Vegan Golden Milk

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On my amazing yoga retreat in Kaua’i, we drank yogi tea and golden milk. I’ve had yogi tea before, but I was surprised at how delicious and comforting golden milk is so I couldn’t wait to come home and make it myself. My friend hasn’t sent me the recipe yet, so I decided to recreate it and it’s delicious!

Golden milk is not only yummy, it’s also really good for you. The key ingredient is turmeric, which is a very healthy, anti-inflammatory spice that can be sprinkled on vegetables, tofu scrambles, rice, and it can also be used to make an incredibly soothing vegan drink. This process is simple and thanks to the other spices that I added, the health benefits of this drink are phenomenal. This milk is sure to keep you healthy and happy, especially when it’s cold outside or when you’re feeling like you need some healing comfort. Turmeric is particularly helpful if you have any aches or pains, or are currently trying to heal from an auto-immune disorder. It’s important to use a plant-based milk for this recipe as dairy is inflammatory and will not be helpful in keeping you healthy – in fact, it will increase inflammation in your body, which we do not want.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

2 cups organic almond milk (or a plant-based milk of your choice)

1 heaping teaspoon turmeric

2 whole cloves

4 whole peppercorns

1 cinnamon stick

Ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top of your drink (optional)

Fresh, grated ginger (optional)

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients to a pot, stir, bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the turmeric is blended well. Add ground cinnamon to each glass and enjoy!

Top Ten Best and Worst Foods for Your Health

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I saw this great compilation of the top 10 best and worst foods for health and longevity on Dr. Fuhrman’s site and had to share it with all of you. Of course a diet that’s rich in plant-based, whole foods is best for us, because these are the foods that are packed with nutrients, but are low in (bad) fat and calories. By contrast, the worst foods for us are processed and loaded with fat, salt, and calories. It’s easier than we think to include healthy foods in our diets, but it can be hard to cut down on unhealthy foods that we are used to eating.

If you’re struggling to eliminate processed foods from your diet, have a sweet tooth, or don’t know how to change your diet and lifestyle for the better, that’s what I’m here for! Contact me for a FREE initial consultation and we’ll get you started on looking and feeling your best. Remember that the foods on the worst list are the ones that not only contribute to weight gain and obesity, but they are largely responsible for diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Change isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. Let’s work together to help you enjoy delicious foods that are healthy, while we crowd out junk that’s not serving you. Be radiant. Be well. Be the best you possible.

Cheers,

Christina <3

 

What Are You Waiting For? Reach Your Health Goals Now!

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In my time working as a Nutritional Consultant, I have helped people lose weight, lower their cholesterol levels, lower their blood pressure, reduce their blood glucose levels, manage their stress, get clear skin, sleep soundly at night, and much more. I am currently working with a vegan endurance athlete who wants to make sure that she is nourishing her body with healthy food. I have helped, and am continuing to help people transition to a healthy plant-based diet. And I love what I do! If you need help reaching your health and wellness goals, I am here for you.

I truly enjoy working with people and watching them know that health and happiness are within their reach. I have listened to my clients thank me for supporting them and teaching them what I know about leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I would love to do the same for you. Stop putting off your health goals. You can lose weight and get healthy now. There’s no time like the present to take charge of your life. Contact me for a FREE initial consultation and let’s get you started!

Still not convinced? Read what others have to say about working with me. I am looking forward to being a part of your health and wellness journey!

Renew, Refresh, and Revitalize Your Life with a Spring Cleanse!


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{Photo taken at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market – these berries are always delicious!}

Since spring is just around the corner (March 20th to be exact!), now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Here are some areas of my life that I enjoy organizing, lightening, and cleansing during the spring season.

My Home

I enjoy going through my belongings and my living space and deciding what I can throw away, donate, or recycle. I actually like to do this fairly frequently, but if you don’t, spring is the perfect time to get rid of anything that is unnecessary. Trust me, it will feel amazing to have a cleaner, lighter space to live. I love the energy of a clean room! And speaking of a clean room, I think it’s a great idea to have at least one plant in your home. Lots of plants can detoxify your home, so I recommend doing a little bit of searching and deciding what plant you can pick up for your home. Be sure to share what you settle on!

