This week, in our Friends of The Happy Pear series, we chat with Indy Power, from The Little Green Spoon. A food blogger, Instagram star and cookbook writer, Indy initially graduated with a business degree from Trinity College Dublin, before setting up her popular food blog, The Little Green Spoon, in 2013. Since then, she has written countless recipes for newspapers and magazines, and her debut cookbook, The Little Green Spoon, was published in 2016. We recently caught up with Indy, to chat about all things food and wellness, as well as find out the top three foods she can’t live without! We hope you enjoy!
Where did your love of food and cooking coming from?
My love of cooking came from my family. We are all total foodies and my mom is a brilliant cook. We love to travel and try new foods, so I’ve always been really curious about different flavours and I love to experiment. My favourite meal to cook with my mom is shabu shabu. It’s a traditional Japanese meal where you all cook the food in a hot broth in the centre of the table. We make loads of different sauces, like chili oils and miso dips. It’s so much fun and seriously delicious.
What is your favourite meal of the day?
Dinner, for sure! I love chilling out at the end of the day and having a big dinner with my boyfriend or family. We usually have whatever I’m recipe testing that day and I always make loads, so I can stock the fridge with leftovers. Everything tastes better the next day!
What are the top three ingredients you couldn’t live without?
Nuts, as they’re so delicious and versatile. I use lots of ground almonds in baking, nut milk instead of cow’s milk, cashew cream instead of yoghurt, the list goes on. I couldn’t live without them! Oats because porridge is one of my favourite comfort foods and I’ve been using a lot of oat flour lately. Lastly, coconut. Coconut milk, cream, yoghurt; I love the taste of coconut and it’s amazing in all its different forms. It’s such a great ingredient for anyone who doesn’t eat dairy, and I love that it’s so readily available now.
As a food blogger, you obviously have to spend a lot of time online. Do you ever feel the need to take a break from social media, and what steps do you take to look after your mental health?
For me, exercise is really important; it really sets me up for the day. I have to do it in the morning, however, or I always sneak out of doing it! I suffer from anxiety and starting the day well really helps me manage that. It’s also so important to take time away from social media and my phone. It can be really hard when it’s such a big part of my job but it really is the only way to properly switch off. I was on holiday recently, and it was the first holiday I’ve had in ages where I decided I wouldn’t really post on Instagram. It made such a difference, I was actually able to clear my head and quiet all my thoughts. I felt so much more inspired and ready to get back into it when I got home.
Do you have a morning routine?
Most weekdays, I’m up at about 7:15am. I have a quick cup of green tea with my dog and then I head straight to the gym. As soon as I come home, I make breakfast and eat it whilst catching up on emails.
I workout with my personal trainer 3-4 times a week, in the mornings. I do quick 40 minute sessions that are mostly weights and body weight exercises. On the weekends, I love taking my dog for long walks in Wicklow. I try to do some yoga too but I tend to go in spurts; doing loads of it for a few weeks and then none for while. I need to start again, actually!
How important is sleep to you?
I’m a big sleeper! I need at least 8 hours of sleep a night, so I make a big effort to get it. Sleep is one of the first things that goes out of whack for me when I’m anxious and it’s such a vicious circle, so I really appreciate it when I’m sleeping well. A good night’s sleep makes everything better.
Why is eating healthily important to you?
Eating healthily is so important, it affects all aspects of our physical and mental health. I first started looking at my diet and researching nutrition in college. It was so interesting and rewarding to feel the benefits, that it quickly became part of my everyday. When I started making improvements to my diet, I began to feel better and better. It’s addictive to feel good, so it becomes much easier to keep up. For me, it quickly became a lifestyle.
What are your top beauty tips?
Lots of water and no processed food! It’s nothing new but it really does work. Eating good food and drinking lots of water is, without a doubt, the best way to get clear, glowing skin.