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Friday
Feb282014

The best Energy smoothie 

This is the best smoothie! It is full of goodness and amazing superfoods. 
I will make this about an hour before the gym. It is a great energy boost and helps me have a better workout. 

1 teaspoon of Maca Powder
2 tablespoons of Vegan Protein Powder
1 teaspoon of Cocao Powder
1 frozen Banana
½ cup of fresh Blueberries
1 cup of Coconut Water
1 teaspoon of Bee Pollen

Put everything into the blender except for the Bee Pollen and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass or jar and sprinkle with bee pollen.

Enjoy!

Monday
Feb242014

Monday Inspiration 

Monday
Jan132014

Monday Star ♥ 

I am very excited today because I had the opportunity to catch up with the beautiful Tamsyn Nettefold. Tamsyn is a passionate nutritionist and makes the best green smoothies IN THE WORLD! 
She also is a superstar mother to a beautiful family of four.

Meet Tamsyn -

Current occupation? At the moment my main job is being a stay at home mum to my four children : Rupert (age 7), Morris (6), Winifred (2) and Humphrey (7 months), I'm also a nutritionist in my spare time ;)

Where do you live? I'm actually in between houses at the moment, for the last 18 months my husband James, the kids and I lived in a mining town in Central Queensland. The isolation got to us a bit and we're now about to start a new chapter in Brisbane. I love this city and the opportunities for us here are endless!

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self: Ok...I'm 33 years old, I was born in Hobart Tasmania, a place I'll always call home, I'm the middle child and the only girl, I have one older and one younger brother , Ben and Nick! I grew up loving long drives in the country to various towns, fairs and markets then in my teenage years I got used to going to functions with my father who was The Lord Mayor of Hobart for 12 long years. I learnt to earn my own money from a young age, starting work at Kmart at 14, followed by stints as a doctors receptionist, vet nurse, retail , telecommunications and Door bitch at a night club ( was the best job by far!!) I've also been an exchange student in The Netherlands for a year.

I had my first child when I was 25 and have been lucky enough to be a stay at home mum since. It's allowed me to study nutrition and I'll be picking up more study in the near future, I'd love to get into nutritional medicine and also do a fitness course, I love to practice Pilates and yoga on a daily basis and believe it's that and green smoothies and juices that keep me centred!

What turned you into a healthy foodie? We'll during my year in the Netherlands I became a bit of a fatty fat fat, I missed home and pretty much turned to cakes and cheeses as comfort, I came home and literally worked my butt off to lose it. I vowed never to let myself get like that again, I think i was 80kg at my heaviest ( I keep the photos hidden!) then about 5 years ago I went the opposite way, I was doing some modelling and became too thin, about 54kg I think which was tiny for my 175cm frame . I got quite depressed and after doing some 'doctor google' research I realised my brain wasn't getting enough nutrition which can cause depression. This prompted me ( along with concerns from family and friends) to fuel my body in a better way. This is when I started my nutrition course and this combined with my love for cooking was the start of my passion to be the best version of myself!

What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are super busy? I have a few sensitivities so if I want to stay in a good mood I have to be careful what I put in my mouth but I love snacking on tomatoes and snow peas, I also love a good roasted veg and quinoa salad and can't go a day without a green smoothie or juice, I've just bought a cold pressed juicer which is great for keeping all the enzymes in tact when juicing, it also needs to be as green as possible! I also LOVE beef jerkey and Can't go a day without eating chocolate!

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?
1. Exercise when you can, even in little bits, but don't let it become an obsession.
2. Don't diet, they truly don't work.
3. Let your family and friends know that you love them.
4. Dream big and dream often.
5. Start your day with the juice of a lemon mixed with a big glass of water, it's great at helping to detox and alkalise the body.

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations? I have so many dreams, but ultimately I'd love to change the size of Australia. I believe if we make nutrition part of the school curriculum then kids can have the knowledge to keep themselves healthy.
Smaller dreams include owning a homwares/ baby gift shop as I also love to sew clothes and fashion is a huge passion of mine!

Can you please share your favourite recipe?

This recipe was this mornings juice, I don't have my favourite recipes with me , as they're all in storage but this tasted great! Juice : 10 leaves Chinese spinach, 2 handfuls baby spinach, 2 stalks of celery, 2 big leaves of kale, 10 mixed cherry tomatoes, 1 carrot, 2 broccoli florets, a small knob of ginger and 2 apples.

