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Happy 3rd Birthday To The Healthy Maven!

February 24, 2016

Happy 3rd Birthday to The Healthy Maven!3 years. 3 crazy, exciting, emotional, overwhelmingly amazing years. 3 years of growth, change and adventure. 3 years of pushing my boundaries, exploring inwards and outwards and 3 years of hunger-inducing recipes.

3 freaking YEARS.

I will never ever forget the day I hit publish on that first blog post. It may seem dumb or arbitrary to some, but for me that act completely changed my life. It was the first time I truly stepped out of my comfort zone and did something out of character. It was the first time I believed I had a voice and was fully entitled to use it.

I could have never predicted that 3 years later I’d find myself here, running THM full-time and making a living by getting up and doing what I love every single day. Or more specifically, on a press trip in Mexico checking out the avocado capital of the world with my best friend who I met on the INTERNET. Life is way too weird.

But beyond my change in career, the personal growth that this space has afforded me has been the far most rewarding. I’ve evolved so much from the scared, anxious, lost young woman who started this blog. I’m still scared, anxious and a little bit lost but I have faith that all will be okay. A lesson I only could have discovered by doing something that made me feel all of the above.

Vulnerability is the gateway to self-discovery.

I could go on and on about how this place changed my life, but I’ll probably turn into a babbling mess and stop making any sense. So in honour of THM’s 3rd birthday, I’m rounding up my favorite posts from the past 3 years. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

MY TOP 3 FAVORITE RECIPES

Blueberry Muffin Energy BallsIt’s hilarious that I’ve actually become known as the “blue balls girl”. What an appropriate title…not. But these are by FAR my favorite snack and pretty much a staple in our home. I love how much you guys love them too.

Want the taste of a sweet and delicious blueberry muffin, without all of the gunk? Make these Raw Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls for a nutritious snack that doesn't skimp on the flavor!Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Tahini and Za’atarI seriously could eat this as a full meal every single day. Even skyrocketting cauliflower prices can’t stop me.

Roasted-Cauliflower-and-Chickpeas-with-Tahini-Zatar-SauceThe Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes these are my go-to Saturday morning pancake tradition. I do some variation of this recipe any weekend that I’m home. I now use applesauce instead of greek yogurt, to keep them dairy-free but they both work great!

Oatmeal meets pancakes with The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes. These pancakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and high in protein but are the most delicious, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat. They will quickly become a weekend brunch recipe staple!

MY TOP 3 FAVORITE LIFE POSTS

If Not Now, When?I wrote this post when I officially announced I was quitting my job and changing courses with my life. The motto “if not now, when?” was a huge driving force for me because I knew I didn’t want to look back on my life with regret. It was now, or never.

If-not-now-whenI know the Secret to SkinnyThis post makes me cry every time I read it and honestly was the hardest one to publish. It was the first time I really admitted to having a disordered relationship with my body. It’s terrifying but also incredibly fulfilling to know how many people have read this post.

secret to skinnyHow do you Monetize a Mess?I come back to this post frequently because it feels just as relevant now as it did when I wrote it. My life is messy, and complicated and far from perfect. But I also get paid to uphold a certain image. The post is my thoughts on authenticity, reality and how to inspire others even when you aren’t feeling all that inspirational.

How Do You Monetize a Mess?

MY TOP 3 FAVORITE TRAVEL POSTS

Yosemite National ParkTo me, there is nothing better than spending a couple of days, off the grid, in the mountains, hiking and camping with your friends. This was truly a trip of a lifetime and one that I will never forget.

A complete travel guide to travelling in Yosemite National Park. From where to stay, go and eat this Yosemite National Park Travel Guide will make your trip a breeze.Boston and Martha’s VineyardThis trip is going down in the memory books as one of the funniest, happiest, most love-filled couple of days of my life. It was a reunion with my best friends from summer camp who are some of the most special people in my life, followed by a couple of days of relaxation on the vineyard with my cousin and her family. I’m filled with so much nostalgia after reading this post.

night out in bostonBarcelona, SpainAfter an incredible couple of days with our friends in Dublin, C and I flew to Barcelona for a 72 hour adventure in Spain. I have nothing else to say other than the fact that we just had so much fun being together and exploring a new city. We did a lot in 3 days, but mostly just laughed, drank a lot of wine and siesta’ed. Perfection.

