• Food For Thought/ Recipes

    Sweet Potato – God’s Gift To Carbohydrates

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    FitToFeast Tip:

    Roast a bunch of Sweet Potatoes and store them in your fridge for a go-to nutrient-dense/on-the-go option as part of your Pre-Workout or Post-Workout meal. These are God’s gift to carbohydrates. Why?

    Firstly, they are delicious. They are perfect just the way they are and need no butter, cream, or cinnamon. Just eat them plain and appreciate their natural sweetness.

    Secondly, they are also high in:

    • Vitamin B6, lowering the chemical homocysteine in our bodies, which has been linked to heart attacks.
    • Vitamin C, which not only boosts immunity but also produces collagen, read: youthful skin
    • Vitamin D, which is a natural mood and energy booster
    • Iron, which helps us metabolize protein, resist stress, etc.
    • Magnesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Sign me up!
    • Potassium, which helps regulate heartbeat and nerve signals, reduces swelling, and protects the kidneys
    • Carotenoids, which lead to Vitamin A production and serve as antioxidants that help ward off cancer

     

    Sound good? Good. They taste even better!

    Why not yam it up now with this healthy #FitToFeast recipe for starters!

     

     

  • Recipes

    Your Thanksgiving Preview: I Present To You My SWEET POTATO CEVICHE SLIDERS! Yep, You Heard Me.

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    I don’t use utensils. I use my hands. I like to feel my food before I feed. It may sound primal, and ofcourse it is, but it is just so innately fun to pick up your food and eat it. We were onto something as kids…especially me. I was the only toddler who longed for lamb chops.

    So because I rarely “do” bread, (unless it’s on something INCREDIBLE like the PB&J Burger at 26 Beach) and lettuce cups get REALLY old, I invented something for my fellow finger food foragers…just in time to yam it up for Thanksgiving.

    Ladies and gentlemen. I’m talking sweet potato sliders. I mean, you can put whatever you want in between these two sexy spuds, but being the overachiever that I am, I set out to serve it with ceviche.

    Ceviche is THE best vat of protein to keep on deck in your fridge. It’s a super clean paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, low Fodmap option AND it gets better with time as it continues to “cook” in the citrus. It’s low cal and goes surprisingly well, sandwiched within two slabs of sweet potato. I mean, wouldn’t anything?

    SWEET POTATO IS GOD’S GIFT TO CARBOHYDRATES.

    Now that we got that declaration out of the way, here’s what you need.

    THE CEVICHE

    • About 8 ounces of raw white fish like tilapia
    • About 6 ounces each of raw baby shrimp and raw scallops
    • 2 cups lemon juice
    • 2 cups lime juice
    • About 1 cup of jicama
    • Peppers: This is up to you depending on how much heat you like. One large red bell pepper and one green jalapeño pepper is a good place to start
    • Mango optional
    • Macadamia nuts optional
    • Sea salt and pepper
    • Cilantro and Avocado

    Dice and combine everything in a large bowl EXCEPT for the cilantro and avocado. Cover and let it “cook” in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. When ready to serve, drain of almost all of the juice except just enough to keep it moist. Add the chopped cilantro and avocado to your liking.

    THE CHIPS

    • 2 large sweet potatos
    • Cut into thin slices and lightly coat with melted coconut oil or coconut spray. Arrange in a single layer on two baking sheets, and bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, flipping halfway. Don’t fret if they’re not as chip-like as you’d like. “Worst” case scenario, you end up with roasted sweet potato rounds, which are equally delicious. Get ready for awesomeness.

    When you’re done you can alternate like I do between putting the ceviche conventionally atop a chip…

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    and sliding into innovation with the slider technique

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    OR, just serve as so, and allow your guests to choose their own tater tactic.

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    I’m telling you, this is THE perfect dish to entertain, bring to a Thanksgiving dinner, or just to keep on-hand for yourself. Literally. Dig in!

     

  • Where I Feast

    ¡Ay Dios Mio! My First Look at Snook…& More Magical Mexican Meals from an LA Gem

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    As an entho-centric New Yorker, we claim that we have “The Best Pizza”, “The Best Bagels”, “The Best Steaks”, “The Best Italian”…you get the point. The list goes on and on, and yes I pretty much agree with all of these superlatives.

    However, when I moved to LA, I was on a mission to find “The Best Mexican”, as I knew that was something LA would certainly have on NY.

    Well I  can now say that I have finally found one of those authentic Mexican meccas in Inglewood, California.

