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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

Wanderlust- Never Lost And Always Found
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Several weeks ago a friend and I sat on a near by patio at a local cafe sipping almond milk latte’s, while we talked about life, adventures and travel; okay we talked about our happy place. From their time folded and we had our first adventure planned out. He showed me images from one of his recent trips to the Mojave Desert. I’m always amazed that within a few hours you can literally feel like you’re in another world. That idea alone sets my soul on fire!

As a few weeks went by, we had it all planned out. We were desert bound. There’s something about the air as soon as you leave LA. For me it’s a sense of freedom… I feel lighter, more centered not mention creative. I simply feel alive. I can’t stress enough how important it is to re-energize your soul. I used to be a person that would hang around waiting for others to plan something or I would just hang out letting time pass thinking that was enough. Until I went down a new path in life, one which I met myself front and center. My time became more valuable, my heart had a new awareness of happiness and my soul craved adventure.

It was my first time hiking the sand dunes. I’ve heard the expression “God’s Country” and well this was exactly that. It’s where I felt closer to my beloved father, who I was and who I am. Im not sure if Im explaining myself accurately, but there’s this feeling I get being vulnerable in the outdoors that excite’s and also frightens me. I can feel how the climate affects my body and mental state. While walking through the untouched land hearing all the peculiar noises unsure if there’s going to be a poisonous snake that could bite you and if that happens the fear of what to do. After all we were so far out and no hospital would be close enough should we urgently need one.

As we trekked the sand dunes I realized something. That as evolved and skilled as I’ve become in life and the outdoors, Im still connected to the woman that feared the unknown. The person that was scared to take risks, worried I would be too out of my comfort zone. Well it lasted a moment, then realizing it was just a state of mind and I had the option to have full control.

If you haven’t been to the Mojave desert then I highly suggest you go! Make sure you take enough water and layers to keep yourself protected from the sun and later cool air. The wind will blow the sand unexpectedly so a buff or bandana is a must. I recommend taking trekking poles, they’re extremely useful when hiking up the slippery sand and when coming down reducing the impact to your knees. I hope this place brings you clarity and a new found respect for mother nature .

With each day we grow, with each experience we evolve and with each adventure we set ourselves free

-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

Fuel Up On Nature
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This is one of my sacred spots where I go to connect with nature and better yet myself. For me, this is paradise… Surrounded by snow cap mountains and unique rock formations the exploring is endless. Fueled and energized by nature, Karuna. A natural coffee drink, sweetened with dates, coconut cream and turmeric for added health benefits. How are you going to fuel your life, mind, body?

-Ashiko #ashikofit