Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

On An Organic Ranch

This summer has been full of the most amazing adventures stretching from the desserts of southern Utah all the way to Yosemite, CA. But, the highlight by far was visiting my friend Natashia’s ranch and vineyard in Northern California. There’s a gigantic organic garden here with a row of peach trees, apple trees, raised beds of strawberries, tomatoes of all sorts, many varieties of kales, and even potatoes.

Heriloom, cherry, and roma tomatoes taste incredibly delicious picked straight off the vine.

This was my harvest today. Diced the potato and sautéed it up with kale, quartered tomato, garlic, onion, and rosemary. Served it topped with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. Blended up a strawberry smoothie, and ate the peaches on their own. Yummy!

On the way to gathering ingredients at the farm, I stopped off to visit the horses, chickens, turkeys, cows, and goats. The goats were surprisingly social and interactive. Plus, I recently learned goats are the best rock climbers!

This little guy is so adorable! I want to take him home with me to LA.

Fresh air, sunshine, rolling hills, beautiful animal friends, and organic fruits and vegetables. This must be heaven on Earth!

Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1

My students made me this beautiful stack with marinated mushrooms and onion, sliced tomato, oregano and rosemary marinara, cashew cheeze, and fresh Italian herbs today at my Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1.

I love showing everyone that elegant food need not use many ingredients nor be complicated to make. Each recipe uses a couple ingredients, seriously! And, is really quick to create. The sophistication comes in the plating, presentation, and use of easy to make sauces.

One of our students this weekend is a Le Cordon Bleu trained professional chef who’s mind was blown by Raw Food’s functionality, and fresh flavors! She said “I’ve been making my food way too complicated!”. We all laughed.

Get in my belly!!! Yumminess!

Our final Level 1 for 2015 is September 19+20th. I’d love to spend the weekend eating the most delicious, nutritious, and inspiring food with you. xoxo

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

Avocado Smoothies

My travel to Bali inspired me to use avocados in my desserts. In SE Asia, avocados are used to make creamy avocado smoothies. There they make smoothies by blending milk, sugar, and avocado. Here I make a raw vegan almond nut mylk to use as the base, then add in avocados for the flavor. It’s sweetened with dates, a whole food, containing fiber, minerals and vitamins.

The ingredients I use are listed below. Adjust quantities to you liking. I also have variations of these recipes in Ani’s Raw Food Detox.

I’ll be teaching this recipe in class this weekend too. Join me at an upcoming Ani’s Raw Food Certification Course to learn recipes like this and many many more!
Smoothie

almonds
dates
avocado
water

Chocolate Sauce

cacao powder
agave syrup, maple syrup, date syrup, or coconut nectar

Toppings

chocolate sauce
goji
cacao
hemp

Guilt-free, and absolutely delicious, good-for-you food! Enjoy.

Will keep for at least a day in your fridge.

Get Outside!

One of my favorite ways to spend a beautiful day is sitting outside on top of a rock in the sun! Bouldering and climbing is my obsession these days. So are breathing in fresh air, being connected to nature, and taking a moment to just be. It helps to center me, and helps me put my life into perspective after a busy week.

What are you doing to get outside this weekend?

Superfood Granola Recipe

I’ve been mixing up a yummy granola with walnuts, almonds, cacao nibs, vanilla bean, coconut, sprouted buckwheat groats, and goji berries. This morning I used it to top raspberries and blueberries with almond mylk for an antioxidant superfood blast. It tasted delicious. What other ingredient should I include in my mix?

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….