With one half of North London Calling being a new mum, training to get back to pre-pregnancy weight and the other half trying to get fit and healthy for an upcoming wedding, when we first heard of This is Good Macadamia Nut Oil, we were excited to hear of another tasty food type that we can incorporate into our diets. Macadamia nut oil is not only a healthier alternative to coconut oil, it’s lower in saturated fat and is great for nourishing ageing and dry skin. It does this by replenishing palmitoleic acid (which although naturally present in skin), diminishes with age. This is Good Macadamia Nut Oil has a very high smoke point and a buttery flavour which makes it incredibly versatile for cooking. It’s fantastic for frying, roasting, drizzling and baking…
Founded by lifelong fitness enthusiasts and personal trainers Hannah Zussman (Finchley) and Nicos Sliney, their mission is share with consumers the benefits of the oil including putting to bed the misunderstandings and and false promotion from the media.
Optimum wellbeing and fitness are incredibly important to Hannah and Nicos who have a clear understanding of the body’s basic need for healthy fats as part of a balanced diet. They even went one step further and enlisted the assistance of highly respected, experienced and qualified nutritionist, food writer and broadcaster Fiona Hunter who assessed the oil’s properties and health benefits.
This Is Good has developed a collection of healthy and tasty recipes featuring their product and North London Calling are thrilled to share two delicious recipes with you to make today – Hummus and Pesto.
THIS IS GOOD HUMMUS
Chickpeas are naturally high in fibre, iron phosphate, calcium, magnesium and vitamin k. making them great for digestion and weight management. Combined with the buttery taste of the nut oil and aromatic herbs and spices, This Is Good hummus is not only good for you but tastes amazing also.
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 6-8 AS A STARTER)
• 2 x 400g cans of chickpeas (reserve the liquid and a few chickpeas for decoration)
• 4 tsp tahini
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 tsp crushed sea salt
• 6 tbsp. Macadamia nut oil (plus extra for drizzling)
• 31⁄2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
• Paprika (optional)
• Coriander or parsley leaves (optional)
So simple, yet so effective: simply pop everything into a blender and blitz! Once smooth and nicely whipped, plate up and drizzle with This Is Good paprika infused macadamia nut oil and sprinkle with macadamia nuts, coriander and a couple of whole chickpeas.
THIS IS GOOD ROCKET, BASIL, PUMPKIN SEED AND
MACADAMIA NUT OIL PESTO
This fuss free pesto is easy to make and full of only pure ingredients, our pesto requires minimum effort for maximum effect – in terms of both health and taste! Drizzle over salads, fish or stir into whole-grain pasta for a colourful and herby addition to your meal.
• 100g rocket
• Handful fresh basil leaves
• 150ml macadamia nut oil
• 50g pumpkin seeds
Place all ingredients into a blender and blitz until completely smooth. Add a little more macadamia nut oil if desired.
So you can see there are plenty of ways to incorporate the oil into a healthy lifestyle. North London Calling were super excited to learn that Hannah actually grew up in Finchley so we asked her to give a few words. Here’s what she had to say…
Hannah, This Is Good Macadamia Oil
“As a teen growing up in Finchley, I loved sport and played a lot of tennis. My love for fitness continued when I got a job working at gym when I was 18, which was my gateway into the fitness industry and fuelled my passion for nutrition and healthy living.
Throughout my 14 years working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in Crouch End and Hampstead, I’ve learnt that it’s not just about exercise but the way that we live our lives day-to-day that’s most important. Wellness requires education, just like anything. People can so easily get swept up with the tide and just go with social norms when it comes to health and fitness but often this isn’t in our best interests. It’s only through learning along the way that we discover what’s truly best for ourselves.
For instance, our perception of fat continues to be marred by the low fat revolution of the 70s and 80s. However, low fat today means a chemical mess, whereby fat is removed and replaced with chemicals to stabilise and add flavour as well as increase sugar content. There is a reason human beings need good fats: to survive. Fat does not make you fat.
Fat and fatty acids play many important roles in the body from regulating inflammation and hormonal balance to providing a sustainable source of fuel. Good fats are critical for the nervous system to function properly. Monounsaturated fats prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries and promote good cholesterol, while polyunsaturated fats lower bad cholesterol and contain essential Omega-3 fatty acids that improve brain function and immunity. I try to make smart choices, incorporating the right fats in my diet every day.”
A huge thanks to Hannah Zussman.