Madeleine O'Toole

behind granola grrl

photographed by Keith Ellis Prest

About Me

Hi I'm Madeleine! I'm a freshman at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I have lived in Memphis my entire life and have fallen in love with the city and the evolving food scene here.If I'm not found at a local restaurant or coffee shop, I am probably bopping around a local farmers market, singing in my a cappella group, or eating nut butter straight out of the jar. I know that a big passion of mine is making healthy food more accessible and affordable for everyone and am trying to shift granolagrrl so it reflects that mindset a bit more. Although I am undecided on my major, I will most likely be studying Urban Studies, Business, or both.

 Although my love of food began around the time I entered high school, my image of being a "foodie" did not begin until 2016 when I created an Instagram under the name of "granolagrrl." Sure, this insta was mainly created as an outlet for me to show off the smoothie bowls I had made out of boredom that summer, but it also soon became my outlet for highlighting simple recipes and promoting healthy meals at local restaurants. About a year after, that account helped me get a job at my favorite healthy restaurant in town and working there has definitely strengthened my passions for both nutrition and eating local.

I am not vegan, nor vegetarian, nor gluten free, nor paleo. I simply like to choose healthy options that I know will make me feel good (most of the time!) This blog's goal is to make people more aware of some cool restaurants and healthy options for any price range, especially in the Memphis area! Whether you are deciding to splurge at a restaurant, eat out cheaply, or stay in, I hope this blog provides you an array of both fun and healthy options and inspirations! Enjoy!



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