Interview with Sarah Argo of Southern Blonde Vegan

Sarah Argo of Southern Blonde Vegan

I started this site up partly because I wanted to document my own journey in plant based living and self discovery. But I also did it because I wanted to help as many people as possible unlock their potential and live authentically – by exploring and sharing ideas.

There’s only so much of that I can do on my own. I would never claim to be an expert at any of this stuff. And despite my efforts to remain neutral, I’m always gonna be looking at things through my own lens, made up from my personal experiences and biases.

So I thought, rather than boring you and stifling your growth with my same old approach, why not switch things up a little? Why not bring in other people to share their story too? To give you a new perspective on things, to freshen things up, and to help you see this crazy world from another viewpoint. After all, I really believe blogging is all about community, and we can achieve a lot more together than we can as individuals.

So that’s what I did. I went on a search for people I believe have an inspiring story and message to share, and I’m delighted to bring you our first guest today!

Sarah Argo.

Sarah wears many hats, so to speak. She’s a 24 year old plant based food and lifestyle blogger at Southern Blonde Vegan. She’s also an Instagram extraordinaire, sharing amazing, health promoting, home-made vegan recipes that look and taste delicious. And perhaps most importantly, Sarah is a wife, a stay at home mom, and a role-model for her three year old daughter.

Last week I reached out to Sarah, and she kindly obliged to let us find out a little more about her story. Obviously I really like her approach to nutrition, but there’s something about the way she comes across and her non-judgemental approach that I thought was cool too.

I really hope you get something out of this conversation. Something that resonates with you, that you can apply to your life, to help get you closer to reaching your potential. Because that’s the end goal!

So with out further ado, here’s Sarah Argo!

Enjoy!

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Simple Vegan Garlic Bread Recipe (vgn) (gfo)

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

simple vegan garlic bread recipe

Here’s another little side dish I thought you might enjoy.

I don’t usually go for this sort of thing. As you know, I’m not a big fan of using processed foods, and try my best to stay away from them whenever possible. They’re not something I really want to promote, as they’re largely full of empty calories, contain little nutritional value, and don’t really contribute to the overall goal of creating healthy, fully functioning body.

But I wanna be completely honest – like most people, every once in a while I indulge. I’m only human after all…

Like I’ve said before, everyone is at different stages of their health journey, and if having a bit of vegan spread every now and again (which isn’t the worst thing in the world) makes eating a predominately whole food, plant based diet more sustainable for you, by all means go for it. I don’t want this blog just to be for the ‘elite’ – I want to meet you where you’re at. So sometimes that will mean looking at a few in-between, transitional recipe options, like this one today: vegan garlic bread.

The vegan garlic bread recipe is probably one of the easiest and quickest on the blog at the moment. It goes great as a side with just about anything, but we enjoyed it with a big pan full of dahl the other evening.

And here’s how we did it.

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Red Onion & Sweet Potato Mash Recipe (vgn) (gf)

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

Sweet potato and onion mash

  • Serves: 2
  • Cooking time: 10-15 mins

We’ve been on a bit of a recipe hype lately here at Health Room. And I’ll be honest, it’s probably because I managed to figure out how to make this new swanky looking recipe page, which I’m pretty excited about. It’s a collection of all the creations we’ve thrown together over the past year or so. All plant based, vegan, healthy, easy to make, affordable, and pretty tasty.

And you wanna know the best part?

The page is completely self sufficient, and updates itself! So every time I add a new recipe to the blog, it will automatically get added to the recipe index, picture and all. How sweet is that?!

Very sweet is the answer. It will save me a shed load of time and hassle, which will allow me to focus on the more important stuff – putting out the best content that I can. But I can already tell that you’re probably not quite as pleased as I am at this concept, so lets just get on with the next recipe already…

This sweet potato mash recipe is pretty versatile, and makes a great addition to a load of different meals. We had it a few days ago with a super quick dahl, but it goes equally as well with spicy beans, or on its own as a soup if you water it down a little.

