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May, 17 2017

Meet Ayesha

Ayesha @JdeV HQ

Hi everyone, I’m Ayesha and I’ve been working at Jan de Vries since December 2015! I’m a yoga enthusiast and I love walks on the beach, baking and reading. I try to live as natural a lifestyle as possible, and I’m really passionate about good food and healthy eating. I always find it so strange that some people think healthy food has to be boring – hopefully once you’ve tried some of my recipes you’ll see that that just isn’t the case!

My journey to healthy eating and natural health

My journey to healthy eating and natural health started in my 20s when my health took a sudden downturn. I was struggling with IBS, which began to affect my skin and my immune system – I was always coming down with colds and flus and felt constantly tired!

I started researching ways to restore my health and found a lot of information on alternative medicine and food. As a result I totally changed the way I ate – I cut out certain foods and added in lots of others, and after some experimenting I found something that worked for me. I immediately started to feel better. I could feel myself healing – naturally!

It’s been a long process and I’m not 100% well yet, but my life has definitely changed for the better! I’ve been introduced to so many delicious foods, and my meals are definitely more interesting now. I love the food I eat and never really feel like I’m missing out on anything – I know that my body is getting all the nutrients it needs. I’ve learned to listen to my body, rest when I need to and drink plenty of water every day.

My favourite foods

So what kind of foods do I eat? Well, my favourite snack is probably chocolate energy balls, because they’re so rich and indulgent, but so healthy and filling too! I also love Sunday morning pancakes, and my ultimate comfort food is definitely brown rice with lentils. 

Like many healthy eaters, I have a major soft-spot for avocado and always have a couple in the fruit bowl!

My Kitchen Essentials

There are a few kitchen staples that I always make sure I have in my cupboards. These appear in lots of my recipes, so if you want to cook and bake along with me, they’re great ingredients to stock up on!

1) Cacao powder. Raw cacao has the same delicious chocolate flavour as cocoa powder, but it’s much more nutritious.

2) Coconut oil. This is perfect for baking, roasting and frying, and is much healthier than butter and vegetable oil.  It’s packed full of healthy fats that have all kinds of health benefits.

3) Nuts. These are full of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and are great in desserts and main meals alike.

4) Dates. These are a great source of fibre, and a vital ingredient for healthy baking – they are used in everything from energy balls to cheesecakes!

5) Nut butter. Peanut butter is the most common but cashew is definitely my favourite! It’s got a really smooth, slightly sweet taste that goes great with sliced banana, or as a topping for those Sunday morning pancakes! It’s also a great way to add extra protein and flavour to your baking.

With these ingredients you’ll be able to make lots of quick and easy snacks!

So now that you know a little more about me, make sure to go and check out some of my recipes and give them a go!