Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life | Joanna

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced  and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

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Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life Series

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It comes as no surprise to those who read my blog on the regular that I am now starting a Balanced Life Series. I’ve talked about it here, and then collaborated with the lovely girls of ThePartyof2 on a balanced recipe here.

Although I am a food blogger and instagrammer who likes to eat at the hot spots in Boston and beyond, I’m taking my blog further and starting to focus on balance and happiness; as well as positive body image and inspiration. Too often we are bombarded by images in the media that tell us we need to look a certain way or have a certain “thing” (whether it’s physical or costs $25,000.00) in order to be happy, and sadly it becomes “bible” to some young women, men and older people as well. Trust me, I’ve fallen victim to the brain-washing of it all and developed an eating disorder for many, many years. (read here)

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Sweet Eats: 3 Dairy & Egg Free Breakfast Ideas

Now that my body has an aversion to dairy and eggs, I have had to become creative with my breakfast options. My goal is to eat things that aren’t redundant so that I won’t become bored of my new lifestyle. Surprisingly, I have managed to keep it exciting and fun and have listed a few options below for you guys to try as well!

Super Simple Vegan Pancakes


(photo by: cookieandkate.com)

Fancy Avocado Toast


(photo by: thekitchn.com)

Revitalizing Smoothies


(photo by: HBfit.com)

Question of the Day: What are your favorite egg and dairy free breakfast recipes?

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Sweet Eats: The Mighty Macro Bowl


Every time I go to Whole Foods to do my weekly grocery shop, I love searching for new snacks to try. This week I picked up a delicious “Go Macro” macrobar. While reading the package, I noticed that along with descriptive words “vegan” and “non-GMO”, the word macrobiotic was displayed as well.

What does “macrobiotic” actually mean?

Someone who follows a macrobiotic dietary regimen eats mainly grains as a staple food (not to be confused with vegetarians or vegans who usually lead a plant based diet). Along with grains, vegetables, beans and legumes are also consumed. Pretty interesting I must say, though I cannot see myself committing to something like that (no shade to those who do it) as I LOVE seafood way too much to limit myself to having it twice or less.

Although I wont be donning my “Go Macro or Go Home” t-shirt any time soon, I am still going to incorporate macro recipes into my life as often as I can, as these recipes are great for my sensitive tummy.


After doing a bit of googling and Pinterest browsing, I came up with an easy and basic recipe to make for today’s lunch and wanted to share it with you guys!

What you will need

– butternut squash (cubed)


-black beans

-brown rice with quinoa

-Tahini dressing

Step One

Season your squash with salt and pepper and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

Step Two

Cook your rice (I use the microwavable kind) and boil your kale until the kale is soft

Step Three

Drain your beans

Step Four

Remove your squash from the oven and plate your macro bowl. You can drizzle a bit of Tahini dressing over the top, or squeeze some lemon juice.

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Simple, easy and delicious too!

Question of the Day: Have you ever tried a macro bowl? What is your favorite combo?

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