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How to Stay Productive While Working from Home

Many of us had a pre-COVID work schedule that consisted of waking up, getting ready, commuting, working, and then going home at the end of the day. We repeated this 5 times a week and built a consistent routine around it.

So, what happens when suddenly we are asked to work from home? — Our routine gets thrown out the window. Humans are creatures of habit, and if we must rely on self-discipline to create a new routine we aren’t used to, it can leave us feeling distracted, lazy, unproductive, unmotivated, and more.

I have been working from home a couple of days a week for the past three years, so luckily this “new normal” isn’t so new to me; however working from home every day of the week? THAT threw me for a loop, and it took me a few weeks to get myself back on track.

Some of the biggest challenges people face when working from home include:

  • Lacking a proper morning or daily routine
  • No dedicated office or workspace
  • Missing social connections
  • Not knowing when to “shut down”

Of course, working from home also has its benefits, its just a matter of building a routine that will allow you to thrive in a home office environment. Let’s help you get there!

Blog Posts, Recipe Posts

Fluffy Banana Mesquite Pancakes

By: Mariella Irivarren, Part-Owner of Miski Organics

Gluten Free & Vegan

*Makes 12 small Pancakes (4” diameter)*

Sometimes I just crave a fancy breakfast, and for me, that means PANCAKES!

Pancakes remind me of Sunday morning breakfast with my family. It reminds me of a good time, good food, and good company. All my life however, I viewed pancakes as a “treat”, a “cheat meal”, and an overall unhealthy breakfast choice’ so I would limit how often I had them.

A few weeks back I had a massive craving for pancakes, so I set out to create a version that would be good for my taste buds and my health. Using incredible superfoods I have in my pantry, I was able to create ones that were fluffy, tasty, and a little sweet – just how I like them!

These pancakes are easy to make and easier to eat; and if you’ve got little one’s at home – guaranteed they’ll love them too!

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Chocolate Power Protein Smoothie

Gluten Free & Vegan

*Makes One Individual Serving*

For the last two years I have made a delicious chocolate protein smoothie that I LOVE. Since Miski Organics introduced their new Tara Protein Powder however, I wanted to see if I could recreate my favourite go-to smoothie with one that incorporates Tara, and a variety of other superfoods.

Well… I did it! I was able to recreate this delicious, chocolatey, dessert-like smoothie with all the superfoods and zero guilt! This smoothie tastes like melted chocolate ice cream, seriously. It can be as thick or as runny as you’d like, and more or less chocolatey based on your taste buds.

I love making smoothies because they are so simple yet so nutritious and filling. For this recipe I used natural ripe banana powder instead of regular bananas (they always seem to go brown on me), and it also uses sacha inchi powder and sacha inchi butter to give it a nutty flavour, without the nuts!

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Nut-Free Super Energy Bars

Nut Free, Gluten Free & Vegan

*Makes 12 regular bars*

In an effort to keep my snacking under control, I had the urge to make something sweet, crunchy, tasty, filling, HEALTHY, and all-around satisfying. Inspired by the famous GLO Bars from Oh She Glows, I wanted to challenge myself to re-create these using new ingredients and ramping up the superfoods.

Following the base recipe from Oh She Glows, I was able to substitute several ingredients with my favourite Miski Organics Superfoods and even added a few extra items to suit my taste… and let me tell you, the end result did not disappoint!

This super-charged energy bar is loaded with plant protein, fiber, amino acids, antioxidants, omegas and so much more! They are easy to make and easy to eat, and they’ll become your new go-to health snack. Don’t worry if you do not have some of these superfoods at home, I have provided some easy substitutes at the end of the post.

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Entrepreneurship Posts

How To Create A Powerful Vision Board

“Looking at your board on a daily basis will motivate you and give you energy that will be reflected in your daily actions, therefore getting you one step closer to achieving your goals.”

Perhaps you have never though about creating a vision board, or you are the type of person who makes one every year. Vision boards can be an incredible motivation tool for anyone working towards a set of goals.

You see, the power of visualization is real, and when we envision ourselves reaching our goals on a daily basis, we are more likely to act on those goals and therefore allow the vision to manifest itself.

So, if you are someone who is needing a little extra motivation and wants to achieve something greater, I suggest you get to work and get creative.

Its worth noting that a vision board can be done in many forms. Some people will literally grab a foam core board, others may use cork walls, wall painting, digital versions, etc. Regardless of how you decide to make your vision board, the important thing is that its prominent and visible EVERY SINGLE DAY.

If you make a board and leave it inside a drawer or make an electronic one and save it on your computer folders never to be seen again, it defeats the purpose of doing one in the first place!

Let’s go over how you can make a truly powerful vision board:

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Peanut Butter Berry Energy Protein Smoothie

*Makes 1 Smoothie Serving*

One of my tried and true smoothie recipes is this delicious combo. When we combine simple ingredients with supplemental health products and nutritionally dense superfoods, it makes the health value of this smoothie skyrocket without compromising taste!

Did you know that Camu Camu powder has 40 times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange? Yup! So adding just a little bit in a smoothie can significantly improve your vitamin intake.

In the case of Maca powder, this superfood is known for increasing energy, as well as helping the body regulate its hormones naturally, among other benefits. Another addition where a little goes a long way!

If you don’t happen to have either of these superfoods in your pantry, that’s ok. You can stick to the four key and simple ingredients in this smoothie, and the taste will remain the same. 😉

Enjoy!

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Blog Posts, Health & Wellness

New Year, New You!

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

The holidays have come and gone and with that most some of us are feeling relaxed and rested. The season comes with family time, travel, good food, food, and more food. Even the best of us crack a little over the holidays, I mean, how could you not?!? – And so the journey towards bouncing back to our December 1st selves begins.

Over the holidays we often let ourselves fall into a downward spiral and tend to make excuses for our poor food (and beverage) choices with the idea that once the New Year starts, it will all go back to normal – But does it? Most people who make New Year resolutions around their health lose motivation shortly after and revert back to their old habits. Why is that?

When we constantly feel that we are being deprived of what we enjoy, exercising seems like a chore, we aren’t seeing results quickly enough and don’t have the right mindset or motivation to keep going, our head (and stomach) tell us to throw in the towel.

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5 Minute Mug Brownie (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

*Makes 1 personal-sized brownie*

Have you ever felt like needing something sweet but being too lazy to bake something? Me too! Several times in fact.

I have seen multiple videos on Facebook of amazing desserts being made in mugs, so one lazy evening when I really wanted a brownie but didn’t want to go through the hassle of baking a whole tray, I decided to make my own personal brownie in a mug!

Looking through my kitchen cupboards, I grabbed whatever I could find that would help me create a brownie-like treat, and after testing it a couple of times after (and eating it too 😉) is how this recipe came to be.

This no-fuss chocolatey brownie takes no more than 5 minutes to make, and all it uses is a mug and a measuring spoon.

How’s THAT for an easy dessert?

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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 last 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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