Ropeadope recording artist Kuf Knotz released his latest record, A Positive Light, this past spring, and that title accurately captures his vibe. His expansive view of the world is reflected in his music as well as his eating habits. “I really like the lightness I feel physically and mentally when eating clean and plant-based,” he says. “You have a clarity and heightened sense, which is beautiful. Your energy level is balanced rather than experiencing the sugar highs and lows.”
When not on tour or in the studio, Knotz splits his time between Philadelphia and New York. When he’s here in the City of Brotherly Love, his go-to restaurant is the West Philadelphia raw food mecca Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods. At home, he opts for simple recipes when he’s cooking. “My favorite dish to prepare,” says Knotz, “is a simple fresh kale salad—kale, tomato, avocado, sea salt, lemon, red peppers, onions—and homemade dressing with maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder.”
“Overall,” he says, “you just feel good by only putting goodness into your system, and your body appreciates that! You are what you eat… I now fully understand and respect that saying.”
Get inspired by Kuf Knotz’s uplifting message at the Heartwood Music Festival at Awbury Arboretum on July 12.