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. 

 

Tammy Myers, Cure Oils Founder

Tammy Myers, founder of Cure Oils prides her company on the quality of her all natural essential oil products. She shares her wellness routine and favorite blends that solve problems that we often turn to medications for such as pain relief and stress.

I love the simple routine each morning, when I shower, I place a few drops of Eucalyptus in the corner to promote breathing and makes my whole bathroom smell like a spa
— Tammy, founder of Cure Oils
Love using clove bud and grapefruit distilled in water as disinfectant (plus a little aromatherapy!)

Love using clove bud and grapefruit distilled in water as disinfectant (plus a little aromatherapy!)

Tammy Myers, founder of Cure Oils prides her company on the quality of her all natural essential oil products. Sourcing and testing oils from trusted growers and distillers around the world, she creates blends that solve problems that we often turn to medications for such as pain relief and stress. Her background as an aromatherapist has allowed her to identify and create a perfect blend to solve many everyday problems. 

What is your overall purpose and mission, as the founder of Cure Oils?

My business motto is:  Integrity.   We want our health conscious customers to have the best products at fair prices.   We also want to facilitate education and ease of ordering, avoiding MLM strategies and buying requirements.  

Can you share a favorite wellness routine or ritual of yours?

I love the simple routine each morning, when I shower, I place a few drops of Eucalyptus in the corner to promote breathing and makes my whole bathroom smell like a spa. I also have a Clean blend that is super concentrated that I love cleaning with it instead of chemicals.  

How have you overcome any challenges you have faced in your journey and do you have advice for other "wellpreneuers"?

There are may challenges in my industry due to a few large MLM businesses that cause skepticism of the actual benefits and quality of many smaller companies like mine that provide a superior product, better customer service and real knowledge of oils.   To combat this scenario, Cure Oils continues to educate customers by trained and certificate aromatherapists what is the truth and what is not.  I believe real knowledge is power.  My advice to others in this industry is to never stop learning and studying the science in your particular area of focus.   I also think there are so many ways we can use our creativity to inspire new products, packaging and ideas that can benefit the world.  I await the future in the wellness industry.

What are your favorite essential oil blends? Describe some ways readers can replace chemical ridden products with essential oil blends.

It's hard to pick a favorite product or oil that I prefer.   It is like asking which child is a favorite.   I love and use every product we make.  My Repel blend, which is DEET free, insect repellent is a favorite for outside activities, this time of year.  I also keep my Lavender handy during summer for all sunburns, rashes, insect bites, etc.   I use the Allergy3 almost everyday during Spring through Fall to fight my seasonal allergies.   I go first to essential oils for any ailment affecting me or my family.  I could go on forever, but that is just a few. 

Do you have any new products that you are excited about launching?

I have the following new singles available in September: Ginger, Cedarwood, Juniper Berry, Sweet Fennel, Cypress, White Fir, Cassia, Sweet Marjoram and Helichrysum.

I have the following new blends available in September: Forever (anti-aging), Acne, Brave (Meditative Blend), Anchor (Grounding Blend - similar to Valor or Balance), Sprout (Children's Restful Blend), Calm (Restful Blend), Meditate (Grounding Blend), Studio (Prana/Yoga Blend), Vata, Kapha and Pitta (which are Ayurvedic/Dosha Blends).

This pain relief roller is a must have in every gym bag. An all natural way to relieve sore muscles. 

This pain relief roller is a must have in every gym bag. An all natural way to relieve sore muscles.