Welcome to The Happiness Kitchen, my little corner of the internet where I share recipes to create wonderful, delicious, wholesome dishes to nourish your body inside out.
My name is Jasmin. I’m a 21 year old, fourth year university student thriving on living the healthiest and happiest life possible. I am currently studying psychology, and after that I plan on getting my Teacher’s Education to become an elementary school teacher. I love interacting with young children. Their view on the world is refreshing, and watching and helping them progress through learning and life is so rewarding.
When I first started taking an interest in health and good eating, it was primarily to lose weight. I always felt that I wasn’t skinny enough or tall enough or anything enough and that by eating nothing but lettuce leaves all day I would become enough. Turns out that wasn’t the answer. I would just shovel pasta and cookies and chips into my mouth after the second day. Now though, I understand that being healthy is a bunch of different elements working together. Health isn’t about being a certain size or looking a certain way, it’s about how you feel inside and what you radiate to the world. Feed and nourish your body with real, nutritious foods (and trust me, veggies don’t have to be boring), get outside and enjoy nature, find a form of exercise that you love, and spend time with people who truly mean something in your life and who love you for who you are.
Of course, every once in a while I’ve had a cupcake or a fry, but I truly don’t feel very good after. When I eat whole foods my body feels like dancing; I want to smell all the flowers and just share my happiness with the world. I’ve stopped eating healthy because I think it’s going to make me have an “ideal” body. I’ve started eating healthy because real food just makes my body feel so good.
I also enjoy knitting and crocheting, reading, playing piano, wilderness camping, doing any kind of outdoor activity, baking, cooking, creating recipes, yoga, running, and Pilates. Grocery shopping really excites me; It’s even better if I’m able to get organic fruits and vegetables from a local farmer’s market!
I definitely have my mother to thank for having a huge impact on my love for healthy foods. Ever since I was little she never made my sister and me sandwiches with white Wonder bread or packed our lunches with chips and candies. She stocked our kitchen with organic fruits and vegetables and made sure to clean with nothing but natural solutions. When I was little, I thought it very unfair that we never had white pasta and rice for dinner or that she wouldn’t buy us plastic cheese slices, but now I am so grateful that she never gave up on feeding us real food.
And I have both of my parents to thank for nurturing my love for nature and wilderness camping, and being there to support me no matter what. And to my sister, although she can be lively beyond belief at times she is truly the best sister anyone could ask for!
So please, join me on my adventure in the kitchen, discovering all the nutritious and delicious recipes to be created, shared, enjoyed.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”