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Cool Choice Nutritional Supplements

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Although the efficacy of nutritional supplements is contested, I still sometimes find it helpful to supplement my diet with vitamins, minerals and herbs (especially if I am traveling, or if people around me are getting sick). 

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I recently discovered Cool Choice, and true to its name, it’s cool because it lets you choose a blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs based on your desired result. You don’t have to actually pick the supplements; you just choose from the above list of benefits, then you are sent a supply of personalized packets containing your unique combination of supplements.

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I was a little skeptical, because almost every supplement that I’ve tasted from one of these little packs either contains questionable ingredients, or tastes terrible, or both. Not Cool Choice, I’m happy to report!

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Sure, it looks a little weird. It contains no sugar (or sugar alternative!) and contains fiber. A win-win!

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I mixed it with water. It tastes like watered down lemonade; perfect for me, because I always water down my lemonade anyways. I have to say, it’s really delicious (even with zero sweetener, it tasted just slightly sweet to me). Especially if you don’t like drinking plain water, this is a great option. I chose, as my benefits: beauty, brain care, and eye care. I’m not sure if every combination results in the same flavor.

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They’ll give you 10% if you follow them on social media, and reward you with free packets once you buy a certain amount (see details in the above photo). I’ll maybe try out a different combination of benefits next time.


The Beet Box Cafe {Haleiwa}

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The Beet Box Cafe used to be a small counter where you could order food in the back of a health-food store, on the North Shore of Oahu (in the small, touristy town there called Haleiwa).

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I ordered an iced tea for while we waited for our food (you order at the counter, but they bring the food to you at the table. You then have to bring your dishes to a bin, but sometimes they come get the dirty dishes for you. It’s pretty confusing). I love that they added frozen blueberries in with the ice; by the time I finished the beverage, the plump blueberries had absorbed some of the tea, and tasted even better than regular blueberries.

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I hold a special place in my heart for restaurants that serve breakfast all day. The breakfast options here are so good that even Kiyo ordered off the breakfast menu (and he never does!). He got the Mexicali Blues: eggs scrambled with a crunchy, toasted, sprouted-corn tortilla and jalapeño jack cheese topped with homemade salsa, avocado, and sunflower sprouts, and served with brown rice and Brazilian black beans. He opted to add soyrizo (vegetarian chorizo).

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On the recommendation of a friend, I ordered the Zen, a scramble (choice of tofu or egg) of broccoli, onion, carrots and zucchini “seasoned with curry and love,” served with a scoop of brown rice and black beans and topped with avocado and sunflower sprouts. I LOVED this; it’s the kind of plate of food that I will think about and start to crave. I would definitely brave the traffic of Haleiwa to get to this again.

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Although it was a little pricey (more than $12 per plate) we were both very impressed and satisfied with our meal. We each finished our plate of goodness, and felt very full, but managed to avoid the food coma that comes from overeating food that isn’t nutritious.

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We had to save our cinnamon sugar [vegan] donut for later, since we were so full. I wouldn’t choose to eat this again; it was much too moist to be a donut. There wasn’t anything terrible or disgusting about it, but if I’m going to treat myself to dessert, I want something that’s worth the sugar and calories.

The Beet Box Cafe

66-437 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712

(808) 637-3000

Mango Lassi {Recipe}

Summer in Hawaii means that everyone is currently overloaded with mangos. Sadly, I don’t have my own mango tree, but luckily I know so many people who do (my mom, my yoga students, etc.) that I also have an overabundance of the fruit. I regularly use Pinterest to find great recipes to try, and recently, I realized it was finally time to make this mango lassi I’d pinned months ago.

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This ridiculously easy recipe called for 2 tbsp. of sugar, but I only used 2 tsp. Still, that was a little too much for me. I recommend using only 1 tsp. of sugar, at most; but of course, feel free to add more or less according to your personal taste.

MANGO LASSI RECIPE GLUTEN FREE VEGETARIAN

Mango Lassi

Serves two

  • 1 cup fresh mango
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • .5 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Blend and enjoy immediately!

How to Quickly Curb Hunger

I am not a Registered Dietician nor doctor; please consult with your healthcare provider. 

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This is a foolproof way to curb your hunger. This “cocktail” has three kick-ass ingredients that are healthy, holistic and free of animal products, gluten, and whatever else we shy away from these days. And they work powerfully, even on people like me who are constantly hungry.

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If you are trying to lose weight, this can be a great option for you to drink after a meal that left you a little hungry or dissatisfied. If you want to wait to eat, or eat less than usual, or if you tend to get ravenous between meals, this is also a great option. When I know I have a huge dinner event, I might skip lunch and drink this instead. Maybe you just don’t want a food baby right before putting on your bikini this summer, no judgement! But of course, please take care to still nourish your body with food and do not stop eating altogether or skipping meals regularly. And remember, if you’re craving food, first drink a glass of water because it could be dehydration disguised as hunger (especially during these hotter summer months).

