Meet Stephanie Johnson, the Aussie born, food obsessed yogi who champions healthy living but isn’t afraid of a good time (girl after our own heart). As head of the London based ‘clean lunch’ delivery service, Pollen + Grace, she’s mega hot news right now.
The Pollen and Grace philosophy lies in the belief that food should be simple and beautiful. No diets. No fads. Just good quality ingredients, freshly made with love. Stephanie came up with the idea after seeing busy city workers who barely had time to leave their desk for lunch, let alone prepare a healthy, balanced meal. And so Pollen and Grace was born. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is free from refined sugars, gluten and dairy, and can be delivered across West and South West London – all in recyclable, biodegradable packaging (because keeping the planet beautiful is important too).
We managed to tear Stephanie away from her spiraliser for a quick fire round of questions to get a bit more insight into what makes her tick, her fail-safe hangover cure (yes!), and her ultimate breakfast.
The UK or Australia?
UK. Always has been, always will be.
Smoothie or juice?
How could you choose?! As long as it’s green I’m happy with either.
Breakfast of champions?
Our homemade seed and nut bread with peanut butter and banana – slow release energy and full of protein to power you through even the busiest morning.
My current obsession is the Power Plate class at Transition Zone. It’s only 25 minutes so I can easily slip it into my crazy schedule, but I feel like I’ve run a marathon afterwards!
First thing you do when you wake up?
Make my bed; if I do it straight away I won’t be tempted to snooze.
3 favourite superfoods?
Spirulina: it really makes your skin glow.
Chia: so versatile to cook with and a great protein source.
Maca: add it to your porridge or smoothie in the morning. Not only does it have a delicious caramel taste, it also gives you a great energy boost (try it instead of your morning coffee if you’re feeling brave).
The motto you live by?
“Life will pay whatever you ask of it, so make sure you ask for the world.”
What’s in your handbag right now?
My whole life. And snacks, I never go anywhere without snacks.
Top 3 London eats?
Granger & Co. – because Australians make the best food!
Grain Store – because their menu is amazing, and eating sustainably is important
Broadway Market on a Saturday – so many amazing food stalls, with lots of ‘free from’ options too
Who or what inspires you?
People who live outside the box and are determined to do what they love, which I think can sometimes be the scariest thing to do. There are some incredible yoga teachers at my yoga studio – Erin Pritchard and Mona Godfrey to name but two – who do just that and inspire me every single day.
Failsafe hangover cure?
A really long run, and a cup of tea.
Head over to Pollen + Grace to find out more about the wholesome delivery service that they offer and plenty of delicious recipes. Be sure to stay tuned for more of Emma’s articles, insightful interviews and inspiring pieces. You can follow her daily life on Instagram or Twitter and can read more of the good stuff here.