Today, I am sharing an exclusive interview with Felicia from A Simply Raw Life! This woman is so inspiring and her recipes are so delicious and creative. I first stumbled upon A Simply Raw Life when I discovered her Banana Cream Vanilla Smoothie. It is one of the most delicious, simple and healthy smoothies you will ever make. Not to mention, it tastes positively sinful. Once I tried this smoothie I knew I just had to connect with the person who was genius enough to create it. Read below to get a better idea of who Felicia is, what makes her tick and what A Simply Raw Life is all about-you won’t want to miss it. The Banana Cream Vanilla Smoothie is included as well.
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Felicia and I am designer whose real passion is cooking. My life is surrounded by wonderful friends and family, many who have the same passions, loves and desires as I do. One of them being to feed our families with healthy foods and treats. Over the past year this passion has evolved into really trying to make over our meals, creating our old favorites into healthier natural versions. Thus, A Simply Raw Life was born. This blog is about sharing healthy recipes, fun things revolving around food and the kitchen and maybe some other fabulous things we come across living in Los Angeles. But mostly, this blog was created help people like me and many of my friends, to transition into incorporating a more plant based diet into their lives, to eat more raw foods in their natural state and see the benefits from doing so. I hope you come and join this journey with us.
When did you start your journey to a healthier lifestyle?
I started 7 years ago thinking a vegetarian lifestyle was the healthiest change I could make. I didn’t know anything about raw food and I didn’t think I could be a vegan and give up cheese. Only 10 months ago did I learn about raw foods and made the changes and adjustments to be raw most of the time and vegan the rest. I haven’t looked back.
What led you there?
What led me there was were two things, one of them being the realization that as I grew older my body did not digest proteins well at all. The change to vegetarian was to cut out all animal meat protein thinking it would help and solve the problem. I realized that even with that, my body was not functioning correctly. Very painful at times. I did my usual yearly cleanse last June and finally made the transition to raw foods. The other was the cancer diagnosis a close friend received last year. She had a very aggressive form of cancer and she needed to act fast and fight it. She consulted a nutritionist and immediately when raw. The doctors were amazed the results of her blood work only after a week. She was able to help suppress her cancer with the raw diet and ended up only needing radiation and not chemotherapy. I joined the raw food journey to support her and it changed my life. She is an inspiration.
What are some of the daily rituals you practice (besides making all of your amazing recipes!)?
I try to have one fresh green juice or green smoothie every day. I drink lots of water. I pack our families lunches every day and when we get home from work we have family time and try to get outdoors as much as we can. This year we are working on a fruit and vegetable garden. I hope we can do it. The best times are spent with my husband and son.
A lot of people have a hard time staying healthy when they aren’t in the comfort of their own home. How do you keep your balance when traveling or eating out?
I try to find eateries that offer heathly foods I can eat. Part of it is doing research before you go out. Check out the options in the area and checking out the menus. If I am traveling for work, I try to also find a juice bar in the area and drink at least one or two fresh juices. Also, I try to remind myself of how good I feel when I do eat healthy and how I usually regret it afterwards. However, I do allow for splurges every now and then. It’s only natural. But I try to make sure it doesn’t become a prolonged splurge. 🙂
What did your life used to look like before your journey began (in a nut shell) and what’s the difference now?
I’ve always been a foodie, I love food, but before I didn’t meal plan as carefully, and I really let my guard down in regards to food and was carefree about what I put into my body. I can say I paid the price for doing that. I was tired a lot and bloated. I enjoyed my family as always, but now I feel good about being able to give my family even healthier options. Now, I have way more energy, I’ve lost weight without really trying, my skin is clear, I have mental clarity and no more bloating… I could keep going…
What is your number one tip for clean eating and healthy living?
Meal plan and prepare. Make over your pantry and refrigerator. If you have the ingredients on hand you are more likely to eat clean because the ingredients are there at your fingertips. Give your body a chance to reap the benefits of clean eating… your body will end up craving it once it use to it.
BANANA CREAM VANILLA SMOOTHIE
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1 to 1-1/2 banana, frozen chunks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yes, that’s it! Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender. Note: I like my smoothies to be thick and creamy, especially this one. Start off with 1 frozen banana and then if it looks too thin, slowly add more frozen banana, piece by piece, until you get the desired thickness. Top your smoothie with chia seeds and raw cacao powder, or whatever your heart desires! Yum!