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Summer Fasting Cocktail

The Yogi Tea is a blend of organic red clover with burdock and dandelion supports the liver in eliminating toxins. Licorice supports overall stamina, and Garcinia cambogia supports the body’s ability to stay lean. Finally, fennel and cinnamon bark improve circulation and aids digestion.

 

Slim & Sassy includes a blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon essential oils. However, the lemon flavor is not very strong, which is why I like to add more lemon. If you prefer, you can skip the extra lemon oil. Slim & Sassy is really delicious, so I sometimes take it straight, and I know others who do too just for the taste! It can be an impromptu breath freshener too, thanks to the peppermint.

 

Now, if you want to only use the Slim & Sassy oil, it will stull curb your hunger but you MUST use the oil before you get hungry. Personally, I have found that it does not work for me if I am already hungry. If I’m trying to stave off hunger for awhile (like if I know I need to eat lunch a couple hours later than usual) then I’ll take a drop of S&S about half an hour before I think I will get hungry.

 

Have you tried dōTERRA’s Slim & Sassy oil? What did you think?

 

I have these oils for purchase, contact me if you’re interested!


What I Ate Wednesday #4

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First WIAW in a long time!

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Breakfast: yummy Kashi cereal with extra cinnamon on top. I eat my cereal and drink my coffee with almond milk. To me, cereal is kind of a treat for breakfast.

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Snack: fresh passion fruit, yum! I love that this fruit is both tangy and sweet.

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Lunch: so, disclosure: this day was awhile ago. To be honest, I can’t remember what this was. It looks like a salad with cheese, peas, avocado… salami? I’m not sure, but it looks yummy!

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Snack: chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, since, as you know by now, I need chocolate almost every day.

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Dinner: For some reason, I ate a snack for dinner this night. Does anyone else enjoy apples with cheddar cheese?

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Dessert: white wine + dark chocolate M&Ms = instant dessert perfection.

I’ve definitely noticed a pattern in my diet: too much sugar (don’t forget, fruit is sugar too). Luckily, I’m currently reading a book called “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout” (review to come) so hopefully I can kick the habit, or at least reduce it, soon.

What did you eat today?


ARVO {Honolulu}

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I recently had lunch with my boyfriend Kiyo in the up-and-coming neighborhood Kaka’ako, nestled between Ala Moana and downtown Honolulu.

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The new restaurant Arvo is similarly nestled, in the right-hand corner of Paiko, a botanical boutique. Paiko is where I would shop were I more settled (both physically and financially) and I wanted to fill my living space with gorgeous, small-batch, artisanal (and pricey) plants, books, stationery, beauty products, etc.

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I absolutely loved our lunch, but Kiyo was less impressed and left still-hungry, even though we shared three items from the Australian-inspired menu. I ordered the lavender latte, which yes, tasted just like lavender. It was beautiful and came out first (you order and pay at the counter, then come up for your food and drink items as they are ready).

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If you’ve ever been to Australia, you know they adore their toast. All the toasts at ARVO are under $7, which is reasonable, and that surprised me. I mean, it’s toast, but considering how expensive everything is in Hawaii, I was expecting it to be ridiculously overpriced.

 

This loaded avocado toast was $6.50. I absolutely loved how they used pretty little flower garnishes (especially since we were sitting in a cafe in a plant store, it felt fitting). The flavors were balanced and it was delicious. I could have easily eaten it all myself.

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Next up: ham and cheese croissant. Nothing special about this, but also no complaints. It was rich, buttery, warm and perfectly simple.

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For dessert, we chose the Nutella toast topped with bananas, the ripest strawberries and coconut flakes. It was perfection; I somehow felt like I was eating something very healthy, even though it was a [satisfying] dessert.  

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My one complaint is that they were very slow, but as you can see from this picture, it’s a small operation. They are also a very new cafe, so hopefully they will speed up soon as they work out kinks. They forgot to make one item we ordered (the fruit toast) but when I reminded them (after a 20-minute wait) they were very apologetic and made it for us right away. Had the food been pricier, or had I been in a rush, I would have been very annoyed. But it wasn’t, and I wasn’t, so my mood was unscathed.

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ARVO

Open Monday – Friday 7:30 – 3:00 & Weekends 8:30 – 2:00

Located at 675 Auahi Street (inside Paiko)


What I Ate Wednesday #2

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I ate way too much fruit on this day last week, which is weird for me, because I’m not a huge fruit enthusiast. Here’s the reason that ended up happening, though: I had a yoga photo shoot with Lily Lotus on Saturday (eep!) so last week, I tried to eat cleaner, so I would look my best over the weekend. My main goal was to cut out added sugar, but I think that I ended up eating more sugar overall, with all the fruit. It’s making me a little nauseated just thinking about all the fruit… read on, and let me know what you think of this odd day of eats.

