Simplholistic – Ashlee Rowland

Simplholistic – Ashlee Rowland

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Week 3


Ashlee Rowland, 22, Owner of Simplholistic, Nutrition Consultant, Blogger, and Recipe Developer

Tagline – Holistic Clean Eatin

What are you making for us today? 

No-bake brownie bites. The recipe can be found at the bottom of this blog post!
Spokane best nutrition for Simplohistic Holistic Clean Eating by Ashley. Simplholistic making Spokane living healthy.

What makes you different?

I am very unconventional when it comes to food, making everything by hand. People say I cook like the Amish do. In school, I focused on nutrition with a holistic living approach. They taught foods that are nourishing and therapeutic for your body. I treat every one of my clients as an individual. In most cases, not always, but if they are coming to me that means they have gone to other nutritionists and doctors, and no one is giving them the answers they want. So when they come to me I give them a new approach on how to eat and have a healthy lifestyle. After only a few months they start seeing results not physically but mentally. They feel better about themselves and have more love for themselves. They come to me because they want a new outlook on life when it comes to what they eat, and that’s what I push.

Simplholistic scoops remaining dough. Simplholistic close up on hands as she rolls the dough.

How did you fall into nutrition? 

Well I was going to school for nutrition and I had a friend begging me to start a food blog, and so I finally did early last year! I named my blog Simplholistic which means simply clean holistic eating for the soul. Now I make money running a food blog, helping people stay on track with their nutrition, and inventing new recipes.

Simplholistic rolling dough for no bake brownie bites.

How do they find you? 

Mostly word of mouth and social media, especially Pinterest. I had a weird pin that went viral so I get a lot of traffic from Pinterest.

How long have you been in business? 

Just a little over a year. Yes, I’m new!

Simplholistic making Spokane living healthy by making brownie bites.

What did you do before this? 

I was a commercial fisherman working in Alaska with my family. Before this, I traveled a lot. I was basically a nomad for the last few years working at travel fishing lodges, nannying, and odd jobs that I was passionate about and that I could help people in some way. I used to also work at Method Juice Bar downtown.

Simplholistic works with local brands in Spokane like Brands: Ground Up

What made you choose Spokane? and how do you like it? 

My husband wanted to go to Moody Bible Institute in Spokane so we moved here! We like it a lot here. I love leaves and all the trees, the lakes, and the people here. We have a good community here.

How did you find your community? 

I started by stalking a bunch of people on social media and going to entrepreneur groups and luncheons. Getting out and connecting with people in the community face-to-face and putting myself out there has been huge for my business.

Simplholistic focuses on health brands like honey mamas chocolate. No bake brownie bites from Simplholistic are amazing.

What are your long-term goals? 

My end goal is to be a naturopathic doctor, but my husband and I want to be missionaries, too. Last year we did a trip to Africa where I did medical outreach. I would love to go back to do more outreach and start teaching on sustainability and healthy living. Another goal of mine is to start speaking at conferences. I love speaking to large crowds, rallying them up makes me feel like I’m making a difference in their lives. Traveling and speaking are my big objectives!

Simplholistic carefully places the bites on the wooden board.

I love that you are not afraid to speak up. What is your secret sauce?  

All bloggers blog and write. With my writing, I do put personality in it but in person, people can see my personality shine and people see how passionate I am about what I do. It’s a cool way to empower myself and empower ourselves.

How did you overcome the fear of public speaking? 

I was a dancer when I was little but I was always more confident dancing in front of a mass audience than speaking. When I found my love for nutrition and holistic living it lit my fire and I saw the need. I know it helps people and it’s almost selfish if I don’t share what I know to others.

Something that used to scare me is what if people ask me something I don’t know? I’ve learned the power of “I don’t know” and I notice people are more forgiving when you are honest rather than coming up with an answer that doesn’t ask their question. It also shows people that I am vulnerable and I don’t know all the answers and that’s okay.

What do you want to do this year in Spokane? 

I want to host 2 community events per month at local gyms, restaurants, small businesses, to encourage people to make a healthy change in their lives. I love bringing out the community and connecting local brands with people who want change in their lives. I want to continue to partner with brands that resonate with my mission like . . .

Vital Proteins
Honey Mamas Chocolate 
Mountain Rose Herbs
Ground Up

Also, I’m working on a secret business that I can’t tell anyone about.

This is down the road but I’d also Iove to create my own conference and invite speakers that resonate with my mission.

Vital protein is a product Ashlee has partnered with.

What promotions are you offering for the New Year? 

I’d love to offer a free initial consultation with anyone wanting nutritional advice or planning. After I’d love to offer 20% off 1 on 1 consults

And if you sign up for my newsletter on my website here, I have budget-friendly holistic food guide where you only spend $200 a month for two people!

+ 1 can @traderjoes Organic Black Beans, rinsed and dried
+ 1 ½ tablespoons Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
+ 1 tablespoon Organic Creamy Almond Butter
+ 3 tablespoons Organic Maple Syrup
+ 5 tablespoons @sunpotion Raw Cacao Powder
+ 1 teaspoon Vanilla
+ 1 tablespoon Collagen Peptides
+ 1 teaspoon
+ 1 teaspoon Ashwagandha
+ 1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
+ Organic Unsweetened Dried Coconut flakes, for coating
+ Bee Pollen, for sprinkling on top

-mix all ingredient in a food processor & refrigerate for 1 hour
-roll into balls & sprinkle with bee pollen