1. Why did you start “From My Kitchen and what is it all about?
My name is Rachel, I’m 23 years old and I run a home-cooking/home-catering business. ‘From My Kitchen’ is a home cooking business that delivers delicious and nutritious weekly snack packs and travel packs to the convenience of your own door. About 3 months ago I quit my job as a makeup artist and decided that makeup wasn’t my career path. I was in a vulnerable place and decided I wanted to change my life and do things differently. I got in contact with a lovely health coach and started a journey with no expectations or ideas I just started living in the moment. At the time I had never tried a chia seed, goji berry, or quinoa before and had never heard of cacao powder. I have always enjoyed cooking so I just spent hours in the kitchen experimenting with all these new and amazing products. My passion for cooking began to flourish and I just found it seemed so natural and true to myself being in the kitchen. I started ‘From My Kitchen’ because I want to allow anyone the opportunity to enjoy nourishing food without the stress and excuse they don’t have time to make it or don’t know how.
Food has a huge influence and isn’t just physical, I would think eating well will make you look thin. Once upon time that was my philosophy but now I see how important it is to put nutritious and wholefoods into your body. Here are a few changes that I have noticed from eating this way. My mood has become a lot more positive and doesn’t fluctuate; I use to go up and down. My skin has cleared up and glows, I use to have skin that was quite congested. I have enough energy to last me throughout the day without needing a nap. Putting wholesome foods into your body is extremely important, try it for a week and you know doubt will see a difference in all aspects of your life.
3. What are your top five tips to eating healthy?
- Eating foods you enjoy and not just eating certain foods because you know you should. Eating should be an enjoyable activity not a chore.
- Be creative and try to mix up you’re eating by having different things in your diet everyday.
- Have some sort of green with every meal.
- Don’t skip meals, you should try and eat quite regularly.
- Having wholefoods in your diet, I like to say have a salad a day.
I think it is extremely important to be realistic when trying to cut out ‘bad foods’. If you drink coffee everyday for example, I don’t think waking up one and cutting it out completely from your diet is the best way to go. I would slowly reduce drinking coffee; most important is to listen to your body. Your body is your best teacher and it will guide you and let you know how it feels. Try to avoid the nasty ‘white’ products that are on the market. They are white flour, white sugar, white table salt and any foods that have been over processed.
5. Where do you do your grocery shopping every week? And what five things are always on your shopping list?
For fruits and vegetables I shop at Harris Farm, there quality is fantastic and they are very well priced. I try to eat organic where I can, if I’m out I will suggest an organic café or if I can I will try to buy organic. Currently it isn’t my main priority. For all my pantry and shelf staples I like to buy organic, my nuts, seeds, grains, etc. I either buy it at Dr Earth or Suveran, which are both, located in Bondi Junction. Working in the food industry, I found these two shops are the best priced and have a great selection. Five things that are always on my shopping list:
- Pumpkin (My Favourite)
- Greens – spinach, rocket, kale, silverbeet or Bok Choy
- Fresh Salmon
I shop for a big family so I don’t usually shop on a budget but when I do there are some things I like to keep in mind. To stay on budget when shopping I like to buy seasonal produce, not only is it a good way to eat but it is also cheaper then buying products that are out of season. When I can I like to also buy from my local farmers market. They are a great way to buy fresh produce and it’s cheaper as you are buying straight from the source. Lastly, shopping for a large family I always think to buy in excess but more then often a lot is wasted or gets thrown out. I prefer to buy less and restock more frequently then buy groceries that just sit in the fridge and loose it’s freshness. My biggest tip, plan before you go shopping and that way you will buy what you need and not too many extras.
7. Have you got any tips on preparing a healthy weekly food plan? If so what kind of meal and snacks are on it?
Preparation is key when planning your weekly meals, if I have a busy week and wont get as much time to cook as I would like, I normally make a few things in advance and store them in air-tight containers. Sunday afternoon is the best time to sit down plan your weekly meals and write your shopping list. Here is a list of things I make on a regular basis and store in my fridge/freezer.
