Longevity is a major influencer in my diet habits being that it has the ability to add more LIFE to the years that I am alive.  One of my health goals is to continue beating my chronological age by nourishing and optimizing my biological age. Diet plays the biggest role in achieving that goal and this smoothie bowl is like eating more life with every yummy bite. 

This green smoothie bowl is rich with longevity supporting macronutrients (protein, healthy carbs + healthy fats) as well as vitality supportive micronutrients that stimulate healthy gut bacteria, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that your body needs to perform optimally. 

This #beautyFUEL bowl of YUM gives you around 25-35 grams of fiber in one meal which is way more than most people get in a full days worth of food. Fiber is the MVP to having healthy microbiota aka gut bacteria which controls your overall health, including brain function. 

This is usually my first meal of the day but it's great any time of day and kids love it to!

It takes 10 minutes to make and keeps hungry sustained and energizes for hours.  My tastebuds are pretty green so 1/2 a cup of blueberries offers me plenty of sweet to mask the bitterness of frozen greens but if you need to add more, 1 cup will definitely sweeten it up without making it too sugary. Blueberries are a low glycemic fruit that are full of fiber and anthocyanins which activates your NrF2 pathway- a pathway that controls over 200 genes in your body such an your anitoxdant genes and anti-inflammatory genes to name a few. You want those genes switched ON and working optimally so eating anthocyanin rich foods daily such as blueberries are important to support optimal health and increase longevity. 

I love geeking out on the science behind food but I'll stop there for now 🤓

And finally, THE RECIPE:


  • 1 cup frozen organic broccoli 
  • 1 cup frozen organic kale and/or spinach 
  • 1 pack unsweetened Acai (I love and use
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower 
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 
  • Cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp Raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder (Sunwarrior Vanilla Classic is my favorite) 
  • 1-2 cups water (Start with one and add more as you blend to get an ice cream like texture)
  • Add raw cacao nibs, almonds or more berries as toppings and ENJOY!




Is your busy schedule messing with your diet? Not anymore thanks to this list of "ON THE GO" foods that will keep your healthy diet game ON POINT.

A busy life can mean having to take short cuts in taking care of yourself.

Time on the road and away from your kitchen can result in feeding your body with foods that deplete your energy and throw you off your health game rather than elevate it.  Eating healthy on-the-go does NOT have to be difficult or a major production to stay on your game. 

One of the questions I am asked most regarding my diet, is "how do you manage to stay consistent in my eating habits with such a busy schedule and being on the road often?" 

The answer is pretty is simple and perhaps annoying because it's not that magical: 

I think ahead.  

I care deeply about how my body feels because how I feel, is directly connected to how I perform in my life. Taking a few extra minutes of planning ahead keeps me feeling good and operating at optimal levels- my desired way to perform consistently.

In support of your commitments to make healthier food choices when life gets really busy and you're away from home, I've listed a few of my favorite nourishing foods below that are "busy proof." 

All foods will keep your energy levels sustained and provide delicious nutrition that will keep you feeling and looking amazing. 

Jilz Gluten Free Crackers:

I live on these gluten-free, crackers. They are paleo, vegan and so incredibly satisfying,  They are dense so don't be fooled by the size.  They come in 3 flavors, cracked pepper and sea salt is my personal favorite. 

Raw Almonds:

Almonds are so rich in nutrition and taste. They are well rounded in protein, fiber and healthy fats so they help to regulate healthy blood sugar levels.  It's hard to over eat them because of the dense nutrients they are packed with and they don't take up much space in your bags. I love to soak my almonds in spring water for 4-5 hours to maximize better digestion and flavor. You can dry them out once they are plump and enjoy! 

Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Slices:

Baking sweet potato's take's a small amount of effort but it's WELL worth it. They are such a healthy and tasty, GOOD FOR YOU, complex carbohydrate that won't spike your blood sugar but will keep your body fueled properly and can steer you away from sugary, unhealthy foods.  

