Red Velvet Pancakes with Walnut Whipped Cream

Ahh, breakfast in bed. Oh so romantic. Red pancakes? That’s taking it to a whole other level.

But what really takes these to a whole other level is the whipped “cream.”

I’ve only ever heard of cashew cream, but I’m personally not a huge fan of cashews, unless they’re savory. I’m a sucker for walnuts, so I just googled “walnut cream” and this popped up, and I went for it. I was NOT disappointed, to say the least. Fluffy, light, yet rich, this is BETTER than whipped cream. And it compliments the pancakes perfectly. All in all, they make a luscious, rich breakfast that will be perfect for your Valentine. Or yourself.

Plus, they’re macrobiotic. Love for your body, too.

Red Velvet Pancakes

1½ cups unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp vinegar

2 large beets

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup oat flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar or stevia to taste

2 heaping tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Puree the beets with the almond milk in a food processor. Mix in a large bowl with the vanilla extract and vinegar. In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. Add to wet mixture, and mix until a smooth batter consistency… you may need to add milk or some flour as needed. Heat a skillet greased with a bit of cooking oil until a droplet of water immediately sizzles and evaporates. Using a ladle, drop some batter on the skillet and let sit until bubbles reach the surface and pop. Use a spatula and carefully flip the pancake and let it cook on the other side. Remove, stack, make more, and eat!

For the walnut cream:

(Recipe adapted from here)

2 cups walnut halves and pieces
1 cup soy, almond or hazelnut milk
stevia to taste
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth and fluffy. Serve on the pancakes.
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Fluffy Red Velvet Mousse

And the Valentine’s parade continues.

Is there anything more perfect than rich chocolate mousse? Well, sure. But it definitely ranks pretty high up there.

And actually, I can think of one thing better than rich chocolate mousse… frozen rich chocolate mousse. It’s like chocolate ice cream on crack.

Festive red makes it perfect for V-Day. Enjoy the creamy, fluffy goodness.

Vegan Red Velvet Chocolate Mousse

3 large beets, cooked

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ package lite firm tofu

1 cup almond milk

2 heaping tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp stevia, or 2 tbsp sugar or agave

pinch of guar gum (optional)

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Remove into serving dishes (2 large servings) and let chill in fridge or freezer, if you want frozen mousse.

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Spicy Red Curry

Let the Valentine’s Day countdown begin!

As a currently single lady, I have no special plans for the holiday at the moment. Since it’s on a Tuesday, I’ll honestly probably be studying. Hot, I know.

But the little kid in me still loves the idea of it all. I wish we all still walked around with brown paper bags decorated in heart stickers and our names in glitter, dropping those generic Valentine’s Day cards inside with a box of conversation hearts. Remember when you got that anonymous “love note” in second-grade scrawl tucked in with all the rest? I miss that.

So in the spirit of the holiday, you’ll be getting some cupid-themed recipes in the next week. Enjoy them with your special someone, or share the love with yourself. I’m not judging.

We’ll kick things off with some spice. Some of my other Valentine’s recipes are super sweet, but it’s also important to embrace your naughty side. Mmm, steamy.

Spicy Red Curry

1 tsp coconut oil

½ onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 large can diced or whole tomatoes

½ cup almond milk

½ cup dry lentils

1 head broccoli, chopped

1 cup cauliflower, chopped

1 bunch celery, chopped

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

2 tbsp curry powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp chili powder

pinch of cayenne

pinch of stevia (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Heat the coconut oil over low heat in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook, covered for about 5 minutes or so until fragrant and the onion is translucent and soft.  Add the can of tomatoes, add the spices and nutritional yeast, stir and cook over medium heat until simmering. 

Add the almond milk, stir, and add the lentils and chopped vegetables.

Stir until the lentils are coated in liquid, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are cooked through and vegetables are soft. Remove from heat and serve.


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Mantra of the Week

A Japanese Proverb for ya.

Isn’t this beautiful? I am absolutely a daydreamer so this really spoke me. There’s nothing wrong with daydreaming! Our imaginations can add so much depth to our thoughts and goals. The issue, however, is when we spend our lives daydreaming and actual live it out of pure habit. Though I risk sounding like I belong on the Disney Channel, I’ll say it anyway: Make it happen! The best of times happen when reality and imagination collide.

This is true for certain aspirations I have in my own life. It’s time for those to stop being daydreams, because now is as good a time as any. No more excuses, just action with vision.

Have a lovely week!

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Game On.

So who am I rooting for?

C’mon. Is that even a question?

We bleed Big Blue in our family. We all cried when they won four years ago. True story. I broke a chair when they lost in the playoffs the next year. Also a true story.

But what would a great Super Bowl be without great food???

At face value, Super Bowl isn’t exactly vegan friendly (NACHOS. BUFFALO WINGS. CHILI.)

But here’s a peek at what I’m serving up tonight:


Omnis who say it ain’t so? Read it and weep.

