Even a European honeymoon can’t keep me away from blogging! There are too many wonderful people I want to talk to you about. Including of course the beautiful Sally, aka The Fit Foodie, who is the subject of this Balanced Babes interview.
The Fit Foodie was one of the first Instagram accounts I started following and I was delighted to realise early on it was also backed by a great blog, with a stack of accessible, simple and clean recipes. What I also love about The Fit Foodie is that she’s a Sydneysider like me (except when I’m on amazing holidays!), so not only do I get recipe inspiration, but I also get tips on where to find healthy bites in my area. I’m also really looking forward to The Fit Foodie’s upcoming chocolate e-book! (more details on how to grab this at the end of the interview)
Most recently, Sal has given The Fit Foodie a physical presence through the launch of The Fit Foodie Nutrition Bar, appearing at Bondi Farmers Markets. A variety of nourishing snacks are available…did someone say pumpkin brownies?! Yes please. Definitely on my must-visit list when I’m back in Sydney in September! It’s so great to see another source of healthy food opening up, and I also deeply admire Sally’s entrepreneurial skills, something I hope to put to good use myself in the not-too-distant future (stay tuned!).
For now, enjoy this interview which I hope you find as inspiring and motivating as I did. Love xx
1. Please tell us a little about yourself. How did The Fit Foodie eventuate?
Born in the UK, I moved to Australia three years ago to enjoy a little more sunshine. Living near Bondi will tend to have you review your bikini body once in a while, but in my attempt to ditch the apple crumbles and focus on nutrition, I was subjected to a lot of plain low-calorie food. After a few months of food torture, I learnt one thing: life is better with chocolate. And apple crumble. So my experimenting began and
The Fit Foodie was born. I now love to help others on the same clean-eating journey by helping spread the word that you too can eat delicious, indulgent food that is great for your body – I’m on a mission to prove it.
I’m so honoured that such awesome people connect with me through the blog and social media. It’s amazing to see how a few ingredients swaps and some new moves in the gym can really impact people’s outlook on life.
As of July 2014, I quit my job in Public Health to focus on my passion. Taking the plunge to work on The Fit Foodie full-time has been an amazing experience so far, and I can’t wait to show everyone the new-look blog in September.
There’s also some other exciting new developments in the pipeline, along with my first eBook. I’m also excited to announce that The Fit Foodie has just become an official partner of Vitality (http://www.vitalityshow.com.au) – a new Health and Wellness event in Sydney (October 10-12) for women to have fun, get pampered, and learn about nutrition. I will be running a live cooking demonstration and sharing some of my favourite quick and easy recipes too.
2. You’ve just started The Fit Foodie Nutrition Bar at Bondi Farmers Markets, which looks fantastic! For those of us who haven’t yet visited, please tell us what we can expect to find? How often will you be at the markets?
I wanted somewhere to share my love of cooking and show people they can make delicious treats without compromising their health goals. Bondi seemed the perfect audience for The Fit Foodie Nutrition Bar, and of course I love the view! There’s a great social vibe at the markets – people generally come to grab a coffee with friends and enjoy some breakfast on the grass. There’s also live music, awesome fruit and veg stalls straight from the farmer, and some fantastic green juices available.
I’ll be cooking up a storm with an offering of protein balls, pumpkin brownies, chia breakfast pots, protein muffins and seed slices – all gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. I plan to be there at least twice a month, so keep an eye out on my site for details of the next upcoming stall.
3. As well as creating great food and recipes, you’re always posting snaps on your social media of tasty healthy treats you manage to find around Sydney. What are some of your favourite cafés and shops?
My latest favourite is AboutLife in Double Bay. Its an awesome health food store and heavenly lunch stop under one roof. You can make your own whole food pizzas and salads, or sip on an almond milk latte while picking up your organic groceries. You can also find me spending my days browsing the isles of NakedFoods at Bondi Junction and HonestToGoodness in Alexandria for bulk-buy nuts, seeds and coconut oils. Everything here is all-natural and you can buy as much or as little as you like with scoops by the bag. It’s like a healthy pick-and-mix!
4. Another aspect I love about your blog and social media is your emphasis on movement as well as eating well. What is your weekly exercise routine like?
Movement is such an important aspect of my life. I like to move in some way every day because it wakens my body and keeps me lean. It also helps me to zone out from any work stressors and is my dedicated ‘me time’. A usual week consists of 2-3 sessions of cardio – normally a mixture of jogging, cycling and cross training. I also mix that up with three weight-training sessions and at least 1 session of yoga a week. I also like to go for a brisk walk at lunch time to clear my head and get my blood pumping again ready for the afternoon ahead. There’s something special about being in the centre of a beautiful, vibrant city – I want to experience it as much as possible!
5. What foods will we always find in your fridge (or pantry)?
I have a bit of an addition to broccoli and asparagus, so I tend to pre-steam it and keep it in the fridge to dip into a yummy sauce like tahini or balsamic glaze. I also keep a lot of other snack options – I’m an all-day grazer! Boiled eggs, smoked salmon, lightly salted organic popcorn, poached chicken breasts, plain greek yoghurt and berries.
In my cupboard I generally just keep tins of tuna, my favourite T2 Green Tea (Gorgeous Geisha) and lots and lots of baking ingredients. I like to just stick my head in, mix a few things together, and see what tastes good. I have a sweet tooth too, so you’ll often find a batch of my raw chocolate sat in the fridge, ready for when a craving strikes!
6. Please share with us a favourite recipe of yours.
Thank you so much to The Fit Foodie for sharing this amazing recipe with us!
Chai Spiced Banana Bread
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 free range eggs
1/2 cup Natvia (stevia) or granulated sweetener of choice
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 2 tsp natural vanilla extract
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp each of allspice, ground ginger & baking powder
1 additional banana, sliced lengthways, to garnish
- Prehat oven to 180.
- In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour wet into the centre, while mixing until well combined.
- Pour into loaf tin, and lay over the two banana halves, pressing down until they sit into the batter.
- Bake for approximately 50-55 minutes, until an inserted toothpick removes cleanly.
- Freeze pre-cut slices in cling film for up to a month.
- Top with a sprinkling of oats, coconut flakes and quinoa for an extra crunchy topping.
Also, Sally’s upcoming series of eBooks will begin with the highly-anticipated ‘Chocolate Every Day’, which will include all her favourite healthy chocolate recipes, available to download next month.
You can also find Sally selling her no-guilt treats at Bondi Farmer’s markets on Saturday mornings. Check out her website for details.