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IN CONVERSATION WITH: MADELEINE SHAW

11.04.16

Nutritional expert and inspirational entrepreneur, Madeleine Shaw is one of the most recognised names in the blogging industry. Her aim is to inspire her readers to lead a consistently healthy lifestyle and ditch the fads, ultimately achieving a ‘hotter, healthier, happier’ version of themselves. Continuously developing new and exciting recipes, her book, Get The Glow, is our go-to for meal and baking inspiration and she has recently released a sequel; Ready Steady Glow. To celebrate the launch, we caught up with Madeleine about what to expect from her new book and to get her top tips on leading a healthy lifestyle. Buy Ready Steady Glow here

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What does a typical day in the life of Madeleine Shaw consist of?

​Every day is different which makes getting up in the morning so easy. I start most days with some form of exercise, whether it's a class, going to the gym or yoga. I'll then make brekky which is usually eggs and some green veggies. The rest of my day will consist of a mix of answering emails, writing, cooking and shooting new recipes for my website.

Who or what do you look to for inspiration?

​For recipe and cooking inspiration, I look to others' cooking, menus when I'm eating out and, of course, recipe books. Then I work out how to put my own spin on things.​

What is your favourite on-the-go breakfast recipe?

​There's nothing better than overnight oats. There’s a carrot bircher featured in Ready Steady Glow that’s brilliant if you live a fast-paced lifestyle.​

How do you make sure you keep your recipe ideas and exercise regimes fresh and interesting?

It's super easy to keep recipe ideas fresh because seasonal produce changes so regularly. There are so many tastes, flavours and ingredients to explore so I'm not going to run out of ideas any time soon! My exercise regime is never the same from day to day. I love trying out new classes and I alternate Glow Guide workouts to keep things interesting.

Staying healthy whilst working in an office can be tricky. What are your top tips for ensuring your habits stay on track?

​Bring your own home made snacks and tea to avoid any temptations. Preparation is key.

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Do you continue to stick to your regimes when on holiday?

​I'm very used to my eating habits so although I will have a few treats on holiday, I actually find it very easy to eat well all of the time. My advice for others is to have fun and don't feel guilty about it – you’re on holiday!

What initially inspired you to write the book Get The Glow?

​I wanted to show people that you can make small adjustments to your diet in order to eat well all the time rather than trying fad diets that don't help you stay healthy in the long run.​

What can we expect from your second book?

​The inspiration for Ready Steady Glow was feedback I was getting from lots of my followers. They said that their number one problem with staying healthy was that they don't have a lot of time. The first half of the book is full of recipes that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. This means no skipping breakfast, no internal debates of cooking your Tupperware lunch for the next day​, and most importantly you won't feel the need to order a takeaway for dinner because the recipes are delicious, nutritious and take less time to make than a takeaway would to arrive.

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What are your favourite places to eat out in London?

Boma, it's my boyfriends restaurant.​ They have a great menu. Boma means "safe enclosure" in South African. Other healthy hotspots also include Ethos, the Detox Kitchen and I love Spring at Somerset House.

What are your favourite exercise classes and studios in London?

Psycle, Core Collective and Yoga at Tri-Yoga.​

What do you like to do to wind down?

​Snuggle up on the sofa and watch Netflix with my boyfriend.​

PECAN AND RAISIN FRUIT LOAF WITH RICOTTA AND BERRIES

A fruit loaf like this is such a great pre-workout snack. The nuts, dates and dried fruit are all high in energy, so a bite or two of this and you’ll be able to get the most out of your exercise session. INGREDIENTS 120g unsalted butter 200g coconut sugar 1 egg, beaten 200g Medjool dates, pitted 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped 2 apples, grated 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 280g rice or buckwheat flour pinch of salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 200g walnuts, chopped 75g raisins 1 tbsp sesame seeds 100g ricotta or Greek yogurt/ coconut yogurt 200g seasonal berries, such as raspberries or blueberries METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Line a 1kg loaf tin with baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar in the food processor, add in the egg,dates, vanilla and grated apples and pulse to combine. Sift in the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and flour with a pinch of salt and the cinnamon. Fold in the walnuts and raisins and process for 5 seconds so the nuts and raisins are mixed in well but not too broken up. Pour the mixture into the tin, smoothing over the top gently, and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour (until just cooked through). To see if the loaf is cooked, insert a skewer in the middle – if it comes out clean, it is done. Leave the loaf to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into inch-thick slices and toast. Serve with the ricotta/yogurt and berries.  

This recipe offers a taster of Madeleine Shaw's creations presented in her latest book, Ready Steady Glow.