Health-Esteem Queen Francesca, the creative mind behind Plantifully Based, is an absolute delight! This girl proves that you can health up literally anything. Her mouth watering, vegan recipes are a must try for all. And her honest, down to earth and delightfully kind personality is impossible not to love. Her inspiring Instagram and YouTube Channel are an alluring and inspiring mix of delicious recipes; there’s something for everyone. And she adds her golden touch, sharing her outlook and motivations with each new creation.
I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to introduce the gorgeous Health-Esteem Queen Francesca and share the magic of her amazing creation, Plantifully Based.
French fries are a classic for a reason! They pair well with so many things. I swear, fries can be foodie friends with almost anything! They’re well loved by many and totally adaptable. And, my favourite, they’re easy to share (whilst still getting your fill ^^). But, unfortunately, they’re often deep fried, greasy, fast food nightmares… I swore that kind of junk off many moons ago.
But dude, you can have your French fries and eat them too! This foodie classic doesn’t need to be bastardized into a questionable, unhealthy junk food. And you don’t even have to fry them if you want them to be crispy. Healthy, delicious and easy are my ideas of heaven. So I made it my mission to come up with healthy, delicious fries stat!
These Rosemary Dill French Fries are crispy, baked goodies, and I swear they are as delicious as their fried counterparts. Minimal effort, minimal ingredients and healthy coconut oil. Booyah!
I used to have a cabinet full of hair products. I wanted that sexy, healthy hair look. Hair spray? Check. Colour infuse shampoo? Check. Leave in conditioner, deep conditioners, wave spray, shiner spray… check, check, check, check. My collection was extensive. And my main goal was to load up on all the self-care products I could, and spend as little as possible. Today my standards have changed… and so has my knowledge on what truly makes our bodies (hair included) shine.
While there are certainly a ton of products that can give you that luscious, healthy hair look, it’s hard to out-condition a bad diet. Hair products can definitely help our hair shine; but eating the right foods can create gorgeous hair for the inside out.
It’s also worth considering what we’re putting on our hair. Remember, the self-care products we use on a daily basis often expose us to known or probable human carcinogens, reproductive and developmental toxins and endocrine disruptors (source). It’s worth our while to feed our body with kindness, so that it has the tools it needs to provide us with the healthiest glow possible. And cutting down on the products we’re using, whilst ensuring that we select healthier options, can also make all the difference as well.
In short, health comes from the inside out first and foremost. Self-care products should be a secondary way to support and nourish our bodies, from the outside in.
So what should we add to our diets to nourish our bodies and help to create gorgeous, healthy hair?
I’ve been obsessed with blueberries lately! And who can blame me? Full of phytonutrients, including tons and awesome antioxidants (which are extra good for us thyroid disease warriors). Bursting at the seams with nutrients like vitamins C and K, manganese, copper and fiber. Blueberries offer cardiovascular and vision support, they help promote optimal cognitive benefits and have favourable effects on our blood sugar (source). With all this (and my obsession) in mind, I decided to create a blueberry milkshake. It’s to die for!
Now that you know all about your Thyroid you may be wondering how you can keep that gorgeous organ healthy. Does it matter if you have an illness that causes hyper or hypothyroidism? What if you don’t have a thyroid disease at all? Is there a Thyroid Diet that you should consider?
As health-esteemies I know many of us are focused on feeding our bodies with love. One peek at my insta and recipes here on the blog make it clear that I’m pretty dedicated to feeding my body with absolute kindness. It’s part of how I ensure that I’m able to thrive with Graves Disease… but how much focus do we place on what we put ON our bodies? Looking for some Natural Beauty Tips to health up your skin care routine? I’ve got you covered gorgeous!
January is Thyroid Awareness Month, but how aware are you truly of your thyroid? If you’re anything like I was pre-Graves Disease, you probably don’t give it any thought. But this butterfly shaped gland is kind of a big deal. And whether or not you have a disease that affects your thyroid, it’s worth your while to know why this amazing organ is so important and what to look out for when things go wrong. Knowledge is power – so let’s learn more about our thyroids so that we can better protect our health!
Nothing goes hand in hand with winter quite like Hot Chocolate. When the winter chill has weaseled it’s way into your core, a nice, steaming cup of hot chocolate does wonders to loosen it’s grips. My husband LOVES it… I think many of those living in a winter wonderland are hot chocolate fans. Unfortunately, I am the odd man out. I’m not a fan of hot drinks… and so, I often enjoy my ‘hot’ chocolate cold. Thank goodness for freezers. But, hot or cold, the flavour is always marvelous. Chocolate is the ultimate soul food, am I right?!
Unfortunately, my tastes in drinks often leads me to forget to treat my hubby, Adrien, to hot chocolate! I realized this yesterday and decided to create something special for him. And since I am certain that many of you share the hot chocolate love, I’m happy to provide you with the recipe. I, of course, enjoyed it cold. Something you can do as well if you share my tastes!
Welcome to 2017! The New Year is upon us and many of you may have created a New Year’s Resolution. New year new you, so to speak? Goals, aspirations and change are all well and good, but remember that sometimes New Year’s Resolutions can also be a burden on our health. However, there is an option that can help pave the way to goodness.