I first heard about this gorgeous surfy chick through her mother; nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara. Cyndi is the creator of Changing Habits, and her book Changing Habits Changing Lives has literally changed my life and been pivotal in helping me develop the food culture my family lives by. Judging by the fruit of Cyndi’s nutritional and life advice, it is clear that the O’Meara’s are onto something; because her children are living out her wisdom. As a mother of a young child it’s very inspiring and beautiful to see.
Carrying on the baton, Tarnea shines with health and purpose. A Sunshine Coast babe at the young age of – she has a remarkable focus; determined to accomplish huge goals as a professional surfer, and her approach to food and nutrition is critically important in her journey. Not only is she focused on her own success, but has been compelled to share her foodie wisdom with others. Her approach to food is a great picture of how our personal food culture is an important foundation for all areas of life. Even surfing!
What sparked your love for food?
My mum! Being a nutritionist she has definitely inspired me and sparked my love for food. Since I can remember she was always cooking up experiments!
How would you describe the ‘food culture’ you live by?
I live by using as many fresh ingredients as I can. I believe that food is medicine and that it can heal and be enjoyed with family and friends. Food to me is also something that has always bought people together.
Because it’s a time you can create and you will always know what is going into your body. I can’t imagine buying pre made dinners zapping it in the microwave. That stuff freaks me out. When I cook, I know exactly what I’m eating where it’s been prepared.
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
Recently I have been loving chia pudding with papaya and homemade grain free granola for breakfast, lunch is usually something easy like a salad. And dinner I am loving fish! Usually salmon baked in foil with lemon and veggies. It’s so easy and no dishes which is always a plus!
What is important to you when buying ingredients?
Home grown and fresh. I like the idea of local produce and it not being imported or frozen before hand.
What are your favourite things to cook when you are really busy?
Fresh muesli called CADA. (Coconut apple dates and almonds) with ginger blitzed in a food processor or Thermomix. And a fish pouch! So easy. Chuck some salmon or white fish in the oven for about 20 min surrounded by veggies, lemon, herbs and spices
How would you encourage someone who would love to start cooking healthy meals but doesn’t know where to start?
Clean out your fridge pantry! If you don’t have it in there you are not gonna eat it or be tempted by it. Go restock and have a one ingredient pantry. Change one meal at a time and adopt the way your ancestors used to eat. My mum always said to start with one habit at a time.
To get you started Tarnea has given us this recipe for granola, I had a go at making this with lots of leftover nuts from my Christmas celebrations.
This one was created with the help of Kim Morrison (Twenty8 skin care products)
Paleo Cinnamon Granola
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1 cup walnuts or pecans or Brasil nuts (Pretty much any of your favourite type)
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c pepitas
1/4 c honey
3 Tbsp changing habits coconut oil
2 tsp changinghabits vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c shredded coconut
1/2 c sultanas
Place all nuts & seeds in a bowl & cover with water & 1 tsp salt over night.
Set oven to 120 deg Celsius.
Drain & rinse & place on paper towel to absorb as much water as possible.
Place mixture in food processor or Thermomix & pulse until the nuts & seeds with honey, coconut oil, vanilla & cinnamon, pulse and mix till bite size.
Stir in coconut.
Pour mixture into two baking dishes and place in oven. Bake 3-4 hours stirring occasionally. It might feel a little sticky when removed but it will crispy up when cool. Let it cool, add chosen dried fruits or coconut, I used coconut chips and sultanas. Place in air tight containers.
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