FAQ

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. 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 my readers 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. I believe that we can change our food system through sharing delicious recipes with loved ones. I take great pride in sharing recipes that anyone with any kind of diet can enjoy. 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 ah-mazing! 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 coconut nectar syrup.

 

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 in the first half of 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!

 

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.

 

What kind of camera equipment do you use?

I recently upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark III body which I love. My most-used lens for food photography is the 100 mm 2.8.

All other camera equipment (such as tripods and gear heads) can be found in my Amazon photography store.

 

For my Disclaimer page, please see here. Also, check out my About page.

Thank you for reading!

kelly December 23, 2012

I am new to vegan/vegetarian/raw cooking – Your site is one of my favorites and a go to. I am wondering about the recipes where you utilize chocolate. What type to you use – With most chocolate having a milk base what do you use for the vegan recipes?

I really want to try Chilled Double Chocolate Torte: The No-Bake Version – looks really amazing!

Thanks for your time,

Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2012

Hi Kelly, I used dark chocolate (and just check the label to be sure there are no milk ingredients listed) Enjoy!

Grace January 2, 2013

Angela,
your website is so amazing. I have been obsessed for over a year now and I recommend it to all my friends and family members every chance I get. I cannot believe how easy you’ve made it to find recipes for meals throughout the day and to print them. In addition, the recipe ingredients are simple, you guide step by step how to create the meals, and they are all so delicious. You really make eating vegan a breeze!!!! It has helped so much with my stomach problems, and in transitioning away from eating meat because of my strong beliefs in animal rights protection. There are not enough words to truly thank you. You are inspirational!!!!!!!!

-Grace Alvarez

Pattie January 7, 2013

My son eats vegan and I have made for him and with him many of your recipes. I came across this Chocolate Cake recipe and thought you might like to try it.
http://www.boutell.com/vegetarian/cake.html
Enjoy and Thanks!

Erin January 7, 2013

Hello! Thank you for all the information on your blog. I have even doing my best to eat vegan the past few months and learn how to transition my children to a mostly vegan diet. Your words have been supportive and your recipes inspirational!

I am trying to find a delicious recipe for simple Asian noodle soup and thought I might ask you for advice. Maybe you have tried it already or maybe you are interested in attempting it.

Thank you again for everything. All the best to you.

Erin

Jordyn January 10, 2013

I just want to tell you that your blog has changed my life. I just went completely vegan after being “mostly vegetarian” for about a year now. I thought it was going to be so hard! Especially because I own a bakery which is currently riddled with butter, eggs and various other badness. I had no idea that I could make UHHHMAZING desserts with no dairy/animal products. I’m seriously considering taking my bakery in a completely vegan direction now. My husband was so worried that he would miss eggs and cheese too much to stick to our new way of life but so far with the substitutions I have found, he hasn’t even noticed! Thank you for dedicating so much of your life to this blog because it truly is an inspiration to me and makes me happy and proud to be Vegan! Keep up the good work!

Krista January 13, 2013

I love all of your recipes, but I am trying to loose weight and am torn when deciding which new recipes to try because there is no nutritional info… Can you add this!?!? Or do you have a list of recipes that you know are good when trying to loose weight!?!?!? Thanks!!!!!

Lola January 14, 2013

Hi Angela! I’m trying to determine a way to send you a private message regarding your RSS feeds. It’s an issue I’ve had for some time. Rather than post it on your FB page or as a comment I’m wondering if there’s some way to contact you directly.

Mena Reu January 20, 2013

Hi! While “pinning” I came across your picture of spicy black beans with chipolte avocado sauce. It looks soooo good but I’m having a hard time finding the recipe. I tried looking it up and I keep getting a “0 results”. I’m so disappointed because I was hoping to try this week. Can you email me the recipe?

Thank you!!!!!

Mena Reu

Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2013

Hey Mena, Do you mind replying to this comment with the link of the picture…that would help me find out what recipe it is.

Mena Reu January 21, 2013

This is the “pin” i tried searching a recipe for and could not find: Hey, check out this pin on Pinterest: Spicy black beans with chipotle avocado sauce, cilantro, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red onion, & sprouts.http://pinterest.com/pin/32158584811059752/

If you can, please email me the recipe because I would really love to try! :)

Thank you!

