Nutritionist and dietician Hala has been featured in The Times and The Daily Mailand writes a nutrition column for an international medical journal. She tells us how to stay healthy the easy way.
Hala El-Shafie specialises in eating disorders, obesity management and bariatric nutrition. With over 10 years experience in the field, Hala has a unique and exceptional understanding of the emotional and psychological issues often associated with food and has created a successful holistic client-centred approach that has brought her an extensive and loyal following, including a number of high-profile and celebrity clients.
El-Shafie is regularly asked to contribute to some of the UK’s leading lifestyle magazines includingGrazia, Red and You magazines. Most recently she was enlisted as resident Nutritionist on ITV1′s flagship show This Morning, working alongside Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield. She has also just filmed Davina McCall’s latest fitness DVD.
My ultimate comfort food has to be mashed sweet potatoes with lots of freshly ground black pepper, I absolutely love the taste and texture.
My best winter warmer would have to be a warming cup of hot water, manuka honey and lemon, with lots of ginger and whole cloves.
My home late from work recipe would be grilled salmon and stir-fried vegetables with extra mange tout and shallots.
The best meal of my life was a picnic by the banks of the River Nile; it was a traditional barbecue on an open fire with freshly caught fish, accompanied with traditional Sudanese dishes, an amazing aromatic blend giving the perfect taste of Africa and the middle East.
If I don’t have time to make dessert I take some mixed berries, pour them into a tall glass, layer with Greek yoghurt and mixed fruit and repeat, and then add a sprinkle of toasted almonds, grated apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
The best detox is to simply drink lots of water - at least two litres a day. The body is great at detoxifying itself if you support it to do its job and most of us just don’t drink any where near enough of what we need.
Kids love nothing more than fun (and messy) food so I like to make them a spaghetti bolognaise with lots of vegetables. I make the plate look fun using the spaghetti for hair, two halves of a boiled potato for eyes and a string of peas shaped into a great big smile.
Five things you will always find in my shopping basket are spinach, cous cous, porridge oats, olive oil and rice milk.