Month: May 2015

My nice cream brings all the boys to the yard…

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…and they’re like, it’s better than regular ice cream! 🙂

Nana nice cream is my favorite things these days. It’s the best alternative to ice cream, and it’s vegan and dairy free. I use my cuisinart food processor to blend the ingredients, putting them all in and first pulsing the blade slowly, then getting faster as it begins to get creamy and smooth. I slice and freeze the bananas overnight before using them for my nice cream!

My most recent creation is blueberry and mango nana nice cream. Here is the very simple recipe for both.

Blueberry

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 and a half cups of frozen blueberries
  • a few splashes of soymilk or almond milk (you can mix in gradually)

Mango

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 and a half cups of frozen mangoes
  • a few splashes of soymilk or almond milk (you can mix in gradually)

What is LISS?

For those of you guys not on the Kayla training program, LISS is an acronym for “low intensity steady state” meaning doing cardio but not at your max capacity, such as a slow jog. If it’s done along with HIIT (high intensity interval training), it can produce the best results for weight loss and muscle definintion.

I use Classpass for my LISS days. It’s great because I can try a variety of different types of workouts. My favorites so far have been all types of dance, from hip hop to cardio dance, TRX, cardio barre, and cardio pilates. What are some of your favorite LISS workouts?

Kale Me Maybe?

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I LOVE GREEN JUICE! Drinking veggies is sometimes easier and faster than eating them, and I can make my juice and take it with me in the morning on the way to work. It’s a great way to detox, and I add fruit to mine to make it a little sweeter. This is what’s currently in my green juice:

  • Five leaves of lacinato kale
  • Half a peeled lemon
  • Two – Three celery stalks
  • One banana

Topped with:

  • Mango
  • Chia seeds

Try this out and let me know what you think! 🙂

I’m in love with the coco!

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Coconut is a yummy way to top off a berry smoothie! Coconut is sweet, and the smoothie is a bit tart so they’re like yin  and yang in your mouth! This is one of my favorite go-to recipes!

Blend the following:

  • Half cup of pomegranate seeds
  • Half cup of blueberries
  • Half cup of strawberries
  • Half of a freshly cut mango
  • Handful of kale
  • Teaspoon of lemon juice
  • Cup of apple juice
  • Handful of ice

Topped off with coconut and chia seeds.

ENJOY!

Happiness

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I’m not sure why happiness is so hard to find. I think from a young age we are taught to be hungry in life, to be competitive, to always be striving for more. While ambition is a good thing to have, it often prevents us from being truly happy because we are always evaluating our own deficiencies based on what others have.

I’m not sure if it’s an Asian mom thing, but back when I was growing up, our parents would always try to one-up their friends in a passive aggressive way. First it was who is better at piano. Then it was whose child got better grades in school. I remember one time my mom actually got mad at me because a stranger complimented her friend’s daughter on being “cute,” and didn’t say anything about me (also standing there). I was told to try to be cuter next time. Stand out more. Be more talkative. Smile more. Stop hiding from the adults. After that, she started making me wear dresses more often and would braid my hair like a little Chinese doll.

I think it’s my rebellion against the Chinese way of competing constantly with your peers, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less and less competitive. My new attitude has been criticized by nearly everyone in my life; people want to know why I don’t do more with my career. Why I still pursue modeling and acting even though I don’t make a ton of money doing it. And why I’m not continuously striving to be a woman CEO, like so many other women in the Bay Area working in tech.

But I think with that much ambition comes a certain level of stress, worry, and discontent. In my opinion it’s just not worth it.

I recently went to a yoga class where the instructor told us to clear our minds and use yoga to release all of the tension from the day. But I don’t want to use yoga as a means of relaxation and escape from my life. I want to have such a happy life that I don’t have to escape from it. A life that is content with what I have and doesn’t compare my accomplishments, ambitions, our material possessions to other people. A life as free from stress as possible and free from comparing myself to others.

For it’s not often that we look at our lives and say, “I have enough.”

Fruitful and Wholesome Acai Bowl

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Acai bowls are all the rage these days! This superfood is supposed to help us lose weight and has many beneficial antioxidants. Here’s my latest acai bowl recipe.

I use the Sambazon frozen unsweetened acai packs. I run the pack under water and break it up. Put in your nutribullet and blend to consistency along with the following (for a thicker consistency, add ice as needed):

  • Cup of frozen mangoes
  • Cup of frozen blueberries
  • Half cup of frozen pomegranate seeds
  • Half cup of frozen strawberries
  • Half cup apple juice
  • Half cup of water
  • Handful of flaxseeds

I topped it with:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh bananas
  • Chia seeds (bulk from Trader Joe’s)
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Sunflower Seeds