Passion for health is recipe for success for this Aberdeen teenager
She might only be 16 years old but Alessandra Peters is already on her way to having quite an amazing career.
Her blog about healthy, delicious recipes, The Foodie Teen, is followed by tens of thousands and was recently shortlisted in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards.
The Foodie Teen was chosen from hundreds of nominees as an excellent example of a blog with great online influence, excellent content and social media presence.
Founded in March 2014, The Foodie Teen has more than 50 decadent, delicious, and healthy recipes free of gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, refined sugars or soy.
SO HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
My love of healthy eating and interest in nutrition mainly stems from when I was diagnosed with a multitude of food intolerances along with Coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder where your body cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, after suffering from extreme fatigue, headaches, and digestive issues for years.
I had to change my diet drastically, which led me to discover much more about healthy living and eventually spurred me on to take a few courses about it as well. Then I started blogging in January last year.
I began The Foodie Teen as a way to share a few recipes with my family and friends; I never could have imagined that it would snowball into what it is today. I’m very grateful that it has, though, as it’s allowed me to connect with people all over the world and learn so much about health and nutrition.
Through the blog, I strive to show others that healthy eating can be fun, simple and delicious rather than restrictive or boring, and I truly feel that eating and enjoying wholesome, unprocessed, nutritious food is a lifestyle change which will help you to reconnect with your body, take charge of your health, and discover a better, more energetic, and healthier version of yourself.
YOU NOW HAVE THOUSANDS OF FOLLOWERS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE SUCCESS YOU’VE HAD SO FAR?
I have to pinch myself that the blog has reached so many people and has come so far in that short amount of time – over half a million people have visited The Foodie Teen and the blog has even led to a book deal.
None of that would have been possible without the support of my friends and family, who have been supportive of my blogging since the very first day.
DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR WRITING?
Writing has never been my favourite subject, but I do find it a lot easier to write about delicious chocolate hazelnut fudge than Shakespeare. I’ve always been interested in cooking, so it was quite a natural progression to share recipes on the blog.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE RESPONSE TO YOUR BLOG?
Everybody has been incredibly supportive, from my family, without their constant support and taste-testing none of this would have happened, to everyone who has encouraged me along the way. It has been amazing to receive e-mails and notes from people all over the world with incredibly kind words about what I’m doing.
YOU WERE RECENTLY SHORTLISTED IN THE BRILLIANCE IN BLOGGING AWARDS. HOW DID THAT FEEL?
Being shortlisted came as a complete surprise – it was hugely exciting and I’m absolutely honoured to be a part of such a prestigious award. It was lovely to receive recognition from such well-known blogging awards.
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE? IS THIS SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO CONTINUE DOING WHEN YOU ARE OLDER AS A CAREER?
I have one very exciting thing coming up which I’ve been spending absolutely all of my time on lately. I have just signed a book deal with Penguin, who have published the likes of Jamie Oliver and Rachel Khoo, and I can’t express how terrified, ecstatic, and thrilled to bits I am about this incredible opportunity. I’ll also be donating a part of my profits from the book to Coeliac UK as a thank-you for their support and help throughout my health journey as well as that of many others. The book will be filled to the brim with delicious, nutritious, exciting recipes, many beautiful photographs, and lots of healthy lifestyle advice, and it’ll be mostly aimed towards teens and younger people as I’m passionate about the importance of inspiring and empowering the younger generations through healthy living. It’s immensely exciting to be working with such a world-renowned publisher like Penguin, and I can’t wait for the book’s release in March next year.
In terms of a future career, I’m not entirely sure what I’d like to pursue later on yet but health and nutrition will always be a passion of mine.