Sarah Britton is the brilliant mind behind My New Roots – the beautiful blog showing people how delicious wholefoods can be. From her life-changing loaf of bread to vegan mac and cheese, super cereals and raw brownie, Sarah has pioneered the veggie recipes we know and love. We’re so excited to feature her on the blog today, celebrating the release of her second book, Naturally Nourished, with her Day on a Plate!
My name is Sarah Britton and I have a blog called My New Roots (MNR) that was founded in 2007 – so almost 10 years ago now. I started it because I had spent a year working on an organic farm that completely changed my view of food, health and wellbeing. After that I went to the Institute of Holistic Nutrition to deepen my understanding of this food-body-mind connecting thing. After that I started the blog to share everything that I’d learned in school because I felt like we all deserve to understand what our bodies can do for us and we grow up not being exposed to that stuff. I started MNR as a way of sharing what I believe was really vital information for just living well.
So now MNR has expanded into a brand and full company which is mindboggling to me because I never anticipated I would. Now I have two cookbooks under my belt, a mobile app, a digital print store of my photography. I hold wellness retreats, do cooking classes all over the world, lectures – I really love speaking a lot so I’m doing that more and more. It’s become quite a business and it’s just amazing and I have so much passion for it still.
Mmmm…these are the Sweet Potato Date Muffins from the new cookbook! Inspired by my favourite treat from a vegan restaurant here in TO👅 I want to send a massive thanks to all of you who came out to the gorgeous events we've had here, and those who graciously hosted us! The love is making me ✨high✨ Next stop Vancouver!!!✈️The events are all sold out – I'm looking forward to seeing you there! #naturallynourishedcookbook #mnrcookbook
When I was working on this organic farm. I went down there for a 5-week workshop and ended up staying there for a year. The turning point, which I actually speak about in the opening paragraph of my first cookbook, was this tomato that I ate – I didn’t know a tomato could taste like that. I didn’t know how delicious, how complete and full and nourishing food could be – and yeah, I woke up for the first time. I realised how good food can taste but also how good it can make you feel. Within 2 weeks of arriving on this farm I had the most profound physical, mental, spiritual transformation which is why I stayed for the entire year because I just couldn’t get enough. I was so excited by it and so encouraged by the positive change I could see in myself.
So I wake up around 7am – my son wakes me up. We’re up and I make him breakfast. I have my lemon water. He really likes me to sit while he’s having breakfast and I have my lemon water with him while he has breakfast. I make his lunch, get him to school, come back and I like to do my workout then so before I’ve eaten anything.
I like to practice intermittent fasting so I leave at least 14 hours between dinner and breakfast the next day so I’m still in my fasting zone. I like to do my workout first thing because I’m in a movement place (I bike him to school in the morning). I’m really into body weight training which is a dynamic yoga. I started practicing Ashtanga yoga when I was 16 years old and my practice has really evolved and since having a baby, doing something a little more intense is really helpful.
Then, I have breakfast – if it’s the Winter I really like having porridge or pancakes or waffles or something warm. I soak all my grains overnight and then I blend them up if I’m making pancakes or waffles. If I’m making porridge, it’s usually buckwheat or quinoa and I simmer them until they’re cooked. In Summer time I usually do a raw breakfast so a smoothie/smoothie bowl/raw porridge (where I’ll blend buckwheat instead of cooking and have it cold). Denmark is a cold, damp place to live so I find that I have to eat seasonally here or I suffer the consequences.
Sun is out…it's smoothie time!🙌🏼☀️Finally. I can never eat cold food when it's cold outside (call me crazy) so I'm stoked to see the light coming back and the temperatures rising. Today's blend was soaked oats, frozen banana, pear, hemp seeds, sprouted brown rice protein powder, mucuna pruriens, rice milk, vanilla, and that coconut milk powder I was going on about. I kept a little in the blender and added spirulina, then swirled it through the white smoothie.🌀Topped with more pear, dried raspberries and frozen blackberries. Such a satisfying lunch! Happy SUNday ya'll!
