Posts tagged fit food
Earth Candy- Sourcing Natural Ingredients, Health Benefits
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As you many of you already know life simply inspires me. Living in LA can be incredible at the same time time while becoming an entrepreneur in the fitness/ wellness industry it can be taxing, having to re-center myself daily while going back to nature’s source for daily Inspo. From colors to textures, traveling, fitness and natural remedies. I love having a cabinet full of yummy go to’s in my kitchen that reminds me of our roots, literally lol. Having natural products you can throw on just about anything to spice things up.

Being in my 30’s Im always trying to take the best care of myself and starting within. Life as a personal trainer and blogger can be really physically demanding. From really early mornings to engaging my mind and body in my work. The backend which not many see is another beast. From programming, studying, creating and training it’s a mental game and being alert and focused can really dictate my success.

Turmeric has scientifically proven health benefits. From preventing Alzheimer’s and Cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Maca powder known to boost and improve energy while reducing blood pressure and fighting free radicals. Figs which are good source of fibre and calcium while also helps with lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels and blueberries being the king of antioxidant helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Cacao Nibs not only add’s that delicious chocolaty taste and crunchy texture but again packed with antioxidants, magnesium and. natural source that act’s as a mood enhancer. Of course we can’t forget Açaí Berries another source of antioxidants used the base. I used Sambazon Acai frozen individual packets ready to blend with your favorite fruits and veggies.

Next time you’re at the supermarket make sure to stock up on healthy go to’s that you can use interchangeably in your recipes. It’s always fun to discover new things while getting all the benefits!

-Ashiko

Nourishing Your Life - Finding Balance In Your Kitchen
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Having come from a background of modeling where my weight and measurements would dictate my success and eventually happiness. The relationship I had with food is not one which you would ever consider balanced until recently that is. It’s nearing a year now since I made the decision to start studying sports medicine which lead me to pulling back from modeling. By doing this it gave me a safe place and rather permission to evolve mentally, spiritually and to physically take on a new form. I knew if really wanted to put on muscle I would have to do it on my own terms. Now weighing heavier and appearing more toned my energy has drastically improved along with the physical capabilities I’ve adapted too. Im not an athlete by sport but rather one that takes on physical demands. It wasn’t long after studying I realized I could train, nourish and recover like one.

Food is such an important component to athletic performance. It’s also the driving source to any energy we exude. It dictates our emotional state to physical capabilities.

One of my go to meals shown in the photo above not only because of the simplicity in preparation and clean taste but also because of how easy it is to digest; cod, broccolini and quinoa. Cod is one of my favorite fish to eat. Not only because of the mild taste and meaty texture, it contains essential vitamins and minerals while low in mercury and relatively high in Omega- 3 fatty acids. High in protein and low in fat. Personally I have better experience digesting broccolini rather than traditional broccoli. It’s one of those vegetables that expend in your stomach and if your sensitive may feel bloating while others have no symptoms. It’s mild, has a sweet earthy taste and packed with vitamins and minerals. Quinoa, gluten free, high in protein and fibre. It also contains sufficient amounts of all 9 essential amino acids along.

We should all strive to find balance in our lives for that is where we can find joy in the simple things

-Ashiko

Dragon Fruit- Superfood Spotlight
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With it’s bold bright pink color and being a mix of flavor between a kiwi and pear what’s not to love about a dragon Fruit smoothie bowl?! Im always looking for ways to brighten up my day’s. Working long hours, normally a 16 hour day and training both my clients and self food is my fuel! Packed with antioxidants , fibre and tons of vitamins Dragon Fruit is similar to Acai. You can always add protein to the mix. I like adding isolated whey. It’s refined and has more of the fats and lactose carbs removed and has a higher protein percentage which is absorbed more quickly!

Here’s what you”ll need;

  1. 1 frozen pack of Pitaya Plus organic dragon fruit

  2. 1/2 frozen banana

  3. 1 cup almond milk (add more for desired consistency) Watching those calories? Substitute with water.

  4. Ice

  5. 1 scoop isolated whey protein powder

Now blend everything together!

Here’s the fun part, TOPPINGS!!

  • Organic hemp seeds

  • Organic blackberries

  • Organic gogi berries

  • Organic almond butter

How are you going to fuel your day’s?

-Ashiko

Got Milk? Homemade Almond Milk in 3 min and Coconut Flour, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
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One of my favorite treats would have to be peanut butter cookies loaded with dark chocolate chips and glass of ice cold vanilla almond milk! You can always opt out for almond or cashew butter. They have to be soft and packed with chocolate. It’s cheat day after all.

I’ve always wanted to make my own Almond milk, but felt it might be too difficult, well it wasn’t!I found a simple recipe online that would only take 3 min to make, which turned out to be true! Of course you have to soak the almonds 24-48 hours prior. Other then that once you have your ingredients and a milk bag you’re set.

ALMOND MILK IN 3MIN

-Soak the almonds in a few cups of water so completely covered and let sit 24-48 at the most. You’ll start to see them grow in size…

  • 1 cup soaked almonds

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend the ingredients for 1.5- 2 min and your set! On a side note, if you want to add sweetness to your milk you can always use agave, coconut sugar or stevia!

COCONUT FLOUR PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS

  • 2 tbs coconut flour, add more if needed

  • 1/2 cup low carb sweetener

  • 1/2 tsp stevia concentrated powder or 1/2 tsp monk fruit extract

  • 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup butter or butter substitute (your pick)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1tsp vanilla extract

  • you decide how much chocolate chips… it’s cheat day!

Mix ingredients together and lay on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 F for 12-15 min until edges of cookie have browned.

Hope you guys give it a try! Make sure to send me pictures and videos, I love seeing what you guy’s create.

-Ashiko