To prepare: Scrub your potato clean, slice them to the width you desire while you pre-heat the oven to 425F degrees.  Spray the baking sheet with some coconut spray oil (or an oil that you prefer).  You can season them or lay them out naked on the sheet and let them bake for 23-25 minutes.  Remove from then oven, let them cool, pack them up and enjoy when you like!


Healthy fats are finally getting some respect as foods that nourish you and it's about time. Healthy fats like the kind in avocados, are such an excellent and efficient source of fuel. Like almonds, this nutrient dense food will fill you up with a small serving and keep you fueled properly for hours. I bring some foil with mine to wrap it up after carving out a slice. Keeping the seed in the avocado will preserve it naturally so it doesn't get dark on you quick. 


Hard Boiled Eggs:

Hard boiled eggs are staples when I'm on the road. They are healthier then any protein bar and just as easy to travel with. I love using organic, free range, high omega eggs; boiling them for 7 minutes and letting them sit in cool water for a 2-3 minutes. If you are not vegan and enjoy eggs, keeping these in your bags when you're busy or traveling, will serve to be a very satisfying way to keep a healthy diet in tact. 

Protein Powder:

Protein powder is mandatory when traveling. I serving will allow a few hours of healthy blood sugar levels and feeling satiated.  Sunwarrior's vanilla protein below is clean, vegan and tastes SO good. I also like Tone It Up's Perfect Protein packs below which just about the same ingredients and nutritional content but come in a convenient packs, making them great for travel.

Qia superfood gluten-free oatmeal (overnight oats):

I love these packs from Qia because they are loaded with superfoods like chia seeds and pumpkin seeds, in addition to the cinnamon dusted gluten-free oats.  They are also easy to travel with so you even if the only healthy liquid you have access too (example in airports) is hot water, you can enjoy a warm, tasty and healthy meal.  Personally I would always add protein powder to them to make it more of a complete meal. One of my FAVORITE ways to use these packs is to make protein infused- over-night oats with them. Over night oats are so easy to make make, they taste amazing and keep your body-nourishing macros in a healthy sweet spot (proteins, carbs, fats). There are so many ways to create your overnight oats (here's my high protein, low sugar BeautyFUEL recipe) so you can get as creative as you want when preparing them in the evening and wake to a delicious, ready to eat nutritious meal, packed in a jar to take on the road with you.  You will need to keep your oats chilled so if you can, store them in a refrigerator at work or if you're on the road for most of the day, you can keep them stored in chilled food bag (below) and eat it within a couple of hours after leaving your house. 

Organic Girl Salads:

These triple washed, organic greens taste SO good and make getting your greens for the day fast  and easy.  The brand offers a wonderful variety or blends such as baby kale, 50/50 mixed greens, spinach, arugula, super greens and several others. I throw these in my food bag and add eggs, tuna, chickpeas, avocado or what ever I packed with them to enjoy them with for the day. The quality of her greens are in my opinion, unparalleled to any other ready-to-eat- salads in a pack. You have to bring your own dressing but thats something you want to be choosing yourself anyways so you can keep it clean and quality controlled. 


Wild Planet  Yellowtail Fillets:

If you like sushi, you will love these yellowtail fillets that are sustainably caught and soaked in olive oil.  The can is BPA free and the tuna tastes AMAZING.  Mixing it up with some dijon mustard, or soy-free veganaise and hot sauce is the JAM. They are packed with Omegas  that your whole body will love and are an excellent source of protein. 


Sometimes we need crunchy treats for good tasting fun.  Beanitos will give you all of that AND a substantial amount of protein, fiber and complex carbs making it a complete food.  Your blood sugar levels will not spike but your joy will because they taste so good! The Pinto beans and the Black beans are the healthiest and tastiest I've tried. 


Bearded Brothers Energy Bars: 

With endless choices of energy food bars out there, it can be exhausting trying to source the "best one for you."   Bearded Brothers bars serve as a healthy treat bar when I'm craving some healthy carbs and need to get my energy levels up.  The bars are all natural, vegan, soy-free, non GMO, have NO added sugars (just fructose from the fruit) and taste AMAZING. The Blueberry Vanilla and Raspberry Lemon are my personal favorites for taste and nutritional content. 

