Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

2015 Raw Food Courses in Los Angeles, CA

 
I’m excited to announce my upcoming Raw Food courses for 2015  in West Los Angeles, California:
LEVEL 1

June 13+14, 2015 (early bird special before May 3rd)
July 11+12, 2015
August 15+16, 2015
September 19+20, 2015

LEVEL 2

October 16, 17, 18, 2015

LEVEL 3

October 18, 19, 20, 2015

All classes are taught by me, and are hands-on.
So, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to learn how to make the tastiest, healthiest, raw, vegan food ever. All recipes are gluten-free and packed full of superfoods!

Spaces will fill up quickly! Please book your spot today:

http://www.aniphyo.com/certification/

I’m looking forward to seeing you this year in Los Angeles. It’s the best culinary tourist city on the Planet with loads of raw restaurants, cafes, businesses, prepared packaged foods, events, products, and more. Come explore, play, and be inspired!
xoxo

 

Superfood Brownie Recipe

Superfood brownies are the perfect workout food fuel for my climb today. They can stay out of the fridge, and travel well. These brownies are my homemade energy / protein / superfood bar.

The following recipe is from Ani’s Raw Food Detox.

1 c walnuts
1/4 c cacao powder
1/3 c pitted dates
pinch salt

Process walnuts, cacao, salt. Then, add dates to bind together.
I will sometimes roll the batter into balls, but this time I pressed it into a lined pan and sliced ‘bars’.

I topped with cacao nibs (for extra energy) and goji berries (for added vitamin C and antioxidants) too.

Bon appetit!

 

Save a Life, Rescue

I’m fostering this sweet dog named Anderson, and I’m helping him find his forever home!

If you’re in Los Angeles (MarVista) tomorrow, please come meet us at the”Wags and Walks” Rescue Adoption Event:

Sunday May 17, 2015
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 
The Dog Bakery
12112 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Anderson just finished 5 months of obedience training while living with a professional dog trainer, he can ride a skateboard, loves children, is a total sweetie, and cuddly lover boy.

Please help me save Anderson’s life by sharing information about this adoption event, Anderson, and the dog rescue Wags and Walks.

Dogs are our canine companion, family member, and best friend. They make our hearts feel warm, make us laugh, are great to cuddle with, motivate us to go outside for a walk, and help us to feel unconditional love. Rescue a dog today and save a life! xoxo

Mushroom “Bul Go Gi” Recipe

 

 

Please join me for lunch today! This Korean inspired recipe is from Ani’s Raw Food Asia. It’s my vegan, gluten-free, and raw version of Korean BBQ, made with marinated shiitake, crimini, and wood mushrooms. I call it Mushroom “Bul Go Gi” (page 186). Use your favorite green leaf, like romaine or red leaf lettuce as the wrap. Then, top with cucumber, carrot, thinly sliced garlic, and my delicious Gochujang Sauce (page 225) made with unpasteurized miso (for living enzymes), sesame oil, and chili powder, to taste. Add a sweetener syrup like agave or coconut nectar too to balance out the spice, salt, savory, and sweet. Super yummy on a rainy day here in LA (thank goodness, we need the rain!).

Mushoom “Bul Go Gi” Lettuce Wraps

BulGoGi
4 cups sliced mushrooms
2 T tamari
1 T toasted sesame oil
1/2 T minced garlic
1/2 cup Asian pear, microplanes or pureed in food processor

Fillings
1 clove thinly sliced mushroom
1 Korean or jalaeno pepper, sliced
1 cup julienned cucumber
1 cup julienned carrot

Wrappers
8 red lettuce leaves, or more

Toss together all BulGoGi ingredients in one bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes, until softened.

Prepare fillings, and set aside.

Squeeze excess marinade from mushrooms, and place into each lettuce leaf. Top with fillings. Drizzle with Gochujang Sauce, below.

Serve and enjoy!

Gochujang Sauce
2 1/2 T unpasturied miso, any color
2 T toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup agave syrup or coconut nectar
1/2 teas chile powder, or cayenne, to taste

Whisk to mix well.

One last tip:

I just moved my car out of my garage and onto the street so it will be ‘washed’ clean by the rain! Conserving water during our draught and living Eco…always.

It’s National Women’s Health Week!

It’s National Women’s Health Week! I’m the proud representative for women in their 40’s, and am working with the Office of Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. to help encourage women to make our health a priority!

