Healthier Alternatives

Cereal — Oatmeal with nuts, seeds, cinnamon, etc.
Candles — Diffuser with essential oils
Cow’s milk — Plant-based milk: almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, etc.
Makeup remover — Coconut oil, castor oil, etc.


Favorite Essential Oils

If you’re newly into essential oils or want to try them out, I recommend these for starters. They’re very multi functional and highly effective, I like to call them nature’s medicine.

Lavender – Helpful for sleep/insomnia, acne scars, acne, mood boost, confidence, anxiety relief, burn relief, cuts, headache relief, nausea, inflammation, skincare, etc.

Tea Tree – Helpful for blemishes, cough/colds, fungus, other skin concerns, cuts/wounds, household cleaner, etc.

Grapefruit – Helpful for mood boosting, antibacterial, stress relief, circulation and muscle pain relief, skincare, etc.

If you want to learn more, these are great references: Dr. Axe’s Essential Oils Guide and 101 Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast


There were times when I had this for breakfast for weeks nonstop. I think I might be back to that phase. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and sour, crunchy and creamy, and a perfect start to the day.


2-3 tbsp yogurt
1 handful granola
1 banana
1 handful strawberries (or any berries)
1 tbsp flaxseed (or any seeds)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch cinnamon


1. Mix yogurt with vanilla extract
2. Add granola
3. Add fruit of choice; I like banana, strawberries, and sometimes raspberries
4. Add toppings; I like to add cinnamon and flaxseed

Favorite Sites for Healthy Recipes

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This past year I’ve become more aware than ever about the food we eat and how it affects our overall wellbeing. It was around a year ago when I decided I was going to really shift my diet. Along the way, my family has gradually adapted a lot of the clean diet philosophy (no more deep frying at home, I’m so grateful!).

One of the biggest struggles for us though has been dessert. This is where a lot of these sites have come to use. I’ve found lots of delicious recipes here which are free of refined sugar, dairy, gluten and processed foods. I’ve been really trying out alternative/healthier recipes to our favorite desserts including cheesecakes, apple crumble, cookies, brownies, pies… Enjoy!

1. Jessica Sepel
2. Minimalist Baker
3. Delciously Ella
4. Oh She Glows
5. Nutrition Stripped

Healthy Food Spots: Juice Smith

A while back I was at Deerfields Mall when I saw a new stand under construction. It said Juice Smith, so I assumed it was going to be a new health spot and that got me excited. Recently, I passed by and gave it a go.

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First off, I love the menu! They have four categories: Polish the Skin, Sharpen the Mind, Forging the Body and Form the Muscle. I think this brilliant. I went straight to the Polish the Skin menu… and I felt like trying all of them, haha! They all seem like nutritious and delicious combinations. Eventually, I chose the Papaya Ginger smoothie and it was divine.

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I have to mention that I was really happy about the glass bottle (I’ve been looking for these). I’m definitely going to reuse it at home and probably at university.

Design-wise, the interior is very well put together. I also think they’ve done a pretty good job with typography and visual branding. I approve.

I can’t wait to go back and try more, the Bright Eyes smoothie is next on my list. I’m super grateful we’re seeing more beautiful health options here in the UAE and I’m looking forward to more.

Juice Smith Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Locations: Abudhabi (UAE)