Organic Raw Almond Butter:

Almond butter in a pack is a game changer.  You can eat a pack alone if you need a quick source of healthy fuel or add it to something that could use the flavor (like oatmeal or a protein shake) and the healthy nutrients.

Hot sauce packs:

Seasoning up your foods can make all the difference in staying on course with a healthy diet while away from your kitchen. 

Rachael Ray Jumbo Chill Out Thermal Tote

Did you know you can bring an extra bag like this on a plane just for your food?  It's so genius and makes ALL the difference when your traveling or just away from your kitchen all day.  Your foods will stay cool and fresh for so many hours.  I love these slim ice packs  to keep everything neat and organized. 

Fresh Fusion Water infuser/Protein Shake Bottle

BPA Free, with a protein shaker coiled ball and a tea infuser- this travel multi-tasker will keep you hydrated and assure a smooth protein drink with no clumps.  





Not all cookies are created equal. These gluten-free, no sugar, protein cookies not only taste AMAZING but they are nutritionally exceptional. They are full of protein, healthy fats and low glycemic, slow digesting carbs-- all of which will keep your energy running at optimal levels. They are great for breakfast, pre or post training, OR any time you feel like having one!

They take 30-35 minutes to make- 10 minutes of preparing the dough and 25 minutes to bake- thats it. Easy, amazing for travel and a #beautyFUEL staple.



  • 1/4 cup GLUTEN FREE OATS: I LOVE and use 1.5 packs of these gluten-free oat packs from Qi'a they have added superfoods like chia seeds, pumpkin seeds 
  • 3 tbsp COCONUT FLOUR
  • 2 scoops of PROTEIN POWDER: I LOVE and use SunWarrior Vanilla- truly the BEST tasting plant protein and sugar free.
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/2  tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat shredded coconut (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Chopped almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk (I use coconut milk) 
  • 2 tbsp raw coconut oil
  • Vanilla Stevia to taste (I use about 10-20 drops-Coconut sugar is a great low-glycemic option if you don't like stevia but that will offer some sugar.)
  • OPTIONAL: adding superfoods like goji berries or cacao nibs to this recipe can be great for extra health benefits!

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls and pressed into cookies on a greased (I love using coconut oil spray) cookie sheet.  9 medium size cookies can be made with these measurements. Bake for 25 min and enjoy!









Matcha has been getting tons of attention in the past year.  Here's 8 reasons why the attention is 100% validated and why it is a BlackBeltBeauty BeautyFUEL essential: 

  • Boosts Energy & Endurance: Matcha is a natural energizer rich in caffeine (less than coffee) and a stress decreasing amino acid, L-Theanine. The combination will give you the positive perks to consuming caffeine like increased endurance and alertness but leaves the out the negative side effects thanks to the L-Theanine in it. 

  • Increases Focus & Memory: Amino Acid L-Theanine increases alpha brain waves which increase relaxation, decrease stress and lead to a relaxed alertness. 
  • Rich in Antioxidants: Matcha is 17x higher in antioxidants than blueberries. The potent catechins polyphenols in it are uniquely high and offer powerful free-radical protection. The EGCg catechins also makes full of potent anti-cancer properties. 
  • Stress Reliever: Amino Acid L-Theanine is once again the superstar behind this benefit for its ability to increase alpha brain waves that are known to boost your mood and put you in a relaxed state. 
  • Detoxifier: Matcha is rich in Chlorophyll, a blood cleanser that helps to remove heavy metals built in the body and that also supports digestive health. 
  • Lowers Cholesterol: Matcha's unique and potent catchins have been proven to decrease LDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure.  
  • Stimulates Metabolism: The powerful thermogenesis effect of Matcha can stimulate your metabolism and increase calorie burning.  Consuming Matcha daily can support healthy weight loss. 

  • Immunity Booster: Matcha's health superstar catechin EGCG is especially effective in increasing immunity and supports the inhibition of viral, bacteria and fungal infections. 