 

Connect with Tamsyn:

https://www.facebook.com/Nutritiolicious

Wednesday
Dec042013

this is your life

Thursday
Nov072013

monday Star ♥ 

I love Mondays and today is a very special one because I had the chance to catch up with the amazing, beautiful Claire Walters. Claire is a talented jazz singer and health nut.
I met Claire earlier this year in NYC and instantly knew she was a special one. Claire’s positive outlook to life and amazing energy makes her a breath of fresh air.

Meet Claire -

Current Occupation? I am predominately a musician with a bachelor of music majoring in Jazz Voice from the Conservatorium of Music in QLD. I work full time during the day with a wonderful family run and owned company.

Where do you live? In sunny, humid and relaxed Brisbane, Australia.

Tell us a little bit about your beautiful self? I have a major crush on Anne Miller, Audrey Tatou and Jennifer Hawkins I love the colour purple, I LOVE owls and have ever since I was a teeny tiny tomato.

Music is one of my main passions in life! I live and breath it and it keeps me sane... even though my friends and family would think otherwise. I work with numerous musicians interstate and overseas in local clubs, bars and corporate events. I also front originals band "Boss Cats" which also has my brother and closest mates in it. It's all about the funk and always will be about the funk. I love getting to work with my Brother too. Honestly one of the greatest men I will ever know and love.

I also love food. Always have and always will! At any spare moment I get I will be experimenting and making a mess in the kitchen! My work buddies & partner love it though! They are my baked good / raw treat guinea pigs. So far none have curled over in pain... I hope to keep it that way. Unless you mess with me...

What turned you into a healthy foodie? I guess I have always had an interest in good food as mum use to give us gourmet lunches when we were kids. I didn't know another kid at school that had the dilemma of worrying about garlic breath when she went back to class to recite her ABC'S... garlic tahini, fresh tabouli and hommus will do that ;)

A recent medical gremlin also decided to attach themselves to me. I had / have a pretty nasty case of Syringomyelia. I delve a little deeper into the specifics on my blog but I'm just going to say right now that it was a huge kick, uppercut and haidouken to the face. When working full time and performing late nights I really am pushing my body to the limit and I am lucky that I can still sing let alone walk and live! Green smoothies and real food that doesn't live in a packet for years has been my saving grace. I have also dubbed myself a VEG'AQUARIAN... I don't eat meat but I certainly enjoy fresh seafood. There is an awesome quote that I've heard a few times floating around, 'We're over-eating but starving ourselves at the same time." It is so true! When eating fresh, live food your body won't crave nutrients / more food within the next few minutes but when eating highly processed road tar, within a few seconds of finishing... you want thirds! I'm not going to say that I am perfect with what I eat and drink! I love a wine and chocolate just like the next person however, I have had such a wonderful response to eating and treating my body well so why stop? Plus... have you noticed the Organic, Preservative free wines out there? *wink wink* Cheers!

What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are super busy?
1. I love a good protein smoothie! Almond Milk or coconut water with vanilla pea protein, pears, ground flaxseeds, cacao powder. I like to keep it simple!
2. A green smoothie is always a winner too! Coconut water, lemon, cucumber, celery, pears, chia seeds and a yummy greens powder.
3. Apple slices with fresh almond butter. Droooool.
4. Veggie sticks with hommus. Double Drooooool.
5. Macadamia nuts and activated almonds.

What are your top 5 tips to stay healthy and happy?
1. Fresh Water... and music
2. Social time with friends and family... and music
3. Regular Exercise... listening to music
4. Eating REAL FOOD regularly... listening to music
5. You time. Being completely on your own. No Phone. No one else home. Be it meditation, yoga, pilates, walking, jogging, painting, sitting on the floor looking up at the ceiling... listening to music.

What are your big dreams, goal and aspirations? That is a tough question. I guess whatever it is I choose to do or wherever it is I choose to go I really want the respect and love from my family and friends and to never stop learning. I never want to give up my involvement and love for music. That honestly will be with me until the day my organs go bye bye. Creativity is so important and music is certainly my main canvas.

Can you please share your favourite recipe? Holy moly! This too is another tough question! I love a good smoothie so why don't we start there :)

Cacao Hemp Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 pear or 1/2 banana
2 scoops of Lariese hemp protein powder
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tsp. bee pollen
A few drops of stevia if you like it sweeter
1 cup ice

Method: Blend in a high powered blender... I use a Vitamix and wouldn't use anything else.

Cheers! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Connect with Claire - 

http://franceswalters.wordpress.com