Marysa Theiler

We’re obsessed with hearing about what other people eat all day erryday and we just know that you’re all as curious as we are! There’s something so intriguing about knowing the secrets of a healthy foodie. Follow along with this series where we find out what a wide range of successful health-loving ladies eat in a day.

This week we catch up with the beautiful Marysa Theiler, owner and founder of the popular Ponsonby barre studio, Barrefigure.

Marysa TheilerMarysa is the owner and founder of the popular barre studio Barrefigure, a chic boutique fitness studio in Ponsonby offering targeted body-sculpting classes that fuse principles of ballet barre, Pilates, yoga and strength conditioning. Marysa is also a mum to 11-month-old Alexa and is 3+ months pregnant.

Your go-to brekkie is…

2 slices of Vogel’s Extra Thin with butter, Pic’s Peanut Butter and sliced banana. Or my homemade muesli filled to the brim with cashews, almonds, linseed, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds, coconut, apricots and dates baked with coconut oil and honey. And a glass of freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice from our trees!

Your go-to lunch is…

Smashed avocado with dijonnaise topped with tomatoes, lettuce from the garden, Swiss cheese, salt and pepper. Either as a sandwich, in a roll or on crackers; whatever I can find in the house. If I’m out and about I love a smoothie and cheese scone or healthy salad.

Your go-to dinner is…

On a meatless Monday night, seasonal roast veges – so easy, filling and good for you. These days I try to be organised and make dinner during the day, for example a big pot of Bolognese (loaded with kidney beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots and sometimes even beetroot), which can then last a few meals eaten in tortilla wraps or on rice. I am also getting inspiration from my collection of cookbooks that I’ve never really used for some reason! I’m enjoying the Chelsea Winter one at the moment.

Chelsea Winter BologneseDessert or no dessert…

Def dessert! Have to have something sweet whether it is some home baking, yoghurt and fruit, ice cream or chocolate. Whatever is in the house!

What you reach for when a snack attack hits…

That really varies – cheese and crackers, a piece of fruit or something sweet!

Your fave foodie destination…

Vietnam! Adored the food there and also in Thailand. So fresh, flavourful, fragrant and healthy.

Three foods you can’t live without…

Cheese, nuts and fresh strawberries.

StrawberriesYour ultimate foodie indulgence…

At the moment, it has to be sushi as I’m pregnant and unable to eat it. Def have withdrawal symptoms from it!

The recipe that’ll always get you drooling is…

My “healthy” caramel slice. I like to think it’s a bit healthy with the fruit and nuts on top! I have the ethos about eating everything in moderation. I also think if you are going to bake, do it properly and none of this “substitute sugar for something else” business. That’s just me. My mother is a wonderful baker and cook so I grew up always having sweet treats in the house or gifting homemade baking to friends who were sick or needed some TLC.


Base Ingredients:

1 cup flour

125g butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut

1 tsp baking powder

Slice Ingredients:

1/2 tin condensed milk

1 Tbsp. golden syrup

1 Tbsp. butter


1. Melt, stir and press base ingredients into a lined tin with baking paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until firm/golden.

2. Melt slice ingredients until thick.

3. Pour over base and sprinkle cut up dried fruit/nuts of your choice (walnuts, raisins, chocolate etc.). My go-to combo is chopped almonds, apricot, ginger, coconut and some chocolate drops.

4. Bake for 5 minutes or so. Delicious to eat over a cuppa with friends!

Marysa TheilerConnect with Marysa…

Instagram: @barrefigure

Facebook: Barrefigure