Steph chats to some of her favourite inspirational foodies and friends about all things nutrition - from how they stay balanced to their favourite indulgence and their best health hack to keep things quick and easy.
This month I sat down with....
Soon to be PT, fitness fanatic and survivor castaway. Find her on insta @brookejowett
How would you describe your diet?
I would say my diet is healthy, full of variety but I’m definitely not too strict on myself. For the most part, I try to follow a high protein, high good fat and lower carb diet but there are days when I’ve trained extra hard and all my body does is crave carbs. I tend to listen to my body and be a bit lenient on these days.
What is your idea of balance?
I’m all about balance with my diet. I’d say I make good food choices 80% of the time and the other 20% is spent on weekend brunches, the occasional glass or two of red and some sneaky almond dark chocolate.
Why is it important to you to eat healthy?
I’m an extremely active person and I love to give my all when I train. I find that if I’ve been slack with my diet that this has an extremely negative impact on my performance, especially with my running. I get fatigued much quicker and I find that my recovery also takes a hit.
I find that eating healthy is also really beneficial to my mental health (aka I’m way less moody and a much nicer person haha).
What’s a typical day on your plate?
7:15am: I grab a regular strong almond latte while I do a lap around the block before beginning my work day.
9am Breakfast: At the moment, I’m loving my omelettes for breakfast. 2 eggs with whatever veggies I have in the fridge. If I’ve trained in the morning and I’m having one of my “give me carbs” days, I’ll add a piece of toast.
10:30am Snack: Peppermint tea with a protein ball. At the moment, my protein ball flame of the month is Health Lab Choc Matcha Probiotic – bloody delish!
12:30pm Lunch: I’ve usually prepped my weekly lunches in advance. My regular meal prep consists of chicken, veggies and either cauliflower, broccoli or brown rice.
3pm Snack I get so snacky when it gets to about 3pm. I’ll often opt for rice crackers or if I’m really hungry I’ll go for rice cakes with tuna and tomato.
6.30pm Dinner really depends on who is cooking. If my boyfriend is in charge, dinner is usually meat and veggies or a salmon creation. If it’s up to me, dinner will be a stir-fry or healthy curry – yum!
7.30pm Some days (more often than not), I crave something sweet after dinner. My “dessert’ choice is Vanilla Bean yoghurt with berries or with a sprinkle of Carman’s Fruitless Muesli.
What are three ingredients you won’t leave the grocery store without?
Sweet potato (I’m obsessed), chicken breast and peanut butter.
Every foodie has a favourite indulgence that keeps them balanced, what’s yours?
Now we’re talking…Dark Chocolate please.
What is your best health hack or tip when it comes to making healthy eating easy?
Oh, I have two.
Firstly, I feel like this is the generic answer but I find that meal prep for my lunches really helps to hold me back from walking to the bakery and getting a daily focaccia. It also saves me a lot of time and money.
My second one is to remove any naughty temptations from your pantry. If it’s not easily accessible, you’re much less likely to delve into the block of chocolate or packet of chips.
Which do you prefer?
Breakfast or dinner? Breakfast
Sweet or savoury? Sweet
Eating at the dining table or couch? Dining table
Asian or Mexican? Asian
Wine or kombucha? Kombucha
Cook or clean? Cook