Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

Ingredients From Our Local Farmers’ Market

Ani’s Raw Food Certification courses are held a couple blocks from the Saturday morning Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, where local farmers bring us seasonal produce that’s been picked just a few hours before. Sometimes, we’ll find heirloom ingredients available for only a week, or better yet…..dry farmed produce. That’s when the plants just thrive on their own, without watering nor chemicals! Fresh, local, seasonal, gluten free, vegan, and organic…what better way to detox and cleanse from urban toxins?

Got Juice?

 

Ani’s Favorite Green Juice Recipe:

Dandelion
Kale
Cilantro
Jalapeño
Fennel
Basil
Turmeric
Cucumber
Celery
Spinach
Lemon

I love green juices, and think of them as my daily multi-vitamin. In the same way I would never think to live off a bottle of vitamins only, I don’t think to starve myself on a 5-10 day juice fast in order to detox (unless I had a tumor to starve or some other acute health crisis).

It seems to be a new trend here in LA that people with unhealthy processed diets and lifestyles, who even smoke, suddenly think it’s okay to starve for 7 days on a juice cleanse to make everything better. How about focusing instead on creating a healthier lifestyle through exercise, clean eating, mediation, and happiness rather than starving? These are the real keys to longevity.

Green juices are wonderful for vitamins and minerals, and for nourishing our bodies. But, it’s so much more FUN and less painful to enjoy delicious Raw Foods while accidentally DETOXing! Feasting on Raw Foods, rather than starving on a juice cleanse, is safer and healthier for you.

We’re designed to be eating whole foods. Starving our bodies on just juice cannibalizes our muscle mass, slows down our metabolism, and will make us gain weight as soon as we eat again (besides throwing off our hormones, along with triggering a slew of other biological reactions). It’s painful to starve ourselves. Why deny ourselves when instead we can feast and enjoy delicious Raw Foods to cleanse and detox?

I’d rather eat clean, detoxifying foods, than starve myself. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

Kale, Avocado, Sprouts

A super easy salad to make, this is my go to when traveling. Made by massaging avocado into torn leaves of kale and then adding a squeeze of lemon to soften the leaves, and then tossing in sprouts. Full of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and antioxidants to combat travel stress (including time zone changes, sitting on airplanes, and l

Delicious Living Magazine, Ani’s Raw Asian Power

Grab a copy of the April 2011 issue of Delicious Living Magazine - Raw Power with 6 raw food East West Fusion recipes for a taste of "Ani's Raw Food Asia", available everywhere May 10, 2011.

Mexican Style Jicama ‘Rice’ & Kanga’s Birthday Cake:

It was Kanga's 8th birthday, so I hosted a ladies' luncheon and made her a special cake....

Almond Buttered Banana Freeze + Acai

Almond Buttered Banana Freeze + Acai recipe that's blended with banana, almond butter, and acai juice....

SF View from the Bay – 2 Recipes

Recipes for my Jap Chae Kelp Noodles and Custard Tartlets from my TV appearance in San Francisco, CA last monday with Spencer Christian and Janelle Wang

Arame & Sugar Snap Pea Salad

I love sea vegetables for all the wonderful vitamins and minerals it gives my body, including iodine for regulating my metabolism. Here's a recipe for Arame & Sugar Snap Peas.

Ani’s Raw Food Essentials

My new book, Ani's Raw Food Essentials, will be available everywhere May 3rd! I was dropped shipped an early copy fresh off the presses, and this is a huge book. With over 250 recipes, it's my first hard cover. It's always amazing to hold the finished book in my hands. And, it takes 9 months for the book to be designed, printed, and distributed before it shows up in bookstores. A long journey.

Tom Yum Inspired Soup

This is a recipe I taught during my workshop in Phuket, Thailand, to a packed room full of locals. My raw vegan version of their traditional Thai soup.