The main event:

A variation on my Pumpkin Veggie Chili, with AMAZING cornbread- crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, but totally light… Mmmmmm.

Cornbread Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 tsp stevia

1 teaspoon salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp flax seed soaked in 6 tbsp water

1 cup almond milk

3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, and wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine and whisk until smooth. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for about 10 min. at 400 degrees.

Also on the menu? Gardein buffalo wings (similar to these), Zucchini nachos (!), my family famous Mexican layer dip, and I’m sure lots of other things. And hopefully a win.

Have a fabulous time with your friends and loved ones.*






* Unless you’re rooting for that other team.



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Yoga Playlist

Hello there!

I am currently sick at home :( As much as the flu sucks, one of the benefits of living so close to the city (and having no Friday classes!) is that when I’m feeling as crappy as I do now I can just bus it back home and at least be a little more comfy. Let’s hope I shape up a little before Sunday… I need all my energy to cheer my Giants on!


As you know, I have professed my new love for Yoga Vida, my new favorite studio. One of the things I failed to mention in my review though, was my true a-ha moment; the moment that I truly knew that this place was for me.

As an aspiring musician, I often find that I connect most with people and places on a musical level. I associate so much gut feeling with music that it is often the medium through which I find emotional attachment. That being said, the instructors at Yoga Vida who I have worked with so far have all had wonderful taste in music. Of course this is a matter of opinion, but to me it’s important- yoga is already so rooted in our own feelings and inner presence that for me, music should definitely be part of that equation, and listening to music that is similar to my own taste has been a HUGE plus in class.

So that moment came at the end of one of the classes last week, as we moved into our savasana. I was lying on my mat, relaxing and moving into peace with myself, when the instructor switched the song to “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver. THAT SONG is my current obsession, like what I listen to when I fall asleep at night. This is a cheesy thing to say, but it was a total “meant to be” moment.

So my point is that when it comes to your fitness or even de-stressing environment, music can be a huge factor. The ambiance that’s right for you might be the perfect boost to finish that last mile, find that deepest meditation or even just fall asleep.

With cardio, especially boxing, I like a bad-ass playlist: songs with a killer beat that will push me to my limit. With yoga, however, I stick to soft rock, acoustics, and folksy-inspired songs, which, coincidentally, is my go-to music for listening (and writing) on a daily basis. I can deal with new-age styles, and I actually enjoy a lot of it, but I find that some yoga studios overdo it a little. Again, a matter of opinion, but I feel most comfortable sticking to what I know and love.

So without further ado, here’s my personal go-to playlist for practicing yoga at home, in no particular order.



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NYC Eats: Liquiteria

In case you couldn’t tell already, I can’t get enough of this city.

I’m sure my relentless raving is probably becoming sickening to some of you, and I apologize (I think?) for that, but in all honesty, one of the best parts of NYC is that you can spend your entire life here and still make a thousand new discoveries on a daily basis. Sooo something tells me that my honeymoon period won’t be ending anytime soon.

NYC is a VERY vegan friendly city, and I am lucky enough to live in one of the most vegan friendly areas of NYC. Thus I have a constantly growing list of restaurants that I have to try. I actually might try to compile an actual list for here in the near future (any contributions and suggestions are welcome!)

So I’ve heard about Liquiteria all over the blogosphere, and when I Google Mapped it I saw that it is like, 3 blocks from where I live. Ahhh, convenience! After yoga on Saturday, I hustled my booty on over there to see what all the fuss was about.

Liquiteria is a juice bar first and foremost, and I went with carrot and ginger in mind. Butttt when I took a look at their phenomenal smoothie menu, I had decided to double-fist it.

The carrot juice was lovely, and the ginger shot was a nice zinger to wake me up! (They have tons of other supplements too!) Their juice menu is really expansive and has several different combos for whatever your aim might be, from detox to immunity.

My smoothie? Oh. My. GOD. I got the Mudslide, which contains blueberries, bananas, rice milk, spiraling & vanilla vegan protein. It was creamy, thick, smooth, tasty perfection.

Because my giant smoothie was considered a “liquid meal” in itself I didn’t order any food, but they do have some delicious looking vegan sandwiches that I’ll have to give a try VERY soon. Because trust me, I will be back. A lot.

I will be back tomorrow with a NON- New York related post to shake it up a bit. And in the meantime, wish me luck for kicking this nasty bout of flu that I’m developing.

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“Dating” The Gym: Yoga Vida NYC

Let me start of by saying that I had a whole big series planned that I was SO excited about. It would be called Dating The Gym, and I would be trying out different fitness classes and regimes here in the city until I found the right one. I even have a LIST of everything and every place I was planning on trying.

Ahh, but things change.

If fitness classes and gyms are bachelors, then consider this love at first sight. Bachelor #1 has swept me off my feet and I have fallen so hard that I can’t even imagine seeing anyone else.

If you hadn’t noticed, I’m a little over dramatic. But I’m kind of serious.