    I had immediately come across Coni’ Seafood in my original research upon moving here, but never visited this critically acclaimed hole-in-the-wall simply because it’s a lil’ bit of a hike. You know, it’s sorta near the airport…but much more inland… yah, it just never happened.

    However, last night I went to see my favorite band, The Black Keys, at The Forum, which is, oh yes, in INGLEWOOD!

    This was it. I was going to make a night of it. Mariscos and music. Let’s do this. Oh, and did I ever.

    It started with the house-made chips. EVEN THE CHIPS WERE TO DIE FOR…and so were these other dishes:

    The Chef’s Specialty is a must. It’s a dish of shrimp with bacon. I repeat. SHRIMP WITH BACON.

    However, the true star of the Coni’ Seafood show is the Pescado Zarandeado, a whole butterflied snook.  It’s worth the 30 minutes required to rock this whitefish gem from the Gulf of Mexico. It is gorgeously grilled and served with a side of caramelized onions that are the perfect addition of indulgence. Make sure to ask for their  house-made tortillas so you can sop up every last morsel of this Mexican magic. I lost my mind and made every last bite disappear.

    Chef Penuelas is on-point with this authentic spot in Inglewood. Not only am I confident that there is nothing like this in NY. There is probably nothing else like this in LA!

    Bottom line: The trip to Inglewood is more than worth it for this caliber of cuisine. To find something else this authentic, your next stop would have to be Mexico.

    Sorry, New York.

     

  • Recipes

    Clean Comfort For Your (Ok, My) Hangover

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    So I went to see my favorite band, The Black Keys, last night, and uh, I really went for it.

    Think margaritas, chips, ice cream, cookies, and uh, a box of Reeses Pieces. Yep. Went for it.

    All good! Today we clean it up kicking it off with this bowl of clean comfort:

    • scrambled egg whites
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 small sweet potato

     

    I am a concoctionist (and apparently an inventor of words) and I like to mix this all together as my “Hangover Helper”.

    The eggs contain cysteine, a substance that can help break down acetaldehyde, a toxin associated with alcohol metabolism and hangovers. Plus they are delicious. I do mine insanely runny so the yolk serves as a sauce of sorts.

    The sweet potato has starch and fructose which helps the body burn alcohol faster. Plus it helps feed your post-alcohol sugar cravings with the most nutrient-dense option possible.

    So the next time you, too, have a hangover, hang in there with this cooking clean comfort food.

    And also next time, at least lay off the Reeses Pieces #SelfTalk

  • Food For Thought/ Recipes

    Fudge Factor: Save Room For Dessert

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    I don’t do drugs. I do dessert.

    I often post photos of all the dessert I do, via instagram (follow me here), and I often get responses like, “How can you eat that and still stay fit.”

    So what’s MY response?

    TREAT A TREAT LIKE A TREAT

    …and, uh, ya gotta live.

    I don’t believe in diets or deprivation, but I DO believe in following an 80/20 lifestyle. Meaning, follow whatever healthy lifestyle works for you 80% of the time, and that 20% is wiggle room for special occasions, occasional big dinners out, holidays, and recipes you have been dying to try…

    …like this one!!!!!

    My super simple no-bake fudge. Again, I am not claiming that this healthy. I am claiming that this is delicious and easy. Remember, the idea is to lead a healthful lifestyle that has some wiggle room. But remember, I said, ‘wiggle’, not ‘jiggle.’ Keep it in check and,

    TREAT A TREAT LIKE A TREAT

    What you need:

    • 12oz package semi sweet morsels
    • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • 3cups mini marshmallows
    • 1 1/2 cups walnuts

     

    Grease a 9×13 baking pan with coconut oil spray. Pour the chocolate and milk into a bowl and melt in the microwave. Stir it until it becomes a beautiful batter, stir in vanilla, and fold in marshmallows and walnuts.  Press mixture into your pan and refrigerate until it’s ready to serve.

    My Rocky Road variety is my staple but feel free to throw in any permutation of whatever you’d like. For Thanksgiving I’ll be doing a salted caramel peanut version. Check back here closer to Turkey Day to see how that goes down.

    This is THE easiest dessert you will ever make. The hard part is only having one piece. One piece because you,

    TREAT A TREAT LIKE A TREAT.

    Enjoy. You can do it! May the fudge be with you.

     

     

  • Fitness/ Recipes

    Get Back To Your Roots…and Gourds! It’s Fall Food Friday #TGIF

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    It’s Fall. People have gone bonkers for pumpkin spice everything. I get it. It tastes great, smells great…I’m in. But I’m more partial to the pumpkin itself.

