Meet The Top 10 SA Foodies Taking The Cooking Scene By Storm

by | Dec 6, 2018 | Food & Nutrition

For the first time, Women’s Health, in partnership with Whirlpool, is looking for its Next Fit Foodie: a woman who has the personality, cred and inspirational social media feed that will help women fall in love with healthy food and learn to celebrate their bodies in the process.

We’ve narrowed down the search to 10 women, but we need your help selecting the five finalists. Scroll through to learn more about them, then vote for your fave.

Christine Phillips

Wellness chef and nutritionist Christine also appears on DSTV show Real Health. “I’m always coming up with new, healthy recipes that taste incredible and I have a client base to vouch for that,” she says.


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Health Yourself cooking demo at Wellness day

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Zorah Booley

Blogger and YouTuber Zorah emphasises the importance of balance in her cooking. “We all have those busy days, where eating clean can become difficult and it does test our discipline, but even so, I believe we are all on our own trajectory to becoming a better version of ourselves [one] day at a time,” she says. Her recipes are allergy friendly – Zorah suffers from IBS – but her recipes are totally customisable, too.


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Much like you I clock out on the weekends but brunch is a timeous exception??☕️ Taking my @danielwellington watch wherever I go…it compliments my flatlays and adds that extra sparkle to my pics✨⏱We visited @thebackyardcafe today and if you’re in the Southern Suburbs it’s a must try! The outdoors vibe and is perfect for Spring!?? • • • • • • • #danielwellington #watches #capetown #southafrica #feedfeed #bakefeed #foodblogger #food52 #thekitchn #vsco #vscomade #ootdfashion #breakfast #madefromscratch #danielwellingtonwatches #bon_app #brunching #foodgawker #sweethtooth #sweetcuisines #bakestagram #spoonfeed #bakefromscratch #healthy #tastingtable #foodblogfeed #forkyeah #foodie #ootd ⏱⭐️Use my code #inthemidnightkitchen to get 15% off at ?

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Ashley Krige

Dietetics and culinary student Ashley is using her social media platform to share her knowledge with others, while encouraging fitness. “My dream is to inspire men and women to lead not just a healthy life, but a life that is full of endless possibilities, one that is limitless in its potential and one where you are continually growing and increasing your capacity,” she says.

Litsoanelo Seturumane

Litsoanelo is a chef and bikini fitness competitor whose aim is to show women how to cook healthy food that makes them feel good. “I also believe that knowing how to cook is what will help women move away from fad diets,” she says.

Shazia Gaffar

TV chef and nutrition expert, Shazia is passionate about nutrition education. She’s also a mom and marathon runner and runs “As people are becoming more and more aware of ‘living their best lives,’ they are [making] healthier decisions in their eating and way of life,” she says.


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Fruity, Greek Yoghurt No Bake Coconut and Lime Tart This fruit tart will bring in all the colours of the rainbow to your tea table. It’s healthy, naturally sweetened using the seasons freshest fruits. You’ll be making this one, over and over again this summer !!! Ingredients 3/4 cup toasted almonds 1 cup mejool dates pitted 1/2 cup dried currents 1/4 cup desiccated coconut 1-3 tbsp pure maple syrup adjust to taste 1 cup full fat coconut yogurt 1-2 cups fresh fruit see below zest of 1 lime to taste Summer Fruit: strawberries blueberries raspberries oranges pineapple peaches banana kiwi Instructions 1. Soak dates in warm water for 10 minutes to soften. Add almonds to a food processor and pulse a few times until roughly chopped. Drain dates and add to the food processor with the almonds. Add currents and coconut. Add maple syrup, to taste.Blend to desired texture, scraping down the sides as needed. Line a long tart tray with parchment paper. 2. Top tart with yogurt and fresh fruit. Sprinkle the tart with as much lime zest you like and then dig in. Dress @forevernew_sa #summereats #fresh #fruit #seasonal #yoghurt #dessert #healthychoices #nutritionaltherapy #recipedeveloper #foodblogger #foodinfluencer #tvchef #tv #chef #lovecooking #shazeats

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Jody Calitz

Vegan blogger Jody Calitz gave up meat and quit the gym. “I just want to show people, women especially, how to fall in love with food again because when you do… I promise you, you fall in love with yourself and that is the message I want to share through the food I eat,” she says.


