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marlee || sweet health nut  ➳ no diets, no labels, whole food ➳ strive for purpose + balance ➳ mental health advocate ➳ mama to Parker (check stories) πŸ’Œ marlee@sweethealthnut.com

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Watermelon πŸ‰ + Mint Fresher // last night I was lucky enough to be invited to a vegan instagrammers' potluck in Montreal, organized and hosted by the lovely @_lettuceliv with the help of her husband Rob and her pup @iggybubbles. It was obviously a DELICIOUS experience with so many talented cooks all together in one place, but it was also so nice to meet with such genuinely kind people who care so deeply about animals and being intentional about how they live their lives. It was super fun and I'm so happy to have met you all!
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The dish I brought was a SUPER simple watermelon salad that is my fave on a hot day:
+ watermelon
+ cucumber
+ mint
+ green onion
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I brought a balsamic + olive oil dressing on the side that I don't think anyone used (myself included) because it's so tasty and juicy on its own.
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I'll post a pic of the salad in my stories, but I wanted to share a pic of what I made with my leftover ingredients. I just blended up watermelon, filled to the brim of my #vitamix, plus ice and mint. I'm sipping on it as I type this and it's so subtle and refreshing πŸ‘ŒπŸ» highly recommend on a hot day to stay hydrated.
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Do you love froth? Hate it? The one on the right is for all you froth lovers! Which one would you choose, right or left?

Chia Pudding + Kiwi Stars πŸ₯βœ¨ + Raspberry Compote // read the whole caption if your philosophy includes saying *fuck labels*... I get to that later
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This is my first chia pudding post, and my thoughts on how it turned out aesthetically and taste-wise are both "meh"! But if you read my last post, you know I'm rolling with imperfection and totally going with it 😍 every "fail" is a "first attempt in learning" and I know every chia pudding attempt will get better and better πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
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I sadly missed #WellnessWednesday so I'm jumping on #ThursdayThoughts. I've been talking a lot about combatting perfectionism and achieving balance in recent posts, and a big part of making that a reality for me is not assigning labels to myself as much as possible. That said, I do live in society, and sometimes I label myself in certain situations to make my life less complicated. For example, I'm technically not vegan or even a vegetarian to anyone who is militant about it, but when I eat at a restaurant or someone's house, I'll often tell them I'm either vegan or vegetarian depending on what I feel able to eat that day. Most of the time, I just say I'm vegetarian (even though I do eat fish from time to time, and I have a don't-ask-don't-tell policy when it comes to poutine gravy πŸ™ˆ)
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I know this isn't the right approach for lots of people, but it's what's right for me. Stepping away from labels is important for my mental health. Which is interesting, because there are certain mental health labels I affiliate myself with, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD. I've been aware of the first two since my early 20s and I'm super comfortable with their presence in my life. As for ADHD, this is totally new for me. In my psychological assessment earlier this year, the results came back inconclusive for ADHD, which was pretty shocking as I know what ADHD is "supposed" to look like, and it isn't me.
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I wrote a blog post about how I may or may not have ADHD, but the label doesn't actually matter. Check out the link in my bio!
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What do you think about labels? Do they help you assert your identity? Do you find labels have a negative impact on your mental health? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Avocado πŸ₯‘ + Nutritional Yeast Blend // (read the whole caption if you're a perfectionist like me) this is my fave healthy snack, and it particularly comes in handy when I'm having a lazy day like today πŸ™ˆ. It's simply multigrain @goodthins rice crackers (#vegan + #glutenfree) topped with avocado, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper. This is not a traditionally beautiful snack to capture, but it's so so so tasty and so healthy. It's an easy way to get some healthy fats in my belly.
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Because it's #MotivationMonday, I want to talk about perfectionism and how it can have an impact on motivation. This pic isn't one I really wanted to post because it's not the most eye-catching or creative, but this is my reality today. I didn't eat anything that I deemed picture-worthy (TBH I ate pretty crappily today), and I almost didn't post anything at all, but I decided I wanted to take a snapshot of my reality.
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I like to call myself a recovering perfectionist. The biggest issue with my perfectionism is it prevents me from taking action, so I often end up doing nothing (rather than doing something I deem to be less-than-perfect). Case in point: this picture. My instinct was telling me it's better to post nothing than a meh picture, but that's not what I want this account to be about.
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I've been thinking about perfectionism for the past few months and have been actively working on trying to resist some of my harmful perfectionist tendencies, which tend to manifest in lack of action/motivation. I spoke to my friend and therapist Miriam aka @casualtoclose and she told me that forcing myself to write and post things I deem to be imperfect in the name of fighting my perfectionism is essentially exposure therapy, which I had never thought of, but makes so much sense!
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I just posted a blog on my site about how my perfectionism prevents me from getting shit done. If you consider yourself a perfectionist, you should check out the link in my bio!
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Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? If so, what do you do to help stay motivated and take action?

