Over the years, I’ve found my best foods for increased energy and beautiful skin. I make a point to try to eat what is fresh and in season. I love to stock up at the farmers’ market or pick from my backyard garden, where I plant tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, and lots of fresh herbs.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: This is an ingredient nearly everyone has in their kitchen, but it also doubles as a health and beauty remedy helping to reduce bloating, clear skin, and make the body more alkaline. To consume, mix one small spoonful with a glass of water.
BERRIES: Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are full of fibre and antioxidants.
They are sweet enough to satisfy a sugar craving and you can sprinkle them with cinnamon to create a favourite dessert of mine.
FLAXSEED, HEMP SEEDS, CHIA SEEDS: I put these seeds into pretty much everything—smoothie, oatmeal, and desserts. They are all full of protein, fibre, and omega-3s.
HYDRATING FOODS: Another way to hydrate is to eat foods with high water content. Cucumber is 96 per cent water (the highest water content of any solid food).
Other foods that are more than 90 per cent water include tomatoes, watermelon, and radishes.
GREEN POWDERS: A scoop of green nutrient powder mixed with a glass of water is a great way to start the day and make my system more alkaline and less acidic.
My favourite powders right now are WelleCo’s Super Elixir Alkalising Greens and AlkaMind Daily Greens. They give me that extra burst of energy and are packed with foods and nutrients I may not get every day, such as wheatgrass, dandelion leaf, chlorophyll, chlorella, and sprouts.
ORGANIC WHEY POWDER: This super-clean protein is a go-to for me. I put it in a shaker bottle with water or coconut or almond milk. I also make a mean protein-filled hot cocoa with chocolate whey, coconut milk, cacao, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of ground red pepper for a kick. Tera’s Whey is my favorite.
VEGETABLES: The majority of my diet is vegetables. I eat a ton of salads, raw veggies as snacks, and steamed vegetables as sides.
I add frozen spinach and kale (both filled with antioxidants and fibre) to my morning smoothies. I also drink green juice when I need an afternoon pick-me-up—it works better than caffeine.
WATER: Water is a game-changer for your body, brain, and beauty. Your skin looks more plump and fresh when you are hydrated. Water also flushes out toxins, which seriously improves the appearance of your skin.
LEMONS: Lemon juice mixed into a glass of water cleanses, alkalizes, and adds an immunity-boosting dose of vitamin C. Before you eat breakfast, squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water to get the maximum benefits.
PEPPERMINT: Great for digestion and vitality, peppermint is a refreshing touch when infused in water, sprinkled on fruit, or blended into smoothies.
COCONUT OIL: Rich in good saturated fats that are great for health and skin, coconut oil also reduces inflammation. To work it into your diet, mix it into a smoothie, cook with it, or drink a spoonful daily.