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 Alice Nicholls from TheWholeDaily.com.au and www.alicenicholls.com. Alice is The Healthy & Wealthy Specialist and is a health and life coach, studying Nutritional Medicine and is an all round amazing and inspiring woman. I discovered Alice in 2013 and I signed up to do her Life Transformation Project in early 2014. It was such an amazing ecourse which helped me to discover what I wanted to do with my site, and I how could best inspire people. So thank you Alice xo
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I'm Alice Nicholls and I am The Healthy & Wealthy Specialist. Because I believe that when women are healthy and empowered the world will shift for the better I create online and digital resources which support women with the tools to change the world. I'm a parallel business woman because I work as a health and life coach and study to be a nutritionist and I also help women create online businesses with their blogs. I have a Type A personality so being able to do multiple things I am passionate about rocks my world.
Personally, I'm a grateful wife (because my husby is the shiz), I have two smart daughters and I live in the city of food, Melbourne.
I became a devotee to personal health development after living for many years with a disordered relationship with alcohol, food, men and ME. I played small a lot, doubted myself and didn't believe I was capable of greatness. I found that when I began to study myself more and do some of the (hard) work that I was everything and more underneath all of those things I used to numb myself. I wanted to teach others how to feel that too.
I now devote my life to supporting other women to feel fulfilled in all areas of their lives.
What tips would you give to someone who has just commenced living a healthier lifestyle?
Read. Listen. Watch.
Read books on your area of interest from many perspectives. Listen to podcasts, people who speak with you and your own inner voice. Watch documentaries, educational clips and the world around you with consciousness. One you begin to expand your mind you won't ever look back. Keep an open mind and try not to be evangelical. Be gentle on yourself and the world around you.
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
I make meals for my whole family for under $5. Use lot's of veggies and buy your free-range meat on sale. Slow cook, curry, stir-fry or casserole. Make sure to maximise flavour with onion, garlic, coconut cream, Indian spices and vegetable oil free curry paste like Mae Ploy brand. And stock (broth).
How do you deal with food struggles from your children and/or family?
I don't have struggles because I'm relaxed about it (to a point). My kids eat well 90% of the time and don't have allergies. We make sure that we get as many nutrients as we can into each of their meals and when we are out we don't take the hard line. I have had an eating disorder before and I don't want them to have a 'thing' with food. It tastes great, it gives us energy and it's healthy. They know that and that's enough. (plus when all else fails... eggs and sweet potato!)
What is your favourite food?
I actually can't answer that! I can't. I've tried and it's too hard. I LOVE food, though hot and spicy anything is pretty good!
Who is your favourite foodie and why?
Jamie Oliver for how vocal he is for change to those areas of the world and ages who need it most (kids and lower socio-economic areas).
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
I devour fiction books and read two or three per week. I can speed read and get through a novel in a few hours.
What is your favourite recipe to cook?
I'm a sucker for sweet and these Raw Vegan Chocolate Tahini Slice are freakin divine!
Raw Vegan Chocolate Tahini Slice
I always use silicon trays for quick raw treats because when cold or frozen, they can be ‘popped’ straight out from the underneath. These were made in mini muffin trays but you could use a small springform pan. It makes either 6 small slices or an 8cm small round cake/slice.
- 1 cup cashews blitzed in the food processor until it resembles a fine powder
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tbs rice malt syrup (2 if you’ve got a sweet tooth)
- 2 tsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp tahini paste (sesame seed paste)
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional but AMAZING!)
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tbs raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp rice malt syrup
Start with the choc top by melting the rice malt syrup, cacao and coconut oil together. Pour 1-2tsp into each silicon mini muffin tray. (about 2mm high). Put in the freezer to set and make the slice.
For slice, melt rice malt syrup and coconut oil together in a small bowl over simmering water and stir into the cashew powder along with the cacao, tahini and vanilla bean paste if you’re using. Roll into tsp sized balls and press into the muffin pan on top of the set choc top and press to even out. Place into the freezer for 15 minutes or until set and eat straight from the freezer because that is how they are most HOLY YUMMO!
A little more about Alice and where she can be found
Alice Nicholls is The Healthy and Wealthy Specialist. Because she believes that when women feel healthy and empowered the world will shift for the better, she creates digital products that support women with tools to change the world. Her eCourses, books and programs are valuable, beautiful and effective. She is also a terrible dancer.
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