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5 minutes with Healthy Recipes Developer & Nutritionist, Camilla Ryals

Camilla is a Sydney-based Nutritionist and fun-loving foodie. She makes no secret of enjoying way too many treats, sharing great recipes and spending time with the special ones in her life. With a wealth of nutrition-based knowledge under her belt, here she chats with us about all things nutrition and food.

How did your your passion for nutrition come about?

I’ve always been interested in being the healthiest possible version of yourself. Ever since I can remember I have been health conscious.

What’s your favourite thing about being a Nutritionist?

  1. Food Innovation
  2. Product Development
  3. Proving solid and fun advice to get people on the right track

If you could only have 1 more meal before becoming stranded on a remote island, what would it be and why?

This month is would be a pork chop, last month I would have have gone for a salmon fillet.

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What’s your day on a plate?

Day to day I eat a huge variety of foods, rarely do I have the same food twice. I’m all for moderation, eating foods I truly enjoy and nourishing my body at every opportunity with loads of greens, colourful vegetables and raw produce.

  • On Waking: Due to my early starts I like to ease my way into the day with a big glass of cold water and a zing of lime to energise and kick start my metabolism.
  • Breakfast: Wholegrain oats with almond milk. Yum! I have been looking forward to this simple yet super nutrient-rich breakfast everyday this week.
  • Snack: Green Juice. I love Greens 4 at Pressed Juices, it’s purely vegetables with a squeeze of lemon. It’s definitely my ‘go-to’ juice!
  • Lunch: I’ve been opting for big salads lately. Today I had zucchini pasta, packed with plenty of raw vegetables and raw nuts. I popped on some lemon and olive oil to spice things up a little.
  • Dinner: I baked a beautiful lamb roast in rosemary with chat potatoes and had a big salad on the side. Baby spinach, roma tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum and parmesan cheese.
  • Before Bed: I often reach for a herbal tea to relax my digestive system. At the moment I’ve been having a beautiful Rose and Vanilla Bean Tea. I save my alcohol for weekends only, opting for red.

Your Favourite food?

I can’t pick just one!

A Nutritionist's favourite foods revealed

Top 5 foods you’d recommend for everyone to eat every day and why?

1. Green Vegetables: Baby spinach, broccolini, cabbage, snow peas and the list goes on. In fact, the greener the better. Green Vegetables are literally brimming at the seems with vitamins, nutrients and minerals that are constantly improving your health status. Daily consumption of greens improve mood, control weight and reduce the chance of chronic disease occurrence. To add more green vegetables into your diet, try this delicious Kale, Spinach and Feta Pie.

2. Berries: Such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. The berry family is one food group to put on your next shopping list. Berries act as a nutritional powerhouse and the best way to eat them are either fresh or frozen. Berries are great for brain health, protect against memory loss and are a well suited snack for those trying to cut down on calories. Perfect if you have a sweet tooth. To add more berries into your diet have them on their own, sprinkled over yogurt for breakfast, or for a treat, try this healthy, raw and Paleo, Berry Swirl Cheesecake.

3. Wholegrain Foods: Choosing varieties such as rye, soy and linseed are best for optimal health. Wholegrain foods reduce the risk of of many chronic disease states, assist with satiety and make an easy and convenient option to be had as part of a healthy meal. Wholegrain foods are high in fiber to regulate bowel movement and assist in weight management. Also opt for low GI wholegrain foods. To add more wholegrain foods into your diet, opt for porridge (aka oats) for breakfast, or as a sweeter treat, try this homemade Choc Crunch Granola.

4. Lean Protein: Quality lean protein choices include chicken, turkey and red meats all with the skin removed. Include fish which also contains omega-3 fatty acids for overall wellbeing. When choosing dairy products opt for low-fat. Vegetarians could opt for quinoa, a low-fat grain, beans and legumes (such as lentils), all of which are naturally low-fat sources of protein. To add lean protein to your diet (that’s vegetarian friendly), try this healthy Kale and Lentil Soup.

5. Good Fat: Include avocado, cook with extra virgin olive oil, opt for raw nuts as an easy and nutrient-rich snack and incorporate olives into salads. Adding these monounsaturated fats into your daily diet not only assist with satiety but protect the mind and body against low mood, memory loss and chronic illnesses. To add more good fat into your diet, try this nutritious and easy recipe for Protein Bar with Raw Nuts.

Now you’ve got the insider scoop in what a Nutritionist eats and recommends, what are you going to put on your plate tomorrow?

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Read more from Camilla and discover her healthy and delicious recipes, here.

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Carly Taber Founder - CASA DE KARMA

Passionate about creating impact, income & freedom, Carly is a Business Strategist & Coach for Wellness Entrepreneurs by day. When she’s not working with ambitious entrepreneurs, you’ll find her practicing yoga, relaxing by the sea or enjoying a coffee with loved ones.

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