Today we have special guests that are elite nutritionists and chefs, Emma Ellice-Flintand Jill Keyte. They are taking the culinary world by storm with their new whole foods inspired book The Happy Hormone Cookbook. With a collection of healthy and delicious recipes, the exciting new book is breaking barriers by shifting the balance of food that we eat daily to contribute to the ever-changing human body of both women and men. With additional words of wisdom sprinkled throughout, The Happy Hormone Cookbook will help you discover the food secrets to a well-balanced healthy life.
I was able to do an interview, so here are some of the questions I had asked along with the answers they gave back.
1. Describe your cookbook. What should readers expect?
The Happy Hormone Cookbook is one that helps you to eat nourishing nutritious foods in easy to prepare meals, not just for females but the whole family. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks are all included, and most recipes are gluten-free, and sugar-free.
2. What is your favorite recipe from your book and why?
My favorite recipe from the cookbook is Ranch Eggs With Spinach. As a Nutritionist clients are often asking me for an easy breakfast that is fast to make, plus is nourishing and sustaining through the morning – and that tastes great too! My kids love this; I simply leave out the spices.
3. Do you have a favorite ingredient to cook with?
I love avocado! It is full of natural fiber, antioxidant phytonutrients and nutritious oils. It is a vegetable I have often. I use it smashed up on toast, tossed into salads, and I even wrote a recipe for The Happy Hormone Cookbook that includes it in a chocolate mousse!
4. Did you have any challenges while writing your cookbook?
I spent the whole summer writing the recipes and eating all the foods – it was both fun and exhausting. My husband and adult son where eating their way through the recipes that summer too, and we laughed about it because they were concerned with eating foods for female hormone balance, but in fact all the nourishing and nutritious recipes in The Happy Hormone Cookbook benefit everyone young and old, male or female. They never felt better!
5. Do you have any tips for healthy eating?
As a Nutritionist I often get asked this plus how can I make as little change as possible with maximum impact! I tell my clients that if there are only two things you can change with your eating then to eat more vibrant rainbow-colored vegetables, and bring in small amounts of pulses and legumes into your meals, will make a big difference.
6. Do you have any secret cooking tips?
Lots! Since I used to work as a chef and now I am a qualified nutritionist, then cooking, food and health is at the heart of what I do. Secret cooking tips include –
If you throw a few seeds, plus fresh herbs into a plain vegetable dish, and drizzle over a little vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, then you have elevated that plain old boring vegetable dish that no one wants to eat into a delicious, nourishing, nutritious and easily digested creation!
Under rather than over cook your vegetables since they will carry on cooking in the residual heat once you have taken them away from their heat source, this is to preserve their delicate vitamins and phytonutrients.
Try having some eggs, canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans, and ripe avocado always on hand, plus a herb growing in a pot near your kitchen. That way, once you cook the eggs, you can toss all the ingredients together and easily make an amazing nutritious and nourishing fast meal.
7. Have you always had a passion for cooking?
Always! I often hung around the kitchen as a child, feeling very comfortable with all the smells and warmth. It was a happy place in my home. Food was made from scratch, often using vegetables from the garden and eggs from our hens.
8. How long did it take you to write your cookbook?
Jill and I worked really hard to achieve a very tight deadline. It took me all summer, over 4 months, to write or re-write the recipes, and to take some of my all-time favorites and make them relevant to The Happy Hormone Cookbook. Jill had to test each one of them, and we liaised about it regularly; It was a constant back and forth all summer for both of us, but we had our laughs throughout, plus our families both ate really well!
9. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to publish a cookbook?
Jill and I were commissioned to write The Happy Hormone Cookbook and the publishers, New Holland, gave us a deadline. Have a deadline! It really helps you to think clearly, and makes you plan and prioritize. I had a to-do-list, and wrote up big and small tasks in it, broken right down into parts for each day depending on the needs for the book, myself, my family, and my nutrition clinic.
10. Is there anything you’d like to add/say that I didn’t mention?
For Jill and I the experience of sharing our words of wisdom, knowledge, and expertise was fantastic. It has already made a difference to many of the women in my Nutrition clinic, and the feedback we are getting from those that have the cookbook is fabulous.