan cooking show on the Food Network channel (how do they not have one already….).
- What’s the one ingredient can’t you live without?
Hot sauce. Or peanut butter.
- Do vegans have more fun?
Duhh! With all that extra energy we get from fruits and veggies we’re always up the walls. Vegans redefine fun. Fantastic and Utterly Nutty (Get it? Because we eat a lot of nuts…)
7. Where’s the last place you went to on a date? (and what did you order?)
My last date was with one of my good friends Erica. We went to Hogtown Vegan in Toronto. I finally got to try their unchicken and waffles. I can’t put into words how excited I was to have my first ever (and completely vegan!) chicken and waffles meal. I also tried fried pickles for the first time. One of them was smiling at us…we ate him last.
8. Did becoming vegan bring out any unexpected character traits in you? i.e. are you funnier now than ever before?
I think I learned to be more understanding and less judgmental. It has also taught me to care less about body image. I have gained some weight while on a vegan diet, but I feel free to eat what makes me happy without the added burden of what my body looks like or should look like. That’s something I’ve struggled to find balance with my whole life.
9. What’s the one thing you wish more people knew about vegan food?
1) IT IS NOT JUST SALAD! One of the most frustrating things I encountered as a vegan was that people are very disconnect to their food. We are so unaware of what we eat that we don’t realize how easy (and cheap!) it is to be vegan.
2) It isn’t a diet. While some people chose to be vegan for health reasons, most of the vegans I’ve met do it as a lifestyle change. It also doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to be thin and fit….