Nina is a nutrition student who’s passionate about food and the powerful role that it plays in health. We eat food each and every day, it’s tasty and it gives us energy…but there’s more to it than that. Food can greatly heal the body, but it can also greatly harm the body. Nina’s passion lies in teaching us all about it!
She’s experienced the powerful role that food plays in health – from changing her eating habits to dealing with her own health issues. These experiences have made her extremely passionate about the importance of nourishing our bodies, minds and lives with wholesome food, and she loves to share that passion with like-minded people. That’s why she began her blog, healthy happenings, which is filled with delicious recipes, nutrition blog posts, and more.
Go-to morning beverage?
Water, tea or a cacao smoothie!
What inspires you?
Like-minded people. People who are passionate about health and the powerful role that food plays in it, and people who are willing to take authority for the health choices they make each and every day.
What’s your philosophy when it comes to healthy living?
Nourish yourself – both your body and your mind. That means something different for everyone, but for me, it really comes down to balance. I always strive to eat wholefoods as close to their natural state as possible because food truly is medicine and we are what we eat, and I also believe in moderation and like to enjoy a sweet ‘treat’ every now and then without feeling guilty. Plus, I love working up a sweat and staying active but also find it important to take time out to slow down and relax.
The one healthy treat you can’t live without?
I think it’d have to be dark chocolate (my favourite is 100% cacao…it’s super bitter and oh so amazing).
How do you relax and spend your ‘me’ time?
Exercising or cooking. I find exercise to be quite meditative, it’s when my busy mind shuts off. I also love going for walks each day, which is great quiet time for me. Other than that, I love to be in the kitchen creating something yummy, it’s also very relaxing and almost find it quite meditative.
Where’s your ideal coffee date?
Spent with good company and yummy food on the side…and house made almond milk.
Is it OK to eat chocolate for breakfast?
If by chocolate you mean cacao, then definitely! Part of my breakfast most days is a cacao smoothie made with protein powder, cacao and spinach. If I don’t have that, then I often make an overnight quinoa pudding that has cacao in it too (the recipe for that one is on my blog!).
Favourite foodie or health & wellness instagram accounts?
There are sooo many. Some would have to be Lee Holmes, Endeavour College (where I’m studying), the Nutrition Guru and the Chef, and Jaxcave.
Dark or milk chocolate?
Dark, no doubt! Call me crazy but 100% cacao is my favourite.
What’s your favourite recipe that uses cacao?
At the moment I’m really loving cacao icepops. To make them I just blend together cacao, maca and almond milk, then stir in some cacao nibs and pop them in icepop molds to set. So good!
One mantra you live by
Good habits, once established, are just as hard to break as bad habits.
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