An amalgamation of invaluable advice, recipes and steps to see readers on their way to a healthier, happier state of being, Amelia Freer’s Eat. Nourish. Glow (HarperCollins £16.99) should be top of the reading list for every prospective healthy foodie. Based on 10 easy steps to a healthier life Amelia’s first book is a great resource for those already following a clean diet and those looking for some New Year recipe inspiration. We love the chapters on finding grace around food, tips for getting rid of the need for dietary ‘perfection’ and the how to perform a ‘kitchen detox’ – perfect for January!
Always gluten and dairy-free Amelia’s collection of recipes includes delights such as Almond, Apricot and Rose ‘Yoghurt’, healthy Salted Hazelnut and Chocolate Caramels and Savoury Parsnip Fritters, which we can’t wait to get cooking. The array of easy, practical and nutritious recipes are suitable for all cooking levels and feature dishes for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike. Comprised of beautiful photography and hand drawn illustrations throughout, the gorgeous minimalistic design of Eat. Nourish. Glow makes for an ideal gift for yourself or someone you are hoping to inspire to turn over a new leaf in the kitchen this year.
What was the catalyst that ignited your passion for healthy eating?
When I moved to London and started work, I wasn’t really conscious about what I was eating, turns out it was predominantly processed junk! My health took a nasty hit and I suffered from multiple health issues. It was only when someone suggested I look at what I was eating that a little light came on…
With so many different dietary protocols out there, choosing one to follow can be confusing and overwhelming, especially for those just making the switch to a healthier diet. What are your tips for establishing a way of eating that works best for us as individuals?
I think taking it one step at a time is essential. I tried to do everything at once initially and just crumbled. I encourage starting with just one thing, this can have a huge long term impact if you keep just focusing on one thing at a time. And don’t buy into fads. Just slowly switch one processed food for a natural version.
If we were lucky enough to peek into your kitchen cupboards and fridge on a regular basis, what are the staples we’d always find?
Coconut oil, avocados, lots of organic green vegetables, sauerkraut, organic chicken, fresh herbs, lemons & chilli! Oh and pesto. I make tonnes and tonnes of pesto.
If you had to choose one, what food or drink should we put on our New Year’s resolution to avoid or cut down on now?
Well, it has to be sugar, in all forms – this includes the alternatives.
With January well underway and ‘detox’ the word of the moment, what recipes in Eat. Nourish. Glow can we incorporate into our healthy eating repertoire this month to assist us in the post-festive gentle cleanse?
All of them really! The chicken nuggets wrapped in lettuce are a personal favourite, the crab salad, the almond & rose breakfast… oh yes and the monkfish with broccoli mash… you can tell I’m a comfort food girl.