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Since the beginning of summer, I have amped up my health and workout routine to get in tip-top bikini shape for my cousin’s wedding in Cabo. And now that I’m engaged and there’s a wedding down the line (!!!), my routine has elevated to a whole ‘nother level. The best part about it is that I don’t have to starve myself or crash diet or go to spinning hell everyday like I used to do for Prom or silly events (and gain the weight and then some back the next week)… this is a semi-long-term body investment, just like my best friend Kristen’s blog in Los Angeles, “The Body Project“. Obviously you should practice healthy living everyday, but lets be honest… I’m getting married and I better look damn hot.

In addition to resistance/pilates training at least 3 times a week, and cardio 5 times a week, I (aim) to follow the Tone it Up Pescatarian Nutrition Plan which calls for a morning Beauty Shot to boost metabolism after a 30 minute jog. You totally thought it was beer at first, didn’t you? I love these little shots so much! They are making my skin glow and really curb my post-cardio morning hunger.

This beauty shot has Cinnamon and Apple Cider Vinegar to reduce hunger and balance blood sugar levels while the Cayenne raises body temperature, gets your blood going (aka beauty flush!) and boosts metabolism to help you burn more calories throughout the day.

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4 oz fresh pineapple juice

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 tsp honey

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne

Shake with ice, pour, enjoy!

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Blueberry Protein Pancakes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Vega Protein Powder
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp Almond Milk
  •  2 egg whites OR 1/4 cup flax egg replacement*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • Blueberries

*To make flax egg replacement 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water

Completely mash banana with the almond milk and gradually stir in remaining ingredients until batter is smooth. Spray low-fat cooking spray into skillet and turn on med-low heat. Slowly pour batter into pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. Top with berries and drizzle with real maple syrup or agave nectar :)

Makes 2 servings

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Light Oatmeal Pancakes

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These little cakes are a new healthy breakfast staple in my mornings, filled with fiber and complex carbohydrates to help me feel full throughout the morning while also burning fat at the same time instead of storing it with traditional store bought pancakes. A lovely new friend (IG | luxbeautystore) made these for me one morning and got me hooked!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Old Fashion Oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg (or mashed banana)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • dash of cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together (best results if made the night before to thicken). Over low heat, pour 1/4 cup batter on pan and flatten into pancake with a spoon. The first pancake is the trickiest – 4 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on second side, then 2 min each side for the rest of the batter. Top with favorite fruit or whatever you desire on your morning pancakes :)

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Get creative with your oatmeal! Here I made overnight oats and decorated it in the morning strawberries, blueberries, goji berries, almonds, ground flaxseed, chia seeds and cinnamon.

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Six Heart Healthy Superfoods

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Outside Beauty | Inside Health

I admit from time to time, I find myself eating foods for purely superficial benefits; foods that will burn fat or speed up metabolism (and don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing to worry about). However, I sometimes overlook the importance of eating healthy for my internal body, the part that no one sees. We can get so caught up in counting calories or avoiding carbs for external reasons and forget that beauty comes from within (literally). You can’t have incredible glowing skin without being hydrated, you can’t have supreme hair or nails without getting nutrients, you can’t have optimal energy if you’re eating junk food and smoking (and if you do, I envy you).

The amazing thing about our bodies is that they renew themselves! So it’s not too late to start eating healthy, because our bodies are creating themselves off of the very food we eat, no joke: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.  For example, the cells that line our 10 meter gut (running from our mouth to downtown) are replaced every five days! Skin cells turnover time is about 2 weeks, muscle cells about 15 years, and bone is rebuilt every 10 years. Brain cells, on the other hand, do not renew themselves, which explains the preservation of our memories and sight, and stresses how vital it is not to kill all of your brain cells in college!

· S U P E R F O O D S · 

Superfoods, for those who don’t know, are essentially exxxtra special nutrient-dense foods. They are truly the superheros of food, which have incredible powers for your body and health. They have been treasured for centuries in many cultures to prevent illnesses due to their antioxidant levels and promotion of longevity. Superfoods are all-natural and filled with many nutrients our bodies crave but don’t get. Below, I created a list with descriptions of the six heart healthy superfoods that I enjoyed in my morning Acai bowl (click on it for bigger image)

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 Superfood Acai Bowl

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1 tbsp Acai Powder
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Coconut water
Stevia packet

Blend together ingredients and top with your favorite Superfoods and fruit

{For more recipes, visit my other Acai Bowls}

To find the Superfood and brands I use in this recipe, continue reading for more info :)

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Strawberry Goji Berry & Coconut Smoothie (My Favorite!)

