5 Ways To Be A little Bit Healthier

Sometimes making a health change can be intimidating, overwhelming and can have you running for the hills! Changing up your diet, creating an exercise routine, or trying out a juice cleanse are all beneficial but starting off slow with small, simple changes will make your health journey a lot more enjoyable and maintainable for the long run. Here are my top 5 tips on simple ways you can begin to live a healthier lifestyle.

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  1.  Walk More: I know we are all guilty of this but it is something that can make a significant difference in your day. Aiming to walk even just 15-20 minutes more than you usually do each day can bring in positive side effects. Walking is highly underrated, it is a form of low impact, low intensity cardio that brings along benefits to your cardiovascular health as well as mental health. Feeling stressed or anxious?...go for a walk, feeling tired?....go for a walk! Most people can spare an extra 10-15 minutes per day instead of a coffee break or a mindless scroll through social media, why not commit that time to taking an afternoon walk to clear your mind and get some exercise. Doing this 2-3 times per week can add in an extra 30-60 minutes of activity to your week by simply going for a walk. If your day is too busy to spare an extra 10 minutes, how about parking your car far away from where you need to be or how about offering to go for the coffee run for your co-workers, the options are endless!
  2. Think Positively: We all know the benefits that being positive brings, feeling happier, newfound appreciation, stress reduction etc.. but how do you get to that point where positive thinking comes naturally?...Practice! That's right, just like any other skill or activity it takes practice and consistency to see results but they are 100% worth it once you get there. It may seem hard at times when your environment is filled with people who seem to have that "negative forcefield" around them but trust me it can be done. Starting your day by writing down 3 things that you are grateful for is the first step, over time this practice will come automatically and you will be thinking about gratitude each and every day. Another tip is to take any negative experiences and think about how this could be a lesson in life, take a step back, breathe deeply and know that you have the right to be happy in this moment. We all have the equal right and opportunity to be happy, it all comes down to you and how you want to live your life. 
  3. Drink More Water: Simple but worth a mention, we ALL know that we should be drinking more water but do we.....no! But we should, a large percentage of our bodies are made up of water which means we need to keep it hydrated in order to properly function. What I commonly hear from everyone is that water is boring, or they don't have time....well, my suggestions are to make your water interesting, add in frozen berries, lemon or lime juice, fresh mint, cucumber slices, orange slices, the list goes on. Another tip is to get a water bottle with a time tracker on it, or make one yourself with a sharpie and your favourite bottle. Aim to drink a certain amount of water by a certain time of day and before you know it, it will be all gone. Lastly another tip is to eat water rich fruit such as watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew as a snack to get in some extra hydration in between meals. 
  4. Meal Prep: Meal prepping doesn't mean having to portion out every ounce of every meal for a week straight but instead provides healthy options on hand for when life gets busy or when you need an on the go meal and don't have time to prepare it. Having healthy options on hand is a lifesaver for both meals and snack time. Some of my favourite staples to cook in large batches are quinoa, beans (made in my instant pot), chopped up fruit and vegetables, bliss balls (dates/oats/coconut/protein powder), baked sweet potatoes and some healthy treats such as muffins, raw desserts or simply some dates to keep my sweet tooth at bay. If mornings are your busiest time I would suggest overnight oats as a quick and healthy on the go breakfast. 
  5. Set Up A Morning Routine: Do you ever wake up feeling rushed, tired, uninspired..... and forget about breakfast..., you're just hoping your pants are on straight! We have all been there but organizing a specific morning routine for yourself can not only benefit your morning mood but can also have profound effects on your entire day ahead. An effective morning routine doesn't have to take long, but it does have to be consistent. I aim to spend the first 10 minutes that I wake up sipping on some water and writing down 3 things that I am grateful for (ties into #2), I then get out of bed and move my body, I stretch, do some morning yoga if I'm feeling up to it or if I have time I will get in a quick walk or workout to move my body. It's important to make your morning routine specific to YOU, waking up an extra 30 minutes earlier to spend some time dedicated to YOU and only YOU, doing something you love and that makes you happy in that time. Once you get into your routine each day it will become easier and you may even find you want to wake up earlier to fit in more YOU time.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam Recipe

