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Nutrition, Recipes

Terrificly Toasted Coconut

September 7, 2016
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So I’ve taken a few days off social media since leaving New York and arriving in London – I usually post daily on my instagram site, but I’ve been feeling a little technologically-fatigued lately… I want to be spending more time in the kitchen and less time on my phone, so I’ve decided to post less Continue Reading…


Gorgeously Green Juice

August 27, 2016
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It’s a green juice kinda day…💚

During the summer, I allow myself to enjoy a couple of cold pressed juices every now and then as a great way to feed and cool the body🌱 Yes, juices are typically filled with WAY too much fructose for the body to digest in one go, so I always choose Continue Reading…


Grilled (Cute) Courgettes

July 28, 2016
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I LOVE courgettes – or should I type ‘zucchini’ which is what we call them in Oz and here in the US! 💗  These baby ones are sweet n’ juicy, packed with potassium (about 295 milligrams per cup) which makes them super heart-healthy, definitely one of my fav things to eat because of their versatility when it comes to how you can flavour and prepare them. Did you know also they’re technically a fruit because they come from a flower which you can also eat? True story!

Here’s what I’m going to make with these…

Grilled Courgettes

You need:

🌱 10 baby courgettes
🌱 Extra virgin olive oil
🌱 Course sea salt (1-2 teaspoons)
🌱 1 tablespoon nigella seeds (they look like black sesame seeds but are more abundant when it comes to health benefits)
🌱 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
🌱 1 teaspoon each of: garlic, cumin and turmeric powder
🌱 1/2 teaspoon back pepper
🌱 Juice of 1/2 lemon

You do:

1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and cut the bottoms off courgettes before carefully slicing them in half, lengthwise.

2. Place them in an ovenproof dish, they need to be spread out and not overlapping.

3. Cover with a drizzle of oil, sprinkle with sea salt, seeds, spices and lemon juice – combine well then pop into the oven for about 15 minutes, until they brown and become tender.

4. Enjoy as a side dish or as a mid afternoon snack 🌟👌🏻😍


Choc-tastic Chocolate Banana Muffins

June 22, 2016
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These!!!!! Chocolate, banana goodness free from gluten, dairy, eggs and processed sugar👌🏻 Definitely a ‘must make’ for the coming weekend (or weekday if you’re up for a spot of baking). Whenever you decide to make these, enjoy every bite :)  Continue Reading…


Perfect Pumpkin Seed Milk

June 20, 2016
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Fresh pumpkin seed milk, DONE!🙌🏻

If you haven’t already, you really must try this recipe… Pumpkin seeds are packed with plant protein, vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, copper + Vitamins A, B and E 🌟👌🏻🙏🏻

I like to create all kinds of nut and seed milks for baking, beverages and cooking. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do! Continue Reading…


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

June 7, 2016
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Whether you’re a parent packing school lunches, or someone who prefers to enjoy nutritious, real food snacks, here’s a little tip: always include some protein and healthy fats👌🏻


Because these two things combined will keep you feeling satisfied and full until your next mealtime👍🏻 Continue Reading…


Chickpea Basil Pate

May 31, 2016
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Celebrating Sunday with my homemade flax crackers and chickpea basil pate 👌🏻💚 For the full recipes of both these delish treats, + tune into The Chrissy B Show on Sky 203 where I’ll be demo-ing how to create them! If you’re not in the UK, I’ll be sharing both videos on this site soon so stay tuned!

To make the chickpea basil pate, you need: Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

“Avoid Foods You Can’t Pronouce…Except Quinoa!”

October 29, 2015
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I giggle every time I read that quote – who said it? I have no idea, but it’s funny. It’s funny but not true, because if we were to follow that advice, we’d pretty much have nothing to eat! Wha? All real food is made from many naturally-occuring chemicals. Take the humble strawberry as an example… If you take a look here, you’ll see it consists of an extremely long list of weird-sounding gobbledygook names, however, upon closer inspection (with the help of a Chemistry expert like James Kennedy) you’ll see these unpronounceable names are all naturally-occurring chemicals – not a synthetic one in sight! Pretty amazing right? The nerd in me is suitably satisfied. So what do you do with this information? Use it to your benefit of course because knowledge is power! Put simply, Continue Reading…

Chef in the City, Nutrition, Recipes

Easy Peasy Green Smoothie

October 24, 2015

In between studying, cooking and studying here in New York City, I have been working on a series of fun n’ yum videos to share with you. It’s part of a delicious collaboration between my school, the Natural Gourmet Institute and my favourite magazine of all time,  Yoga Journal – exciting stuff for this enthusiastic Natural Foods Chef-slash-Yogini! All too often we get so busy with life that food takes a backseat. It’s so much easier to grab something from the shelves of the supermarket that looks remotely healthy (or maybe not) to sustain us until the next time our tummy grumbles. I totally get it. I’ve been there, done that for way too long than I’d like to admit. There was a time in my life when Continue Reading…

Chef in the City, Nutrition, Recipes

‘Never Get Sick’ Garlic Soup!

October 15, 2015
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It’s fall here in New York now, the weather is getting a little cooler – a breeze is in the air. Since finishing full time study at culinary school, I have been working hard as an intern and resting up on weekends. Each week, my body is beginning to relax a little more after months of standing on my feet all day, lifting super heavy things and bending over to put them back again! And that’s just the physical side of study stress!

Throughout my chef-ing journey, Continue Reading…