In this week’s post we have an interview with the lovelee Lee Hakim from Livelee Food. Lee is an expert raw cake creator & vegan/raw chef. She was previously the head pastry chef at aboutlife and created a whole line of wholefoods including raw cakes, desserts and some savoury dishes. In this post she will also share her delicious Almond & Berry Chia Pudding…
What made you turn into a health conscious advocate?
I was living a life where I didn’t feel happy or myself at all, I was drinking alcohol and smoking, had a job I hated and decided I needed to do a detox. I read the book Raw food diet by Natalia Rose and never looked back. I decided to nurture myself through clean eating which was merely a minor part in the massive life transformation I had undergone. Following that I decided to quit my job and embarked on this journey of following my passion and setting an example for others to follow their own dreams.
What is planned for you in future?
I really want to help people and learn much about the healing benefits of foods, so my next plan is to travel around the world and work at different health retreats so I can be around those who need help and learn from experienced and knowledgeable people. I see myself opening a sanctuary myself one day which will incorporate many healing techniques for the mind, body and spirit. My own sustainable heaven.
What is your ‘must have’ on a healthy diet?
Well I believe fresh cold press juices is key to a healthy diet and the best way to start introducing live and nutritionally rich foods into a standard diet. It the easiest way to start incorporating something healthy for those who aren’t really sure where to begin so I advocate a green vegetable juice everyday as a start, then the rest can follow.
Describe your eating routine in a day
I start with a green juice, and then I might have a smoothie or my own coconut yogurt or chia pudding. For lunch I usually have a really big bowl of salad with whatever seasonal produce available. Then I keep dinner pretty light, with either a soup or another salad or some steamed greens.
ALMOND AND BERRY CHIA TAPIOCA PUDDING RECIPE:
This recipe is rich in antioxidants, high in omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fibre and contains the daily requirement of calcium. This is a great breakfast to take with you to work and prepare a few of these to set yourself for a healthy breakfast throughout the week.
- 1 cup Almond milk
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- Fresh or frozen organic Berries
- Garnish : Cacao nibs, shredded coconut and goji berries
Whisk chia seeds with almond milk and vanilla so chia seeds are well separated and continue to mix every few minutes until chia seeds resemble tapioca pudding. Add berries and top with garnish of choice.
*Substitute Almond milk with any choice of milk
About Lee Hakim from LiveLeeFood:
Lee is a talented vegan and raw food chef who passionately believes that these two dietary philosophies combine to provide a path to good health. Her mission is to help others transform lives by teaching the benefits of introducing healthy foods into ones diet.
Lee previously worked for About Life where she was head of pastry, creating an entire line of raw cakes and desserts, including some savoury dishes. Lee currently works as a private consultant for small raw/vegan business, provides her own cooking classes and caters for events.
She is also the Sydney demonstrator and representative chef for Vitality 4 life, providing her knowledge of juicing and following a healthy lifestyle through the use of cold press juicers, high speed blenders and other essential kitchen appliances.
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