New Year’s resolutions… we all make them, but do we stick to them? A common resolution is to improve one’s diet or make healthier lifestyle choices. Easier said than done, right? With that in mind, we caught up with Maryn Knevitt, co-owner of our fruity Market Street resident, Lollipop and all-round health guru, to talk 2019 goals, favourite recipes and veganism.
So Maryn, what are your New Year’s resolutions for 2019?
To get more ripped (LOL) and keep helping people to achieve greater health in all aspects of their lives. I’d also like to make Lollipop grow more and really flourish. On a more personal level to complete a few music projects that have been a couple of years in the making.
What has been your most successful resolution?
To get Lollipop up and running from last year’s resolution – and now it is!
How long have you been vegan and what inspired the lifestyle change?
I’ve been vegan for 20 years, it was a decision to remove myself from contributing to a food system that I did not believe in from an ethical and health perspective. It’s such a positive step that has historically been associated with a lot of negative response until very recently where it has gone mainstream with many celebs and athletes embracing the lifestyle.
We’re huge fans of your delicious smoothies and fruity snacks at Lollipop, where do you get your inspiration for the menu?
I’m a massive fruit fan. For the past 10 years, I have consumed more fruit than anyone in the UK (for real) and feel amazing for it! I wanted to share this style of eating with a mainstream audience, which meant creating dishes that are recognisable, like smoothie bowls, waffles, smoothies, salads, toasties, burritos, ice cream – all using sweet and savoury fruits as the core of each dish. We want Lollipop to feel inclusive and welcoming no matter what your dietary preferences are.
What are your favourite items on the menu?
Definitely the Acai Bowl and the Waffle. I searched high and low for tasty versions of both but then, out of frustration, decided to make my own – and they tasted amazing. The waffle is so tasty and arguably the healthiest waffle on earth as it’s free of dairy, eggs, gluten, refined sugar and refined oil – it’s buckwheat flour and hemp seeds that form the actual waffle and we top it with coconut yoghurt, berries and maple syrup. Complete protein, complete omega profile and high in micronutrients. I still eat both dishes every day!
Do you have a simple recipe you could share with us and our readers choosing to make healthier choices this year?
The ‘Medusa’ aka Raw Pad Thai is interesting. I got the recipe from Chris Kendall, a well-known raw foodist and holistic health coach from Canada, and gave it a twist. It’s essentially spiralized carrot (root), zucchini (fruit), cucumber (fruit), pepper (fruit), pistachio (fruit seed), sprouts in a peanut butter/sweet chilli dressing with lime and coriander. So simple and tastes absolutely incredible and very filling for a salad.
Finally, what advice would you give to someone who is trying to go vegan in 2019?
Understand why you are doing it. Enjoy it and find the foods you love and eat more of them. Eat a varied vegan diet and learn about your body and what it needs to thrive.