What do you do when you have a ton of rhubarb to use up...make jam! Obviously :) 

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This recipe is very simple and makes enough to last about 1 week so there is no need to prep a bunch of jars and go through with the usual complicated jam making protocol. This jam is also so much healthier than any other recipe I have tried in the past as it only requires a few simple ingredients and is completely vegan and refined sugar free...WIN! 

All you are going to need for this recipe is the following..

  • 2 cups finely chopped rhubarb (I like to use the smaller stalks)
  • 2 cups fresh chopped strawberries (you can also use frozen)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Method

  1. Combine the rhubarb, strawberries, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, continue to stir. 
  2. Once the jam has thickened, add in the chia seeds and stir again until well combined. 
  3. Remove from heat and transfer the jam into a medium sized mason jar and let cool completely. 
  4. Once cool, store in the fridge for up to a week. 
  5. I like to use this jam on top of my homemade buckwheat bread, on top of smoothie bowls, oatmeal bowls and so much more! 

Simple Potato & Bean Curry

This recipe is probably one of the most adaptable recipes out there! So many ways to create your unique twist on it or simply enjoy as is. It only requires a few ingredients but tastes absolutely amazing! Not to mention, is also completely healthy and full of plant based protein, fibre, and minerals. 

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All you are going to need are the following ingredients...

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 stalks of fresh kale (can also use spinach)
  • 1 can of white kidney beans (no salt)
  • 2 large yellow potatoes (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 can cherry tomatoes (no salt)
  • 1 tbsp good quality curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley to taste
  1. Finely chop the onion, carrot, red pepper, chopped potatoes and water sauté until soft and fragrant, add in the curry powder, garlic powder and stir together. 
  2. Add in the canned kidney beans, frozen peas, fresh chopped kale (stem removed), coconut milk, cherry tomatoes and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 15 minutes. 
  3. Cook until the potatoes are soft, add in the salt and pepper to taste, an additional squeeze of lemon juice and top with the fresh torn parsley
  4. Enjoy with a side salad or grains of your choice, this is good with quinoa or brown rice as a side dish. 

Don't Overcomplicate Health

Im guessing Im not the only one who thinks health is overcomplicated these days, you don’t have to swear off unhealthy foods for life, live in a yoga temple and drink green juice 24/7 to be healthy. Its simply moving towards a lifestyle that is going to nourish your mind body and soul in a way that is not only sustainable but enjoyable for you too. Some simple tips to live by and slowly implement into your daily routine would be…

