Sunday, July 25, 2010

California Love

Tofurky Pizza

Abbot Kinney Venice Beach

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Coffee Latte Shake!

Yum! :D

Good Morning Santa Barbara and all West Coast lines that read this<

Made a video on my new morning fix. Love making shakes and I love coffee. Great Combo, yes? Of course!

What I used to put into the Coffee Latte Shake was:
-Starbucks Via Colombia Instant Mix (I'm lazy in making a brew of coffee obviously)
-Ice Cubes
-Nut Milk
(I used Hazelnut nut milk. Just soak Hazelnuts overnight with water. When blending them in the blender, pour in a cup of the water with hazelnuts plus honey for sweetness and blend until it looks like milk! )
- Organic Ah!Laska Non-Dairy Chocolate Syrup (its fat free and gluten free! woo!)
-Hazelnut creamer (used Silk )
-Chocolate Stevia (for chocolate-y goodness. This is optional!)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I don't know if I want french fries ever again :(

I was flipping through the channels today when I saw a couple on a date frying foods. It was disgusting. The process of frying foods? It was kinda gross. They even, just for the laugh of it, fried one of the couple's sock.

Usually I do love to indulge in french fries and onion rings every once in awhile. Its a childhood favorite! My favorite food as a child was french fries. Of course, this was way before I got into health food and nutrition.

You can deep fry anything these days. Its quite disgusting. It may look good or taste good to you, but wait a second? Do I sense some lard building up in the arteries? This can up your cholesterol!. It can also lead up to the whole "you are what you eat" kinda deal if this is in a daily diet. Yeshhh :(

Here's a video on how one restaurant deep fries foods.

Its kind of disgusting. The frying of that fish looked like frying a carcass. Lets try a human body next time! Yesh. And yes, I've noticed that the owner for the french fry food place has the same name as me.

So, I am going to challenge myself from now on, to not eat anything that is fried. Not even fried tofu! Good bye fried tofu.

An alternative to deep frying is baking foods! Or sauteing on the stove!.

What I had for breakfast this morning was sauteed zucchini and asparagus with spices! Soo yummy! I had a healthy breakfast. :)

If you want to join the challenge! Lets do it together! Lets stay healthy and eat healthy! Drop fried foods!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Guy Wachtel

Guy happens to be a relative of mine as well too!
He's a really good musician who plays Indie Israeli folk rock. Its pretty freaking awesome! I love this type of music a lot.
He's just starting up his music career over there in Israel, so I have decided to share his music with you!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Obesity is a Major deal.

Obesity: A disorder characterized by being overweight.

Obesity is a Big Issue

It is. Everything that is health-related is a big risk, things such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, arthritis, back problems, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization, it was estimated that 9.8% of adults were obese in 2005. That has be 400 million people!
And now that we know that heart disease and diabetes are big risk factors, there is one thing that hasn't come to mind- cancer.

For example,

A published journal, Lance Oncology, a new study found that Asians who where overweight/obese are at greater risk of dying from cancer compared to people at a normal weight. 21% were at heightened risk and 6% were for being overweight.

Obesity can be linked to cancers such as colon, rectum, breast, ovary, cervix, prostate, and leukemia.

This is serious people!

Historically people native to Asian countries have been slender, but with the growth of the Western diet and lifestyle, obesity rates among Asians have skyrocketed, particularly in China.
Reports now that between 1985 and 2000 of the rate of childhood obesity in China has increased. The government's raising concerns are hoping to take a much more active role in the prevention of obesity.
People need to realize their intake of food and how it can affect them nutritionally. There are so many people out there who have all these problems within themselves who don't even realize why or how they have gotten this way.

Another big concern is women who are overweight and pregnant.
There is a large risk of getting a miscarriage if you are overweight. Complications and infertility happen if you are obese.
A healthy weight can go a long way in a successful pregnancy, achieving that can help women become pregnant and increase their chances of carrying the baby all the way to the 9-month period.

A way to keep your body in the healthy weight category:

-Eat smaller portions. The size of your hand is best example.
-Cancel out fast-food and processed foods. When you see microwavable meals in grocery stores, even if they are low in calories, they are soo high in fat, salt and sugar. You don't even know it. Look at the ingredients. No bueno.
-Choose a variety of colorful vegitables and fruits.
-Cancel out white starches. Whole Wheat Multigrain is your best bet as far as breads and pastas go!
-Calcium rich foods such as leafy dark greens, soy, and nuts.
-Keep stress under control. life is hectic, but learning to keep it managed will help a lot! People who are emotional eaters can be at big risk that can lead to obesity. Find a way to keep your emotions under control. You can manage stress by writing in a journal, walking, talking to a friend, getting a massage or picking up a hobby!
- Sleep! make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep! Getting enough sleep with speed your metabolism, maintain beautiful clear skin, and decrease amount of stress. When you arn't getting enough sleep, hormones called ghrelin and leptin can go out of balance. Which leads to your feelings of hunger to be out of balance. Try to keep a consistent sleep schedule and place an importance upon your rest.
-Move it move it! Be active! Exercise will help you burn calories and help tone your body!

