Expert interview Series: Kristen Seymour of Fit Bottomed Eats on Healthy Diets You'll Stick To
Kristen Seymour is the editor in chief of Fit Bottomed Eats, a website devoted to foodies who want to be fitter. We recently checked in with her to get her take on eating healthy without giving up the flavors...
Kristen Seymour is the editor in chief of Fit Bottomed Eats, a website devoted to foodies who want to be fitter. We recently checked in with her to get her take on eating healthy without giving up the flavors you love. Here's what she had to say:
What inspired you to start Fit Bottomed Eats?
My business partners (Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead) and I started Fit Bottomed Eats after having great success with our first two sites, Fit Bottomed Girls and Fit Bottomed Mamas. Our readers wanted more recipes, more real-world nutrition information, more tips on how to make healthy eating fun and simple. Launching Eats was our way of giving them what they wanted!
What's your philosophy on health and fitness?
You can't hate yourself healthy, so it's important to cultivate healthy habits that you actually enjoy. If you hate running, you don't have to run! But figure out what makes you smile while you sweat, whether that's yoga, dancing, taking your dog on more walks, whatever. I'm all about pushing your limits, but honor your body and spirit as you do so.
What are some of the most cringe-worthy fitness or dieting practices you've come across?
Anything with an all-or-nothing approach makes me want to scream. Doing a little is always better than giving up, and small changes add up to big results.
What's your approach to eating healthy?
It's similar to how I feel about fitness - focus on getting more of the good stuff you love! A reduction in the less healthy fare comes naturally. I make a point to get in plenty of fresh fruits and veggies every day, but that doesn't mean I'm going to turn down an evening of wine and cheese with friends.
What types of foods do you avoid?
I don't eat beef, pork or poultry, but that's a personal choice, not one I push on others for health reasons. I don't believe that any foods you really love should be totally off limits - that only makes you want them more! But I do try not to have, say, a big bowl of ice cream every night or anything.
What are your staples for a healthy summer diet?
I love stocking up on fresh berries and watermelon while they're in season. Whether on their own, with plain Greek yogurt, or tossed in a salad, they make up some of my favorite meals. And then there are all the amazing summer veggies - just a quick turn around the farmer's market provides almost endless inspiration. I love asking the folks at the farmer's market booths about their suggestions for using veggies I've never seen before - it makes me excited to get back in the kitchen.
Can you share one of your favorite summer recipes?
I'm a huge smoothie gal, and this summer I can't get enough of this one:
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop plain Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla (or plain) protein powder
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen (or fresh) peaches
- 1/2 cup frozen kale
Blend it all up -- add more or less liquid as desired for consistency. If you make it a little thicker than usual, pour it in a bowl, top it with fresh berries and eat it with a spoon!
What are your must-have kitchen tools?
I would be lost without a really powerful blender. I use my Vitamix every day. I also can't believe I went as long as I did without a good set of knives - a good, sharp knife makes all the difference in food prep.