My Plate

I love to eat foods that are in season. A great way to figure out what foods are local and in season is to visit a farmers’ market. Since I am in Los Angeles, I love picking up fresh berries, greens, and other fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy lighter foods and shift away from the heavier foods that we were enjoying during the winter. If the weather is still cold where you are, consider making a vegetable broth with the remains of the vegetables that you use throughout the week. My friend Tina makes a delicious vegetable broth and it’s so simple! Here’s what to do: when you’re cooking, you can keep the parts of vegetables that you’d otherwise throw away, and store them in a container in the refrigerator until you have enough to make a broth. Some vegetables/herbs to consider using are: celery, carrots, onions, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, scallions, cilantro, thyme, and oregano. When you have enough to make a broth, fill a large pot with your vegetables, herbs, and water, bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Strain, keep this broth in your refrigerator, and add fresh vegetables, organic tofu, and a healthy whole grain such as quinoa to enjoy when it’s cold.

If the weather is warm, start making smoothies! If you know me, you know how much I love to start my day with a smoothie, especially during the spring and summer. Take a look at my recipes and choose from your favorites :).

My Body

For the past few years, I have always enjoyed doing a spring cleanse. I love it! The feeling of being on a cleanse and nourishing my body is amazing. Of course I try to eat as healthily as possible year-round, but spring is an especially wonderful time to detox. Did you know that sprouts are detoxifying and they are widely available during the spring? Nature is telling us to do some cleansing 🙂 If you are wanting to slim down, recharge, and give your metabolism a boost, you have to sign up for this amazing detox! You’ll enjoy lots of delicious recipes as you lose weight, get clear skin, reduce your toxic load, gain energy, and much more. Many people have tried this detox and loved it. It’s your turn to be one of those people! What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

I recommend getting massages. I love massages and have promised myself to do a better job of getting them more regularly. I also enjoy taking baths. If you have access to a tub, fill it with some Epsom salt, which has lots of magnesium and is easily absorbed by your body while you’re taking a bath. Magnesium is an essential mineral and will help you heal, feel relaxed, and help with sore joints, aches, pains, and more. Try it!

Show your body you care by moving! Find an activity you love and enjoy it often. As you increase your physical activity levels, be sure to stay hydrated. I have lots of clients who tell me that they hate drinking water! Since there’s no way around drinking water, you may want to add these fruits, vegetables, and herbs to your water to give it some flavor. There aren’t any added sugars in these suggestions, just yummy goodness! Try any one or more of these combinations and let me know what you think:

Watermelon/Basil

Strawberry/Mint

Lemon/Mint

Cucumber/Lemon

Raspberry/Mint

Blueberry/Basil

My Kitchen

Another great place to do some spring cleaning is your kitchen. Do you know what’s been sitting in your pantry? Do you have anything that you can donate to a local homeless shelter? Go through your processed items and make a conscious effort to eat healthier foods. Things that I have in my pantry are: canned beans, whole grains, tomato sauce, and pasta. Make room for these healthy options, but try to eliminate processed junk, such as chips, cookies, soda, etc. 

My Life

As the seasons change, I contemplate what’s going well in my life and what’s not. Where can I improve? Am I happy with my relationships? Can my finances use some help? Am I involved in my community? Am I doing a good job of helping others? I encourage you to take some time out for yourself and consider what your goals, hopes, and dreams are – and make a plan for how you’d like to accomplish these wonderful things in your life. My friend Rachel once reminded me that the journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step. I encourage you to remember these words as you make plans for yourself so you can know that your goals are within reach, even if it seems like it will take lots of time, effort, and patience to reach them. Trust yourself.

I also think that I’ll make another vision board this spring. I have tons of magazines and extra boards that I can use. I may even get a prettier board if I’m up for it :). If you’ve never made a vision board before, you should try it! It’s lots of fun and it’s just another way to put your dreams/goals in front of you.

How are you celebrating spring? Do you have any recipes that you’d like to share? Let us know! As always, if you want to work with a Nutritional Consultant, I am here for you. Contact me for your FREE initial consultation!

The Best Vegan Chili!