Sagrada-Familia-2There’s supposed to be a video in today’s post, but life had other plans for me…aka I’m in a gorgeous town in central mexico with limited access to wifi and don’t feel like stressing about whether or not the video is uploading. So you’ll have to wait a few more days for the celebratory video.

But before I head out, I just want to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. This space would be nowhere without every single one of you. I am eternally grateful that you allow me into you life, whether it be for a meal, a laugh or even a reminder that it’s totally cool to have a glass of wine and that sometimes you just need that expensive green juice.

Cheers to many more years to come!

Would love to hear from those of you who are maybe a little too scared to comment! Comment below letting me know who you are, what brought you here, where you’re from, favorite post or whatever random fact you want to share with me 🙂

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  • Reply
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    February 24, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Happy three years! Time flies so much, it’s crazy!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food recently posted…A day in the life + WIAW

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      so so crazy! Thanks for hanging along for the ride 😉

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    February 24, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Congratulations on 3 years! I am in awe of all that you have accomplished in this time. Obviously you’re a huge source of inspiration for me ( and others) and I can’t wait to see where THM goes. Thanks for being so freakin awesome. You and this blog are truly lovely and I always look forward to every post <3
    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen recently posted…Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Bread [low fat, dairy-free]

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    Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
    February 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations on three years of blogging Davida! I absolutely love following your blog (even if it makes me hungry every time I click over) and am excited to see what the future holds 🙂
    Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie recently posted…Healthy Blueberry Oat Muffins

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    Leah M @ love me, feed me
    February 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Eeeee!! Happy blogbirthday!! You have done so many amazing things with this space, it’s been a source of food envy, wanderlust, and so much inspiration (both blogging and life inspiration) for me! Keep doing you and kickin’ butt <3 Grateful that I stumbled upon this blog two-ish years ago!
    Leah M @ love me, feed me recently posted…wiaw #45

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    Kelsey Preciado
    February 24, 2016 at 10:17 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY THM!!!! Love this blog so much and those blue balls…. you are the queen. Beyonce of Blue Balls maybe? Hope you’re having the best b-day in Mexico! Keep doin what you’re doing and BALLIN!
    Kelsey Preciado recently posted…Spaghetti Squash w/ Creamy Butternut Sage Sauce

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    Emily @ Sinful Nutrition
    February 24, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Happy happy three years! It’s been so inspirational and heart-warming to watch your journey grow and flourish. To many more years of awesome-ness to come! 😀
    Emily @ Sinful Nutrition recently posted…WIAW: On the Move

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    Cassie
    February 24, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Happy 3rd Birthday to you, Healthy Maven! I love all of your posts so much. Cannot wait for more to come!
    Cassie recently posted…Tuesday Thoughts: It’s NOT Harder Being a Girl

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    Lindsey Bomgren
    February 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Congrats! Happy Birthday! So grateful to be following along your journey! xo-Lindsey
    Lindsey Bomgren recently posted…healthy, gluten-free zucchini banana muffins {grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, & vegan options}

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    February 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Happy birthday!! You are really an inspiration to me on how far you have come in just a short amount of time #blogginggoals ! Hope you are enjoying your trip!
    Kelly @ Eat the Gains recently posted…2 Ingredient Winter Berry Chia Jam

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    Liora (Allthingsloveli)
    February 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Congratulations!! I only found your blog recently but am so inspired by your recipes, pictures, and other stories. Definitely want to make the cauliflower and especially those pancakes!
    Liora (Allthingsloveli) recently posted…Winter Quinoa Casserole

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    Sarah and Laura @ Wandercooks
    February 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Woman! You should be so proud of how far you’ve come. It’s so awesome to go back through your posts and see how much you have changed, grown and become that superwoman in the top pic with her wicked 6D baby haha. Now more importantly, I hope you’re having cake (or those Pancakes!) today to celebrate. Have a great day, looking forward to the next year ahead of posts. Xx

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    Edye
    February 24, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I have been following your blog for a little while now and love it <3 Have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
    Edye recently posted…A Day In The Life Of A Home Schooler #1

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    Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Congrats on 3 years girl! Although it seems like it’s been so much longer – you’ve accomplished so much in this little time! I’m glad to have met you through blogging and love following your adventures and successes. 🙂
    Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recently posted…Quinoa and Steel Cut Porridge with Sautéed Apples

