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Urban Hiking at Magic Hour

 

Today is what I call “Fitness Friday” because it’s when I like to post an activity we can all enjoy over the weekend that will help us keep active and get outside. Something as simple as an urban hike, aka walk (LOL), is a fun way to discover a new neighborhood with friends and/or your canine companion.

As you may know, Kanga and I love to urban hike. We found an industrial area in West LA at the end of the afternoon that was bathed in golden sunlight. The lighting was magical. I guess that’s why it’s called ‘Magic Hour’ or ‘Golden Hour’, which is the one hour before the sun sets. (We took this photo without a filter!)

I guess you can say our Happy Hour is Magic Hour!

What will you do to get outside this weekend?

 

Berry and Greens Salad for Beauty

A berry delicious and nutritious green salad made with kale, baby bok choy, Chinese greens, corn, onion, yellow squash, eggplant, raspberries, blueberries, and pomegranate marinated in a splash of olive oil, with a pink of pink sea salt.

This is a simply beautiful way to pump up antioxidants to help slow the ‘rusting’ of my cells. Packed full of beautifying foods for feasting while detoxing, this raw vegan salad will keep your skin clear and glowing with beauty from the inside out.

What’s your secret for combating the signs of aging?

Ani’s Raw Food Certification Courses

I’m offering my final 2013 series of Ani’s Raw Food Certification Courses in September in Santa Monica, CA.

Level 1: September 20, 21, 22. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Level 2: September 27.28.29. Friday 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm. Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Level 3, Teacher Training: September 29, 30, October 1st. Sunday 4pm to 6pm. Monday 10am to 4pm. Tuesday 10am to 2pm.

My inspiration for creating these courses is to help people learn how simple, quick, and easy raw food preparation can be! It’s all about delicious and nutritious recipes made using a handful of easy to find ingredients. Complexity is added with sauces and plating.

To support a healthy diet and lifestyle, we need to know how to make our own food, quickly! In my courses, I also discuss lifestyle topics including fitness, natural beauty, organic and eco-green living, healthy detox, weight loss, and much more. And for those interested in launching their own business, writing a book, and or creating a show, I talk about business strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing strategy, and keys to building your brand.

I hope you can join me in September for one or all 3 of my courses! It’s a really fun course, and a great way to detox feasting on the best raw food ever!!

For more information, please visit my course page.

 

 

Loose Weight Dancing at a Pool Party!

When the weather’s nice out, all I want to do is play outside. I love hiking, biking, walking, swimming, and most of all…dancing! Yesterday, my ladies and I spend our Sunday Funday a Beverly Hills rooftop pool party where my friend and DJ Eric Sharp was spinning the best beats ever here in Los Angeles, CA.

Swimming and dancing are both great ways to soak up sunshine while burning calories. Dancing burns about 350 or more calories an hour and aides in weight loss because it takes about 3500 calories to loose a pound. I’m targeting to loose about 3 pounds in the next couple weeks. So, dancing is a fun way to workout and get in some accidental cardio.

For the next 3 months, I’m avoiding wheat and gluten, refined sugar, starches, and alcohol. Enjoying nuts and seeds in moderation, lots of vegetables, and some fruits. Focusing on upping my protein with sea vegetables, buckwheat, spirulina, and legumes. I’ll keep you posted on how this makes me feel and how it changes my body. Hoping to get leaner and stronger for my Powerlifting Competition in November.

Let’s all keep active this summer, while remembering to eat clean too. xo

 

Superfood Cacao Avocado Tartlets

I whipped up some Superfood Cacao Avocado Tartlets for a dinner party tonight.

They are made with avocado for creaminess, and sweetened with superfoods: lucuma, carob, stevia since I’m watching my sugars (no syrups and need low-glycemic). Added in spirulina, which is why the pudding’s a bit green.

The crust is made with raisins, cacao, pink sea salt, and cashews.

Topped with goji berries and vanilla sauce.

Delicious way to detox in the summertime with whole, unprocessed, local, seasonal, nutritious, rawfood goodness!

Superfood Energy Truffles

Energy Truffles are a great way to power a long hike, bike ride, and even a car ride. These truffles travel easily, and are packed full of delicious organic goodness. I took this batch on a 4-hour hike in the Santa Monica Mountains this past weekend with my personal trainer. Each time our energy would get low, we’d pop one of these truffles to boost our endurance and stamina. They are made with omega-3 rich walnuts, antioxidant filled cranberry and raisins, and superfood cacao and maca. Flavored with a hint of vanilla, and rolled in coconut. Delicious!

Vegan Protein Pudding

I whipped up this Protein Pudding at my client’s home by using what he had on hand in his fridge and cabinets. Since he had no vanilla extract and no cacao powder, I used his flavored vegan protein powders instead. He did have half of a banana, 2 avocados, coconut water, and stevia powder.

So, I made this Protein Pudding by blending together sweet banana, creamy avocado, chocolate and also vanilla protein powders, electrolyte coconut water, and non-caloric stevia powder. And it was delicious!

Though I’ve personally stopped using all protein powders (instead I’m using only whole foods), this gluten-free, vegan pudding is an easy way to up your protein intake today.

Happy Meatless Monday!

Weight Loss & Health Coaching

I recently spent a few days with Kyra and Billy at their home in beautiful Carmel Valley, CA to help Kyra with her weight loss and health goals. I left Kyra with 2 days of recipes and a couple new exercise regimens that will help build her muscle mass while accelerating her fat burning.

BACKGROUND:

Kyra had been struggling with her weight since she turned 40. She lives a clean life, is mostly vegetarian and eats fish a couple times a week, and is in tune with healthy living. Kyra goes to the gym several times a week, and takes long walks almost daily. She travels for work about 2 weeks each month, and wanted an easy plan for preparing her own food when not at home. Plus, she wanted to be able to balance out the excess food and drink across the rest of her life with healthier detoxing foods made at home. Kyra needed refinement to her regimen to up her health results.

Her man Billy, on the other hand, is not as health conscious. His diet consists of primarily animal products, and it’s been a struggle to get him to even taste the healthier foods Kyra makes.

SHOPPING AND PANTRY:

First, I helped to clear out Kyra’s fridge and pantry. Next, we went to the local co-op, where I taught her to shop for ingredients and produce. We also went to Earthbound Organic’s Farm Stand, which was full of amazing veggies and fruits.

MY FOOD PROGRAM FOR KYRA:

I replaced all of Kyra’s protein powders with whole, unprocessed foods like quinoa, buckwheat, sea vegetables, dark leafy greens, with occasional eggs and fish.
To offset her intense sugar cravings, I upped her protein intake, using the ingredients listed above.

I also taught […]

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Red Bell Pepper Hummus

This recipe can be found in “Ani’s Raw Food Essentials”

Red bell pepper hummus makes the awesomest vegetable dip.  It’s so easy and simple that you can make it in just minutes!

Ingredients include:

Peppers
Almond butter
Garlic
Salt