Today I’m super-proud to introduce one my personal wellness idols, Lindsay Nixon, as the very first kick-butt gal to be featured here in my new Radiant Souls interview series.
Lindsay is the shining heart behind Happy Herbivore, the popular plant-based (vegan) food blog. She is the author of four cookbooks including Happy Herbivore Light & Lean, which just came out this month.
I’m so honored to have Lindsay as my first Radiant Soul interview because she truly embodies the Radiant Abandon spirit: she’s living her life in line with her (not anyone else’s) dreams and values, and she’s doing it with overflowing enthusiasm and joy.
Enjoy my interview with Lindsay, then be sure to scroll through to see the recipe she shared with me … AND to enter to win a copy of her new cookbook, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean!
Elizabeth: I believe that physical, emotional, and spiritual health are co-dependent. In your experience, have you found that diet and exercise have an impact on your personal happiness?
Lindsay: I talk a lot about this in Light & Lean I am a better, happier person when I exercise (we all are, according to science ;)) and I found I was a lot happier, more energetic, more aware (less mental fog, for example) with more stable moods when I adopted a whole foods, no oil, plant-based diet. As I always say, good has to go in for glow to come out!
Elizabeth: You come across as a genuinely happy person. What strategies/habits do you use to make joy a priority in your daily life?
Lindsay: My happiness is always my focal point. I spent a lot of years depressed, and even more years really unhappy. I was miserable. When I climbed out of that darkness I vowed to keep my happiness a priority. I remind myself each day it’s okay to be a little selfish. I’m no good to anyone if I’m miserable or unhealthy. Steve Jobs has an amazing quote about how if he was unhappy too many days in a row he knew it was time to make a change. I’ve adopted that mindset and philosophy as my own.
Lindsay: You do Stop making excuses A little tough love but true. We make time for what’s important, but anyone can find 5 minutes to do an exercise… and it takes less than a minute to make a bean burrito. It’s all really simple, we just overcomplicate it in our mind. Adjust your thoughts to I can… not I can’t.
Elizabeth: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Lindsay: My mantra is “progress, not perfection.”
Elizabeth: Can you tell us something dorky that you really, obsessionally love?
Lindsay: Mustard on rice cakes.
Now for the yummiest part of our post … Lindsay was kind enough to share a recipe from her new cookbook. Microwave Peach Cobbler … does it get any easier (and tastier!) than that?!
Microwave Peach Cobbler
Lindsay says: “After the success of the Mug Cake in Everyday Happy Herbivore I wondered if I could make a pie or cobbler in a mug in my microwave. Still working on the pie, but this cobbler rocks!”
- 1 peach, sliced (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1 tbsp white whole-wheat flour
- 2 tbsp instant oats
- 1 tbsp rolled oats (optional)
- 1–2 tbsp brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- 1–2 tbsp nondairy milk (more with fresh peaches; frozen peaches are juicier)
- 1–2 tbsp vanilla vegan yogurt
Place peaches in your mug and set aside for a few seconds to thaw peaches if they’re frozen. In a small bowl, whisk flour, instant oats, rolled oats (if you want a slightly oat-y cobbler), brown sugar, and a few dashes of ground cinnamon (about 1⁄8 tsp), and a light dash or two ground nutmeg, until combined. Then stir in nondairy milk. Place the oat mixture on top of the peaches and microwave 1–2 minutes, until the oat topping has cooked and looks a little like oatmeal. Top with yogurt and serve.
Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137
Fat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2g
Carbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29.2g
Fiber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.4g
Sugars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18.2g
Protein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3.4g
WW Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for … the giveaway!
Lindsay has generously offered a copy of her new cookbook, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean, to go to one lucky Radiant Abandon reader. She says, “L&L still embraces my whole foods, no oil, low fat, “everyday” ingredient cooking style (and the recipes are just as fast and easy!) but this time my focus was on making meals that were not just delicious and fuss-free, but crazy filling and without a calorie bomb. I’m also celebrating that balance between a healthy body and a healthy mind (and a healthy diet) with L&L. You’ll find workouts and get moving tips in the “lean” section — any body or fitness level welcome!”
Use the form below to enter. Make sure you go for the bonus entries … you can get LOTS of extra chances! Plus, come back every day to enter again until the giveaway closes next Saturday night.