All About Cacao

Cacao farm

Sampling some different tropical fruits and cacao balls at the cacao farm.

I am a huge chocolate lover so jumped at the chance to do a chocolate farm tour when holidaying on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. I went with the ‘Garden Island Chocolate’ company and our hosts Koa and Angela were extremely passionate and knowledgeable.

In this post, I have written up everything I learnt from them about cacao farming, processing and the health benefits of eating cacao.

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The Healthy Highlights of Perth

healthy things to do in Perth

Perth: the place for outdoors-loving, nature-needing beach babes

As I write this, I’m in my hotel room in New York, enjoying the eighth week of an amazing trip of a lifetime in North America. I feel very grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be able to do so much travelling with my hubby while we are both so young. However, being away from home has made me a little homesick as I realise what a truly wonderful place Perth really is.

So, here is a list of my favourite healthy activities to do in my home town: Perth, Western Australia. If any of my readers are planning a visit, I hope this list will give you a few ideas of ways to have fun and keep yourself feeling your best!

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5 Easy Healthy Dinners to Make When Travelling

clothes-travel-voyage-backpackWhen travelling, my husband and I try to always book accommodation with a kitchen. We really enjoy cooking a majority of the meals ourselves rather than eating out all the time for several reasons. Firstly, it saves a lot of money. I’d rather spend that money on clothes and activities to be honest. Secondly, I like to be in control of what I’m eating so I know it’s healthy, not cooked in inflammatory vegetable oils, and is gluten free. Thirdly, after a big day filled with adventures, we often don’t feel like heading out again at night for dinner, especially because a lot of our holidays are in the snow. It’s nice to get back indoors, have a hot shower, put your cosy trackies and uggies on and stay indoors for the night. (I know. We’re going to make good ‘old people’ some day!)

When cooking on holidays, you need meals which take very little time to make, require few ingredients and are as healthy as possible. Just about every meal I make needs coconut oil and Himalayan salt, so I always either bring this with me from home, or buy it from the supermarket during my first food shop.

I hope you find this list helpful next time you’re on holidays!

1. Steak, potato and frozen veggies steamed

  1. Remove the steak from fridge half an hour before cooking so it changes to room temperature.
  2. Thoroughly wash and dry the potatoes. Poke them all over with a fork. Place them in the microwave for 5-8 minutes (depending on how big they are and how many you put in). Turn them over and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  3. Fill a medium saucepan a quarter full with water. Cover and bring to the boil.
  4. Preheat a frypan on high so it gets nice and hot. Rub a little coconut oil into both sides of the steak and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes each side for medium. Remove and put on a plate, cover with foil to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Place frozen vegetables into boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once.
  6. Top the potatoes with sour cream and grated cheese.

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The Healthy Highlights of New York

The Healthy highlights of New York

I thought it was about time I did another travel post! I have previously written about the healthy things to do when on holidays in Whistler, Honolulu, Nice and Port Douglas. I like to focus on writing about just the ‘healthy highlights’ of each place I go to, but this isn’t because I don’t try out unhealthy foods or do anything non-health and fitness related when travelling. As my regular readers know, I am a big fan of balance and see health as holistic. I do like to keep up my healthy routines somewhat on holidays though, because it enables me to look and feel my best, and I genuinely enjoy physical activity and many other healthy habits. So, rather than writing just another travel blog post, I present to you the healthy highlights of New York City!

I have to admit I didn’t love everything about New York City. I am more of an ‘outdoorsy’ girl who gets a lot more excited and in awe of places with magnificent mountains or palm tree lined beaches, however, New York is such a well-known place that it is fun to check out for yourself, no matter how much of a ‘non-city’ gal you may be! I visited in June, which is Summer. It was very cold, rainy and overcast for the eight days I spent there.  Apparently that was quite bad luck though as usually by June you get nice, warm, sunny weather. Here are the three healthy things I found to do in New York City:

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The Healthy Highlights of Whistler

The healthy highlights of Whistler is my husband’s favourite spot in the whole world! It’s definitely up there for me, too. You’ll find Whistler nestled amongst huge mountains in the Canadian province of  British Columbia. It’s only a two hour drive from Vancouver and there are lots of cool spots to drop into on the way, making it a fun road trip. The drive is known as the ‘sea to sky highway’ and is very scenic, so stop at some of the lookouts for some beautiful views. The two places we dropped in to were Shannon Falls and Brandywine falls.

Shannon falls

The beautiful Shannon Falls are only a five minute walk from the highway so are definitely worth a stop.

Whistler is renowned for being an outdoor lover’s paradise. In winter, its majestic mountains host not one but two of the best ski mountains in the world: Whistler and Blackcomb. In late spring and summer, Whistler becomes a mountain biker’s playground and even hosts the world-famous ultimate mountain bike festival ‘Crankworx’ every August.

I have been lucky enough to visit Whistler three times during the months of January, April and May. Here are my top seven healthy activities to do in Whistler:

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The Healthy Highlights of Honolulu

healthy things to do in honolulu

Waikiki beach in the morning

Aloha!

Honolulu is the largest city in Hawaii, located on Oahu, one of the eight larger islands that makes up the state. I holidayed for a lovely week here in April with my hubby. We spent the majority of our time in Waikiki – the touristy part where you can find lots of hotels, restaurants, shops and sheltered (though crowded) beaches.

I found Hawaii to have a very healthy vibe in general. With such beautiful scenery and weather, it is very enticing to do active, outdoorsy activities. If, like me, you enjoy keeping up some of your healthy habits while on holiday, such as daily physical activity and eating healthy a majority of the time, here are some of the ways you can do it in Honolulu:

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