Category: Fitness

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s the season of endless feasts, dinners, and parties meaning – food everywhere! How can you not be tempted to dig in to that mouth-watering turkey? Or that delicious apple pie?

I’m all about a balanced diet and meal after meal of heavy foods isn’t very balanced at all so I’ve collected these recipes to help you prepare a healthy (and delicious) Thanksgiving dinner and not feel so guilty while celebrating with family and friends.

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy

It’s not Thanksgiving without a savory-smelling Turkey as your centerpiece. This fall-inspired recipe from Lee Hefter adds an interesting twist on your gravy to make it go better with your side dishes.

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Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta

Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta This a flavourful brown rice recipe takes this healthy food item to a whole new level, I love fruits and spices mixed into my healthy rice dishes!

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

I don’t know anyone who would say no to these!!! They’re a fantastic alternative to chips or potato mash but still just as delicious, if not more.

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Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs This aromatic potato gratin recipe does not only make for a tasty and healthy side dish. It’s also a beautifully-styled addition to your dining setup!

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Wild Mushroom Gravy

Wild Mushroom Gravy

Ever thought you could make gravy from something healthy instead of fats and meat juices? Here’s a recipe for gravy made of mushroom!

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Braised Kale

Braised Kale Simple and easy to prepare, this kale recipe can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated and reheated.

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Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash

Another Thanksgiving staple aside from turkey, sweet potatoes have just the right amount of sweetness that makes it perfect for any menu.

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DESSERTS

Mini Baked Apple Pies

Mini Baked Apple Pies We can’t end our Thanksgiving meal without a mouthful of apple pies. This sweet but healthy apple pie recipe lets you prepare it in a size that is “just right” for every one… unless you get seconds!

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Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse This sweet and creamy dessert is just so yummy, it’s hard to believe it’s actually healthy! Get ready to spoon in to a surprisingly delightful but easy-to-prepare dessert to top off your dinner.

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Stewed Apples with Chai-Spiced Cashew Cream

Stewed Apples with Chai-Spiced Cashew Cream Here’s another quick and easy recipe for stewed apples that is not only a healthy dessert, but could also be great for breakfast!

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So there you have the complete list of my recommended healthy Thanksgiving meal. Have fun preparing and stay healthy!

Jessie x

Puma x Careaux

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Mixing your sporty pieces with your non-sporty pieces (like denim) is what I’m all about right now. Think Hailey Baldwin and Kendall. This bomber is so dope, it’s a neat collab between illustrator Careuax and Puma, it’s fully reversible and I’ve been wearing it way more than I thought I would. It’s super warm too, I’m talking warm like a snow jacket and it’s perfect to layer over your sporty crop top for when you’re heading to the gym or just being a boss.

These mom jeans are great for balancing out the tiny-ness of the crop top, if you were to wear skinny jeans it might look slightly hoochie or maybe it’s just me that probably wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I also find that mom jeans or boyfriend jeans aren’t so tight at the waistline so you generally don’t have to deal with ‘muffin top’ yes all girls have this! even the ‘skinny’ ones. LOL. But make sure you keep the casual, sporty vibes with sneakers, anything else will look confusing.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan


Bonds in Bondi

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Bonds Active Full Cotton Leggings | Bonds Pops Rib Bomber | Active Mesh Tank (black here) | Vans Old Skool Side Stripe | Black Beanie | Gold Bar Necklace


I’m not going to lie to you. I didn’t work out before or after these shots. I’ve been stupidly sick due to the unnecessarily huge drop in temperature & my body was a little in shock so I haven’t been able to work out this week unfortunately. I guess they call it winter weight for a reason *sad face*.

Nonetheless, I do LOVE this outfit. I have a few of these Bonds active mesh tanks and I can confirm they’re great for sweating in. The bomber is super light so it’s good to chuck on on your way to the gym and wear until you’re warm enough to show off the tank or bra top! There’s a matching one in the slider bar below which I also love. I’m not an overly colourful colour wearing person at the gym, the occasional colour pop in sneakers or crop top is okay but I am totally down with this monochrome sporty look any day of the week.

Do you prefer wearing brights colours or black, white & grey at the gym?

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

How to be body confident at the beach

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If you’re not huge on the beach because as soon as your toes hit the sand and your kaftan has to come off you suddenly think 1000 pairs of eyes are on you, you suddenly feel a pang of insecurities, you think everyone is laughing at your flaws but the truth is they’re most likely not & probably just as concerned about theirs too.

I’m gonna give you practical tips on how to feel body confident at the beach!

