Kate Weiler is a nutritionist, holistic health coach, Ironman triathlete and co-founder and CEO of DRINKmaple. She co-founded DRINKmaple based on her love for pure unprocessed food and belief that nature provides us everything that our body needs to nourish ourselves. Meet Kate…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
As a life-long athlete, I always held an interest in health and wellness, consistently searching for ways to enhance my triathlon training through optimal nutrition. I co-founded DRINKmaple based upon my love for pure unprocessed food and my belief that nature provides us everything that our body needs to nourish ourselves. Upon graduating from college, I entered the world of information technology sales, but soon realised that I wanted to follow my true passion for health and wellness. I obtained my Masters of Science degree in Nutrition at Northeastern University in 2013 and also hold a certification in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
What’s your number one wellness tip?
My number one wellness tip is to stay hydrated. Keeping hydrated helps with energy levels, helps combat fatigue and helps with cravings and weight management.
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
The one non-negotiable when it comes to my health is that I avoid highly processed food. I feel so much better and have much more energy to conquer my day when I am fueling my body with real food.
What motto do you live by?
The Dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.
What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is creating career and starting a company that combines my passions and values. I wasn’t looking to start a company, but when I realized that maple sap was a naturally nutritious and hydrating beverage, I was so excited about the idea of a plant-based single ingredient drink coming from a resource native to where I lived. The health, wellness and active lifestyle aspect along with the competitive nature of business are all things that get me excited to jump out of bed in the morning.
What are your goals for the future?
I am focused on growing DRINKmaple and educating people about the refreshing, hydrating and naturally nutritious properties of maple water. Most people automatically assume that maple sap will be high in sugar or overly sweet and very viscous, but are very pleasantly surprised when they discover otherwise. I also have my heart set on qualifying again for the Ironman World Championships in Kona in several years.
Can you share with us one of your favorite recipes?
This recipe is from my book, Real Fit Kitchen that I co-authored with Tara Mardigan. It is being published in September. It is simple and so easy, but it is my go-to when I am traveling. It was developed when I was traveling for IRONMAN races and needed something that I didn’t need to refrigerate and didn’t need a kitchen to make. I could easily find the ingredients in the natural section of any grocery store.
Cashew Chia Concoction
2 tablespoons pecan, cashew or almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
Sprinkle of sea salt
Slice the banana into a bowl or cup and add the cashew butter on top. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and chia seeds and sea salt.
Note: Get creative! Top this concoction with two sliced dried ﬁgs, a half teaspoon maca and a half cup of granola.