Inspiring People Interview -Sophie MacKenzie

Next in our Inspiring People Interview Series we have the lovely Sophie MacKenzie, Soph is the other half of the Megs and Soph Duo and is also a World Record holder in rowing!  We chat to Soph about her training schedule, her healthy lifestyle and her most memorable moment on her journey so far! 

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Hi, I’m Sophie MacKenzie but Soph for short, I am a full time athlete in Rowing so I get to travel overseas every winter to European summer icon smile Inspiring People Interview  Sophie MacKenzie and race internationally and I Love it! I grew up in Marlborough on a big high country sheep station and have always played a lot of sport. My huge passion for health and well-being didn’t really start until my first year out of high-school and I turned official lightweight and started training harder for rowing which meant I needed to fuel my body more efficiently. So since then especially the last two years I have developed a much more holistic and whole food approach to eating and my general well-being.

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Clean Ginger Slice

I thought I would try making a Clean Ginger Slice and see how it compares (from memory!) to the ginger slice that I had so often growing up. When I was growing up baking was a big part of our lives. Mum would often be in the kitchen making goodies for our school lunches and snacks. One of the goodies I remember her making often was a ginger slice which I really loved. No doubt it was full of sugar and flour and other such ingredients.

While I really enjoy a ginger slice, I’m actually not a huge fan of ginger overall. We use crushed ginger in a lot of our savoury dishes but I never use a lot of it as I can find it quite overpowering at times.

Ginger is a great spice to incorporate into your diet as it boasts many benefits including being an anti-inflammatory and  helping to relieve nausea, I even read that ginger has some minor aphrodisiac benefits but who really knows.

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This clean ginger slice is refined white sugar free, grain free, gluten free and dairy free and can also be made paleo (and completely refined sugar free) with a simple switch from agave nectar to raw honey. If you are after a nut free ginger slice I have given an alternative to the cashews in the recipe, you could also do half sunflower seeds and half coconut chips if you do not have issues with coconut.  

You will need a food processor for this recipe, I use my trustee Russell Hobbs Multi-Food Processor to make the base, the icing is made in a saucepan over a low heat.


Mountains of Auckland: Three in one weekend

We decided one weekend to tackle three Auckland Mountains. We had already done Mt Eden (we ran up it), Mt Hobson (we walked up) and One Tree Hill (we cycled up) so decided we would try to knock out some of the other Mountains that we could see from the top of the ones we had previously been up.

Of the three we did this weekend, Mt St John is the smallest and easiest, Mt Wellington can be pretty easy or hard depending on how you make it to the carpark near the top and Mangere Mountain is large but a nice and easy walk!

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Crock Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

A few months a go a new restaurant opened in Newmarket called Hog Heaven. We have been a few times now, thanks to them running a deal with grabone we got some really cheap and delicious meals! Hog Heaven is a Louisiana style restaurant who specialises in good meat, think ribs and pulled pork. Prior to this I don’t think I’d actually tried pulled pork before, but oh boy I do enjoy it! 

I thought I would try to make my own spicy crock pot pulled pork recipe so we could have pulled pork a bit more often. Pork has been on special quite a bit lately which has helped reduce our grocery bill slightly! 

I wanted to create a recipe which could be left alone in the crockpot all day, that you don’t need to do a lot too when you get home and that will give you leftovers! Pulled pork and vegetables for lunch is pretty darn good!  

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Inspiring People Interview – Megan Craig

Hi there lovelies! Today we have our next Inspiring People Series Interview with the Lovely Megan Craig – Megan is one half of the Megs and Soph duo as well as being one of our countries (and the worlds!) top squash players! Megan chats to us about her training schedule, whole foods lifestyle and her tips for living a healthier lifestyle. 

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Hey, I’m Megan I’m 21 and am a Professional Squash Player ranked #41 in the world and #2 in New Zealand. I’ve just completed my Personal Training and Business course so looking forward to being qualified. I am a passionate foodie spending a lot of my life in the kitchen either creating things or eating them icon smile Inspiring People Interview   Megan Craig

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