Soo Hyun is a Portland(OR) raised teen blogger, content-creator, and self-described adventurer, currently based in Seoul, Korea. Through her blog (www.heysoohyun.tk), writing for publications, and film making, she hopes to encourage the vibrant plant-based lifestyle, empower women to drive feminism and social awareness, stand against prejudice and ageism, and beat the impossible beauty standards of Korea.
My Food Philosophy:
I believe that a cruelty free, mostly-clean (nothing wrong with the occasional treat ) lifestyle full of fresh fruits and veggies are the best way to fuel your body. You are what you eat! I try to opt for organic- though it can be hard to find in Korea- and shop at the market whenever possible, to support local harvest and produce in its most raw form. My grandparents also own a small plot of land in the countryside, and I love going during planting and harvest season to help out. It’s a truly wonderful experience to be able to not only see where your food comes from, but to put in some work yourself! It’s really rewarding and definitely makes you think twice about wasting food.
No matter what time of year, I love having nicecream for breakfast! It’s super simple- just freeze some sliced bananas overnight, and throw them in the blender in the morning. It becomes a nice smooth, ice-cream-like consistency in a matter of minutes! I love experimenting with different flavors (though it doesn’t always turn out great…); adding berries, cocoa powder, or peanut butter, and topping with sliced fruit and nuts are some of my favorite combinations.
I believe in letting your circadian rhythm do its thing- I don’t use alarm clocks (unless I have to get up unusually and extremely early). These days, I usually get up around 7:30am, wash up, make breakfast, check emails and take a quick glance through all my social handles to see what I missed overnight, go through a couple rounds of sun salutation, and then get ready for the day!
Arranging smoothie bowls is actually one of my favorite pastimes! It’s strangely therapeutic to me, haha. Most of my smoothies start with frozen banana bases (hmm, notice a pattern here?). Two of my favorite simple recipes are:
- Blend two bananas, chocolate almond milk, and some all-natural peanut butter. Top with nuts, strawberries, and hemp seeds.
- Blend orange juice, a cup of strawberries, and two handfuls of spinach. This turns a beautiful shade of green! Delicious topped with some raspberries, tangerines, and larabar chunks.
I don’t take any supplements. I think our bodies are pretty smart; they’re good at knowing and making what they need themselves. I try to incorporate some nutritional yeast to recipes, though, for my B12 intake!
Favorite Kitchen Tool:
Definitely my blender. It’s small and not very strong, but it gets the job done (definitely eyeing a Vitamix, though!). I use it for so many recipes- smoothies, juices, nicecream, soups, pasta sauces, and more.
5 Pantry Staples:
Definitely must always have some rice, pasta, beans, Khala dates, and steel-cut oats (which, speaking of, I need to order ASAP!).
Favorite thing to cook for friends/family:
I love cooking vegan pasta dishes and soups. I think I’ve officially perfected my vegan Alfredo recipe, though I love good ol’ tomato sauce, too. For soups, I can’t go wrong with my potato-zucchini soup!
Favorite way to work out:
I used to be a figure skater, and I swam competitively for 8 years! I definitely find comfort in hitting the ice or jumping in the pool once a week, but it’s not always possible between a busy schedule and long transportation times. So I try to keep active through running, cycling, home circuit workouts, and yoga (my favorite of the four!).
Strange wellness habit:
Ever heard of oil cleansing? Yeah, I’m one of those “crunchy” people who washes her face with oil or just water instead of store-bought face washes. Sometimes I laugh at myself for looking like a swamp monster with green pumpkin seed oil all over my face! I also want to try getting into apple cider vinegar rinses to sub for conditioner. I’m definitely an experimenter, haha!
Favorite thing to wear:
Ooh, this is a tough one… I love fashion! Hmm, I’d say right now, my favorite article of clothing is my huge, fluffy, white knee-length tulle skirt. Who says tulle has to be reserved for kids’ dance recitals and Halloween?
Favorite place you’ve traveled to:
I’d have to say that Seoul- where I’m staying right now- is a pretty cool place to visit! There’s a lot to do, and tons of yummy food to try.
Where I’d like to travel to:
A few places on my must-see list are Greece, Amsterdam, and Bali.
Your favorite healthy place in your city:
I definitely love the flying yoga studio (it’s like arial silks but with yoga!), and a juice place in my neighborhood that lets you keep and bring back the bottles they sell the juice in. Easy way to reuse & recycle!
One piece of health advice:
Everybody is different! What works for you, may not work for you, and vice versa. Try a lot of things, don’t believe things until you try it yourself, and find what makes you feel good.
My vegan Alfredo recipe (mentioned above) was adapted from this one by one of my favorite bloggers, Minimalist Baker. http://minimalistbaker.
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