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  1. Practice self love, this is not always easy and takes time and practice but doing something every day that makes you happy will go a long way, even if its just 5 minutes a day, write in a journal, take a bath or schedule some YOU time. It's so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself with others or getting down on yourself with social media, magazines and other mass media channels constantly telling you you aren't good enough, fit enough or have the newest fashions. I'm here to tell you that you have every right to be completely in love with yourself, its not easy to embrace yourself at all times but with practice it gets easier, and trust me its worth it to free your mind of thinking you aren't good enough. 
  2. Eat more whole foods, think whole fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, things that come from the earth and will provide your body wth instant nourishment from phytonutrients, water, fibre, antioxidants, minerals and more! Whole foods help and support every system in your body from the inside out and will have your skin glowing and radiant. 
  3. Get enough good quality sleep, nowadays this is definitely becoming more and more important, even if we do get enough sleep, the quality of sleep is just not as good as it once was. I suggest turning off all technology 1-2 hours before bed, creating a relaxing environment in your bedroom with essential oils and soft lighting from salt lamps etc. As well as keeping the room temperature cool for a good nights rest. 
  4. Drink more water! This one is obvious but majority of our population is dehydrated, being dehydrated can cause you to think you are hungry when you are actually just thirsty, can cause headaches, can decrease your energy levels and can impact your skin health so drink up! When cravings start to kick in, try downing a large glass of water instead and see how you feel. 
  5. Practice stress reducing activities, this includes meditation, yoga, stretching, deep breathing or anything else that helps create more calm in your mind. Being stressed is one of the top leading causes of inflammation, weight gain and disease and can be fixed with a simple 5-10 minute meditation done daily. The benefits from this come over time and consistency so taking a step back to breathe deeply every day can drastically impact your overall health and stress levels. There are a ton of great free apps for guided meditations if you are new to meditating or if you are a meditating regular try extending your practice for an additional 5-10 minutes and see how you feel 
  6. Move Your Body, exercise is such a beneficial activity for your body and mind, this doesn’t have to be intense exercise done daily but instead a way of movement that you personally love doing, going out for a walk, going for a run, going for a bike ride, doing yoga, pilates, weight lifting or challenging yourself to a fun group fitness class, the possibilities are endless and so are the health benefits. 
  7. Spend time with loved ones, taking time to talk to people who are important to you each day can play a huge role in your health and happiness, weather that be a phone call to a distant relative or a breakfast date with a friend, we are social beings and crave a connection with likeminded people, this can help reduce stress and create a sense of overall wellbeing and balance in your life. 

Simple Vanilla Coconut Chia Pudding

This recipe right here is one of my weekly go to's when meal prepping for a busy week. It's simple to make and tastes absolutely amazing, not to mention is filled with countless health benefits :) 

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Chia seeds are one of the highest plant based sources of omega 3 Fatty acids, iron, protein, calcium and fibre. They provide long lasting energy, help your skin glow and will keep you full for a busy day ahead. I try and include chia seeds into my daily routine and this recipe is the perfect way to do that! 

All you will need is the following....

Recipe makes 3 servings 

  • 1 can light coconut milk (look for a BPA free can if possible)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
  • dash of cinnamon (optional) 
  1. Pour the can of coconut milk into a large bowl or jar, add in the remaining ingredients and mix well with a whisk or fork.
  2. Set in the fridge to thicken, I like to take it out about 5 minutes later and whisk again to avoid any clumps but you don't have to do that.
  3. Let sit for at least 15-20  minutes until thick 
  4. I like to serve the chia pudding with some fresh or frozen berries and granola but the options are endless. 
  5. Recipe will store for a week in the fridge which makes this recipe great for meal prep, simply portion the chia puddings into 2 or 3 separate jars with a lid and take with you on the go. 

That Time I Went To Ecuador

I was scrolling through facebook the other day and a memory popped up on my feed saying it had been 1 full year since I had left to go volunteer in Ecuador for 3 weeks. This trip was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life so I thought a blog post about it would be a good idea for anyone who is interested in volunteering in the future and also for me to relive such an amazing trip. 

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I found out about the volunteer company through my local college and immediately fell in love with the opportunity and I knew it was what I needed to do. The company was called VESA for those interested, they have about 4 different locations they volunteer in and each one is an incredible experience depending on what you are looking for. What made me drawn to Ecuador was that I have always had this fascination with the Amazon Rainforest and all of its beautiful creatures within. Being vegan myself and knowing the horrors of the destruction in the amazon rainforest from animal agriculture and grazing, I knew that I needed to see it with my own eyes before there is no rainforest left. That and I have always wanted to go to South America and experience the culture, the food and all of its beautiful landscapes. The original trip was 2 weeks long, one spent volunteering and the other spent traveling to a few different cities and adventuring around. There was an option to extend it for an additional week, and I knew that 2 weeks wouldn't be long enough so I went for the full 3 week adventure. This was my first solo trip as well so at first I was nervous but I soon fell in love with the freedom and responsibility of travel and navigating my ways. 

