Hello! I'm Stephanie, a 25-year-old wanderlust, writer and mermaid at heart.

S☀S is where I blog about my life, my travels and healthy, beautiful food. Magical things happen when you're snacking on sunshine — let me show you!

December 2017
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Chocolate Day Giveaway with Balance Bars!

Hello hello readers!

It’s been a shamefully long time, so I’m sneaking back to my blog under the shameless cover of two impossibly great things: chocolate and a giveaway.

As you all know from reading here, I’m all about enjoying a balance of my favourite indulgences and favourite healthy staples. I am always looking for the opportunity to sneak some chocolate into my daily regime, and as a young woman who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, I like to add in a little protein, too.

When I received an email from Balance Bar asking me if I’d give their chocolate protein bars a try in honour of Chocolate Day, I jumped at the opportunity.

Balance Bar

They sent me two different kinds to sample: double chocolate brownie, and chocolate craze. They both taste like treats, but they make me feel so much better than a chocolate bar ever could. Let me put on my holistic nutritionist hat for a second to tell you why:

Balance bars contain a balanced 40-30-30 breakdown of carbohydrates, protein and fat, which promotes slow glycemic response to help keep your blood sugar levels in a normal, stable range.

They’re a great snack, and I love eating them when I work out to sustain my energy and load my glycogen stores back up after a long run. The balanced macro content means that I don’t get hangry, either, like I would with a sugarbomb like a traditional chocolate bar.

Hangry Kitten

A hangry Stephanie is a completely different animal, so I’m sticking to these from now on when cravings hit. I love them, and I’m sure you’ll love them too. I’m so sure, actually, that I’m hosting a giveaway with Balance Bar so that you can try some of your very own!

Here’s what you need to do to win a sample box of double chocolate brownie and chocolate craze bars:

  • Leave me a comment here telling me your favourite ways to stay balanced.
  • Follow me on instagram, and leave a comment on my “giveaway” picture to let me know you have!

I’ll leave this open until November 3rd, when I’ll select a winner (because everybody needs a treat on a Monday.)

Ready? Go! ❤

Flour Bakery Croissants

Flour Café Croissant via G&HP

Every week R. and I go to my favourite local bakery, and we always — always — get croissants.

Flour Bakery croissants are the pastries of legend: crispy sweet on the outside, slightly stretchy and buttery on the inside, and perfect when dipped into a rich, milky latté. They are so coveted that you need to phone in advance to reserve one on the weekends, because there simply isn’t a hope of being able to walk in and snag one of the heavenly pastries on a Sunday morning. Croissants are a serious business, cheries.

I am studying holistic nutrition, so of course my friends are horrified and amused by this out-of-character pastry obsession. Health foods these are not, but from a holistic perspective, let me tell you that the delight and anticipation I feel each week for my buttery treat is just as healthy as a big bowlful of kale ^~ Balance, right?

I picked up a copy of Joanne Chang’s cookbook, which includes her croissant recipe, and I’ll be taking it with me to the cottage later this month. Here’s hoping I can turn our lakeside retreat into a Parisian café!

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