Sent from my iPhone

Angela (Oh She Glows) January 22, 2013

Sorry that was from a restaurant in TO called Fresh :)

georgia January 26, 2013

how do you find the nutrional value for the recepies

Clo February 5, 2013

Dear Angela,

Thank you for all you do– I love your blog! My church has a program to feed homeless men and women in the community each Sunday. Someone brings a hot meal, and generally 25 guests come for lunch. We are becoming increasingly concerned about the nutrition of the meals that we provide. I started eating a plant-based diet last year, and was hoping to compile 5-10 plant-strong recipes to make cooking less intimidating for volunteers and encourage nutrient-dense meals that can feed a large crowd and are affordable.
Would you recommend any of your recipes as good for a large group, or suggest any resources for these types of recipes?
Thank you again for any help, and all the best!

Clo

Lori February 17, 2013

Where do you find chia seeds?

Megan Lopez February 19, 2013

Hi Angela,

I have recently just came across your blog and it is great! I am 21 years old and I have been trying to eat healthy ever since I got into college and ran my first marathon two years ago. This past fall my lifestyle changed when I became aware of all the amazing plant based foods that made me feel amazing from the inside out. I am now a vegetarian! But sometimes I find it difficult to create recipes and be creative in what I am eating so I am not repeating the same foods in my diet. I really would love to start a blog like you but I am not really sure how to go about it. It’s sometimes hard with being in school and trying to find time to make delicious recipes. How do you come up with all these amazing recipes?? How do you know what goes well with what? How did you teach yourself? Any advice would help!! Thank you!

Megan

Angela (Oh She Glows) February 19, 2013

Hi Megan, I do a lot of reading! :) Magazines, cooking websites, blogs, etc. It really adds up over time. :)

Shelley February 27, 2013

Hi Angela,
I love your blog and the recipes on it! I am interested in the nutritional information on each recipe. I notice that you occasionally include it. Is there anyway you can include nutritional information with each recipe?
Thanks!
Shelley

Angela (Oh She Glows) February 28, 2013

Hi Shelley, I’ve been doing this more and more lately so keep your eyes peeled. :) I always post the link at the bottom of the directions.

Maya February 28, 2013

I’m not sure if anyone has recommended this, but have you tried Bikram yoga? It is supposed to be great for healing any injury (definitely not a quick process though!). It definitely healed me from a weird nerve/hamstring thing that physical therapy did nothing for. And they always talk about it healing knee/ankle injuries.

Kristin March 1, 2013

I love your blog and all the amazing recipes! I’m curious as to whether your husband is a vegan now as well? I recently made the switch but my husband is TBD! Thanks :)

Angela (Oh She Glows) March 1, 2013

Hi Kristin, No Eric is not a vegan, but he does eat vegan 90% of the time now…a big big change for him and I’m so proud! Goodluck :)

Ellen Francis March 8, 2013

Hi Angela, I love you website and blog! It’s beautiful and inspiring!! I would love to put one of your recipes that I adapted on Vegan American Princess! I changed a couple of things to suit my taste but all in all, it’s a great one—Vegan Tortilla Soup! I will be sure to mention Oh She Glows and embed a link back to your website. Thanks so much for being such a great example for those of us starting out. Please check us out: veganamericanprincess.com
Thanks, Ellen

mary March 16, 2013

Angela,
you are an artist in the kitchen. I have used many of your recipes as a bas and they are always delicious. Just one comment under holidays there are no Jewish holidays and no recipes or vegan alternatives suggested.

Jennifer Bourassa March 23, 2013

Hi Angela,

My name is Jennifer and I’ve been enjoying your delicious recipes for over one year now. I just want to apologize for not taking the time out earlier to thank you for sharing them on your website. You have become a household name in my house and every single recipe I’ve attempted has been scrumptious, mouth watering, and boyfriend approved. ;-) It’s hard to name a favorite but your triple lentil recovery soup, zucchini muffins, chocolate torte/pudding, creamy orange sunshine soup, tomato basil pesto, enchiladas, and tofu with pineapple salsa and coconut rice are some of our regulars as well as our morning green monsters.

I came across your website while exploring your Green Monster Movement site and have never stopped going back. It happened just at the time when I was wanting to build up my repertoire of vegan dishes. I’m vegetarian and haven’t made the complete switch yet but it’s definitely been an enjoyable experience so far thanks to your knack at creating delicious recipes.

I have shared your website with countless friends and family and they have all become obsessed with your site too and have been spreading the word. You make vegan food fun, simple, filling – and most importantly – delicious!

Thank you again and looking forward to discovering more delicious food!

