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Kenko Chat: Sophie Bertrand & Her Healthy Kitchen

Sophie's Healthy Kitchen profile picture via @kittybertrand

It’s September and Kenko Chat is back!

We are excited to have another awesome guest for this month - Sophie Bertrand from Sophie’s Healthy Kitchen.

Sophie is a recipe developer and health enthusiast. She has been researching health and nutrition, and experimenting with different healthy recipes, for years. Sophie finally started her own blog a couple months ago, documenting all her works from the previous years up until now.

Below, Sophie shares with us her experience of becoming a health and nutrition blogger, insights about matcha as her favourite healthy food, and tips on how to be healthier.

At the end of our chat, Sophie also details one of her favourite healthy matcha treats. So stay tuned right to the end!

*All photos are credited to Sophie via @sophieshealthykitchen

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Can you please introduce yourself and your blog?

    Hi! I am Sophie Bertrand and I started 'Sophie’s healthy kitchen’ about 6 months ago! After gradually becoming obsessed with different ways to eat and live a healthy lifestyle, I decided to start blogging about it, and it kind of just grew from there.

    Sophie Bertrand profile picture from @sophieshealthykitchen

    I love spending time in the kitchen, experimenting with new flavours and ingredients. I only use plant-based ingredients when cooking or baking. A lot of nutritional research has gone into my cooking and baking, as I always like to make sure the food I eat and the recipes I share are of nutritional value.

    This month, September, I’ll start my masters in nutrition to become a registered nutritionist!

    What made you become a food and health blogger?

      I became so passionate about health and nutrition that I decided to start sharing my own healthy, alternative recipes.

      I haven’t always been that conscious of my health, so when I made the change to my lifestyle, I hoped to encourage other individuals to do the same.

      How did you hear about matcha? How do you like it?

      I started drinking green tea about 3 years ago and tend to drink up to 5 cups a day now. I probably heard about matcha through other health bloggers. I then got in touch with a few companies that distributed matcha powder who kindly sent me some samples.

      Healthy Matcha Green Tea Smoothie by @sophieshealthykitchen

      I absolutely love how pure matcha tastes - and how versatile it is! After experimenting with quite a few types of recipes I soon realised that you can enjoy matcha in so many ways. My favourite way to enjoy it is mix it into smoothies or use it in my raw truffle balls recipe. Matcha is packed with antioxidants and great for energy boosting.

      Vegan Matcha Truffle Bars and Matcha truffle balls via @sophieshealthykitchen

      What is your favourite matcha recipe?

      My favourite matcha recipe is my 'Lemon, coconut and matcha balls' recipe. These are my 3 favourite flavours to add to food and they all have so many great health benefits.

      Is there any health or nutrition tips you want to share with us?

      I would definitely say you should be drinking matcha daily. Like I said, it is so high in antioxidants, which is really important to have in your diet.

      Vegan healthy recipes made and shared by @sophieshealthykitchen

      Additionally, I like my diet to be extremely high in plant-based foods. I understand not everyone wants to cut out meat and dairy but you should try and eliminate it where you can. This will keep your body at a more alkaline, and healthier, level. Also remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

      - Thank you so much for your helpful health tips and interesting story, Sophie! We'd love to see more of your amazing matcha recipes in the future. And we wish you all the best with your Masters this September!

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      If you want to know more about Sophie and her works, feel free to visit her at:

      As promised, Sophie has shared with us her lovely treat recipe: Vegan Matcha Coco Lemon Balls. With this recipe, you can choose to make your treats into bars or balls.

      Following is the list of ingredients. You can find the rest of recipe here.

      Matcha Coco Lemon Vegan Balls

      Vegan Raw Matcha Lemon Coconut Truffles Recipe via @sophieshealthykitchen

      • 1 cup desiccated coconut
      • ¼ cup ground almonds
      • ¼ cup coconut milk
      • ½ tsp vanilla extract
      • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or agave)
      • 2 tbsp coconut oil
      • 2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
      • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
      • 100g vegan dark chocolate

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