Personal Trainer turned TV presenter and published author, Luke Hines is a passionate healthy foodie who loves to share his zest for life! He’s foray into cooking may have had something to do with his success on hit TV series My Kitchen Rules with cooking partner Scott Gooding in 2013. Outside of the media limelight, he’s known as ‘Trainer Luke’ and firmly believes that optimal health involves the mind and body.
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Luke’s path to paleo came about because what he was doing previously just wasn’t working. He realised that to reach his personal health and wellbeing goals, he needed to focus on how food made him feel. “If it’s good for you, you will be happy and healthy for life” he says.
Juggling good health with a busy lifestyle is always a challenge, however Luke makes time for important things like his own training, and practising mindfulness through meditation.
“It’s very easy to get caught up with the everyday stressors we are put under, especially in this highly switched on day and age with technology and social media. So for my peace of mind I like to train hard, turn my phone off and get my mindfulness meditation on.”
Luke tries to incorporate as many different healthy food groups as possible in his diet, so that he gets a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, good fats and protein.
“Breakfast is always something cooked up like eggs and bacon, lunch is usually fish and salad, and dinner is my favourite meal with some lamb and brussel sprouts. Snacks are usually my healthy natural protein shakes and nuts and seeds with coconut yogurt or coconut cream. I can’t forget my sneaky long black each morning as the sun is rising!”
When it comes to the kitchen, Luke’s top essential ingredients include chicken thigh, fresh red chilli to spice things up, coconut oil, maca powder, and of course brussel sprouts. He describes his cooking style as time efficient with as little mess as possible. “I don’t like washing up!” he says. Instead, he prefers to use his time in the kitchen to focus on maximising flavours as much as possible. He also loves to prepare simple dishes such as his paleo pancakes with almond meal, coconut flour and topped with fresh raspberries which he describes as “easy, quick and delicious.”
We asked Luke to describe a memorable dining experience…
“I was with the wonderfully paleo Pete Evans last week at Bistro Dom in Adelaide and we had a fantastic paleo degustation. The highlight was the raw lambs heart on a beetroot puree. The lamb had actually been killed on a local farm at 6pm the evening before we were served it. Talk about paddock to plate!”
Some of Luke’s favourite places to eat include…
North Bondi Fish for the grilled seafood
Chiswick in Woollahra for their lamb shoulder
Sefa Kitchen in Bondi for their beef cheek.
Given the chance to cook for anyone in the world, Luke would choose Jeff Probst.
“He is a legend. For those who don’t remember him, he is the host of the long running TV Show ‘Survivor’. Such a great TV producer head on him and a man of adventure. Maybe he could teach me how to host a TV show one day.”
I think we could learn a thing or two about cooking from Luke, and we are very fortunate to have him as a regular contributor to Paleo Foodies! For now, here’s one of Luke’s favourite simple sides to go with a meal any time of day.
Crispy Brussels with Bacon
200 grams brussel sprouts (quartered)
150 grams bacon (diced)
Heat the coconut oil in a large flat pan, and once hot, add the bacon. Fry off until half cooked. Now add all of your brussels and fry whilst tossing frequently until the outer leaves become crispy and the inside is soft. Season with salt and enjoy.