Aminata Clason-Diop, St. Barth Wellness Founder

Aminata Clason-Diop, a Swedish native with a business background and passion for health and fitness, has woven together an all encompassing wellness program on the island of St. Barthelemy. She shares a favorite recipe from her Eden Rock St. Barth Wellness menu.

Aminata is the brains behind the innovative wellness programming at the Eden Rock St. Barth

Aminata is the brains behind the innovative wellness programming at the Eden Rock St. Barth

Travel and wellness are not always a natural intersection. For those of us who prioritize wellness, we take the time to plan away doing tireless research on where to schedule our morning workouts and find the closest juice bars to our future destination. For many locations, especially in urban city centers, this can be a piece of [vegan, gluten-free] cake. However, often times even the most luxurious of destinations completely neglect this growing need. 

Aminata Clason-Diop, a Swedish native with a business background and passion for health and fitness, has woven together an all encompassing wellness program on the island of St. Barthelemy. Like many other wellpreneurs, years of health struggles drove her to make a change for herself, and then figure out how to deliver the same effective remedy for others. 

Her unique expertise in both health cuisine and fitness has enabled her to create an oasis where wellness meets luxury. Guests to the epic Eden Rock resort or any visitors on the island who visit the property do not have to think twice about compromising their health in order to indulge in a relaxing and pleasureful vacation. From the perfectly crafted juice bar menu with everything from vegan protein shakes to health shots and detox juices, to her vegan, gluten and processed sugar free gourmet wellness menu, health nuts are able to start their day with an energizing maca shake and end it with dairy free coconut and chocolate ice cream. 

Her impeccably designed menu was inspired during her internship under plant based chef Matthew Kenney in Venice Beach

Her impeccably designed menu was inspired during her internship under plant based chef Matthew Kenney in Venice Beach

Protein shakes are customizable and feature all vegan and added sugar free ingredients

Protein shakes are customizable and feature all vegan and added sugar free ingredients

Aminata St Barth Wellness is truly unique in that it brings all encompassing health offerings to both travelers and locals 

Aminata St Barth Wellness is truly unique in that it brings all encompassing health offerings to both travelers and locals 

So how did she end up pulling all of this together? After finishing studying business at Baruch College in NYC, Aminata decided to follow her passion and learn more about how to bring others the relief she got from engaging in a health conscious lifestyle. Her knowledge of yoga comes informally from practicing while traveling in Bali and formally from the well known Chrissy Carter Yoga Works teacher training offered in Manhattan. She continued her training by becoming certified in SUP Paddle Yoga in the Hamptons, which is also offered exclusively by her program through Eden Rock. 

Aminata is a certified SUP Paddle Board Yoga instructor and teaches weekly classes through the Eden Rock St. Barth

Aminata is a certified SUP Paddle Board Yoga instructor and teaches weekly classes through the Eden Rock St. Barth

Her formal training in vegan gastronomy comes from a household name in the nutrition world. Studying under world renowned plant-based chef Matthew Kenney more than prepared Aminata to bring back health conscious cuisine to the island she calls home. She also studied both nutrition and wellness at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Visitors and locals alike are inspired to practice wellness as a lifestyle through her wellness club. She offers 9 different fitness classes per week as well as nutrition consultation and cooking classes, which have all been a big hit on the island. 

Scroll down for Aminata's recipe from the Wellness menu that she created for the Eden Rock St. Barth. The creamy, indulgent tasting pasta is completely plant based and full of flavor. I couldn't help but ordering it daily and was not surprised that even my typically carnivorous travel mates couldn't get enough. Next up for Aminata is an althleisure collaboration that will be sold exclusively through the Eden Rock St. Barths. Ready to plan your visit? Click the button below to book through my agent and receive an exclusive wellness package. 

Indulgent tasting, yet clean Broccoli Pea Fusilli from the Eden Roc Wellness Menu created by Aminata 

Indulgent tasting, yet clean Broccoli Pea Fusilli from the Eden Roc Wellness Menu created by Aminata 

Broccoli Pea Fusilli (1 portion)

Pasta
65 g pea pasta (gluten free)

Bring water to boil, cook pasta as indicated on package. Drain and rinse in cold water.