Unicorn Yogurt Bowl πŸ¦„ //matcha, raspberry and blackberry. Yum!!β €
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It's #FriYay, YAY!!! I'm so excited for the weekend! This has been a rough week emotionally β€” we switched Parker to a new daycare, and transitions are always hard for me. He did super well, though! I knew I had to be confident and set the tone for him. Luckily, my husband is super easy-going, so it's perfect that he typically drops Parker off at school. As much as I want to protect him from every bad feeling and every struggle, I don't, because struggle is important. It's a part of life. I refuse to be a helicopter or a lawn mower parent. Kiddos are so much more capable and resilient than we realize, and it's inspiring for me to see how such a little guy with less than two years in existence can learn new things, get used to new situations, and roll with the punches... dare-I-say even better than me!β €
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Don't get me wrong, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. I took Parker to school this morning and there were a few tears when we arrived. I knelt down to his level and we hugged for several minutes with a few little whimpers emerging (from Parker!) every few seconds. During that time, I was so torn. A part of me wanted to wait until he said he was ready to go play with the other kids, while another part of me felt like I was holding him back with my own struggle with transitions. Kids feed off their parents energy. It hurt my heart so much to let go of his hug and pass him to his teacher. I waited outside his class away from the window for a minute to make sure he was okay. I peeked in literally 15 seconds later and he was already smiling and playing with the farm animal toys!β €
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I never imagined I would feel another person's pain to such an extreme. I'm an empathetic person to begin with, but being a mom is a whole other level. This means I have to be intentional about how I parent, and resist the urge to do everything for him and make everything easier.β €
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If this topic interests you, I just published a blog post about letting your kids struggle. Check out the link in the bio!

My Favourite Breakfast // as colorful and artistic as some of my posts are, it's this super simple bowl that happens to be my go-to breakfast pretty much every single morning. I usually even skip the berries and go with just plain Greek yogurt and @lovegrown granola.
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I'm planning to attempt to make my own granola soon because the amount I go through is getting expensive 😬
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Is there such a thing as #TruthTuesday? Either way, I've got some truth coming out. Here it comes! I feel this post is important because Instagram, like all social media, can be incredibly misleading. I'm not sitting around eating star-shaped fruit every day (lol) and, as I've mentioned in previous posts, sometimes my bowls aren't as delicious as they look! The joy in making a lot of my dishes is the artistic process. I've rediscovered a level of creativity that I forgot I loved so much... and I get to do it with food, and then eat my creation after! How cool is that! Don't get me wrong, most things I post are tasty (if it isn't, I will tell you *ahem* papaya) and I try not to waste. But it's important to remember that just because something is aesthetically pleasing doesn't mean it's something I crave and derive supreme pleasure out of eating. This is a pretty good metaphor for life, actually. Beauty doesn't innately create joy or meaning. Sometimes the simplest and plainest items and experience are the ones that give us the most fulfillment and enjoyment! It's easy to overlook the things that make our lives beautiful that may not seem so at a glance. Like the trail of books my toddler leaves all over the house (how amazing is it that he loves to read!?), or my husband and I sitting next to each other without saying a word, only remembering each other is there when we fart or burp (TMI?! True story though, we love doing our own thing, and we're both pretty gassy πŸ™ˆ but how special is it that we found each other?! 😍)
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Alright enough rambling for today πŸ˜‚. What's something that makes you happy or gives your life meaning that isn't exactly "beautiful" or "special" in a traditional sense?

