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Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake

2 Feb


{Recipe from: Paleo Spirit}

Paleo Chocolate Snack Cake:

10 medjool dates, pitted
. 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
(or one ripe banana)
. 3 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut flower
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
powder (Found at Sprouts Market)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine celtic sea salt
1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee

1. Place the medjool dates in a food processor and pulse until completely pureed.
(I found pitting them first, putting the dates in the microwave for 30 seconds,
and then putting in the food processor was the easiest way to puree them)

2. Add applesauce (or banana) and continue to pulse until pureed and combine
with dates.

3. Add the fruit puree to the bowl of a stand mixer (or just use a handmixer), add
the eggs, vanilla, coconut oil and coffee and mix on low-medium speed until well combined.

4. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. (We add a little extra coconut
for fluffiness)

5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed,
scraping down the sides, until you have a smooth batter.

6. Grease an 8×8 glass/aluminum pan with coconut oil, pour in the batter and
smooth it with the back of a spatula (or pastry spatula)

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle
comes out clean.

***Note: For extra sweetness, add a small amount
of honey, however, this makes it not paleo.


Live Fit Challenge: Week 1

17 Jan

We’ve started a “Live Fit” challenge at our box (CrossFit 310) yesterday, which I’m really pumped about! And in my overwhelming excitement, I’ve become sort of an ambassador for the challenge, partially due to the fact that I started a week early and have gone 99% strict, with the exception of my protein shake in the morning. The challenge previous to this one mainly just involved nutrition, which is still a huge part of it because of the 80/20 rule. But what I like about this particular challenge, is how all-encompassing it is. It involves not only nutrition and CrossFit, but hydration and sleep as well, which are obviously equally as important.

The challenge is based on a point system for a total of 30 days. For example: If you get 7.5 hours of sleep or more a night, you gain points per week. As you lose hours of sleep, you lose points. The same applies to nutrition – You lose points for consuming grains, wheat, gluten, refined sugar and alcohol. The fitness and hydration portion is my favorite though because it’s pass or fail for the week. You accumulate points, but if you fall short of your fitness goal or hydration (half of your body weight in ounces per day, minimum), you lose all possible hydration / fitness points for that week, which is a pretty huge incentive to keep up with the committment – especially because there was an option to “buy in” for some awesome prizes at the end, one of which is rumoured to be Lululemon related. Squeeeeeeeeee!!!

I’ve created an album on Facebook documenting in photos some of the foods I’ve been preparing / eating each week (week 1 pictured below) to help inspire others who are feeling a bit lost or unmotivated, as well as holding myself accountable publically. Up until I began this challenge last week, I had never (not one. single. time. in my life) followed through with a nutrition committment. Just like a WOD, the challenge is scalable, because the idea is to make changes (big or small) that work for you. I happen to be going big because I’ve seen huge progress in my CrossFit performance lately and I know to get where I intend to go, I have to go for the more drastic side of this challenge. That’s what works for me.

I have to say though….I really miss the red wine. Stay tuned.



Currently Missing: Beijing

26 Oct


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Restaurant Review: Tavern in Los Angeles

27 May

As we walked into Tavern, I couldn’t help but hum the lyrics of Drake’s “Fancy” in my mind. “Nails done, hair done, everything did,” I hummed. Except when I looked at my nails, they were definitely not done and the texture of my hair was similar to a poodle’s during a rainstorm. “At least my dress does me a little justice”, I thought.

The folks at Tavern clearly have a knack for the details, which is what sets them apart from other restaurants. I really loved the light brown leather tufted sofas lining each corner of the dining room, complete with plush pillows. The green fabric chairs & sofas really complimented the exposed brick wall in the very back as well as the off-white molded walls, which gave it a very New York feel, even though I’ve actually never been to New York. The mirrors, which took up about half of the wall space, made the room feel very open & airy and the high white ceiling with exposed windows up top gave a beautiful natural lighting which made it feel as if  we were sitting outside. My favorite part though, was the tree growing up from the floor in the middle of the room. Trees always radiate such positive energy and that could definitely be felt.

As we were led to the main dining room, it was so obvious which table was ours. It was my friend’s birthday after all and no birthday of hers is complete without over-the-top decorations! She did an Alice in Wonderland theme, so our table was filled with cute little details which she dropped off for the staff beforehand and they had beautifully set up prior to our arrival. To name a few: A rabbit wearing a clock on top of a blue polka dot box, a mouse in a tea cup, silver teapots with feathers coming from the stems, scones & muffins pierced with cards that read, “Eat Me” and berry mimosas with cards tied to the flute in blue ribbon that read “Drink Me.” They even printed up a custom menu for her party which read, “A Very Merry Unbirthday Tea Party” complete with a list of the delicious eats.

The eats were divine. From fresh berries, to lemon ricotta pancakes with huckleberry topping, to the most amazing eggs benedict I’ve ever had, and according to Yelp reviews, the best in all of Los Angeles, to frittata with asparagus, green garlic & spinach ending the brunch with the most incredible churritos (they were like biting into air) & English breakfast tea I’ve ever had.

It’s been ages since I’ve experienced such culinary delight. Highly, highly recommend!



Sunday Funday with Treats!

15 Feb

Chris Oliver, Food Stylist

I had the pleasure of going to Newport Beach this past Sunday to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We rented a boat on Balboa Island and my friend’s mother, Chris Oliver, is a food stylist for Hollywood. She brought an array of absolutely amazing food which included: Chicken, freshhhhhh salmon, a pasta salad with artichoke hearts (yum!) and grilled vegetables (squash, eggplant, asparagus, zuchinni). There was something for everyone and it was all SO delish! We had champagne of course to celebrate the birthday girl and then for dessert we had an arrangment of fruit (pictured above) with cheese. The best part? The whipped cream! She used cool whip, mint & orange zest with a special ingrident. I pretty much wanted to demolish the entire bowl it was that good.