Quick, simple, easy to make, and full of plant powered goodness. Go get yourself some mash!

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Sweet Chilli & Sausage Stir Fry Recipe (vgn) (gfo)

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

sausage stir fry, by luke jones, health room

  • Serves: 2
  • Cooking time: 25 mins

We’ve really been getting into cooking stir fry dishes again lately. Probably because we’ve been really busy, and stir fries are quick as Usain on the 100.

I’ve had a lot going on recently with the blog. I added some FAQ pages about each of the topics I write about, which you may or may not have noticed. Probably not. I’ve also been preparing articles for a few magazines, working on a couple of other pretty exciting projects, and I’ve also take up triathlon training as a new hobby, which I realised takes a long ass time to do properly. We’ve also had stuff to finish off after moving into the new place, and Mickie has been preparing to start her teacher training too.

So yeah, add all that up and it makes for a busy past few weeks. So for food, stir fries it is.

This one in particular is one of our new favourites. It’s sweet, sticky, full of veggies, and very meaty (but not in the artery-clogging, animal-slaughtering kinda way). Who thought that adding a few veggie sausages and tahini to the mix could work so well? I’d even go as far as saying that this dish ‘woks’…

Get it? Anyone?

No?

Wow… Tough crowd…

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Plant Powered Mexican Burrito Recipe (vgn) (gfo)

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

Can't beat a good veggie burrito.

You can’t beat a good veggie burrito.

  • Serves: 2
  • Cooking time: 35 mins

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love eating Mexican food.

Ever since that first burrito from Wholefoods back in the university days, I’ve been hooked. There’s just something about the combo of beans, rice, wraps, veggies, salad, guacamole, coriander and salsa that drives me crazy. Funnily enough, we’re actually popping out to Mission Burrito to get a couple for lunch, as soon as I finish writing the intro to this post. So I’d better hurry up and get to it…

Strangely, although I love sampling burritos at various different restaurants and cafes, we’d never actually made them properly at home. Maybe it was because I was a little scared our home-made versions might not live up to the hype. They might be crushed by the competition, and I’d be left sobbing in the corner with my below average wrap, ego in tatters.

But last week, we took the risk and cooked up a load of plant filled burritos for my family, the first big meal we’ve done since moving into our new flat together. There was a lot to juggle serving six people, but we had a good system going on. I was chief bean, rice and veggie filler, whilst my girlfriend Mickie handled the salad, guacamole, salsa and wrapping duties. Like a pro I might add.

Thankfully, our first attempt turned out pretty good. Really good in fact, even if I say so myself. Although that was probably more down to Mickie’s kitchen prowess, rather than mine…

So read on to check out our plant powered burrito recipe, and go get yourself some veggie goodness!

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10 Traditional Meals That Can Easily be Made Vegan

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

It's surprising how easy it is to turn your favourite meals plant based, once you get the hang of it.

It’s surprising how easy it is to turn your favourite meals plant based, once you get the hang of it.

On some level, I think quite a lot of people would probably like to eat a plant based, vegan diet. Especially if they were made aware of the potential benefits, not just for their health, but for their performance, for the environment, and for the other species we share the planet with too.

But despite this awareness, there would inevitably still remain one big barrier blocking the path for so many people: they wouldn’t know what to eat.

They wouldn’t know how to replace the meals they’re currently having with substantial plant based alternatives. Cut out the meat, dairy, eggs and processed foods, and what are you left with? Am I just gonna eat salad and sawdust?! They get the notion that a vegan diet would be too difficult.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s really not difficult. Yeah I said it. You’ve just gotta get started, experiment a bit, fail a lot, and after a while you’ll find some good solid meals that you’ll forget are vegan at all. But if you want a head start on all that, I can give you a little direction.

If you’re starting to become a little plant curious, or if you’re already plant-strong and looking for new ideas, here’s ten examples of everyday dishes that with a few small adjustments, can easily be made into healthy, delicious, plant based meals. Nothing complicated. Nothing expensive. Just quick and easy nutritious food.

