Saturday 19 August 2017

A model menu: Rozanna Purcell's top 'guilt free' treats

Roz Purcell
Roz Purcell
Roz Purcell in training
Fashionista Roz Purcell in a Scribe by Roz suit she designed
Model Roz Purcell and boyfriend Bressie on New Year's Eve. Picture: Roz Purcell/Instagram
Roz Purcell
Model Roz Purcell at the opening night of the musical Wicked at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
Freya Drohan

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Healthy eating enthusiast Roz Purcell wants to make sure that Irish people can have their cake...and eat it too, thanks to her new venture with Mooch Frozen Yoghurt.

The 24-year-old Tipperary native is passionate about a diet which embraces wholesome foods and clean, natural ingredients.

Many of her followers on social media will have already clapped eyes on the mouth-watering creations she has devised in collaboration with Mooch Frozen Yoghurt, and now for the music to your ears - all options are significantly healthier for you than traditional options.

So what can customers expect from the new menu? The former Miss Universe Ireland hopes that her new take on sweet and savoury classics will appeal to everyone.

“There is the gluten free oat pancakes, vegan waffles, a few different flavours of overnight oats and a healthy vegan hot chocolate topped with whipped coconut cream,” Roz revealed to Independent LIFE.

Also on offer are delicious and nutritious ‘protein balls’, which come in cookie dough, vanilla and pecan varieties.

The brunette, who has been one of Ireland’s most prolific models over the last six years, admitted that she has her heart set on revolutionising the Irish food industry in the future.

Aside from her work as an editorial, fashion and photo call model, Roz runs the ‘Natural Born Feeder’ blog  - an online resource for health conscious foodies who advocate a paleo, vegan or raw diet.

The healthy vegan hot chocolate topped with whipped coconut cream
The healthy vegan hot chocolate topped with whipped coconut cream

The fitness fanatic has began to carve her own niche as an authority on the topic of clean eating, regularly contributing to tv programmes, magazines and newspapers to share her healthy versions of old favourites.

“I would love to have a range of products first and perhaps then a cafe,” Roz says.

When it comes to developing her innovative recipes, she admits it usually comes from having the ‘bold’ version and experimenting to make it ‘guilt free’.

“I also just think outside the box about what foods should not be combined or have never, it’s all an experiment.”

“I take inspiration from traditional bakers and chefs as I love wholesome real food but putting my own twist on it,” she says.

Roz also looks to her own gran, aunty and established Irish foodies such as Gareth Mullins and wellness guru Susan Jane White for inspiration.

When it comes to making a move towards a cleaner diet it can be overwhelming especially if people have been reliant on heavily processed foods, but Roz believes the key is to “make small changes regularly”.

“Read the labels of the food you're purchasing, that alone will help you make better choices. If you can't understand or read some of the ingredients - put it down, especially if sugar or salt are in the top five listed,” she advises.

“You don’t have to go cold turkey but do try making things yourself. Don't ditch the bread or sauces as there are amazing alternatives to all your favourite recipes out there.”

As for stocking her own pantry, the honed and toned model named almonds, eggs, quinoa, Medjool dates and tahini as her top picks.

So the burning question, Rozanna’s death row meal: would she stick to her guns and make it healthy, or would she splurge?

Roz Purcell pictured at the launch Ireland’s new, exclusive online food & drink magazine for food aficionados across the country.
Roz Purcell pictured at the launch Ireland’s new, exclusive online food & drink magazine for food aficionados across the country.

“That's easy, I think about it the whole time,” she laughs. “My starter would be the lobster and pigtail sausage made by Ross Lewis in Chapter One. For the main, Kobe beef with my dad’s buttery mash potato and his gravy. My dessert is actually the dessert I made on ‘The Restaurant’, it's a combination of donuts and custard and chocolate - you'll have to wait and see but it's pretty epic,” she teases.

A girl after our own heart, she had us at buttery mash potatoes and donuts.

Sample Rozanna's menu at Mooch Frozen Yoghurt on Dawson Street or Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin.

Roz Purcell pictured at the MOOCH FRO YO Dawson Street Store Launch Party. Photo: Anthony Woods.
Roz Purcell pictured at the MOOCH FRO YO Dawson Street Store Launch Party. Photo: Anthony Woods.

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