About

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Hi, I’m Angela. Welcome to Oh She Glows – an award-winning recipe blog featuring over 500 healthy recipes (and growing)! For the past 6 years, I’ve shared energizing, plant-based recipes that my family and I enjoy on a daily basis. My goal is to inspire you to embrace more plant-based foods in your diet without feeling the least bit deprived. And yes, my recipes are great for meat-eaters and picky kids too! Most of my recipes are gluten-free and many are allergy-friendly (just check the recipe for the allergy info).

My first cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook (released March 4, 2014) is a New York Times Bestseller. It was also selected as Chapters/Indigo’s BOOK OF THE YEAR for 2014. It features over 100 plant-based recipes (including 85 gluten-free recipes) using real, whole food ingredients. The book also contains over 100 full-page, full-colour photographs shot by yours truly! For more info, see here.

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Note: The parfait cover is the Canadian cover and the carrot cover is the US cover. The content is the same in both, however!

 

My Story:

On October 31st 2008, I started Oh She Glows to write about my recovery from an eating disorder, my journey to health, and the amazing transformation that food can make in our lives. Within the first few months of blogging my readership started to grow and before long I connected with women and men all over the world. Today, almost 7 years later, Oh She Glows has over 1 million unique readers each month. I never expected that my blog would turn into a passion and eventually my full-time career, but I’m extremely grateful that I took a chance and hit publish on my first post.

As my relationship with food improved, I focused on creating healthy plant-based recipes that would win over my husband’s approval. At the time, Eric was a devout fast-food lover and drank pop like water. Coming up with healthy dishes that he enjoyed was a difficult task, but I was up for the challenge! I didn’t come from a food or photography background (nope, I barely knew how to cook a potato), so everything you see on this blog is a result of hard work and self-taught skill. I taught myself how to create recipes and then photograph my creations. It’s been an adventure!

In 2011, I was approached by an editor from a major publishing house and offered to write a cookbook. It had been a dream of mine for a while so I jumped at the opportunity. my first cookbook was published on March 4, 2014. One year later, and it has over 300,000 copies in print! The response has been absolutely shocking…thrilling…mind-blowing. I’m so grateful that my work has resonated with so many across the world. The Oh She Glows Cookbook is now printed in several different languages including English, Chinese, German, Slovak, and Spanish. It’s sold across North America, the UK, Australia, and more.

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[interview in The Writer Magazine]

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Let me rewind a bit and tell you about what was going on in my life the year I started my blog!

2008

In 2008, I married my high-school sweetheart, Eric, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Psychology. Life was wonderful, yet not so wonderful at the same time. I was in recovery for an eating disorder, something I had been struggling with since I was 11-12 years old. Despite the great things going on in my life, I couldn’t enjoy them fully without putting my eating disorder behind me. It was like a storm cloud hovering over me for years.

During the last semester of my Master’s degree, I started working full-time as a researcher. I did a lot of hands on, practical research and even had the opportunity to write a book chapter, but ultimately I found that research did not fulfill me like I thought it would. I just felt so empty inside and deep down I knew that it wasn’t a great fit. I longed to express my creative side! I wanted to write, but not in the form of scientific articles. Thankfully, Oh She Glows was a great outlet and really let my creativity flourish. For the first year of blogging, I wrote 3 posts per day (yes, you read that right) and I absolutely fell head over heels in love with my new hobby. Up until this point in my life, I never had a hobby that I felt so passionate about and it felt so rewarding to enjoy something so much. Connecting with others all over the world motivated me to keep going during a time when I was very unhappy with my career. Whenever I was frustrated with career unhappiness and worried about my future, I would brainstorm ideas for blog posts. Boredom was no longer in my vocabulary.

2009/10

In 2009, I took the leap and left my research career. This was a difficult and anxiety-provoking decision as someone who doesn’t like change or letting people down. I had no plan, but a supportive husband, tons of drive, and a hobby I loved. After a couple months of looking for other research jobs, I decided to start up my own business, Glo Bakery – a healthy bakery featuring my popular Glo Bars. Walking away from a career that I went to school for 7 years was not an easy thing to do, but it turned out to be the best career decision I could’ve made. Finally, I felt passionate and in control of my own happiness! I was determined and filled with passion to make this new career work.

I ran the bakery on my own (with the help of my husband when he had time) for a couple years and it was a huge success. Each week, I hand-made over 500 Glo Bars and shipped them to customers (many were blog readers!) all over North America. It was physically exhausting running both the bakery and the blog, but I knew that I was on the right path to career happiness. No matter how much work it took, I was willing to do it.

