PEACE, LOVE AND GRANOLA
You'd be forgiven for drooling all over your phone when having a scroll through Peace, Love and Granola's Instagram. Word to the wise: don't look when hangry.
18 year old Ruby Faraday has eaten at like, every healthy café in Melbourne and knows a thing or two about treating your body right.
We quizzed her on guilty pleasures, fave places to eat and the ingredients she always has in her pantry.
1. Hey Ruby, tell us a little bit about yourself
Hi everyone! My name is Ruby, I’m 18 years old and I live in Melbourne, Australia. At the moment I am taking my gap year after completing high school in 2015, and I am spending the year working on Peace, Love and Granola, as well as working at a Juice Bar and in retail.
2. Your Instagram makes us super hungry. What began your journey with food and blogging?
In all honesty, I sort of stumbled across the food blogging world by accident. I started my Instagram page in September 2013 with no expectations of what it could become. Back then, Instagram was only just starting to be used as a platform for bloggers. Having said that, I've always had a passion for photography, and became very interested in health at the age of about 12 or 13. Instagram became a creative outlet for me and a way to express my passion for health, photography, food & food styling.
3. Have you always been interested in health and wellbeing?
As mentioned, I’ve pretty much always been interested in health and wellbeing. I was never a sporty kid, but I always made sure I looked after my body in terms of diet. I am still incredibly passionate about it, but I’ve tried to broaden the focus of my Instagram to more of a food in general/lifestyle and fashion page.
4. What’s your standard go-to healthy meal?
As all of my followers know, I’m completely obsessed with anything to do with avocado, so I’d probably have to say that smashed avo is my go-to healthy meal. It’s super versatile, and always delicious!
5. Where’s your fave place to eat in Melbourne?
That’s a super tricky question to ask a food blogger, but it is unsurprisingly very common. I guess it changes all the time with new cafes popping up everywhere on a regular basis, but at the moment I’m in love with Matcha Mylkbar in St. Kilda and Fourth Chapter in Prahran.
6. What are three ingredients you always have in your pantry?
Definitely peanut butter, maple syrup & coconut oil. They are basics that all foodies need!
7. What’s your guilty pleasure?
I really do love sweet things on occasions. Cronuts, donuts, lollies, chocolates, chips. You name it. As long as all of these things are consumed in moderation, and not super often, I don’t see a problem with it.
8. Do you team your healthy eating with a workout routine? If so, talk us through it.
I go through phases where I will work out every single day, and, at other times, I won’t do any exercise for a few weeks. That may seem like a strange confession but I’ve always been like that and I’m okay with it. I tend to just listen to my body and go with the flow. Throughout year 12, I exercised 2-5 times a week because I felt like I really needed to, but this year I’ve found that I’ve slacked off a little. When I do workout, I usually just do it at home for about 15-30 minutes - just focusing on core strength mainly. Lots of crunches, planking and also a little squatting and lunging here and there.
9. What are your top three tips for girls wanting to lead a healthier life?
My number one tip would be not to restrict yourself too much. I find that when I do, it can be easy to lose balance and become obsessive. I’m a firm believer in the fact that it’s so important to balance everything in life, including the things you eat and the amount you exercise.
Another top tip would be to find healthy alternatives to your favorite treats or meals so that you can satisfy your cravings, without loading up on junk.
Last but definitely not least – meal prepping is essential to leading a healthier life, particularly when it comes to snacking. If you put aside a few minutes at the start of every week to map out a rough meal plan for the week, you’ll be able to keep yourself on track! I always make sure there are fruit, veggies, nuts & dates in the house so that I never reach for processed or packaged foods when I feel like a snack.
10. What’s your go-to beauty routine?
If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never been one to pamper myself or drown myself in lotions, creams and scrubs. I also don’t wear a lot of makeup day to day, so I don’t really have a set routine as such. If I’m in the mood for a little bit of pampering, I’ll usually have a warm bath and exfoliate my skin but that’s about it!
PEACE, LOVE AND GRANOLA'S
CACAO & COCONUT BLISS BALLS
This is one of my favorite recipes as it is so quick and easy to make and is the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth! This recipe can be adapted and changed in whichever way you wish and you can add or remove ingredients of your choice.
1 cup almond meal
1 cup raw organic oats
1.5 tbsp cacao powder
1 cup desiccated coconut (set aside an extra 3 tbsp for rolling)
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
3 medjool dates
1. Place all ingredients into a food processor until you reach the desired consistency (should take 3-5 minutes)
2. Take 1 tbsp of the mixture and roll it into balls.
3. Roll the balls in desiccated coconut.
4. Place the balls on a tray, or dish of your choice.
5. Place the tray in the fridge to set for approximately 3 hours