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The simplicity of fresh plant based eating. I have been keeping my diet 50% raw as much as I can and I promise you the changes I have seen and felt in my body are amazing! I now design all of my programs to be like that. Our modern western world doesn’t encourage enough fresh raw food. Start with a simple salad, piece of fruit or table spoon of fresh pesto with each meal and see the changes start to happen. Happy #greenmonday ??? For more ideas, click the link in my bio. . . . . . . . . . . #veganbowl #veganfood #vegano #myveganlife #vegansofig #plantbasedhealth #plantbasedstrong #veganforlife #myveganjourney #vegangirl #wfpb #wfpbdiet #hclfv #hclfweightloss #wfpblife #vegansofig #veganforlife #vegangirls #plantbasedgirl #plantbasedliving #plantbasedlifestyle #plantbasedlife #plantbasedprotein #plantbasedpower #highcarbliving #highcarbvegan #highcarblowfat #highcarblowfatvegan #highcarblowfatdiet #ketovegan #ketorecipes

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Jo Hill

Jo marries fitness with food. She’s a teacher by trade but is studying personal training and nutrition. She also comes from a background of disordered eating. “I would love nothing more than to educate others about this lifestyle, to prevent people (especially young women) from making the same mistakes that I made, to show everyone how easy following a healthy lifestyle is,” she says.


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⭐️ ITS THE WEEKEND, BABY! ⭐️ • The only thing better than lazy lie ins with coffee in bed is…⬇️⬇️⬇️ • Leave your comment below ? • For me it would be opening a new jar of peanut butter and grabbing a spoon just to taste test and make sure it’s okay for everyone else ??(I try to be considerate like that) • Rainy Saturdays spent in the kitchen would have to be another one…and luckily, that’s exactly what Durban is like today ? • Tell me, what’s yours??? ? • #weekend #saturday #weekendvibes #lazy #relaxing #coffee #coffeeinbed #coffeeislife #baking #healthybaking #healthybaker #sugarfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #protein #recipeshare #timetogetmybakeon #peanutbutter #peanutbutteraddict #happinessis #health #fitness #fitfamsa #fitfood #blogger #foodblogger #durban #umhlanga #likeforlikes

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Daniella Lagerwey

Daniella believes fitness is in her blood. But being Italian, food is a pretty big part of her life, too. “I feel alive in the kitchen, it’s a space I can just be my most creative self,” she says. ” I love creating healthy dishes and guilt-free treats that not only taste delicious but are also fuel for my body. To me, food is a huge part of how we experience life.”


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Eating out with your besties? Date night? Holidays? Birthdays? Events? Festive season sneaking up on us & well…LIFE… It can be challenging to stick to a good healthy diet with all of the above happening!!!! I get it… but… . TWO WORDS: BALANCE & CONSISTENCY ?? . As tempting as it may be to indulge and eat all the goodness you see on the menu or the snacks & drinks at an event & (MY WEAKENESS) CAKE at whatever occasion ??‍♀️? pull back the reigns a bit y’all. Be intentional about it all… make smart choices & DONT OVER DO IT. Select which occasion you want to eat all the yummy food and the other occasions be wise. Listen to your body and treat it with love. ❤ . There is no excuse to NOT eat good, healthy food. It is a choice to fuel your body with nutritional goodness and that doesnt mean restriction peeps. #justsaying . #liveyourbestlife #balance #loveyourbody #healthybody #healthymind #healthylifestyle #foodforthesoul #healthylivingmyway #healthylivingwithdaniella #tashas #tashasnicolway #joburg

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Manini Mofokeng

Instagram foodie Manini believes in keeping healthy through food. “The meals that I prepare don’t only look scrumptious, they are also packed with nutrients and vitamins to nourish the body,” she says.

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Sumaiya Essa

Sumaiya is a dietitian who pairs food and fitness with fun. “I see the confusion and apprehension around food choices with all the conflicting information that [people] are bombarded with,” she says. “I think that [Next Fit Foodie] would be a great platform for me to show women how easy and fun healthy food can be using evidence-based nutritional advice.”

Vote for your fave now at – voting closes at midnight on 18 December 2018.

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