by Kelly Behr
Native Foods Cafe
We have written about Micah Risk before and her rad Runner's World cover where she was sporting vegan socks for the entire running community to see.
This isn't the only cool thing Micah has been up to. She recently launched Lighter, a plant-based recipe and grocery delivery service. We caught up with Micah to talk all about her new company.
1.) What is Lighter all about?
We are the easy button for going vegan! Lighter’s mission is to challenge the Standard American Diet (SAD) and celebrate real food. We do this through our curated grocery delivery service, which means we create custom meal plans for your whole household and arrange for all the groceries to be delivered. We believe that eating good food at home should be delicious, convenient and affordable for everyone!
2.) What inspired you to start it?
We were looking for real solutions to real problems that people face when they make the decision to eat healthy food. Our curated grocery delivery service includes delicious, easy recipes that are nutritionally balanced and customized to your household. We do the planning and budgeting for you then we have all the groceries delivered right to your doorstep!
3.) How can people get involved?
Check out our website: www.lighterculture.com to sign up for delicious recipes, a customized meal plan, and groceried delivered right to your door! It’s super easy.
4.) Any advice for vegan newbies?
First off, connect with the vegan community! Your new peers want to support you and introduce you to all the new, delicious food that awaits you. Try these new foods with an open mind. Experiment at home with new recipes and check out the vegan options at your local restaurants. And make sure you eat enough! You’ll be surprised how much you can eat when you’re eating more nutrient-dense foods.
5.) We know your an avid runner... best advice for getting back in the fitness routine?
Find a buddy, or a bunch of buddies to work out with! My favorite way to get active on a regular basis is by working out with November Project a few times a week. November Project is a free fitness movement started here in Boston, MA and is now in 16 cities across North America. If you like to workout in an inclusive but challenging and fun environment, then check to see if November Project is in your city!
6.) How did the Runner's World cover come to be?
I was invited by Runner’s World to be featured in their first Street Style issue. One of the photos from that shoot was eventually picked to be the cover, which was a surprise for me! The most exciting thing that came from the cover was that Runner’s World, a very widely-circulated mainstream magazine, featured the Vegan message for all of their readers to see in the U.S. and in countries all over the world. Featuring a plant-powered athlete on the cover has been an excellent opportunity to spread the word on eating for compassion and health!
7.) Where did you get those vegan socks featured on the cover?
I ordered a few pairs of the vegan socks from Amazon once I started doing races because they were so noticeable. Shirts get covered up with a race bib, but those socks are impossible to miss in person or in photos!
8.) Favorite food item?
I’m pretty sure I could live off peanut butter if I had to! Creamy, crunchy, salty, spicy, or sweet, peanut butter is my #1 staple.
9.) Favorite native foods item?
I’m not sure how to choose between the Kung Pao and the Rockin’ Morrocan! Both dishes are heaven in a bowl!