Personal Trainer talks mindful living with Izelle Hoffman

Personal Trainer talks mindful living with Izelle Hoffman

In this week’s Mindful Living, Izelle Hoffman chats to well-known Personal Trainer and sports-injury rehabilitation provider Kyle Taylor about mindfulness and how a healthy mind – healthy body connection is the key to a much happier life.

Kyle Taylor
Kyle Taylor

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.

Each new week brings you a new opportunity to be the best and healthiest version of yourself!  Nobody knows that better than Personal Trainer and sports-injury rehabilitation provider Kyle Taylor.

In this week’s episode of the JacPod Original podcast, Mindful Living, Kyle chats to Izelle Hoffman about mindfulness and how a healthy mind – healthy body connection is the key to a much happier life.

“At the end of the day health is wealth, and if you invest time in your health, it’s the best investment you will ever make,” says Izelle, a Lifestyle chef and cookbook author.  Listen below.

Izelle Hoffman and Kyle Taylor
Izelle Hoffman

In the episode, Kyle and Izelle talk about healthy eating and so Izelle has paired her recipe below with this discussion! Give it a try!

Honey-mustard and rosemary chicken tray bake

Prep time: Overnight
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10

1.5 kg chicken fillets
brine (3 Tbsp Oryx desert salt dissolved in 1.2 litres water)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp raw honey
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp mustard powder
1 Tbsp mustard seeds
1 Tbsp dried rosemary
½ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp Oryx desert salt

Honey-mustard and rosemary chicken tray bake
Izelle Hoffman

1.     Soak the chicken fillets overnight in the brine.

2.     When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180 °C. Line a roasting tray with baking paper or foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray if you want to make your life easier and skip the scrubbing afterwards.

3.     Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towel.

4.     Arrange the chicken fillets on the tray and drizzle first with the olive oil and then with the honey. Sprinkle over the onion powder, followed by the mustard powder, mustard seeds and dried rosemary respectively in this order. Finish off with the black pepper.

5.     Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. 

6.     Remove from the oven and drain the juices (if you would like to make a sauce, pour these juices into a saucepan with some of the ingredients used in the recipe and simmer until thickened).

7.     Sprinkle the salt over the chicken and allow to cool properly before placing in an airtight container and storing in the fridge to use when needed.

Note: The trick for the most tender oven-baked chicken is to soak the fillets overnight in brine before baking and to only season with salt once the chicken is cooked.

Why we are using these ingredients?


Mustard contains calcium, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium in sufficient amounts to make it highly beneficial for the development of strong bones. Because I am prone to osteoporosis, I try to include mustard in my diet on a weekly basis in the form of powder and seeds by making honey-mustard flavoured dishes or dressings. Mustard also assists in the reduction of intestinal inflammation and suppressing the appetite. 


Rosemary is not just another herb! It is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial immune booster that helps liver detoxification and improves blood circulation. 

Oryx Salt

What is the purpose of adding salt during cooking? It’s to enhance flavour, right? So why not start by using a good-quality salt to do the job? Sun-dried and unrefined with no additives will bring out the best in your food in the healthiest way possible. 

Raw Honey

Salt needs sweet and vice versa to enhance taste and flavour. So when you add sweetness, choose a sweetness that has a healing effect on your body and health. Raw honey is antiviral and anti-fungal, and contains powerful antioxidants. Its helps ward off allergies, stabilise blood pressure and balance blood sugar levels. It also boosts the immune system and promotes digestive health. 

Olive Oil

We all have our reasons why we prefer certain oils, but without a doubt my oil base of choice is olive oil, specifically for its amazing health benefits. Olive oil helps reduce inflammation and prevent osteoporosis, and is essential for bone health because it assists in the absorption of calcium and the mineralisation of bones, all of which are qualities I look for in a product, given my hip dysplasia and related joint pain. 


Onions are a natural antibiotic and antiseptic, so are a big YES, especially in winter. They purify the blood, regulate blood sugar levels and improve digestion. They are also anti-inflammatory. In addition to fresh onions, in my pantry you will find dried onion powder and flakes. 

Ground Black Pepper

Why do we add pepper to our food? When I ask this during cooking demonstrations, I always get the most interesting answers, but mostly people cannot tell me why they add pepper to their meals. My reason? It increases nutrient absorption and improves digestion, so you can get the most out of every meal, every time.

Izelle Hoffman and Dr Melinda Burger

Last week on Mindful Living, Izelle Hoffman spoke to well-known Aesthetics doctor Melinda Burger about self-love, self-care and the role of aesthetics in both.

Self-love and self-care are not the same as being selfish. We need to love ourselves first in order to flow over to others - it’s like the saying: ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup!’

But what if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, or have something that you are highly insecure about? Perhaps it’s something you got mocked and teased at about at school.

Dr Melinda Burger talks about some solutions from her perspective as an Aesthetics doctor. 

“I think the best part of what I do is to see how I change people on the inside by doing what I do on the outside,” says the Pretoria-based doctor on the podcast.

With Izelle being a Lifestyle chef and cookbook author, they also look at what a healthy relationship with food is, and how food can impact the quality of your skin. Listen below.

ALSO LISTEN TO: Health food guru meets junk food lover

In the podcast, Dr Melinda reveals her favourite recipe from Izelle's book Mindful Living. We've got it here.

Find more episodes from Mindful Living with Izelle Hoffman in the channel below.

More about Izelle:

Lifestyle chef and cookbook author Izelle Hoffman is a rising star in South Africa's culinary firmament. Raised in a farming environment that placed great importance on good food, she’s convinced that eating correctly adds significantly to a life of overall wellness.

Izelle is well known to local television audiences as the lifestyle chef on a number of programs and she has also been food editor on a range of fitness magazines. She is author of Mindful Eating.

Follow Izelle on social media:

@IzelleHoffman on Instagram
Izelle Hoffman Lifestyle Chef on Facebook

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