HEALTHY PANTRY ESSENTIALS

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Keeping a well-stocked pantry is an important tool in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If your pantry is filled with good-for-you foods, there’s no excuse to not cook healthy and wholesome meals. With that being said, I’m sure you’re aware of what happens if your pantry is filled with foods high in fat, sodium, and sugar… I once tried the “out of sight, out of mind” method by hiding a bag of chips on myself and guess how well that worked out?

Below are some of my go-to healthy pantry essentials:

1. Organic Cacao Nibs, the perfect granola topper

2. Bee Pollen, nature’s most complete food

3. Quinoa, not a grain but a gluten-free seed

4. Dates, the key to homemade energy bars & squares

5. Chia Seeds, high in fibre to regulate our movements

6. Coconut Oil, not only a food staple but a beauty must-have {cold-pressed is best}

7. Hemp Seeds, packed with 80% essential fatty acids

8. Low-Sodium Organic Vegetable Stock, always convenient to have on hand

9. Walnuts, an essential addition to salads and smoothies and squares, oh my!

“With a well-stocked pantry, great meals can be completely spontaneous.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

HOMEMADE COCONUT OIL HAIR TREATMENT

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Well here it is, my first “healthy lifestyle” post! As important as it is to maintain a healthy and nutrient-rich diet, I believe it is equally as important to focus on the bigger picture, our body as whole. This is where holistic living and lifestyle come in to play. What is a holistic lifestyle? To put it simply, it is a lifestyle that balances emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

A hair treatment might seem a tad frivolous but I believe that taking care of our bodies – inside and out – will make us feel great physically and also boost morale {insert Bear Grylls joke here}.

Coconut oil boasts an abundance of benefits and many uses; from cooking and baking to body lotion and makeup remover. For more ways to incorporate oil into your daily beauty routine, click here.

The Ingredients {Yield: 1 hair treatment Total Time: 30 minutes}

  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut oil, depending on hair length
  • 1/2 teaspoon essential oil {I used: lavender oil, but there are many options including tea tree, eucalyptus, sage, chamomile…}

The Directions

1. If your coconut oil is solid, heat gently in a pan on low until liquid. Transfer to a bowl and add essential oil

2. Scoop oil in hands and run through hair, making sure to spread from root to tip. Clip hair away from face and leave in just as you would a leave-in conditioner, for 30-60 minutes

3. Wash and style as normal. Voila! Soft, shiny, and hydrated hair

*Note, some may find the coconut oil difficult to rinse. If this is the case, mix a scoop of baking soda into your regular shampoo for a homemade clarifying shampoo to help rid of any excess oil

ROASTED BEET + KALE SALAD

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Winter is fast approaching and with it comes comfort foods. And don’t get me wrong, I am all in favour of a hearty veggie chili, a creamy soup with homemade croutons, or a pasta dish with a fresh out-of-the-oven loaf of bread. We are preparing to hibernate, after all.

In winter, we tend to develop a lower level of happiness, called ennui. This feeling is often described as listlessness and dissatisfaction, which we feel most when the weather is cold, wet, and dark.  Because of this, many people will feel an overall heaviness, both physically and emotionally. To rid ourselves of this state, it is recommended to get about 20 minutes of sun exposure, incorporate exercise, and reduce sugar intake {incorporated with many comfort foods}, each and every day.

The roasted beet & kale salad offers sweetness from the beets and dried cranberries while also incorporating savory flavours from the goat cheese and walnuts, catering to all of your winter-induced cravings while keeping it light and healthy overall.

The Ingredients {Yield: 2 servings Total Time: 40 minutes}

  • 6 beets
  • 6-10 leaves kale {I used: purple kale}
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • handful crumbled goat cheese
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar & olive oil mixture

The Directions

1. Cut beets into quarters and add olive oil to coat, plus a dash of coarse salt {feel free to use a lot of olive oil as you can use the leftover beet-infused oil in the vinaigrette}

2. Roast beets in oven at 375 degrees F for approx. 25 minutes or until tender

3. While beets are roasting, juice oranges and mix with balsamic vinegar in a pan over low heat, reduce slightly

4. Once beets are ready, whisk together leftover olive oil, orange juice, and balsamic

5. In a bowl, place all ingredients {except goat cheese} and toss with vinaigrette. Add cheese last, so as not to completely soften. Eat up!

*This post is dedicated to my mama, the wellness & coaching warrior goddess

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