about

Hi there and welcome!

I’m Mary.  I live in the rainy city of Hamburg, Germany, with my husband Adam and our son Benoit.  We are an American/French family who have made our way from Germany to Ireland to France and back to Germany all within the past six years.

I am a champion of self love, an enthusiast of movement and exercise, and a lover of a delicious home-cooked meal.

In the spring of 2018 I will begin my certification in holistic nutrition, and I could not be more thrilled to start this new adventure.

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What this blog is about

Once upon a time, as in up until five years ago, I did not enjoy cooking. In fact I really, really did not like it. I grew up in a family where my mom made home cooked meals almost every day, yet I had no interest in anything to do with the meal preparation. Just the eating part. As a child, I actually had the notion that feminists like myself should not be spending time in the kitchen…and consequently while in high school (pre-search engines) when I wanted to make my mom a cake, I tried to make the frosting by microwaving flour, milk, and butter in a bowl.

 

Yep.

 
When I was out of college, I started paying more attention to what I was eating. I started looking at cookbooks and reading books about nutrition. I was becoming fascinated with different ingredients and cooking methods and how with a little preparation, foods such as cauliflower or cashew nuts could make a substiution for a pretty dang tasty cheese!

 
Fast forward to today, and through many meals and many, many messes, I have come to love cooking. I love choosing out recipes, picking out our weekly produce at the grocery store or market, as well as sharing a healthy, guilt-free meal with friends and family.

 
Perhaps your experiences with cooking healthy food are similar to my own. Wanting to make healthy meals but having no idea how or where to start, and maybe even feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with it all!  If so, don’t fret! Any step in the right direction is a good one.

To help you along your way, each recipe I share includes a few tips and tricks aimed at helping you feel a little more secure with your cooking skills and decisions regarding your health.  My hope is that this blog would be a place where you can learn to:

  • Develop confidence in making informed, healthy decisions for your body
  • Become more comfortable in preparing/cooking your own food-and hopefully eventually enjoying it and feeling confident enough to come up with some of your own recipes!
  • Find ways to include more vegetables, a large contributer to your overall health, into your diet
  • Love the relationship between food and your body!

All of my recipes are vegetarian, and most are vegan and gluten-free.

 

I’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to get in touch, please shoot me an email at sproutingradiance@gmail.com.  You can also see what I’m up to on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

I’m always interested in working with people or companies who are as passionate about food and healthy living as I am.  Please reach out to me about related ideas or collaborations.