Creating Healthy Habits with Kiwami Greens

Thanks to Kiwami Greens for sponsoring this post.

Many people have tried to create healthy habits, mainly in the form of new years resolutions. Unfortunately, most have yet to stick to that resolution and are onto other alternate routes on becoming the best, healthier self they can be. Firstly, I’ll congratulate you on wanting to keep up with your resolutions whether or not you broke it. I gotta agree, it’s tough to keep up when no one is constantly pushing you to better yourself.

My friend Elisabeth have set a pact with one another — we are to go explore new trails weekly. One, it keeps me so motivated because I don’t want to cancel on our plans. Two, I love chatting and catching up with my friend when getting in a workout, whether we hike, run or walk the trail. And third, I’m always so enthused to head out weekly with my pal as it gives me encourages me to keep up, get stronger, and become more healthy overall.

I ain’t gettin’ any younger!

Have an on-the-go lifestyle and need balance? Consume Kiwami Greens as an everyday ritual for your modern life to balance both the body and mind. Seems like it’d pair well with my weekly yoga trips! I ended up bringing one on a walk with my friend Elisabeth the other day, and I gave her a few packets to try out as well since I know she’s really into that kinda stuff, too.

Kiwami Greens is inspired by Aojiru (ah-oh-ji-ru), a traditional Japanese greens blend known for its superior nutritional properties. Aojiru is a traditional Japanese drink for health and well-being. It’s harvested from young barley and ashitaba greens from the islands of Japan. It blends well with teas, sencha, and matcha for a smooth rich taste in the way of “kiwami”. Kiwami Greens is packed with calcium, vitamins B, C, and E, iron, fiber, and folic and amino acids. Ashitaba is a very unique plant that’s long been used in traditional Japanese medicine — it’s a rich source of vitamins B1, B2, and B6, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin E.

I’ve been drinking it for the past few days as I received a box of 30, and I gotta say I’m loving the simple, small changes I’m making. More greens in my life = healthier me. Having these easy to-go packets of Kiwami Greens is such a simple and convenient way to incorporate more greens into your daily diet, and stay healthy when you’re constantly on-the-go.

Simple health habits worth adapting (with Kiwami Greens!):


Find ways to make your healthy habit and lifestyle change as enjoyable as possible. As I mentioned above, exercise with a friend is always excellent and I’ve never regretted it. I really enjoy the taste of the Kiwami Greens, and just this past week I brought along a few packets for Elisabeth too on our jaunt.


Making slow and steady series of small victories is far more desirable in the long run. You’re basically training your brain to succeed. Start by skipping meat once a week. Next time, take the stairs rather than the elevator. Drink 1 extra glass of water per day. Or if you want to start running, do so only 10 minutes every day and gradually build up your time. Remember the push-up challenge one of my CrossFit coaches suggested I do a few years ago? I started with 1 pushup, and added 1 more each day, for a 30 day challenge. It was incredible how much I improved over that one quick month.


Missed one day? Don’t worry about it! Start up again, the very next. Don’t fret about occasional bumps in the road — your habit building can still proceed without a hitch.


If you’re not a morning person I’m not talking about getting up and working out immediately. I’ve never been one to workout earlier in the day. But, for some their willpower is higher in the day and you can reap those rewards all day long. What I’m talking about is making meals or preparing for them ahead of time, so when you’re a starved gull you’ll have something prepped. Your past self will thank your future self.

Kiwami Greens are vegan, non-gmo, and gluten-free. I prefer the easy route of simply mixing it in with water and drinking it that way. However, you could always add it into milk or yogurt, and add it into your favourite juices or smoothies to disguise the taste if you weren’t a fan. It kinda tastes like green tea a bit!

If you’re interested in signing up for the monthly subscription box, you can save 10% by using the promo code SUMMER10. Promo code is for one-time use per e-mail. For subscription orders, the first order will be discounted and all others will be the original price.

