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As a yoga teacher I try to maintain a balanced diet, eating healthy and nutritious food, but also enjoying plenty of treats along the way. I was recently interviewed by the team at Bodyism (where I teach yoga) and Clean and Lean on my eating habits, where I like to shop, my go-to meals and what I keep in the fridge. I’ve reproduced the interview below (see the original article here):
What do you always have stocked in your fridge?
I always have lots of blueberries, fruit juice, eggs, spinach, sweet potatoes, chocolate and ice cream.
What is your favourite go-to recipe?
I like making chilli beef with either sweet potatoes or quinoa, using organic beef. I also love the chicken and leak quinoa risotto from the Clean and Lean For Life cookbook (it’s on page 138) – it’s perfect for lunch or dinner and is super easy to make.
What is your general food philosophy?
I try to eat healthily most of the time but also have a sweet tooth. For me, it’s all about balance and eating food that is nutritious and full of vitamins. I try to eat good quality, organic food which is responsibly sourced and ethically produced. If I need to satisfy my sweet tooth, I make sure that it’s always with good quality produce and I eat mindfully, ensuring I savour every bite.
What are your favourite Clean and Lean products?
Definitely the Clean and Lean cookies and the paleo bread. I love the cookies because unlike other cookies, they are not full of e-numbers and other nasty chemicals, they taste so delicious and I don’t have a sugar crash afterwards. The paleo bread tastes amazing and is very filling – I like it toasted with lots of butter. Finally, I’m a big fan of the Clean and Lean For Life cook book which is full of wonderful recipes and healthy eating advice.
Do you use the Clean and Lean supplements and if so what smoothies do you make?
I use the Clean and Lean Berry Burn supplement, I add to my fruit smoothies.
What is your favourite treat?
Ice cream! My absolute favourite ice cream in the world is the Green & Black’s Organic Vanilla Caramel Nut ice cream – I can eat the whole tub in one sitting! It’s a creamy vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls and chopped up pieces of hazelnuts. It’s not healthy at all but it’s worth the calories.
Where do you do your weekly food shop?
I shop in Waitrose, Daylesford Organic and Wholefoods Market.
Is there anything you refuse to eat?
I don’t like prawns.
What is your typical diet?
For breakfast I often have scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast or porridge with honey and banana. For lunch I often eat salads with eggs and avocado, or some leftover dinner. For dinner I enjoy making meals like chilli beef and quinoa or sweet potatoes; chicken ratatouille with rice; chicken and broccoli in tomato and mascarpone sauce with whole wheat pasta; and tuna mayonnaise with baked sweet potatoes. For desserts I eat fruit, an oat and raisin cookie, chocolate or ice-cream. In between meals, I eat blueberries, yoghurt, nuts and if I’m really hungry a slice of toast with strawberry jam.
What’s your favourite drink?
I love the Coldpress Mean Greens juice, it’s a mix of celery, cucumber, lemon, lettuce, spinach, pears and pineapple – it’s really tasty and great in the mornings. I also really like the Coldpress Pink Lady apple juice and the Clean and Lean ‘Ultimate Clean’ shake.
What do you do with the leftovers in your fridge?
I’ve recently got into the habit of cooking bigger dinners so that I can eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.
What’s your average week night supper?
If I’m eating at home, probably chilli beef and quinoa or sweet potatoes; chicken ratatouille with rice; chicken and broccoli in tomato and mascarpone sauce with whole wheat pasta; and tuna mayonnaise with baked sweet potatoes.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
If I’m at home, I like to eat scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast, porridge with honey and banana or bran flakes with banana. I also love the Clean and Lean Acai Bowls, my favourite bowls are the ‘Nourish Me’ and ‘Beautiful Me’ bowls.
You only have 3 meals left what would they be?
1) My mum’s chilli fish and rice. She uses fresh, organic cod and makes her own chilli sauce. It’s a Chinese style dish, so reminds me of home.
2) Fresh pasta with butter and white truffles from Osteria Dell’Antiquario in Rome.
3) Ribeye steak with Béarnaise sauce, truffle mac & cheese and triple cooked chips from Goodman on Maddox Street in Mayfair.