What primarily attracted me to Yoga Vida? Well, to be honest, what didn’t? It’s just a couple blocks from where I live, and I had heard both via word of mouth and reviews online that this is one of the best studios in the city. Of course, with that came the assumption that I could kiss my non-existent bank account goodbye. But no! Yoga Vida offers a trial for first time members: One week of UNLIMITED classes for just $10. I’m in.

I signed up quickly and painlessly online, and reserved my spot in my first class at 7AM the following morning. Upon arriving at the studio bright and early, I was welcomed and immediately felt calmed by the friendly environment (just like meeting anyone new, that first introduction can be a little nerve wracking!). And if we’re going just on looks, people? The studio is GORGEOUS: a spacious loft space surrounded by windows and very well lit with natural light. Plus it smelled good, something that isn’t exactly a given with these places.

(I don’t have pictures… check out their site though!)

The class was fantastic- a real energizer for my day ahead. The style here is power flow Vinyasa, which is definitely my go-to yoga. The class moved quickly without being too overwhelming, offered just the right amount of challenge (with options to make poses less or more challenging), and was a GREAT workout… I don’t break into a sweat too easily but this definitely pushed my limit! And most importantly? I felt totally zen and in touch with my body: the sign of a perfect class.

I returned to the studio every day last week and had a different teacher each time. Each was obviously a little different, but I loved that while they definitely had their own personalities, styles of teaching, and even targets in our practice, they definitely meshed well to the vibe of the studio: upbeat, energetic, and friendly.

I also love that towards the end of each class there is time devoted to working on inversions. It is here that I learned that I had been taught my headstand the wrong way. I was taught to try kicking up from downward facing dog. As it turns out, this can be both very dangerous and much more difficult than the proper way, which is to start in downward dog, support my head and neck with my forearms on the ground, and slowly walk my legs towards my head and arms, before drawing my knees into my chest and then carefully straightening them upwards (of course, do not try this without a teacher present!). Two classes later, I was pulling it off with flying colors!

Yoga Vida also has a 200-hour teaching program, something that I will hopefully be looking into in the near future.

The cons?

Trust me, there aren’t many. The only thing I would say is that some of the afternoon or weekend morning classes can get a bit crowded, but nothing too overwhelming.

So what has become of my Dating the Gym idea?

I am firmly of the belief that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Will I be trying other fitness classes and maybe step foot in a gym or two? Most likely. But I have pledged the majority of my devotion to this wonderful place: they have totally doable student discounts and I have already signed up for a monthly unlimited membership :)

That being said, any fitness classes or trends you think I should give a try as well? What are you currently hooked on? In other words, what workout are you currently dating?


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Mantra of the Week

– Norman Vincent Peale

Life is certainly hectic. For me, lately it’s even been overwhelming. But it’s important to remember that when we accept that life is busy and stressful and then just let that go, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to manage. This is actually a very important point I’m learning in one of my classes, a gem called “Buddhism & Psychology”, with which, after only 2 sessions, I’m already in love. So much energy is wasted in negativity! Stressing about a situation only makes us more stressed and we waste time experiencing those things. Just accept and come to peace with the fact that busy times come in life and rather than feel overwhelmed, thrive in it! Trust me, it makes life a whole lot easier.

Have a peaceful, harmonious, and stress-free week!

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What We’re Capable of Accomplishing

Anything that I get to cross off my bucket list is a source of pride for me; however, some mean more to me than others.

I have been working on my headstand in yoga for almost a year now. It’s one of those parts of my practice that represents my inner strength for me, and the process of finding that balance and support within myself has been a little frustrating at times. However, I spent every day this week at my new yoga studio (which you’ll hear more about in a couple of days) and found that it wasn’t necessarily a question of strength or balance, but of method… it turned out that the way I had been taught by a teacher in L.A. wasn’t the ideal path to achieving a proper supported headstand. When one of my new teachers taught me the right way to do it, I was able to accomplish it with her help on the spot.

Still, the eureka moment for me came a few days later, when I started the motions in class towards balancing on my own, rather than making it halfway, stumbling, and landing on all fours once again, I suddenly realized that, slowly and steadily, I was moving up, up, and completely straight into the headstand of my dreams. Did I stay in proper form forever? Hell no. But I have a lifetime of mastering that aspect and right now I am reveling in my personal accomplishment.

I have to admit, at first I was iffy about dedicating a post to this, but then I realized that there is no reason why I shouldn’t feel proud of myself. Yoga has become an indispensable part of my life and with each step and goal I attain I have found an even deeper connection with my body.

Finding out what we’re capable of accomplishing is one of the best challenges we can constantly maintain in our lives. In other words, in my opinion, when we can surprise ourselves with our strength, intelligence, curiosity (the list goes on and on…), that is how we can live our lives to the fullest. It’s the best possible way to be selfish! And when you’re on the road to such self-discovery, I bet you’ll find that you make the most of relationships with others and the world along the way.

So whether you’re mastering a headstand, running a marathon, writing a book, or working for that promotion, even when times are tough, just think about how good it will feel when you reach that goal!


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