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10 FOODS TO KICKSTART A HEALTHY NEW YEAR ~ JILLIAN HARRIS

January 18, 2017

10 FOODS TO KICKSTART A HEALTHY NEW YEAR ~ JILLIAN HARRIS

Feast your eyes on this!

It's safe to say that 2016 was one for the books, but the anticipation of all that 2017 has to offer is electric - especially when you know there's food (and matcha) involved! We understand that life gets chaotic, but your food definitely does not have to be.

We're sharing Jillian Harris' blog post with you as a little nudge in the right direction. Simple superfoods are on the rise and we guarantee you'll be surprised to find just how easy they can be incorporated into your "New Year, New Me" regime. 

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1. Smoothie Bowls: If you haven’t jumped on the smoothie bowl (or protein bowl) bandwagon yet then you’re missing out!!! The beauty of these meals is that you can add SO many delicious items in ONE bowl with the base of it typically being a smoothie of your choice!!! One of my favourite recipes is the Hawaiian Smoothie Bowl by Fraiche Nutrition … simply for the fact that I LOVE pineapple and coconut, especially for breakfast!!!

2. Veggie Based Smoothies & Fresh Pressed Juice: This is one of the best ways to hit your vegetable quota for the day. You can either add a huge helping of kale and spinach to ANY smoothie … OR you can make a fresh pressed juice out of any vegetable scraps in your fridge! Take a look at my Fiesta Smoothie … it’s jam PACKED with greens including spinach, cilantro, and jalapeno!!!! If you would prefer to rather not make your own smoothie head to The Juicery & Co (or any juice bar in your city) they make amazing (and healthy!!!) juices and smoothies … PLUS they also offer juice cleanses which can be fantastic to jumpstart your new year health kick and get rid of those holiday toxins!!!



3. Hemp & Chia Seeds: Both of these health packed seeds are the perfect addition to any smoothie or smoothie bowl. They help keep you fuller longer and are packed with protein and Omega-6 AND Omega-3 fatty acids!!! These healthy (and VEGAN) Granola Bars, (again) by the brilliant Fraiche Nutrition have 1/2 cup of hemp seeds in them and make the perfect after school snack for the kidlets and for hungry mamas!!!!

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4. Nutritional Yeast: If one of If one of your resolutions this year is to be more plant based, this is a great alternative to cheese!! You can also add it to salads, rice, and pasta dishes and it adds that cheesy flavour but is GOOD for you!!! One of my favourite ways to eat nutritional yeast is on POPCORN!!! Which I tend to indulge in from time to time while watching The Bachelor (make sure to check out my thoughts on Nick’s season premier here!!!) Try this Cheesy Vegan Popcorn recipe … BONUS: It ALSO includes the “Unicorn” spice (AKA Turmeric) … which I talk more about in bullet point #6!!!!

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5. Jackfruit: If you follow me on social media you’ll know that I recently made pulled pork sandwiches BUT instead of using pork, I used JACKFRUIT!!!!!! And guess what??? It was damn good!!! Jackfruit has a VERY similar texture to meat and absorbs flavours beautifully which can easily fool any meat lover!!! Lol!!! Give this BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich a try from Minimalist Baker and let me know what you think!!!! If jackfruit doesn’t tickle your fancy YET … maybe start with something a little bit more simplified like tofu to trick the meat eaters in your family … then slowly work your way up!

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6. Turmeric: Yes … I know it’s a spice but this is one POWERFUL little ingredient to add to your meals AND your drinks. This spice is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is an amazing antioxidant. Take a look at my previous blog for 5 ways to add the unicorn of spices to your life.

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7. Seaweed: Nori is very high in protein and minerals and is known to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. One of my favourite soups that contains Nori is the Eat Your Greens Detox Soup out of the Oh She Glows Cookbook, not only does it taste great but it’s also key to getting your healthy eating back on track!!!

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8. Chickpeas: Look out potato chips … there’s a new snack in town and it’s high in protein and fiber!!!!! That’s right, not only are chickpeas ridiculously good for you but they also taste AMAZING roasted with olive oil, salt, and spices … but watch out … they’re addicting!!!! LOL!!!

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9. Veggie Leaves and Fruit Peels: You’re probably thinking … whattttt the hell is she talking about?!?! Lol!!! Well … this is also known as “Root to Leaf Consumption” and it basically means using all parts of a vegetable or fruit. Such as beets, for example … you can roast beets for a delish and healthy side to your favourite dish PLUS you can also saute the beet leaves for an appetizer that’s loaded with a punch of vitamins (they taste similar to Kale)!!! If you also love oranges and lemons … zest the fruit BEFORE using it and pop it in the freezer, you can then use the zest for salad dressings, desserts, etc … Healthy AND resourceful!!!

10. Matcha: If you love coffee but hate the jitters that come along with it then you HAVE to give Matcha a try!!!! I love withinUs TruOrganic Matcha … not only does this wonderful powdered Japanese green tea give you the boost of energy you look for in that cup of joe, it is also packed FULL of antioxidants … 137 x the amount of antioxidants of regular green tea to be exact!!!

 

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Host of Love it or List It Vancouver (Canada) & Love It Or List It Too (USA), spokesperson for international brands, interior designer, and publisher of original lifestyle content, Jillian Harris is a quintessential busy-bee who pours her heart and soul into every endeavour. Jillian’s signature blend of high-brow / low-brow style makes her relatable to both small-town and city gals alike. With creativity and infectious energy, Jillian’s love for fashion, decor, food, fitness, travel, and family is fully expressed at JillianHarris.com and through her JH for Privilege and JH for Melanie Auld collections. Her other happy place? Surrounded by family & friends at home in Kelowna with her fiancé Justin, son Leo, and their boxer pup Nacho Cilantro.




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