Madeleine shaw re­veals how sea­sonal eat­ing can dras­ti­cally im­prove your well be­ing in her new book A year of beau­ti­ful eat­ing

Madeleine shaw re­veal show sea­sonal eat­ing can dras­ti­cally im­prove your well be­ing in her new book A year of beau­ti­ful eat­ing

Women's Fitness (UK) - - Contents -

Healthy food and hap­pi­ness is what Madeleine Shaw is all about. You’ll rarely, if ever, see a photo of her where she doesn’t have a beam­ing smile on her face. As a holis­tic nutri­tional health coach, blog­ger and healthy chef, she’s ded­i­cated to teach­ing everyone how to feel amaz­ing from the in­side out by learn­ing what we should be eat­ing, when and why.

How­ever, she wasn’t al­ways as in­formed about nu­tri­tion as she is to­day. Way back be­fore her days as a healthy eat­ing afi­cionado, her diet con­sisted of flavour­less food that was, un­be­knownst to her, jam-packed with su­gar. Mov­ing to Aus­tralia made her fully re­alise her love of food and she made a com­mit­ment to a health­ier eat­ing regime. It’s far eas­ier said than done to break away from your harm­ful habits, but Madeleine is proof that you can trans­form your life and start liv­ing more healthily and hap­pily than you could have ever imag­ined.

Madeleine’s new book, A year of beau­ti­ful eat­ing (pub­lished by Trapeze in hard­back and ebook, priced £20/£10.99), takes you through each sea­son, teach­ing you about the types of food that are ideal to cook and eat through­out the year. She whole­heart­edly be­lieves that na­ture and cook­ing should go hand in hand, which is why she’s taken the time to share over 100 nu­tri­tious sea­sonal recipes in her new book.

We spoke to Madeleine about her favourite new recipes, the ul­ti­mate post-work­out snack and the power of sea­sonal cook­ing.

What are your favourite new cook­ing in­gre­di­ents?

Re­cently I’ve been us­ing a lot of hemp oil while I’m cook­ing. It’s high in omega-3s, low in sat­u­rated fat and eco­log­i­cally friendly, plus it tastes de­li­cious.

What in­gre­di­ent have you sworn by for years?

Eggs! They are so ver­sa­tile and packed full of pro­tein. I al­ways feel like I’ve had a re­ally good, fill­ing break­fast when I have eggs and I don’t need to eat again well into lunchtime. My favourite combo is scram­bled eggs with some sliced avo!

What’s your ul­ti­mate meal to cook when you’re host­ing friends for din­ner?

I love my Tray-roasted Cod from my new book. It’s super sim­ple to make, but looks re­ally im­pres­sive. Plus, you can serve it straight from the tray, which means less wash­ing-up af­ter­wards!

What’s an easy post-work­out pro­tein snack to whip up ?

A pro­tein-packed smoothie is def­i­nitely what I crave af­ter a hard work­out. My choco­late pro­tein pow­ered smoothie has spinach, ca­cao, nut but­ter and chia seeds in it, which will give your beau­ti­ful body a lit­tle ex­tra boost.

What were the first things that made you no­tice the ben­e­fits of adopt­ing a health­ier life­style?

My skin started to glow, my hair grew and be­came more bouncy and shiny and I was hav­ing much less [sic] prob­lems with my gut. I guess I just felt bet­ter within my­self.

Why is it vi­tal to match the food you eat with the sea­son?

Sea­sonal foods have evolved that way be­cause it’s what your body needs at that time. Dur­ing the win­ter, your body craves starchy, root veg­eta­bles, whereas in the sum­mer your body prefers cool­ing pro­duce like let­tuce and cu­cum­ber. Giv­ing your body what it wants is a great way to keep it happy!

What are your top three recipes from your new book?

My Tray-roasted Cod, Ve­gan Banana and Peanut But­ter Loaf and my Sum­mer Lovin’ Bowl – I could eat these recipes ev­ery day!

What three words would best de­scribe how healthy cook­ing makes you feel?

Em­pow­ered. En­er­getic. Happy.

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