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The first week of volunteering was both amazing and extremely tiring. We were split up in 2 groups (there was 30 of us total) and half were put on hole digging duty, and the others on teaching english to the young children in the small village we were in. I started out with digging holes, we had to dig 6 foot deep  x 6 foot wide holes with half broken shovels, heavy rains and intense 40 degree C. rainforest heat in order to build bathrooms in this community. The volunteer company has been helping to bring more sanitation to the locals to avoid illness due to bacteria by building these small bathrooms for each family. We worked the entire day, and they provided us meals throughout (thankfully they offered vegan options for me) and at the end of the day we often went to explore the community and get to know each other. On the days where I taught english to the kids it was such a heartwarming feeling seeing them beyond excited to learn from us. These kids showed up wearing no shoes and had nothing in there possession but frankly they were the happiest kids I have ever seen in my life. That goes to show what is truly most important in life, I think everyone could learn a few lessons from these kids. We did arts and crafts (which ended up being a day of face painting) and practices both numbers and letters with them. When we were back on the hole digging days, the kids were so excited that we were there they were offering to help by pushing the wheelbarrows and grabbing us snacks and water when we needed it. Even though it was hot, sweaty, muddy and cramped being stuck in a 6 foot deep hole with a group of people I had only met a few days earlier, it was one of the funnest experiences i've had, even though I fell in the mud countless times...this did result in very smooth skin though from the amazonian clay we dug through.....haha. It was sad to say goodbye to this community we grew so close to but at the end of the week I was pretty excited to start traveling around more and seeing some of the beautiful sights around the country. We were still split in two groups at this point, half of the group went to do a week in the jungle and stay in a jungle lodge so now it was out turn. We had an 8 hour hike through the amazon rainforest which was both absolutely incredible and terrifying at the same time. We had to ensure we were covered head to toe as around every corner there is something that is either poisonous or will leave you sick for days if it bites you! We got to see some beautiful insects and animals from bright blue butterflies to toucans flying high above us. The guides who were leading the way by cutting through the trees taught us all about the medicinal uses of the jungle plants and the healing benefits they provide. Once we got to the lodge after 8 hours of intense hiking in the heat, we all jumped in the river and enjoyed the water. We had a huge bonfire, spent the night cocooned in bug nets, scared of being poisoned and enjoyed each others company and the fact that we were completely and 100% off the grid. We got to experience being cleansed by a shaman, got to make chocolate from fresh cacao beans, went on a nighttime river cruise to watch the creatures in the river, went tubing down the amazon river and saw some pretty huge spiders lurking in the trees. I probably still have toxic residue from the amount of bug spray we used to keep the bugs away.....lol.

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When the jungle trek was over we piled up into a small van and drove to one of Ecuador's larger cities which is called Banos. We stayed at a beautiful hostel which was set right at the bottom of a waterfall and hd 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. At this point the weather was a bit colder due to the higher altitude. This city holds so many memories for me, I took the brave leap and decided to go bridge jumping...probably never again....but i'm so glad I did it, I got my first tattoo along with some of the other volunteers, I went swinging off the famous "Swing Off The Edge Of The World", I ate some incredible Ecuadorian plant based cuisine , and explored all the local shops and landmarks around town. 

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The food itself deserves a whole blog post but ill keep it short, one of my favourite foods we ate there most were plantains. We ate them fried, as chips, mashed, made into patties...you name it! I have always loved plantains but this trip I fell in love with them on a whole other level. I also ate a lot of lentils, avocado, salad, incredible sweet fruit and fruit juices (the one below was fresh papaya orange juice-so good), and popcorn soup! (which apparently is very common there). 

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It was a sad goodbye for those who weren't coming on the extension week of the trip, I had made some amazing friends those first two weeks and it was hard knowing they weren't coming the extra week of the trip. This did however leave us with a smaller group which was easier to bond with each other and was a bit less chaotic at times. 

