How To Travel More on a Small Budget

How to travel more on a small budget

“How do you travel so much?? ” I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked this question. Of course, what people really mean is ” How do you afford to travel so much?”. The truth is: there are no secrets to being able to travel more often, even with little money. It all comes down to making the choice and making a few sacrifices as well. But, there are a few tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way that can make travelling a lot more affordable than you may think. Today I am finally sharing with you: How to travel more on a small budget

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Why Turning a Year Older Should Be Celebrated Not Dreaded

Celebration

Very recently, I got to turn a year older… This year my birthday was even more special because I was about to enter a new decade. As many twenty-somethings, turning 30 was a “big deal”. And even if you don’t want it to be a big deal, everyone around you constantly reminds you of the fact that: “Wow, you are getting so old, now”.  Yet, to my surprise, the closer I got to the “dreaded” date, the more excited I got! So today, I wanted to share with you: Why turning a year older should actually be celebrated and not dreaded! 

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Top 8 Tips for a Healthy Summer Cookout

Top 8 tips for a healthy summer cookout

That’s it, Summer is officially here. With that come longer days and late nights. And warm longer days often mean spending more time outside and hanging out with friends, family and loved ones at Summer Cookouts, potlucks and picnics. The temptations at those type of events are plentiful but I am here to help you stay on track with your healthy goals all the while enjoying your summer parties and various cookouts. Today’s post is all about my: Top 8 Tips for a Healthy Summer Cookout! Because you can have your cake and eat it too!!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Weight Loss

Effective weight loss

One of the most common questions I get from my clients is: “What can I do to lose weight? I have tried so many diets and yet I always seem to gain the weight right back!” Sounds familiar?

If your answer is “yes”, I am not surprised. Effective weight loss is one of the most popular health goals out there, yet it remains one of the hardest to achieve as well. And why is that? Well, there are many reasons, of course. But one of them is that specific fad diets don’t work. In order to lose weight effectively and in order to keep it off, you need to change your mentality when it comes to the way you feed your body and the way that you take care of it. Once, you follow my tips below, effective weight loss becomes a reality- guaranteed! 

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Easy Creamy Oatmeal Breakfast

Easy Creamy Oatmeal Breakfast

One of my favourite and easy go-to breakfast ideas is the oatmeal. There is nothing like a delicious and creamy oatmeal to keep you fuelled, energized and happy in the morning – until lunch time. I used to think oatmeal was so boring and not tasty at all. But there are many ways to create the perfect and Easy Creamy Oatmeal Breakfast. Today, I wanna share with you one of my favourite ways to create a breakfast that is quick, easy and nutritious.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Healthy Smoothie

Smoothie

As most of you have probably noticed by now, I am totally obsessed with smoothies. I could have a smoothie for breakfast, for dessert, as a healthy snack or even as a post-workout fuel. Don’t worry, not all in one day :p. All jokes aside though, smoothies truly are a powerful way to fuel your body with a ton of healthy nutrients, that is when… done right! They are quick to make, easy to grab on the go and require very little energy to digest (i.e. no food coma). They are the perfect beauty food and taste delicious! Honestly,  smoothies are a win-win situation, but again only when they contain the right ingredients! Indeed, not all smoothies are created equal… 

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How To Eat Healthy: A Holistic Nutritionist’ Tips

How To Eat Healthy

Many of my clients always complain about not knowing how to eat healthy on a regular basis because they believe it is too complicated or it takes too much time to make healthy meals. Well sure, it does take a bit more effort than simply re-heating a pre-made dinner purchased at the supermarket. However, it is SO worth it and a lot easier than you might think. I always tell them if you can learn to reconnect to the concept of real whole foods and simply eat those, you will see amazing results in how you feel and look from the inside out. And sure enough, they always do.

Learning new healthy eating habits is not always easy, however it can be very simple once you know a couple of things. So today, I want to share with you my best tips on: How To Eat Healthy. As a holistic nutritionist, these are my favourite tips to help guide you along the way. I promise you: Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated!

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Sweet & Tangy Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad

Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad

Looking for a quick and refreshing Spring or Summer Salad? Try this Sweet & Tangy Red Cabbage and Carrot Salad! It is delicious and the perfect dish to bring to your Summer potlucks, barbecues and picnics. It sure will not disappoint, I promise you 😉

What makes this salad even more delicious in my opinion is its dressing. The tahini and ginger go so well with the sweetness of the carrots and the bitter taste of the red cabbage. It is the perfect combination. All the ingredients are clean, whole, dairy-free and gluten-free. So it is perfect for those of you who have any allergies or intolerances to dairy or gluten.

Here is what you will need to make this:

Sweet & Tangy Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 red cabbage, shredded
  • 2-3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, and/or crushed walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp of raisins and/or dried cranberries
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 avocado (highly recommend. So tasty with this salad!)
  • Optional 2: 1 Tbsp of sesame seeds

And here are the ingredients you will need for the delicious salad dressing:

Sweet & Spicy Tahini Ginger Vinaigrette

Ingredients: (serves 1-2 persons, so adjust the ingredients for more people)

  • 4 Tbsp of extra virgin sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp of raw (unfiltered) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping Tbsp of tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 Tbsp of tamari sauce (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp of raw honey
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, shredded or finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic, freshly crushed & chopped
  • 1 Tbsp of water (to dilute the dressing a bit. Adjust to your liking)
  • Some sea salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

Place all the salad ingredients into a big salad bowl, adding the avocado and nuts/seeds last.

Whisk all the salad dressing ingredients together until it has reached the creamy consistency that you desire. Pour the salad dressing into the salad bowl. Mix everything together and add the sliced avocado and a couple of sesame seeds on top last. That’s it. It’s ready to enjoy 😉

Bon appétit!

 

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Quinoa Spring Salad

Quinoa Spring Salad

It’s official: Spring is here and it feels oh-so-gooood!! The weather has been delightful this past week in Vancouver and though more rain is coming our way in the next few days.. it is safe to say that Spring has indeed sprung. It’s that time of the year again and we are all loving it! Birds are chirping, sun is shining, flowers are blooming, insects are crawling out and I have started to crave big salad bowls all over again :). Every year, as the season changes, I can sense my cravings change as well. Now that it’s getting warmer outside, my body has been craving more raw foods, fruits, vegetables, smoothies, frozen treats and yes, you guessed it: salads! So today, as my first Spring post, I am sharing with you all one of my all-time favorite salad recipes. This Quinoa Spring Salad is so refreshing, nourishing, delicious and super easy to make and customize to your own liking. 

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