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Ingredients:

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 frozen banana

1 scoop coconut ice cream

Handful of Romaine Lettuce

1/2 cup of Goji Berries

1 cup Coconut Milk

Coconut flesh (opt.)

Stevia

Dash of cinnamon & pink salt (brings out the flavor)

Top with hemp seeds & coconut flakes

 

GOJI BERRIES

These “super berries” are way more than just healthy little candy niblets not.. They are the most nutritionally-rich fruits on the planet! They have 21 trace minerals & 18 different amino acids! Theyre a complete source of protein and are known for top longevity and strength building. A great source of Vitamin B and #antioxidants, which protect against harmful free radicals that damage cells in your body (= aging & cancer).

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 scoop Vega vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 packets stevia
  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 mashed Banana

Combine, spray pan with baking spray and cook over medium heat. I topped mine with bananas, melted peanut butter, agave, coconut flakes and some dark chocolate chips, these were so easy, thick and decadent!

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Tropic-Omega Bowl: Banana, Kiwi, Chia Seeds, Almonds & Agave Bowl

I am nourished.

{Sliced Bananas, Almonds, Kiwi and Chia seeds drizzled with Agave Nectar}

Inspired by my favorite surfer yogi blogger:: Surfbad

Nuts & Seeds are amaziiing sources of essential amino acids & healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial for your body, but in particular for your brain health. Studies show that foods rich in Omega-3 lowers the cell inflammation that causes loss of memory. I recommend obtaining your omega-3’s from pumpkin, chia and flaxseeds, walnuts, etc. Dark leafy greens like kale contain Omega-3′s as well.

Chia means “strength” in Mayan language

100% more essential fatty acids than salmon

2x the antioxidants found in blueberries

A complete protein: has all the essential amino acids

6x more calcium than milk

6x more iron than spinach

41% of your daily fiber in just one serving

Anti-inflammatory

Provides natural extended energy known as “Aztec running food”

Crazyy high in alpha-lipoic acids (aka that-ingredient-that-makes-skin-cream-cost-a-bajillion-dollars) helping with cell function promoting radiant skin, diminishing lines. Mix together 1 tbsp of seeds in an 8oz glass of warm water and 2 tbsp of honey, let sit for 5 minutes, then rub and exfoliate skin. BOOM

4.4 g protein, 12.3 g carbs, 10.6 g fiber, 0.6 g monounsaturated fat, 4.9 g Omega 3 fat, 1.6 g Omega 6 fat, 137 Cals

A great source of protein, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, Vitamin B2 (metabolism booster) and phosphorus. They are a concentrated source of protein: a quarter-cup has more protein than an Egg. Although most people are afraid of the “fat” in this snack, almost all of it is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat

6 g protein, 6.1 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 8.8 g monounsaturated fat, 0.2 g omega 3 fatty acids, 3.4 g omega 6 & 163 calories

Banana Coconut Pancakes with Walnuts & White Chocolate Chips (V, GF)

The boys are over… it’s time for Sunday morning cartoons & banana pancakes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon baking powder (mixed with squeeze of lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Stevia packet
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Bananas, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon Flaxseed (mixed with 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/3 Tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Walnuts, finely chopped
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Extra banana slices*

Directions

Mix dry items: Sift together Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Sugar, Spice into one bowl. Separately mix wet ingredients: Coconut milk, mashed bananas, flaxseed mixture, baking powder + lemon mixture, vanilla, maple syrup, shredded coconut, and melted coconut oil, fold in half of the walnuts. Add wet ingredients all at once into dry mixture. Stir until all mixed (the mixture will be a lil’ lumpy), but don’t mix too long or it will loose its “fluff”. Let sit for about 7 minutes and you may want to add a little more milk if it looks too thick.

Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat on medium heat; once the pan is hot enough that a splash of water sizzles on it, it’s ready. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter, and once bubbles on the pancake begin to form and around the edges after about 4 minutes, flip with spatula and cook for around another 2 minutes or so. DON’T PAT DOWN WITH SPATULA!! You will lose the fluffiness! I kept a plate in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit to transfer the finished pancakes to keep warm (along with my guest’s dishes). Repeat and add oil/adjust heat as needed. Lastly, heat a small serving “pourer” of Pure Maple Syrup and serve pancakes with chopped walnuts, slices of bananas and white chocolate chips on top!

{An idea from of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere}

Açaí Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 4 pk Açaí berry purée (I used Sambazon unsweetened frozen packets
  • 2 cups coconut milk (or almond)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

Topping Options:

Anything goes!: Granola, sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwi, mango, blueberries, goji berries, shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, raw honey, bee pollen, the kitchen sink, etc…

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend thick. Top it with the topping and dig in! (makes 2 bowls)

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 For Nutritional Information on Acaí Berries….

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