My name is Davida and I’m so happy you ended up on my corner of the internet.The-Maven

I’m the twenty-something foodie, workout fanatic and pancake-loving blogger behind The Healthy Maven. Since the day I got my easy-bake oven I have loved to bake. Over time this love evolved into all things food and as I entered my college-years I was spending as much time in the kitchen as I was in the library.

The health part came next.

In 2011 I landed my first big-kid job and kicked off my career in NYC. As much as I loved the city, managing food, rent and other necessities on a research assistant’s budget wasn’t feasible at all. Something had to give…

In my time in NYC I learned how to budget food, the importance of knowing where my food was coming from, and how to nourish my body to support my active lifestyle. And as I continued my career navigating the hospital systems of NYC and Toronto I discovered how few young people understood these factors too. We know how to treat illness once we get sick, but what about preventing it?

This question, along with the sentiments coming from my friends and family about the lack of resources available to support preventative medicine, like tips on how to eat a balanced and healthy diet and where to begin with exercise is what inspired me to start The Healthy Maven.

I currently live in San Francisco, California (but forever a proud Canadian!) with my Fiancé (known around here as “C”) and our dog, Bodhi. Besides my passion for healthy cooking, I love to travel, hike, photograph my life and pretty much do anything outdoors. I hope you’ll stick around!


the-blogI started The Healthy Maven in February of 2013 with the hopes of sharing nutritious recipes, workouts and healthy living tips with my friends and family but before I knew it, this little space of mine had become so much more.

The Healthy Maven has chronicled my experiments in the kitchen, in the gym and perhaps most importantly, in my life. From quitting my job and taking on the blog full-time, opening up about my struggles with body image and how I’m learning to balance health and hedonism, this place has been my virtual diary for over 4 years and I have loved every second of it.

I now call The Healthy Maven my day job, and truly not a day goes by that I’m not grateful to spend my days whipping up healthy muffins, chatting about natural skincare or recapping my latest travel adventure.

You can expect a new post 3 days a week (Sunday, Tuesday, Friday) with the occasional drop-in on any other day if inspiration strikes! And if I didn’t get too sidetracked by Netflix, you can expect a new video on my YouTube channel every Friday and Sunday too. Oh and there’s the podcast…Yes, I have a hard time sitting still.

My goal with The Healthy Maven is to inspire you to get a little crazy in your kitchen and appreciate that just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious. And if all else fails, I hope to make you laugh with my daily antics or find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone in your struggles.


approachThe Healthy Maven is about eating real and unprocessed food, getting creative in the kitchen and leading an active and balanced lifestyle. We could all use a little more kale AND wine in our lives.

Many of the recipes you find on here fall into an abundance of different categories. Most are gluten-free and dairy-free with some vegetarian, vegan and paleo recipes in there too. While I certainly enjoy and support all of these diets (if they work for you!), I don’t personally follow any of them strictly. I also do not provide nutrition profiles on my recipes as I strongly believe that quality takes precedence to quantity.

Without a specific label on my diet, nothing is off limits and instead I find myself choosing to fuel my body with real food because that’s what makes me feel awesome. And sometimes, we all just need a cookie!

That’s my approach to health; If it makes me feel awesome then I am on board. Most of the time this means eating an organic plant-based diet, but if that scone is calling my name, I want bacon with my eggs and my dinner is begging for a glass of wine, then that’s okay too. Same goes for exercise, I’m a Barre-loving fitness fanatic who also loves yoga, running and pilates. But I also love Netflix marathons (noticing a pattern here?) so sometimes a day on the couch is exactly what I need.

I’m all about finding what works for you each day, even if each day looks different.

 connect with me on social:

Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Snapchat: TheHealthyMaven

Are you a brand looking to partner with The Healthy Maven? Head on over to my Press Page to learn more.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist or dietician or a personal trainer. All opinions shared are my own. Please consult a physician before making any changes in your diet or fitness regimen.

[All photo credits on this page go to Bettina Bogar Photography]


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    February 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I love this about me page! I’ve been trying to revamp mine and this inspires me so much.