2011/2012/2013

After a couple years of running the bakery and blogging full-time, I closed the bakery to pursue my cookbook dreams after being approached by an editor from a major publishing house. The bakery was an experience I will never forget and I learned so much. Right now, my focus is on writing cookbooks and blogging, but who knows, some day in the future I might open up the bakery again!

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2014:

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We welcomed a baby girl into our family in September 2014! You can read my announcement in this post. Also, check out my Baby section, where I post frequent pregnancy updates. She is my greatest blessing and I’m enjoying motherhood more than I ever dreamed.

2015:

I’m working hard on my second plant-based cookbook which is due out early fall 2016! I truly feel like it’s the best collection of recipes I’ve created to date and I can’t wait to share it with you! Just like my first cookbook, the second book will feature over 100 full-page photographs so it will be a feast for the eyes…and of course the belly!

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Here we are in May 2015!

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Learning to love food again

With hard work, counseling, and persistence, I was able to overcome my struggles with disordered eating. I no longer count calories, weigh myself obsessively, binge eat, or workout compulsively. Balanced is how I feel in my life now. It’s a great feeling after so many years of struggle.

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I shifted my diet to plant-based in mid-2009 after learning more about nutrition, animal welfare, and the environmental impacts of factory farming. My goal is to show you healthy, unprocessed, and animal-product free recipes that I create to keep myself and my family inspired about tasty good-for-you food. My husband dropped 20 pounds effortlessly and got rid of his high cholesterol – all without dieting or medication. I share my recipes on this site to hopefully inspire readers to try out my recipes. The best part about my recipes is that anyone can enjoy them from vegans to omnivores alike. Don’t believe me? Just read some of the glowing reviews in the comments. I’ve received hundreds of emails over the years from blog readers crediting Oh She Glows for inspiring some major changes like losing weight, shifting to a plant-based diet, reducing meat consumption, overcoming eating disorders, and changing careers. I’m so grateful to be a able to share my passion for food and wellness on this blog and most importantly, to hear YOUR stories of triumph!

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Let’s Get Social:

Facebook: Check out my Facebook page. I post all of my new recipe posts on Facebook, so be sure to like my page and click “receive notifications” to get updates!

Instagram – Check out my Instagram page. I post food pics, recipes, and some behind the scenes action! I also have a new Instagram account @theglowspot where I post pictures of home renos, pregnancy/motherhood, life events, and non-food related things. Make a recipe from my blog? Be sure to tag it #ohsheglows and @ohsheglows on Instagram so I can see it! Looking forward to seeing all your creations!

Pinterest: Follow me on Pinterest

Twitter: @ohsheglows – I love reading what’s going on on Twitter and I LOVE hearing about the recipes you try out! Tweet me about the recipes you make or share a pic! Be sure to tag it #ohsheglows

Questions/comments? Please stop by my FAQ page for a ton of your questions answered in one cozy spot. You can also say hello via email: press[at]ohsheglows[dot]com. I personally respond to as many of your emails as I can fit into a day, but occasionally I cannot keep up with them or lose track of emails. If this is the case and your question is urgent, please feel free to re-send it. I appreciate each and everyone of you who take the time out of your busy day to send me a note. Thank you for making my days brighter!

Press: Looking to contact us about a press opportunity? see here.

Not sure where to start? Try my popular recipes page. If you are a quote fan, then this page is for you!

Peace, Love & Plants,

Angela

 

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Rebeccake8 March 25, 2015

I’m so disappointed that you are not vegan. You are still an amazing person but I guess I always thought you were doing all this because you believed in compassion towards all living things. You really let me down Angela. You were who I thought was my favourite “vegan”.

Aaron March 24, 2015

Hey Angela,

I just want to stop by and let you know how thankful I am to read your blogs. It clear shows that you devote a great deal of time and effort into creating valuable content for your audience. Your work has inspired me to pursue my own passion- which is to build a new health-conscious restaurant that allows guests to order their meals based on their personality :)

I’m launching a Kickstarter pretty soon and when it becomes successful, you will know that you’ve played a big part in bringing it to life! Have a wonderful day Angela.

Aaron

Ayumi March 20, 2015

I so, so love your site. And it was a great help to read all about your story because I am in a similar situation to what you went through some years back.
You actually inspired me to try blogging myself, which I finally started. I guess this is how I realized that I should really tell you how grateful I am that you are here. This blog is like a refuge I can go to whenever I need peace.
I wish you all the best and I am always looking forward to your posts – checking about 100x a day, at least ;)

Angela Kirke-Maistrello March 14, 2015

Hello Angela!

