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go outside!!

This weekend was perfect. After days of being in the house, classrooms, and laboratories, the weekend just screams go outside! On Saturday, my friend Erin drove to Davis to visit me from San Jose. We went to middle school together in Austin and I hadn’t seen her in years! She happens to be doing an accounting internship in San Jose for the summer, so hopefully I will get to see her a few more times before she leaves. The fact that you can go years without seeing someone and then have it be like no time has passed at all speaks volumes about true friendships. While we are both very different than we were in high school, we still meshed well and were able to connect in new ways. We saw Ted that night, and it was actually way better than I thought it would be. I usually avoid comedies that look…. you know… dumb, but it was cute and funny. A slight over-reliance on racist jokes, but pretty good.

Erin and I, overlooking Lake Berryessa

meet the newest addition to our house, Kathleen :)

Northern California is so beautiful. I am in love. The vineyards, the farms, the bay, the ocean, the people. I think I may want to cozy in here. :)

On Sunday, my friend Aaron and I drove up to Marin to visit Zoe. Before she got off work, we went to the Marin County farmers market. It is the best market I have ever been to. I am so sad and sorry I didnt take photos! I bought…

  • a pound of pasture raised goat meat
  • pastured sheep yogurt
  • maple whiskey jerky
  • an entire pastured roasted chicken
  • an entire pastured raw chicken
  • organic goat cheese

That roasted chicken came in handy for the 5 hour hike we took afterwords!

It was three hours, and perhaps 6 miles, up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.

We were very hungry and slightly exhausted once we got to the top, but the views made it all better. Long hikes like these require the best company. I realized how much more fun it was being able to talk during the hike than the many times I have hiked alone in New Zealand or Tibet.

beautiful Zoe and Aaron, who wore a weighted vest…. 

We treated ourselves to burgers, Cobb salads, french fries, and honey lavender ice cream. Third day in a row (between two cities) that I have had honey lavender ice cream. Obsessed.

Honey Lavender from Scoop in Fairfax

Honey Lavender in my bed ;), from Davis Creamery

But until I figure out how to make my own honey lavender ice cream, you will have to settle for this friggin amazing chocolate pudding recipe. Seriously, this was so delicious that I ate the whole thing in one sitting. I had meant for it to be two desserts, but that didn’t happen. I worked out hard that day, damnit! Not that it really matters, since it is sugar free and dairy free and paleo approved.

Aztec Chocolate Pudding

Recipes: Serves 1-2

  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 dropper stevia, to taste
  • big pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (chipotle is good too if you like it!)

Directions – Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until nice and cold.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge. 

it seriously tastes exactly like chocolate pudding.


Avocado * contains vitamins A, B, C, and E. Also contain phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, zinc, and iron. Their greatest asset is their monounsaturated fat content, which is linked to lower cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease, weight loss, and even alleviating depression.

Bananas * a good source of natural sugars, fiber, and potassium, which is key for electrolyte balance. A great source of carbs for paleo followers!

Cocoa * a dense source of antioxidants. Cocoa is also a great source of pre-biotics to feed the healthy flora living in your digestive tract!

what you thought you couldn’t have… paleo ice cream!!

I know I keep making paleo recipes and most people aren’t paleo, but I just can’t stop! I am not full blown paleo, but I have always eaten fairly low amounts of grains. Lately, I have just taken it up a notch by reducing grains a bit more and eating less cheese and sour cream. I still eat whole grains when I am craving them, exercising heavily, or taking huge scary tests, but I am enjoying the way eating increasingly paleo makes me feel. I feel more light on my feet and like my engine is running cleaner. I don’t think I will ever be 100% any one thing though. At the moment, I feel like life is just too short to say absolutely no to anything! Plus, dairy products make my world go round. I love Greek yogurt. I need ice cream. However, I cannnn cut down on my dairy ice cream consumption a bit with this recent invention. The one thing about paleo I figured I would never get over was the inability to eat ice cream.

Problem solved.

Vanilla Bean Paleo Ice Cream

This recipe is sugar and dairy free! The ice cream is dreamy creamy, and yet still light at around 100 calories per half cup. But who eats half a cup of ice cream at a time? Seriously. No one.

Recipe: Makes ~8 cups

  • 1 can organic, full fat coconut milk
  • 5 bananas
  • the seeds from 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions – Pour the coconut milk into a freezer safe container. Freeze the coconut milk. Peel the bananas and place them in a plastic  ziplock. Freeze the bananas. Run hot water over the frozen coconut milk container so that a block of coconut milk pops out. Place the bananas and coconut milk block into a blender with the other ingredients. Blend. To store, place in a freezer safe container and freeze.

Note: If you don’t have a vitamix, you will likely have to wait until the coconut milk is slightly thawed for it to blend. You may also need to do smaller batches since Vitamixes are huge. I bought mine for 150$ off on overstock dot com!

Another note: You can add a couple drops of liquid stevia if you dont think it tastes sweet enough, but I found it to be quite sweet with just the bananas and vanilla.


Coconut milk * coconut gets a bad rap because of its saturated fat content, but its fatty acids are mainly medium-chain triglycerides, not long-chain. The long-chain triglycerides are bad for our cholesterol levels, but coconut has been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Animal studies suggest that medium-chain triglycerides can increase metabolism and are LESS likely to be stored as fat!

Bananas * A good source of natural sugars, fiber, and potassium, which is key for electrolyte balance.


PS: My next post is going to be a NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY!

Get excited!!

