Get ready for some beautiful photographs, a delicious recipe, and words of wisdom from someone who has recently embarked on a journey of holistic health, using food as medicine and changing lifestyle habits one at a time. I first came across The Little Table on Instagram a month or two ago and absolutely fell in love with each and every beautiful photograph that was shared. A couple of weeks ago I reached out to her to ask if she would like to be featured in the Taste & See #gamechangers series and lucky for us she was more than happy to share a bit about her story with us, as well as a yummy recipe for rhubarb and strawberry crumble.
After discovering that she needed to make some changes after being diagnosed with PCOS, The Little Table started her Instagram account as a way to document her health journey and share inspiration along the way. Although she is at the beginning of her journey in health and wellness she has a whole lot of tasty recipes and nuggets of wisdom to share. Grab a cup of tea, find somewhere comfy to sit, and enjoy reading our Q&A here on the blog. Oh, and don’t forget to check out her Instagram page afterward, it’s amaaaaazing!
Tell us a bit about who you are?
I’m a 26-year-old, freckled brunette that loves traveling, going for bike rides and cooking. I currently work as a freelance graphic designer.
When & why did you decide to start your Instagram page?
I started my Instagram account about a month ago as a way of motivating me to keep my health journey on track. I also enjoy playing around with photography so i thought it would be a nice way to combine the two.
What triggered your personal journey with food, health, and nutrition?
I recently found out that I had PCOS (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome), which meant I had to start making some changes to my lifestyle and include a lot more healthy food and exercise to manage it. Along with that, I discovered that I have some gut and digestion-related issues which I can only manage through eating gluten-free foods and minimising my dairy and sugar intake. It felt like a double-whammy at the time but I’m slowly learning how to change my feelings and habits around food and turn it from a negative into a positive.
What resources have been valuable as you have learned more about cooking, healthy eating, and nutrition?
I have been finding LOTS of health bloggers from around the world whose stories and recipes are really motivating. I’m a huge fan of Jessica Sepel because she teaches you so much about nutrition and how everything is really interlinked with regards to food, exercise, stress and all that you surround yourself with. Her recipes are freaking fantastic too! I’ve also really enjoyed reading Amelia Freer’s books as well as Xochi Balfour (The Naturalista). All of these women are great sources of healthy inspiration for me for pretty much the same reason in that they talk more about a holistic approach to living a healthy lifestyle, one that doesn’t only centre around food.
What are some of your favorite Proudly South African food products and companies?
Soaring Free Superfoods is definitely one of them because they’ve opened up a world of delicious ingredients to me that I never even knew about. I’m also a huge fan of UCook. Their recipes are so tasty and they make cooking dinner so easy when you feel like you have no time on your hands.
What are your top tips for staying healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally?
I feel like I’m still trying to figure that out myself 🙂 But I would definitely say that having a good support structure has made everything a lot easier for me. Also, not being so hard on yourself. I feel like we can spend a lot of time and energy criticising ourselves rather than embracing out unique minds and bodies. It’s a hard road, and one I’m still at the beginning of.
What is your favourite go-to meal after a busy day?
Paneer Korma all the way!
What is your favourite recreational activity, or rather what do you enjoy doing to wind down?
Riding my bike and baking! We live in a really lovely neighbourhood with a street lined with rows of trees and a great park so riding our bikes in the area really feels like a bit of an escape.
What is your all-time favourite special treat?
Maynards Gummy Bears 🙂 They taste like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – well to me at least 🙂
Now this is the best part of today’s Q&A: The Little Table has been sweet enough to share a recipe for her gluten-free, dairy-free rhubarb and strawberry crumble 🙂 YUM! I can’t wait to try it, in fact, I am off to buy ingredients right now to make it sometime over the weekend.
- 5 cups chopped rhubarb and strawberries
- 3 tbsp rice malt syrup (or maple syrup)
- 1 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat your oven to 180 C and grease a large enough baking dish with some coconut oil.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped fruit and rice malt syrup and mix till well incorporated. Pour this into your baking dish.
- In another mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, almond flour, chopped almonds, coconut sugar and coconut oil. Mix thoroughly with a fork so that the coconut oil is evenly distributed among the rest of the crumble ingredients.
- Top the fruit with your crumble and bake in your preheated oven for roughly 45 mins until golden and crisp. Serve with some diary free ice cream.
- Enjoy with some dairy-free ice-cream or whipped coconut cream 🙂