Super Woman RX By Dr. Taz Bhatia

I love to read, especially books that empower me to take my health into my own hands and make a change! Health & wellness expert Dr Taz Bhatia’s book,  Super Woman RX, does just that! And this book isn’t like any other wellness book I’ve read before. It starts with a quiz and offers five prescriptive plans based on a woman’s unique medical type or Power Type:

  • Boss Lady
  • Savvy Chick
  • Gypsy Girl
  • Earth Mama
  • Nightingale

Drawing inspiration from conventional medicine, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, each nutrition, exercise and beauty plan helps shed pounds, decrease anxiety and depression, rejuvenate skin, reduce PMS symptoms, and much more in just 3 weeks. After those three weeks come long-term strategies including individualized plans to heal your spirit and your physical health. Dr. Taz’s philosophy goes beyond a diet plan―with her guidance, women will radiate from the inside out.

Prior to taking the quiz I was convinced I would be a Boss Lady or Gypsy Girl. The two sound so different, but that sums me up! Boss Lady by day, and Gypsy Girl by night and weekend. The result? I’m a Boss Lady! Determined, invincible, and strategic. After receiving my type, I read all-things Boss Lady. What issues I am prone to, what wellness techniques suit me best, what diet I should follow, etc. How cool is that? And the crazy part- it was all SO accurate. From saying how a Boss Lady struggles with Thyroid imbalance to my need to work on my Liver Meridian (something my acupuncturist and I are currently doing).

Super Woman RX is detailed and deep, and incorporates amazing recipes at the end of the book. All women need to take the Power Type quiz and identify what kind of woman they are, HERE. It is imperative in embarking on the road to recovery and wellness!!

Kiwami Greens

The benefits of Matcha are endless. It is high in antioxidants, loaded with Catechin and EGC, boosts memory and concentration, detoxifies, ETC. For a while, however, it was hard for me to drink matcha. The taste can be a bit bitter and I wasn’t totally on board with adding caffeine to my zero-caffeine diet. This changed when I was introduced to Kiwami Greens.

Kiwami Greens is a plant based, nutrient-rich Japanese vegetable powder that is packed with calcium, vitamins B, C, and E, iron, fiber, and folic and amino acids. The ingredients are sourced straight from nature – a simple blend of Young Barley Leaf, Ashitaba, Matcha, and Sencha, creating a delicious, smooth and rich-tasting Aojiru (vegetable juice!) Ashitaba is a very unique plant that’s long been used in traditional Japanese medicine — it’s a rich source of vitamins B1, B2, and B6, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin E.

It’s really tasty and although there are countless ways to consume it, it’s perfect in just 5 ounces of water. And it’s sold in extremely convenient individual packets. Greens on the go! 🙂 I’m on a smoothie kick these days, so although it’s nice to drink on its own, I’ve loved incorporating it into my smoothies! Introducing my new fave smoothie, the Peanut Butter Zucchini Smoothie with an added Matcha kick thanks to Kiwami Greens!

What You Will Need:
2C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein
1T Peanut Butter
1/2 T Chia Seeds
1 T Bulletproof Brain Octane
½ Frozen Zucchini
1 Packet Kiwami Greens

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix, starting with the Coconut Milk, and blend until smooth!
Top with toppings of your choosing. I added peanut butter, coconut flakes, and more chia seeds! !

The product is only sold online (single box or monthly subscription). It began selling in Japan in 2004, but launched in the US just this past February. Get your first order now, by checking out their website, here!! 

Apple Slice Toast with Enjoy Life Chocolate

I did it! I cored an apple without an apple corer, and didn’t cut off my fingers!!! The process was fairly simple, but I don’t recommend kids doing it! Anywho, I’ve been looking into healthier variations of (gluten-free) toasts, and recently I’ve seen a lot of people using apple slices as the base in place of toast! It’s pretty genius if you ask me. Apple and sunbutter/chocolate sauce are my go-to’s when I’m having fondue, so it was only logical to use the two as my ‘toast’ spreads. With a few bags of Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate and Mini Chips on hand, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

What You Will Need:
2 Apples
1 T Sunbutter
1/4 Bag Enjoy Life Mini Chocolates to melt
To Top: Enjoy Life Mini Chips, Baking Chocolate, Mini Sugar Cookies, Nut & Seed Mix

What You Will Do:
Core the Apple: 
To core the apple, first slice off a thin layer of the bottom of the apple so it sits flat on the surface.
With a knife, cut straight down into the apple, creating a square around the core. Trace your knife through the four marks to define the square.
Press your fingers on the stem of the apple, and push down. The core should come through the bottom!
Now rotate the apple on its side, and cut horizontal slices, making rings!!