I am writing from beautiful Northern Italy and have read many of your blog posts and I give you huge thumbs up from a veteran dietitian of 14 years. I became a dietitian because I loved helping people and loved nutrition. I can’t begin to tell you how inspired I am by your recipes and what you have shared in the blogging world. I am in the process of publishing my blog in regards to plant based eating for life. I bought your cookbook yesterday on amazon in Italy and shipped one to my mom in Arkansas. By the way, you are so right about moms! Mine too has given many cards and gift boxes over the years. I look forward to receiving your cookbook and one day I will be writing my own. I had a great experience at MD Anderson Cancer Center in their Integrative Medicine department and was the Senior Dietitian for a moment. I will recommend it to my colleagues back in the USA to give to their clients and patients. As for now, I will be starting my blog, americandietitianinitaly with recipes vegan and plant based from the Mediterranean. I look forward to all the recipes and will share with all the Italians I know.

Healthy Regards from one Angela to another!

Angela

Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2015

Hi Angela, Thank you for your kind words! All the best with your blog!

Linda March 9, 2015

Hi Angela!

I love your blog, your recipes and I just bought your book!!

I have a question for you. I have been vegan since last June (9 months now) and this winter, my skin is really dry. It’s not eczema exactly but it looks similar. I have slightly itchy dry patches all over except on my face.

I am eating walnuts and flax for omegas and consume fats like organic coconut and olive oil daily.

I also eat avocadoes and olives often for healthy fat snacks.

I did some research and decided that I will buy some vegan DHA this week hoping it will help.

Do you have any ideas what I may be missing in my diet and what I can do to remedy this?

I really don’t want to go back to eating any animal products or fish.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Linda :)

Michelle March 5, 2015

Hi Angela! I live in a historic town in MD (United States). I always read your blog for recipes and I ordered your cookbook sometime ago. Well.. I just went for a walk and saw your cookbook in the window of a local bookstore. It is restaurant week and they have your book front and center amongst other great cookbooks. You probably won’t see this but I just wanted to say congrats on the success of your cookbook!! I have to say it my favorite that I own-It’s amazing and you are truly inspirational. Have a wonderful day

Tami F. February 21, 2015

I love your blog, but your RSS button is not working and your FB messaging in not enabled.
Can you please sign me up for email updates, thanks.

Dale February 11, 2015

I’ve found a number of your recipes to be very good, indeed, and some of them have suggested new approaches to me. I recently had a batch of hot pepper jelly fail to gel properly (not usually a problem!); it was made with Thai Tiger peppers from our garden, and I wanted to salvage it. I hadn’t tried chia seeds as a jam thickener before encountering your recipe for strawberry jam, and decided to try them as supplemental thickeners in re-processing the jelly (I used equal quantities of chia seeds and hypomethoxylated (low sugar requirement) pectin); it worked well. [I bought your book]

Amanda Smith February 10, 2015

Hi!
I’m not sure where else I could express my gratitutde for your recipes and well everything you do as a whole. Although I am not vegan I do have a strict diet that doesn’t allow many things. Which is were so many of your recipes have come in handy. I feel like I can eat again. I’m usually pretty creative but there came a block when all I could do was eat plain chicken and broccoli. I just made a pudding the other day and was blown away. I had to tweek it a bit due some of my dietary restrictions but I feel re-inspired! My friend has introduced me to your site when I was vegan and have been addicted ever since. She even bought me teas from you for Christmas and I am in love! I love how you have gluten free options and that everything being vegan has no dairy in it! You are truly amazing and inspiring and I can only hope to lead such an amazing life full of positivity, laughter and health! Thanks again, (cheesy line) your #1 fan!!!!

Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner February 9, 2015

Your cookbook is gorgeous! You are such an inspiration :)

Michele January 29, 2015

Hi Angela,

I was wondering if you have ever tried switching out the brown rice syrup for coconut nectar in the glo bars from your cookbook. I’ve recently read that people should avoid brown rice syrup because of the extensive processing it undergoes and that it may involve some chemical additives. Whereas, coconut nectar has nutrients such as vitamins C and B, amino acids, and minerals and has a very low fructose content.
Have you ever cooked with coconut nectar? If so, how do you think it might change the taste?
I am going to try a new batch of glo bars next week with coconut nectar, and if you are interested I can let you know how they turn out, unless of course you have already tried!

aarsi January 29, 2015

love love love your recipe ideas! Thanks

Paola January 20, 2015

HI Angela,
I am wondering if you do speaking events. I have a group of young professional women and the theme of the event is eating well for good digestion etc.
I can provide more details if you’re interested and prefer to have a quick chat over the phone.
Thanks
Paola

Michele January 14, 2015

Hi Angela, or other bloggers,

I would like to make vegan ricotta cheese. I have two daughters that are vegetarian and I use ricotta cheese in pancakes I make for them. Does anyone have any recipes with possibly cashews or some other nut (for high fat and protein for my toddlers) that tastes like ricotta cheese? My girls are very picky eaters so I need something that tastes similar. Since I have been vegan for so long I don’t even know what ricotta cheese tastes like! Thanks in advance!

homer January 12, 2015

Where can one find the nutritional information for these recipes? In particular, the Lentil walnut loaf and the protein power goddess bowl.

Joanna January 10, 2015

Hi, I have bookmarked your site a while back and just found it again. I can’t wait to order the book. You’re full of great ideas and even though I’m not a vegan I love to eat vegan food. You’re my inspiration and I’m looking forward to try out your recipes.
Congratulations on a gorgeous baby.

Erica Donoho January 6, 2015

LOVE all your recipes! Wondering if it is possible to freeze the leftover “soul soothing african peanut stew”? Thanks!

Jess Bailey January 5, 2015

Hi there,
We’ve had quite a few people asking for your book in our shops in Australia, could you let me know if you have a distributor here?
Thank you for your help!
Jess

Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2015

Hi Jess,

Thanks you for wanting to carry the book. Eric has sent an email to the publisher in Australia and CC’d you. Thanks again!

Melanie January 3, 2015

Hi Angela,

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Love your website and cookbook, I bought 12 for gifts. Everyone loved the book! It’s important to me that my friends and family eat well and your recipes are beautiful, so I knew they wouldn’t disappoint.

If you are ever in the Kincardine area, say July 11, 2015, drop by the Kincardine Women’s Triathlon, its an entry level triathlon. 375m swim 12km bike and 3 km run. We have over 400 women registered from all walks of life. Very inspirational day !! Would love to hear from you.
I’ve left my email address.

Melanie

Alex Faulkner January 1, 2015

Gah I love your blog! I recently started my own and you have a been a big inspiration for me and actually convinced me to start it. So thank you and I hope that you and your beautiful family are well :) xx

Michele December 27, 2014

Okay I just made the best ravioli ever. I used your nacho cheez dip in the oh she glows cookbook for the inside of the ravioli. I topped it off with homemade ravioli and tomato sauce. Better food than any restaurant I have eaten at!

NdgSusan December 22, 2014

Dear Angela,
Just before Christmas, I wanted to write to thank you for making my conversion to vegan so tasty and enjoyable. Your wonderful recipes never fail. And I am never at a loss as to what to cook since there is always a great recipe waiting for me, and I can find it by listing the ingredient I want to use.
Thanks you for your terrific site. And your cookbook, which I have given to a number of people.
Susan

Lucy December 17, 2014

Hello Angela!
I’ve been making your recipes for years, and every single one of them is perfect and delicious!

I also had no idea you’ve recovered from an eating disorder! I am in the process as well. You’re an inspiration. Keep shining, and thank you so much for all you do. Xo

Tyneshia Griffin December 12, 2014

Love your cookbook! It gets me in the kitchen! It is always great when you add a little something extra to a recipe and it turns our marvelous! Thanks for your contribution to the cook book world!

Kat December 9, 2014

Hello Angela,
I have followed your blog for years. I have made your recipes hundreds of times. Whenever I fall out if the cooking habit and then go back looking for new recipes I always end up here.
I have never posted, but I bought your book today (I am SO happy for you!) and I just wanted to finally say thanks for all the great recipes (especially for the Avacado torte!) and to say that I am truly happy for you and seeing your book in the stores is so wonderful (I think I actually said “hey I know that girl”! Haha)
All the best in your future success.
Kat

K December 1, 2014

Hi Angela.

I have been reading your blog since 2010 in an attempt to eat healthier and try new ingredients and ways of cooking. I just purchased your cook book today(cyber Monday!)
from Indigo. I’m really excited to start cooking from it!

Do you have an email address where you can be reached? I’ve looked on the website and don’t see one…

Thanks!

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