Matcha is easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Here are a few of my favorite ways that I make it a part of mine:

Matcha Latte: I consume one, sometimes more of these every day. I love making warming/frothing some of my homemade almond milk and adding a few drops of stevia to it. A teaspoon of raw coconut oil in it increases the taste and nutrition too.

Iced Matcha Tea (Latte): Same as above, matcha and stevia but skipping the warm almond milk for cold almond milk OR skipping it all together then add several ice cubes.

Smoothies/Smoothie bowls: Easily increases the health benefits of your smoothie bowls or smoothies by adding a tablespoon of Matcha to it.

Bake with it: From pancakes, to cookies or muffins; baking with Matcha is a delicious way to give your treats some added health benefits. I love this Gluten-free, vegan matcha donut recipe that has zero refined sugars.


There are countless ways to use matcha in the kitchen so get creative, have fun and enjoy the powerful benefits your body will love from consuming this powerhouse superfood. 










Sweet potato Toasting is in FULL effect

Avocado toast is beautiful and I imagine tastes amazing (gluten free girl here) but the deliciousness & nutritional content of the new toast on the block, sweet potato, has been kicking bread out of most toasters these days. 

Its truly one of the most genius inventions made in a long time (thank you Little Bits Of food blogger, Kelsey Preciado) and it's sure to have a very long life span of appreciation. You don't need to be savvy in the kitchen to create this masterpiece, you just need to slice your sweet potato up, toast it 2x and decide what you want to dress it up with. 

That's the fun part. This nutritious toast could be breakfast, a snack, lunch or dinner. It could even be an amazing dessert (how does cacao spread with chopped figs and cinnamon sound?! Drooling at the thought)  

The simplicity, ease, and creative aspect of this healthy creation is outstanding.

What are you dressing your sweet potato toast with?




Coconut Chia Protein #Bowlofbliss

Chia seed is a superstar Superfood and a BlackBeltBeauty #BeautyFUEL essential.  These tiny seeds are packed with huge health benefits. They are rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants & Omega-3 fatty acids.  They hold up to 12x there weight in water so they help to prolong hydration and retain electrolytes which make them excellent to consume pre and post training.  They are easy to incorporate into your diet and can be used in so many creative & delicious recipes. This #bowlofbliss is great for breakfast or as a healthy desert; either way it tastes so good and is so good for you! 


  • 2 cups Lite coconut milk (whole is fine too)

  • 1/2cup Organic Chia Seeds

  • 1/2 serving of Protein Powder 

  • Drops of (Vanilla to add more flavor) Stevia to your liking or 1 tablespoon of Coconut Sugar. 

  • 1/2 banana (optional sweeter option)


  • Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries are all great low glycemic options)
  • Chopped figs (for a sweeter option)
  • Chopped almonds
  • Cocoa nibs (added fiber & magnesium)
  • Shredded coconut 
  • 1/2 tbsp of raw almond butter 

Mix all main ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until clumps are completely broken up. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 4-5 hours.  Remove from refrigerator, add toppings of your choice and enjoy! 




Low Sugar/High Protein/Green Smoothie Bowl

(food photo credit: @cleanfooddirtycity)

(food photo credit: @cleanfooddirtycity)

Smoothie bowls are quickly becoming the healthy alternative to ice cream for adults. Packed with tons of fruits, healthy fats, protein and super foods- the options are endless. I personally incorporate one meal as a smoothie, smoothie bowl or acai bowl every day. I love the ease of getting all the nutrients in with minimal effort in the preparation process. I especially love how AMAZING it tastes and look forward to it like a treat.

This recipe I created offers a significant amount of protein, good carbs, healthy fats and antioxidants with out loads of sugar and over doing the fats. Good fats and fruits are a HUGE part of my diet and a healthy diet in general but spreading them out in your day helps to regulate blood sugar/energy levels so you can kick ass all day and not just after breakfast 😎  If you love it, let me know below!






