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Best of The Healthy Maven 2015

December 18, 2015

Insert standard “where in the hell does time go?” statement here.

Best of The Healthy Maven 2015It’s been one heck of a year! Truthfully, I’m ambivalent to another year ending since these days, conventional time-markers really don’t apply to me. I generally have no idea what day of the week it is and have to be reminded when statutory holidays are because my boss never tells me (ahem me).

Welcoming a year with even numbers is definitely something to look forward to (OCD much?), but when I wake up on January 1st, my life will be no different than it was on December 31st. I’m not going into the New Year with any massive goals or life-changes. I’ve learned to set that stuff aside and let each day come as they will. With this attitude, I think 2015 ended up being the best year yet.

So with that, I thought I would recap some of the best of the best from 2015. We’ll cover the main topics on THM (food, travel and life) with some chatter about exciting things from this year and what’s to come in 2016. Let’s jump in:


Best of The Healthy Maven 2015- Food.
1. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bars

2. Detox Vegetable Soup

3. Customizable Protein Packed Oatmeal Cups

4. Almond Joy Energy Balls

5. Healthy Avocado Brownies

BREAKFAST // The Fluffiest Oatmeal Choc Chip Pancakes How To Make Green Juice In Your BlenderPaleo Mexican Hot Choc Pancakes
LUNCH // Fall Detox Veggie SoupCucumber Noodle Salad with Avocado Dill DressingThe Ultimate Hippie Bowl
DINNER // Healthy Chicken Pho w/ Zoodles Crispy Baked Yuca FriesHow To Make Bone Broth
DESSERT // Healthy Peanut Butter Mug Cake – Matcha Choc Chip CookiesPumpkin Spice Freezer Fudge
SNACKS // Paleo Lemon Poppyseed MuffinsChoc Chip Zucchini Bread Oatmeal Bars No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Balls


1. Jeans and Genes – On How I learned to Love My Body – It’s been a long journey of self-acceptance, but I’m happy to say I’m in a much better place with my body and treating it how it deserves to be treated.

2. The Top 10 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Life – In celebration of my two year blogiversary, I shared the life lessons this space has taught me and how it’s made me a better person.

3. How Do You Monetize a Mess? – Admittedly, this was a bit of a tough time for me. I was struggling with how to be authentic and real when you don’t feel particularly inspiring. It felt good to let it out.

4. 10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 21 Year Old Self – If I could go back in time, here’s what I would tell that scared, young woman just trying to make her way in the world.

5. Life Without Labels Probably my favorite post of the year, mainly because it was very cathartic for me. As someone who lives for extremes, labels are a sense of comfort for me. Here’s how I’m learning to live without them, and why.


Best of The Healthy Maven 2015- Travel.

(okay fine…the only travel posts from 2015)

1. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica I spent a week in the South-West Peninsula of Costa Rica with C’s family and it was one of the coolest, most relaxing trips of my life.

2. Dublin, Ireland Nothing better than spending 5 days visiting your best friends in their home base and getting to experience Paddy’s Day in Dublin!

3. Barcelona, Spain  C and I jetted off to Barcelona for 3 days of siesta’ing and eating. It was pure perfection.

4. Banff National Park, Alberta Food Bloggers of Canada invited me on a foodie and adventure-based trip out to Banff and it was an absolute blast. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

5. Yosemite National Park, California Clearly I have a love affair with National Parks. Yosemite has been at the top of the list for too long so we finally crossed it off the bucket list! P.S. Did you see the video I made of our adventure?

6. San Diego, California I tagged along on one of C’s work trips and fell in love with San Diego. Such a chill, beautiful city that I could totally see myself living in.


Best of The Healthy Maven 2015- Beauty/DIY

1. Why I Switched to an All-Natural Skin Care Routine – Chatting about all-natural skin care products and why health is not just about what you put in your body, it also matters what you put on it.

2. DIY Natural Deodorant…That Actually Works! – I’ve officially become a hippie…I’m okay with it.

3. A Guide to Natural SunscreenBehind food, my second passion is SPF. Here’s how to get down with it!

4. DIY Face Masks – Made From Kitchen Ingredients!Have you heard? I’m obsessed with face masks. Especially ones I can make from ingredients I already have on hand. 

