Tasty Tuesday: Nacho Cheez!

This post could NOT have come at a better time, because today is Taco Tuesday AND International Taco Day AND this recipe is for Nacho Cheez, and should be eaten on tacos (and chips, and burritos, and on spoons). So, read on.

We’re in the process of remodeling our entire kitchen from sub-floor to ceiling. This means that our entire kitchen is now in our living room and we’re washing dishes in our bathroom sink.  I didn’t have this blog when I lived in my Hollywood Bachelor Pad but I have a LOT of experience with zero kitchen and washing dishes in the bathroom (although in that place, they were washed in the bathtub).

We’ve been making a lot of rice in the rice maker, beans in the pressure cooker and our new favorite recipe, this Nacho Cheez, in under 5 minutes in a food processor! Pure magic. We’ve been having this cheez for a while, thanks to our dear friends Alisha and Dan, but I just started making it a few weeks ago and have already made three full batches. It’s that good and that easy.

The below recipe is for “one batch” but let’s be real, it’s not enough. I usually double or triple the recipe. But if you’re just making cheez for one meal or something, the single batch is perfect!

NACHO CHEEZ

3/4 C raw cashews (whole or pieces)

1/4 C salsa of your choice

1/4 C + 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

1/3 C water

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

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Instructions: combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth; usually about 3 minutes.

Enjoy on everything that cheese tastes good on, without harming animals!

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Booty Madness! March 14-28 (FREE!)

Hello!

The title of this blog post says it ALL. If you care about sports and things, March is about sports and the Madness of it all!! (Right!?) Since I don’t really care that much about sports and things, but I DO care about my body, eating well, being healthy and challenging myself, I’m extending an invitation to you all to join me for two free weeks of BOOTY MADNESS! In the vein of how important sports are to some people, we will focus our energy on our booty (and sports, if you like!) in preparation for spring and summer!

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The best part is that it’s free. The second best part is that you can do the workouts whenever you want that day, because they’re all streaming online! We’ll be using the amazing home workout program, Brazil Butt Lift with Mr. Leandro Carvahlo. You can watch the promo video here.

Here are 3 reasons why you should join in the fun! (I’m sure I could think of more if I tried!)

-It’s free! (The first 30 days of Beachbody On Demand are free!)

-The workouts are mostly between 30 and 40 minutes so even if you don’t think you have a lot of free time, you can probably most definitely fit these in somewhere in your day!

-You don’t need to go buy any additional equipment (although sometimes very light dumbbells are used, but you can use cans of beans or something like that!)

We’ll be following the first 14 days of the program, but you’re welcome to continue using Beachbody On Demand if you wish to finish the full 60 day program. The results can be really amazing!

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As always, please don’t hesitate to message me with questions or just to tell me, ADD ME TO THE GROUP! 😉

Peace, love and bootys,

~kiki

PiYo Live Announcements!

Good afternoon, everyone!

Like I posted about last week, I’m so thrilled to be teaching PiYo Live and I’ve just added a new class to my schedule. Lorna Jane Glendale Galleria will be hosting a PiYo Live class with me leading on Saturday mornings from 9-10am!

The first class is this coming Saturday, March 5! Here are three reasons why you should come this Saturday:

-It’s free!

-Lorna Jane is offering 20% off their full priced items to my clients who come to this special first class!

-There might be some other fun rewards at the end of the class as well! 😉

I would absolutely LOVE to see you there! Space is limited, so please message me so I can get a headcount!

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OTHER announcement:

This is a fun one! So many people have been asking about classes or sad that they can’t make the one that week, so I’ll be offering a few classes a week, coming up. Therefore, I need to keep in touch with everyone in a more efficient way! I’ve made an easy newsletter that I’ll be sending out at the top of every week to announce the classes for that week, the locations and other details!

PLEASE sign up HERE for the mailing list!

Thank you so much. I look forward to smiling, sweating, stretching and strengthening with you all.

Peace, Love and PiYo,

~kiki

 

Workout Wednesday: PiYo!

Good morning! If you follow me on social media, you may have seen me post about PiYo, because I’m teaching PiYo LIVE now (and I’m really excited about it!)

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PiYo is a really awesome body-strength training workout, where, using important elements from yoga and Pilates like physical alignment, breath-work and the importance of developing the core, you will use your own body weight to sweat, stretch and strengthen yourself, sculpting a long, lean and strong body!

