November 22, 2016

Fall Pizza with Arugula and Persimmon

Yay for Fall Flavors! It’s almost Thanksgiving, and I’m loving all of the fall flavors. I thought, why not combine them and come up with a delicious Fall Pizza? I’m talking persimmon (which is a crisp, sweet fruit much like an apple), maple-glazed almonds and pepitas, and dried cranberries! The best thing about this recipe is […]... Read More

 

November 21, 2016

Easy Quinoa Pizza Dough

Why Quinoa Pizza Dough? I usually avoid making homemade pizza dough. Admittedly, it’s just so darn easy to find a pre-made version in the grocery store. That being said, I love to cook and I really enjoy experimenting with different ingredients. And this gluten-free quinoa pizza dough was not only easy, but unique, and totally […]... Read More

 

September 16, 2016

Better Bean Taquitos

For the Love of Beans! Ok truth be told, I love beans. But my body hasn’t always loved them. In fact, most people avoid them. We all know the saying, “Beans Beans, the Magical Fruit, the More You Eat, the More You… (well, you know the rest)!” But Better Beans? They’re different. I was recently introduced […]... Read More

 

September 8, 2016

Maui Guide: Where to Eat & Relax

If you’re thinking about going to Hawaii, go! If you’re debating opening up a credit card that pays you back in travel miles, do it! And if you’re looking for tips for your upcoming trip to Maui, read on!   Why Maui? Maui is said to offer the best of both worlds — adventure and wildlife, and […]... Read More

 

August 25, 2016

My All-Natural, Vegan Skincare Regimen

All-Natural Skincare Revealed We officially have 4 weeks left of summer. And I am trying so hard to keep my Hawaii tan game going strong! PS: In case you missed it on social, I went on the most amazing babymoon trip this past week. I am working on a post where I will reveal all of my favorite […]... Read More

 

August 14, 2016

Fresh-Mex Shrimp and Corn with Cotija Cheese

Shrimp and Corn with Cotija Cheese, oh my! Alright friends, brace yourself. Because this one is easy. So easy. This Fresh-Mex Dish is not only delicious, but the combination of Shrimp and Corn with Cotija Cheese is sure to be your new favorite. It was the fastest, freshest dinner I’ve made all summer. And it’s straight up fresh-mex […]... Read More

 

July 30, 2016

Easy Summer Salad with Grilled Vegetables

Summer Salad Vibes 110 degree heat. Blasting the A/C. Carrying around bottled water like it’s your job. These are the signs of summer. And summer calls for something fresh.   Yesterday I went grocery shopping at Whole Foods and came across a cherry tomato station to hand-pick your own basket. The assortment of yellow, orange, and red […]... Read More

 

May 28, 2016

Mango ‘Nana Nice Cream

More Nice Cream, Please! After making my last batch of nice cream, I kept dreaming up new combinations and flavors! Again, with only 3 ingredients, nice cream is seriously the easiest dessert ever! It’s starting to warm up here in Las Vegas, and summer is on my mind! While banana + peanut butter is a classic savory dessert combo, […]... Read More

 

May 22, 2016

Banana Nut Butter Nice Cream

Nice Cream for the Win You know what’s way better than low-cal, sugar-free, no flavor ice cream that’s trying too hard to be healthy? Homemade Banana Nut Butter Nice Cream! I’ve seen multiple versions of this bad boy floating all over the internet, and I honestly don’t know what’s taken me so long to hop on […]... Read More

 

May 20, 2016

Chia Seed Pudding is the New Black

Chia Seed Pudding with Peanut Butter Drizzle It’s healthier than cereal. It’s the grain-free alternative to oatmeal. It’s way tastier than grits or cream of wheat. It’s basically the new black. AKA chia seed pudding is the best breakfast ever! You may remember my Warm Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding post from February, but this one’s a little different. First off,... Read More

 

April 19, 2016

Sun Basket Meal Delivery: Healthy Cooking Made Easy

Why Meal Delivery? If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I like to keep it simple. I focus on easy, nourishing recipes and convenient time-saving techniques. But sometimes, life gets in the way of meal planning. You might not make it to the grocery store, haven’t planned out your meals, or you’re just downright busy! And that’s why meal […]... Read More

 

The 7 Habits of Healthy, Happy Individuals

“You can’t be 100 percent all of the time, but you can be 80 percent all of the time.” – Yumi Lee, Hollywood Trainer for Jessica Alba

1. Balance. The 80/20 principle is not a diet, but a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss. Focus on eating real, nutrient-dense foods 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time, you can have more flexibility and freedom. No more feeling guilty about going to dinner and cocktails with a friend!

2. Consistency. Health is a habit, and consistency is key. Focus on building healthy habits like staying active and cooking at home instead of testing your self-control.

3. Don’t Crash Diet. I can teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight long-term. Cutting foods from your diet cold-turkey can lead to rebounds and unhealthy relationships with food.

4. Carbs are Your Friend. Especially slow-digesting, unprocessed, high-fiber carbs. Nothing drives me crazier than when I hear someone say, “I’m not eating carbs.” Unless you have a clinical reason to follow a ketogenic diet, understand that carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Their primary role is to provide the brain and nervous system with fuel.

5. Be Mindful. Examine the thoughts, feelings, and internal pressures that affect how and why you eat. Learn to be attentive and try to avoid multitasking while you eat. Aim to eat until you are satisfied, and try to avoid being stuffed or left starving.

6. Quit the Negativity. Negative thoughts about food can trigger overeating or under eating. Recognize that you have the ability to control how you react to these thoughts. Negative chatter and “fat talk” (i.e. “I’m so fat!” or “I can’t believe I just ate that!”) can cause a lasting detriment to your own or someone else’s self-esteem.

7. Progress, not Perfection. Set small goals aimed at improvement, rather than perfection. If you focus on being better, not being best, you can grow, bounce back from difficulties, and keep moving forward. Try to focus on the internal, not the external. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.