Healthy How-Tos

A Year In How-Tos: 10 Healthy Food and Wellness Hacks

December 11, 2015

Let me take you back in time. It’s January 2015 and I’ve decided to embark on a new series on THM, highlighting healthy food and wellness hacks to help make your lives a little bit easier or more budget conscious. My vision for 2015 was to show you that a lot of those expensive healthy foods you love can actually be made at home.

Healthy food and wellness doesn't have to be challenging or expensive! Especially not with these 10 Healthy Food and Wellness Hacks to make your life easier.Spent your rent money on green juice? Not anymore.

Intimidated by bone broth? Fear not!

Only Gwyneth Paltrow can wash her face with rosewater…sort of…let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

The goal was 12 hacks in 12 months. But in true Maven fashion, life got cray and I only pulled off 10. But I’ll take it.

So in honour of an (almost) year in how-tos, I thought I’d recap the 10 healthy food and wellness hacks we learned in 2015.

January – How To Make Green Juice In Your Blender

To kick off 2015 we learned how to make green juice in your blender! I’m guessing I’m not alone in going weak at the knees for green juice (k I might be alone..) but at $15 a bottle it’s one expensive habit. But if you already have a blender at home, making green juice is an easy hack! It’s perfect for those days when you need an added veggie-kick.

 Don't have a juicer? No problem! Here's a step-by -step tutorial on how to make green juice in your blender!February – How To Cook Bacon In the Oven

Yes, I consider bacon in the oven a healthy food hack. I mean after all that green juice we drank in January, we could all use a little bacon, amIright? The hack in this is that cooking bacon in the oven saves you from dealing with all of that messy grease! No splattering or figuring our where to dispose of the grease. Just bake and toss the tinfoil.

No need to worry about clean up or grease splatter with this easy tutorial on how to cook bacon in your oven. Just preheat, line up the bacon and bake and you have crispy bacon in under 15 minutes!March – How To Make Bone Broth In the Slow Cooker

Didn’t you hear? Bone Broth was THE food of 2015. The best part is that Jews have been forcing bone broth into their sick children’s faces for thousands of years. My Bubby’s chicken soup is the OG bone broth. But just to show you how cheap and easy this stuff is to make, we threw it all in the slow cooker and let is simmer for a day. I almost feel bad for posting this as a recipe because it’s that basic.

Learn how to make bone broth in your slow cooker, the hottest trend in the food world! It requires minimal ingredients and steps but a whole lot of patience as your house fills with the delicious scent of homemade broth.April – How To Make Homemade Kombucha

Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a how-to that has produced more questions or anxiety. It’s funny because the first time I learned to make Kombucha my fermenting instructor (yes…#truth) assured us that staying calm and believing in your brew was half the battle. So for anyone looking to save some $$$ and improve their gut health, keep calm and kombucha on.

Have you ever wondered how to make homemade kombucha? Save your money and brew your own with this easy tutorial teaching you how PLUS two recipes for flavor variations. Your budget and digestive system will thank you.May – How To Make Homemade Nut Flours

Raise your hand if you’ve spent an exorbitant amount of money on nut meals and flours (insert emoji of girl with hand raised!). Did you know that you can save yourself money by literally grinding nuts in your blender? I know, I know, rocket science. But don’t pay the extra premium on having them ground up when you can do it yourself!

Ever wondered how to make your own nut flours? From almond meal to almond flour, hazelnut meal and even cashew meal, this step-by-step tutorial will teach you how!June – How To Grill Avocados

With grilling season kicking off, everyone is grabbing their burgers and veggies, but it would be a travesty to forget about our beloved avocados. Yes, this beautiful fruit can be grilled to perfection and it makes for the best ever avocado toast

A quick and easy tutorial teaching you how to grill avocados plus a life-changing recipe for grilled avocado toast. Your life will never be the same once you discover the glory of grilled avocados!July – How To Build a Healthy Trail Mix

In prep for my trip to Yosemite, I spent many a months mastering the perfect trail mix. It needed to a good balance of healthy nuts and seeds with some fun sweet stuff in there too. I also wanted it to be easily customizable based on your preferences. I think I did just that!

Not all trail mixes are created equal! With this tutorial on how to build a healthy trail mix, you'll get the low-down on what to include, what not to include and how to customize your trail mix to your needs and wants!August – How To Make Rosewater

After months of food, I wanted to share a recipe that was both edible AND topical. There are tons of ways to incorporate rosewater into your diet, but it’s also amazing for your skin. In this post I shared a video teaching you how to make rosewater and also my recipe for DIY Rosewater Face Toner.

A step-by-step tutorial on how to make homemade rosewater + a recipe for DIY Rosewater Face Toner! You'll learn all of the benfits of rosewater for your skin too.September – How to Revive Your Travel

September was a crazy travel month for me (Boston, San Francisco and San Diego) so I wanted to share my tips on how to stay healthy while travelling. These 10 Wellness tricks have been lifesavers when I’m feeling off my game on the road.

10 Wellness Tips to Revive Your Travel - Healthy Travel Hacks.October – How To Preserve Freezer Food

And finally, with Fall setting in it was time to start stocking up that freezer! You guys know I’m a big fan of making big batches of food and freezing them so I thought I would share my tips on how to preserve freezer food, along with a round-up of healthy freezer meal ideas.

how-to-preserve-freezer-foodLots of delicious and healthy food hacks in 2015. I’m so looking forward to sharing more of these with you in 2016! Comment below with what food hacks you would like to see and I’ll get working on them.

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    Kimberly
    December 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I think I may have forgotten to comment the first time you posted, but the How To Build Healthy Trail Mix offered some great guidelines that I still follow when I’m making my own – and the directions were also easy enough to follow for my boyfriend, who sometimes like to add more “fun stuff” than may be reasonable lol. Thanks for sharing : )

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

      hahahahaha that’s awesome! Sounds oddly familiar to my boyfriend…where does all that chocolate go?!

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    December 11, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    these were all great hacks! looking forward for many more…
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    Amanda
    December 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    These are great! I’m going to try the trail mix one ASAP. I’m a new reader and just read about your Yosemite trip and I want to go again! I went last summer and stayed at Curry Village.

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 15, 2015 at 8:59 am

      I want to go back too! One of the most spectacular places on earth. What I would give to visit there yearly <3 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Sara @ Oats & Rows
    December 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Oh my gosh, how am I JUST seeing your DIY rosewater face toner?? Pinning that post immediately 🙂
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    Cassie
    December 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I loved these tips–especially grilling avos, making nut flours, making rosewater and reviving the travel list!
    Cassie recently posted…Winter Grains Salad with Black Beans, Mixed Greens, Brussel Sprouts and Mushrooms

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    Geno-Med
    April 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    This list is simply impressive. Almost every idea is new for me. I have to try it, especially grilled avocados. I’m glad that i’ve found your blog 🙂

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