The Fun Part:
Melt your Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate for 60 seconds in the microwave on high.
Spread your sunbutter or melted chocolate on the apple slices, and top with whichever toppings you’re in the mood for!

This is the ULTIMATE snack for kids, either while at school or when they are back home! They won’t even realize they are eating apples! And for the adults, this snack is great, too. I mean, adding nutrients without sacrificing flavor is a total win! Enjoy!

Paleo Banana Bread Donuts

What do you do when you have one overly ripe banana, a bunch of almond flour on hand, and thirty minutes to kill? Make Paleo Banana Bread donuts, of course! This recipe literally takes just 5 minutes to prepare and under 15 minutes to cook, and before you know it you will have 5 days worth of breakfast at your fingertips. Or one day of meal and snacks if you’re like me!

What You Will Need:
1 Cup Almond Flour
1 RIPE Bananas
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
Pinch Salt and cinnamon
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2T Coconut Oil
Optional: Paleo choc chips!

What You Will Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In two separate bowls, mash your banana and whisk your egg.
Combine banana, egg, coconut oil (melted), and vanilla.
Add your dry ingredients! (Almond Flour, Baking Soda, salt, cinnamon)
Stir until totally incorporated. Mix your chocolate chips in the batter!


Spray a donut tray with coconut oil, and pour in your batter. You should be able to make 5 donuts! Top with more chocolate chips and place in the oven.


Cook for 15 minutes or until a toothpick can be stuck in and come out clean.
Plate and serve!

These donuts are super fluffy thanks to the egg ! But the recipe turns out just as well if you sub the egg for a chia egg and make it vegan. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Zucchini Smoothie

I had a hard enough time wrapping my head around adding cauliflower to a smoothie for added creaminess so you can imagine how hard it was for me to accept adding zucchini! But now that I did, and absolutely loved it, I may even add both cauliflower AND zucchini next time! The zucchini did what I was told it would do, add nutrients while adding thickness! I steam and then freeze my zucchini for the sake of digestion, but you can totally add it raw/frozen!

What You Will Need:
2C Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or alternate dairy-free unsweetened nut milk)
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein
1T Peanut Butter
1/2 T Chia Seeds
1 T Bulletproof Brain Octane
½ Frozen Zucchini
Spinach

What You Will Do:
Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix, starting with the Coconut Milk, and blend until smooth!
Top with toppings of your choosing. I added peanut butter, coconut flakes, and more chia seeds! !

Grapefruit Avocado Salad with Grapefruit Stoli Crushed!

It’s going to be a hot one in Malibu today… and a fun one! And I’ve been tasked with bringing healthy snacks and cocktails! Introducing my go-to summer salad. It’s light and refreshing and pairs perfectly with cocktails, especially the new Stoli Crushed in Grapefruit!!

What You Will Need:
For the Salad:
2 Avocados
2 Grapefruits
Lettuce of your choosing

For the Citrus Vinaigrette:
1T Minced Shallot
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
3 lime juice
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

What You Will Do:
Peel and segment your grapefruits.
*To do this, first cut your grapefruit in half and then slice off the outer shell. Peel off what remains of the shell after slicing! Then segment the grapefruit along its natural splits.
Cut your avocados in half, remove the shells and pit, and slice the avocado in similar shapes as the grapefruit.
Place the grapefruit and avocado on top of a bed of lettuce, rotating the grapefruit and avocado.
Drizzle your citrus vinaigrette over the salad!
Serve alongside a Grapefruit Stoli Crushed on Ice or mixed with club soda.

Just like that you have the most refreshing summer lunch or appetizer. This dish and cocktail combo is SUCH a hit at summer BBQ’s…. I’m can’t wait to bring it to mine today!!

Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I am totally appalled at myself and apologize to all the brussels sprout lovers out there. My go-to Brussels recipe, which I’ve spoken about for YEARS, isn’t on my website?! WHAT?! A follower pointed this out to me and thank goodness she did!! I won’t waste any more of your time with reading this little intro. Let’s get to it!!

