Featured, Living Well

COVID-19: How You Can Support Yourself and Take Care Of Others (Safely)

March 25, 2020

I want to preface by saying that I know everyone is experiencing some variant of difficulty right now – emotionally, physically, or financially – as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever situation you’re find yourself in and however you may be feeling, just know, we’re all in this together. We all have the ability to do our part to flatten the curve and keep ourselves, our families, and our communities feeling supported and encouraged through this difficult time.



This one seems self-explanatory as physical activity (especially aerobic exercise) can reduce stress and boost your mood (#endorphins) – two essential things everyone could benefit from right now. In addition, improving your overall fitness can help keep your immune system in top shape.

If you aren’t showing signs of illness and haven’t been asked to quarantine yourself, you are likely still allowed to go outside. Whatever your outdoor activity of choice is, continue to practice social distancing.

For a comprehensive list of at-home workouts and streaming services, click HERE.


Call your grandparents, FaceTime a friend for coffee, host a virtual happy hour, text a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them. There are plenty of ways to stay connected digitally without potentially spreading the virus. Not only will these interactions benefit your own mental health, they can boost the mood of recipients making everyone feel less isolated.

Take a break

It’s easy to get sucked into the news cycle that inundates our televisions, smartphones, and social feeds 24/7. While it’s important to be informed and to check in daily for any changes or further precautions, if you find yourself feeling more anxious than empowered, take a break.

Let go of expectations

Coronavirus has dramatically changed everything, from how we do business to how we interact with our friends and loved ones — and that’s on top of the stress and uncertainty many of us are already feeling because of the pandemic itself. There’s no ‘right’ way to feel during a pandemic. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel (and without judgement) and know that everyone is experiencing fear and uncertainty in one way or another.


First and foremost, please listen to your local public health officials. There are now 17 states in the U.S. asking their residents to stay at home (the exception being essential services). Please reference your local news and the CDC or WHO regularly for COVID-19 updates. It is vital that we do our part to flatten the curve and implement the measures scientifically proven to combat this virus. Use all recommended precautions when assisting others.

Check on your neighbors

Call or text your neighbors and check in frequently (especially those who are high risk or elderly). If you’re going to the grocery store or pharmacy, ask if you can pick something up while out. You can leave items on their doorstep to maintain social distancing. Even a simple phone call can brighten someone’s day.

Make a donation

  • All the panic buying has resulted in a decrease in food bank donations, many of which rely on grocery stores for supply. Please consider taking extra, non-perishable items to your local food bank.
  • One of the unintended consequences of widespread social distancing is a rapid decline in blood donations. As long as you are healthy, this is still considered a safe activity. For more information, contact your local blood bank.
  • There are many students who qualify for subsidized meals. With schools being shut down across the country, access to this necessary nutrition is extremely limited if not nonexistent. Reach out to your local school district to see how you can help hungry children and families in your area.

Support local businesses

Small businesses are hurting, and so are thousands of hourly workers who are finding themselves unemployed or earning drastically reduced wages. If you’re able, make it a point to (safely) support your locally owned businesses by ordering takeout or delivery from an area restaurant, buying a gift card to use in the future, shopping online from your favorite boutique, or donating to a relief fund for employees out of work.

Other ways you can help:

  • Cook a meal or offer help to healthcare workers or other essential employees.
  • It’s recommended that you have a two week to 30 day supply of non-perishable food and supplies at home. Do NOT hoard. Doing so has consequences for vulnerable and disadvantaged shoppers. (I.e. those who truly need specific items now, those without the luxury of ‘stocking up’ or shopping around at multiple retailers.)
  • Information is power so when sharing news on digital platforms or with friends and family, make sure it’s from a reputable source. The less misinformation about the virus that’s spread, the more people will listen to legitimate advice from experts.
  • Call or check the social media pages of your local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, hospitals, clinics, and community centers. Many places are running low on resources and could potentially need something you have an excess of.