5. Gingerbread Body ScrubOne of your favorite posts from the DIY Holiday Gifts in a Jar series! But I think this body scrub would be perfect year round.


-I launched my second blog, SHEuncovered with my main blogger bestie and business partner extraordinaire, Fit Foodie Finds. We actually launched it in October 2014 but didn’t tell you guys until January. And then somewhere along the way we found it difficult to keep up with all the blogs, but we have big things planned for SHE in 2016 so stay tuned!

Introducing my newest blog, SHE uncovered!

-Because we are masochists, Lee and I also launched our 4th site, The Blogger Project. Educating and sharing knowledge with bloggers is a huge passion for us so we are thrilled that TBP finally came to life. We love seeing how much you guys appreciate the content we’re sharing and we’re kind of obsessed with our TBP Community. Have you joined yet?


-I FINALLY launched a YouTube Channel! I’ve talked about this a lot so no need to reiterate, but I’ve totally loved the creative process of video and being able to connect with you guys more personally. I am SO SO happy I took the leap! Lots more to come…



-I expanded Team Maven! Most of you know Jess by now. She is a godsend sent from Social Media Heaven and the ultimate hand model. I’ve also loved seeing her role expand into content creation and I’m hoping you’ll see more of her and get to know her better in 2016.

-THM got a facelift! We cleaned and brightened things up around here thanks to the amazing team at J.Louis Technology and the talented Bettina Bogar Photography. It’s not perfect, but life never is. Nevertheless, I’m so proud of how THM looks on the outside (even if it’s the inside that really counts ;)).


-More video! I’m hoping to up my video game to 2x a week, which is a little bit nuts but so am I. I want the channel to be a space for all things health, from recipes, to DIYs, to beauty and everything in between. I have a vision…now to find the time! (or clone myself).

-More epic partnerships. I cannot wait to officially announce the sponsors of THM for 2016. So far I am collaborating with 3 of my favorite brands that I know you guys love too. I mostly love that they’re all accessible, health-conscious and focused on achieving similar goals to THM. My mission was to bring on sponsors that added value to your lives and I know they all do just that. Stay tuned!

-A ridiculous travel schedule. Looks like a lot more travel posts will be popping up around here (and hopefully travel video too!). Lee and I are heading to WellFit Malibu Wellness Resort at the beginning of January to kick off what is turning out to be the year of travel. Looks like I may just miss Winter in Toronto after all.

-Potentially some big life news! Can’t say anything yet since things are not confirmed but there may be some big changes happening that I’m so freaking excited about. Once I know for certain you guys will be the first to know!

What a year it has been! It took me like a week to write this post because I got side-tracked walking down memory lane. It likely took you a week to read this post too…and if you read it all, kudos to you!

As always, thank you to every single one of you who has been this year the best one yet. I am eternally grateful to you guys who allow me to share my adventures and struggles and do this for a living. I love you all!

Here’s to an equally amazing 2016!

What were your highlights in 2015? What are you most looking forward to in 2016?


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  • Reply
    December 18, 2015 at 8:06 am

    You have had ONE HELLOVA YEAR my dear. Seriously I couldn’t be more proud of you!!! Can’t wait to see you in t-7 dayzzz and spend a whole week with you in Mali!

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    December 18, 2015 at 8:36 am

    What a great 2015! Here’s to an even better 2016! 🙂
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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    December 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Gah so much to catch up on here! My husband said to me the other week… “Fit foodie shared Maven’s avocado brownies. Are you going to make them?” lol I still have yet to, but I certainly will!
    I also absolutely loved your “10 things I wish…” post. Everything struck a chord with me. I remember when I read it IRT.
    2015 highlights= my bro’s wedding in St. John, my wedding (not even) a month later and staring my bloggity bloggg !! With many thanks to you and Lee <3 (and Georgie, etc.) 😀 I plan on doing a highlights post after Christmas holiday but it looks like I should start now, because I can see how long it may take!
    Cheers to 2016 !!
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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 9:06 am

      haha yeah this post took me FOREVER but so worth it! I am SO happy you started your blog and we connected! Big things coming for you in 2016! Can’t wait to watch it unfold 😉

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    December 18, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Your year was packed with so much fun!! Talk about visiting cool places! I just discovered you towards the end of last year, so I have a lot of posts to catch up on. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for the new year!
    Kelly @ Eat the Gains recently posted…Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese, Pomegranates, and Rosemary

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Thank you, lovely! Lots to come in 2016. I’m so excited for it to kick off!

