Editor-in-Chief of getthegloss.com, Susannah Taylor, quizzes me on my everyday essentials…
The first thing that Susannah noticed is that Amelia doesn’t have as much food as she expected, which Amelia says is because shops are very clever at enticing us to buy more than we need and she is aware that it’s easy to waste food.
When it comes to everyday food, Amelia says she makes sure that she is eating enough protein, as she believes protein is the one thing that people miss out easily. She keeps things simple by using protein from leftover dinners for lunch, and keeps her lettuce washed and chopped beforehand so that it’s ready to use if she is in a rush. Another everyday staple is coconut milk, which Amelia uses for her breakfast, such as in chia pudding.
Amelia is also a self-confessed “sauerkraut junkie”. Made from fermented cabbage, it encourages beneficial bacteria and is one of the most healing foods you could eat. Amelia tries to encourage her clients to put sauerkraut into their diets. She says: “I have it at breakfast, in a salad… it tastes delicious.”
Since she doesn’t eat any dairy, Amelia makes sure that she always has coconut yoghurt in the fridge. She eats it as a treat, with dessert, with breakfast or in smoothies. She even freezes it and eats it as frozen yoghurt.
Every day, Amelia also soaks chia seeds so that she can add them to her breakfast or throw them into a smoothie. She says that the trick with chia seeds is that it needs some sort of creamy base and sweetness to take away the slimy edge.
Why keep nuts and seeds in the fridge?
Susannah noticed that Amelia keeps her nuts and seeds in the fridge, rather than the cupboard. Amelia explains that nuts have good essential fatty acids in them which can be damaged at room temperature, so it’s best to always keep them chilled.
Eat the rainbow
The news recently reported that we need to be consuming seven fruits a day, rather than the previously thought five. Amelia says it is important to ensure that we are getting the rainbow – different colours in every meal. “Avoid a beige diet,” she advises.
Health powders are a great way to supplement your diet. Amelia says that if you’re making a smoothie, it’s a great way to add in extra protein and nutrients. She explains that lipid powders are brilliant for the brain, your health and energy. She also praises the ProBerry-Amla powder by Nutricology for being great at taking the edge off of juicing kale or spirulina.
There are many different varieties of supplements, so Amelia recommends finding the ones that are good quality, organic and provide a boost of energy in your diet. Amelia also keeps her oils in the fridge. Nowadays, lots of people take oils, such as cod liver oil and fish oil, but Amelia says it’s important for them to go in the fridge as “they can go rancid at room temperature”.
Amelia takes probiotics every morning in her smoothie. She describes them as your “digestive system’s best friend”. They keep your bowel movements regular and also support your immune system. The majority of your immune system lies in your digestive system, so those that suffer from frequent colds and flu need to be taking probiotics regularly.
Other healthy essentials
Susannah points out that Amelia’s fridge is stocked with bottles of coconut water. Amelia explains that they are a nice alternative to drinking plain water.
Additionally, as with nuts and seeds, Amelia is fond of good quality nut butter. She states that there is a large variety available, such as hazelnut, cashew and peanuts. Amelia says that it’s important to check that they are raw, as you don’t want the nuts to have gone through a heated process which would damage their essential fatty acids.
Amelia is also a big fan of cashew milk, which she uses in chia porridge and smoothies. She claims that it’s really easy to make – taking cashew nuts (or whichever nut you prefer), Amelia left them to soak in water in the fridge overnight. She instructs that you then pop it into your Vitamix with fresh filtered water and blend. The mixture is then strained through a nut bag and done.