| Posted by Healthy Groms
Founder of the Nutrition Edition, health-food extraordinaire and all-round babe, Jaimee knows how to cook food that not only tastes delicious, but is highly nutritious.
We chat with Jamiee about her journey to becoming a nutritionist, the hot spots to visit in her current home LA, and more.
Tell us a bit about your business, Nutrition Edition, and what got you inspired to become a dietitian.
My business is a nutrition consulting business, in which I aim to inspire and education others about healthy eating and cooking, good nutrition and how to achieve a balanced non-restrictive diet. I work one-on-on with clients and also in group settings conducting nutrition therapy and education sessions, along with supermarket tours, healthy cooking lessons, eating out experiences and group presentations. I am very passionate about working with those who have had trouble with food and eating in the past, and are looking to rebuild a balanced, flexible and enjoyable relationship with food.
I was inspired to become a dietitian as I believe food to be one of the biggest pleasures in life. I have always loved cooking, creating, sharing meals and eating with friends and loved ones and I wanted to share that love with others. To me being a dietitian is not about restriction, diets or weight loss, it is about helping people reach their nutritional potential while developing a love and appreciation for food.
What is your favourite, nutrient rich food?
Hmm tough to pick just one. I would have to say NUTS! All nuts are wonderful and very nutrient dense (raw, unsalted is always best). They are an excellent source of omega 3 fats, dietary fibre, protein and numerous other vitamins and minerals. I particularly love walnuts.
Summer in LA or Melbourne?
I have been very lucky to have been able to do both for the last couple of years (best of both worlds)! But if I had to pick one, it would have to be home in Melbourne of course.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Endless energy! …Or teleporting (is that a super power?) – it would make the commute from LA to Melbourne an absolute breeze.
Red, white or rosé?
Day time rose, night time red. I love a good Pinot.
Where is your favourite hangout for a nutrition fix in LA?
There are so many spots! LA is full of healthy eats, you can get a smoothie or acai bowl on just about every corner. My favourite smoothie/acai stop would have to be Liquid on Melrose. Wholefoods actually has my favourite green juice (that tastes kind of terrible), but always seems to fix me up if I’m feeling a bit run down. If I’m looking for healthy bite for dinner, my go to is Fresh Corn Grill on Santa Monica – doesn’t sound like much but it is super fresh, delicious and healthy with a mix of Mexican and Italian inspired options.
Briefly describe your day on a plate.
Breakfast: is my absolute favourite meal of the day and is the same pretty much every day.
Whole oats mixed with nuts, seeds, berries, greek yogurt & cinnamon (and an espresso!)
Lunch: is usually either poached eggs on toast with avocado & tomato, or some kind of salad with protein, veg, cheese & nuts/seeds. I usually aim to include at least 3 food groups at each meal, which will usually be a protein, a veg and some kind of grain/carbohydrate or healthy fat.
Dinner: again is always 3-4 food groups (the nutritionist in me can’t help it!). Often we will have grilled salmon with a big salad or roasted veggies including sweet potato. About once a week we do a pasta dish, usually my veggie Bolognese pasta (great for lunch leftovers!). Otherwise it will be a chicken veggie stir-fry or some kind of chicken vegetable curry with Thai spices and coconut milk, usually served with buckwheat or rice noodles.
Snacks: I love snacks and am a big advocate for snacking between meals as it helps to regulate appetite and avoid over eating or binge eating out of hunger. I have a few ‘go-to’ snacks between meals including berries & greek yogurt, banana and natural peanut butter, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots & hummus, nuts or trail mix with dark choc (I have a bit of a sweet tooth and love my dark choc with nuts :) ).
Healthy Beef and Vegetable Pasta Bolognese.
Lean Ground Beef
Wholewheat or brown rice pasta/spaghetti
1 red capsicum
1 green capsicum
2-3 spring onions
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 can crushed/diced tomatoes
Large bunch fresh basil
2 tsp Dried italian herbs or oregano
1. Place a large pot of water for your pasta on high heat to boil.
2. To make the sauce - roughly chop all the veggies and garlic. Preheat large fry pan with a light spray of oil to prevent sticking. Cook the veggies on high heat until softened and starting to char [about 7-8 mins].
3. Add contents of the fry pan to your blender along with the can of crushed tomatoes, spring onions, garlic, fresh basil and dried herbs [add veggies in batches so you do not over fill the blender and ensure the lid is slightly cracked to let steam out]. Let cool for a minute before blending contents to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper or additional dried herbs. Set aside.
4. Add your pasta to the boiling pot of water & cook for approx 10-12 minutes until al dente.
5. Meanwhile, preheat same fry pan used for the veggies. Add the ground beef and cook through until browned. Pour the blender contents over beef and let simmer on low heat while pasta finishes cooking. Serve your Bolognese sauce over the pasta, with a side of steamed veg & a sprinkle of parmesan!
My Super Nanny.