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Meet Larina Robinson...
A self-professed procrasti-baker and Chris Hemsworth lover, Larina is the brains behind The Body Dietetics; a blog dedicated to inspiring individuals to better their lives through better lifestyles and healthier diets.
As a Nutritionist and Wholefood Dietitian, Larina knows a thing or ten when it comes to optimal health, so do yourself a favour and check out The Body Dietetics for some serious life-changing advice.
Tell us the story of The Body Dietetics, and how it came about.
What’s the first thing you would do if you discovered something that could improve your life, or the life of someone you love? You race out and tell those who will listen! That’s pretty much how The Body Dietetics came about.
After 10 years gut troubles, countless doctors visits, and feeling like I wasn’t like ‘the others’, I started to use my body as a nutrition “crash-test” dummy to see what works. And boy did I discover some cool things!
The biggest take-home for me was that what we eat and the health of our gut affects practically EVERYTHING! From weight loss, bloating, cravings, and tiredness to how happy and energized we feel and our risk of chronic disease. The world of nutrition fascinated me so much that I went to uni to study nutrition and dietetics, and once my head got stuck into those research papers, The Body Dietetics was born!
I was learning so much that I had to share it somewhere, so I began blogging. I noticed how much conflicting (and confusing!) information was out there on health, and wanted to create a space that just told it to you straight. So that you can enjoy being you, no matter what dietary philosophy or principles you choose to follow. Plus, I tend to ‘procrastibake’ so you’ll find some recipes for gluten-free goodies on there too! ;)
What is your favourite spot for a wholefood fix on the Gold Coast?
I do love BSKT when I visit Mermaid Beach, and BlendLove raw treats are great for a stunning treat!
Never again will I…
Go on a rollercoaster, haha!
What is your favourite, nutrient rich food?
I love so many, but I always tend to come back to salmon for this question. You can’t quite beat it for a beauty boost!
Ryan Gosling or Chris Hemsworth?
Chris. Hands down. Sorry, Ryan!
Savoury or sweet?
I’m a natural born sweet-tooth.
What’s your motto?
Enjoy being you.
What is your stance on sugar and kids?
A little goes a long way, and if they don’t have it regularly, then they don’t tend to crave it as much – just like adults.
Side note: If you’re going to give them something sweet, sugar is better than artificial sweeteners, so just stick to the natural sugars and always use less than the recipe states!
It is 5pm somewhere.., what is your drink of choice?
I’m such a grandma….can I say a cup of peppermint or green tea? Haha!
On the celebratory occasion though, you’ll find a Frangelico, lime and soda in hand, or an espresso martini.
Paleo Speculaas Cookies
By Larina Robinson, The Body Dietetics
½ cup tigernut flour
1/2 tbsp coconut flour
½ tsp baking soda
pinch sea salt
1 tsp speculaas spice (see recipe below and notes for other possible spice mixes)
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3 tbsp olive oil (or other oil)
2 1/2 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened
FOR THE SPECULAAS SPICE MIX
2tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp ginger powder
½ tsp nutmeg powder
½ tsp cardamom
pinch of ground cloves
pinch of white pepper
In a medium bowl combine flours, baking soda, salt, spices, and sugar.
Add oil and milk and stir to combine.
Set aside in the fridge for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 190 degrees fan forced and line a small baking sheet with baking paper.
Put the cookie mix on the baking paper, and using another sheet of baking paper on top, roll the mix out to approximately ½ cm thick.
Use whichever cookie cutters you like to create fun shapes.
Gently remove excess and continue to roll out the remaining mix until its all used.
Reduce oven temperature to 180 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how big you’ve cut your cookies.
Let cool on a baking tray for at least 10 minutes.
Store in an airtight container.