All the best,

Jennifer

Helen March 28, 2013

Hi Angela,

I’m 56 yrs. old and have had an eatng disorder since the age of 16! That’s 40 yrs.!!!! Not only do I binge, but I’m constantly bouncing around from one diet to the next. I am constantly soooooo stressed out over what to eat, what not to eat!!!! One day I’m not eating meat, to the next day eating a high protein (meat) diet. As of right now I have dieted my way up to being 60 lbs. overweight, at least!!! Not only am I driving myself crazy, but my family as well. My poor husband can’t keep up with me, yet he is so tolerant of my (this) insanity. I just can’t seem to get off this horribe merry-go-round!!! My thoughts of food are all consuming! When I’m not dieting, I feel quilty, when I am dieting, I feel deprived. Either way I feel miserable!! But I won’t give up on myself, because I know I can overcome this addiction. And it’s an addiction that I’ve allowed myself to obtain through the “DIETING INDUSTRY”, and if any young, or middle-aged, or older woman can have access to what I am writing, the best advice I can give is: DON’T DIET, BECAUSE ONCE YOU START A PART OF YOU DIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I was 16 yrs. old, I was 5’2″ and 110 lbs., and from reading magazines and articles on dieting, I was made to believe that I was overweight! And not only overweight, but inadequate, according to their standards. So to sum this all up, sadly, I have spent the majority of my life stressing over something as simple, and as necessary, as food. I have given food, and the dieting industry, the power to take away a part of my life that I’ll never get back. WHAT A WAIST (WASTE)!!!!!!

Nick April 4, 2013

Hi Angela Liddon,

I’m Nick, on behalf of Stephanie from Step It Up with Steph.

Steph wanted me to let you know that she loves what you’re doing on your blog! She thought that her new program may be of interest to your readers – she combines fitness with mental exercise – helping women to feel more confident and happy in their bodies, and also gives them the nuts and bolts for how to get in shape or commit to their health & fitness.

Her new 30 Day Jumpstart Program is here:
http://stepitupwithsteph.com/30-day-jumpstart-program/

Would you be interested in offering some sort of giveaway into the program to your readers, or have Steph do a guest post or provide you with content?

Let me know if you have any interest!
Thanks,
Nick
Assistant to:
Stephanie Mansour, CEO Step It Up with Steph
As seen on Chicago’s new reality weightloss TV show!
http://www.StepItUpwithSteph.com

Ash April 4, 2013

Angela.
Just a far off question. I turned 28 this year. and im 125lbs.
Ive gained 8 this year already normally around 115-118lbs.
I know your not a professional but i value your opinion.
This last year i feel like I’m battling constant hunger. Doctors say nothing is wrong.
I try to get a balanced vegetarian diet. but it doesnt seem to matter what i eat.
i turn around 10 mins later looking in the fridge. and when i do eat i never feel truly full.
Any thoughts?

Angela (Oh She Glows) April 5, 2013

Hi Ash, I would visit a registered dietitian if possible – they will be able to look at your diet as a whole and see if there are any macro or micro nutrients that are missing or need boosting. goodluck!

Daphne Populiers April 11, 2013

Angela, what a beautiful site you have! I just started my own blog about two months ago, it’s about vegetarian, vegan and raw foods (www.veggiestylewithdaphne.blogspot.nl). You’re definitely an inspiration! Thanks, and I’m sure I’ll spend quite a few hours on reading your stories ;-) Greetz from Holland!

Angela (Oh She Glows) April 12, 2013

Hey Daphne, Thank you I will be sure to check out your site! All my best

Jo April 16, 2013

Hi, I was just wondering if you have any recommended reading? I’m fairly new to this lifestyle, and have been vegan for about 3 months, but my main source of info is your blog, and searching the internet. I’d like to know more about nutrition, and the specifics of what different foods can offer, but am struggling to find any books that address this. Any ideas? Thanks, Jo

P Stewart April 19, 2013

Hi! Such a great site, appreciate your words and your recipes! I have been writing online for a couple years now, about my journey through disordered eating. It has mainly been a private journal that helps me get my thoughts out but I am finally coming to the point when I would like to take the blog to the next level. Could you answer some questions about formatting etc? Do you have an email to be reached at? Thanks!

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Lorrie McFadden April 24, 2013

Hi Angela,

I wrote you a week ago or so and am sorry to repeat, I just want to make sure I do this correctly. We are launching in just a few weeks and I’m gathering referrals for our clients and think you’d be a good one. Please let me know if it’s okay to post a link to your recipes on our site: onefitwidow.com. To check us out: https://www.facebook.com/OneFitWidow

Thanks,
Lorrie
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Director of Food Relations

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom April 24, 2013

Hi Angela. Love your blog. I couldn’t figure out how to contact you so I am leaving a comment here. I was entering your giveaway today and there were Victoria’s Secret ads coming up. They were really–well–Victoria’s Secret-ish and I had to send my boys away from the computer. Would you maybe consider blocking the URL from your ad company? I’ve had to do that on my blog w/ several companies.

