Monthly Archives: July 2011

Quinoa & Strawberry Salad w/ Citrus Dressing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This salad is light, nutritious and easy to make. Quinoa is a perfect protein on its own and when paired with all the other delightful ingredients in this salad, there’s even more nutritional punch to every bite. It’s a great summer salad to take to a bbq or picnic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”5445″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_text_separator title=”INGREDIENTS”][vc_column_text]
  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed, cooked & cooled
  • 1 c. strawberries, quartered
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 c. jicama, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 c. red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 scallions, white parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs freshly chopped mint
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over top and stir to combine.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”CITRUS DRESSING”][vc_column_text]
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 3 tbs lime juice
  • juice of one orange
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • sea salt
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Mix dressing ingredients together in a blender or shaker bottle[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Anise Scented Coconut Almond Cookies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]These crunchy yummy cookies, are pretty simple to make once you grind the almonds and oats. I think you will enjoy the licorice scented flavor from the anise, but if you are not a fan of anise, just use almond extract for an extra nutty flavor![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”5448″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_text_separator title=”INGREDIENTS”][vc_column_text]
  • 1 c. Spelt Flour or Oat Flour (use gluten free oat flour for gluten free cookies)
  • 3/4 c. Oats, coarsely ground (use a blender to grind oats)
  • 1/2 c. ground almonds (use a food processor or coffee grinder)
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut
  • ½ c. Agave Nectar
  • 1 tsp. Anise extract (use almond if anise is not available)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ c. Coconut Oil (melted) or avocado oil
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Garnish: Pinenuts (optional)
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients together into a bowl and mix well. Drop by the teaspoonful onto a cookies sheet lined with parchment paper. Place a pine nut in the center of the cookie (optional). Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Great to store in the freezer and eat chilled![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Karma Chow’s Recipes in Tony Horton’s book, “Bring It”! Yumalicious!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kids, I know that most of you are aware that I wrote the recipes in P90X creator, Tony Horton’s book, Bring It, but not all of you own the book, so I wanted to share some of these delectable delights with you here on Karma Chow! Of course, this shouldn’t deter you from buying this awesome book, as Tony put together a revolutionary plan for all levels of exercisers, even non-exercisers that are thinking of starting. It even includes a simplified version of my 30-day Vital Life Cleanse, which has helped hundreds of people change their eating habits into a healthy lifestyle and build a new awareness around What they are eating, When they are eating and Why they are eating!

One of my favorite recipes in the book is the Brussels Sprout Saladwith Cranberries and Almonds. Most people don’t like Brussels sprouts but this recipe has converted a lot of those ‘haters’ into lovers of these nutrient packed, cruciferous orbs. This recipe was inspired by a salad that I love and eat often at LaGrande Orange in Santa Monica, which is now known as M Street Kitchen. I’ve gotten pretty close to replicating it, without the cheese of course! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”5451″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_text_separator title=”INGREDIENTS”][vc_column_text]

  • 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts, end cut off and thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1/2 c. almonds, smoked or roasted
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries, preferably apple-juice sweetened
  • Lemon Vinaigrette (see below)
  • Sea Salt & Freshly Cracked Pepper
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Blanch Brussels sprouts in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. Once cool, place in a large bowl and add almonds and cranberries. Toss with vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. This salad will be better the next day when the flavors marry in the refrigerator over night! Great to bring to a party or bbq and share with your friends![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”5452″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_text_separator title=”LEMON VINAIGRETTE”][vc_column_text]
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs agave nectar
  • 1 shallot, minced finely
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Puree all ingredients together in a blender or shake in a shaker bottle. Save remaining dressing to use for other salads.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
July 12, 2011

The Food Disconnect

Do you often find yourself eating on the run? Shoving a protein bar down your throat because you dont’ have time to get a proper meal? Drinking protein shakes instead of eating a REAL MEAL? Standing over the kitchen sink while you chew on a piece of toast for dinner? Buying processed and packaged foods for convenience?? GUILTY!!!

