Luke is currently touring the country as part of The Paleo Way

We managed to catch him just before his nationwide tour got underway…

As promised in last week’s Harvest Hangs with Scotty Gooding, we’ve got the other half of the Clean Living duo, Luke Hines, as today’s Harvest Hangs interviewee.

Luke is also running Learn to Cook workshops with Pete Evans. When he’s not teaching people to cook like a caveman, he is a Bondi PT, Clean Living chef and probably on of the nicest dudes you’ll meet (not an exaggeration).

What’s a typical food day in the life of Luke Hines (warts and all)?

Well, I should start by saying my day revolves around food.

I truly love not only the taste, but the sourcing of ingredients and preparation of each and every dish. The time and effort I put into food is almost therapeutic and a great escape from the busy life I live.

90% of my meals are home cooked, just because of my passion for cooking, so I get my favourite meats and veggies, and whip up all sorts of creations in my tiny little Bondi kitchen.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, and it always consists of messy eggs (this is when I just swish em around a super hot fry pan with coconut oil.)

They’re not quite scrambled, and they’re certainly too messy to be fried haha!

These eggs are served with crispy nitrate-free bacon, fresh avocado, fermented vegetables and if I am feeling enthusiastic I make a fresh loaf of paleo bread.

As a personal trainer and Clean Living chef, what are your non-negotiable ingredients in the kitchen?

Good question, and I have a staple of 5 must haves in my kitchen to survive any meal of the day.
Coconut oil
Its the only oil I cook with (and rub all over my body). The health benefits are endless. And not just for the skin!
You can use them in smoothies, salsa, salads or sweets. See what I did there? I love avocados and I love alliteration.

Almond meal
This is my replacement for flour. So if I need to crumb, fry, batter or bake, this little baby is the key to doing it The Paleo Way.
I believe in natural sources of energy, so before any workout, or that extra hit of potassium, its an organic banana all the way.
This little baby is the key to me making all my raw sugar-free desserts and pre-workout slices and bars. It is a natural superfood, packed full of magnesium, and makes me feel good. Who doesn’t feel good after eating chocolate right?!

3. Staying active is a big part of your day, what’s your favourite post workout meal?

Tough question because there are so many! But I will narrow it down to one of the regulars that lands on my plate. And it only takes ONE pan!

Start by frying off some homemade, grass-fed burger patties. Cook them just enough so that they’re still rare in the middle and let them rest. While they’re resting use the good fats that are still in the pan to fry some sliced up tomatoes. Once they’re done, layer them on top of the burger, and to really utilise how juicy the pan is, I fry off some home made sweet potato and zucchini fritters. By the end of this dish I haven’t wasted any of the pan juices and I only have one pan to clean. (Genius)

4. If you wanted to impress someone with a home cooked meal what would you make them?

It would definitely be a slow cooked beef cheek, served on a coconut and sweet potato puree.
The flavours are rich, the cooking process simple, and the aromas in the house are to die for.

5. Desert Island. Three foods. Go…

Whole young coconut, macadamia nuts and beef jerky. Am I living or what?!

6. What dish/ingredient is your behind-closed-doors guilty pleasure?

I am obsessed, and I mean obsessed with nut butters. I know as a paleo advocate I shouldn’t be pushing peanuts, but everything from peanut butter to macadamia butter, I can eat it by the spoonful. And some nights in front of Game Of Thrones I do!

7. What recipe would you be keen to see Bondi Harvest tackle?

I would love to see them do some game meat. Perhaps Kangaroo or venison. I love both those meats, and they are good for us and the environment. So bring that on! Yeew!

Keen to connect with Trainer Luke

You can also find him
on The Paleo Way