Broccoli Spinach Mix
1 small floret broccoli
1 thin half mooned zucchini 1/3 cup spinach
2 tbsp frozen green peas
1/4 cup onion
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup rice cream
 olive oil
1⁄2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp herb salt
1⁄4 tsp strong red paprika
1⁄4 tsp curry
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp thyme

 roasted pine nuts, hempseeds and parsley to garnish

*Use organic ingredients when possible 

Bring water to boil and cook green peas for 3 min. Drain and rinse in cold water. Put peas aside with pasta. Add olive oil, onion, and garlic to pan, cook for 1-2 min. Add broccoli, zucchini, salt, black pepper, and white pepper. Let cook for 2-3 min. Add rice cream, herb salt, red paprika, curry, chili flakes, thyme, and lemon juice. Let cook for 1-2 min. Fold in spinach, green peas, and pasta. Serve warm and garnish with pine nuts, hempseeds, and parsley. 

 

Daniell Bliss, Bliss Nut Butters Founder

From Chia Seed Peanut Butter to Hazelnut Cranberry Butter, Bliss Nut Butter's founder Daniell Bliss has created the 'holy grail" of nut butters. Her sweet and savory Hazelnut Crusted Salmon is an absolute must try recipe!

Three of Bliss Nut Butter's unique, addictive products.

Three of Bliss Nut Butter's unique, addictive products.

From Chia Seed Peanut Butter to Hazelnut Cranberry Butter, Bliss Nut Butter's founder Daniell Bliss has created the 'holy grail" of nut butters. The course ground process used creates the perfect texture, which is simply flavored with honey and sea salt. The products lend themselves to simple, healthy recipes, many of which are shared below. Best of all, the company uses sustainable and reusable glass jars and powers its production solely by wind power. Talk about wellness company #goals....

Love the sunflower seed butter with banana and chia and the cashew butter with strawberries and raw coconut flakes. 

Love the sunflower seed butter with banana and chia and the cashew butter with strawberries and raw coconut flakes. 

Why Bliss Nut Butters? What inspired you to create this health food line? 

I have degree in public health and have always had an acclivity towards health and nutrition. Five years ago as an avid trialthloner who had a couple of marathons under my belt, I was fueling my body with nut butters for my long runs. "Grind your own" was boring, but I knew that I didn't want Jif or Skippy (JUNK), so I starting making my own. I added the honey for the slow releasing "good" sugars, the sea-salt for the minerals, and it turned out to be pure "Bliss" (plus that is my last name!). I was giving them away as gifts and my husband's mother said we should start selling these. I looked at her like she was crazy, but my husband said let's give it a go. Here we are 5 years later with 7 sku's, 10 states, 500 stores, 14 farmer's markets and our own production facility. We are a husband and wife team, working to grow our brand organically.  

What makes Bliss Nut Butters unique in terms of your products and company?  

We are unique because we do a fresh ground process. Most nut butters are milled, but ours are course ground, which lends that beautiful texture. We also use glass jars and have a local recycling program where we sanitize and re-use our jars! We source renewable energy over all lowering our carbon footprint (we just pay more for wind or water energy in the Northwest). 

What is your wellness philosophy? How does the nutritional value of your products play into that? 

Nutrition and overall wellness is a huge part of our business. As a matter of fact, I am starting to study for my nutrition therapist license. We believe that 80% of health is through nutrition but it is a full circle of balance from spiritual, mental, exercise and overall well being. I am always telling people that not all fats and sugars are created equal. I try to make sure we only use natural sugars, even the cranberries are sweetened with unsweetened apple juice. I love how each nut has different health properties and honey is so great in many ways! Sea-Salt is so important as well. 

Can you share a favorite recipe that uses one of your nut butters?

I have so many, I would have to say it is a toss up between the salads and the squash. I try to create simple healthy easy recipes that fit into everyone's schedule. Our Sunflower butter with balsamic, dried figs and fennels tossed with greens is a great salad too. 

I tried and made a few Bliss Nut Butters Recipes and the Hazelnut Crusted Salmon was my favorite!

I used 2 cloves of garlic, hazelnut butter and oil, as suggested. The recipe gives crushed red pepper as an optional addition. After crushing the cloves and combining, I spread the mixture onto the filets. 

I used 2 cloves of garlic, hazelnut butter and oil, as suggested. The recipe gives crushed red pepper as an optional addition. After crushing the cloves and combining, I spread the mixture onto the filets. 

After being baked for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, the hazelnut crusted salmon goes perfectly alongside some raw greens dressed simply with olive oil, lemon and herbs. 

After being baked for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, the hazelnut crusted salmon goes perfectly alongside some raw greens dressed simply with olive oil, lemon and herbs.