Papaya Berry Boat // this is my first time ever buying a papaya and the boats turned out so cute! The smoothie is just blueberries, banana and ice blended in the #vitamix. Gotta admit, I'm not loving the taste of papaya, though 😬... it's kind of bland, which is so strange with such a beautifully pigmented fruit! Any tips on good smoothie combos that work with the flavour of papaya? 😍😘

Berry Nice Cream // had some more fun with hearts β™₯️ and stars ✨
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Super simple!! Base is frozen mixed berries + one banana 🍌 + ice blended in the #vitamix
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Topped with kiwi πŸ₯ + strawberry πŸ“+ chia seeds
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Life update: I took two days off Instagram and it was wonderful. I allowed myself to spend some much-needed time in the present moment. It's easy to get caught up in the digital world and want to capture everything in the "real" world to put on social media. But social media can't replace tangible, in-person connection! And using social media too much can detract from that connection (my grandmother yells at anyone who has their phone out for ANY reason at our weekly dinners and I think she's brilliant). I tend to get lost in whatever I'm focusing on at the moment, which can mean getting lost on Instagram for hours before realizing how much time has passed. So being self-aware and forcing some digital-free time is crucial for me. I even sleep with my phone in another room because I don't trust myself not to check it! So worth it.
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Do you like to take some space from social media?

Oat Splatter Bowl // I actually wasn't planning on posting a picture today. I started making a simple bowl of oatmeal with chia and then inspiration struck for a new #splatterbowl, so I had to go with it!
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It's a suuuper rainy and grey day here in Montreal, and yucky weather always brings down my morale. I may or my not still be in my PJs πŸ™ˆ β€” perks of working from home. Also, my kiddo is going through some sort of developmental leap + major teething, and woke us up screaming for mommy at 3:30am. He only went back down at 6am after lots of back rubs, cuddles in our bed and eventually my middle-of-the-night-brain realized I should give him some Tylenol for the pain. I am POOPED!!! I can't complain too much because he's been sleeping through the night for a while now. My heart goes out to all sleep-deprived mamas out there, you are amazing! And it will get better! These nights are now few and far between πŸ™πŸ»
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Hopefully anyone out there with an equally intense case of the Mondays has something they can do for self-care to feel better, hang in there bb 😘

Banana + Peach Sorbet // on this hot day, I wanted something light and simple. The base is one frozen banana 🍌 and one cup of frozen peaches with 1/4 cup of water, blended in the vitamix. Made fun and colorful by watermelon stars πŸ‰β­οΈ and a copious amount of blueberries 😍

My Healing Toast // so today's post is a little different than usual. I've been pretty sick the past few days and I finally saw a doctor today. Unfortunately it's viral, which means I just have to let it run its course because antibiotics won't work. I was pretty pissed because I was so looking forward to taking a pill and feeling better asap!! But on the other hand, it's better to not have to take antibiotics because it really messes with your gut flora. Anywho, I didn't have much of an appetite today so I made my go-to comfort food, which is delicious as well as healing! It's simply toast topped with coconut butter, cinnamon, honey and some sea salt. Whenever I'm sick, I try to consume as much cinnamon and honey as possible (especially when my throats hurts) and I find it helps speed up the healing process.
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As you scan see, I couldn't wait for the pic and snuck a bite lol oops πŸ™Š
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What healing/comfort do you go to when you're sick? Any tips for me to help with my ailing throat?? 😷

Matcha Bowl + Fun Fruit // had some fun with my new cookie cutters πŸ‰β­οΈ πŸ₯ 😍 what do you think?
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Super simple smoothie bowl! Matcha, banana, coconut milk, ahwagantha, frozen spinach and maple syrup. Topped with kiwi, raspberries, watermelon, chia and hemp seeds.
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Real talk: I've been having pretty bad nerve pain since I woke up and I'm feeling kinda like πŸ’© mentally and physically. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease a few months ago and this nerve pain is one of my newer symptoms... it's a bit jarring. I can't get comfortable and I feel pain even when I'm sitting down. I'm pretty proud that I pushed myself to make this bowl because it actually made me feel a bit better! Not only is creating these fun foods a creative outlet for me, but I feel productive! And plus, I get to eat it after 😍 the best mood-boosting perk of all.
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What do you do to help yourself feel better when you're having a bad day?

Butter Chickpeas // I loooove Indian food, but I'm pretty sensitive to hot spice. That doesn't hold me back, though -- the flavours are so delish, I push through the pain in hopes of increasing my sad tolerance for heat, while still enjoying the flavours. The good thing about attempting a cuisine at home is I can tweak it. In this case, I made it super mild (to the dismay of my hubs who likes his food as spicy as possible -- sorry love!). This turned out to be perfect for me. Full of flavour with no heat. Far from authentic Indian food πŸ™ˆ but definitely inspired by Indian cuisine. I quite enjoyed how this dish turned out!
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Swipe all the way through to see the final bowl ➑️
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Recipe coming to the blog soon!

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