What You Will Need:
1 lb Raw Brussels Sprouts
2 T Melted Coconut Oil
1 T Maple Syrup
1T Balsamic Vinaigrette
Salt & Pepper

What You Will Do:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Wash your sprouts!
With a knife, cut off the stem of the sprout and peel off the outer leaf. (I do this to get rid of any bacteria or dirt that may have accumulated on the outside).

Cut your sprouts in half and place them on a baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Pour dressing over the sprouts, and add a dash of salt and pepper, too!

Mix the sprouts around on the pan so they are all covered evenly!
Place in the over for 20 minutes. Remove and flip your sprouts. Crank the oven up to 400 and cook for another 5 minutes!

I like to top my Brussels Sprouts with fried eggs for the ultimate brunch dish, or you can serve alongside your favorite protein!

For a step-by-step video, check my YouTube here!

 

Chocolate Coconut Cauliflower Smoothie

Cauliflower in your smoothie?? YES. Recently I’ve become obsessed with making my smoothies as thick and creamy as possible. I don’t like to put fruit in my smoothies, as much as I love the creaminess you get when you add a banana into the mix, so I’ve been on the hunt for creamy, veggie alternatives! I was skeptical about adding cauliflower and worried it would throw off the taste, but with just one cup of steamed, then frozen, cauliflower, taste isn’t sacrificed at all!!


What You Will Need:
2C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein (I use Aloha or Tone It Up)
1 T Chia Seeds
1 T Brain Octane
1 T Coconut Oil
1 Cup Steamed and then frozen/refrigerated Cauliflower

What You Will Do:
First things first. Steam and then freeze or refrigerate your cauliflower! Before you freeze/refrigerate, make sure you squeeze ALL the water out of the steamed cauli!
Add all of your ingredients to the blender, starting first with the Coconut Milk.
Once all of your ingredients are in your Vitamix/blender, blend away!
Pour into a cup or bowl and top with toppings of your choosing. I added Eating Evolved Midnight Dark Chocolate and blueberries!

Paleo Squash Bread

I am SO overwhelmed by all of your comments and the feedback on my Double Chocolate Paleo Zucchini Brownies I made the other week! I’m glad you all agree that healthy can be tasty, too! You all have inspired me to continue playing around with Zucchini and it’s sister, Squash, and make more dessert recipes that are healthy, too! Today I am making a classic gluten-free, paleo bread, and using squash for added nutrients!

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup of grated summer squash (from about 1 medium squash)
  • 2C cup almond flour
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1T Coconut Oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

What You Will Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, Coconut Sugar, Baking Soda, Xanthan gum, cinnamon, salt)
  • In a small bowl combine all wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, vanilla)

  • Pour wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Squash time! Grate or slice your squash until it is finely chopped. When you are done, place all squash bits on a paper towel and squeeze ALL of the water out!! This is super important.
  • When you have 1/2 cup of grated squash measured, pour it into your large bowl of the combined ingredients, and fold until it is fully incorporated.

  • Line a bread pan with parchment paper or coconut oil, and pour your batter in!

  • Cook for 35-37 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  • Let the bread cool for 15 minutes, slice and serve!

This bread is absolutely delicious! You don’t feel or taste the squash. Rather you taste a plethora of flavors. I topped my bread with coconut butter which I totally recommend! I hope you enjoy!!

Clean Program

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I’ve been seeing Clean Program all over social media the last few months. Bloggers and non-bloggers alike posting their before and after pictures and exclaiming how amazing they feel after completing the program successfully. Cleanses aren’t really my thing. In fact, when I hear people say they are on a cleanse (especially a juice cleanse), I tend to roll my eyes. But the Clean Program had me intrigued. Two smoothies a day plus a clean lunch, alongside a regimen of probiotics and daily supplements sounded right up my ally, so I decided to pop my ‘cleanse cherry’ and give it a try! I mean, eating everyday food while experiencing the benefits of a deep cleanse… sold!

