Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

The Power of Wheatgrass

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

 

Mushroom Bulgogi Taco Recipe

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

A Warm Green Salad Recipe

I’ve been playing with fire! I’m enjoying lightly sautéing fresh vegetables and then tossing them hot into a big salad bowl full of fresh greens. Today, I cooked up some garlic in coconut oil with halved cherry tomatoes and chopped broccoli. I added it to a big bowl of chopped up romaine, spinach, arugula, and mixed it all up to allow the cooked veggies to wilt the greens. I finished it off with capers and artichoke hearts. No dressing needed, as the capers and artichokes add saltiness and pickled tartness, while the garlic adds pungency. Give it a try, this salad is to live for! And yes, I do still consider this salad a vegan raw food….

Warm Green Salad

3 cloves garlic, chopped, to taste
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup baby broccoli, chopped
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 cup romaine, chopped
1 cup spinach
1 cup arugula
3 Tablespoons capers
1/2 cup artichoke hearts

Warm up your pan on medium heat, add coconut oil and garlic. Sauté until soft. Add tomatoes and broccoli. Lightly cook, to desired consistency.

Place romaine, spinach, and arugula into a large mixing bowl. Top with cooked vegetables and toss to mix well, wilting your greens. Add capers and artichokes, and toss to mix well.

Serve and enjoy!

Strawberry Superfood Beauty Shake

 

Shakes and smoothies help me kick start my day by food fueling my body with nutrients and superfoods that keep me at the top of my game. The blender ‘chews’ up the food for me, so it’s easier to digest, and leaves me with more energy. Plus, on super busy days, it’s just easier to for me to blend, rinse out my blender container, and then drink my shake on-the-go or while typing on my keyboard.

This recipe is made with antioxidant-rich strawberries (it’s strawberry season!); healthy fat and omegas from almond, flax, and hemp; maca and cacao for energy and mood-elevation; buckwheat (a complete branch chain amino acid) for protein; camu camu for vitamin C; MSM for building connective tissue and the collagen in my skin; and sweetened with stevia (my favorite non-glycemic, non-caloric sweetener). Drink up and get your glow on!

Strawberry Superfood Beauty Shake

2 cups organic strawberries, fresh or frozen
2 Tablespoons raw almond butter
2 Tablespoons flax meal
1 teaspoon camu camu
1 Tablespoon maca
1 teaspoon MSM
4 drops stevia

Blend with about a cup or 2 of filtered water, to desired consistency. Pour into your favorite glass.

Serve topped with cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and sprouted + dehydrated buckwheat groats.

Enjoy!

xo

 

Eat Your Sunblock

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!

 

Earth Day at Whole Foods Saturday April 25th

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

Banana Superfood Chocolate

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!)

 

Pre-Grammy Red Carpet

2013 Pre-Grammy Red Carpet, hosted by Whole Foods Market’s Whole Planet Foundation® non-profit focused on alleviating poverty in developing world and in own backyard. Event was held at the Historic Village Recorder Studios where legendary artists including Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and many others have recorded their iconic hits. Proceeds from the evening go directly to Whole Planet Foundation to fund small loans and entrepreneurship programs for poverty alleviation. To date, Whole Planet Foundation has authorized $41 million and funded more than $29 million in microfinance programs in 58 countries, including the United States. They even catered vegan raw food!

Ani’s Feb 22+23 Course

Join me and enjoy the BEST RAW FOOD on the planet for a full weekend, and detox and cleanse effortlessly!
Come and kickstart your Raw Food diet, or jump back on the train. You will leave the weekend feeling inspired with a slew of new recipes and menu ideas. In addition to food, we will learn about the Raw Food lifestyle, including beauty, fitness, and living a toxic-free lifestyle while focusing on social entrepreneurship and even launching your raw food business.

Join me in my kitchen at my next “Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1″ on Feb 22+23 in Santa Monica CA. Space is limited, and filling up quickly. This is a hands-on Home Chef course.

 

Chopped Salad

Chopped green salad made with cherry tomato, red onion, romaine lettuce, endive, yellow bell pepper, jicima! I love chopped salads because you get a bit of all ingredients in every bite. Vegan, raw, organic, and locally from the farmers’ market in WestLA.

A great way to detox our way into the New Year!

What are your favorite chopped salad ingredients?