What made you want to be a Holistic Nutritionist?
I knew for a long time that my passion was in nutrition. I was always reading health-related books and making meal plans for friends and coworkers in my free time, but what made me finally follow my passion was being with the same company for almost 4 years in a position I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in. At that point, I knew I needed to follow my passion, as scary as the change was. So many people struggle with finding their passion, so knowing that I knew what mine was, I couldn’t keep brushing it aside.
What is your philosophy on food and health?
I believe in eating real, whole foods that are going to nourish and fuel my body in the best way possible. I don’t focus on calorie-counting, counting macronutrients, or weighing myself; I believe if you are eating whole foods and tuning into your body, it isn’t necessary. I also believe in balance, so while most of the time I eat healthy, I won’t ever deprive myself. I love making healthier versions of foods or desserts that would otherwise be considered unhealthy. Once you realize that you’re eating habits directly affect your health (good or bad), you really don’t want to eat any other way, but healthy.
What is your favorite quick and healthy recipe?
I LOVE overnight oats, they are so easy to throw together in a mason jar, plus they’re nutritious and taste delicious. I also love that you can play around with what you add to them, so they never get boring. My go to base is ¾ cup organic oats, 1 cup homemade cashew milk, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, a handful of walnuts, a stevia packet, lots of cinnamon, and a dash of sea salt. In the morning, I’ll put it in a bowl and add something like berries and cashew butter on top.
#1 Healthy Tip?
I think it is most important to commit to living a healthy lifestyle versus trying the latest fad diet. Diets don’t last, and don’t teach one how to truly be healthy. Also, health isn’t all food-based, make sure you are getting your heart rate up through regular exercise, practicing stress reduction through yoga and/or meditation, and are content with all areas of your life- Work, environment, and relationship wise. These all play into your overall well-being and health too.
Go to weeknight dinner?
My two favorites are: Brown rice with lots of steamed vegetables, tahini sauce, some avocado, this walnut-hemp seed basil pesto I make, with some nutritional yeast and sometimes tempeh or an over-easy pastured egg (depending on my hunger level). My second go-to fav would be a giant salad with tons of vegetables (cabbage, tomato, cucumber, beets, etc.), pumpkin seeds, and hummus, topped with a veggie patty ( I love the ones from Hilary's) and sauerkraut.
Dark chocolate, bliss balls, and the occasional glass of red wine.
I love hiking because I love being outdoors and it’s a great way to work muscles I don’t always use while disconnecting from the world. I also love HIIT- It’s such an easy, quick way to get a good workout in. Lately, I’ve been following the Fitness Blender HIIT workouts.
Favorite healthy restaurant in LA?
Café Gratitude and Sun Café are my go-to spots. Sometimes I think I need to venture out more because LA is full of amazing, healthy restaurants, but I LOVE the veggie burger (I Am Magical) from Café Gratitude, and I can’t get enough of the lettuce leaf tacos, or the Kale and Cacao Shakes from Sun Café.
What do you do to detox after you've indulged a bit on vacation or over the weekend?
I make sure to get my Green Energy Smoothies (recipe on my Instagram page) back into my day ASAP, and will focus on eating clean meals like pastured organic eggs, giant green salads, beet juices and lots of steamed vegetables with brown rice. After a few days of clean eating, I usually feel GREAT again and am back to my usual eating routine.
Britt Martin is a California native who is passionate about health and nutrition. She has her Communication degree from Cal State Fullerton and is currently pursuing her goal of becoming a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant through Bauman College. Britt’s aspiration is to make the world a healthier, happier place by helping people live more nutritious lives. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and her dog-children. For inspiration, workouts, motivation, and lots of health tips and recipes, follow her nutrition-focused social media accounts:
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1 cup coconut milk
1.5 frozen banana
1 pitted date
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp organic turmeric powder
1 tsp ground ginger
Cinnamon, seasoned to taste
Dash of black pepper and nutmeg
Optional: 1 scoop of your favorite plant-based protein
Blend all ingredients, pour into a bowl, and add your favorite toppings! As you can see in Britt's smoothie bowls, she changes it up with chia seeds, goji berries, fruit, granola, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, and even pieces of her favorite protein bar. Tons of healthy and delicious options!