Let me introduce you to this month's Radiant + Inspiring woman, Vanessa Vickery the founder and creator of Becomingness.
Vanessa, or as she is also known, Ness, and I have been connecting over the internet for quite a while now. She is an amazing mother of two and a qualified nutritionist.
Ness's recipes are to die for, and if you haven't visited her website before, you are going to fall in love. Trust me!
Now let's get into it...
+ Why do you do what you do? What motivated you or inspired you?
I want to help others with what I have learned, as there is a lot of confusion in the health and wellness industry with what is good for you and what is bad for you, so they are able to make more informed choices.
Initially, my motivation came from within, but now it comes from helping others and seeing them create their own happiness
+ What quote do you live by at the moment?
It is actually one of my own – I entered a competition over at Project Healthy Happy Me and Naomi Arnold made a quote out of part of my answer.
The quote is:
“Believe in yourself and do what you love. The rest will fall into place.”
+ If you could share one piece of advice for a newbie to the wellness world, what would you tell them?
Take Small steps! Change one or two things at a time and when you feel comfortable with those changes, make another change.
+ What would you tell your 14 year old self?
To follow your own dreams, not other people’s dreams for you.
+ What is your favourite meal to cook? Can you share the recipe with us?
Gluten Free Chicken Schnitzel
Serves 2 - 4
2 chicken breasts, sliced in half in a similar manner to butterflying, but cutting right through
1/4 cup arrowroot (or tapioca flour)
2 eggs, whisked
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika (optional)
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
Place the chicken breasts between cling wrap and flatten with a meat tenderiser, or roll with a rolling pin, until they are nice and thin.
To make the crumb mixture: add the almond meal, coconut flour, sea salt and pepper to a shallow bowl, mixing to combine. Place the egg and arrowroot flour in separate shallow bowls.
Dip each piece of chicken into the arrowroot flour, then egg, then the crumb mixture. Make sure that they are evenly coated. Place in a baking dish and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Pre-heat large fry pan on medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon coconut oil and cook each schnitzel for 4-5 minutes each side.
Serve with lemon wedges and your favourite sides (Mine is sweet potato fries and steamed greens).
+ It can be tough starting up a business, what has been your biggest lesson learnt so far on this journey?
Again, small steps! If you take too much on, it can get overwhelming. I highly recommend using a planner to plan your days, weeks, months and the year ahead. In addition to that, keep a journal, where you can write down any dreams, ideas and aspirations that you have for your business. You may not be in a position to implement that idea at the time, but you certainly can in the future. So, it is always available to revisit at a later date.
+ What is your favourite way to move your body?
Dancing and playing with the kids is my absolute favourite way to move by body, but I also love getting outdoors and going for walks along the water.
+ How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who was able bring happiness to other people’s lives by helping them with their health and wellness.
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