Welcome to the latest edition of my Friday Foodie series, where each week I feature my favourite health and wellness stars. Each week, they share their tips for healthy living and their favourite recipe.
This week, I am featuring Cassie Mendoza-Jones from Elevate Vitality. I have been a fan of Cassie's for several years now, since discovering her website when I started studying my Nutritional Medicine course back in 2011. I hope you enjoy my interview with her.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I used to be a hair and makeup artist, but I’d always had a passion for wellness and importantly, understanding the emotional triggers that keep us feeling stuck or blocked. I loved my job as a makeup artist but I felt I could offer women so much more; I didn’t want to just make them feel beautiful on the outside… I wanted them to feel beautiful, whole and healed on the inside.
I moved into studying this wonderful world of wellness and then founded my business … and I’m so glad I did!
On a personal note, I’m a born-and-bred Sydney girl, with a beautiful family and amazing hubby, Nic. I grew up horse-riding, writing, reading, painting and doing other creative things so I love that in my business today, I can keep creating things I love and using my creativity in new and exciting ways.
What exciting plans do you have coming up in 2016?
Yes, I have some very exciting plans! My first book, You Are Enough (Hay House) is being published on 1st April.
My book is for you if you always give yourself a hard time, if you constantly compare yourself to other people, chasing self-worth, achievements and perfectionism, and burn yourself out in the process.
I can’t wait to release this into the world!
What is the Number 1 tip you would give to someone who is just starting to make changes to their health and wellness?
My biggest tip is to find what works for you, and honour this. Start with small changes and tweaks, and make consistency the aim of your game, not ‘motivation’. Motivation will come and go, but consistency is, by definition, constant.
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
My biggest tip would be to keep your leftovers—you can do so much with leftovers. I always get shocked if I go to a friend’s house and they throw out leftovers instead of keeping them for the next day. Even if you end up having a small amount of everything, when you put it all together you often get a very delicious creation.
What healthy dinner options would you suggest to someone who is time poor?
This delicious creamy soup is pretty quick and makes a huge pot, so you don’t have to cook again the next day! You can check out the recipe here - www.elevatevitality.com.au/pumpkin-soup/
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
I love going to an early morning flow yoga class, grabbing a coffee and heading home to journal, write, read or hang out with my hubby and family.
What is your favourite recipe to cook? Can you share the recipe with us?
I have to be honest, my hubby actually does most of the cooking! But I do love to cook really simple dishes. This is one of my favourite easy snacks:
Oaty Chocolate Vitality bars
- 1 + 1/4 cup oats (I could only find quick organic oats but they worked really well)
- 2 tbsp almond butter or any nut butter
- 4-5 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (we didn’t make them too sweet, so feel free to increase the honey or add extra stevia)
- 2 tbsp raw cacao
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 3-4 tbsp protein powder (we used a plain rice protein powder)
- 3 tbsp goji berries
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- Handful of pumpkin seeds or any seeds
1. Mix everything together really well.
2. Add a splash of water, a little more nut butter/coconut oil/honey if the mixture is too dry or a little more oats or even some almond meal if the mixture is too wet.
3. Press down into a brownie tin and refrigerate for 20mins before they’re ready to be sliced and enjoyed.
P.S. You could roll them into bliss balls, or even an ice-tray for bite-sized delights.
A little more about Cassie and where you can find her
Cassie Mendoza-Jones is a kinesiologist, naturopath, writer and author-to-be, with her book (Hay House) due for release in 2016. She’s also the founder of the Heartfelt Harmony Society, a collection of online courses and guides to support women in finding freedom and harmony in all areas of their lives.
She works with women who feel stuck, unworthy and disconnected to themselves. She shows them how to increase their self-care, self-worth and self-acceptance on every level, while making it all feel like it’s the most natural thing in the world. (Truth: it can be.)
When she’s not working with clients, writing, or creating online courses and programs, she’s getting lost in a good novel, hanging out in a cafe or suiting up for a yoga class.
Meet Cassie + get ready to find the most balanced, centred version of yourself at www.elevatevitality.com.au.