There are two Clean Program options- the 7 day program and the 21 day program. Here’s how it works:

BREAKFAST: Shake + supplements + probiotics
Lunch: Clean Diet Meal + supplements
Dinner: Shake + supplements

Given my crazy social life, it was hard enough for me to do the 7 day program. You shouldn’t eat out on the cleanse, you should do your best to not snack between meals (unless the snack is totally clean approved), and you must intermittent fast (leave 12 hours between your last meal of the day and first meal of the day). I will note, that while doing clean, if I knew I was having dinner with friends one night (a home cooked dinner, not out at a restaurant) I had a smoothie for breakfast and lunch, and my clean meal for dinner. This is totally allowed on the program!!

Make Your Own Salads at Sweetgreen

When I embarked on the program last week, I needed it bad!! I had just returned from 10 days of travel and was so out of my “start your morning with a smoothie” routine, I had eaten out for the majority of my meals, and let’s just say I’m not one to turn down a cocktail at a party… or the late night snack.

The verdict? I more or less have a very clean diet (just my travel makes it tough). I start my day with a clean approved smoothie naturally, and my lunches and dinners are very clean. My problem is snacking and sweets in between meals. So whereas some may say holy sh*t the Clean Program is SO tough, experience bad detox symptoms etc, I didn’t necessarily have that problem. That’s because I always take probiotics and when I return from travels, I do my own two smoothies a day and eat a clean lunch regimen. I can tell you, however, that when I started my smoothie diet and the first time I did my own little “travel recovery program,” I definitely felt super lethargic, irritated, HUNGRY, and had the occasional flu-like symptoms, and I understand from others that this is what they experience when doing Clean.

I did Clean Program at the same time as my two girlfriends which was SUPER helpful and I highly recommend! That way, we were able to collab on our smoothies and turn to each other with our questions or when we feared we were about to cheat. This is DEFINITELY the way to go! Clean Program also makes it easy by giving you their Clean approved protein powders (Vanilla or Chocolate) and tells you exactly what foods are and are NOT allowed.

So to really give you my verdict: I totally believe that you will experience a deep cleanse with this type of program. As long as you stay COMMITTED! Just whether you do the actual Clean Program or make your own is up to you!!!

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Vanilla Avocado Smoothie

Recently I’ve become addicted to smoothies. So much that I will have a smoothie for Breakfast AND for dinner. What I love most about smoothies is the customization. Ultimately, each of my smoothies embody the Fab 4, a diet introduced to me by my nutritionist, Kelly Leveque. The fab 4 includes protein, fat, fiber, and greens. Recently, my morning smoothie has been a variation of this Vanilla Avocado Smoothie. It’s so creamy and SO filling!!

What You Will Need:
2C Unsweetened Vanilla Macadamia Nut Milk (you can sub nut milk varieties!)
1T Bulletproof Brain Octane
1/2 Avocado
1T Chia Seeds
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 C Spinach

What You Will Do:
Pour all ingredients into a Vitamix, starting with your nut milk, and blend until smooth! (45-60 seconds). I also add ice to make it extra cool and feel like a true smoothie.

This smoothie fills my tall smoothie glass one and a half times! It is SO creamy and SO filling thanks to all the healthy fats and protein! I typically have my first smoothie at 7am and I’m not hungry again until 1pm. Most importantly… the avocado mixed with vanilla protein and vanilla nut milk has such a nice flavor! I literally crave my smoothie every day throughout the day. To change up this recipe, switch up the nut milk (unsweetened almond, coconut, or cashew) and the flavor/type of protein powder! Enjoy!

Paleo Chocolate Fudge

I LOVE CHOCOLATE. So often, however, my favorite chocolatey treats are filled with cane sugars and artificial ingredients. Post dinner I love having a bite of something chocolatey, and my fudge squares always do the trick. With the anti-oxidizing powers of cacao and the added fat from the coconut oil, these fudge squares are pretty darn healthy, too!

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter (or peanut!)
  • 1/2 cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup

What You Will Do:

  • In a large bowl, mix your melted coconut oil (or liquid coconut oil), nut butter, cacao powder, and maple syrup together.
  • Once smooth and all the clumps are gone, pour into a tray of your choosing that is lined with parchment paper.
  • Once smooth, again, place tray in a freezer. Let the fudge sit for an hour before cutting up and serving!

**Note** The squares will melt super quick… so eat right away! OR instead of pouring into a baking pan, pour your chocolatey mix into an ice cube tray and serve yourself one at a time!