Under the Baobab Tree with: Lorraine Pascale
A retired supermodel, TV presenter and author of six cookery books, Lorraine Pascale is a force to be reckoned with!
Following the launch of her new book Eating Well Made Easy we caught up with Lorraine to find out more about simple cooking, what she enjoys most about being in the food industry and her top tips for staying healthy.
How would you describe your health and wellness philosophy?
Balance... everything in balance. Sometimes I go through a bit of an unhealthy patch and sometimes I go maybe too far with the green juices and gym, but I always find the balance in the end.
Tell us about your newest book Eating Well Made Easy.
It's a book with many of everyone's favourite recipes in which also happen to be healthy. Lots of breakfasts, lunch, dinner and snack ideas, and of course some sweet treats.
Your books focus on making cooking easy for everyone. How important is it to have a simple approach to food?
I think for most of us it is the only way. We simply don't have the time any more to spend hours at the stove during the week. Quick, simple, tasty and affordable are the only ways to go.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from many places: classic recipes, different countries' cuisines, my old recipes, different ingredients.
How did you get into healthy eating?
My mother was always keen on giving us vegetables and salad. Back then it was usually frozen peas, or honeydew watermelon, or some iceberg lettuce but way back then in the eighties she knew the importance of veggies along with the usual chips and pizza. At my school they always had a salad option which was often much nicer than the hot option so I think the groundwork was laid early on. Then, whilst I was modelling it was important for me to be super healthy, especially after the birth of my daughter, so I have always just eaten that way.
What is your top tip for people new to a healthy lifestyle?
Take small steps. Incremental changes which are lasting, rather than going over the top about it and then giving up after two weeks. Look at it as a way of life rather than a diet and exercise plan.
What’s your go-to meal for a health fix?
I will have a chicken salad, with avocado, rocket, spinach and watercress. Or some Thai food which is grilled with no sauce, but full of flavour.
How do you keep yourself in shape?
Gym! Five days a week. Mostly weights and spinning.
What do you enjoy the most about working in the food industry?
The fact that there is always something to eat! And I love seeing peoples' faces when something delicious is pulled out of the oven. There is a lot of love and gratitude in food.
What’s your favourite way to use baobab, moringa & Super-Cacao?
I like to use them in smoothies and green juices, on salads and desserts and even cakes!
Lorraine's new book Eating Well Made Easy is available to buy on Amazon.
Photo from: A Lighter Way to Bake by Lorraine Pascale is published by HarperCollins at £20 (photography by Myles New)