Over the past several years, my focus on wellness has been comprehensive across fitness, sleep, stress, and nutrition. I’m realizing how much the hormonal changes that begin in our early 40’s affect our physical and mental health moving forward. So, now is the time to really grab hold of our wellness.

A great way to start is by making yourself a priority by scheduling appointments and physicals. I’m booking my doctor’s appointment this week to have my physical exam and my blood tested for everything (including my liver and kidney function, cholesterol, and hormonal levels). I’m also going to ask for a baseline EKG of my heart. And, since I live in Southern California where the sun is really strong, I’m going to see the dermatologist to check my moles and skin. I’m not concerned about any health issues, but want to baseline where I am today. Other appointments to consider include:

Dental exam and cleaning
Comprehensive eye exam
Blood pressure screening
Diabetes screening
Baseline skin exam to determine skin cancer risk
Breast and pelvic exams, pap test, and bone density test (I choose breast ultrasounds, rather than mammograms, to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure)

As our hormones change in our 40’s, it’s even more important to get adequate sleep and rest, and to decrease our overall stress. I’ve shifted my lifestyle to do less, and rest more. To spend less, consume less, and have more free time to play, laugh, and love. High levels of stress will basically guarantee onset of chronic illnesses like […]

Give Me Sugar-Free Juice!

My favorite KOA organic juices are now available at Gelson’s Markets in SoCal and LA! Yay!! KOA is cold-pressed and made from 12 fresh fruits and vegetables like pomegranate, red sea lettuce, guava, holy basil, heirloom carrots and lemon…and more. It has good-for-you vitamins (9) and minerals (74) like some other cold-pressed juices, but KOA Olakino is sugar-free with zero calories. And, they taste absolutely delicious!

Other cold-pressed juices that include fruits of any sort (including apples, pineapple, pear, etc) can contain anywhere from 45g to 65g of sugar per bottle! Whoa!! That’s more sugar than 3 donuts. Scary. And, our bodies have the same insulin response, whether the sugar is from juiced fruits or a candy bar. (To learn more about the effects of sugar on our health, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc…watch the documentary “Fed Up”).

Incase you’re wondering why KOA calls their “juice” Olakino, it’s because the FDA’s definition of “juice” is a beverage that contains fructose (sugar). Since KOA Olakino contains no sugar and no calories, KOA is charting new territory into a new category all their own called “Olakino”, which means “healthy” in Hawaii.

Pick up a bottle and tell me which flavor your prefer: Original (mint) or Raspberry. So hard to choose….

 

 

 

Thai Green Mango Salad

The freshest tropical salad recipe at Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand made with romaine lettuce, shredded green mango, toasted coconut, roasted cashews, and sliced red onion. I left out the pomelo, but that would be yummy to include too. Superfood, vegan, gluten free, and organic salad made with all local and seasonal ingredients that are great for detox and boosting overall wellness. Enjoy with a Thai baby coconut….Delicious!

Surf and Sun in Thailand

Another amazing beach day in Thailand on the Andaman Sea where the sand is soft and the water is body temperature. Soaking up the sun and loading up on my vitamin D!

Thailand’s Herb Gardens

Loving the herb garden here at the Ritz Carlton’s Reserve at Phulay Bay in beautiful Thailand at Krabi. They grow their own herbs, in addition to super spicy red Thai chilies. We’ve been using these super fresh herbs in my Raw Food Lifestyle Classes this week.

It’s paradise here with tons of tropical fresh fruits like tamarind, papaya, jackfruit, and longan. And delicious Thai baby coconuts and cashews too. I think this must be Heaven!

 

Ritz-Carlton’s Reserve at Krabi, Thailand

I’m made it safely to Krabi, Thailand where I’m relaxing at the villa now that prep for our 5-day Raw Food Lifestyle Retreat is finished for today. Super excited to be teaching Raw Food Lifestyle classes Wednesday thru Sunday here at the Ritz-Carlton’s Phulay Bay resort.

I’ve crafted exclusive Thai-inspired Raw Food, vegan, superfood, gluten-free recipes using local Thai ingredients. Plus, we’ll be talking about treading lightly on the Planet, natural beauty, fitness, healthy detox, nutrition, and ways to lower stress while increasing vitality and longevity.

If you’re in Krabi, please join me here Wednesday thru Sunday!  We’re going have tons of FUN!!!!