Carina, over to you:
I've wanted to act as long as I can remember. I love the freedom it gives me, and all the opportunities that come with it. It's amazing to be able to bring emotions out in someone else. On the other side it gives me a platform to talk about things that really matter to me.
I was bullied my entire life and it resulted in a deep-rooted eating disorder. I see so many people day in and day out that suffer from some form of mental illness and I've always wanted to make a change. I believe that everyone is unique and that no one should put someone else down. Acting has given me a broader audience to hopefully be able to help people heal. When I moved to California I learned a great deal about food and I never wanted to leave. I've never been to a country with such an abundance of fresh produce. In LA, food became a way for me to heal my body and my soul from all the damage my eating disorders had caused it. My visa ran out eventually and I moved to London to continue working on my career. I'm working hard in order to do the job I love: make others smile and eventually have a non-profit organisation to raise awareness for mental illnesses.
I fell in love with super foods, because of all the benefits they offer. I would be lying if I said that I'm never worried about mineral deficiencies. Especially since I became a vegan, people constantly ask me if I'm not worried about being B12-deficient and where I get my protein. I'm sure that's something every vegan (maybe even vegetarian) has to deal with. I think spirulina is an amazing addition to my everyday diet, because it has a high mineral content and is chock full of protein. It also raises my energy levels whenever I need a little bit of an extra boost. I try to come up with different recipes to incorporate it into my meals almost every day. However, the taste can take a little getting used to occasionally and therefore it's always fun to come up with new recipes that taste great.
And on a side note, I think spirulina is my favourite colour. This deep green is just so vibrant, it always makes me happy somehow!
The recipe is incredibly simple.
½ cup Organic Burst Chia seeds
½ cup flax seeds
2 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 tsp Organic Burst Spirulina
½ tsp fine pink Himalayan salt
¾ cup purified water
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together and let it set for 10 to 15 minutes until it is jelly-like. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 120 ºC / 250 ºF. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and top with another sheet. With a rolling pin, roll the mixture out as thinly as possible and remove the top sheet. Cut into squares and bake for about 30 minutes, then flip over and bake for another 30. Every oven is different so keep an eye on them. You know they’re ready once they have a nice green hue and are evenly crispy. I served my crackers with sweet potato and chickpea korma, and a spinach salad. The perfect superfood lunch!