Then I get to work around 9/9:30. I start off with emails, blogging stuff. The day is always really different but I really like the balance that I have. I have some computer time and then I have most of my time in kitchen. I try and get my digital stuff out of the way in the morning and then I can get straight in the kitchen. Play, take photos and do an Instagram post.
Lunch is often – Danish rye bread is so good – my husband starting making sourdough rye which is great. I’ll have a slice of that, usually with some homemade hummus, avocado or a poached egg and then as many veggies as I can get in to myself – I really just like carrot sticks, sprouts (I make my own sprouts at home). I usually have two or three handfuls of those or I keep them at my desk and have them throughout the day. They really keep me full and satisfied and I like their crunchiness. Also a lot of leftovers, I’m a big believer in batch cooking. So I tend to make a lot for dinner the night before, whether it’s a soup or stew or even a salad I’ll have that as leftovers for lunch.
I’m not a big snacker. I sort of stick to three meals – that’s changed because I used to graze a lot during the day. But I think with he intermittent fasting, I have to get more food in my system in a shorter amount of time, it feels like I’m snacking all the time when really it’s just three big meals.
Drinks I love green tea, I have that in the morning. I have to be careful not to have one in the afternoon. I’m really really sensitive to caffeine.
As far as Dinner goes, I usually eat the lightest meal at night. A light soup (in Winter) or a salad in the Winter months.
Then I cycle back to the school to pick up my son and we go to the playground for a couple of hours – that’s always a great time. I really love that a lot – lots of sliding, monkey bars and all that jazz.
And then I go to bed around 10pm.
Tea, tea, tea. I’ve coffee twice in my life and I turned into a total maniac so I definitely can’t have it. I really like herbal tea. I like mixing my own herbs a lot – I studied herbal medicine at school. So I love concocting different stuff depending on how I’m feeling, where I am on my cycle. I feel like herbs are an underused system – we don’t use them in the Western world as much as we could. Plants are medicine and you can make your own medicine every day and I think that’s really cool. I’m really into tea – it’s a miraculous gift.
I don’t like to think of food in terms of things that are good and things that are bad for us. Obviously as a nutritionist there are things I don’t think we should be eating all the time. I don’t like to put it in a category of an indulgence but I guess if I had to pick something that I know is not the most health supportive… A loaf of sourdough bread with olive oil and butter? It’s my favourite thing in the world. Lots of wine every once in a while but these are things that make life good, I don’t really consider them indulgences.
Avocado, lemon and sweet potato.
This is so boring but I just really like bananas – so boring. I love a good banana, well-ripened. Life changing crackers on the blog are great with tahini or nut butter and chia seeds.
Go slowly! I encounter a lot of people who want to overhaul their diets over night and go to a lot of extremes, but in my experience this leads to disappointment and failure. When ever you are making a change in life – especially with food – it needs to be gentle and you need to be realistic and set small achievable goals which will encourage you to keep going. I always recommend swapping out white rice and cooking brown rice instead or bring carrot sticks in your lunch when you go to work. It’s simple things like that. If you have carrots prepped and sitting in your lunchbox – you’re going to eat them. It’s enabling yourself to make good choices. Not doing anything major in the beginning. Don’t do a 10 day juice fast, don’t sign up for a crazy meal plan. Make really small, achievable goals and celebrate those victories. Inevitably, those little changes will add up to something big – they’ll add up to a life change. If you do one small thing each day and do it for 365 days, that’ll add up to a huge life change. And that’s really exciting. Go slow, be gentle with yourself, set realistic goals and celebrate your victories.
Happy Birthday My New Roots!!! I'm celebrating this 9 YEAR journey today, and what a spectacular ride it's been so far. Thank you to each and every one of you who has cooked one of my recipes, left a loving comment, sent me an email, or just made one small healthy change in your life. YOU are the reason that this heart project continues to grow and thrive🙏🏼 I couldn't feel more grateful for your love and support. Let's keep going for another nine years and beyond, let's keep informing ourselves, empowering ourselves, and powering ourselves with plants🌱🍏🍋🍌🍠💪🏼 I love you guys! Photo of me in my happy place – the market in Warsaw this past week, taken by the amazing @martapotoczek
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
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