Welcome to the fifth instalment in our exciting six part Almond Breeze Summer Loving Series. This series is designed to help inspire you to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself so we’re catching up with six inspirational gals who are all doing exactly that. We kicked off this series with New Zealand’s very own celebrity nail stylist Leah Light sharing her self love journey. Then yoga guru Jane Lowe shared her thoughts on why she believes yoga is the secret to health and happiness. Stunning social media sensation Simone Anderson talked about life after losing almost 100kg in weight and last week life stylish Samantha Hannah shared her thoughts on how we can all live our best lives.
This week we’re getting up close and personal with TV’s gorgeous Erin Simpson who has not only launched a brand new TV show but has also recently found love with former star of The Bachelor, Zac Franich. And it seems there’s nothing this beautiful blonde can’t turn her hand too. Not only has she graced our television screens for many years on numerous shows, she’s also super creative (she has her own home decor collection), is an accomplished artist, actor, singer and has even released two celebrity cookbooks. She’s also incredibly down-to-earth (you’ll find out where she gets that from soon) and is as lovely in person as she appears on the telly.
Above: Erin with one of her own handmade bamboo tikis.
5 MINUTES WITH ERIN SIMPSON
What is your new show Red Carpet TV all about? It was an idea I pitched to TVNZ mid last year. In conjunction with a corporate we shoot parties, events, launches, premieres and link them together with studio links to make full episodes. So Red Carpet TV is basically an interactive, entertainment and lifestyle show that celebrates New Zealand movies, music, arts, fashion, theatre and much more.
What is your biggest passion in life? Encouraging people to experience being on Television.
Are you still creating new pieces for your home décor range Beautiful objects? Yes the lastest are these amazing bamboo cuts outs made here in Auckland They come in two sizes and in three of my designs, the Tui, Tiki and Fantail
Your best-ever TV gig and why? Having my own daily talk show was pretty cool haha. Seven hundred and seventy-seven episodes over five years and it was the first ever show to be named after a female in New Zealand
Can you tell us a bit about Cooking For Change? It was an idea my business partner (Dick Frizzell) and I had in order to raise some money for a few charities. 101 New Zealand celebs all cooking their favourite recipes in their own kitchens. It took us over a year to pull together but it was a lot of fun. I actually have enough photos and recipes for a second book but still looking for a publisher if anyone knows of anyone?
Do you enjoy cooking? Nope but my boyfriend Zac does so he does it haha.
How has meeting Zac changed your life? OMG how long have you got? I can talk about him for hours and hours. Literally!
Above: Erin’s celebrity cookbook – Cooking 4 Change
Above: Erin’s home is understandably adored with her own art.
Do have a favourite/signature dish to cook? Christmas ham is where I come into play, so basically I get off scott free except for once a year.
Have you ever struggled with your weight or have you always been lean? Yes I really struggle. I come from a family of dairy farmers so I have to watch what I eat al the time. Plus I need a lot of energy so I have to be smart about it.
Do you exercise? I walk every morning for 30 minutes then run around working all day and night which helps.
How important is keeping fit to you? Slim yes, fit not really fazed.
Any tips to staying motivated when it comes to health & fitness? You are what you eat.
What’s your secret to staying fit and healthy? Just keep moving.
What do you do to de-stress? Chill with mates and listen to music.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? Putting a end to child trafficking.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? ‘Keep your feet on the ground but your head in he stars’. That was from my Nana who was my best mate and the one person who was constantly in my corner.
CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING
Chocolate pudding doesn’t have to be all bad – in fact, this recipe using Almond Breeze Almond Milk is down right healthy. And in case you didn’t know, Almond Breeze Almond Milk is owned by Blue Diamond Growers – the almond experts in California and is a dairy alternative made from almonds and it’s also my go-to for all of my cooking, on my breakfast, in smoothies and it even makes a delicious latte – winning! Almond Breeze contains no eggs, lactose, casein, peanuts or gluten – making it a perfect dairy-free alternative. So it’s safe to say the guys are Almond Breeze know a thing or two about health which is why I’m sure you’ll enjoy this Chocolate Pud as much as I do.
- 1 cup mashed avocado
- ¼ cup Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Unsweetened Original
- 2½ Tbs cocoa powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup or other liquid sweetener like honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Coconut flakes and dark chocolate shavings for topping
Using a food processor or high power blender, combine all ingredients except the coconut flakes until the mixture is smooth. Taste and add more sweetener, if necessary. Put in refrigerator until it is cold. Top with coconut flakes and dark chocolate shavings. Enjoy!