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You don’t need pasta when you can make veggie noodles so easily

August 7th, 2014 No Comments

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Here’s my rule of thumb with pasta:  only eat it when it’s made by hand, that day, in legit Italian restaurants.  In other words, the flour noodle (usually Parpardelle for me) has to be WORTH IT!  Same rule applies for bread. 

Last night, Kitty Ball (yes, that’s a nickname), invited me over for Spaghetti Bolognese.  Since she’s Paleo, I knew dinner would exclude gluten and be totally healthy.  I’ve posted her delicious paleo BBQ sauce in the past.  Everything she makes is hearty so you never realize how healthy it is.

Now, let me back track for a second: A year ago I had dinner party and served Raw Zuchinni Ribbons with Almond Pesto which I make using a mandolin to slice the veggie thin. Kitty was at that dinner party.  Months later, I posted my hand-cut raw zucchini noodle bolognese.

Now, as my BFF, Kitty knows I get kick out of kitchen gadgets.  When she busted out this guy, I flew out of my seat to investigate!

So…if I put two and two together…

That crazy cat just had to one-up my little ribbons with her fun spiral noodles!

Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Noodles

 

Obviously I’m kidding :)

Overall, I don’t know if the spiral noodles are “better,” per se, but I like the presentation.  The thicker spiral noodle  holds up better under the meat sauce.

If you’re asking my first question, “How much is it?” you’ll like the answer: $36 on Amazon.

You need about 3/4 zucchini per person.  I prefer the green ones.  Kitty takes the skin off and sweats them in the oven.  I prefer to leave the nutrient-dense skin on and eat them raw.  They will soften if you put a warm sauce on top.

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Like you need another reason to add avocado + recipe

February 6th, 2014 No Comments

January's famous egg sandwich

 

You love avocado already: it’s delicious and it’s “good fat.”  But guess what, there’s more!

Studies have shown that if you add avocado to leafy greens and tomatoes, your body is able to absorb 200-400% more of the veggie’s nutrients.  Hopefully that doesn’t hold true for the “nutrients” in fried tortilla chips….that study has yet to be done ;)

January, my friend and founder of January Labs (the skincare line I rave about), puts avocado pretty much everything.  Here, she’s making her famous egg sandwich which I am treated to at least once a week (#luckygirl).  She does a few things to make the finished product more than just your average egg dish.

JANUARY’S FAMOUS EGG SANDWICH

Ingredients

Putting it all together

For the eggs:  Put the gas on medium high and get the skillet hot. Coat with a thin layer of coconut oil.  Crack the eggs into the skillet and quickly cover with a lid.  Cook until whites are done.  Now for me, the whites don’t get done enough before the sides dry out, so I’ll gently flip each egg once.

While the egg is cooking start to toast the muffin, slice the tomato, slice the avocado.

Start to stack: muffin, then avocado, then tomato.  Sprinkle with salt.  (Himalyan sea salt has a light flavor so you can be generous).   Top with egg over easy.  Sprinkle with salt, grind pepper, sprinkle with herbs (they will make a huge difference).

So easy, so simple, so delicious!

 

 

 

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Needless to say….

January 20th, 2014 No Comments

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IT’S TIME TO DETOX!

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Honestly, at this point, my body is begging for a break. From sugar, bread, booze, salt, and processed crap.  I don’t know how I got so off track with my diet…possibly Mexico?  I feel like I flew off the handle before that. It happens, I’m human :)

Now I’m off for one of my biannual cleanses.  As I said, I’m really excited about it.

Kreation Juice and Kafe, a brand I’ve loved for a while, is actually one of my new clients!  I’ve taken over their social platforms and am working with their marketing team to create a brand identity you’ll all love to follow, even if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area. Follow me @KreationJuice on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

 Marjan founder of Kreation Juice

Marjan, “The Kreator,” is such an inspiring woman.  She’s thoughtful, passionate, meticulous, and loves to share her knowledge.  We were talking the other day about gluten and she said to me, “You know, people stress about gluten and every little thing they eat. What they don’t realize is that it’s the negative thoughts they put around the food that is poisonous.  Not the food.”  I’ve never really thought about it that way.

Mary Rambin Kreation Juice

For the next three days I’ll be juicing with mostly green juice and almond milk (you can see what I chose above).  I can’t stand carrots and beets so I’ve decided to cut them out of most of the cleanse. (Plus they’re high in sugar.) Otherwise, the green juices are my favorite in town.   For two days following, I’ll continue the juice and start to incorporate steamed veggies (easiest to digest) back into my diet.  Of course during this detox, I’ll do one or two colonics depending on how I feel.

