Rockin’ Women Wednesday – Kris Abbey

Kris Abbey is a health and wellness advocate and has been pushing the barrow of good, clean, real food since she was 15 years old! She has studied science, exercise physiology, physical education and nutrition and now spends a lot of her time writing, speaking, consulting and sharing her passion for health and wellness.

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The Low Hi Diet | How to get clean & get lean | By Kris Abbey

“This book is not a diet. Diet is just a dirty four-letter word I’ve used to lure you in!” Kris Abbey’s new book is so much more than a diet – it’s better defined as a way of life; educating you on how to eat a variety of delicious foods that will help you lose weight and stay healthy for life. It is not a quick fix or a fad, rather a way of eating that you can sustain (and enjoy) long-term. It’s a lifestyle CHOICE.

This unique lifestyle and recipe book is about the simple philosophies of eating foods that have had little or no human intervention. It is a way of eating that is designed to nourish you for both good health and longevity. It’s about getting back to basics and eating real food, not the rubbish that has infiltrated our supermarket shelves and is doing damage to our health.

Incorporating Kris’ studies, experiences and observations from the last 30 years of working in the health industry, The Low Hi Diet guides you through healthy choices, making gradual, maintainable lifestyle changes that will enable you to reach your current and future health goals. “Diets are boring. Life is short. Food is interesting and tasty – so why not try my revelation? It may just stop you from going on a diet ever again!” – Kris Abbey

1. What’s your survival food when you’re on tour or working late in your business?

I drink a lot of water so I don’t get too dehydrated, and start my day with Apple cider vinegar. It gives everything a good kick-start and keeps the organs functioning well into the wee hours of the night (when I often write). I’m also a salad junkie. EVERY day I have a big green salad loaded with green veges, some nuts, seeds and a good dressing. It is totally energizing. Tasty and nourishing too.

2. What’s your healthy go-to comfort food – either at home or in a restaurant?

I make a mean protein ball with blended dates, nuts, tahini, banana, and a touch of honey. I make the mixture into 3-bites size balls and roll them in shredded coconut. I pop them in the freezer and have them handy when I need a warm, sweet, hearty hug. They are really good, and satisfy even the most severe sweet craving. They are energy dense and a great pick-me-up after a big session on the bike.

3. Do you have a secret remedy that keeps either your voice / mind / body in shape?

I have a couple of secret remedies – Apple cider vinegar, a big salad, lots of fresh food, and exercise… but I also surround my self with love and laughter as often as I can. My three childrens are great for that.

Kris’s Guilt-free, Gluten-Free Choc Cake

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I love chocolate – who doesn’t? But I am making an effort to eat more of the beneficial (dark) chocolate and less of the naughty stuff… (you know, the milky chocolate filled with sugar, nuts or a truffle centre). So, channelling a few of my fave health foodies, I’ve modified their recipes and came up with this – can I just say – glorious chocolate cake recipe that even the kids thought was pretty damn good.

Makes 10-12

125g good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
2/3 cup macadamia oil
1/3 cup  pear juice concentrate
2 ripe bananas
4 eggs, organic
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder – aluminium and gluten free
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 cup frozen raspberries

  • Preheat oven to 180-200 degrees C
  • Line a square baking tine with baking paper
  • Melt the chocolate
  • Add everything into a blender (or mix by hand) except raspberries, and blend on low speed until all well combined
  • Stir through raspberries. Pour into cake tin. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until just firm
  • Enjoy with some extra raspberries on the side and a big smile!

Some Facts

It is a fact that raw cacao contains antioxidants that rival fruit for better health. Many studies have shown dark (emphasis on dark) chocolate is healthy for the cardiovascular system. Now research shows gram for gram, there are more antioxidants, polyphenols and flavanols in cocoa powder than fruit juice!
Plus it’s high in magnesium and iron, and contains compounds that act as stimulants believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.  It contains the stimulants theobromine and caffeine that can increase alertness and give you a pleasurable sensation similar to the high people get after exercise.

To interview Kris please contact:
Lucia Donnelly
New Holland Publishers Australia | UK Marketing and Publicity
T: 02 8986 4700 | M: 0412 062 055 | E: lucia@newholland.com.au

Kris Abbey

 

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