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Breakfast was a homemade acai bowl made with coconut water and wheatgrass powder, topped with homemade cherry-walnut-coconut-quinoa granola. Iced coffee with almond milk. After this I took my friend’s yoga class, a led half-primary (Ashtanga).

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I came home, showered, and headed out to teach my first yoga class of the day. On my way I ate a delicious starfruit from my dad’s colleague’s yard (#HawaiiPerks).

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After that class, I snacked on two cute clementines.

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Then I got to work, and for lunch I had a Fage Greek Yogurt…

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And a small pack of Maui Onion macadamia nuts.

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I don’t know what compelled me to have a sweet tooth, but I had a nibble of this stevia Gingerbread chocolate, leftover from the holidays. Yuck. I only had a little, since it wasn’t that appealing. 

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After teaching another yoga class, and staying to take a restorative/yin class afterwards, I got home and made my weird dinner plate: Babybel Lite Cheese, hummus, local cucumber. This was actually really delicious (and savory! at last).

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Apparently tons of fruit and the earlier chocolate weren’t enough to satisfy my incessant sweet tooth, which I should really just go ahead and rename my Chocolate Tooth. So, I had a couple chocolate chips to end the evening.

What did you eat today? Do you ever try to eat clean but end up eating really weirdly all day?


What I Ate Wednesday #1

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Since we’re sort of starting over on ValerieBrett.com after eyechow, I decided to start numbering my WIAW posts, rather than labeling where I was that day (let’s be honest: I’m probably at home in Honolulu).

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A couple weeks ago now, in January, I tried out this CocoMama quinoa cereal that was one of my Christmas stocking stuffers!

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It didn’t look pretty since I ate it straight from the pan, but it was quick and easy to make. I mixed in Sun Potion’s Prash (a mixture of ghee, honey and healing herbs) and local bee pollen. I probably wouldn’t have chosen the fruity flavor for myself, but it wasn’t bad. WIAWMy first snack was an apple banana with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter (omg!) – a combination I highly recommend. 
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I found a huge, glass cup with a lid for $6 at Williams Sonoma recently and I love filling it with coffee or chai and almond milk, on the go. This is what my car looks like most days as I run between jobs and teaching yoga: books everywhere, big coffee, cute lunchbox.

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I’m a big snacker. My next one was this adorable little local tangerine. Yum!

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As a midday pick-me-up, I had a Peppermint Bark tea, leftover from a box my friend sent me over the holidays 🙂 FullSizeRender_2

It didn’t quite satisfy the sugar chocolate craving I had, though, so I had to have some dark chocolate. FullSizeRender_3

Next I worked my second job, then headed to teach my late Wednesday yoga class. On the way, I snacked on an apple sauce and Maui onion macadamia nuts.
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I taught my power yoga class, and we had live music! If that’s something you’re interested in, follow me on Instagram, which is where I announce my special events. 

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After class, my boyfriend made a simple sauce for butternut squash ravioli: olive oil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.

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For dessert, I dug into another one of my Christmas gifts: organic candy drops.FullSizeRender_2

These are perfect because they come in awesome tropical flavors, and are really small and sweet, meaning you can satisfy your sweet tooth with just one.

 

What did you eat today?

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Happy WIAW! Here’s what my Monday looked like this week.

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I had to take my breakfast to go – a homemade smoothie made with coconut water, POG (passion orange guava juice; just a splash, for sweetness), fresh mango, frozen chard, spirulina, baobab, half a lemon, chia seeds, and flax-seed oil. I’m working on a review of Kaibae Pure Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, and I like it a lot so far in my morning smoothies! I also took my coffee (with almond milk) with me to go in the car, since I was running late to work.

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About two hours later, I got peckish and had a Babybel Light cheese. This is when I noticed that the pictures were coming out blurry, so I turned my phone around to wipe off the camera, and noticed… it’s broken! 🙁 I dropped my phone this weekend and I guess the camera completely smashed. So sad! I will need to figure out what to do because I am leaving for a trip to the East Coast at the end of the month, and I will definitely need my phone camera working!

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Lunch was a big, satisfying salad: organic mixed greens, grape tomatoes, half an avocado, salami slices, Parmesan cheese, and Love [pickled] Beets. I made an easy dressing out of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Himalayan sea salt, black pepper and Penzey’s Fox Point seasoning. So simple, but so good.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Skin Detox {Part II}

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Since I just posted my review of the book 28 Days to Younger Skin, I figured today would be a great day to share the full final day of the 3-day skin detox (alkalizing cleanse).

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I began with coffee. This actually isn’t prohibited in the book, even though coffee can be acidic. I had it with cinnamon and homemade almond milk.

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Next up: alkalizing green juice, mixed with flax-seed oil.

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Next up: more juice. This time, with ginger, purple and orange carrots, red apples, lemon.

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