#FlannerysFoodie – Holly, Paradise Pantry
The Paradise Pantry is a blog dedicated to sharing cooking and lifestyle tips to help your body and mind thrive. It is run by Holly, a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietitics student from the Gold Coast, who is passionate about helping others reach their health goals. We sat down with Holly to find out more about her passions, inspirations & healthy life.
Tell us a little about your healthy living inspiration – what inspires you & your food?
Oh where to start. I get inspiration from so many things I’ve always got a list of things I want to make and try to create. Browsing through blogs, cookbooks and Instagram always leave me with an itching to get in the kitchen and get outdoors. I also love the following the seasons, the change in colours, temperature and what my body craves are always exciting and reinvigorate me.
What inspired you make the Paradise Pantry ‘made to order’?
There is a huge need for people to eat healthy, real food, but they don’t have the time or are not very interested in cooking. So that’s where I come in. I wanted to fill the gap and help nourish the Gold Coast. I feel so fortunate to be doing something I love, it always puts a smile on my face to be making food that someone will enjoy and fuel their body with.
What nourishing goodness do you usually start your day with?
I love to vary what I have for breakfast, it makes me excited to get out of bed. In winter, porridge with nut butter & banana/berries with a green tea is a go to, or organic eggs/avocado on gluten free bread. When it gets warmer I crave smoothie bowls and homemade granola. Any time of year – a freshly baked turmeric breakfast muffin.
In terms of Flannerys Own – what are your favourite products?
I absolutely adore the macadamia nut oil, bee pollen and Himalayan salt. I use these items so regularly that I’d be lost without them. Doesn’t hurt that they are packed with nutrients! Oh and my nachos wouldn’t be the same without the corn chips ;-)
What is the most valuable thing you have learnt to date whilst studying your Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics?
Everything I’ve learnt always reinforces that fruit and vegetables are magical little bundles of goodness. Eat lots of them everyday instead of things that come in packets.
Recommended local foodie havens
Mango and Banana smoothies at Flannerys Paradise Point! I love going to Mandala Organic Arts Café and Giri Kana for my veggie hit. If you’re into Japanese though (OMG miso eggplant, slighty obsessed) Donto Sapporo ticks all the boxes.
You can find out more about the beautiful Holly from the Paradise Pantry by visiting her website: http://paradisepantry.org/
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