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.