Through flowing and constant movement, you will target and transform all the muscles of the body, both big and small.

In one hour, through cranked up music, speed, and fun moves, I’ll give you an intense, yet low-impact workout that will burn crazy calories for a long, lean, beautiful physique. And, there’s no need to spend hours hopping from class to class. You’ll sweat, stretch, and strengthen—all in one empowering PiYo LIVE workout!

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I’m teaching PiYo in the Park, by donation. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I’d love to have you there! Message me here or follow me on Instagram or Twitter for more details on the next class!!

Peace, Love and PiYo,

~kiki

Tasty Tuesday: Cocoa Oat Cookies

It’s Tuesday, which means I can talk about food, right? Well, here goes. I’ve taken a wonderful recipe from my most favorite plant-based foodie, Deliciously Ella and I’ve just shifted a few things to make these Black Bean cookies that are REALLY so good. Soft, sweet (but not too sweet), chewy, packed full of protein and fiber and containing no gluten ingredients or sugar, they’re a perfect cookie for literally anytime!

Cocoa Oat Cookies

Ingredients:

4 Cups black beans (I’ve been making my own now in a pressure cooker, but you can use canned beans too!)

4 heaping Tbs cocoa powder

4 Tbs melted coconut oil

14 medjool dates, soaked in hot water for 1-4 hours

3 1/2 cups rolled or quick oats

3/4 cup raw cacao nibs (optional, but super yummy!)

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil (I use coconut oil) two cookie sheets.

Combine the cooked black beans, cocoa powder, coconut oil and dates in a food processor or powerful blender and blend it all up! The mixture should be sweet, smooth and thick.

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Transfer the combined “wet” ingredients into a bowl and mix in the oats and cacao nibs. Form into balls on the cookie sheets and bake for about 12 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned and the tops are firm(ish).

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Take a few of these cookies with you for a long day out and about, they’re a perfect pick-me-up snack when you need something sweet and flavorful that contains protein!

Enjoy!

Peace, Love and Black Beans,

~kiki

Healthy Chocolate Mousse!

Happy Sunday! It also happens to be Valentine’s Day, which, for me, is an excuse to eat more chocolate, and I’m always looking for a reason to do that, so it’s great!

Dark chocolate tastes incredible and actually has many health benefits…

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Avocados are also wonderful and can do really incredible things both IN (ingested) and ON (hair and skin) our bodies!

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SO naturally, I wanted to combine my obsession (I take full responsibility for it) with both of these power foods and make some kind of delicious treat for Chocolate Consumption Day.

And starting with these….

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I proceeded to make the most delicious and decadent chocolate mousse in 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

4 ripe avocados

1 cup raw cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)

8 Tbs maple syrup

Combine all ingredients, blend them up in a food processor or blender and store in the fridge. Serving tip: The icing on THIS cake is when you top the mousse with cacao nibs and fresh raspberries!

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NOTES: The less milk  you use, the thicker the mousse will be, the more you use, the thinner and creamer it will be. Chef’s choice! You may also need to adjust the sweetness according to your taste, and you can obviously sub a different kind of sweetener if you choose.

Go forth and be chocolate-full!

Peace, love and healthy fats,

~kiki

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Love the Skin You’re In

Happy Friday! The end of the work week for most people, Friday is a lovely day to look forward to the weekend of relaxing and rejuvenating or partying, however you choose to recharge.

Today is the last day of the Make the Most of YOU challenge, as we explored the sometimes easily forgotten inner self, and gave ourselves some pampering, love and patience through meditation, clean eating, inspirational reminders and some workouts!

This was our last quote for today.

FullSizeRender 3Being Genuine at all times is so important. It’s easier to be genuine when you’re taking great care of yourself and are able to really stand behind what you’re saying and perform actions that stem from a real, truthful and heartfelt place.

Once our insides are aligned and the self-love and appreciation is flowing, it’s much easier to start working on the outside appearance. I invite you to continue the journey with us in our next challenge group titled Love the Skin You’re In which starts on February 15. It will be four weeks of focused work on cultivating the best you, with a tailored workout program that fits your time constraints, needs and wants, nutritional guides, daily accountability and a wonderful online community of others on a similar journey!

LoveSkinWant to hear more or sign up? Message me here or on Facebook!

Peace, love and skeleton leggings,

~kiki