Well & Good: 3 Recipes for A Better You

January 18, 2018

Your body is always hinting at what it needs to feel balanced. The question is: Are you listening?

If you’re anything like blogger Alison Wu, you know that’s the first step in pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

Alison started her blog, Wu Haus, two years ago as a way follow her passion for food styling, but it quickly evolved into a hub for holistic living. “I’ve been lucky enough to live in Portland, and I’ve learned a lot from the people around me about natural beauty, meditation, the spiritual side of yoga,” she says. “And I had so many recipes I wanted to share.”

While her blog has grown over the last couple of years, whole-body wellness is nothing new for Alison. She first became interested in healthy habits as a teen. “When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a vegetarian,” says Alison, now 31. “From there I started practicing yoga and learning more about health and food.”

These days, Alison is an omnivore, but most of her meals and recipes are vegan and gluten free. That’s good news, considering that a recent poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group found that that 3.3% of the US population claim to adhere to a meat-free diet–that’s approximately 8 million people. As for gluten-free diets? According to Forbes, the number of people who avoid gluten has tripled since 2009.

For those whose wellness journeys are just beginning, it can be hard to know where to start. But Alison’s accessible, laidback approach to positive lifestyle changes is just why we love her.

“In the age of social media, it’s easy to be inspired by what someone else is doing. But we’re all so different—what works for one doesn’t work for another,” she says. “Listen to your body, and adapt to what it’s telling you. Just explore and see how you feel.”

We asked Alison for three recipes to start the new year off right. Here, she shares her favorite morning smoothie bowl, an energizing matcha, and the ingredients for a relaxing bath.

While banana adds a bit of sweetness, steamed zucchini makes up the bulk of this collagen-infused smoothie. “It’s blended, and it’s not completely fruit based, meaning this easily digestible dish is a great way to start the day,” says Alison.

What You’ll Need
For the smoothie base:
1 banana
1 cup zucchini, steamed then frozen or chilled in refrigerator
2 scoops protein powder or collagen peptides
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons lingonberry powder
1/2 cup nut milk of choice

For the topping:
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut chips
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
2 teaspoons cacao nibs, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

How To Make It
Blend all the ingredients for the base on high in a high-speed blender until very smooth. Pour into a bowl. Garnish with the topping mix and fresh or frozen berries if desired.

The best part about matcha? It’s jitter-free. “Matcha has a more calming, sustainable energy,” says Alison. “Unlike coffee, you don’t crash after drinking it.”

What You’ll Need
16 ounces hot water (160°-175°)
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut butter
2 scoops collagen peptides or marine collagen
1 tablespoon tocos
1 1/2 teaspoons matcha
1/2 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon reishi
1/2 teaspoon cordyceps
Optional: 1-2 teaspoons MCT oil (for an added boost); 1 teaspoon raw honey or 1 teaspoon mesquite powder (for a sweeter flavor)

How To Make It
Bring water to a boil in a kettle. Let cool a bit (160°-175°) before pouring into a high-speed blender. Add all other ingredients to the blender, and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. Pour into a mug or tea bowl, and enjoy!

Basic bubbles are great, but your body will thank you for going the extra mile with this luxurious bath. Here, Alison blends bright eucalyptus and lemon for an energetic soak that’s great for cold and cough season.

What You’ll Need
1 bunch eucalyptus, organic if possible
2 lemons, sliced into rounds
1-2 handfuls eucalyptus bath salts

How To Make It
Tie bunches of eucalyptus around the faucet handles in your tub. Fill bath with hot water. While bath is filling, place candles, crystals and anything else you’d like around the tub. Once the bath is mostly full, with the water running, add a couple handfuls of bath salts. Turn off the water and float the lemon slices in the water. Light the candles, grab a cup of tea, turn on relaxing playlist, and enjoy!

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