Thanks in advance :).

Wylene April 25, 2013

I recently made your coconut macaroon thumbprints. They were delicious, but oily. Can I reduce coconut oil by half? Also I want to reduce amount of maple syrup. Do you think that will work? I might need some other liquid for right consistency.

Thanks. Love your recipes.

cosmina April 29, 2013

What can I substitute egg whites for in recipes? Thx!

Josie May 10, 2013

For your vegan chocolate cupcake recipe, would you be able to use this recipe to make a cake? I would love to make a cake for mothers day on sunday and love this recipe but am not sure if it will work! Let me know please! Thanks

Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2013

Hi Josie, I think it would probably work fine – not sure how large of a cake it would make though – maybe an 8×8 or a small round?

LINDA May 15, 2013

Hi Angela,

I just became vegan, although in my heart I always felt like I was one, just didn’t have the courage to do it. Until I saw the talk that Melanie Joy gave on carnism. And that pushed me or gave me courage to do it. I am nervous about it. Esp. for my familys reaction, I am anticipating lots of negative comments. But for once in my life, I will stand up for what I believe in without, doubting. Because this calling is in my heart it is really strong and i can’t ignore it anymore. I just wanted to tell you have such a beautiful , reassuring smile. It warms my heart. And you do glow from the inside out. I tried one of your recipes yesterday wonderful. Thank you for your blog, I just love it.

Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2013

Thank you for your lovely words Linda!

LINDA May 15, 2013

Just a suggestion Angela, before you print your cook book. Please make it one with rings around it so it easily stays open and we are not fighting with it to stay open. I don’t know why nobody ever thinks of that.

Linda xx

Kathleen May 21, 2013

I thoroughly enjoy your site. I changed email providers and had to unsubscribe my old address. I have been unable to find the subscription link/area to be able to subscribe with my new address. Please help.

Angela (Oh She Glows) May 22, 2013

Hi Kathleen, My subscription buttons are found on the right hand side of the page (at the top) hope this helps!

Jana Cervinka May 24, 2013

I love so many of your recipes, and they really help me keep on track with vegan and vegetarian goals, and weight control. I would appreciate a ‘My Recipes’ section where I could file my favourites and new ones to shop ingredients for. Centralizing your recipes on your website instead of e-mailing myself links would be great. What do you think?

Tara May 28, 2013

Hi Angela,

First, I just want to say how much I love your blog. You and your recipes inspire me daily.

I’m a runner and I’m currently training for my 4th half marathon. In an effort to try and improve my running I have started strength training. I was also reading that protein powder will also help improve my muscles and running.

My question is how to use them. I make a green smoothie every morning and I use about half a cup of Greek yogurt for the protein but I don’t think that is enough. Would I just need to have a protein shake after a long run or should I have one every morning as well?

Also, what protein powder do you recommend? I have read a lot of good things about Vega. do you know if they are available in stores or only online?

Thanks for you time and advice, much appreciated.

Tara

Jessica May 30, 2013

Are you ever interested in taking vegan recipe submissions? …don’t *think* that one was in the FAQ’s….I read them but sometimes all the info just doesn’t make it in the brain, ya know? :)

Jennifer May 31, 2013

Dear Angela,

My name is Jennifer and I work for the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. Our newest website is EverydayDiabeticRecipes.com. If you are not familiar with it, I encourage you to check it out: everydaydiabeticrecipes.com We aim to be a source of healthy recipes for those diagnosed with diabetes. The site, along with our weekly recipe newsletter is just getting off the ground and we are eager to build our audience, which is where you come in!

We have been brainstorming ways to get our readers involved and enjoy the site more, so we are looking for bloggers such as yourself to contribute recipes or healthy eating suggestions and tidbits. They don’t have to be new articles or recipes, just diabetic-friendly. We ask that the recipes list nutrition data, as all of the recipes on our site do as well. We are happy to include your photo and bio, along with a link back to your blog.

The site is still in its infancy, but we have high hopes for it. Our original site, MrFood.com, has more than 2 million unique visitors.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

All best,
Jennifer

Chris, Brisbane Australia June 1, 2013

Hi Angela, I just made your banana bread protein bars. They are delicious! Can you please tell me whether they should be stored in the fridge or not. I live in Brisbane Australia.
Thanks. Chris.

Paula Newcomb June 4, 2013

I would like to try your recipes, they sound interesting and delicious but I really need to keep track of my calorie intake. I read in your faqs that you do not count calories but it would be very helpful to have a per serving count. Any recommendations for other cookbooks with calories noted would be helpful

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