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    Michelle Smith
    May 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I LOVE your blog! And I love your about me page. 🙂 Up until two months ago I had never seen any Harry Potter movie, then watched them all. I’m slowly moving away from running and focusing on my weight training & yoga now too! Oh yeah, and I’m a food photographer! lol (www.michellesmithphotos.com) Keep up the great stuff!

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    May 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Love seeing Toronto bloggers 🙂 way to go! Love your blog so far.

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    bond pace
    September 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    fantastic page and from an older retired man……….YOUR GORGEOUS……………

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      November 5, 2016 at 12:10 am

      doesn’t mean that you have to maintain or stay in negative catabolic relationships. You can choose not to be a part of someone’s life, and still move towards

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    Marla Martenson
    March 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I am so glad that I found your blog. I love it! Travel, writing and healthy food are my favorite things.

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    Monica Nobile
    July 20, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I stumbled upon your site from Pinterest while surfing for high energy, GF, DF snacks. Nice to see a local person! I’m in the GTA too. I tried to get to the cookie dough balls page but it no longer exists. Do you have a recipe for it?

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    Fred Deltorchio
    August 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Just finished having breakfast: Mocha Overnight Oats. What a great meal. Thanks for this recipe. The perfect “after bike ride” energy boost; combines everything I love…oatmeal, coffee, bananas and honey!

    Thanks Maven!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      anytime! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it 🙂 Which reminds me, I need to whip it up again!

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    November 25, 2015 at 12:59 am

    LOVE your new about page Davida – it captures you and the blog perfectly! <3

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    Brenda Lenz
    January 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I like your attitude! I just tried your super food hot cocoa recipe and was pleasantly surprised. I’m a 50-something looking to be healthier and more fit. I’ve always been an 80/20 sort of eater and cook and I’d like to ramp up the 80% a little. You’ve got yourself a new follower. Keep up the inspiring work! 🙂

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying the recipes. Really appreciate your support and keep at it! 🙂

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    January 29, 2016 at 6:37 am

    For the slow cooker jerk chicken, what if I de-skin my chicken legs, how many calories would that be. Thanx, I already tried recipe and I can not wait for lunch!

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    Kelly @ montanahappy.com
    March 3, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Just found your blog today. Love it. Your About Me page is great!

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    March 7, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Do you have a recipe for Lentil Soup I am trying to lose weight I had some last week and really enjoyed it so I do not eat any sweets . Susan Duffy

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    cecilia varga
    April 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

    thank you for taking the time to do this blog like this.

    love your blog.

    I love simple recipes … it’s pure simple elegance.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Aw thank you Cecilia! Thanks for supporting THM and expect a lot more simple and delicious recipes coming your way 🙂

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    Mary M. Martinez
    April 11, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Great post! Great Blog. Thanks, and I’m coming!

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    Tyler M
    June 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Marry me??

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    July 28, 2016 at 9:05 am

    New subbing here. Going to try your avocado tuna sandwich for lunch. Love seeing more Canadian healthy blogs.

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    Sharnette Walker
    May 23, 2017 at 10:54 am

    About 3 months ago i stumbled on your blog while looking for rose water spray. What i found was so much more and I want to thank you. You gave the push to get started on my blog. It was something that I needed to do without knowing that I wanted to do it. What I haven’t disclosed on my blog is that I had bariatric surgery last year November. The size of my stomach was reduced by 80%. All my habits had to change. It was a much needed step for my longevity. Most of my socialization was around food. After the surgery I still wanted to indulge but was unaware how to do it because my taste buds had changed and I could only eat a spoon or two of the foods I use to indulge in. I was crying on the inside as I tried to adjust to my new life. When I found your blog, I realized that I could channel my energy into my love of food without hurting myself or impeding my progress. Your blog led me to cookieandkate and the inspiration from both of you has be phenomenal. But you got me started and for that I thank you.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      May 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Sharnette. Hearing from you guys is the always important reminder I need to keep going with this and share my journey. And if I’ve learned anything from starting a blog, it’s that you never know who you might be inspiring. Don’t forget this as you continue on your blogging journey. Congrats to you and thank you again for your kindness! xoxo Davida

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