Plant Powered Living With Sharon Palmer R.D
What a treat! We’re so excited to feature registered dietitian and plant-based blogger Sharon Palmer on kaiafit.com. Not only is Sharon a wonderful plant-based chef, inspired dietitian, and fabulous writer, but she is also an incredible soul. She inspires so many with her diverse recipes, and fountain of knowledge on the power of plant-based living. We chatted with Sharon about how she lives plant-based, and what inspired her to set out to change the way her readers look at food.
Check out what she had to say!
What ignited your passion for plant based nutrition and what inspired you to start your blog?
I was raised a semi-vegetarian as a child, and have followed a plant-based diet for a number of years. As a registered dietitian and journalist, I had come to the conclusion in my work that everyone can benefit from a plant-based diet—from eating less animal foods and more whole plant foods. The nutrition research is pointing in this direction. This inspired me to write my book The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life, as well as to start my newsletter and blog, and speak out on this topic at conferences and events. I feel that it’s my responsibility to help people find a healthier lifestyle—one that is better for human health and better for the environment.
How long have you been plant based?
I have been plant-based my whole life, ranging from semi-vegetarian to pescatarian to lacto ovo vegetarian to vegan.
Where did you go to school to become a registered dietitian and are there any nutrition certification programs you recommend for aspiring nutritionists/dietitians?
I went to school at Loma Linda University, where I studied nutrition and took my internship to become a registered dietitian. This was especially interesting, as it was a meat-free campus. I believe that the registered dietitian program is the best nutrition program, especially since it is more often recognized by insurance companies, hospitals, and other organizations. You get a very well rounded experience in nutrition science which informs your whole career.
What are your top three tips for maintaining a healthy diet?
- Eat at least 6 servings of vegetables per day
- Eat fruit for dessert
- Eat more meals based on plant proteins—legume, seeds, nuts, soy
How do you help your family maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I cook plant-based meals for the whole family. I love to use fresh, seasonal produce to make things beautiful, delicious, and nutritious. I stock my home with a variety of whole plant foods—whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruit, veggies, and more. If it’s there, people will eat it. I don’t like to keep highly processed foods on hand.
What do you hope to inspire in your readers?
I want them to see that eating healthfully is beautiful, delicious and sustainable. One doesn’t have to eat meat three times a day to be healthy. On the contrary, we should eat less--and more plants! You can cut your risk of chronic disease by 80% through your lifestyle, which includes diet and exercise.
What is your favorite recipe to share with friends and family?
French Green Lentil Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each)
3 cups (454 g) French green lentils
4 cups (948 ml) water
2 teaspoons reduced sodium vegetable broth base
4 celery stalks, diced (160 g or about 1½ cups)
1½ cups (224 g) cherry tomatoes, halved
2 medium shallots, finely diced
¼ cup (15 g) packed chopped fresh parsley
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 medium garlic clove, minced
Pinch of sea salt, optional
Check out Sharon's blog and interview with our very own Nikki Warren here!