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A few nights ago, I was thinking that I really wanted to make a batch of vegan chili. I didn’t look up any recipes, but I knew that I had a few key ingredients at home that I could throw together. I have made some truly delicious food in my day, but even I could not have predicted how much I would love this new chili recipe! It’s amazing! I’ve made it twice so far and know that this will remain a go-to for me. It will be especially delicious on a cold day. Try it and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, GMO-Free

1 medium sized onion

3 medium sized organic carrots

1/2 bag Beyond Meat Fiesty Crumbles

1 15 oz. can organic kidney beans (you may also use dry beans)

1 15 oz. can organic white kidney beans (or beans of your choice)

1/2 -3/4 cup organic tomato sauce

Water

Salt, pepper, and allspice to taste

Heat a few tablespoons of water in a pot and then add the onion. Stir until the onion is translucent. I like to add a bit of ground pepper to the onion, but it’s up to you. Add the Beyond Meat and stir for at least 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce. You can choose whether you’d like to add 1/2 cup or more of tomato sauce. Let the mixture thicken. Add salt, pepper, and allspice to taste. Since the Beyond Meat is already seasoned, you don’t have to add much. Add carrots and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add the beans and bring everything to a boil. Let the chili simmer for at least 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy with whole grain bread, crackers, veggie scoops, chopped vegetables, or just a spoon!

Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner; as we gather with friends and family, let’s remember to be grateful for all of the wonderful blessings that we have in our lives. The holidays are a great time to appreciate everything that we have in life. And of course they’re also the perfect time to enjoy lots of delicious food together! Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving foods that I hope you’ll try. Whether you’re having a 100% plant-based meal or just want to add some of these dishes, I encourage you to try something new this year. Enjoy <3.

Gardein Holiday Roast

Here’s a Gardein Holiday Roast. I actually prefer this to the Tofurky roast that I’ve had in the past. It’s easier to cook, too. All you have to do is put it in the oven for 60-70 minutes. It comes with two packets of gravy, so you can use one for the roast and one for mashed potatoes. Try it!

GardeinHolidayRoast

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

In addition to mashed potatoes, I often roast sweet potatoes. Sometimes I add organic cherry tomatoes when I’m roasting them, but this year I will add cinnamon, a bit of coconut oil, and some chopped nuts at the end. If you’re a fan of raisins and nutmeg, you can add those as well. If you’re going oil-free, skip the coconut oil :).

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

A Shepherd’s pie is also a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal. This one is easy to make and absolutely delicious!

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Sautéed Green Beans

Green beans always make an appearance for Thanksgiving at my house. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take much time to prepare and cook. And it’s yummy!

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious, but be sure not to overcook them. Here’s a great recipe that I enjoy. You can make quinoa or you can enjoy the green beans and Brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes – yum!

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Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

I would recommend having a warm soup to enjoy with your meal, as well as some fresh salad. Here’s a recipe for a delicious tomato basil soup that I love. I like it better with coconut milk instead of a potato, so grab some coconut milk while you’re out shopping!

VeganTomatoBasilSoup

 

Dessert

I may save the sweet potatoes to enjoy for dessert. Or I may pick up a slice of vegan pie from Native Foods in Culver City – we’ll see! Whatever you end up making for Thanksgiving, enjoy it! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends and remember to keep these tips for not overeating on Thanksgiving handy! Here’s to your health and happiness! Xo

Spicy Chana Masala

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I came across this recipe on Happy Herbivore’s page and I wanted to give it a try. I’m so happy I did, because it’s delicious! I was limited on time, but next time I make this I’m going to add organic carrots and organic potatoes (not entirely traditional, but I think they’ll make this dish even yummier :). I will also add a bit of roasted jalapeno as I thought the original recipe was fairly mild. This dish is delicious, easy-to-make, cooks quickly, and everything required to make it is affordable. I had about 1/2 a bowl full of organic baby kale that was left over from lunch, so I added that to my chana masala and it was delicious! Make sure the cans that you are using are BPA free, otherwise you should buy the chickpeas and cook them, and then roast some tomatoes with jalapenos. Here’s the recipe as I made it:

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 whole onion, small
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, minced
  • 15 ounces chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chilis 
  • 1¼ tsp coriander or fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric (probably a bit more though)
  • ¼ tsp ginger (or fresh ginger)
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala or curry powder if that’s what you have on hand
  • Tiny bit of roasted jalapeno
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup organic baby kale to have with your meal (I just stirred mine into my plate)

I’d also recommend adding 1 organic carrot (chopped) and 1 small, organic potato (cut into medium sized chunks).