If you’re interested in cleansing, check out these posts:

 

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“Eat a banana, not a cookie.”

December 5th, 2013 No Comments

Banana Infographic

 

That’s what I tell myself when my sweet tooth starts to rage!  I keep Trader Joe’s flattened bananas in the car for that very reason.

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New yogurt blends make for a more satisfying snack

November 21st, 2013 No Comments

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Yogurt frustrates me to no end.  The grocery store stocks TONS of it, yet there are only a few that actually meet my criteria as a “healthy” snack.  I’m looking for at least 14 grams of protein, minimal sugar (no sugar is preferable), and no additives (starches).  These criteria leave me reading labels for at least ten minutes or picking up the same old stuff when I’m in a hurry.  If I have time, I seek out new brands and get my hopes up high that when I read the nutrition label, I’ll see tons of protein and no added sugar.  Tough bill to fill.

My frustration continues after I eat a yogurt and I’m STILL hungry!

On so many levels yogurt is simply unsatisfying…until now.

Big brands and more notably local producers are making an effort to create well-rounded and satisfying yogurt cups for those of us on the go.

Chobani was the first one I spotted.  The divided dish has slightly sweetened yogurt in one side and all of my favorite additions in the other: chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. From a nutrition standpoint, I have to compromise the 13 grams of protein and added sugar for the energy it delivers before a workout.  After eating it with half a bottle of water, I feel full and not weighed down when I have to move.  And it’s SOOO convenient to just flip one side over and mix…while I’m driving.  (It’s true!)

The Epic Seed is local and meets all of my standards for protein and carbs.  It’s lacking in fat (which is necessary to feel full) so I’ll eat a few almonds along with it.

The most “filling” feature of these cups are the chia seeds, which I’ve discussed before.  There are several brands making them now, you just have to pay attention to the protein and sugar source.

When I can, I make the mixture at home.  No measuring, I just throw what I want into the bowl.  Usually, to a small cup of flavored yogurt, I’ll add a couple spoonfuls of plain non-fat to bring up the protein.

 

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Best protein bars on the market. Both whey and vegan. Period.

October 11th, 2013 No Comments

Papa Steve's No Junk Protein Bar

 

 

Papa steve’s protein bars are about as clean and nutritious as it gets folks.  PLUS, they’re delicious AND filling.  Please note, I took the picture AFTER I devoured half of the bar :)

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I sat down with Papa Steve a few weeks ago to discuss my Seedful Not Sinful granola.  The man blew my mind with his knowledge of food properties and how they work within they body.  He’s put all of that knowledge into his line of protein bars.  

He claims that Pea Protein is the best vegan protein out there.  You don’t see a lot of it because it’s new and in very high demand as it’s been deemed the best substitute for whey.  He had to buy tons worth to ensure he could continue to make these bars, which sell out almost instantly at his vendors.

In terms of protein in general, Steve is a fan of whey  because it is naturally complete, “containing all of the essential building blocks for muscle recovery and repair. Whey protein has the highest biological value of any protein, meaning it’s easy to digest and the body can metabolize and use it quickly but you must ingest it 10-30min after a workout to get maximum muscle uptake. It can help improve blood and liver cholesterol and enhances the body’s immune system.”

Read more of his thoughts on protein here.  He goes into great detail about the differences in whey proteins (concentrate, isolate, hydrolysate) and why whey is better than Soy Protein.

Papa Steve's Whey Protein v. Soy Protein Chart

He has several other bars I think you’ll love.  Browse the selection here.

I really can’t praise this product enough.  If you’re like me and insist on eating clean, you MUST try this.

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“How do I shred the pounds?”

September 30th, 2013 No Comments

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This was the question presented to me by Erika, a cute young actress at SoulCycle the other day.  It’s a small question, with a very large answer.  Losing weight and staying healthy isn’t an easy process.  You have to be METICULOUS with the details.  But here’s my first response: YOU’RE WORTH IT.  The better answer is you shouldn’t diet at all.  Instead, hit the reset button and put your eating and exercise regimen on the right track and create  a sustainable lifestyle.

If and when you’re ready, here are my suggestions on how to train your body to burn fat.  Click the links for more details and use the navigation above to find exercises and recipes and nutritional help along the way.