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We left the hostel in a smaller van and set off for our last week of adventures. We had a pretty full schedule and were staying somewhere new each night which really made you feel like a true backpacker at times. We visited the Quilotoa crater first, hiked down to the lake which took about an hour and went kayaking once we reach the bottom. Kayaking in the middle of a crater was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, the lake was so still and such a bright teal colour it almost didn't seem real. We ended up riding donkeys on the way back up since it would have been another few hours of hiking to get back up. 

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Our next day was spent a bit higher up in altitude, which for some made for an unpleasant experience but thankfully I was prepared with all the natural remedies I could bring ranging from oregano oil to ginger capsules to help with nausea so I felt fine. Being that there was no hot water though was a bit tough now that it was get colder the higher up we went. We then made it to go visit the Cotopaxi Volcano. We were staying at a beautiful hostel again called The Secret Garden Cotopaxi which almost looked like a scene from Lord Of The Rings. There were gardens everywhere and small hobbit houses set inside the mountain sides. We hiked around the area to go see some waterfalls and then spent the next day hiking up the volcano. This was incredible but SO COLD! The wind was so strong, it was both raining and hailing and it felt like my feet were numb the whole way up, by the time we got to the top, most of us couldn't breathe due to the high altitude and we were 100% drenched head to toe, even though I was wearing 3 pairs of pants! We were greeted at the top with hot chocolate (vegan of course) and couldn't wait to go back down to change our soaked clothes. We weren't too happy at the time but once we dried off we couldn't believe that we had just hiked up an active volcano. We then left and were on the road again to go to Ecuador's capital city which is called Quito. We stayed at another beautiful hostel, met some other travellers, and explored what the city had to offer. We toured the president's house, ate delicious food, explored the churches and at night enjoyed a rooftop dinner overlooking the city. We also got to visit the actual equator line and stand exactly in the middle of the world, which was pretty cool. The gravitational pulls are in opposite directions on each side of the line so being able to see that right before your eyes was unbelievable! 

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Our last few days were spent driving out to the coast of Ecuador. We stayed right by the beach and took a boat ride out to The Silver Island to go see the famous blue footed booby birds native to Ecuador. The boat ride itself was very bumpy but once we got to the small island and hiked around it, the views were worth it. We then got to go snorkelling and look at all of the colourful ocean life around the island. After a few hours of that, we headed back in search of whales, we ended seeing a few passing by which was amazing to see. On our very last day, I woke up early walked along the beach once more, collected some shells and we hopped back on the bus for a full day of driving to get back to the airport and fly home. 

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This trip will always hold a special place in my heart. It was both scary and daunting to go off on my own but what I learned from it was worth it 100%, this country is absolutely beautiful and I hope to go back one day to explore even more of it and I highly encourage you to do so as well. Good things always come from stepping outside of your comfort zone and this trip definitely proved that and much more. 

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I hope you all enjoyed reading my experience there, feel free to comment below with any questions about volunteering you may have xx

How To Create A Fitness Routine You LOVE

This is a topic that so many people ask me about. Creating a fitness routine that actually has you excited and motivated to take part in it and keep you on track. Fitness Routines and Exercise in general is completely bio-indivudial meaning that each and every person will react differently and enjoy different types and styles of training, and that is completely ok! We are all unique and I think that it is so important to listen to your body and do what feels best to you in regards to exercise. Here are some of my tops tips on how to create a routine that you will love and will want to stick to....

