Blog Posts, Recipes

Guilt-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (Vegan, Gluten Free)

*Makes 6 regular muffins or 12 mini muffins*

Sweets are my biggest weakness, and anyone who knows me, knows I have a huge sweet tooth and am often eating and/or baking desserts at home…but mostly eating them.

Recently, I was experimenting with healthier dessert versions that were guilt-free, but could still satisfy my cravings. I happened to have a very ripe banana that was about to go bad, so I decided to put it to good use. This recipe was a total experiment, but I must say, it turned out pretty freaking good on the first try!

These DELICIOUS muffins are light, fluffy and moist; all while being protein dense and super satisfying.
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Entrepreneurship

The Power of Emotional Intelligence

A modified version of this article was originally published on the MPI Toronto Chapter’s MEETING Magazine. To view the original post, please click here.

What is emotional intelligence and why is it so powerful?

Described in the dictionary as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically” – it’s a powerful skill to have if you ask me.

Earlier this year I was encouraged by my manager to take a course on Emotional Intelligence as a way to strengthen my leadership and relationship building abilities. It had been on my radar for a while, and with her support, my employer made it happen.

We all have shining moments as well as areas for improvement, and emotional intelligence was the latter one for me, where this “fault” of mine had affected me in personal and professional settings throughout my life. At times, my outgoing personality, combined with my excitement, passion and talkative persona could easily over take a conversation and unintentionally give people the wrong impression. My overall awareness of the situation and others around could be single-sided, and potentially lead to misunderstandings. — Don’t get me wrong, I am a friendly and kind-hearted person! And anyone who knows me can attest to that… but it’s important to recognize our faults in order to grow and become a better version of ourselves.

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Blog Posts, Health & Wellness Posts

10 Steps to Going Vegan – PART 2

A modified version of this article was originally published on the Miski Organic’s blog. To view the original post, please click here.

This is a continuation of my blog post 10 Steps to Going Vegan – PART 1 where I cover the first steps towards becoming vegan.

STEP 7 – LEARN ALONG THE WAY

  • At first, you might gravitate towards foods you have always eaten and realize they aren’t vegan. Also, you will quickly learn that some foods you wouldn’t even think of have animal-based ingredients in them, such as gelatin and whey. Lastly, eating at restaurants may seem more complicated at first until you understand how to ask for what you want. Luckily, times are changing, and eating vegan is easier than ever! Check out this blog post for the Best Vegan Restaurants in Toronto.

STEP 8 – DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP

  • If you struggle adapting at first, its OK. You are making a HUGE lifestyle change that will take time to adjust. There is no such thing as being perfect. You are making a long-term positive change in your life and any progress you make is considered a win! If you have a solid why, it will be the driving force that helps you stay on track.

STEP 9 – ENJOY THE BENEFITS

  • When done right, eating a plant-based diet can have several positive effects on your body. Results will vary from person to person, but you may naturally lose weight from upping your veggie intake, your skin may clear up from acne by eating real food, your digestion will certainly see an improvement due to the high fiber content in your diet, and you might see an increase in energy because you are better nourishing your body. These are not a guarantee, and it is possible to have an UNHEALTHY vegan diet (Oreos and French fries, anyone?) but as long as you prepare your cruelty-free meals with healthy foods in general, you should experience positive benefits.

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Blog Posts, Health & Wellness Posts

10 Steps to Going Vegan – PART 1

A modified version of this article was originally published on the Miski Organic’s blog. To view the original post, please click here.

Going vegan was probably one of the best decisions I have made. Since becoming one in 2013 I have had several friends and family members reach out wanting to know more about my lifestyle and how it has affected my health. They’ve also asked me for tips and recipes they could follow as they became more conscious of their own choices.

Now, I am not here to shame anyone! – I am here to educate people, share information, be a resource, and encourage others to make better choices for their health & lifestyle, in whichever way works best for them; and I applaud anyone wanting to learn more.

If this is something you have been considering and don’t know how or where to start, this post is for you! So let’s dig into the steps towards adopting a more compassionate diet and lifestyle.

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Recipes

4 Ingredient Protein Ball Recipe

These guilt-free and extra delicious protein balls contain only 4 main ingredients. They are extremely easy to make and are fully vegan and gluten free. –– The perfect snack to appease your sweet tooth!

Earlier this year I decided to do the “30-Days to Healthy Living and Beyond” challenge to reboot my health. The results I experienced were extremely positive, including: increased energy, reduced bloating, cleaner looking skin, weight loss, and overall vitality. The program allowed me to further my knowledge around food sensitivities, as well as identify foods that were not serving my body. Since then, I have been able to maintain healthy and balanced food habits, allowing me to be the healthiest I have been in years.

The program focuses on temporarily eliminating certain foods from your diet, and teaches you how to replace them with healthier alternatives. For me, the hardest part of the challenge was learning to eliminate sugars. Anyone who knows me well knows I have a HUGE sweet tooth, and I do love featuring vegan desserts on my Instagram regularly; but the challenge allowed me to get creative with my recipes and develop a healthier alternative that would relieve my sugar craving without getting off track… and so the protein ball recipe was created!

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Entrepreneurship

7 Steps to Better Networking

A modified version of this article was originally published on the MPI Toronto Chapter’s blog. To view the original post, please click here.

Ahhh, good ol’ networking. The necessary evil that puts us all out of our comfort zone, yet can be so rewarding. How can one master this “art” and use their networking skills effectively to advance themselves on multiple levels?

Some are better networkers than others, and although I am no expert, over my professional career I have been able to put into practice many tips and tricks that have proven to be successful.

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Travel

Six Easy Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

A modified version of this article was originally published on the Miski Organic’s blog. To view the original post, please click here.

As a corporate event planner my job requires me to travel a lot throughout North America and execute all kinds of events. It’s a fun job and I love experiencing new places, however too many days on the road can be exhausting and take a toll on my body at times.

When traveling for work, it isn’t all that glamorous. In fact, most of my travels consist of late nights, early mornings, working countless hours from my hotel room, getting little sleep and lots of jet lag. It’s not a vacation, and time to enjoy each destination is often limited.

Lack of exercise and sleep + lots of airplane, hotel and restaurant food is not the ideal formula to staying healthy while on the road – especially if the trip is lengthy. The simple abundance of food and variety of options also makes overeating very tempting.

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Health & Wellness

My Journey to Health

A modified version of this article was originally published on the Miski Organic’s blog. To view the original post, please click here.

Let me start off by saying that I am in no way a health expert, nutritionist, fitness guru, or any of the likes. I am simply a health-conscious consumer and advocate constantly striving to be my best self, physically and mentally.

Just over 5 years ago I embarked on this journey of self-improvement, and to this day the journey continues. In fact, it is a life-long journey and has become part of my daily practice. No matter what curveballs or difficulties get thrown at me, I strive to remain focused. Although my quest for self-improvement started with the desire to eat better and lose a few pounds, it has become so much more than that.

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