Meet our ambassador Asha, the aspiring nutritionist, model, and all-round amazing lady. We love her vivacious attitude towards life and health. We chatted to her about her active lifestyle, her latest recipes, and what inspires her.
Give us a short character description of yourself.
I’m 22 years old, a full-time student studying to be a nutritionist, and I work as a model and a health blogger/writer. My life revolves around living a healthy and active lifestyle! I live in Bronte in Sydney and I travel a lot because my family lives overseas - I obviously miss them, but I love that I have the option to fly over and see them whenever I want. I love the outdoors and fresh air and will usually go for a walk to wind down and relax in my downtime, or a swim in the Bronte pool. I’m very focused and ambitious and believe that if you work hard you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
Where did your knowledge of food stem from?
My mum has always been really healthy and encouraged my sister and I to eat really well. I’m pretty sure I started eating organically as a baby! After I finished high school and moved out of home I dabbled in the fun of stocking your own fridge, which actually involved lots of ice-cream, biscuits, chocolate etc. and a lot of takeaway! After eating this way during my first year of uni I felt really tired and unmotivated and knew that I had to change. I found that when i started eating really well and taking care of myself properly my overall mood/motivation improved so much and I was able to focus a lot more. This is when I changed my degree from Arts at Sydney University to a Bachelor in Nutrition.
Why is eating organically so important?
I think its really important to eat organically because there are so many nasty toxic chemicals out there and the one way to lessen the chemicals we are generally exposed to, is to change the fruit and vegetables you are buying. I think that fruit and vegetables in supermarkets are generally sprayed so that they last a really long time which makes sense for the owners of the supermarket but is generally not great for us! I really recommend finding a farmers market and buying from there, it is really affordable and a fun thing to do on the weekend.
How would you describe your cooking style?
I really like to follow a recipe, so I find that when I have something in mind I’ll use my favourite cookbooks. But there are definitely days when I’ve just done half a day of uni and a photo shoot in the afternoon and the last thing I want to do is make something fancy. It’s these nights where my Bare Blends protein powder is so important - 1 cup of almond milk, 1 scoop of protein and I’m set!
What is your ideal holiday, and who would you take with you?
Probably skiing in Japan and I’d definitely take my boyfriend.
What is your favourite recipe at the moment?
Cauliflower soup with some really good quality parmesan added at the end ;)
Do you prefer cooking or eating out?
Definitely cooking, but if I eat out I’ll treat myself to something really delicious that I could never make myself!
What are some good tips to help stay on top of healthy eating?
I think its really important to have a good routine. A nutritionist I really admire is Dr Libby Weaver, she says, 'its what you do everyday that counts towards your health'. I really live by this quote as I find that I can enjoy the chocolate or the treats that I want as long as I am eating lots of vegetables, good quality oils and fats and really good quality proteins. Usually if I eat really well I don’t even crave sugar or a treat anymore! Also its really important to pack your lunch for uni or for work - cafes and restaurants are often overpriced and don’t have as many healthy options as you’d hope.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Fries... it doesn’t matter how many times you grill them in the oven yourself to make them more healthy they are just not as good as the deep fried ones they do at the chicken shop!
Who would attend your ideal dinner party?
If I could have just one, it would definitely be Jessica Alba. I really admire her work with, 'The Honest Company’ and how she believes we all deserve a a non-toxic household and created a company from the ground up whilst also being a mother and actress. Not only does her company, with its integrity and focus on health, really inspire me, but I love any woman who can juggle both a career and a family and do it so well. Its a huge achievement.
What is your favourite Bare Blends product?
Their WPI blends! I can’t figure out whether I prefer the Cacao, or the Dark Cacao and Kakadu Plum - they are both so good! It’s so convenient to have around. I remember thinking that protein powder was for people who trained all the time and went to the gym but since I started studying nutrition I realised just how important it is. Protein is the most important macro-nutrient and its so convenient to have a protein powder to have when you're busy or when you just don’t feel like getting the recipe books out and the oven mitts on and committing to duck a l’orange.