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Fitness Finds: Orangetheory Fitness Santa Monica, CA

Fitness Finds: Orangetheory Fitness Santa Monica, CA

Summertime is coming, whether you like it or not. Getting in shape is not the easiest, but luckily, there are ways to burn a lot of calories without spending hours at the gym. Last weekend, my sister and I tried out a class at Orangetheory Fitness in Santa Monica, California. What is Orangetheory fitness? Well, according to their website, it’s a one hour workout class that uses “heart-rate based treadmill interval training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power…

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The Most Delicious Vegan Chickpea Shawarma Recipe!

The Most Delicious Vegan Chickpea Shawarma Recipe!

If you follow my instagram @thelifestylereporter, then you’ve probably seen the photo of my vegan shawarma from Mendocino Farms, a popular sandwich shop in Los Angeles.  It was absolutely delicious and so fulfilling.  It’s funny though, I honestly didn’t know what shawarma was until I saw it on their menu.  I wanted to try something new, because I usually got a salad there.  After I had my vegan shawarma wrap from Mendocino, I started thinking about how to recreate it in…

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Five Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Five Healthy Breakfast Ideas

My resolution for the New Year is to eat healthier, to lose weight and to tone up.  People always say you’re abs are made in the kitchen, and it’s true, you are what you eat.  I have lost 40 pounds in the past, about four years ago.  My goal is to lose a little more weight and to tone up–in a healthy way! To do so, I know the most important meal for me is breakfast, and as a vegetarian,…

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The Power of Ginger

The Power of Ginger

One of quickest ways to get rid of a stomachache, bloating, and nausea is to use ginger.  Ginger root is commonly used in Asian cuisine, but it yields a lot of health benefits.  You can purchase fresh ginger root year round in the produce section.  It’s delicious in stir fry as well, but another benefit of ginger is to eliminate gastrointestinal distress.  It can prevent motion sickness, seasickness and is also effective in providing relief of vomiting and nausea, especially…

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Avocado Cilantro Pasta

Avocado Cilantro Pasta

One of our go-to vegan meals has currently been this avocado cilantro pasta dish–it’s easy and so delicious.  I found the recipe on sweetsimplevegan, but we changed it up a little bit.  The day after we made it, we took the leftovers for our lunch and it still tasted fresh and amazing! Pasta: 2 cups gluten free brown rice penne pasta 2 cups baby spinach 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed 3 cloves of garlic 1/2 red onion 1 large avocado…

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Gluten Free Veggie and Cheese Pizza with Quinoa Salad Recipe

Gluten Free Veggie and Cheese Pizza with Quinoa Salad Recipe

Tonight I was craving some pizza and luckily I bought some gluten free mini pizza crust from Whole Foods.  I added some tomato sauce (just regular canned tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and some broccoli.  I also made a side salad with quinoa (for added protein) and a delicious spicy mustard dressing.  It was delicious, minus any guilt. Gluten Free Veggie and Cheese Pizza                           1 mini…

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