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  1. Find a way of movement YOU LOVE

This is the most important point in my opinion, if you absolutely hate weight training and you schedule yourself to do 3-5 weight training sessions per week, see how that could be a problem? You are going to end up hating the gym and skipping over your scheduled workout time because you simply hate it. Instead of thinking that weight training is the only way to reach your goals, search around, do some research and sit down and think about what type of movement makes you happy. Maybe going to yoga in the morning, going for a run, biking around your neighbourhood, doing circuits at home, dancing, group fitness classes or anything else you can think of would be better suited for you. What makes a routine effective isn't the type of training it is, its consistency! if you are showing up to it every week and having fun the results will follow along with it. For me, I have always loved cycling every since I was young so I am always out and about riding my bike and now teach spin classes as well. This keeps me excited and motivated to stick to my routine because I honestly love it. I also really enjoy weight training for the simple fact that it makes me feel strong and unstoppable, pushing my body to its limits is such an amazing feeling and I love the health benefits of it too!

      2. Schedule Your Session & Make It A Priority

If you are wanting to see results and have some consistency with your routine then you will need to schedule it in your calendar. This simple action will make your session more of a priority when you see it written down in a time slot on your calendar. This will also help you organize other daily activities around it to make sure you can fit it in. If a fitness routine is something you are really wanting to implement into your life then have a look at what other daily activities you are doing that you may be able to give up or shorten so that you can fit in a quick session. Once its written in I like to either have my calendar somewhere I can always see it or highlight the sessions with bright coloured pens so that it stands out and reminds me to go workout. 

    3. Try Group Fitness Classes In Your Town

Group fitness classes are such a fun and motivating way to try out new exercise styles and have fun while doing it. Grab a friend to go with, book some classes you have been wanting to try and see what works best for you. There are so many new fun classes to take these days and having a group setting works wonders for staying motivated and introducing a little competitiveness back into your routine :) Whenever I go on a trip anywhere, I love to check out which classes the city offers to get new ideas for workouts and classes for me to teach when I get back home. This is also a great way to make new friends if you don't have many who are into fitness and healthy living, some of my best friends now are people I have met through being in a gym or fitness studio. 

   4. Make Your Goals Realistic

Something I learned from school when studying for my personal training certification was the concept of S.M.A.R.T. goals. What this means is creating goals that are, specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic and timely. Getting very clear on what your goals are and having a specific plan of action on how to get there within a realistic time frame is going to make a world of difference. If you have a goal of say, losing 50 pounds and you want to do that within 1 month, that isn't very realistic and you haven't given yourself any action steps or mini goals along the way to keep you on track. A better way of doing this would be to say you would like to lose 1-2 pounds per week for 2 months by going to the gym 5 times per week. You can then break it down even more by saying what each day at the gym will look like and for how long. By working towards these "mini goals" it's going to seem a lot less overwhelming overall and you will be excited to reach the end of each week and stay on track with your goals. 

   5. Get Clear On Your Why and Your Longterm Vision

Having a strong why and vision for your future is going to be what motivates you each and everyday to get up and stick to your routine. Its not always easy to do this but spending some time thinking about why it is that you are making time to workout is going to push you through those days where you aren't feeling particularly motivated. In saying that, there are going to be days where you don't feel like moving or when life gets in the way and thats 100% ok. Its important not to stress over when this happens, just accept it and move on. We have an entire lifetime to work on our goals so if you need to take a day, a week or even a month off sticking to your routine, then do it. Know in your heart that you can always pick it back up when the time feels right. 

   6. Find Your Ideal Workout Time

This ties into creating your schedule each week but I think its important to also find out if you prefer working out in the morning, afternoon or at night. Each person is different as well as our peak energy levels, some people wake up bright and early ready to smash out a sweaty session me personally) while others feel more energized at later on in the day. Try doing both and feel which session you were able to push harder in and were able to enjoy more too. 

I hope these tips were helpful, if you have any questions about creating a fitness routine feel free to leave them down below, now get to planning that routine :) 

Mint Chocolate "Chip" Blueberry Dream Bowl

 This smoothie bowl right here has been my latest obsession for the past month. All of the flavours blend so well together and tastes more like a desert rather than a meal! That being said, this bowl is jam-packed with plant based whole food nutrition, antioxidants, fibre and will give you long lasting energy to take on your day. 

