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Look 4 – Lunch Date with the Girls. Fashion Week demands that we are on the run constantly, and that means that food moves as quickly as we do. So, when we get a chance to sit down, relax, and eat like a normal person, we take it! Pizza! And there’s no better way to do it, than with Victoria, Liz, and baby Dylan (aside, of course, from my BF), and no more comfortable duds than this… even with heels by Chloe!
Clockwise from top left
Helmut Lang blazer
Goldsign boyfriend jeans
Anya Hindmarch Pimlico bag. Call 1 877 342 6474 to special order
And then, just like that, we’re back on the run!
As Santa Barbara prepares to celebrate Old Spanish Days Fiesta next week, I’m planning my own celebration with my favorite, easy vegan dishes with a Mexican flare. Let me know what you think!
The wonderful cook Shaban, who I’ve known for many years in Kenya, gave me this recipe.
1/2 red onion
3 roma tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
1/2 fresh lime, squeezed
1 tbsp Veganaise
Tabasco sauce to taste
Bunch of chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop the avocado, onion, and tomato, and add to a mixing bowl. Mince the garlic and squeeze the lime. Add to the bowl. Add the veganaise, tabasco sauce and chopped cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips.
THE DIANI MARGI
As some of you know, I like tequila… a lot. I try to avoid sugary mixers and stick to fresh ingredients. Try my take on the classic margarita.
In a rock glass filled with plenty of ice, pour in your favorite tequila to half full (a silver tequila works best). Add a splash of organic French Lemonade (I like Trader Joe’s). Squeeze in half a fresh lime. It’s that easy and delicious! If you have a sweet tooth, you can add a little agave nectar.
TOASTED NORI BURRITOS
I found this recipe in Alicia Silverstone’s book, The Kind Diet and it became an instant favorite. It’s a perfect substitute to a heavy, cheese loaded burrito.
1 umeboshi plum
1 cup of cooked brown rice
2 sheets toasted nori
2 romaine lettuce leaves
1 avocado, sliced
1 apple, sliced
4 fresh basil leaves
Leaves from 6 cilantro sprigs
Tear the umeboshi plum into little pieces and discard the pit. Place half the rice on each sheet of nori and top with the remaining ingredients.Roll the nori into a cone shape around the filling; if it’s rolled tightly, you can seal the edges by wetting your finger to dampen the edges of the nori.
Viva La Fiesta!
I wasn’t too familiar with Chia Seeds until my nutritionist introduced me to them and their amazing health benefits. Did you know they’re:
Nutritious. Chia seed provides ample calcium and protein to your tissues. The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium. The nutrients also support proper brain functioning.
Water loving. The seed can soak up ten times its weight in water. When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.
Energy enhancing. The health pioneer Paul Bragg did an experiment an endurance hike with friends. They divided up into a chia-eating group and another group, who ate whatever they wanted. The group eating only chia seeds finished the hike four hours, twenty seven minutes before the others, most of whom didn’t even finish at all.
Slimming and trimming. Yes, the seeds will help you lose weight, for two reasons. The first reason is that they are so filling, you’ll eat less of other foods. The second reason is that they actually bulk up and cleanse your body of old “junk” in your intestines.
Endurance enhancing. Chia seeds are known as the “Indian Running Food”. Also, the ancient Aztec warriors used chia seed during their conquests.
Regenerating. After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation. Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.
Here is my Amazing Chia Seed Breakfast. It’s so easy!
Boil 1 cup of water and add 2 tbsp of Chia Seeds. Mix well until the consistency resembles a jelly. Pour into a serving bowl and add 1 tbsp of coconut flakes and half a cup of blueberries (and any other berries you like). Enjoy!
There is so much to love about sweet potatoes. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are extremely good for you. They are high in vitamin B6, a good source of vitamin C, D, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are high in beta carotene, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body. If that isn’t enough, they are easy to cook and there are so many great recipes out there. Here is one of my favorites. I made it for friends this weekend as a side dish and grilled the leftovers on the BBQ the next day!
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered (about 3 pounds)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 large garlic clove, minced
1.5 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
Place the sweet potatoes in a medium bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons of the oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet, and roast until they can be pierced easily with a knife but still offer some resistance, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes or so.
Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, and toss with garlic, lime juice, parsley, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.
A little added bonus: It’s important to have some fat in your sweet potato-containing meals if you want to enjoy the full beta-carotene benefits of this root vegetable. Recent research has shown that a minimum of 3-5 grams of fat per meal significantly increases our uptake of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes. Of course, this minimal amount of fat can be very easy to include, so don’t skimp on the extra virgin olive oil!