This is what I refer to as the FOOD DISCONNECT!! The majority of us Americans, especially those of us that live in the City of Angels, are oh-so-busy, and we don’t have time to sit and eat a proper meal or we are always eating on the go. Do you realize what this can do to your body??

First of all, FOOD, and I mean HEALTHY, WHOLE FOOD not the processed packaged junk, keeps us alive, along with water, air and sleep. Food is the fuel that makes our body go. And we don’t respect it. We plow through a meal without even coming up for air, we don’t take the time to really taste or savor our food, we treat it as an object rather than something that nourishes us and keeps us ALIVE! We count calories until we are blue in the face, deprive our bodies of real nutrients by buying “light” or “fat Free” or “natural” packaged foods. We use it as a tool to keep us fit, thin, skinny, deprived, you name it. Eating has become such a burden to so many of us, yet we don’t understand why we aren’t healthy or our digestion sucks when we eat what we think is “healthy”, or drink high nutrient shakes in place of meals. We can’t drop weight, and we feel like poo-poo all the time. We eat out 5 nights a week and make food part of a social event, we overstuff ourselves on holidays, and us Americans create every reason in the world to eat – Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Christmas, Hanukkah, Memorial name it. Did you ever notice that every holiday is centered around eating and drinking? And it’s usually not of the healthy nature

Our bodies are begging us to slow down by giving us indigestion, acid reflux, bloating/gas or constipation/diarrhea. This is the result of eating on the go, eating too fast, eating too much, combining lots of different foods together, eating processed, greasy foods and drinking liquid with our meals.

We need to connect to our food. Taste it, savor it, chew it slowly. Cut it, cook it, steam it and saute it. Find out where it comes from and how its made if not in our very own kitchens! Food is Life, Food is Vitality, Food is Health. So why do so many of us care so little about it or treat it like it’s last on our list of priorities? Why do we only care about how something will taste in the heat of the moment instead of the longterm effects it will have on us? Why don’t we see it and appreciate it for what it really is?

Connecting to your food will change your life. Listening to your body and what it wants will change your life. Your digestion will work better, you will find your natural body weight and your metabolism will normalize! Are you eating out of boredom, habit, cravings or emotions? These are the times when we are truly disconnected from our food.

When I work with my cleansers, I ask them to be very aware of What they are eating, When they are eating and Why they are eating over the course of the 30 days. This brings them in touch with their food and their habits. The majority of them realize that they have been mindlessly eating most of their life and never really connected to or tasted their food. I challenge them to use cooking as a way to really connect and see their food as the life it provides. To slow down, chew, breathe, cut out all liquids when eating and really get the full benefit of how healthy, whole food can provide us with all the nutrients and fuel we need.  To invite their families to join in and rekindle the family dinners when members would gather in the kitchen and cook meals together and then sit down as a unit and enjoy the meal…slowly. I am not implying that we don’t do that now, I know that we do, but what I am hoping to inspire in you is the opportunity to look at where you can make better choices for yourself and reconnect to the one really important thing that gives you life – YOUR FOOD!

So I am offering up a challenge, and that is to take notice of every time you put something in your mouth and why you are putting it in your mouth. Is it because you are truly hungry or just eating out of habit, or cause your traininer or workout program tells you to? Really start to listen to your body and what it wants, not what your mind wants. Most of the time, your body will give you the healthy answer. Tune in, slow down and connect to your food! Become aware of all your actions around food and I guarantee your relationship to it will change, and as a result, your life will too!

Here are FIVE great tips to help you Reconnect to your Food:

1. Chew more and savor the taste of the food.

2. Cut out liquids until at least 30 minutes before or after meals

3. Learn where your food comes from

4. Sit down when you eat & put your fork down as often as possible between bites

5. Give thanks for the food that is on your plate and for all the workers who helped get it there!