Wellness on the Web: Golubka
Wellness on the Web is an ongoing interview series that showcases bloggers who focus on clean, unrefined, nourishing and naturally delicious food. This week, please welcome…
All photos courtesy of Golubka
How did Golubka come to be?
I moved to the United States from Russia in the late nineties and quickly became intrigued with the world of different cuisines available here, as well as all the new-to-me, beautiful produce like avocados and endless varieties of greens. I’ve always loved cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, and realized that it’s possible to make meals that are not only tasty but beneficial to our health, which excited me to no end and still keeps me busy in the kitchen daily. When my second daughter, Paloma, was born, I was determined to raise her on a whole foods, vegetarian diet. Originally, Golubka was a space where I documented Paloma’s meals, but it quickly became a general healthy recipe journal and a true passion in my life. Golubka is Russian for dove and is a version of my maiden name, and of course Paloma is “dove” in Spanish, so it all intersects.
What motivated you to commit to a raw/refined-foods-free lifestyle?
I learned about raw foods when I ran into unexpected health problems after the birth of Paloma. The idea of living meals seemed very refreshing and challenged the curious cook in me. I discovered ways to effortlessly incorporate loads of green leafy vegetables into our family’s diet through green smoothies and juices, and it definitely made me feel much better. As the years went by, my interest gradually shifted from all raw dishes to whole foods, both raw and cooked. I still include many ideas and techniques of raw food preparation into our diet, without making too many rules.
What advice would you give to readers working to lead a less processed life?
If you follow the seasons, it’s much easier to enjoy unprocessed food. It takes much less effort to make a fantastic meal involving vegetables and fruits at the peak of their ripeness.
Favorite in-a-pinch healthy meal?
This changes weekly and hugely depends on the season. Cooked chickpeas and kale sauteed in coconut oil with loads of spices and sea salt, a green or berry smoothie, Asian flavoured clear soup with crispy veggies, a bowl of fresh berries and fruits with raw buckwheat crispies and almond milk are things that come to mind right now.
Love your story, Anya—thanks for sharing. Exciting news, readers: a Golubka cookbook is in the works! Stay updated through the social media links provided above (or just by reading along at Golubka, of course).