Interview: Amie Valpone from The Healthy Apple

If you were told you had 24 hours to live, what would you do? After suffering from years of chronic pain, and the stress of doctors and colleagues telling her, “it’s all in your head,” Amie Valpone, the voice of TheHealthyApple.com, decided to follow her instincts and heal her body the natural way. Today, she lives 100% symptom free! Now her mission and passion in life is to change the way people eat—focusing on whole foods and ingredients that are good for the body (and taste amazing, too!). Unlike most food bloggers, TheHealthyApple.com was born out of necessity–a place for her to be inspired, inspire others, and to speed up her healing process. We sat down with Amie and talked about what inspires her and some of her favorite things.

Where do you find inspiration for new dishes?

I find my inspiration from walking the streets of Manhattan–every day it’s something new whether it’s a green bowl in a window that makes me think of fresh cilantro or seeing peach pies at the farmer’s market that makes me want to create a peach smoothie. I’m constantly inspired by every move I make every day in my city!

What are some of your favorite magazines to read in your spare time?

Food Network Magazine, Cooking Light, Everyday with Rachael Ray and Oprah Magazine–there are amazing recipes inside each issue and on all of their websites, too!

What is your favorite memory of being in the kitchen?

Being with my grandma, Isabel, who was 100% Polish and taught me everything there is to know about food, cooking, gardening, real ingredients and healing yourself through nutrition.

What is your absolute favorite thing to make?

Anything with zucchini and avocado–I’m a bit obsessed.

Any favorite kitchen gadgets?

I love Barlean’s Flax Seeds as well as a mandolin for my veggies and a zester to make fresh lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange zest atop every dish I make!

What led you to start The Healthy Apple?

I have suffered from stomach pains my entire life–doctors told me I was crazy and that it was all in my head- but I knew it wasn’t so I went back to school to get my degree in Integrative Medicine and healed myself. You can read about my entire health story here; I love what I do and helping clients’ everyday feel good about eating well.

What advice would you give someone looking to start their own cooking blog?

Do what you love; write from your heart and keep it genuine and real. Don’t try to be anything that you’re not. Be yourself and eat what makes you feel good.

If you weren’t a personal chef, what would you be?

An actress!

Any international cuisine experiences worth noting?

Anything in the south of France or Italy is amazing–great fresh produce and amazing seafood.

If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, it’s a must! We’re loving her latest post, 28 Gluten-Free Healthy Recipes for the New Year.

BIO:  Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com and a Manhattan based Culinary Nutritionist, Personal Chef, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.