Healthy in Hawaii

Over spring break I got the opportunity to travel to Maui with my family. We had a week full of sunshine, pools, snorkeling, beaches, and of course delicious food. It was a great place to get some sun and take a break from the chaos of everyday life.

We stayed at The Grand Wailea first, located in Kihei which is on the West coast of the island. The beach off our hotel was really nice to snorkel in and it ended up being one of my favorite things to do. We saw turtles, many types of fish, and even eels! Another thing I loved was the food, especially the fresh fruit and vegetables that were grown on the island. Hawaii gave me a great opportunity to take a break and step back from the stress and worries that everyday life brings.

Halfway through the week we switched hotels and went up to the Ritz in Kapalua on the North coast. It was a lot more secluded and quiet than the Waliela which made it the ultimate spot to relax. There the waves were a lot bigger so we weren’t able to snorkel but there were still a lot to do like surf and boogie board. We were also able to walk onto this lava cliff over the water and watch whales which was pretty amazing!

Other than the natural beauty and fun things to do Hawaii had great healthy food options and good ways to exercise. We were able do do a lot of walking, hiking, and swimming while surrounded by nature. We were also able to get some much needed sleep that is often lost in a regular week. Sleep is essential to living a healthy life giving your body much needed rest and time to heal. As for food we ate tons of fruit, my personal favorite was the papaya and pineapple. One of my favorite dishes I got was an Açaí Bowl topped with a bunch of rest fruits and homemade coconut glazed granola. We also ate a bunch of fish because it so abundant and fresh on the islands. I really liked the Ahi which is one of the main fish served along with Mahi Mahi. Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet. It is loaded with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D. Fish is also the world’s best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for your body and brain.

Overall I had an amazing time in Hawaii! I felt relaxed and refreshed after this tropical getaway where I was able to live healthy without much effort. I hope I get to go back soon and I would highly recommend Hawaii to anyone who is looking for a change in scenery that isn’t too far from home.

LA Eats

This weekend I went down to Los Angeles with my three good friends Madeline, Karissa, and Reina. Naturally, we did a lot of walking and shopping, but we also tested out some new, good, and, most importantly, healthy restaurants. I wanna talk about what we got and maybe inspire you with some new healthy meal ideas!

The first restaurant we went to was called Flower Child on 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Flower Child makes everything from scratch using farm fresh ingredients and has paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. There is an option on the menu for everyone and it is all incredibly healthy and tasty! I decided to get the Brussels and Squash salad. It contained arugula, roasted Brussels, butternut squash, organic apple, ancient grains, cranberry, goat chees, sprouted almond, and chia seed vinaigrette. This salad was really good and refreshing and seems pretty easy to make at home which is something I may try.

My tossed Brussels and Squash salad!

Karissa got the Mother Earth Bowl which has ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onions, leafy greens, red pepper miso vinaigrette, and hemp seed. Reina got the gluten free Mac and cheese, and Madeline got the Flying Avocado wrap with smoked turkey, gouda, romaine, tomato, avocado hummus. All the food we got was very healthy, simple, and delicious!

Aside from being really healthy Flower Child also had a great design and atmosphere that really tied everything together! There were flowers at every table and painted murals on the white brick walls. It had a very cute and trendy vibe, and was perfect for pictures.

After some more walking and shopping we headed to dinner. We ate at a sushi restaurant called Sushi Roku on 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica. Sushi is one of my favorite foods so I was pretty excited, but this was one of Madeline’s first time trying sushi. I recommended that she start off with something simple like a California Roll. She ordered one and loved it! I got tuna sushi and shared edamame and popcorn shrimp with the table. Overall the sushi was very delicious and of course healthy! My friends and I had an amazing time wandering the streets of Santa Monica and I hope I go back soon so I can try out more new, healthy foods!