Alexandra and Marissa’s friendship started back in 2012 as the both of them were working in the health and fitness industry. Alex had started Malaysia’s first healthy food delivery, Lunch2U (of which Marissa was a loyal customer), and Marissa’s focus was in the fitness industry. With their individual skills, their first project, together with a Life Coach, was The Ideal Lifestyle School where they taught women the art of mindfulness. It was a meaningful project, and one that would provide a stepping stone to their next collaboration.
In 2014, Marissa co-founded PurelyB, an online platform focused on holistic health. It is here that Alexandra and Marissa embarked on their second project together. Marissa created a 21-Day transformation programme that had the option for food to be delivered, and naturally she wanted to work with Alexandra. At this time, Lunch2U was known as Food Matters.
At the end of 2018, with plant-based diets gaining popularity, and the fact the two knew the benefits of a predominantly plant-based diet, they launched the Plant Power Cleanse. As demand for the cleanse grew month on month, Marissa and Alexandra took the plunge and officially became business partners. Today the business is known as NourishMe.
The third addition on this journey was Nadira whom Marissa met over several sweaty sessions at the gym. Nadira’s warm personality, her plant-based lifestyle and her desire to create more awareness surrounding the topic of health and wellness made her a perfect fit. Not to mention, her background in accounting and finance was just what Alexandra and Marissa needed to drive forward.
Together with Alexandra’s passion in the kitchen and love of creating flavorful combinations, Marissa’s penchant for marketing and forming meaningful connections and Nadira’s natural ability to bring structure to chaos, the ultimate trio was formed.
At NourishMe we want to make healthy eating affordable, accessible and most importantly delicious. We believe that a predominantly plant-based diet has a multitude of benefits for health and wellbeing and we’ve taken that step to create dishes that are balanced and loaded with flavour. We’re not saying that you have to become vegetarian, but even just having that one plant-based meal a day can boost your health and ensure that you’re getting the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs to operate.
By making a shift to a more plant-based lifestyle, some of the benefits you may experience are: an increase in energy levels; improve mental clarity and mood; weight management; lower blood pressure and cholesterol; reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes; and healthier hair and skin.
Another major benefit in eating more plant-based foods is to reduce our impact on the environment. The less meat we eat, the less demand there is for factory farmed animals which contribute to global warming. In addition we do our best to reduce our plastic waste. We do not provide plastic cutlery and are always on a quest to find packaging with the least damage to the environment. We also try to work with suppliers who use less packaging.
A passionate team that wants to help people live healthier lives by making better choices and being conscious where their food comes from.
Alexandra is a certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA). Prior to obtaining her certification she worked as a Food Editor for Friedchillies Media where she wrote food articles, hosted online shows and developed recipes for the Friedchillies website. Her love of food and nutrition is showcased in the meals she has created for her current venture, NourishMe, where healthy and balanced lunches are delivered to offices in KL.
Alexandra has also shot a healthy cooking series with Fair Price and Food For Life TV in Singapore and worked as an ambassador with Mission Foods Malaysia and Singapore on their 21-Day Mission by developing recipes for their video and recipe booklet campaign. She has also worked with brands such as Vitagen, Marigold and Maggi to develop nutritionally sound recipes with their products and writes health articles for magazines such as Shape, Her World and Flavours. Additionally, she conducts nutrition workshops and cooking demos and has worked with clients such as Maybank, AIG, Maxis, Cold Storage, US Potato, Citibank, Horlicks, Euro-Atlantic and Northwest Cherries.
Her passion for spreading the message of eating healthy throughout the region was seen in her role as regional head of operations for Healthify Me, a health and fitness app which allows users the benefit of having a nutritionist and fitness trainer work with you to achieve your goals.
When not working on the healthy food business, Alexandra caters gourmet food for any occasion with her catering arm Chefspiration or is at home cooking up new recipes which she tests on her two little girls, Ava and Via.
Marissa Parry has been in the health and wellness industry since 2008. She became an expert in health and wellness because she understands how good nourishing your body with quality food and feeling fit and strong feels.
Marissa is a certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer and Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist from the School of Natural Health Sciences and a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA).
Marissa and her husband are owners of Malaysia’s most renowned Capoeira school, Casa do Capoeira. Their training facility has been operating for over a decade and together they have taught and inspired hundreds of children and adults, and have affiliate schools across Asia.
At the end of 2018, Marissa moved from offering nutrition advice to supplying healthy food. She joined forces with Alexandra at NourishMe bringing her knowledge of food to life. Together they created Malaysia’s first plant-based cleanse.
In 2015, Marissa co-founded PurelyB.com, she was the Health and Wellness Director and a key content contributor, writing on a range of topics covering fitness, nutrition and wellness. She designed an online programme helping to transform people’s health. She appeared on a 12-series programme, B-Healthy, on Astro Bella.
Marissa’s passion for inspiring a healthy lifestyle can be seen on a fitness app, Fio, as she is one of the instructors that designs workouts and delivers talks on nutrition and wellness. She is also an instructor in one of the leading boutique gyms in Malaysia, Fire Fitness.
Marissa is no stranger to the corporate world, spreading her passion for health and wellness by giving talks and conducting workshops. Her topics range from nutrition to sustainable living, a cause she is very passionate about. Some of the corporations she has worked with are Sime Darby, Brunsfield, CIMB, Citibank, Maxis, Astro, Institute of Australian Chartered Accountants, Digi, Hong Leong, Financial Accreditation Agency.
She has also been a spokesperson for brands such as Taste Australia, Taste New Zealand, Sime Darby: City of Elmina, Mission Foods and Emborg.
Marissa’s life is centered around family, fitness & food. Her children are pivotal in many of her decisions. She strives to be a good role model for them, and this can be seen with the way she lives her life and hopes to inspire others.
Living by the saying “Health is Wealth,” Nadira left the corporate world as a management consultant to pursue her passion in the health and wellness industry. She got certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) back in May 2019 and has been teaching in one of the top boutique gyms in Kuala Lumpur known as ClubAloha. She is also an Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Certified Health Coach in line with her hopes to be more holistic in her offerings. She met Marissa back in 2018 sweating it out in the same fitness class, quickly became friends and then was introduced to Alexandra. Fast forward a year, with a little magic * pooof *, soon joined Nourish Me in Nov 2019 to form the ultimate trio that is running the business today.
Being a huge foodie, Nadira founded Yougosmoothiebowl KL in 2018, a plant-based snack company providing healthy treats that are kind to the body and the planet, that hopes to educate people that healthy does not mean boring. Her big array of snacks include smoothie bowls, granola, cakes & ice cream.
Two years in the health and wellness industry, Nadira has been fortunate enough to be engaged as a coach to some corporate wellness programmes held by RHB Bank and Bank Islam. Being a believer of holistic health, she also has ventured out into co-hosting the Safe Space Retreat, a wellness retreat created by women for women for two years running. She is also not foreign to the eyes of the masses, having coached a large group of individuals in two consecutive seasons of Kementrian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM)'s latest 8-week initiative, Bukan Soal Kurus, in hopes to keep Malaysians active in this on-going pandemic.
Her passion for the healthy lifestyle can be seen in her day-to-day activities feeding friends and family wholesome desserts and a whole lot of smiles. From being an ex-state swimmer for Selangor, to a management consultant, to a plant-based snack maker, a gym-instructor, a health coach and an operations manager at NourishMe, there is nothing Nadira will not try to achieve in order to improve her life and the life of others around her.