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First time on an e-bike

In the words of a specialized instagram post: gear on, screens off.

photo by Nick Kova

B’ys, it was a fun ol’ time hanging with Specialized Bicycles for a few days. They hosted me, along with many other more-important-than me writers that flew in from all over the USA (Men’s Health, BikeRadar,, Motor Trend) to come out to Palo Alto for a few days and test out their newest launch, the Turbo Vado pedal assist electric bike.

This sounds silly, but I feel like I’m living in a magical land of sorts living in Silicon Valley. I’m still in awe of everything I see. The other day I spotted the Netflix headquarters and was all: WHOA! Seriously. The world is changing so quickly, and now I’m on a press-trip with these magazines I’ve always seen on news stands? It’s unreal and it blows my mind.

Having no idea what to expect from an electric bike, I can tell you it’s definitely hard to get back on a regular one after using this one the past few days.

They certainly invited some fantastic people on this trip (totally not patting my back here haha!!) What a great group of press. I had the best time, the best belly laughs, high fives, and good convo’s.

Look, I’m not going to get into the technical details of the ebike because quite frankly you can find better sources out there who will get into greater detail about its construction and how it works. For me, I love telling you stories, about the adventures and the day we had on it.

A day in Silicon Valley, on the Specialized Vado.

It’s kinda weird hopping on an ebike for the first time. A little heavy feeling especially if you want to move the rear of the bike when standing around. However, pedaling you quickly get used to it, and when you hit that turbo button (there’s 4 settings: Eco, Sport, Turbo and… Off), boom you’re off light a light. Start pedaling and there you have it, you’re immediately going 3x faster than you normally would. It’s addictive, and so is the horn.


And I might have been a little obnoxious with it, holding down the horn speeding past some of the crew and wanting to say “so long suckerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs!!!!”. One guy suggested I even head back home with it, down the road. Hey, I thought about it! Lol.

photo by Nick Kova

The Vado is definitely capable of serving so many riders. Firstly, you have to think of it as a bike first as it’s still a regular bike with a bit of help from the motor. It rides like a normal bike, only faster. The few hours that we were out, flew by. I didn’t break a sweat, but my arse was definitely sore. Guess it didn’t help that I’m not used to cycling more than an hour at a time, and I wore jeans, too. I have to say, spending time with such an awesome crew, and laughing totally made up for my poor butt being so sore.

The first day on the bikes we took a grand tour of what it’d be like for an average commuter to head out on their bike and head to work. 2 hours in, one journalist dude joked “are we at work yet? This is a long commute”. See what I mean? I don’t know, maybe it doesn’t come across as hilarious when I write it, but when I remember the moment I thought it was the funniest thing ever.

photo by Nick Kova

I totally want to go on that route again so on the ride, I was keeping a mental note in the back of my head of where we traveled all over my new home of Silicon Valley. We cycled through so many fancy neighbourhoods, from tech-hub Palo Alto, to rich-ville Los Altos, and even around the immaculately pristine gardens of Stanford campus.

photo by Nick Kova

Having it on turbo mode the entire time, I felt confident entering intersections as I knew I’d be through it 3x faster than I would on a regular bike. It also feels so much more stable balancing it, so you don’t have to put a foot down immediately at a red light.

What blew my mind, was that we went up a number of hills, but I was still sitting down on the bike seat, and making minimal effort to race up the hill and still maintaining a decent pace. The bike is designed with commuters in mind, for them to allow to get to work quickly without breaking a sweat. On the way home from work if you want a more athletic fitness experience, simply turn off the motor, and away you go. As Mike put it, if you’re a slow cyclists, you’ll be slow on this bike. If you’re a fast cyclist, you’ll be fast on this. Basically:

It’s you, only faster.

Some friggen fun I gotta say. On a trail up in Palo Alto we had 15 second intervals of going down the trail by ourselves (because the photographer was waiting for us, to take individual shots). I tried pedaling as fast as my legs would allow, to see how fast I could make this thing go. 40 clicks! 42km/hr is how fast I flew on the bike. Madness.

Funny story, I was a few minutes late for the product presentation and I showed up and sat in the back with the Specialized folks, rather than the journalists. A man walked in, who I hadn’t seen yet on the trip. I stood up, introduced myself:

“Hi, I’m Nancy! What’s your name?”