Caramelized sweet potato ice cream with toasted marshmallow swirl

I have been on a ridiculous ice cream kick lately. I literally just can’t get enough – I like to think that all the calcium is seeping into my bones and I am now indestructible. To put it metaphorically, ice cream is to me what creatine is to high school football players. Only any weight it may incur ain’t water ;)

To get my fixes, I have been frequenting Davis Creamery. Last time I went in, the semi-stoned, smocked dude smirked and said “Maybe we should just make you a frequent flyer card.”

You do that. Seriously. I was shocked and beyond ecstatic to find that they had a new flavor – sweet potato and marshmallow. I giddily asked for a sample, shoved the wooden stick into my mouth, and then…. my heart sank. It sucked. The sweet potato flavor was lack luster and the marshmallows were raw and there was a lack of depth of flavor in general. I knew I could make it better.

To bring out the best in the sweet potato, the key is to caramelize it first in the oven. Do not disrespect the potato by boiling it. Plus, you wont lose any water soluble nutrients!

And toast the marshmallows, obvs.

caramelized sweet potato ice cream with toasted marshmallow swirl

Recipe: Makes ~2  1-cup servings

1 cup caramelized sweet potato

1 cup organic whole milk, vanilla yogurt (I used Strauss)

6 large marshmallows

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 capfuls vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

optional: mini marshmallows for topping, scoop of marshmallow fluff, brown sugar and/or stevia to taste

Directions – Place the metal container of the ice cream maker in the freezer; let it freeze overnight. Bake a sweet potato at 400 degrees until the sugars begin to seep out, about an hour. Refrigerate overnight.The next day, broil the marshmallows on a pan in the oven until browned. Let them cool completely (they will deflate).  Combine the sweet potato with the yogurt, sugar, spices and salt and mix well. Turn on the ice cream maker and pour in the mixture once it is ALREADY SPINNING. It will take about 20 minutes to harden. Midway through, give it a taste test to see if it is sweet to your liking. Just a minute or two before you want to serve the ice cream, add the marshmallows and let them get combined by the ice cream maker. For an additional marshmallow swirl, you can turn off the ice cream maker and use a fork to swirl in marshmallow fluff. Top with toated mini marshmallows and enjoy!

Can be stored tightly sealed in the freezer.


What surprised me about this recipe was that although I used whole milk yogurt, it had a similar calorie content  to non-fat frozen yogurt. I realized that the fro-yo has way more sugar in place of the fat. And health wise, fat is >>>> sugar. Plus, the fat gives it an amazing creamy texture that froyo just don’t got.


Sweet potato * high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, and B6! The antioxidants in sweet potatoes work to eliminate free radicals (which damage the body) and are anti-inflammatory, so they can help alleviate symptoms of many conditions.

Whole yogurt * loaded with calcium, a bit of protein, and beneficial bacteria that aid in digestion of the lactose and help promote regularity! Plus, the fats in milk products are short chain, which tend to be immediately utilized by the body for energy rather than fat storage.

Lazing about

Merh, I am so bored! All of my friends have left Santa Barbara and I am just waiting for my suitcases to arrive so I can pack up and move out! If you had the college town to yourself, what would you do?

I have been reading a lot. I am in the middle of Revolutionary Suicide by Huey Newton and about to finish Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh. They are both really good, but Revolutionary Suicide is an easier read. His words just flow and he gives it to you straight. I always like that. Flowery rhetoric can be engrossing and intoxicating, but sometimes when you try to analyze what you learned a day later, you can hardly recall what exactly it was that you read. Or maybe thats just me?…

I did manage to squeeze in a pool workout in my hectic schedule ;) it burned so good!

Pool Workout

  • 600m warm up
  • 200m IM kick only
  • 10x 100m FAST on the 2:00  (this gives a pretty long break)
  • 300m kick with board and fins
  • 200m swim with paddles and buoy
  • 200m warm down

I have also been indulging in a Micky D’s small vanilla cone every day. They are so good! Crack on a cone! Ice cream is a daily part of my life. I love it. More than cake, cookies, brownies, pie, chocolate, and candy. Its just so creamy, cold, and delicious. Particularly the vanilla bean variety. Ain’t no shame.

Thank you to all the people who read my blog and those who comment! It makes me happy on a daily basis :).

Questions: What are you reading this summer? What would you do if you had the town to yourself? Do you have a daily indulgence?

Vegan Vanilla Almond Pumpkin Pudding

This was so delicious! I can’t even tell you! I actually prefer it in ice cream form, but I like alliteration, so I named it pudding. It is essentially a higher protein, non dairy ice cream or pudding.

Recipe: Serves 2

Blend the following until smooth, then freeze! For a pudding texture, remove from the freezer when its cold. For an ice cream texture, let it stay in the freezer for a couple hours! Its tough, I know.

1 package light silken tofu

1 tbsp honey (okay, I know this isn’t vegan, but to make it vegan simply sub agave nectar!)

1 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp brown sugar (or you can use stevia)

a little under 1/3 cup pumpkin

1 tbsp vanilla almond nut butter

1 heaping tsp vanilla extract

lots of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

good pinch of guar gum and xanthan gum

After you have blended if for a while, taste it! You may like it sweeter or more nut buttery, so you can more of wahtever if you need to.

Options: For more of an almond flavor, add an extra tbsp of nut butter. You could also sub in chopped walnuts or pecans. Or shredded coconut flakes. Or dark chocolate shavings. Or all of the above.

Other options: This recipe also works well for fruity flavors. Simply remove the pumpkin and add 1/2 cup of your favorite frozen fruit. Strawberries, blackberries, bananas, and blueberries all work superbly.


Tofu * 1 package contains 20 grams of protein, calcium, and iron!

Pumpkin * tons of vitamin A and C and the antioxidant betacarotene!

Cinnamon * contains of antioxidants and has a blood sugar stabilizing effect