16 Jul Real Foodie Interview – Hannah Horton From Healthyeah
Hannah Horton is someone who I have been following online for sometime with her gorgeous site www.healthyeah.co.nz. When I first discovered Hannah, I just loved the message she was spreading at treading light, eating right and living bright. Its such a simple message but really a powerful one to live by.
More recently Hannah has opened up an incredible wholefood cafe with Eleanor Ozich called Mondays Whole Food. This little cafe in Auckland is tucked away down a kingsland laneway in a cute little building covered in vines. Here they create amazing delicious real food that not only looks amazing and tastes amazing, but its great for you. The food is real food, loaded with amazing nutrient dense ingredients to help you create real health inside and out. You know that every effort has been taken to source the best ingredients that they can find and that each piece of food is made with love and a message of living bright and eating right.
Today I wanted to find out more about Hannah Horton, and share her message with the foreverfit community.
Real Foodie Interview – Hannah Horton From Healthyeah
Who is Hannah Horton?
Hard working Hippie, cook & foodie, surfer, rookie gardener.
What was your turning point that made you search for real health?
I grew up with three other sisters and we were all made to cook from the age of 12, so we’ve always had an appreciation of good healthy food. But I came to this thinking in a round about way – at university I was researching fair trade & global food, and it intrigued me that many of the world’s most nourishing foods are produced in regions of the world with the most under-nourished populations. I started to see connections between food, individual well-being and global sustainability. Our food choices – eating wholefoods, choosing local & organic, eating lower down the food chain – truly help us and the planet.
Would you say you are a “live to eat,” or “eat to live” kind of person??
Both! I live to eat, because food is a massive part of my life. It’s delicious, social and creative. But I eat to live in the sense that eating whole, living foods nourishes & energises you and enables you to live a full, healthy and active life. Good health lets you do what you want to do.
How do you like to move your body?
Surfing, yoga and walks.
How would you describe your philosophy around food?
Those that have read my blog will notice I don’t focus on what not to eat, instead it’s all about the limitless possibilities of vibrant, alive, colourful, real and mostly plant-based food. My day on a plate consists of leafy greens, veg, fruits, beans, lentils, wholegrains, nuts & seeds with the occasional serving of free range eggs or sustainable seafood. Nothing is set in stone – I like a bit of fancy cheese from time to time.
Diet dogma is lame. Food should be a joy, not a battle. I think that true love of food extends beyond taste, to an appreciation & gratitude of how it’s grown, how it nourishes, and how it brings people together.
How would you describe your philosophy around exercise?
Make sure you are having fun! For me personally that means not being competitive, and venturing outside rather than going to the gym (but everybody’s different). Push yourself, but not too hard. And take care of your mental health just as much as your physical health – I used to skip meditation at the end of yoga so I could get to work on time, now I realise it’s the most important part of the class!
What does your typical days food look like?
At the moment I eat what we’ve got on offer at Mondays Wholefoods! A smoothie or a slow pressed juice for breakky, a spelt flour scone and a herbal coffee for morning tea, some kind of salad for lunch, perhaps a chia seed pudding for afternoon tea! It changes every day! By the time I get home I’m sort of fooded-out so I keep it simple with a soup or a warm salad.
What was your last workout?
Surfing Muriwai Beach on Saturday.
Whats your go to meal to cook?
My throw together meals! http://www.healthyeah.co.nz/blog/dinspiration-my-favourite-throw-together-meals
Whats one of the biggest health myths you would love the world to really understand?
I don’t really concern myself too much with health myths, but I’d like to share the message that in the end I believe optimum health is so much more than achieving a certain level of fitness or physique. Equal attention must be paid to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
What does being foreverfit mean to you?
Eat Right – you were born to eat real food. Load up on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds. The occasional sustainably reared and humanely killed animal if that’s your thing. And dark chocolate. Just because. No beauty serum, pill, botox jab or ‘ab circle pro’ will make you feel, think or look as good as wholefoods can.
Tread Light – healthy lifestyles and a healthy planet are intimately connected. Think, allocation of limited resources to reactive healthcare and away from critical environmental issues; or to energy intensive livestock farming and away from staple food crops; think obesity, pesticides, fertilisers, water pollution, land depletion, excessive packaging and a warming planet..
Live Bright – Being kind to others and kind to yourself, finding your unique expression, taking time out. Exercise. Pursuit of pure fun. Doing the things that make you happy and having the courage to ditch the things that don’t. Living compassionately and spontaneously.
Hannahs Sweet Potato Spice Cake Recipe
It’s gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free and uses Kumara and honey to sweeten! Getting all your daily antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in one go? Piece of cake!!!
Ingredients For the cake
- 5 small orange kumara (sweet potatoes)
- 1 cup buckwheat flour (this is so easy to make! just blitz buckwheat groats in your high speed blender for a few seconds!)
- 2 cups ground almonds (you could use nut milk pulp! Just reduce the water and perhaps add a tablespoon of coconut oil)
- 3/4 cup BioBalance Organic Coconut Sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup BioBalance Organic Maca Powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- A pinch salt
For your spices
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
Creamy Cashew Icing
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked a couple of hours and rinsed
- 2 Tbsp BioBalance Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
- 2 Tbsp raw honey (Earthbound Manuka honey is the bees!)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1-2 tablespoons of water, as needed to blend
- Peel and chop the kumara and steam for 20 minutes until SUPER soft and tender.
- Meanwhile, line two equal size cake tins with baking paper and turn on your oven to 180 degrees C.
- In a big bowl, mix all your dry ingredients except the coconut sugar. That’s your buckwheat flour, ground almonds, spice mix, maca root powder and salt.
- When the Kumara are soft and can crumble easily, remove from steamer and place in a bowl. Add coconut sugar, vanilla, honey and water and mash your until all the sugar has melted and you have a smooth, sweet Kumara purée.
- Fold the wet into the dry and mix thoroughly. The mixture will feel really dense but don’t worry! This is normal!
- Pour the cake batter into your two lined cake tins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes, or until you can put a knife in it and it comes out clean.
- Once cooked, remove from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool right down.
- While it cools, prepare the creamy cashew icing. This is such a beautiful icing! Creamy and zingy and honey sweet! Blend all ingredients up until incredibly smooth in your high speed blender or food processor. Once your cake is completely cool you can ice it! In the centre and on the top. Garnish with anything you fancy! I’m definitely on a fig buzz so I opted for fresh figs and pistachios :)
Check out Hannah here at her personal blog http://www.healthyeah.co.nz/index.html
Also be sure to drop in to Mondays Wholefood Cafe next time you are Auckland. http://www.mondayswholefoods.com/