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Amber Locke On Eating Raw

Amber Locke Raw Vegan Blonde

Raw food convert, Amber Locke, garnered a keen Instagram following thanks to the vibrant fruit and vegetable collages she posts under the name Raw Vegan Blonde. Now a published food writer, we caught up with her to find out the benefits of eating raw...​

What first inspired you to eat raw?

My inspiration was supermodel Valentina Zelyaeva; I read about her super-healthy lifestyle and got hooked on her blog. I tried the raw food lifestyle as an experiment and was so blown away by how incredible it made me feel that I just carried on.

What have you found to be the benefits of eating raw?

Raw food is such a delicious way to fuel your body. Raw fruit and vegetables are typically more nutrient-dense, alkalising and easier to digest. I have so much more energy, my skin is smoother and my hair grows like crazy; I’ve become more in tune with my body and aware of how what I eat can dramatically affect how I feel both physically and emotionally.

Raw Vegan Blonde Collage
How do you incorporate eating raw into your daily life?

You don’t have to be 100% raw to feel the benefits of raw food. Smoothies and juices are a simple way to eat more fruit and veg, and just one raw meal a day will put you on the highway to health and happiness.

I grew up in a real foodie family, so cooking and eating out are some of my greatest pleasures in life. My diet is typically 80% raw fruit and vegetable, plus nuts, seeds, grains and dried fruit. Now I’ll crave a huge salad with a tasty dressing rather than a juicy steak and chips, but life is all about balance, so if I really fancy something different or want to try out a new restaurant, I’ll enjoy it and then go back to raw food at my next meal.

What kitchen gadgets do you rely on for eating raw?

My favourite gadget is my high-speed blender, which makes wonderful 'whole juices'. I also love my juicer, a spiralizer for making long vegetable noodles and a nut milk bag for making my own creamy, dairy-free milks like almond or rice milk.