This week in Kitchen Farmacy – our food lover's blog where good health and great taste come together, with recipes to nourish the soul and body – we bring you Sarah Britton, holistic nutritionist, chef and the creative force behind super popular food blog My New Roots.
5 Jun 2014 - 11:22 AM  UPDATED 2 Sep 2014 - 1:54 PM

There aren’t too many food bloggers who can say they’re a TED speaker, writer for Oprah online, featured in The Huffington Post, and the 2014 Winner of Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Awards for Best Special Diets Blog. Then again, there aren’t many foodies like Sarah Britton, certified nutritional practitioner, passionate chef, storyteller, talented photographer, and clever wholefoods blogger.

Canadian-born, Denmark-based and world-travelled, Sarah’s blog My New Roots started as a way of documenting the food she cooks both professionally and at home in her Copenhagen digs. Little did she know that by simply and beautifully featuring wholefoods that are gathered and cooked with love, her humble online space would become an award-winning, much-loved blog.


Why did you start your blog?

“I wanted to set up a non-biased space for people to come and learn about how to take better care of themselves through diet and lifestyle, as I have seen immense changes in myself since making little, positive changes every day. Over the years, my vegetarian, wholefood recipes have inadvertently created a community of readers who are passionate about cooking. There are so many people out there who are hungering for direction and guidance in preparing nutritious food, and it is gratifying to know that I can play a small role in that.”


When did you first get passionate about healthy food?

“My healthy awakening happened in the high desert of Arizona when I was 22. That was the first time I experienced living in tune with the earth to such a degree, and it was like I woke up for the first time. I ate what we grew, and gave up processed foods, which changed everything. I finally understood what it meant to feel healthy, alive and vibrant.”


What are your favourite foods that you keep handy?

“Definitely tahini, avocados, sweet potatoes, bee pollen, quinoa, red lentils and mung beans. There are so many meal options when these are around!”


What’s your food philosophy?

“With every bite of food we take, we vote for the kind of body and the kind of world we want to inhabit. There is no doubt in my mind that eating a wholefoods, plant-based diet benefits both, more than any other way of eating.”


Why are plants so important?

“Eating a plant-based diet has changed the way I feel so dramatically for the better – I have more energy, clarity of mind, and most importantly, connection to the earth. There is also a noticeable peace and calm that comes with eating this way. The body is strong and mind is at ease.”


What does it actually mean to eat wholefoods?

“Basically, I try to avoid any foods that have been radically transformed from their original state. Wholefoods are perfect little packages of nutrition, so much more than the sum of their vitamins and minerals. When we begin taking apart foods to prolong shelf life, increase or decrease macronutrients, or alter the taste, we dismantle the delicate life force and balance of elements that are synergistically linked for our own benefit.”


What’s your advice for busy people wanting to get healthier?

“Starting small is very important. Many people feel the need to overhaul their diet in a day, and this is simply unrealistic. Swapping processed foods for wholefoods is a great way to start because you’ll notice a difference in how you feel right away. But I always say, the three things you can do to change your health dramatically without visiting the health food store are: chew your food, drink more water and think happy thoughts.”


My New Root’s top picks

1. The life-changing loaf of bread

2. Crispy cornmeal sweet potato fries

3. Superfood nut butter cups

4. Garlicky kale and white bean stew

Kitchen Farmacy Editor Kris Franken


Kitchen Farmacy is our food lover's blog where good health and great taste come together. Each fortnight we'll feature a health and wellbeing foodie blog, with recipes to nourish the soul and body. Here's to eating well (and satisfying all kinds of cravings). View previous Kitchen Farmacy blog entries.