Interview : Natalia Belaiche nous présente Vitality cooking et nous donne des conseils pour bien manger et être en meilleure forme

Bonjour chers lecteurs,

Cet été lors autour d'un déjeuner chez mon amie Natalia, elle me raconte comment elle est devenue coach en nutrition et me fait goûter un très bon dessert à base de graines de chia. 
Comme vous le devinez je n'ai pas pu m'empêcher de lui demander si elle serait d'accord  pour "une petite interview" dans le blog et pour nous donner au passage quelques conseils !

Bonne découverte* !
 *L'interview est en anglais, pour la traduire, cliquez ici si vous souhaitez.


Hello Natalia, would you like to introduce yourself to our readers ?

My name is Natalia Belaiche. I’m a certified Health Coach, a graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a founder of Vitality Cooking Project.

You are the founder of vitality cooking. What is it about ? How did you come up with the idea of this project ?

This project was created to inspire people to eat healthy, to eat more whole homemade food. 

I heard many times that people think about healthy food as a boring food. And many times they are confused with different diet theories what is right what is wrong. So the idea of the project is to help to do a right choice, cook easy and tasty recipes that will empower your energy. Same time educate yourself about nutrition and understand your bio individuality.

The sessions inside the project structured to move step by step to deep understanding of nutrition and cooking nutrition-dense meals.

The main goal of Vitality Cooking is to help you and your children make right choices every day. Small adjustments lead to big changes! 

My personal goal is to help people to find themselves in a very healthy and balanced way. We are what we eat!

If I want to buy and cook healthy food to improve my energy level, which advices would you give me?
  • Choose whole food, if possible organic or from local farmer. Whole means how it is appear in nature without refining and processing.
  • More leafy greens, buy fruits and vegetables according a season, follow the rule of your daily intake 80/20 (80% vegetables and fruits, 20% proteins and carbohydrates).
  • Add some healthy fats (olive oil, ghee butter, coconut oil…).
  • Add some superfood to your diet (chia, spirulina, bee products, greens, flex seeds….)
  • Enjoy your every meal! Serotonin is important component of wellbeing! 

You give children some cooking lessons. What is important for you when you work with kids? What would you like them to learn?

I give classes to 9-16 years old. At this age kids start to make there own choice for what they eat, and my role is to navigate them to a healthier way of eating and living. 

I help them to discover new taste of sprouted seeds, sweeteners as stevia or honey, cook cakes from whole food as nuts and fruits. 

I help them to understand labels on processed food and distinguish healthy and poisoning components. 

I help them to be a food detective and make a right choice. And by this making parents life easier with communication about food.


Would you have a nice and easy recipe you want to share with our readers ?
Yes of course! This is one of our favorite cakes. And it could stay in freezer till the moment you have unexpected guests 

Raw Cashew-Raspberries Mini Cakes


Ingredients:
Crust:
1/2 cup raw almonds (pecan or walnuts will also work)
1/2 cup soft Medjool dates
¼ tsp. sea salt

Filling:
2 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours, overnight is best
juice of 2 lemons
the seeds of 1 whole vanilla bean (or 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract)
1/3 cup raw coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup raw honey or agave nectar
1 cup raspberries (thaw completely if using frozen)


Directions:
1. Place nuts and dates in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to chop until they are to your desired fineness (process a finer crust longer than a chunky one). Test the crust by spooning out a small amount of mixture and rolling it in your hands. If the ingredients hold together, your crust is perfect. Scoop out crust mixture in a small silicone forms, and press firmly, making sure that the edges are well packed and that the base is relatively even throughout. Rinse food processor well.

2. Warm coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on low heat until liquid. Whisk to combine.

3. In the most powerful food processor / blender you own (you decide which one has the most torque) place all filling ingredients (except raspberries) and blend on high until very smooth (this make take a couple minutes so be patient).

4. Pour about 2/3 (just eyeball it, you can’t make a mistake!) of the mixture out onto the crust and smooth with a spatula. Add the raspberries to the remaining filling and blend on high until smooth. Pour onto the first layer of filling. Place in freezer until solid.

5. To serve, remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to eating. Serve on its own, or with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in the freezer.

And now the Vitality Cooking test to complete the way you want !
V like...Vibrant
I like...  Inspiration
T like... Tasty
A like... Alive
L like... Love
I like... Immunity
T like... Tonus
Y like... Yoga

C like...Clean
O like... Organic
O like... Options
K like... Kale
I like... Improvement
N like... Nutrient-dense
G like... Greens

Would you live to talk about something else ? Do you have some projects you want to share ?

As a Health Coach I meet clients who want to have a quick start for changing their lifestyle and food habits. They want to reach their full potential. I believe that there is no one approach for everybody. 

We are all different and what works and beneficial for one person could be poisoning for another. That’s why my clients appreciate support and accountability I’m giving them. Now I’m creating e-books with useful tips and recipes that could be helpful for people to make adjustments and small steps to reach their health goals. These e-books will have useful links, quick start tips, nutrition guidelines and much more. Hope to finish them soon to post them on my website.

The idea is to make health and wellbeing accessible for everybody!

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Chère Natalia,

Merci beaucoup !
Je te souhaite de belles rencontres et des projets enrichissants autour de Vitality Cooking ! 


Pour en savoir plus : 
http://nataliabelaiche.com/
https://www.facebook.com/vitalitycooking

2 commentaires :

  1. This is talking to me. I sometime have a hard time eating healthy thought I know that when I am eating healthy I am feeling much better. Will check the recipe!
    Thanks Natalia.

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  2. Marie, I am happy that this interview was useful for you. The thing is that eating healthy is a basement for all other aspects of your life, it's kind of investment in your personal grow. And in my personal experience I found that the switch should be done slow. The main rule I followed in the beginning: One healthy choice every day. It could be a choice between brown rice instead of white, eat 75% cacao chocolate instead of milk chocolate, have glass of water with lemon in the morning etc. Any healthy choice made me be proud of myself..... And then, at the end of the year I had 365 healthy changes in my life! I was different person! And it was easily integrated in my busy lifestyle. The life is one and we need to live it in full potential without illnesses or bad health stoping us. Marie keep going with your eating healthy habit and if you think I could help you with anything let me know.

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