    When Fall calls, I am ALL about gourds (pumpkin, squash, zucchini) and roots (yams, beets, carrots, turnips, sunchokes).

    Not only are they deliciously seasonal, but they are some of the most nutrient-dense vegetables in the world. Let’s get to the root of root veggies, shall we?

    Because root vegetables grow underground, they absorb tons of nutrients from the soil and are packed with antioxidants, Vitamins C, B, A and iron.

    They are my post-workout staple because they are filled with slow-burning carbohydrates to replenish your glycogen stores depleted from your workout; AND they are filled with fiber, filling you up and regulating blood sugar. Sweet!

    After a morning of heavy lunges, this meal of my bison burger surrounded by yams, carrots, squash, dates, and figs, fires as fantastic fuel for my body.

    Now, THIS, is comfort food…and it’s GOURDgeous. Ok the puns stop here. Happy Friday! #TGIF

     

  • Product Picks

    Time To Brew Down with This Chameleon

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    As you know by now, coffee plays a major role not only in my diet and my day, but in my life.

    If you were previously unaware of commitment to coffee, please feel free to revisit my National Coffee Day post, or my S/O from Dunkin Donuts confirming my coffee cred. Yes I’m proud. And yes I’m currently caffeinated.

    I am a coffee connoisseur, a java junkie, a joe , mud maven, a brew broad…ok I’ll stop there. But I am specifically cray cray for cold-brew coffee. This is NOT to be confused with “iced coffee” which is often hot coffee that has been been sacrilegiously been poured over ice. Gross.

    The Godliness that I speak of is coffee that has been brewed cold from the start; therefore, yielding a less acidic, pure concentrate the way the beans intended. I have been drinking cold-brew for years. I even brew my own.

    And then an innocent trip to the grocery store changed my life forever.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you a Chameleon that will make you change your colors…or at least your morning routine. Chameleon Cold-Brew can be purchased ready to pour at a grocery store near  you…AND it comes in FLAVORS! Ya heard me. Put a little mocha in your morning OR add a lil vanilla to your vittles.

    What makes THIS cold-brew so beautiful?

    • Ingredients: 100% certified organic, free trade Arabica beans and all-natural flavors
    • Roast: All beans are tailored-roasted on site; a roast worth the boast.
    • Water: These Austin dudes only use Texas Hill Country Water
    • Time: Every batch has been cold-brewed for at least 16 hours.
    • Temperature: Low & slow yields less acid and more caffeine. Yes please!
    • Packaging: Recycled Glass. Good for the taste AND the environment. Double win!

     

    Where can you get it?

    You can either buy online or find it in a store near you. Let’s just say I got the entire staff at Gelson’s, gaga for it…even though I usually clear out their inventory.

    Do yourself a favor and start your day the cold-brew way. Throw in some unsweetened almond milk and go get your morning workout in. Caffeine + Endorphins, and your superhuman self will thank you for it.

    Pictured here is my addiction for both cold-brew AND nail art. There are worse things.

    Pictured here are my addictions for both cold-brew AND nail art. Guilty as charged.

     

  • Fitness/ Food For Thought/ Recipes

    Post-Workout Fuel: Shake Off Drinking Shakes!

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    There is so much debate about what to eat post-workout. I’m about to help ya out.

    Eat food. Real food.

    No food products, bars, shakes, juices, drinks, gel packs. Just good ole fashioned nutrient-dense whole foods.

    To fully maximize your hard work, you need to replace the amino acids and glycogen stores utilized during your workout. In other words, a comforting combination of protein and carbs, and a dash of fat for flavor. I got you.

    Today I hit a PR (Personal Record) Back Squat of 170lbs. I’m very proud of my accomplishment, and equally proud of my post-fitness feast.

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    I opted for:

    • Bison & Ahi Tuna as my double dose of protein. I went a lil wild here…like the tuna. Sorry, I’ll stop the puns now.
    • Acorn squash as my nutrient-dense carbohydrate.
    • Avocado as my fantastically satisfying fat.

     

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    Talk about comfort food. However, THIS comfort food will make you feel equally comfortable wearing, uh, hot pink briefs ala those pictured above ;-)

  • Food For Thought

    Top Your “To Do” List with, To Be Grateful

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    Getting up before the sun can be grueling…unless you take a moment to realize it is a gift.

    I, too, rise with the sunrise. Think, there is so much to enjoy today, rather than there is so much to do today. Make your first “To Do,” to be grateful.