Welcome Sam Grantham to my Plant Chat! Sam is a personal trainer and plant-based enthusiast, and his mission is to bring a true health and fitness facility to the world. With the help of his business partners, Chase and Paige Parker, they opened the first “Gym with the Kitchen” Whole Health Club in Littleton, Colorado. They have also had the luxury to be able to partner with JD Roth, the creator of the Big Fat Truth, a plant-based health show (check out my Plant Chat with JD here). In addition, they have brought Dr. Joel Kahn and Dr. Andrew Freeman on their medical ambassador team, with many more to come. Lastly. Sam’s team has created an online community to be able to serve people in communities in which they are not located. Sam wants to show people how they can take their health back by eating more PLANTS!! Continue reading to learn more about his plant-based gym.
How did you get inspired to create a plant-based gym?
I was inspired through my business partners Chase and Paige Parker. I have always wanted to run a business and solve big problems. What was amazing about this concept was at the same time we offer a way to transition to a healthy diet they also end up living a very sustainable life! It solves two of the largest problems in the world between our health and our environment.
What makes your fitness program unique?
Our fitness program is unique because all of our trainers can educate their clients on fitness and on the culinary side focused on healthy plant-based cooking.
Are you finding that more and more people are interested in a plant-based diet? Why do you think that is?
We are finding that many people are interested in plant-based! Celebrities and documentaries are pushing the movement so fast. It also helps that when applied it works better than any other lifestyle.
How do you work in plant-based nutrition into your fitness program?
We always approach it from a just eat more plants perspective. It seems to be easier to adhere that way. I also often tell people it would be a waste of time to show you how to eat meat and cheese as most people already eat plenty. So using the inclusive approach we find it easier to incorporate.
What kinds of nutrition education do you provide at your gym?
We offer customized nutritional programs as all of our trainers find the best way for their client to be able to live plant-based. We also work with all plant-based methods and encourage all options as long as we move away from the standard American diet.
What does your own personal wellness lifestyle look like?
My personal wellness lifestyle looks like 90% at home meals, all plant-based and no oils. Then when I go out, still plant-based but I don’t mind splurging when I’m out. I also enjoy running and usually do HIIT style workouts.
What are some of your favorite foods you can’t live without?
I couldn’t live without chickpeas and pasta! Two of my staples.
Do you have a favorite plant-based recipe?
My favorite recipe is buffalo cauliflower pizza with cashew ranch.
- 1 flax seed crust pizza (get this at any organic store, such as Whole Foods or Fresh Market)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/2 cup Franks hot sauce
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Put cashews, salt, garlic, lemon juice, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika into blender. Blend until creamy then spread across the pizza crust.
- Cut cauliflower off the stem into small pieces and place in water to boil for 10 min.
- Once cool, drain and place the cauliflower into a large Ziploc baggy along with the Franks hot sauce and nutritional yeast. Shake the bag until all cauliflower in covered.
- Poor the cauliflower on top of the pizza and bake for 12 minutes (or according to crust instructions).