Don't be fooled. They may look like oats but this #bowlofbliss is absolutely grain free & pretty much kicks ass in the tasting good department too. I love this recipe because its low glycemic, gluten-free, high protein, high fiber & filled with healthy fats; making it a complete meal. It's awesome pre or post training or anytime of day really.

Getting straight to the point:

IN THE"OatNOTmeal" 

  • 2 cups of (organic) cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut milk (i prefer So Delicious LITE coco milk)
  • 1/3 cups of water
  • Organic Vanilla Stevia
  • 1.5 tbsp cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (optional but i love the taste and how it adds thickness not to mention more fiber)
  • 1/2 banana (I keep it low sugar use half only but if you don't care about that use more) 
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (mine is Sunwarrior Vanilla- It's vegan & f!!!king amazing) 
  • 1 tbsp RAW almond butter (you can add more obviously but calorically it adds up quick so I choose to use one and it tastes perfect)


  • Berries 
  • Shredded coconut flakes 
  • Raw almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • cocoa nibs 
  • goji berries


Add cauliflower rice, cinnamon, stevia, coconut milk and water in a saucepan- turn heat up to MED and let it hangout for about 8-10 min.  STIRRING is important or it may burn. 

  • NEXT: add the banana and coconut flour and let it melt down for a minute with the rest of the goods.
  • Add your scoop of protein powder and almond butter- stir it in good
  • ADD TOPPINGS and enjoy! 

Let me know what you think below!




The BlackBeltbeauty BeautyFUEL protein powered Acai bowl

Acai has become all the rave over the past decade.  Social media feeds are obsessed with this Brasilian treat that originates from Brasil. Can't blame the masses for indulging in both virtual land real-life love of these bowls.  As a long time surfer years ago, I discovered the magic of Acai bowls and have been hooked ever since.

My Acai recipes have evolved over the past decade greatly. I started with the classic, which included the granola and all of the fruit. That was great while it lasted however due to my diet being structured towards performance,  I ditched 95% of the  typical sugary elements and implemented protein, healthy fats, low glycemic fruits, and water to blend it. This recipe will definitely taste very different compared to 99% of the Acai bowls out there due to the decrease of sugar in it. I love that it tastes just as good (I think better for those who aren't into so much sugar) and is so much better for your body... especially if you enjoy them several times a week like I do.



  • Ingredients: 
  • 2 packs of UNSWEETENED Organic Acai 
  • 2 servings protein powder (I can't say it enough- I LOVE my Sunwarrior Vanilla (vegan) protein powder- It really shapes the flavor of this bowl and it's SUGAR-FREE) 
  • 1 tbsp organic chia seeds 
  • 1 tsp organic ground cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter 
  • Cocoa nibs (optional GOOD fat topping)
  • Gluten free sprouted oats (optional GOOD carb)
  • Organic mixed berries (a handful is plenty if you want the benefits of the high antioxidants & fiber without a sugar load) 
  • Banana (If I use any banana, I keep it to a minimum, never using more than half- sometimes Ill add 1/2 frozen banana in the mix to make it extra creamy) 


Add to blender: a few ice cubes (2-3 max) Acai packs, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds. You can add the almond butter to the mixture OR keep it for a topping which is generally what I do. Be VERY cautious about how much liquid you add if your aiming for that ice cream like texture- thats the difference between making an Acai bowl or ending up with a smoothie.

Its better to add more water as you blend rather then have too much from the start. Start with 1/2 cup of water and if the blender stalls, conservatively add a small amount more until the Acai blends into a creamy texture. The sweet spot of blending will have it to looking like purple sorbet.Empty the goods in a bowl and start adding your toppings. Acai is packed with good fats, antioxidants and creates an addiction your body will love.  



(Paleo) Protein Pancakes

My latest kitchen creation makes you feel just as it tastes... AMAZING.  My personal goal when reaching for food is to nourish my body's needs as well as satisfy my taste buds. These pancakes do exactly that.  I LOVE to eat these either pre OR post training because it stabilizes my blood sugar while giving me the proper fuel I need to train hard or recover from hard training. 

