Undressing Food with Briana Santoro : Get Naked In the Kitchen

courtesy of The Naked Label

Eating right can be tough. You can opt for low-fat alternatives to your favourite dishes but chances are that they contain artificial sweeteners and additives that can do more harm than good. However, finding the right diet isn’t impossible.

Briana Santoro, the creative mind behind the newest brave and stunning cookbook Get Naked in the Kitchen, can help you start eating healthy without being tied to a single boring diet.

Melissa : What do people struggle with the most ?

Briana: ” I think people struggle with understanding what to eat, because there is a lot of mixed information out there, and I think it just gets really overwhelming.  We hear one expert says to eat meat and another says you shouldn’t.  One says to eat grains and another says not to. Consumers are left confused and not sure what the right answer is.  This is through the whole food space.  If you include packaged foods into that it gets even more confusing because companies are saying products are fat-free, and it seems like it is healthy,  but now we know a lot more information about what is fat free and it is not really that healthy.  People are confused because they hear so many different messages.  We try to really help alleviate that confusion, and to help people understand what is right for them as an individual.

There isn’t one right way of eating

 And this could change as well throughout your life.  Veganism can be extremely healthy for people for a period of time, and for some people for a lifetime.  You really have to listen to your inner expert, and if you are starting to not feel great and you feel like something is not right, then you really need to listen to that.  Alex Jamieson , the co-creator of Supersize Me and one of the contributors in the book, was excited to be a part of the project because she recently wrote a blog article called ‘I’m no longer Vegan’, and her entire brand is built around Veganism and she was Vegan , and then she started not to feel very well, so she started listening to her body.  She realized something wasn’t right.  So she started introducing eggs and fish and she noticed that the symptoms went away.  It wasn’t that she went to this McDonald’s everyday, processed meat animal heavy diet. It was that she introduced a bit and it helped.  She was still predominantly Vegan, but this is one of the reasons she was excited to be a part of this book.  She can still help people with the plant-based side of their diet, and understand that there are other experts out there, that can help with some of the omnivore side as well.  We can all live together because it is about the individual.”

M: What are some good habits, or bad habits to break when planning your meal ahead

B: “A lot of people talk about the issue about not having enough time.  The reality is that we all have a 24hr clock.  Nobody has more time than anybody else.

When we say that we don’t have enough time, what we are really saying is that we are not making the time to do what we want to do.

 We are putting something else higher up on the pole, versus eating healthy.  If it is important to you than you will have the time.  You may have to eliminate or change other things in your life, and people don’t want to do that.  The biggest thing is the mindset.  When people say I don’t have enough time, it is better to say I don’t make the time, because then it is on us to make the time.  When you do change your mindset, there are tips such as making extra. When you are cooking something anyway, like chopping onions, just make extra.  Even if you are making a smoothie in the morning, make extra in a container so you have your afternoon snack.  Putting in twice the amount of ingredients isn’t going to take up that much more time.  The other thing is planning ahead.  When you look in your fridge and realize you don’t have enough food at night, you are more than likely going to go out ,or order something in.  But let’s say your grocery shopping day is on Sunday, you can get everything you need for the week to plan your meals ahead.”

courtesy of The Naked Label

courtesy of The Naked Label

M: What are the most important food items someone should have in the fridge ?

B: “Depends on the person and their specific diet. For morning juicing, which I do, it is good to have  cucumber, romaine lettuce, celery, kale or swiss chard.  Apple or carrot to sweeten, and ginger to add a bit of flavour.  Those are staple ingredients in my fridge for juicing.  Always havin healthy good quality chicken, eggs, and nuts and seeds, of which you can freeze. Avocado , I can literally just eat of of the peel with a spoon.  It is a great snack.  Also, love coconut water, great instead of a sugary fruit drink. “

M: What are some healthy versions or alternatives to condiments?

B:”Ketchup alternative, made with honey instead of sugar.  Instead of mayo, to have hummus or baba ganoush.  I will make a batch of that every couple of weeks. It is easily spread on wraps , or sandwiches with veggies.”

M: What was the inspiration to move forward with The Naked Label to creating the book ?

B: I was seeing that there was so much confusion about the food that we are actually supposed to be eating.  We wanted to show people how to eat the right foods, and put that into recipes.  We wanted to kick up the recipe a notch, about not what is right and wrong about what to eat, but having fun with food. Healthy food can be absolutely delicious.  Inspiring people to get back into the kitchen and enjoy it.

You can find her book on Amazon !

 Best , always

Melissa ♥

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One comment

  1. Great interview! It’s true, making time is always a challenge. But if you REALLY want to eat right and take care of your body, you’ll make it a priority… :-)

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