My Day On A Plate: Good Food For Me Founder Brooke Cassar
Brooke Cassar joined Instagram in October 2012 as @goodfoodforme. She started the account as a food diary and focused on a healthy lifestyle of clean eating. After a few months of eating better, cutting out preservatives, added sugars and anything processed Brooke had lost 5kg. Brooke started running, training for a half marathon, then exactly one year later she completed her first full marathon and had lost 10kg. It was a life changing year for Brooke and inspired her to create a clean eating eBook and website that eventuated into an online health store selling products that she believed in and used herself. Good Food For Me is now a one-stop shop for organic, non-processed, no refined sugars, gluten free, snacks, bars, super foods and beauty products.
‘Preparation is the key.’
– My favourite meal of the day…hands down! I bounce out of bed thinking of the muesli bowl I’m going to have and the delicious fruits I’ll cut up to put in it.
¼ Cup GF Quick Cooking Oats + Almond Milk. Top with pumpkin & sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds and maca powder. Chopped fruits like berries, banana, apple or pear.
Mid Morning Snack
– I’m usually hungry again by 11am, I love Almond Milk Lattes, I limit coffee to one a day and use it as a treat for myself.
Other healthy snacks from our site I choose – Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Squarebar, Miracle Bar, Raw Chocolate and Cashew Bar, Earth Bar, Bird Bar, Lara Bar.
– Usually prepared in advance to either take with me to work, this stops me from reaching for something ‘quick and easy’ and not always the best option.
Roasted Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, steamed veggies like broccoli, kale, carrots with some grilled chicken and brown rice.
Afternoon Snack (Pre-workout)
– I like to exercise later in the day after a full day of food in my belly. I’m fuelled up for a run by then and I always try to have this meal at around 3pm to allow a good 2 hours for it to settle.
Protein Smoothie – ½ Banana, Almond Milk, 1 Scoop The Naked Co Protein Powder (all natural WPI powder which has a good clean ingredient list), and amazing grass cacao super greens powder.
– I cook a lot from my eBook. Good, clean, easy recipes to follow that are family friendly and staple meals for the week.
A plate full of vegetables or salad, with a source of protein like chicken, fish or red meat, and a complex carb like sweet potato, brown rice, beans or pasta.
– I don’t eat dessert every night, but I am a bit of a sweet tooth so when I do feel like something it might just be a nice raw cacao chocolate from my website like Lovingearth Luvju’s, Paleo Chocolate, or a delicious Pana Chocolate. Or in my eBook there’s a section for sweet clean treats, which are all made with no refined sugars.
Exercise and Workout Keep Fit
– A typical week of moving my body consists of 2 weight sessions with a PT, 3 x Runs per week between 5-10kms, a game of Netball. I like to stay active and feel good.
MINI APPLE CRUMBLE RECIPE
- 2 Fuji Apples, peeled and cored
- 2 Tablespoons Rice Malt Syrup 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 Cup GF Rolled Oats
- 3 Tablespoons Almond Meal
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Butter, softened
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Peel, core and slice the apples thinly. Place apple slices into a saucepan with the rice malt syrup, water, cinnamon and nutmeg. Simmer over a medium heat for 5 minutes or until apples are soft
- Spoon apples into 2 ramekins evenly and reserve 1 tablespoon of the syrup, set aside
- In a small bowl combine the rolled oats, almond meal, coconut butter and the remaining tablespoon of syrup with a spoon or with your finger tips until mixture is well combined and evenly coated in butter
- Scatter crumbs over apples and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden. The crumble mixture will harden as it cools
- Serve with greek yoghurt or coconut ice-cream. Visit Brooke’s Online Store Good Food For Me boasting her favourite selection of health food products!