Char­lie’s world

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In each is­sue, we’ll in­tro­duce a fan that’s in­spir­ing Na­dia. Here, healthy food blog­ger Char­lotte Bar­ber shares her well­be­ing in­spi­ra­tion, favourite dishes and top pantry sta­ples

Welling­to­nian Char­lotte Bar­ber, 15, is on a mis­sion to in­spire peo­ple to treat their bod­ies right, through nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise. Tak­ing a leaf out of Na­dia’s

Nude Food phi­los­o­phy, she’s cre­at­ing recipes and shar­ing her jour­ney on her blog, char­lie­andthe­healthy­fac­tory.

What in­spired you to start your blog? I wanted to pro­vide some­thing that was pos­i­tive and up­lift­ing and was some­where teenagers could come to when they needed a recipe.

How does Na­dia in­spire what you do, and what have you learned from her? I am in­spired by Na­dia’s Nude Food phi­los­o­phy as it mo­ti­vates oth­ers to de­velop an in­tu­itive un­der­stand­ing and healthy re­la­tion­ship with food. I have all Na­dia’s cook­books, so she has taught me how to cook. I have also learned flavour com­bi­na­tions and ways to make real food taste de­li­cious and be su­per-nu­tri­tious.

What’s your favourite dish to cook? I love cook­ing the Tex-mex bean, corn and mush­room wraps with salsa and gua­camole from Na­dia’s Easy Week­night Meals cook­book.

What are your favourite ac­tiv­i­ties when it comes to ex­er­cise? I am a big fan of va­ri­ety, so my ex­er­cise ac­tiv­i­ties al­ways change with the sea­sons. I like do­ing group classes – weight train­ing, box­ing and spin classes. I also love yoga for the health and med­i­ta­tive as­pects.

What’s the process like for you when cre­at­ing your recipes? I look for in­spi­ra­tion from my favourite cook­books/blogs. I then use my tried-and-tested ba­sic food com­bi­na­tions to cre­ate new spins and flavours on dishes. From there, my lovely fam­ily test the recipes and I make ad­just­ments based on their feed­back. What 10 healthy sta­ples should we have in our pantries? 1 Root veg­eta­bles – for roast­ing

2 Al­monds – great snack­ing food for the brain

3 Av­o­ca­dos – I love to put them in smooth­ies or smash up into gua­camole.

Cashew but­ter – for toast or to spread on sliced ap­ple Herbal tea – re­lax­ing and warm­ing

Almond milk – for all smoothie and drink bases

Eggs – nu­tri­tional pow­er­house and easy break­fast Ca­cao pow­der – to add a cho­co­late taste to smooth­ies and real-food bak­ing

9 As­sort­ment of dried herbs and spices – for flavour

10 Por­ridge oats – there’s noth­ing bet­ter than warm­ing

oats on a cold morn­ing. 4 5 6 7 8

Have you no­ticed a change in your health since be­com­ing pas­sion­ate about food and nu­tri­tion? Def­i­nitely. I used to be your typ­i­cal junk food-lov­ing teen. Since trans­form­ing my habits, I’ve no­ticed a great change in my well­be­ing and have shifted my views on health to fo­cus on mak­ing kind and sus­tain­able choices – to feed my body and mind with the best fuel to per­form at its op­ti­mum. That means plenty of sleep, real food, water, ex­er­cise and men­tal stim­u­la­tion.

What are you ex­cited about with food at the mo­ment?

I am on a big smoothie buzz. As the weather gets warmer, I’m look­ing for­ward to all the fruit that will be back in sea­son and in­cor­po­rat­ing them into my daily drinks. Bring on the berries, I say!

What’s your plan when you leave school? I have two years left. I aim to go to univer­sity and study nu­tri­tion and di­etet­ics. For the next two years I will be able to take bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry and psy­chol­ogy as well as English, French and maths as my cho­sen sub­jects. I think they will give me the best foun­da­tion for when I leave school.

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