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Super Cheap, Super Quick Dahl Recipe (vgn) (gf)

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

Cheap simple dahl, all ready to eat on the new table I constructed last night.

Cheap simple dahl, all ready to eat on the new table I constructed last night.

We’re fresh off moving into the new flat in the capital city, and we’ve got a bit more furniture to put together right now, so this blog post is gonna be almost as quick and simple as the dahl we made for lunch today. No nonsense, vegan, tasty, and cheap as you like.

Go get it.

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Why You Shouldn’t Listen to me.

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

know nothing. herohealthroom.com

My name’s Luke Jones, and I’m a hypocrite.

Okay, that might be a little harsh.

I’m not quite a hypocrite. What I mean is; although I spend my time writing about eating a plant based diet, moving naturally, being present, and developing healthy habits – I’m far from perfect.

I’m definitely no guru, expert or messiah. Don’t get it twisted. I actually sometimes feel quite uncomfortable being put in the position where I’m looked to for advice or guidance. It makes me feel kindda gross.

I do feel that I have some value to offer some people, but unsurprisingly, I’m a regular person just like you. I’m navigating my way through the madness just like you are. And you can sure as hell bet I get things wrong; quite often in fact. I make mistakes. I struggle. I doubt myself. And perhaps most importantly, I fail a lot.

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7 Ways to Break the Plateau and Enjoy Training Your Body

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

handstand, break the plateau, luke jones, health room

Standing upside down, somewhere near Richmond Park in London.

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

Michael Jordan

We all get stuck in a rut sometimes when it comes to exercise. Seasoned athletes and weekend warriors alike.

Maybe you’re experiencing it right now. Maybe you’ve hit a roadblock in your training. You can’t seem to progress any further, or break the plateau. You can’t find the motivation to get up and move. When you do eventually force yourself to train, you feel completely distracted, and can’t wait for it to be over. You may even cut your workouts short, or avoid them altogether.

This is pretty common, and it happened to me fairly recently. It seems odd, as sport and exercise have always been a huge part of my life. From football back in the day, to martial arts and strength training. Being active has always given me a focus and meaning. It’s almost something I define my character by, in the story I tell myself.

But I’d reached the point where I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. Training felt like a chore. Every session was a struggle to get through. I had completely lost my motivation. Why was I feeling this way?

Training was no longer fun. It had lost that buzz of excitement, that little something that always used to draw me back. I was no longer enjoying it. You’re on Earth in this physical form for a limited time, so it’s important to enjoy what you do. Most people forget that.

So how did I get through it? How did I break the plateau and regain my love for moving my body? Read on my friend, and I’ll tell you how…

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A Comprehensive Guide to Vegan Food in Turkey

By Luke Jones and Mickie Salacinski. Connect with them on TwitterFacebook or Instagram. 

How to find vegan food in Turkey

Fruit and veg hype.

A new adventure was overdue, so a few weeks back we decided to pack up and take a last minute trip to Turkey. Mickie is a Turkey veteran, having been out there a couple of times before, and I liked what I heard about the place, so we thought we’d just go for it. With some cheap flights and a half price villa booked, we set off.

We stayed near the Lycian Coast, in a remote mountain village called Kadikoy, about a 10 minute drive to Saklikent and roughly 50 minutes from the bigger towns of Kalkan and Fethiye.

Aside from the sun, sea, and beautiful scenery, one thing that drew us to Turkey was the opportunity to experience the different foods. To discover new authentic Turkish dishes and whatnot, and see for ourselves how hard (or in this case easy) it is to live a plant based lifestyle when travelling abroad.

It was an awesome experience, so I thought I’d share it with you. If you ever decide to travel to Turkey, I hope this blog post will have enough info in it to help you get the most out of your trip. Be sure to take note of Mickiesal’s top ten tips too. Girl knows her stuff.

So, here we go…

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