Plant Based Food, Fitness and Hair with Maria Koutsogiannis

Kathy Wamboldt July 17, 2019

"True Beauty.  Does it exist?  What does it mean to you?  To me, it means feeling yourself no matter what you're wearing on your face or body.  To me, it's about what the heart speaks.  Time and time again I have been told I am bold, I am aggressive and I am to the point.  I used to think I was a mean person for speaking my mind but I soon found out that my ability to stay true to myself regardless of the situation was my biggest power.  Now hang on, I am not perfect, and I still have moments where I react in anger, off emotion or just pure stupidity. The people who love me most know exactly who I am and that is why I am so proud to be the person I truly am."

- Maria Koutsogiannis

@FoodbyMaria Uses the Best in Plant-Based Health Products

Summer is here! Hot sunny days and fun outdoors are ours for a short time in Canada, but the sun and fun aren’t the only things to celebrate – our annual Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion is on now!

To help spread the word, we’ve partnered with food stylist, fitness enthusiast and clean eating queen Maria Koutosgiannis to share her favourite vegan-friendly hair products.

Who is @FoodbyMaria?

Maria was inspired to create the FoodByMaria blog and subsequent brand four years ago as she struggled to find and maintain a healthy relationship with food within her own life. Since then, she has been on a mission to change people’s perspective on food and encourage them to embrace health-focused lifestyles. Maria believes food is fuel, and every day we eat for a reason – to nourish ourselves and fight disease.

Health is a key focus for Maria, and plant-based foods are her passion. Maria’s focus centers on creating nourishing and satisfying vegan recipes across the culinary spectrum, including delightful comfort food and sweet treats.

Healthy Food and Healthy Hair

Maria has created hundreds of recipes and meal plans, written numerous e-books and blogs, published a best-selling vegan cookbook in 2018, and has inspired over 200,000 of her friends and social media followers to lead healthier lifestyles.  All of these recipes, blogs and cookbooks are inspired by the message that food is your friend. 

Maria believes that food is at the core of who we are, and the nutrition decisions we make every day contribute to a balanced and happy way of living.

A plant-based lifestyle is more than a professional interest – it’s what Maria lives and breaths, which is why it is vital that the products she uses both in and out of the kitchen are vegan.

Strong Mind, Strong Body, Strong Hair

Another thing Maria is known for? Her beautiful dark brown hair, which is contributes to her diet, using minimal heat and styling tools, and a few key products: AG Hair Fast Food Shampoo, AG Hair Ultramoist Conditioner, and the ABBA Complete All-In-One Leave in Spray.

AG Hair is all about no salt, no PABA, no parabens, no DEA, and no animal testing. ABBA has  a large range of products that are 100% vegan, gluten free, DEA free, free of synthetic color additives, phthalate free, sodium chloride free and sulfate free. Both these brands fit perfectly with Maria's lifestyle!

AG Hair's Fast Food Shampoo is a sulfate-free shampoo that is unbelievably rich and full of moisture providing extreme hydration to dry hair. Maria follows her wash with the AG Hair Ultramoist Conditioner. Packed with Honey extracts, sodium PCA and amino acids, this conditioner is a luxurious cream treatment that instantly rehydrates, revitalizes and restores. It's no wonder that Maria's hair remains long, strong, and healthy! She finishes off her routine with ABBA Complete All-In-One Leave in Spray. This lightweight conditioner improves elasticity, moisturizes and strengthens hair while reducing breakage.

If you want to learn more about Maria’s go-to hair products, visit her Instagram page for the inside scoop – and pick up some quick and easy vegan recipe ideas while you’re there!

Come visit your nearest Chatters and make your own selections today.

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