Instructions:

Add vegetable broth or water to a medium sauce pan and saute the onions for about 3 minutes. Add black pepper and minced garlic and continue to saute until the onions are translucent. You will likely need to keep adding vegetable broth or water, so keep these handy. Add cumin, turmeric, paprika, roasted jalapeno, and ginger, and continue to stir the mixture for a couple of minutes.I usually make fresh salsa at home and I always have a bit of roasted jalapeno left over, so I’d use this. You can roast a jalapeno in a toaster oven if you have one – it’s a fairly quick and simple process :). If you’re using ground coriander, add this as well. If you’re using fresh cilantro, I’d wait to add it until the end. Add the chickpeas and  fire roasted tomatoes with the remaining broth or water and stir everything together. Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in garam masala or curry powder and let sit for 5 minutes. Salt to taste and serve with brown rice or whole wheat pita bread. Enjoy!

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Are You Addicted to Sugar?

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    I love giving workshops and presentations because I get to share helpful information on how to truly lead a healthy lifestyle. I often make samples of #vegan food for people to try. I share research and scientific evidence that shows the many health benefits of switching to a plant-based diet. Some people will pay for a cleanse, detox, 1 month program, 3 month program, or 6 month program on the spot.
    For some amazing others, months will pass, and then I’ll get an email from them saying that they’re ready to make some positive diet and lifestyle changes. I love them. Something has shifted for them. They’re not resistant anymore. They’ve had an awakening. I don’t know if it’s the fall weather, the millions of sweets that are being passed around right now, or if there’s just something fantastic floating around in the air, but I’m getting tons of sign-ups for my 10-Day Sugar Cleanse. This isn’t a juice fast. You won’t starve. You will eat healthily, nourish yourself, and get rid of your sugar cravings.

 

In case you’ve forgotten, here are some not-so-sweet facts about sugar:

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume 156 pounds of sugar per person each year (yikes!)
  • Sugar contributes to obesity
  • According to the American Diabetes Association, “adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes, and the risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.”
  • Limiting sugar in intensive care units saves lives (wow!)
  • Sugar interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium – two important minerals for our health

If you’re experiencing some resistance to making positive changes, here are some reasons to kick your sugar habit for good:

146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. explains how sugar is damaging our health. Sugar can:

  • Suppress the immune system
  • Cause cardiovascular disease
  • Lead to both prostate cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Cause depression
  • Contribute to diabetes
  • Cause headaches, including migraines
  • Make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen

Read more about the cleanse. Sign up now. Break the cycle. Sugar doesn’t have to control your life. I can help you heal. <3

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My Homemade Salsa

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   {It was super sunny outside when I took this picture, so please excuse all of the shadows!}

One of my favorite things to eat is fresh salsa. I’ve been making it for so long that I’ve grown accustomed to adding spicy, delicious, fresh salsa to my vegetables, whole grains, burrito bowls, and more. My friends and family love this recipe as well. I’ve often posted on Instagram that I top dishes with my homemade salsa, and I’ve since received lots of requests for my recipe. I actually have tomatoes and jalapenos in my garden, so it makes it even easier to enjoy fresh, homemade salsa all the time!

If you love salsa as much as I do, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s not only delicious, it’s healthy, too! Tomatoes are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet, as they contain lots of vitamin C, biotin (vitamin b7), vitamin K, vitamin E, potassium, copper, manganese – and lots of other essential vitamins and minerals! Tomatoes are also rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which is important for heart health. Like tomatoes, jalapenos also have vitamin C. They also contain capsaicin, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and have a fair amount of vitamin A as well. Like tomatoes and jalapenos, garlic also contains vitamin C – this is a great way to get your vitamin C year round! The health benefits of garlic are vast, and they range from providing you with essential vitamins and minerals to offering you yet another amazing anti-inflammatory food to add to your diet. As you can see, salsa is not only delicious, it’s also good for you – my favorite way to eat! Let’s not forget all of the spices included in this recipe as well: between the cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and cayenne pepper, you’re getting even more healthy goodness into your body. Now that I’ve shared just a fraction of the benefits of eating fresh salsa, here’s my recipe – enjoy!

