Big Bear Lake is a popular Southern California winter destination for playing in the snow. I didn't realize how many people go in the summertime to splash around on the lake and hike in the forest. We rode up the chair lift to the mountain top, found a ton of trails, and hiked for hours in the woods at 8,600 feet elevation! The air was super fresh, the pines smelled delicious, and the views were spectacular. Hiking in nature is the perfect way to recharge and to detox from urban life. It helps me relax and reconnect with what is really important to me….my health and happiness! I noticed a ton of people brought their mountain bicycles to ride along the many trails, and down the mountainside on the ski runs. That looked super fun, and I will be bringing my mountain bike next visit. Have you visited a winter ski resort in the summertime? I actually preferred it better in summer, since I am completely over snow now. Having grown up in freezing Buffalo, NY, if I never see snow again, I don't think I would miss it.
Wheatgrass is liquid sunshine! A raw, vegan, mega-superfood! Just 2 ounces contains the same amount of nutrition as 5 pounds of organic vegetables. And, about 20% of its calories come from complete branch chain amino acids and protein. It's a powerful detoxifier for the liver and blood, neutralizes toxins and pollutants in our body, and lessens the effects of radiation. Wheatgrass cleanses the body of heavy metals too. I love GREEN! The color comes from chlorophyll, a very important phytonutrient our cells need to heal and fight disease. Chlorophyll also helps carry tons of oxygen to our blood. Lots of oxygen is always a good thing! Best taken on its own, fresh, and on an empty stomach so that its nutrients can be best absorbed. Most fun shared and enjoyed with friends and loved ones! xoxo
I like to make my Mushroom Bulgogi with mushrooms, instead of beef. This is one of my favorite recipes, and perfect to wrap in a leaf or inside a thinly sliced daikon radish... like a taco!! ….Like in the photo above (courtesy of Vegetarian Times Magazine). In addition to this recipe tasting delicious, mushrooms are a super food that boost our immune system while helping us fight illness, disease, and even cancer. Check out the recipe in this month's June 2014 issue, and on their website: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/mushroom-bulgogi-filled-daikon-wraps/ Enjoy it! xo
I do love the sun! Just 20 mins a day is enough to give us our recommended daily levels for Vitamin D. But, when I'm in the sun, I do make sure to cover up my face with a huge hat and sun glasses (to avoid those dark spots us Asians get…they are our 'wrinkles')….vanity! LOL. Beware of chemicals in most sunblock lotions. Instead, we can EAT our sunblock. Here are some raw, vegan, gluten-free super foods that are high in antioxidants to help destroy free radical damage from the sun: Spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots (lutein) - Dr Salvador Gonsalez of Harvard University says “our data is the first of its kind to suggest that lutein may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer. In addition, these data suggest that lutein protects the skin against damage caused by exposure to UVB light, further validating our position that lutein is a critical component to overall skin health.” A study in the International Journal of Cancer found that a serving a day of leafy greens reduces the recurrence of skin cancer tumors in patients by more than 50%! Green tea, black tea, cacao (polyphenols) Brazil nuts (selenium) Tomatoes (lycopene) Chia, flax, walnuts, algaes like chlorella and spiraling (omega 3s) So eat up, and get outside! Summers here, and there are many fun trails to hike…like this one in Joshua Tree National Park…my favorite place on Earth!
Join me at Whole Food Markets in West LA and celebrate Earth Day, and Earth Week! I'll be signing copies of Ani's Raw Food Detox. The event goes from 11am to 2pm tomorrow, Saturday. And the store is located at the corner of Barrington and National Aves. The festival will be held in the parking lot (enter off Barrington Ave). I hope to see you there! xoxo
Ani Phyo, wellness expert and author of "Ani's Raw Food Detox," and Dr. Joy Dubost, registered dietician and nutritionist, hash it out in a raw food detox diet debate! We celebrated my national TV appearance at a viewing party yesterday in downtown LA at the Bunker Hill Bar and Grill, where all their monitors were tuned to The Bethenny Show for my segment. We watched the show live as Dr. Joy and myself debated the pros of the Raw Food Diet.
Superfood Chocolates made at Ani's Raw Food Certification Level 2 yesterday here in Los Angeles, CA. Filled with banana, and topped with strawberry jam, coconut, and fresh berries. I love our raw food courses because I get to eat the best food on the Planet, while detoxing effortlessly. Thank you to my awesome students for spending another fun weekend with me! (I never make these recipes for myself at home anymore…so it's amazing to get to enjoy them with you all in class!)
May 3+4, 2014 Ani's Raw Food Certification, Level 1, in Los Angeles, CA Spend a hands-on weekend with Ani making the best Raw Food on the Planet, while effortlessly detoxing too! Register today, only a few seats remaining: http://www.aniphyo.com/certification-course/
I'll be hosting a viewing party once the Bethenny Show let's me know the air date. Join me! Let's watch my raw food segment on The Bethenny Show together in downtown LA at the Bunker Hill Bar and Grill, sports bar. They have agreed to turn all monitors to FOX at 3pm. As soon as I hear word from the show, I will be posting air date to all my social media channels. So please make sure to follow me at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I'll be giving away prizes and will be making a special announcement too! Bunker Hill Bar and Grill: 601 w. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 Stay tuned for more details soon!
Heading to the Big Apple today to shoot my segment on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 for The Bethanny Show. My episode will air at a later date, will let you know as soon as I do! Bethanny Frankel has invited me on to debate Raw Food and Detox. Find local station and times: http://www.bethenny.com