Casey-Lee is a qualified Nutritionist, Naturopath and mother to another little Gracie, based in Brisbane, Australia. I just love her outlook to food and we adore her delicious recipes. All Casey-Lee’s recipes are Gluten, Dairy and refined sugar-free which makes them a fantastic resource for families who have food allergies and/or intolerances and are looking to transition to a more wholesome way of eating.
I recently caught up with Casey-Lee to find out more about herself and Live Love Nourish.
How has becoming a mother affected your outlook on food?
As a Nutritionist and Naturopath my outlook on food has always been of an understanding and respect for how much food can impact our health and the way we feel on a daily basis. Now as a mum I have an even greater respect (and real experience) for the influence food has on our children’s development, behaviour and ability to thrive. Becoming a mother has also made me become much more time-efficient in the kitchen with a great appreciation for making recipes that are not only kid-friendly but time-friendly too as well as embracing a messy kitchen!
What lead you to become a qualified nutritionist and naturopath?
Growing up I always had an interest in natural health and was lucky enough to be surrounded by a family interested in healthy living also. Becoming qualified meant I could share my passion for helping others to live a healthier and happier life.
Why are all your recipes Gluten, Dairy and refined-sugar free?
I really believe in the benefits of eating a whole-foods diet (avoiding processed and packaged food as much as possible). When you stick to fresh and whole food you naturally eliminate the processed sources of gluten, dairy and sugar and instead begin to cook with real food ingredients that love your body back. As I teach in my 8 week online program, I also believe in tuning in to your body to find a diet that best works for you and your body’s unique needs. For me that means cutting out gluten, dairy and refined sugar. My recipes are all 100% free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar catering for anyone looking to embrace a whole-foods way of eating as well as to support anyone with food sensitivities and special dietary requirements.
Can you tell us a bit about Live Love Nourish and the philosophy behind it?
Live Love Nourish is an online health website that specialises in sharing healthy, simple and real food recipes (all free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar) as well as practical nutrition and lifestyle advice and the Live Love Nourish signature 8 week program. I believe health requires a holistic approach and we feel our best when we live true to ourselves, have love for ourself and others and nourish our body. Hence, the philosophy behind LLN is to “live the real you, love truly and deeply and nourish from the inside out”.
What’s your favourite family meal?
This changes week-to- week! At the moment, I’m loving my healthy version of “fish and chips;” crispy skin salmon with homemade sweet potato chips seasoned with spices and served with an avocado dipping sauce. My toddler Gracie loves this too.
What advice would you give to families navigating special dietary requirements?
Navigating special dietary requirements can be a little challenging at first but here are some tips I hope help you along your way to better health:
Keep it simple. Use simple ingredients.
- Stick to whole and real foods, as close to their natural state as possible
- Avoid packaged food as much as possible (this is what can often complicate the process with having to read and interpret labels)
- Stick for fresh food as much as you can
- Try new recipes and ingredients you haven’t cooked with before
- Get your kids involved in the kitchen. The more involvement they have with food, the better their relationship with food will become and the more willing they will be to trying new foods
- Start with a well-stocked pantry and fridge. Having healthy options on hand makes meal time easier
- Plan ahead. Plan your week of meals on the weekend prior. This will help to reduce food stress at meal times
- Be kind on yourself. Allow a little extra time and space at first. Seek support where you can.
If you are looking for help with what to stock in a healthy, gluten, dairy and sugar free kitchen, the Live Love Nourish Pantry Detox e-book is currently on sale for AU$5. The e-book includes an extensive list of ingredients to stock, healthy swaps and alternatives and money-saving tips.
As a friend of Healing Gracie’s Gut receive a $50 discount off The Live Love Nourish 8 Week Online Program using the code NOURISH at the checkout. The program is an online guide to help you live a healthier and happier life and includes 8 weeks of meal plans all done for you, (all free from gluten, dairy and sugar) shoppings lists, nutritional guides and support to develop a healthy relationship with food.
For more simple and healthy recipes (free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar) please visit: www.livelovenourish.com.au
After hearing how much Gracie loved the Live Love Nourish ‘free from’ banana bread Casey-Lee is kindly sharing this amazing recipe. The Live Love Nourish Banana Bread is free from gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, eggs and sugar!
Live Love Nourish Banana BreadPrint Recipe
- 4 large ripe bananas (500g peeled), cut into pieces (+ 1 extra to decorate)
- 1/3 cup (80ml) coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup (110g) buckwheat flour*
- 3/4 cup (60g) organic desiccated coconut
- 2 tsp gf baking powder
- 1 tsp organic vanilla powder
Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 180°C.
In a blender or food processor blend banana and melted coconut oil until smooth (be careful not to over blend*)
In a medium mixing bowl combine buckwheat, coconut, baking powder and vanilla.
Add banana and coconut oil mixture and combine well.
Pour batter into a lined loaf tin.
Bake in oven for 55-60 minutes or until cooked through.
Allow to cool on a baking before slicing.