We’re constantly searching for new foodies who inspire us with their amazing recipes and Instagram feeds that we can’t keep our eyes off. There’s one recipe extraordinaire who has had us double-tapping like crazy with her delicious culinary creations and photographs that are fit for a top notch cookbook. Meet Phoebe Conway, the uber talented photographer turned up and coming nutritionist behind the blog, Pheebsfoods. We’re so inspired by Phoebe’s recipes that we even featured a few of her tasty chocolate treats in our latest e-Book, Sweet Like Chocolate. Find out why she’s our latest foodie crush…
Hi Phoebe! We discovered you on instagram with a feed full of colourful and out-of-this-world eats. Tell us a little about the girl behind the beautiful food…
I am 22 years old and from little old Adelaide, currently in the middle of getting my nutrition and dietetics degree. I was a little lost after leaving school so pursued my love for photography and during that time began making a few changes to my own lifestyle. I discovered how amazing it felt to be active and nourish my body, growing my cooking skills in the process.
What ignited your desire to create such beautiful recipes?
It is a dream come true that I have been able to combine three of my biggest passions, photography, nutrition and cooking. It all began when I became addicted to creating beautiful pictures of nourishing food, using instagram as a place to share what I was creating. With my camera in hand it became a part of my day I really looked forward to. Much to my delight people had an interest in what I was doing and began asking for my recipes, and so PheebsFoods was created!
What is your favourite dish to make?
Raw desserts in any shape or form of course! I still find it amazing how you can make something so rich and indulgent out of entirely whole food ingredients and without any of the overly processed nasties that your average chocolate bar is full of. Raw caramel slice will always hold a place in my heart!
You’re a healthy role model to so many, who are your role models?
There are so many amazing people within the health and nutrition field achieving so many of the same things I aspire to achieve. My role models would definitely include some amazing women like Lola Berry (the happy cook book) and Kate Bradley (Kenko Kitchen) who have published some amazing cookbooks and helped inspire others to lead healthier lifestyles. Jamie Oliver is also a major role model to me; his work trying to improve the nutrition of children is something that really hits home.
What would you say your life mantra is?
I want to be happy with who I am as a person, both on the inside and the outside; to eat locally, ethically and nutritiously; be active everyday; enjoy all foods without deprivation or guilt; and lastly, be open and non – judgemental of others.
What is your food philosophy?
Listen to your body! Eat foods that make you feel good from the inside out but never deprive yourself of the things you love most. Remember, it is not a diet, its a lifestyle! I also believe the foods we consume should be purchased as ethically as possible with a focus on local, unprocessed foods leaving as small a footprint on our planet as possible.
What are three foods you couldn’t live without?
Chocolate, oatmeal and of course fresh fruits and veggies!
What advice would you give to other people wanting to include more healthy foods into their lives?
Start small! Just because you see all of these amazing recipes on Instagram or confusing ingredients in the health food store don’t be intimidated. Everyday healthy eating doesn’t have to be gourmet, simple whole foods are the key to maintaining a balanced diet.
What imprint would you like to leave on the wellness industry?
I hope to inspire everyone to lead their best life, but what I really hope to have an impact on is the health and nutrition of children. To create a new culture of informed healthy eating in our homes, supermarkets and schools all over the world. Healthy bodies create healthy minds and communities!
You’ve got 24 hours in a day – what does a typical day of Move, Nourish, Believe look like (from when you get up to when you go to sleep)…
MOVE: Getting outside! I walk or run with my dog every day, which is something that helps me to feel relaxed and grounded for the rest of the day. I am trying to include some strength training and stretching into my routine, but running and walking is certainly what I enjoy most.
NOURISH: Breakfast is always something vibrant involving a wide variety of fruits, smoothies, warming bowls of oats or juices. At lunch time I like to keep things simple with fresh or roasted veggies, lean protein and a wholegrain of some sort! Dinner time is where I have grown the most in the last few years. Cooking really is all about getting into the kitchen and experimenting. These days I cook a lot of asian inspired dishes at dinner time. Fresh vegetables, noodles and tangy citrus dressings are what my partner and I love! In winter we turn to nourishing soups and roast veggies.
BELIEVE: Everyone has good days and bad days, for me this is important to remember. Anxiety and stress are things I am very familiar with, and when I feel those negative emotions creeping in I know I need to take some time out for myself. This might just involve my regular walk or run but often it involves experimenting in the kitchen, reading a book or watching my favourite tv show. Listen not only to your body, but also to your mind.
What’s next for Phoebe? Tell us about your wildest, most beautiful plans…
I feel very passionate about helping to educate children and their parents about leading a healthy lifestyle. One of my hopes for my future is to potentially teach in schools about health and nutrition, with a focus on whole foods and cooking. Another major goal for me is to eventually use both my photography and nutrition degrees to write and publish my own cookbook. I have always been known as the creative one in my family and this would allow me to flourish where I feel most comfortable! Ideally I see myself living with my partner, growing as much of our own food as possible, cooking in our own café and working as a dietician in the community!
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
Fave #nourish recipe right now… Raw salted caramel slice.
Fave way to MOVE… Running with my dog!
The one quote you always find yourself reading… ‘If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.’
Who’s YOUR inspiration… Lola Berry.
Lastly, before we part, is there a recipe or quote you would be able to share with us?
Coconut Raspberry and Mint Icy Poles
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- small handful fresh mint leaves
- 400ml can coconut milk
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
How to make it:
- If using frozen berries warm them in the microwave until defrosted then mash slightly with a fork. If using fresh simply mash slightly
- Tear mint leaves up into small pieces
- Add mint leaves to berries and set aside
- Pour coconut milk into a bowl, add honey and vanilla and whisk until well combined
- Add spoonfuls of the berry mix into your popsicle moulds, then top with some coconut milk, then more berries, alternating until all ingredients are used up
- Freeze for 3-4 hours until well set!