5 MINS WITH NUTRITIONIST, JESS BARBER





Hey Jess! We’ve been following you for a while now and love seeing your delicious recipes popup on our feed. How did you discover your passion for nutrition and holistic health?


I grew up playing a lot of sport and I was always fascinated by how I could eat and workout in order to perform at my absolute best. This then developed into a deeper interest in nutrition and eating for optimal health and again, feeling my best.

Looking at health holistically has been engrained in me from a young age, however after becoming quite ill in India and recovering from that, I experienced first-hand that health is so much more than what you eat and how you move your body.



All of your recipes are so delicious and healthy, but also simple to make. Where do you draw inspiration from and how do you develop your recipes?

Like many I draw inspiration from the old Instagram. I definitely have my own style of eating and so I always adapt recipes to fit my preferences, this usually involves stripping back the recipe and making it super simple (no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen haha). In that way… I find that cooking and creating recipes can be a way to express yourself and your style. I always say to my clients, take inspiration from what I recommend, but change and adjust to fit your preferences. This can help make healthy changes sustainable as well!


You share so many yummy and wholesome salads, healthy treats and snack ideas. What’s your favourite thing to make?


Ooo that is a hard one. I have to say I’m obsessed with salads/nourish bowls. I just find them such a great way to pack in nutrition and flavour. If you get all elements going on; quality protein, complex carbohydrates and my favourite... healthy fats, then you are in for an excellent excellent time.

Favourite healthy treat to make, definitely the bliss ball recipe that I’m sharing with you guys or my salted caramel mars bar (even the thought of it makes me salivate…a crowd pleaser)



What does a typical day on your plate look like?


Because it’s summer here at the moment, breaky is usually a smoothie bowl (how very unoriginal of me); frozen zucchini, frozen berries, frozen banana, cucumber, peanut butter, collagen powder. Topped with cacao nibs and one of the bliss balls from the same recipe I’m sharing.

Lunch is a nourish bowl which looks different everyday but a typical combo is; spinach, a tin of wild salmon, baked sweet potato, avocado, tahini dressing (drool), sriracha, salt and pepper always.

Dinner varies from lentil dal, coconut curry, lentil spag bowl, healthy fish and chips or another nourish bowl combo.



Tell us your top five easiest healthy pantry swaps?


I love this question!

1. Flour: swap white flour for whole wheat or almond meal

2. Oil: swap sunflower, canola and vegetable oil with extra virgin olive oil, avocado, or coconut oil and use in moderation.

3. Nut butters: Check the ingredients on your peanut or almond butter, it should only contain nuts (+ a little sea salt if you prefer that). Swap out the ones with hydrogenated oils and refined sugar added.

4. Chips: swap chips with popcorn (a whole grain). Get creative with flavours, add some finely chopped dark choc or go savoury with olive oil, nutritional yeast and sea salt.

5. Pasta: Swap white pasta for whole wheat, buckwheat or legume-based pasta’s (e.g., chickpea).


quick round.


Go-to coffee order: 

Long black, dash of soy/oat milk (I’m that person)


Savoury or sweet tooth? 

Savoury 


Ideal weekend plan? 

Having no plans except heading to the beach and a nice breaky out (a high chance breakfast will definitely include bread and avocado)  


Favourite cocktail?

Gimlet!


Favourite local cafe/restaurant?

Stable ;)


Your biggest guilty pleasure?

Francie’s (a local Italian pizza place) AHHMAZING pizza (to be honest I don’t really feel guilty because it’s just so so good and fresh). My other guilty pleasure would be listening to way too much Joe Rogan





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