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

8 medium sized tomatoes

1 Anaheim pepper or 1 green pablano pepper

1 small jalapeno

1 small lime

Cilantro

Tiny bit of fresh garlic or garlic powder

Smoked paprika

Cumin

Chili powder

Cayenne pepper (optional) – use it only if  you love spicy salsa 🙂

Salt

Pepper

Instructions:

Wash and dry the peppers; place them on parchment paper and put them in the toaster oven or a conventional oven so that they can roast for about 10 minutes. I usually put mine in a toaster oven, but I’ve put them in a conventional oven as well (300-350 degrees should be fine). I love the flavor that the roasted peppers give to the salsa!

While the peppers are roasting, wash and chop up the tomatoes into medium sized chunks. Add 1 small lime, smoked paprika, dash of cumin, a small bit of fresh garlic (I add just less than a small clove – or you can use garlic powder – or both!), chili powder, salt, pepper, fresh cilantro, and taste. I am not including exact measurements, because everyone’s taste buds are different, so please add the spices to your liking :).

Once the peppers are done roasting (this shouldn’t take very long at all), carefully remove them from the oven. I like to remove the seeds from the peppers so that the salsa isn’t too spicy, and I’d suggest doing the same. Anaheim and poblano peppers are both mild, but the jalapeno is fairly spicy, so it’s best to be on the safe side and remove the seeds before adding the peppers to the salsa. I like to cut the peppers in half, remove the seeds, and then chop up the peppers into medium sized chunks, and then I add the peppers to the tomatoes and spices.

I enjoy a thicker salsa, so my trick for keeping salsa nice and thick is to blend the salsa in batches on grind – not liquefy. This recipe makes a huge bowl, so I usually have another big bowl on hand. As I blend each batch of salsa in the blender, I transfer it to the bowl that I’ve kept on the side. If you have time, I’d recommend letting the spices settle with the tomatoes before you add everything to the blender. I like to taste the liquid at the bottom of the bowl to see if my mixture needs more salt, pepper, lime, spices, etc. You can also taste the salsa as you blend it to see if it needs more heat. If you don’t want your salsa to be too spicy, add half of your jalapeno first, and then see if you want more. Conversely, if you love spicy salsa, you’ve added all of your jalapeno, and you’ve tossed your seeds, you can add a dash of cayenne pepper. A little bit of cayenne goes a long way, so be careful not to add too much!

Health tip: If you’re dipping tortilla chips into your salsa, pay attention to how much you’re eating. Chips typically have lots of fat, as well as sodium, so try limiting your consumption of them. You can use vegetables instead. I am so tempted to have salsa and chips that I usually avoid buying chips altogether. I’ll have them from time to time, but I’d rather get my fat grams from avocados, nuts, and seeds.

I hope that you’ll enjoy this delicious recipe as much as I have been! Cheers!

Should You Eat Walnuts?

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I run into lots of people who avoid nuts, because they think that eating them will make them fat. While nuts do have some fat, eating them will not make you fat. In fact, eating nuts, especially walnuts, may save your life. It’s no secret that I love Dr. Michael Greger – the fantastic, amazing, vegan doctor who always puts together videos that are packed with helpful information. This video from him about walnuts is worth watching. In summary, “not eating walnuts may double our risk of dying from heart disease (compared to at least one serving a week), perhaps because nuts appear to improve endothelial function, allowing our arteries to better relax normally.”

When I was younger, my mom would always take peanuts and stuff them inside of dates. When I finally tried them, I loved them! I use walnuts instead of peanuts and this treat is just as delicious as the one my mom likes to make – and a bit more nutritious, too! Enjoy this video and go eat some nuts :).