Here are some of my most frequently asked questions over the years!
What is your food philosophy?
I thrive on a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods that are minimally processed and organically grown whenever possible. I still make room for dessert and believe a balanced diet makes room for indulgences like chocolate or sweet treats (in moderation…usually!). For many years I identified with the vegan label, however in March 2015 I decided to go label-free because I found the external pressure to be perfect was overwhelming. So, I no longer use a label to define my diet or lifestyle, but I continue to enjoy eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, gluten-free whole grains, healthy fats, and unrefined sugars in my diet. I always encourage you to do what works best for you. If that means ascribing to a certain label or having no label at all, I support your choice!
What is the Oh She Glows mission?
My mission is to show you how to find your inner and outer glow through mouth-watering and crowd-pleasing plant-based recipes. Healthy eating shouldn’t be complicated or fussy and I believe that we can change our food system through sharing delicious recipes with loved ones. Sharing recipes that anyone with any kind of diet can enjoy is my passion; readers from all over the world have told me that my recipes won over their “meat and potatoes” dad, picky kids, or other vegetable skeptics. Try the recipes for yourself and see!
How do I get started?
It all starts with trying just one recipe! My advice is to try a new recipe every week or every few days and pick some quick and easy recipes to begin with so you don’t feel overwhelmed, such as my Classic Green Monster Smoothie, 5-Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl, or 15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta. I always say focus on what you are adding to your diet, such as new foods, recipes, or cooking methods, rather than what you are taking away.
What foods should I stock my pantry with?
See my Pantry chapter in The Oh She Glows Cookbook for a detailed list explaining all of my most-used pantry staples.
Which unrefined sugars do you use in your recipes?
I primarily use pure maple syrup since it’s found abundantly in Canada. Not to mention it tastes amazing! I also use coconut sugar, blackstrap molasses, and Medjool dates. Once in a while if I feel that a recipe needs traditional sugar (such as a cupcake recipe) I will use organic cane sugar or organic brown sugar. If a recipe needs a sticky liquid sweetener for binding purposes I use brown rice syrup or raw coconut nectar syrup.
What type of oils do you cook with?
I primarily use virgin coconut oil for the health benefits. It also has a very high smoke point so it’s great for frying and roasting at high heats. I also use cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and refined coconut oil if I don’t want any coconut flavour in the recipe.
Where can I find your cookbook? Do you have plans of writing any more cookbooks in the future?
The Oh She Glows Cookbook is sold in retailers all over North America, Australia, United Kingdom, and more. You can find a list of online retailers here. It’s a New York Times Bestseller as well as a bestseller here in Canada. Chapters/Indigo selected The Oh She Glows Cookbook as their Book of the Year for 2014.
Yes, I am hard at work on my second cookbook! It’s slated to drop early fall 2016. It will be plant-based and will feature many quick and easy recipes to reflect our busy lifestyle as business owners and new parents. Please keep following my blog and social media for cookbook updates! You can also follow the hashtag #osgcookbook2 for behind the scenes fun! I love sharing sneak peeks of the recipes that will make it into the next book.
I’m an Android user and can’t download your recipe app as it’s currently only available for Apple devices. Is there a way that I can get the recipes you’re uploading to the app?
Great question! I’m still in the process of populating the app with all the classic OSG fan favourites, so a lot of the recipes I’m uploading right now are ones that are already up on the blog! I’m tweaking them a bit as I go, but no worries—the original blog posts will be updated with the refined versions of the recipes, too. While there will be app exclusives from time to time, many of the brand new recipes that you see appearing on the app will eventually be added to the blog as well. I hope this helps!
How can I rate one of your recipes? Why don’t some recipes have a rating system?
To rate a recipe, click on the post containing the recipe you want to rate. Scroll down to the comment section and find the comment box. Leave your comment and rate the recipe out of 5 stars by clicking on the stars below the comment box. When you publish your comment your rating will appear and it will also go into the database that calculates the average recipe score.
Some recipes don’t yet have a recipe rating system because we are currently implementing our new rating system into old recipes. All recipes should be updated with time.
What brand of blender/food processor/mixer/juicer do you have?
For all of my loved kitchen appliances, please see my Amazon store for the complete product listing.
When did you start Oh She Glows?
I started Oh She Glows on October 31, 2008. You can read my first post, Boo, if you’d like to see where it all began.
Why did you decide to write a blog?
I started the blog with hopes of talking about food and my recovery from an eating disorder. Even though it felt terrifying to talk about so openly, I reassured myself that no one was reading anyway. However, within the first few months, my readership grew rapidly. Before long, I had connected with other women and men from all over the world. It ended up being therapeutic and healing to talk about my 10-15 year long battle with food and weight because for the first time I realized I wasn’t alone. I didn’t have to hide anymore.
In the beginning, the blog didn’t really have a focus; I wrote about anything and everything. As my relationship with food improved, I narrowed my focus on creating healthy, plant-based recipes. Oh She Glows is now a celebration of my renewed zest for life and the good food I enjoy along the way. Not coming from a food or photography background, I had to teach myself how to cook, style, and shoot my creations. It’s been an adventure to say the least and I have learned so much!
Why did you call the blog Oh She Glows?
The name represents the happy glow that comes from the inside when you treat yourself well and lead a balanced lifestyle. When I was in recovery from an eating disorder, my friend Leah told me something I will never forget: “I can tell that you’re being good to yourself because you have a real glow now that you didn’t have before.” Her words always stuck with me and it became my goal to glow throughout recovery. When I was brainstorming blog names, I wanted something that was catchy and had the word “glow” in it. I first thought of ‘She Glows’, but I discovered that the domain was already taken, so I decided on ‘Oh She Glows’. I’m really glad that I didn’t go with ‘She Glows’ because I feel like Oh She Glows is a great fit. To this day, the name still has a lot of personal meaning in my life and I’m sure it always will.
Can I use one of your recipes on my own blog?
If you have not changed the original recipe I prefer that you simply link to the original. If you have changed the recipe significantly, feel free to post it along with your changes and a link back to the original recipe.
Can I use your pictures or recipes on my blog?
Please do not use any of my photographs or content without permission.
Where can I learn more about the press/media Oh She Glows has had?
You can view my Press page here.
I’m seeing a pop-up notification in my Safari browser. How do I unsubscribe?
If you are seeing a pop-up notification for my new blog posts in your Safari browser this means that someone in your family opted in to get the updates. To opt-out, simply go to “preferences” within your Safari browser, then click the “notifications” tab, and remove “Oh She Glows”.
What kind of camera equipment do you use?
All other camera equipment (such as tripods and gear heads) can be found in my Amazon photography store.
Thank you for reading!