Getting to Ro'rosa

Words byHayley Hayley

At Rocycle we’re all about Mind Body Music, but, just as important is the fact that we’re a family. So, to make sure each class is not just a party but a reunion, we’d like to introduce some of our Ro’Regulars. We got to sit down with one of our Rocycle goddesses, Rosa, to talk about all things wellness, from leafy greens’ evergreen presence in her fridge to just how important sustainability is to what Rocycle means to her. Keep reading to find out how this lovely rider keeps things healthy.

Hi Rosa! We’re thrilled to get to Ro’ you a bit better and share your story. Could you please introduce yourself?

Hi hi! I am Rosa, 25 years old and born and raised in Amsterdam. I am very passionate about everything that has to do with nutrition, sustainability, a healthily lifestyle and cooking. Exercise has always been a very big part of my life. For a couple of years, I’ve been doing a lot of group classes. I like them because they really keep you motivated. I feel that particularly at Rocycle, there is a nice vibe that just keeps you going. 

We couldn’t agree more. Before you joined our family, what sort of exercise, if any, did you do? Do you still do it?

To make exercise more fun, I like to vary a lot. One day I do yoga, the next I’ll do barre or boxing. I also like to walk a lot.  

Diversity is key. We know you’re a veg chef and dietitian. We can guess you think nutrition is important?

Yes, it’s very important to me. Good food gives you energy, for exercising but also daily life. And it has a bigger impact as well. The food you choose to eat has an impact on other people, animals and the planet. And it connects people, of course. 

Considering you know your way around the kitchen, what are your go-to healthy meals?

I am very into international food, from curries to chili. It’s a way to get in touch with other cultures without travelling. I don’t believe that healthy food is just juice and salads. I try to mix things up a lot with (leafy) vegetables, grains and beans. And most of my food is cooked.

And is there anything that’s always hanging out in your fridge?

Fresh vegetables, and everything homemade. I always try to have leafy greens in my fridge. They have tons of nutrients, which, for a vegan, is especially important. 

Do you have a favourite instructor? How about a favourite move on the bike?

I haven’t tried all instructors yet, but I really liked Rowen. She has a lot of energy, which motivates you even more. The pyramid is my favourite move, of course!

Sustainability is coming up more and more these days. Tell us your thoughts on it!

I feel like all our steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle really make a difference. You can see that global warming has already had an impact on the earth. We can wait and let other people do something, or we can do it. I choose the second option, minimising my waste, paying more attention to where my food comes from, eating a plant-based diet and not buying too much stuff. Basically it’s all about being more mindful (:

Speaking of sustainability, do you have any tips for minimising waste and shopping “green”?

Buying fresh produce at markets and making most of your sauces, spreads and condiments (okay just about everything) at home. Hummus is so much tastier when you make it yourself than when you buy it at the supermarket. Make your own healthy snacks at home like popcorn or fruits and veggies with nut butter. 

Mmmm homemade hummus. Now we’re drooling. Which healthy hotspot is your favourite haunt in Amsterdam?

I love Deshima for its macrobiotic food. Additionally, I love vegetable-focused restaurants like Moer and De Kas. Yerba and Morris and Bella are also high on my to-go list. When I want something simple, I go to SLA. 

We’ll definitely be checking those out! Tell us something surprising about yourself.

I started cooking when I was only nineteen. Before that, I never cooked and didn’t eat healthily at all ;).

You would never guess that now! Alright, last one: what does Rocycle mean to you?

Definitely a mood booster!!