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Simple Wellness with Shereen Pavlides


Creating a wellness routine that is simple and achievable can be difficult as the busy autumn-into-holiday season approaches. You matter! Let’s take care of ourselves from the inside out because you deserve to be the very best! Here’s some simple and easy tips.

Time is of the essence and when life gets busy with family, travel and seasonal celebrations, it can be a challenge to prioritize a robust wellness routine. But incorporating simple wellness habits like daily snacking is a small step to keep ourselves on track to feeling our best.

That’s why, we’ve partnered with bestselling author, chef content creator and mom of two, Shereen Pavlides (also known as Cooking with Shereen) to share easy ways to incorporate wellness into your routine! Shereen advocates for eating real, fresh food, and no processed frozen foods. She believes that overall wellness starts with what we put into our bodies and using ingredients that are versatile in nutrition and flavor. Shereen understands the importance of prioritizing our wellness through fresh wholesome foods that will make us feel good no matter what. Shereen never wants anyone to feel stressed or overwhelmed while prepping food! She is confident that with the right ingredients, everyone can cook delicious and nutritious homemade meals for the whole family to enjoy.

Mealtime is me time, so my form of self-care starts in the kitchen. If I’m juggling a lot of things in the day – whether it’s whipping something up in the kitchen or filming a video, I always manage to have a “snicky snack” on hand.
Shereen Pavildes

Here are some of her best “Chefie tips” for living a balanced lifestyle to prioritize your overall wellbeing:

  1. Fuel with nutrient-rich food.  

As a professionally trained chef, recipe developer and social media video creator, it’s my job to create delicious recipes that will fuel our bodies. I create dishes from scratch, using good quality, real ingredients to energize you while feeling satisfied. With 6 grams of plant-based protein, 4 grams of fiber, 13 grams of unsaturated fat and 1 gram of saturated fat in just one serving (23 almonds), almonds are my go-to convenient, feel-good snack, when I need an energy-boost mid-day. They’re easy to take on-the-go and versatile to pair with something sweet or salty, with a satisfying crunchy texture to fulfill cravings, for an energized feeling to power through the day.    

  1. Pick better-for-you ingredients. 

I’ve been cooking since I was 13 years old and I understand how food impacts my well-being. I notice a shift in my mood and how my day goes when I pick good, quality ingredients. Yes, the foods you eat, make a difference in how you feel, your attitude and energy. You should never feel full. You should feel satisfied when eating meals and never super-size it. Portion control and choosing good quality, real ingredients matters. You matter! Try incorporating plant-based ingredients like almonds, almond milk and almond butter into your dishes. The earthy, nutty, salty, crunchy or creamy texture gives a variety of flavors to construct a restaurant-quality dish, fueling your body with good nutrition, because you’re fancy.  

3. Don’t forget about time for self-care  

Days go by fast. Don’t wait until the end of the day, because it’ll never happen! Start your day, taking care of you. Begin with a good breakfast, like an almond breakfast smoothie - almonds offer 50% DV of vitamin E with 13g of unsaturated fat and 1g of saturated fat in a handful, and also help to thicken the smoothie just right or warm oatmeal with almonds sprinkled over top for a crunchy texture. Exercise, shower and MAKE YOUR BED, then when you dress for the day, you’ll reach for the cute outfit rather than sweatpants, because you’re feeling good and uplifted, that energy will transfer throughout your day, you’ll be more productive and pour positive energy into all things.  

4. Stay Fancy   

Everybody should feel like a Rockstar in their own kitchen. Cooking from scratch is not hard and can be achieved quickly and doesn’t often require a lot of ingredients. When you start with fresh, quality ingredients, there’s not much you need to do to it. Keep it Simple. Cook it right. Season it right (yes, salt and pepper are seasonings) and it’ll be fabulous. You’ll feel amazing when family and friends boast over how delicious it is, boosting your confidence while feeling empowered in the kitchen, because you’re fancy.  

5. Get out of your comfort zone!  

In the kitchen and in life, Because you Can! Begin your day with good foods, you’ll feel energized to accomplish anything you put your mind to. A smart breakfast and feel-good snacking, like almonds (which are filled with 6g of plant-based protein and 4g of fiber, and 13g “good” unsaturated fat and 1g saturated fat in each handful), along with fresh fruit, throughout the day is the start to feeling inspired to push yourself to pursue your passion and be all that you want to be. 

6. Passion, Commitment and Hard Work is the key to success  

EVERYONE has a special gift or talent. When you find it, you’ll know, because it’ll come natural to you and you’ll absolutely love doing it. My mother-in-law always told me, make your passion, your job and you’ll never work a day in your life. Know this, it’s not going to come easy and will take time, patience and perseverance to achieve your goals. Time is needed to make you great at doing what you love, and when you get there, the real work begins, then you’ll be ready for it. Nothing grand comes easy, if it did, everyone would do it. Timing is everything; trust the process! 

Start Cooking from Scratch with these Recipes by Shereen Pavlides

Shereen wants everyone to feel like a rockstar when cooking from scratch. Try these recipes she developed to Stay Fancy while in the kitchen and incorporate almonds in unique ways.

Cinnamon Penne with Roasted Pumpkin and Almonds

This festive fall dish is perfect for adding some seasonal flair to your table with a nutritious kick.  

Rosemary Salted Candied Almonds

These are great to snack on as is or scatter over a cheeseboard. Can store in a tight fitted container and place into the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Spicy Almond Chicken

Serve with a side of jasmine rice for a complete meal.  

Almond Crusted Halibut Beurre Blanc

Crusting fish with ground almonds is just one way to turn your meal into a restaurant-quality dish.