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This recipe is also extremely simple to make for busy mornings or quick post workout fuel. All you will need is the following....

  • 2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder (I use the chocolate Juice Plus Complete)
  • small handful of fresh mint (you can add in however much you like, but a little goes along way)
  • 1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 tbsp hemp or chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs (these create the "chocolate chip" texture)

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high powered blender until smooth, the texture should be thick so you can eat it with a spoon, if your blender isn't very strong, you may need to add more liquid to blend. 
  2. Enjoy with your favourite toppings such as chopped fruit, nuts, coconut or granola.

My Favourite Chocolate Protein Balls

These are definitely my favourite protein balls to date, but don't worry, I will be posting many more variations if chocolate isn't your thing! 

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These babies have it all, they are sweet, crunchy, a tad bit salty and definitely nutrient dense! They are also very easy to adjust to your taste preferences and substitute ingredients. 

What you will need....

  • 1.5 cups pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup unsalted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1/2 cup plain puffed rice 
  • 1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder of your choice 
  • 1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder 
  • dash of cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

Method....

  1. Blend all ingredients into a food processor until well combined.
  2. Roll into small balls and store in the fridge for up to a week
  3. These can also be frozen for longer storage, enjoy! 

Vegan Sweet Potato crust Pizza

This is probably one of the best pizza crust recipes I've ever tried to make! The addition of sweet potato gives the crust a sweet and fluffy texture that tastes incredible paired with your favourite tomato sauce and veggies. This recipe is also gluten free (Just make sure to use certified gluten free oats). 

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Here's what you will need to make the crust....

  • 3 steamed then mashed medium size sweet potatoes 
  • 2 cups finely ground gluten free oat flour
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Steam then mash the sweet potatoes until smooth, add in all the remains ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine until a smooth dough consistency forms. 
  3. The mixture shouldn't be too sticky, if so add in small amounts of oat flour until a thick dough consistency is reached. 
  4. Roll dough onto a circular pizza pan covered in parchment paper (to ensure it doesn't stick).
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the edged are golden brown. Remove from the oven and top with your choice of tomato sauce and vegetables.
  6. Place back in the oven for an additional 5-8 minutes or until the veggies are cooked. 
  7. I kept it simple with sauce, vegetables and nutritional yeast but this would also taste great with some vegan cheese on top.  

Creamy Strawberry Peanut Butter Bowl

This is definitely one of those recipes that will have you craving more once its finished! The combination of sweet strawberries and creamy peanut butter make this bowl not only incredibly delicious but super healthy and satiating too! All in less than 5 minutes tops. 

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You will need the following ingredients to make this bowl....

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein
  • 1.5 cups coconut water
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds 
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • handful of fresh strawberries for topping
  • handful of your favourite granola for topping

1. blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender until smooth

2. Pour into a bowl and top with fresh sliced strawberries and granola, enjoy! 

Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipe

Welcome to my very first blog post! Such exciting times so I thought I would celebrate with what is one of my all time favourite smoothie recipes. This is not your typical smoothie however, the base is made from steamed and then frozen sweet potatoes and it gives it the most delicious flavour and incredibly creamy texture. This smoothie will have you glowing inside and out due to the high amounts of vitamin A and anti-inflammatory compounds found in sweet potatoes providing you with long lasting energy throughout the day. 

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This recipe is very simple to make but does require some prep ahead of time for the sweet potatoes, I suggest steaming them the night before and pop them in the freezer overnight for the best texture. 

All you are going to need is the following...

  • 1 large steamed then frozen sweet potato (peel if not using organic)
  • 1 large frozen ripe banana
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional but adds a nice flavour)
  • 1 tbsp all natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup coconut water or unsweetened almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional but great for hormone balancing) 

Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. This smoothie works well as a smoothie bowl too, simply pour it into a bowl and top with granola and your favourite fruit. 
  2. Enjoy!