Below is the recipe for my organic high protein, high fiber, high MCT omega pancakes  that do NOT include any gluten/grains, sugar (with the exception of the fruit) or dairy. I've included some health notes on the ingredients to understand the value of combining them and how they positively effect your system when eating them.

  • 4 Eggs (I use Organic High Omega eggs from Whole Foods) 
  • 1 tbsp Organic Vanilla Extract 
  • 1 cup of Organic LITE Coconut Milk (I use SO Delicious dairy free Culinary Coconut Milk LITE also available at Whole Foods- I love that it's NOT in a can. Also note that the fat content in coconut milk is MCT fat; MCT is fat that burns fat and is an excellent source of fuel)  
  • A few drops of Organic stevia (I love and use Omica's Vanilla Stevia
  • 1 tsp of Organic Cinnamon (cinnamon is excellent to stabilize blood sugar levels)
  • 1 tbsp Organic grounded Chia Seeds *Chia seeds are high in Omegas, fiber and add some extra protein as well) 
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Flour (A gluten-free flour that is high is fiber and offers "good fat as well as some extra protein) 
  • 1 tbsp of Organic baking soda
  • 1 scoop of Protein Powder (My staple protein powder, Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder, comes from a clean, all natural vegan source and tastes incredible)
  • Start by whisking the eggs until they get 'fluffy" in a large bowl then add the other wet ingredients: stevia, vanilla extract and coconut milk.

In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together: protein powder, coconut flour, chia seeds, cinnamon and baking soda.

Once all ingredients are mixed well separately, mix them together in a large bowl until the texture looks like cake batter.  I allow mine to sit for 2-4 min before cooking.  

I use coconut cooking spray all over my iron cast skillet (a normal pan is fine as well) and keep the heat LOW (It's very easy to burn these... I definitely did SEVERAL times in the beginning so no worries if you do. Just play with the temperature until you get it just right)  

I like using my protein powder scoop to serve the batter into the pan because it gives the perfect amount and I like the flat bottom it has to flatten out the batter and get it perfectly round.  Once its in the pan, I let it cook until the edges get slightly brown and then I flip it.  I usually add more coconut oil spray to the pan before I flip it so both sides stay brown perfectly.  

For the fruit topping I take some organic frozen blueberries and raspberries and put them in the hot pan for about a minute.  Once the berries warm up I add them over my pancakes with some Organic coconut oil and unsweetened coconut flakes for the finishing touch.   Another yummy way to eat these is with Almond Butter on them!  Which every way you chose they will taste amazing and you will feel light and energized from them! 

Bon Appétite! 




Treats your body will LOVE...

Cauliflower Rice Paleo (sugar-free) Pudding- yes please! 

photo by recipe

photo by recipe

Cauliflower has earned a secured spot in my fridge for its amazing ability to morph in growing amount of recipes in the low-carb, gluten free, grain free and above all- DELICIOUS categories. This recipe by is fast, easy and a new indulgence of mine. I tweaked it a bit by switching up the sweenters & adding protein powder... I think you will LOVE it.   xRx

To rice cauliflower: Place cauliflower pieces in a food processor and pulse about 20 times, until the cauliflower is finely minced - about the size of regular rice grains. Optional sweetener: I prefer to use Omica Organic Stevia to sweeten my pudding however Coconut sugar is another great low-glycemic option. 



  • 2 cups riced cauliflower (about 1/2 medium head)

  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (low fat is an option here as well) 

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (homemade it the best!)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • added sweetener to taste

  • Optional Toppings: Fresh berries, nuts, cinnamon, cocao nibs, hemp seeds- YUM- etc.


  1. Place riced cauliflower, coconut cream, and almond milk in a  medium-sized saucepan. Beat in egg. Add cinnamon and stevia. Turn on heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool. For extra protein nutrition, I love mixing a 1/2 scoop of my Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein powder (the best tasting, CLEAN, vegan protein powder out there) to the pudding.  

  2. Serve warm or cold with desired toppings. Store extras in the fridge for up to 3 days.