If you’re in to all things health and wellbeing there’s a high chance you already follow a kick-ass collection of lifestyle bloggers. To help you start the week on a high, here’s another awesome chick to add to your list.
Meet Eb. Her blog ‘Every Healthy Day‘ was one of the first lifestyle hubs that I fell in love with. Not only does she have lots of flair, but her photos and words are full of healthy living inspiration and good vibes.
She was kind enough to spend a few minutes getting into the nitty-gritty of her approach to life for readers of The Whole Life. Enjoy and make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post… Eb shares an awesome recipe that will make you drool!
Five minutes with Eb from Every Healthy Day
Tell us about your blog. Why did you start it and what’s your passion?
Every Healthy Day began as an easy way for me and my sister to share our healthy meals online and keep each other motivated. We were living in different cities and it was a nice way to stay connected. From there it grew into a platform to help and inspire people to live a wholesome and kick-ass life; with tonnes of nutritious recipes, travel inspiration and a hopefully a reminder to do what makes you happy.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Most days involve some early morning exercise or a surf, followed by my staple green smoothie or some homemade bread. I ride my bike to the ferry into work and always try to spend a few hours a day at my standing desk to keep me energised.
A mid-morning coffee is a vice I can’t resist. Lunch is a salad and rice ball or some kind of whole grain. My evenings usually involve cooking up a big nourishing meal, and going for a walk along Sydney’s northern beaches.
What are your favourite ways to be active?
Where do I start? I’m a bit of a fitness chameleon. I move through phases and change up my routine to stay motivated. If you ask me this week, I’d say surfing, running and casual barre/yoga classes. Ask me in a month and it could be totally different! Active staples are always getting outside for walks, and going for hikes in Sydney’s beautiful National Parks on the weekends.
What is your favourite food, recipe or cafe?
My favourite local café is Cruise Espresso in Freshwater. Their coffee is amazing, they do a stellar green smoothie and avo on toast (perfect after a big surf) and you can’t go past their chia pudding. On Saturday’s there’s a lady out the front who sells flowers she bought fresh from the flower marketing that morning. It’s pretty ideal.
As for recipes, I’m slightly obsessed with Raw Snickers Bars. I keep it in the freezer – it’s pretty life changing. 😉
How do you release stress and unwind after a big day?
Getting home and cooking dinner with the lad most nights is the best way to unwind each day. The early mornings are also a time where I’ll sometimes walk to grab a juice before work and take time to get a feel for the day ahead. Making everyday pleasurable in some small way, rather than simply hanging out for the weekend is my way of staying happy and energised.
What does living The Whole Life mean to you?
To me, healthy living means leading a life that makes you feel down right awesome. Everybody can. I truly believe this starts with eating real, natural food and empowering yourself with food choices and knowledge.
Healthy living also means getting outside in nature, moving my body everyday and always making time to laugh. It’s not too complicated!
If you could give others one piece of advice, what would it be?
Get outside. Laugh. Eat real food.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
- Remember, you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.
- If it comes from a plant, eat it – if it’s made in a plant, don’t.
- Pajamas are optional.
- Sharks will always go for the person who is furthest out to ocean. Definitely not true but it puts my mind at ease!
What is the most important food/wellness lesson we all need to learn?
That’s a toughie! I’d have to say a big lesson for me is remembering that food is only the beginning. No matter how much kale you juice and how many kms you run – if you’re unhappy with your career or relationships, if you’re stressed or just feeling out of balance – then no amount of good food is going to lead to a healthy, happy life. Food is an integral part, but it’s not everything.
Eb’s Raw Snickers Bar Recipe
Recipe inspired by Young and Raw‘s paleo bars, with a few small alterations (mainly less chocolate coating to tone down the sweetness!).
- 2 cups cashews
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tbs 100% natural maple syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup almonds
- 6 medjool dates
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2tbs coconut oil
- Pinch sea salt to taste
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds (to press into caramel layer)
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
How to go about it:
- Blend cashews into a fine flour, before adding the rest of the ingredients. Process until combined.
- Press mixture into a rectangular tin – try to keep the base an even thickness. Freeze until solid (about 30-40 minutes).
- Next, blend almonds into a fine powder, before adding the rest of the ingredients to form a sticky delicious caramel.
- Spread caramel evenly over frozen base layer before pressing chopped almonds on top (for the authentic Snickers experience!)
- Place back in the freezer for approximately 1 hour to set.
- Melt coconut oil in a pot, before mixing in the maple syrup and cacao.
- Chop up your combined base and caramel layer into small bars. I deliberately kept mine small – they are super rich!
- Dip your bars into the chocolate coating until covered, then set aside on a tray lined with baking paper.
- Once all the bars are coated, pour any left-over chocolate over your bars – before placing back into the freezer to set.
- To serve, slice off any excess chocolate from the bar and dig in!
* Best kept in the freezer.