Still not knowing it was Specialized Founder, Mike Sinyard I then asked him if he was from around here and where he lived. He chuckled at me a bit and said Morgan Hill (where Specialized HQ is). I said “Oh cool, I’m local too in San Jose.” The convo ended and he headed up to the front to do an intro to the presentation, and low-and-behold he was introduced as CEO, of Specialized. HA!!! Isn’t that nuts? He’s such a wicked and nice guy too, and same with everyone working there regardless of their status at their job.

They definitely hired amazing staff, I tell ya. That same day, we went out on our 30 mile bike ride and at a stop sign at one point, I thought my Vado stopped working (lol) because I couldn’t move! I looked back and here was Mike holding the back of my bike. So, definitely a few jokesters in the group, including the founder.

Thanks for the fun adventure, Specialized!

photo by Nick Kova
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My Favourite Ways To Stay Active

My word for 2017 is “move”, which I blogged about it a few weeks ago. I know. Hi. I have’t been blogging much. Honestly, I’m trying to keep up with keeping much more active this year, than I was last. Being more organized in my life. And a whole buncha other stuff.

When I think of exercising I admit when I get a little stressed as I picture myself doing all these activities I don’t enjoy. But let me tell ya folks, when you find an activity that can get your heart rate goin’ that you enjoy – keep at’er. Although always super fun to me, I consciously remind myself that climbing is a workout. I’m in my 30’s now guys and I’m noticing I have to be more active, a lot more regularly than usual.

Today I’m here to share some of my favourite ways to stay active. Do you think you can make a list of your own? Leave me a note in the comments!

Climbing| Climbing has and always will have a piece of my heart. As of 2017, it marks 22 years of my climbing journey. Nuts right? Although I don’t go as often as I’d like (I don’t have a membership anymore because it costs a lot!), I do like to pop in one a week for a bouldering session.

Yoga| More specifically, yin yoga only. I attend a yoga class at the climbing gym, and I prefer to attend a yin yoga with a certain instructor since I feel like I can totally mellow out with her voice, and really sink in what she’s suggesting we do. Plus, those deep hip stretches are perfect for climbers as a warm-up for a good bouldering sesh.

Riding my bike| Those that know me here in California understand to never ask me to hang out after dark. But there are times lately that I’ve been cycling around come dusk (and peddling back home fast to beat the sunset lol). Specialized hooked me up with some bike lights that I totally appreciate.

Running| I have a love-hate with running. I’ve always found it difficult (minus the sprinting, I love those lol). I don’t love going for longer runs, and anything past 6km is crazy long for me. Alfie, my Husband and I go out for a weekly 6km run together every weekend. I hate it, but I love it at the same time. I used to run outside solo, but I had a scare with some random strangers who creeped me out, so now I stick to the treadmill at our complex.

Hiking| I don’t mean hiking up mountains in Alberta and British Columbia, because I’ve done that and cried all along the way (hopefully it went unnoticed!). Hiking up a steep ass mountain for hours on end with my husband before we were married was rough. Can’t beat the views, that’s for sure. But what I’m talking about is going out in the woods here in California and hiking with my husband, and Alfie… on a not-so steep incline ;)

Lifting Weights| Guys, I miss CrossFit so bad. I miss the community, I miss my workout buddies, and I miss being told what to do when I enter the gym for a workout. Lifting weights on your own or not knowing what to do is rough. I prefer someone telling me what to do, in a gym! Lol. This is another thing that isn’t so regular on my radar, but I hope to do more weights in the upcoming future. Halp.

Blogilates| I know Blogilates has a huge YouTube following, and I knew about her for years. But I’ve only recently subscribed to her for some quick and not-so-easy workouts when I know I’m sitting at my computer too much. I really love doing the workouts that don’t require weights (because we don’t have any in the house, even though I suppose I could use cans of soup to lift.. lol). Plus, it’s free! Or if you’re not the biggest fan of Blogilates, enter into YouTube any sort of workout you want to do (I usually enter in “20 minute workout” and scroll til I find something appealing).

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