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...
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.
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.
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.
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.