When it comes to being a bad-ass vegan who champions the goodness of fruit and veggies like no other, Emily from This Rawesome Vegan Life knows what’s up. Not only has she created a super successful, beautiful blog (THE best raw desserts), she’s written and photographed two cookbooks – all before graduating for university. Say what? Her writing is hilarious, unapologetic and full of energy. It sweeps you along for the ride and makes you look at your relationship to food in a whole new light. I’m genuinely stoked to have the opportunity to talk to her as part of this month’s Foodie Crush.
Everyone, meet Em…
Where did your love of food begin?
Cookie dough since the first time I remembereating it. Or the raw dough for this banana bread my mum used to make when I was much younger. I never thought about this before but that’s so perfect haha, now I spend all my time making raw desserts! Destiny.
What’s in your fridge right now?
Not much. Leftover salad? I need to go to the market. AFTER the market there will be: a million watermelons, other melons, loads of organic greens, bananas, and other fruit. Although, I won’t keep any of that in my fridge, so I have done a terrible job answering this question.
Let’s talk sweat. What do you do to stay active?
YES! M’kay so I have always been into werkin’ out nearly every day but I used to just to only do cardio because I wanted to be skinny. Lame as f*ck. NOW I lift. I go to the gym about 5 days a week and lift heavy with good form. I do about 5 reps and 5 sets for most moves. I keep it basic: dead lift, squat, bench press, barbell bicep curls, tricep dips, etc. I don’t think you need any fancy equipment to get fit. In fact you don’t even need a gym if it’s too much of a hassle. Get fit by doing bodyweight exercises. Don’t have a squat rack? Do as many jump squats as you can. For cardio, I love biking.
Your food photography is insanely good. Any tips for an amateur?
Thank you! Well I like bird’s eye shots these days, so I’d suggest trying that. Lighting is everything. I only use natural light, it’s best in the morning with cloudy skies. You need to shoot by a window. For backgrounds I use old metal pans, painted boards and different cloths. Look at other food photography and find out what kind of food styling you like. I used to spend way more time setting up a shoot but now I keep it very simple, often just photographing the food with no other props. I love Canon because it’s what I have always used.
Your go-to meals and snacks when you’re travelling
Fresh fruit, dried fruit, organic bread, baked potatoes, water, juice, smoothies.
You deserve to feel good all the time. Treat your body in a way that lets you experience that.
What you’ll need
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup dates
- 1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, if needed