Friday Night In with Arielle Zinn from @cocohealth
Describe yourself in three words
Happy, easy-going + ambitious
What and where did you study?
I studied a double degree of commerce and law at Macquarie University. Finishing my fifth and final year in 2015 (yippppeeee!).
In the future, do you plan to somehow merge your Uni degree with your love for fresh, wholesome food (and your talent for food photography)?
Firstly, thank you! I've never really had any interest in photography but I suppose it had definitely developed as my Instagram has grown. As much as I am passionate about healthy food, I don't have any immediate plans to merge this love with my legal studies. At this point I am pretty keen to give the legal career a good crack, but who knows what the future will hold. I definitely wouldn't rule it out for the future!
How did your love of nourishing food and a healthy lifestyle come about?
It happened quite organically. A few years ago I began discovering and experimenting with new foods (quinoa was one of the first), and from there my interest was sparked. I began reading blogs, researching health foods and trying out new recipes and my passion just grew and grew.
Eating “healthily” is getting mighty confusing these days. What tips would you give to university students who want to start to make smarter choices but don’t know where to start?
I definitely agree! There are so many mixed messages and food lifestyles being thrown left, right and centre. It's making things way too complicated! My advice is to just stick to the basics. Stick to whole foods as much as possible - vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, eggs, poultry and grains. Cook in bulk. Be prepared! At the beginning of each week I love to make a batch of grains (quinoa, buckwheat or brown rice), roasted vegetables, hard boiled eggs and maybe some grilled chicken. Right there you have lunch for the week sorted!
Similarly, how do you enjoy good quality, nutrient dense food on a student budget? Please share any tips!
1. Buy seasonally. Check out farmers markets for some good deals on seasonal produce.
2. Buy in bulk. Products that have a long usage period can be bought in bulk and stored in jars, such as grains, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
3. Keep your eyes open for specials! I am always pacing the aisles in supermarkets and fruit/veggie stores looking for bargains. If I see almond milk, for example, on special, I stock up!
Do you ever cop any flack for your eating choices? If so, how do you cope with the ‘haters’?
I wouldn't say flack, but I definitely have experienced some comments being made when eating out in restaurants and ordering healthy choices. Initially it bothered me but now I just try ignore it. I know I am better off for making the choices that I do, and aren't too bothered by other people's opinions. I also choose to surround myself as much as possible with people who share the same values and food preferences as me.
Top five fave Instagram accounts
(In no particular order)
Your go-to meal to tote to work?
Leftover roast veg, spinach, hard-boiled egg.
Your fave whole-foods cafe/s in Sydney?
This is a tough one! There are so many. I am loving Bondi Harvest at the moment! And Ritual, Northbridge.
A recipe you would like to share
My go-to buckwheat pancakes!
1/3 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 cup milk of choice (I use almond)
1 egg (or 1/2 mashed banana)
1/2 tsp baking powder
Sweetener (stevia/rice malt syrup etc)
Any add ins (cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, berries etc)
Mix all the ingredients well. Heat up a pan with a little coconut oil and spoon 2 tbsp per pancake. Cook for a couple minutes on each side. Serve with a drizzle of tahini or rice malt syrup and lots of fresh fruit!
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