- Homemade Granola for breakfast and I just add berries and yogurt.
- Smoothies are an easy and convenient breakfast; you can add lots of super-foods.
- Healthy bolognese and store in the freezer, I add zucchini pasta for dinner.
- I make a tray of baked vegetables, easy to store in the fridge and great to add to salads.
- I usually make a pot of quinoa and store that in airtight container.
- My freezer is always filled with snacks as well; I make different protein balls, protein bars, and heaven balls.
- Lastly I make a homemade hummus and just cut up veggies for an easy snack.
I think the best advice I could give is being prepared and organised. If you have organised your meals for the week and know there is something for dinner you are less likely to order take-away instead. I always take a packed lunch to work and have easy snacks on hand that way I don’t feel the need to go to the vending machine or buy my lunch. Reading the labels on packages before you busy something is also very important, I’ve been told if I can’t read the first three ingredients and don’t know what they mean then why put it in your body. You just have to be smart and realistic when making food choices. Don’t deprive yourself and make yourself feel guilty, if you are going to have something that insisted consisted ‘healthy’ enjoy it while you’re eating it and then go make to your healthy meal for dinner, or lunch.
9. Do you have any favourite ‘guilty treats’ that you like to indulge in?
I have always loved chocolate and I still do. I stop eating the chocolate from the supermarkets and now have fallen in love with eating raw chocolate; you can buy it from any health food store. It isn’t over loaded with sugar and you can actually taste the chocolate. It’s delicious. I make heaven balls that are packed with superfoods, dates, and cacao. They are amazing and are my special treat after a busy day.
When I’ve had a busy day and don’t have too much time to cook, I love making shakshuka, which are baked eggs in a delicious tomato sauce. Click here for the recipe. I also write for nutritionist Jessica Sepel on her website, I post weekly recipes.
11. Why do you think it’s important to use superfoods in cooking?
Superfoods are fantastic ingredients that can be added in our cooking or into your daily smoothie. They provide energy, vitality and motivation to our everyday lives. Certain superfoods have been discovered to help us find that balance that our body needs. Superfoods are very high in antioxidants, which help our bodies fight infection, and slow down the ageing process.
12. Do you add any supplements to your diet to help you stay healthy?
On an everyday basis I generally don’t add supplements to my diet, I normally just eat clean and wholesome foods. It is important to listen to your body and if I like I’m coming under the weather then I will add a probiotic to my diet or a vitamin for overall health, like Tresos-B. I will also take magnesium if my muscles are aching and sore.
13. What 5 ingredients can’t you live without?
- Raw Chocolate
14. Do you have a favourite restaurant/cafe at the moment?
Gosh I have a few that I love; Kitchen By Mike, Bread and Circus, Xage, Phamish and the Organic café on Crown St in Surry Hills. I have yet made it to From Earth to Plate but I’m sure I will love it when I go.
FESTIVE CHRISTMAS HAMPER-
Check out the gallery below for a sneak peek at the “From My Kitchen” Festive Hamper. I suggest you get in quick before the Christmas rush. Details for the menu and ordering are below.
The Lite Hamper $40 – comes with four products of your choice.
What do you get? – Depending on the products you choose. –
5 Heaven Balls or Protein Delights
5 Merry Teats,
5 Muesli cookies,
Medium bag of Spiced Rosemary Mixed Nuts
Half small tub of Guacamole Salsa or Hummus
Small packet of Kale Crisps, Buckwheat Almond Crackers or Kale chips
3 thick slices of Carrot Fruit Loaf
Or The Full Hamper $60 – comes with six products of your choice.
What do you get? – Depending on the products you choose. –
6 Heaven Balls or Protein Delights
6 Merry Teats,
7 Muesli cookies,
Large bag of Spiced Rosemary Mixed Nuts
Container of Guacamole Salsa or Hummus
Large packet of Kale Crisps, Buckwheat Almond Crackers or Kale chips
5 thick slices of Carrot Fruit Loaf
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