1. Fake tan – Yes, all of these are going to sound superficial, but this is a superficial issue we all have in our heads. It’s proven that darker colours, eg when you wear black makes you look slimmer than when you wear white. So a nice, natural looking tan will make you instantly slimmer.

2. Find a bikini that suits your body type – Sometimes halter bikinis aren’t the most flattering when it comes to girls with wide shoulders, just the same as hipster bikini pants aren’t the best for girls with wide hips. It’s a matter of going into stores and trying on bikinis that flatter your shape & accentuate the good parts. And if you’re buying online make sure there’s a good return policy!

3. Work out – This one’s simple, how can you expect to have a Victoria’s secret model bod if you’re not going to put in the hours of training? I know exercising isn’t for everybody but it’s about finding the work out that you enjoy and can do regularly without hating it the whole time.

4. Get a sunscreen that won’t make you white - Invest in a sunscreen that not only is high SPF but actually absorbs into your skin and doesn’t turn you pastey white. I’ve tried out a lot and the Dermalogical Sunscreen is AMAZING as well as the Cancer Council Sunscreen.

5. Make healthy lifestyle choices – I never ‘diet’ and I never will. I’m a foodie and I enjoy all the food I eat, I add the sauce I want to make a meal tasty and eat all the pork cracking I want. But more often than not I am passing up on the fried chicken and opting for boiled or bbq. I only have my roast pork cracking if it’s on a bed of salad, I avoid pastries and replace it with dark chocolate or fruit. I LOVE potato chips and if I crave it to be honest I’ll get a packet, but I don’t have the whole thing in one sitting. It’s about portion control. So don’t stop yourself eating what you want to because it’ll drive you crazy & into a binge but instead eat what you like in moderation and swap of foods that will satisfy your high sugar cravings.

6. Don’t eat a huge meal the night before you go to the beach – I never have and never will skip a meal but I will often ask my friends “Can we eat healthy tonight?”. And if you have supportive friends they’ll agree and would probably be open to eating healthy themselves.

7. Own it – Being confident is 90% phycological (Ok I made up that statistic) but really, you just need to think positive about yourself. Smile, have good posture and wear big ass sunglasses so you can see everyone that’s staring at you – because chances are they’re looking because you’re a FOX!

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

My Fitness Story Part I

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Calvin Klein Medium Impact Seamless Sports Bra | Adidas Performance Shorts | Nike Dri-Fit Sports Bra | Nike Legend 2.0 Tights | Women’s Nike Free 5.0 | Harbinger Women’s Power Gloves


I don’t plan to post a step by step or how to work out routine because there are hundreds of more qualified, fitter internet sensations than me who could do it better and have actually education expertise. What I’m going to share with you is why I work out, my work out style, and how I stay motivated (and what I wear while I do it).

1 . In 2008 I went to the doctor to figure out what was wrong with me, I was chronically tired, I had low iron and had no energy. Quite simply, I started taking iron tablets but easier than that she said I needed to exercise. So I joined the gym. I had no idea what to do at first so I got myself a personal trainer, best investment of my life. She showed me how to use everything, which builds up your confidence of being at the gym without being intimidated by the guys (or other girls) at the gym. It stops you from being a cardio bunny and actually gets your muscles moving weights! And my energy levels shot right up.

2. I’ve had 4 excellent PTs since and I’ve told them all my goals (to be lean and toned) prior to starting any program with them and believe it or not they’ve all literally given me the same work outs to do. None of them have told me that I need to run for hours (thank God) but they all get me doing a buttload of squats, lunges and deadlifts.

3. Luckily for me this is how I like to train. Alone and in my own time. I don’t like training outdoors, I don’t like classes (except pilates), I don’t do group sports well, not because I’m not a team player but because I don’t care enough to compete. I don’t like cardio (I occasionally do it to ‘freak out’ my body and switch things up). So gym it is.

4. I often wear crop tops, tight tops and shorts or leggings to the gym. I wear tight tops or crop tops because I’ve done alot of pilates which trains you to constantly be engaging your core, having form fitting clothes really reminds me that I need to focus on my abs and keep them in and tight. I always find that when I’m wearing a loose oversized tee, I am not thinking about engaging the core which can often end in some sort of lower back injury, it may not always be immediate but it can come on over time. A big NO-NO.

So this is just an intro into my fitness lifestyle – I’ll keep you posted on how I’ve stayed motivated for 7 years, how often I train and what I’ve learnt along the way.

All pics inside my gym Fitness Playground.

Jessie x

Photography by Jocelyn Nguyen