Hi, welcome to Upbeet Kitchen! I’m Allison, and I started this blog in June 2018 to share my love of vegan cooking and natural living. I come from an environmental studies and holistic nutrition background, and I also love everything to do with running and fitness! The kitchen is my happy place- I just adore being creative with food.
I was fortunate to have been raised in the 90s by parents who shopped at health food stores, baked bread, sprouted seeds, made yogurt, and ate plenty of greens, brown rice, and miso before it was ‘cool.’ It only seems natural that my love of real food and cooking was sparked at a young age!
My food philosophy is quite simple: I love real food, and I believe in the healing powers of wholesome meals shared with people you love. I don’t believe in counting calories or macronutrients, but I do believe that it is important to eat a balanced plant-based diet based primarily on whole foods, with plenty of room for indulgence. I believe in nourishment and honouring our appetites rather than depriving ourselves of the great pleasure that good food has the potential to bring us.
When I’m not busy in the kitchen, I can probably be found running the pathways of beautiful Ottawa, Ontario (that’s me pictured above, running my first marathon in Toronto in fall 2018!), hanging out at a cafe with my quirky pals, or stargazing along the river.
Below are my answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
- Why Upbeet Kitchen?
I called my blog Upbeet Kitchen because the kitchen is my happy place and it is where I create vibrant recipes that promote health and happiness. (I also just really dig puns and plays on words.)
- What is your favourite recipe on Upbeet Kitchen?
That’s a tough one! If I had to choose, I would say that my Pulled Tofu Tacos are my favourite main dish, while my Cranberry, Pecan, and Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favourite dessert. But I would be remiss not to recommend my Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Shake, too!
- Do you have any formal culinary training?
Nope, I am completely self-taught. I have been playing around in the kitchen since I was a youngster, though, so my skills have been evolving for many years!
- Which camera do you use?
I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I currently take all of the photos for Upbeet Kitchen with my iPhone 5 (I have generally been reluctant to adopt new technology 😉 ). However, I am saving to purchase a DSLR camera. I edit my photos using Adobe Lightroom.
- Do you make any money through Upbeet Kitchen?
No, I do not make any money through Upbeet Kitchen at this time, but I am open to financial compensation through brand partnerships and advertising that aligns with the values set forth by Upbeet Kitchen.
- Are you vegan?
My diet is 99% vegan. I occasionally eat small amounts of goat and sheep dairy as well as free range and organic eggs from local farms. Everyone is different, and this is the eating style that best aligns with my ethics and health at this time. However, all of the recipes on Upbeet Kitchen since December 2018 are vegan.