These resources come from:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July: Morro Bay! 2010

Hola! Hope you all had an awesome Fourth of July!

Went to Morro Bay, CA for my fourth!
Was so much fun! Brought my best girl friends up from Santa Barbara to head up the day before! As soon as we got there we decided to hit up Pismo beach and walked around. Was a bit chilly, we just went into a couple shops! Then we decided to hit up San Luis Obispo to see if anyone of my Cal Poly friends were around! Only one I knew was in town so we ended up going to his friend's party. My friend, Cesar Chavez's friend made these DELICIOUS mojitos. I love mojitos mucho so that was a blast and we played some Kings Cup. After a bit it was time for bed. We really wanted to get to Morro Bay early enough to mark our territory for where we would see the fireworks!

So the next day we made our way to the town of The Rock, went into the embarcadero dock area where the festivities would be held and taped down X's with a card saying "Reserved for Suzanne, Stevie, Shauna."
Then left to grab breakfast.

Usually, whenever I visit Morro Bay, I love to go to this place called Sunshine Cafe, where they always have some vegan goodies!
It was closed for the Holiday. Lame.
Since we passed by The Dorn Restaurant on the way to the cafe, we decided to head back and check the place out!
They have nada vegan on their menu. Lame. But, i did end up enjoying what I got! Granola with fruit and soy milk! I told the waitress to exclude the yogurt since they didn't have soy yogurt there.

We walked into a few shops. Then went back to our spot and napped on our air mattress. until my friends from the area showed up! Later on they played some awesome conga music where my girlfriends and I danced the night away.
And more of my friends came to sit next to us. I love creating groups of people together. It felt like a big family :)

Here are a couple pictures of our surroundings!

The next day we wanted to leave early. My old roomate from San Luis Obispo told me about a bakery in Arroyo Grande called Eclair. They apparently had some vegan bakery items there! We went there for breakfast!
For the day, they had Blueberry cupcakes, Coconut Chocolate Kahlua cupcakes, and Black and Blue cookies!
I bought the Coconut Chocolate Kahlua cupcake and a Black and Blue Cookie.
The Black and Blue was double chocolate chip cookie with blueberries in them! Oh. M. G. sooo good!!!

I look like I just woke up in the picture below!

So that was my trip! The next day did BBQing with friends. Brought over tofu and veggies to grill. My friend made us tofu burgers. Was really good! I became stuffed.

Tonight at Live Culture, my friend Matt Himmelright and friend are playing. You guys should come and make it! It will be at 10 tonight.
Any who! I am outtie!

Hope everyone has a good night!

With Love,

photos are courtesy of Stevie Martinez<3

websites for Eclair bakery, Arroyo Grande!
definatly recommend checking it out!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Clif Mojo Bars

are my fave!


About Cliff Mojo!
Clif, named after the founder's father, was intentionally made from 70% organic and natural resources such as fruits and nuts.
It is a brand that complements the environment, animals, and people. It is created to fit into almost any person's diet,
a total of 8-10 grams of protein. 2-4 grams of Clif Mojo’s protein comes from nuts and 4-5 grams from soy rice crisps. It contains a healthy amount of monounsaturated and poly-unsaturated fat ( the better-for-you fat). Consuming daily and moderate portions of nuts, such as the portion in a CLIF Mojo, is recommended as part of a healthy diet.
Clif Mojo does not contain bioengineered (GMO) ingredients. Yesss!The ingredients that they use have been tested and are not bioengineered (non-GMO). So its definatly all natural!

It pretty much is, at least the ingredients are. Though Honey Roasted Peanut and Chocolate Peanut flavors which contains organic honey, a product of bees ... just keep that in mind! And Mojo Dipped Chocolate Peanut and Mountain Mix contain chocolate made in a plant that processes dairy and trace amounts of dairy may be in these flavors (even though the chocolate itself is non-dairy).
They have not said anything about my favorite flavor- the Peanut Butter and Jelly. I think that should be safe :)

ITS KOSHER. Which means its good food. Blessed by Rabbis. I think. Right? But it is considered Kosher Dairy because MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut and Mountain Mix flavors contain chocolate made in a plant that processes dairy and trace amounts of dairy may be in these flavors (even though the chocolate itself is non-dairy).
Otherwise, it is non-dairy.

So which ones are the Vegan bars that are not shared with the same area as dairy products?
Mixed Nuts
Fruit & Nut (Dipped- Vanilla)
PeanutButter & Jelly (Dipped-Vanilla)

I mean, to look at it this way, If you live with other non-vegans in your household (I live with two omnivores and a vegitarian)
they're going to share your utinsils, and kitchen supplies while making and preparing their non-vegan food. So...I'm not really a freakazoid on that kind of stuff.
All the ingredients that Clif Bars use are Vegan. So its all good! Yay!

With Love,