May 2019

It wasn't until my early 20's that I started caring about my body and how I looked. I was dieting, over-exercising, and allowing the number on the scale to define my worth. This obsession took a toll on my health. My hormones were out of whack, my hair was falling out, I was experiencing anxiety for the first time, and I was exhausted.  It wasn't until a year later when I finally told myself enough was enough. These habits weren't contributing to the quality of my life, and they were definitely not helping me maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle. Health on the Horizon During my recovery, I would find myself on the computer researching healthy recipes and learning everything and anything I could about health and nutrition. Internet blogging was growing in popularity, and this wealth of knowledge was my outlet. I immediately started to put things into practice, and for the first time in a long time, I felt as

Ingredients 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup raw nuts, chopped (I used almonds and walnuts) 1/2 cup raw seeds (I used pumpkin seeds) 1/3 cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped 1/3 cup mix-ins (I used Buddha Brands Cheeky Chocolate Coconut Chips) 1/2 cup applesauce 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 tbsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp sea salt Instructions Preheat oven to 300º F Combine oats, nuts and/or seeds, mix-in, sea salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir to blend. Pour in the applesauce, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well until every oat and nut/seed is lightly coated. Pour the granola onto a pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola will further crisp up as it cools. Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed before breaking it into pieces and stirring in the dried fruit and other mix-ins. Store

Ingredients 1 cup frozen cherries 1/2 cup frozen pineapple 1 cup Buddha Brands Coconut Water 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt Toppings of your choice: nuts, seeds, mint, Buddha Brands Coconut Chips Instructions In a blender, blend the cherries, pineapple, yogurt and coconut water. Transfer the mixture into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the coconut chips and any other toppings on your smoothie bowl. Enjoy!   Check out @sareenasfood for more delicious recipes!

Ingredients 1 cup Thirsty Buddha Fair Trade Organic Coconut Water 1 cup coconut milk 2 tbsp chia seeds 1/2 small avocado (or 1/4 large) 1/4 banana (can omit for lower sugar option!) 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice 2 big handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, etc!) ice   Instructions Blend and enjoy! Top with hemp hearts and your favourite Buddha Brands Coconut Chips!   To get more recipes from Christine, check out her Instagram page @christnehalbert   Want to learn more about our Brand Ambassadors or become one yourself? Check it out here.