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    Alicia
    February 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Yay 3 years and I’ve been reading for I think 2 of them! I honestly don’t remember what led me to your blog, though I am glad I found it. Probably seeing a comment on another blog from you.
    Alicia recently posted…Universal Studios and the Orlando Eye

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    Alexa [fooduzzi.com]
    February 24, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Congrats on three years, girl! What an incredible accomplishment 🙂 You’ve helped so many adopt a healthier, balanced lifestyle!
    Alexa [fooduzzi.com] recently posted…Thai Zucchini Noodle Bowls

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    Polly
    February 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Happy 3 year anniversary! I’m glad I discovered your blog because you have shared so many great recipes that have been simple and easy for me to try!
    Polly recently posted…Rainbow Peanut Butter Granola Bites

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Polly! I really appreciate the support!

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    Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    February 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Happy 3 years. I can’t wait to see what other out of the box creations you come up with. You have accomplished so much!
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy recently posted…Cheesy, One-Skillet Veggie Gnocci with Pancetta

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah! So excited to see what the future has to hold 🙂

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    Miss Polkadot
    February 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Three years. Wow. I’ve been following you very much from the start and it’s been impressive to see you grow your blog and simultaneously grow as a person. As cheesy as it sounds you still are an inspiration for me in quitting a safe job you didn’t enjoy and following your passions. Here’s to many more years of THM!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Aw thank you, lady!!! You’ve always been such an amazing supporter of THM. So grateful for you!

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    Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    February 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I read your first post – “so it begins” – and it’s amazing that you’ve really stuck to the vision of the blog that you had so long ago! Congrats on making it for 3 years! 🙂

    Now move to SF already!
    Dani @ Dani California Cooks recently posted…Sweet Potato Crust Frittata (paleo)

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      deets coming soon!!!!! eeeeee 🙂 Thanks so much, gorgeous! It’s crazy to read over that post and see how far and not so far I’ve come!

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    Bita
    February 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Happy 3rd blogging bday! I’ve enjoyed following your adventures in healthy food – p.s. The roasted cauliflower looks really good!

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    Dronile
    February 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Happy 3rd birthday to “The Healthy Maven”! I remember discovering your blog on Facebook after a friend liked your post, and I have loved reading your posts ever since! I love the tips you and Lee provide on The Blogger Project, I have learned so much!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      aw thank you so much, Dronile! I’m happy we’ve been able to connect through THM and TBP!

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    Kelsey
    February 27, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Happy 3rd Birthday THM! A few days late on my wishing, but just getting around to catching up on some blogs. I feel so thankful that I stumbled upon your blog (seriously, I don’t even remember how I found it!). You were so amazing to meet at the FFF part and I sure hope the future brings us together once again.
    Kelsey recently posted…Blogmas Day 24+25 / Currently: December 2015.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      I hope so too!!! I’ll let you know when I’m back in the cities. Hopefully this summer!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    February 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Happy Blogiversary Davida!!! Wow, I’m stunned, I had thought THM was around for more than 3 years. They way you run things (=making a living out of your blogging passion), your gorgeous and beautifully crisp photos made me think THM was older. So hats off to you and here’s to many many more years! 🙂

    ps: I just sent my Mom your blog so she could browse the recipes and find some newer veggie filled meals 🙂
    ps2: At the market yesterday I bough cauliflower and chickpeas, so I’ll try out your favourite recipe and see for myself 😉
    ps3: Have a fantastic time in Mexico!! 😀
    Stella @ Stellicious Life recently posted…Oriental Lentil Casserole

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      You are so freaking sweet! You’ve always been such an amazingly supportive reader and fellow blogger. I am incredibly grateful for it!

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    March 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    congratulations once more time girly!! you have always been an inspiration and you continue to do. love you.
    dixya | food, pleasure, and health recently posted…Palak Tofu

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Love you! Thanks for always being so amazingly supportive! Lucky to have met you through this crazy blogging world!

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    Victoria
    March 4, 2016 at 5:54 am

    LOVEDDDD this post, so inspiring as a newbie blogger! Congrats, Davida!
    Victoria recently posted…Southwestern Chicken and Black Bean Lettuce Wraps [Dairy Free, Gluten Free]

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    Kelly @ montanahappy.com
    March 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Happy Anniversary! Great achievement – that’s a lot of hard work and happiness. I wish you even more success and joy.
    Kelly @ montanahappy.com recently posted…Funky Find Friday – Owl Painting

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelly! I really appreciate the support!

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