I am so pleased to be featuring the gorgeous Jordan Younger as part of The Healed Life Series – you may know her best as The Balanced Blonde! This beautifully vibrant soul faced her health issues head on and courageously spoke out about her decision to live her best life. It was such a blast chatting with her in her native Los Angeles a few months ago – I just love this gal, and I know you will too!
NAME: Jordan Younger
OCCUPATION: Health and lifestyle blogger, Freelance writer, Holistic health coach, Author
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do and how you got here:
I like to consider myself a “jack of all trades” in the health and fitness world. I spend most of my days blogging about health, wellness and living an overall balanced lifestyle based on the sole principle of happiness! Because let’s be real, happiness absolutely comes first when it comes to being our healthiest selves.
I fell into the health blogging profession by way of a massive love for writing and a major passion for health. My blog started as a hobby to document my vegan food journey and my love for creating plant-based deliciousness in the kitchen. It has since evolved, along with my dietary preferences and my life, into a snapshot of my life. I now provide video content, blog posts, social media posts, and put information out there through my app, my book and my freelance articles as well. I just love to connect – so that’s what I spend my time doing!
What does “health” mean to you?
“Health” to me is a delicate balance of lifestyle, relationships, food, fitness, sleep and spirit. When we get too obsessed with one, the others slip. The goal is to even out our priorities so that we can dedicate the adequate amount of time to each part of our self. Surrounding ourselves with people we love who lift us up is just as important as eating well, just like our physical fitness is equally important to our spirituality and the amount of sleep we get. It’s a balance! And it’s not about being perfect, it’s about being happy and feeling good.
What brings balance to your life?
Doing what I love! Friends, family, writing, yoga, working on the blog, taking a walk on the beach, hiking in the mountains, connecting with inspiring people – all of these things have been known to bring me to tears of happiness! I’m a passionate person, so it’s all about igniting those passions and treating life as an adventure. Life IS an adventure, and we have to follow our dreams and chase, chase, chase them!
Can you share your food philosophy?
All things in moderation. I have put my body through the wringer with restrictive diets of all different kinds. I was a strict raw vegan for many years, and the restriction was making me so unhappy in so many ways… even though my body felt “purer” than ever before, I was a mess on the inside. Without even realizing it. Eat to feel good. If you want to have a yummy treat that’s calling your name, then by all means do it. Don’t obsess over it. Don’t panic. Simply be. Trust yourself! That’s what it’s all about. When you truly listen to your body, eating what you are truly hungry for becomes easier and easier.
What is your favourite way to stay active?
Power vinyasa yoga! It’s a rigorous, cardio-based type of yoga that I absolutely adore. I also love running when I am in the mood and when I really need to relieve stress. Working out with friends is always a blast. Running on the beach with friends is a definite favorite. I like to switch it up.
How do you silence that inner critic?
I stay true to myself, and every time I hear that inner critic getting louder and louder, I think positive thoughts to combat her and put her away. We all have that voice inside of our head that tells us we aren’t good enough, we aren’t thin enough, we aren’t pretty enough, we aren’t funny enough, we aren’t enough. Well, guess what? We are enough. You are enough. I am enough. That is all I need to remind myself, and it helps. It takes believing it in order for it to help.
Who is your greatest health inspiration?
Nadya Andreeva, health coach and author of the book Happy Belly, is a huge inspiration to me. She suffered from many of the same stomach issues that I did and she was able to find a diet that works for her – label-free and amazing. Same with Gabrielle Bernstein, Kris Carr, and anyone who has had to suffer through an eating disorder and has come out the other side with love for their bodies and a whole new perspective. Including the beautiful miss Jessica, of course!
Where is your favourite place on earth?
Maui, Hawaii. It is my second home, and the beach is my refuge. I could stay there forever. Another favorite is Tuscany. I love the history, the serenity, and the utter peace and quiet. If I could live there with all of my loved ones, I would be a very happy girl.
What quote best sums up your wellness philosophy?
“Moderation in all things. Especially moderation.” And “Extremes are Easy. Strive for Balance.”
What is your favourite healthy snack?
Raw, unsalted nuts are a favorite. I love cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds. Also green juices, fruit and chai tea lattes.
What is next on the cards for you? Your goals and aspirations?
My memoir, Breaking Vegan, will be out in October 2015. As a writer this is, in my eyes, my greatest accomplishment yet and I can’t wait to share my recovery story and journey toward balance with the world. I also want to continue to grow the blog, my YouTube channel, my clothing line and the app. It’s a very exciting time and I’m just trying to stay on top of all of it and do the best that I can!
Please share the recipe you make when someone needs convincing that healthy food tastes amazing: My raw vegan peanut butter cups, all the way!
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Portion:
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup natural almond butter (you can do 1 cup of one or the other, but I loved the variety of flavor in the combo)
1 Tbsp. organic agave syrup (may substitute with maple syrup or honey)
2 Tbsp. organic coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 Tbsp. organic agave syrup
1/4 cup organic vegan chocolate chips
- Whip out your trusty muffin trays, and if you don’t have them, buy them, because they come in handy for just about every yummy treat.
- Combine the nut butters, coconut oil and agave syrup in a bowl and stir until the ingredients are well mixed.
- Place a spoonful of the mixture into each muffin cup until you have used it all.
- Place in the freezer until hardened. Now time to start on the chocolate portion!
- Combine the cacao powder, coconut oil, agave and chocolate chips in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
- Place a spoonful of the chocolate mixture over the hardened peanut butter mixture.
- Pop them back into the freezer and harden. Now comes the hard part – wait until they are hard so you can nom on those puppies!
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