Raw Food Chef
Amy Lyons is the blogger and recipe writer behind Fragrant Vanilla Cake, a blog featuring raw and vegan desserts as well as a few savory dishes. She is also the author of Rawlicious Desserts published in 2013. She graduated from Bethel University in 2007 with a degree in Studio Art and has a passion for creating beautiful things and helping others eat healthier.
- Vegan Pecan Pie Mylkshake
- Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats
- Vegan Mocha Walnut Brownies
- Raw Raspberry Lemon Doughnut Holes
- Raw Dirty Turtle Ice Cream
- Coconut Lime Doughnut Holes
- Raw Tutti Frutti Ice Cream
- Green Tea Strawberry Vegan Ice Cream
- Pumpkin Spice Yogurt
- Raw Lavender Lemon Chevre
- Pumpkin Spice Yogurt
- Protein Brownie Tart
- Carrot Cake Pancakes
- Raw Fruit & Seed Energy Hearts
What first motivated you to pursue a healthier, cleaner diet?
I was a competitive runner in high school, college and in my early 20s, and with a healthier diet I was able to run faster. I no longer compete, but I still run and eating clean is still important to me in order to feel my best.
Pick six words to describe “healthy living”
If you had to choose one, what would be your favorite fruit and favorite vegetable and why?
My favorite fruit would have to be raspberries. I love their tart sweetness and texture. They are only available for a short time here in Minnesota, so I enjoy them while I can. For a vegetable, I would have to say beets. I love them in everything from just sliced raw when they are tender, sweet and small to in desserts like a red velvet cake.
Do you have a guilty pleasure food, and if so, what is it?
Peanut butter. I could eat a whole jar if I could.
What type of physical activities do you participate in and why?
Running, walking, biking, rollerblading, and nordic skiing. I have always loved being active, and I love things that I can just walk out the door and do! I have to get some form of activity in every day in order to feel my best.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering making positive changes to their diet, exercise regimen or lifestyle in general?
I would tell them, start out with what you are comfortable doing. You do not have to make a total overhaul all at once. Every little change counts. If you want to run a 5k, start out walking, then gradually add in running for a few minutes at a time to build up. If you want to eat healthier, add in something every day that is healthier. Add in a raw veggie salad for lunch, if you do that, it is making steps towards eating healthier. I started out eating junk food when I was younger and now I consider my diet to be very clean. I am used to it, so I am happy with it and it is easy to maintain. You get used to a healthier lifestyle and learn to appreciate it.
Anything else important we should know about you or that you wanted to mention?
I am always trying to make changes to my life in order to be the happiest and healthiest version of myself. I think this is an important thing for everyone to do!