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    December 18, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Thank YOU for giving us a brilliant year full of wonderful topics and recipes! Happy holidays to you and your family. Hope 2016 is a great one for you! I’m sure it will be. 🙂

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    December 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

    2015 was such a wonderful year! I loved following your posts and experimenting with your recipes. And when summer was busy and I couldn’t go on vacation I had a blast reading about your travels across states and canyons 😉

    My highlights of 2015? I found my vision (for now, I’m sure it will change and evolve with time as I change as well) and started by blog. 😀 In 2016 I want to establish a blogging schedule, be much more organized and GSD more efficiently 😉 Amongst other things. And in January I’ll be travelling to Sri Lanka for 2 weeks, yay!

    I’m sure 2016 will be even more fantastic! 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday season! 🙂 *hugs*
    Stella @ Stellicious Life recently posted…Maple Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Pomegranate

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    December 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Congrats on such an amazingly successful year!
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    dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
    December 18, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    2015 was certainly a big year for you and i hope 2016 will be even healthier and happier for you…
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    Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    December 19, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I adore this end of the year reflection post! You have so much to be proud of!!! I love following you and gaining inspiration from your successes Davida. xoxo
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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:58 am

      TY gorgeous! And I so appreciate your amazing support! Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings for you!

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    December 19, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I loved everything of 2015, Davida! The recipes, the heartfelt posts, the travels, the DIYS! Cannot wait to see what you have in story for 2016!
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    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    December 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    SO glad I found your blog this year, Davida! I always get excited to read your posts because your photos are gorgeous, the recipes are kickass, and you are so real. Can’t wait to see all the big things 2016 is bringing for you (especially that big life change but that’s just cause I’m nosy) <3
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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

      hehe stay tuned 😉 I’m so happy we connected this year and I can’t wait to watch the amazing things unfold for you in 2016!

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    December 20, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Seriously can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for you! And let’s just guess we are all pretty excited about the life change that’s happening…nosy humans we are! Highlights of 2015 = really committing to making me happy (#youdoyou); meeting you and Lee…; seeing my momma twice this year; starting a new blog. 2016 = big commitments to dream following to become a better blogger and a health/life coach; rest (more to come on the blog about that); just making sure all my days are filled with as much happiness as possible; oh, and hopefully seeing my momma next Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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    December 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

    You have come so amazingly far. I love watching your success and You Tube videos. You really have a knack for it. They are so well done, with a little bit of everything; some of the best blog videos I’ve seen actually.

    Keep on rocking it.

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

      You’re gonna make me cry over my plate of breakfast potatoes! Okay I’m actually eating a banana, and even though I’m not eating it publicly I still think you’d approve. Thank you for your amazing support, as always! You are seriously the best and I want you to come back to Toronto so I can laugh my pants off with you again. No-pants party? I know you’re in.

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    Beverley Cheng
    December 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    awesome post Davida! I definitely made a couple of your top recipe posts, and i think my favorite addition to your site is your YouTube channel! So pumped you started that!
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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Aw you’re the sweetest! I say we plan a get-together in 2016! It’s always nice to meet follow T.O. Bloggers!!

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    Kim@Kim's Cravings
    December 25, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats on an epic year! I would love to get into the video side of things this year. Your videos always look so professional and mine look terrible. I would love to know more about the equipment you use, process and tips/tricks. Perhaps a TBP all about video blogging soon? 🙂
    Kim@Kim’s Cravings recently posted…Stitch Fix – December 2015

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Aw thank you, lovely! Stay tuned during the TBP Challenge. I’ll be sharing all about how I make my videos!

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    December 31, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Great to see so much success, Davida! Especially excited to learn about who your new sponsors are! Let’s catch up soon. xo

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    Lindsey Bomgren
    December 31, 2015 at 10:22 am

    You’re one busy lady but I love the content you put out — quality good! Got to catch up on a couple things I missed throughout the year too which was awesome! You’re growing so fast — yay! Cheers to celebrating all the little and big wins of 2015 and making waves in 2016 (ps — the suspense of your big news is killing me)! Happy New Year! xo-Lindsey
    Lindsey Bomgren recently posted…holiday detox apple ginger smoothie

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