Continue to practice proper hand hygiene, social distance when navigating essential public spaces, and take good care of yourself and those around you. Stay well, everyone!

Featured, Living Well

Fit From Home: Online Workout Subscriptions To SURVIVE COVID19 Social Distancing

March 15, 2020
Fit From Home: Online Workout Subscriptions to Survive COVID19 Social Distancing

Greetings from the epicenter of the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak, Seattle!

While many of us are stuck at home implementing and adjusting to the new reality of social distancing, there are still plenty of ways to stay fit. Below is a curated list of subscription services and free workouts encompassing everything from yoga to boot camp to keep you feeling strong and healthy despite the current circumstances.



Pure Barre

The Bar Method

Ballet Beautiful

Xtend Barre

Melissa Wood Health


Daily Burn

Crunch Live

Tone It Up

Obe Fitness

Body By Simone


Tracy Anderson





Alo Moves



Yoga With Adriene (full length and short yoga classes)

Blogilates (pilates and cardio workouts)

PopSugar Fitness (HIIT, dance cardio, strength training, yoga, pilates)

Fitness Blender (HIIT, cardio, total body)

Boho Beautiful (yoga, pilates)

Tone It Up (strength training, cardio, HIIT, yoga)


If I missed any subscription services or YouTube workouts you love, comment below!

In addition, please stay updated on any COVID19 related news and updates from science-based and/or credible public health resources like the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. Irresponsible, anti-science rhetoric and misinformation is rampant right now. We have a responsibility to consume and share accurate information.

Dessert, Featured, Food

Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

February 28, 2020
Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Presenting Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats. A combination of three of my favorite things: matcha tea, dark chocolate, and vegan treats. Made with just 5 simple ingredients, these striking green-hued morsels are as delicious as they are beautiful. This recipe is vegan & gluten free.


Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
Matcha Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats


  1. In a large pan, melt Earth Balance, on a medium heat.
  2. Gently, using a spatula, fold in mini marshmallows. Mix well to combine.
  3. Add in crispy rice cereal, plus matcha and mix until the cereal is completely coated with the marshmallow mix.
  4. Using a spatula, add mixture to an 8 x 10” or 9 x 11″ baking pan. Press firmly using the back of a spatula to set in pan.
  5. Cool completely. Coat with melted chocolate chips if desired.

Notes: Recipe adapted from candicekumai.com. Ceramics by Yokky Wong for Lawrence & Scott.

Dessert, Food

Chocolate Beetroot Cake [Vegan + GF Option]

February 8, 2020

Superbly moist and creamy, this decadent chocolate cake gets its perfect texture from gorgeous, earthy beets. The taste is completely undetectable, only adding natural sweetness and desirable texture.


  • 1 cup beet puree (see instructions below)
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or gluten free, all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Vegan + GF Option)


Beetroot Puree
  1. Peel and quarter 3-4 medium sized beets (about 1 pound of beets). Steam the  beets for 15 minutes or until knife effortlessly pierces them. Add the cooked beets to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Measure out 1 cup and set aside.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare an 8″ round cake pan with parchment paper and grease around the side.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and water and let stand until thickened (5-10 minutes). Meanwhile in a large bowl, sift together flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the centre and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flax mixture, beetroot puree, olive oil, almond milk and vanilla. Add the beet mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 50-55 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the cake form the pan, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. Add the chocolate pieces to a medium sized heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, gently heat the coconut milk until steaming (not boiling). Carefully pour the heated coconut milk over the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Allow the ganache to thicken at room temperature for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid chunks of unmelted chocolate. (See notes)
  2. Using a spatula, frost the cooled cake, decorate using freshly cut flowers, and serve.
  • If your coconut milk has separated during storage (it has a thick layer of fat and a watery layer), it’s important that you mix it back together before measuring; simply whip it up in a blender or food processor.
  • The ganache may seem runny at first, but it will thicken to a spreadable texture after the alloted thickening time has passed.
  • To state the obvious: Discard flowers before consuming.
Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Vegan + GF Option)