BY: Lively Staff

July 14, 2017

A Day in the Life: How Kaisa ‘@KaisaFit’ Keranen Stays Healthy

You know her as @KaisaFit and we’ve got the scoop on the girl behind the social handle, Kaisa Keranen!

In a world with dozens of fitness niches, Kaisa Keranen can do it all. A fitness educator, personal trainer, and social influencer, Kaisa lives and teaches by the motto that “health is a feeling” instead of a physical look and works tirelessly to help people all over the world MOVE.  Known as @KaisaFit in the social media world, Kaisa has become a go-to source for worldwide fitness and health tips.
As if being a world-renowned social media influencer wasn’t cool enough, Kaisa has graced the digital magazines of Vogue, Shape, SELF, Harpers Bazaar, and so many more. Still want more? Kaisa was asked by former First Lady Michelle Obama to participate as one of the trainers in her #LetsMove campaign. Read on to learn more about @KaisaFit! 

1. Foods That Help You Move

Your energy is amazing – both mental and physical. Are there any foods that you make an effort to include in your diet that help you stay strong and focussed? 
I really make an effort to keep my foods as simple and clean as possible. I don’t follow any diets or count calories but I do pay attention to the actual food I am consuming and aim to eat things that are as close to the source as possible. Whole foods (not the store 🙂 ) as much as I can which means lots of fruits and veggies!

2. Just Say No 

As someone so in touch with functional training, it’s easy to see that some foods slow us don’t and hurt more than they help. When you’re working with a new client, are there any foods you have them absolutely eliminate or at least curb?
I definitely try to help people understand the idea that food is fuel. Food is one of the main ways that you can show your body love and appreciation, so it is important to start understanding (and eliminating) the foods that really do your body harm. New clients do not like to hear this but one of the main things I try to get them to work on first is eliminating processed sugar. It is in EVERYTHING and is really harmful to the wellbeing and function of our bodies.
The goal is really to help people understand that being healthy isn’t about following diets and counting calories, its about making conscious choices to fuel your body with nutrients. 

3. The Best Breakfast

On the days when you’ve got time to make a healthy breakfast, what are you whipping up in the kitchen? Any special ingredients we should know about to keep in the Vital Kitchens kitchen?

Breakfast is my favorite meal so where do I even begin?! I am obsessed with protein pancakes and protein muffins, scrambled eggs and veggies (or egg muffins if you run low on time in the morning because you can make a batch and freeze them), basically any breakfast food is my favorite so long as it doesn’t take me hours to make. Below is my favorite protein pancake recipe.
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Whey 
  1. Place a pan over medium heat on the stove. Let it heat up while you prepare the pancakes.
  2. To prepare the pancakes, mash the banana well with a fork. Add the eggs, baking powder, and protein powder and whisk until well combined. 
  3. make sure the pan is oiled before you pour pancake batter to cook.
  4. Let the pancakes cook for 30 seconds or until they start bubbling before flipping them. Cook for another 30 sec. or until golden brown each side

4. Food Trends

Clean eating vs complicated food trends. What’s your take?
I like to keep things simple simple SIMPLE! New information develops daily in regards to ways we can fuel our body better but before you jump on everything I would try to make sure that you are already taking care of the simple things. Cooking your own meals, eliminating chemicals (sugar and all things you can’t pronounce), staying as close to the source as possible and eating enough fruits and veggies! If you are doing all of these things and are still looking to take your nutrition to the next level then by all means do what feels best!

5. Training Day Routine

A lot of athletes have different meals planned on certain days, depending on the type of workout or training they’ll be doing. What about you? Do you have a different meal routine based on the type of workout you have planned?
No, that’s too complicated 🙂 I really can’t stress enough how simple I like to keep things. I keep my meals well rounded (carbs, protein, fat) an clean (whole food sources) but other than that I really don’t stress about my food intake. I think its important to differentiate here that I am not working out or fueling to try and change the way my body looks or to achieve some type of performance goal. I simple enjoy moving and I know that continuing to do that and fueling my body correctly is vital to my well being. It’s just that simple for me 🙂 

6. Post-Workout Fuel

Tough workouts can pull a lot of energy from the body. Do you have any regular post-workout snacks or meals that you rely on to help you recover?
I workout pretty early in the morning so typically I eat a snack before I workout (a protein muffin or a protein shake are typically my go-to snacks —> (Vital’s banana, cinnamon, vanilla whey, frozen berries, almond milk and spinach) and then after my workouts I refuel by eating a full breakfast. 

7. Supermarket Staples

What are a few supermarket staples that make their way from the cart to kitchen every week? 

Typically I fill my entire cart with fruits and veggies! I am a HUGE snack person so I like to make sure I have fruits and veggies on hand to grab any time I need. I am also a huge fan of baked goods and am always trying to figure out how I can make something more nutritious so if you checked my cart you would probably see the ingredients for a new muffin or protein cookie I am going to try out 🙂

8. Splurge

What’s your favorite splurge food?
Splurge as in I spend a little extra money? —> the cocktail shrimp at Whole Foods, I could eat the entire container as an appetizer so I keep that as a splurge item 🙂
Splurge as in I shouldn’t eat it daily? —> a new vegan ice cream shop opened up in my neighborhood and they have the most incredible ice cream so that is definitely my current splurge food 🙂

9. Smoothie or Juice?

If you’ve got a favorite homemade smoothie or juice, what’s in it that makes it so good?
Smoothie for sure, I am all about getting my fiber in so I prefer to keep things blended rather than juiced. Current favorite smoothie is:
Almond Butter & Jelly Smoothie
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (depending on preferred thickness)
  • 1/3 cup frozen berries of choice
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Vanilla Whey
  • Optional to make it a little sweeter: 4 medjool dates, pitted

10. Traveling Healthy

When you’re on the go and spending a lot of time traveling or in hotels, what are a few foods you keep in your bag to have on hand as a quick and healthy pick-me-up?
This is a great question and something that I am really working on as my travel schedule is getting busier and busier. A few staple items are dried fruits and nuts, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide sticks + Collagen Beauty Water sticks, bars (or if I am well prepared some times I will make my own bars to take with me). But its not easy. The thing I try to focus on the most is not using traveling as an excuse. Undoubtably when you travel you are eating out more but there are still ways to eat relatively healthy when you are eating out and I try to stick to that. At the end of the day we all know what’s good for us and what’s not so its just about using our common sense and really knowing that if I don’t eat well my body won’t feel well and that is not something I am willing to risk.

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