1.  CHOSE YOUR SUGAR WISELY.

Easier said than done, I know.  However, I’m not telling you to cut out carbs. Carbohydrates – fiber and sugar – found in fruits, veggies, and whole grains, are good for you.  What you need to cut out is the raw sugar, honey, agave, alcohol, etc.  When your body craves sugar, eat sweet fruits you love (like a banana, peach, or even dried mango) instead of cupcakes or vino.  You’ll find you mellow out as your blood sugar rises.  Over time, the intensity of your cravings will decrease and you’ll drop the fruits too.

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Click the chart to learn about how to choose carbs.  Read more here.

A cleanse can be a great way to kick the sugar to the curb quickly.  More on that here.

Bottom line: the sugar you don’t burn during the day gets stored as fat.  Hence the following:

2.  SET UP A WORKOUT SCHEDULE.

When you’re starting out, the actual exercise doesn’t matter.  Just do something, or rather, 3 different things you love to get your body in gear and your mind motivated.  Cross-trainging builds muscle while ramping up your metabolism.  My recommendation:

As I said earlier, the key to success is being METICULOUS.  So once you get going, buy a heart rate monitor and be smart about your workouts.  YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR HEART RATE ZONES IN ORDER TO TRAIN YOUR BODY TO BURN FAT.  If you don’t get your heart rate into the proper zones, you might not actually be hitting your fat burning heart rate zone.  For more on heart rate monitors, go here.

Weight lifting is usually a sticky spot for women, but we need it.  If you’re unfamiliar with how to use machines and set up a workout, HIRE A TRAINER.  In two to three sessions, they can teach you what you need to know and at least get you started.  Remember, YOU’RE WORTH IT!  And since you’ve cut back on the booze, you’ll have some extra cash to play with.

Beware of group fitness classes for your weight lifting days.  Usually they are better for your cardio days.  When you lift weights, you need to be using substantial weight, not 3-5 lb dumbbells.

3.  EAT MORE PROTEIN AND FAT.

On their own, carbs fill you up instantly and leave you hungry within an hour (an example of “healthy” meal that left me starving here).  Protein and good fats are what satisfy your hunger for at two to three hours.  In every meal, an active women needs 20-30 grams of protein, preferably from lean meats, eggs, or powders (cold pressed whey, pea, or hemp).  Because the protein is lean, you need to add a little bit of fat (about 6-9 grams):  almonds, olive oil, cheese, avocado, coconut oil, seeds.  If you don’t have the fat, your body won’t be satisfied and you’ll be reaching for food within the hour.

The goal is for each meal and snack to have the same amount of protein, fat, carbs, and calories.

It’s the part that sucks, but works!

For me, the breakdown looks like this:

  • 300 calories
  • 9g fat
  • 20-30g protein
  • 25-30g carbs

I eat every two to three hours so that my metabolism is constantly working.

Read more about being meticulous in creating your portions here.

4.  EAT WHEN YOUR BODY IS HUNGRY.

This point speaks to your metabolism.  If you’re hungry, your body isn’t satisfied.  When you don’t eat, your metabolism slows down and your body starts to feed upon itself.  Not a good situation.  For goodness sakes eat something.  Stock your purse and car with healthy snacks so you reach for something good instead of sweets.

Now, if you’ve JUST eaten your full meal and you’re still hungry.  Drink water.  Most of the time we’re dehydrated and your body is thirsty.

5.  OPT FOR QUALITY OVER CONVENIENCE.

In your food and exercise, you need to be efficient.  If you spend an hour in the gym and don’t know what you’re doing, you’ve wasted the hour.  If you feed your body processed food instead of natural goodness, you are pulling your body backwards instead of fueling it forward.

6.  LET YOUR BODY RECOVER.

Take one or even two days off of exercise so your body can rest.  If your muscles are exhausted, they can’t build strength.

 

Please note, I’m NOT an expert.  I have worked with experts in fitness and nutrition and this is the system I’ve found works for me.

(First photo I took at Level10 Fitness in Manhattan Beach.  My favorite circuit training….in the world ;)  Meredith is truly one of a kind!)

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How to make almond milk

September 12th, 2013 No Comments

As promised, here’s the DIY video.  It’s a little long, but I feel like the process is less intimidating when you see each step.

What you’ll need:

  • Vitamix blender (or something equally powerful)
  • 1-3 cups of raw almonds
  • Water of your choice (bottled, filtered, etc)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Dates (your choice on what kind)
  • Nut Milk Bag
  • Glass jars

Leven shot this for me so she’s got a little cameo comment at the end :)

LMK if you have any questions.  Mary@MoreThanMary.com

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