Gratitude + Greens Interview with Genevieve Yam: Toronto born Genevieve Yam is a self-confessed tree hugging, smoothie- guzzling natural food enthusiast. Gen created Gratitude + Greens to share super easy recipes that unite her love of natural nutrition, whole foods and predominantly plant-based diet. Most of Gen’s recipes are vegan and/ or gluten-free. Having grown up between Hong Kong and Toronto, then later attending university in Scotland, some of Gen’s recipes boast the occasional twist. I caught up with Gen to see who’s inspired her food journey, what recipes she loves to start the day and her favourite winter comfort food:
Q. Can you recommend a book and/or blog that has inspired your health/wellness journey?
My favourite blog has got to be My New Roots, written by Sarah B. Sarah was my art teacher in high school, and it’s been very inspiring for me to see her blog grow. All her recipes are beautifully photographed, and you can really tell that she is passionate about health, wellness, and good food. She brought in a bag of frozen bananas once to make us vegan banana ice cream and it’s one of my favourite memories from that class. I’ve loved every single recipe that I’ve tried from her blog! To name a few of my favourites: Life Changing Loaf of Bread, her kale and white bean stew, and chocolate buckwheat granola.
A book that has really shaped my perspective on nutrition and food is In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. It really inspired me to go plant based. It’s a book that everyone, not just those who are interested in health and nutrition, should read.
Q. What’s your ultimate healthy breakfast recipe?
Q. If you could recommend a healthy cold weather comfort food, what would it be?
Any kind of soup or stew! When I was going to school in Scotland, I would always whip up a bowl of dhal , an Indian lentil stew. It’s very nutritious and warming, which makes it the perfect cold weather comfort food. Dhal is also spiced with turmeric, a spice with amazing immune boosting properties. Another recipe I love is what I like to call superpower soup which is also heavily spiced with turmeric. I load up on the turmeric during the winter to avoid getting sick!
Thank you Gen for taking a moment to share your fabulous corner of the internet and inspiration with us.
To read more of Gen’s sup simple and nutritious recipes stop by Gratitude and Greens blog.
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