I am SO excited to start my “inspired by” segment, bringing you some of the most creative and motivational people in health and wellness that I have been lucky enough to cross paths with. First up, all the way from the other side of the globe we have the lovely Rachel Katz.
Rachel Katz is a recipe developer, health and wellness blogger, and third year nutritional science student at Cal State Los Angeles. Her goal is to help others learn how to love living a healthy lifestyle and become the best version of themselves. In her free time, she loves experimenting with healthy foods in the kitchen, eating, writing, spending time in nature, and spending quality time with her loved ones.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the Q&A…
Tell us a little about yourself and what made you study nutrition?
I’m currently a nutritional science student at Cal State LA, and three years ago I would have never pictured my life the way it is now! I went through a lot of health issues, both mental and physical, my first year of college and I decided to heal myself the natural way rather than the latter. It amazed me (and still does) how much food and lifestyle can affect your body and well being! After all the struggles I went through I knew that I had a purpose in life to help people not only heal through food, but learn how to change their mindset and daily habits in order to reach their fullest potential and live their version of the happiest and healthiest life possible! It was just two years ago that I switched my major to nutritional science, and my life has been getting better and more exciting each day since.
What is your health philosophy?
I don’t believe in diets or deprivation; I believe in simply living a healthy lifestyle. Life is too short to live it feeling weak,unmotivated, unhappy or unhealthy and it’s so crucial that we pay attention to what we put in our bodies, how we move our bodies,
and what we tell our bodies. I believe that we are all different, and therefore, our diets should all be different; what works for one person won’t always work for someone else! It’s so impor
tant not to compare yourself to others and instead find a diet that works for you. In general, I be
lieve in a balanced, whole foods, unprocessed, all natural diet; 90% healthy, 10% indulgence! I also believe that in order to be truly happy, you need to just do what makes you happy! Eating healthy and exercising alone won’t make you happy; focusing on your passions, treating yourself with love and respect, and spending time with the people you love will!
What’s your favourite quote or mantra you live by?
I don’t do diets, I do healthy!
What does a typical day on a plate look like for you?
I start every morning with some warm lemon water and meditation. For breakfast I usually eat oatmeal with fruit and nut butter, yogurt with raw granola and fruit, chia pudding, or a smoothie bowl. For lunch I usually eat a salad with a ton of greens and veg and a healthy fat like avocado with some protein like grilled chicken, tuna, hard boiled egg, tofu or beans! Sometimes I’ll make an egg scramble with sautéed kale, spinach and mushrooms and top it off with some avocado. I always snack between lunch and dinner and sometimes between breakfast and lunch if it’s a long day! My usual snacks are either some bliss balls or raw nuts with carrots,raw vegetables or crackers with hummus, a protein shake or smoothie, an apple or banana with some nut butter, or some yogurt with honey. For dinner I usually have a protein, like grilled chicken or fish, with a grilled veggie dish and either a sweet potato, brown rice, or quinoa. I have coffee every morning with breakfast and sip on water, sparkling water, green tea, or kombucha throughout the day. On the weekends my favorite foods to indulge in are sweet potato fries, a good piece of bread and frozen yogurt or ice cream!
What are the 3 foods you have to have on your dessert island?
Dates, bananas and coffee!
Lastly, what’s the greatest health advice you’ve ever been given?
Stop comparing yourself to others! What works for someone else won’t always work for you, and what works for you won’t necessarily work for someone else. Health isn’t one size fits all, and it’s so important to work towards your own goals and your own journey rather than focus on someone else’s.
Just before you go… Would you mind sharing one of your favourite clean recipes with us?
Rachel’s Raw Vegan & Gluten-Free Espresso Brownies
- 15 medjool dates with 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup almonds or walnuts (I use walnuts since I’m allergic to almonds, but almonds are preferred!)
- 2 tsps cacao powder
- 2 tsps cacao nibs
- 2 tsps maple syrup
- 1 tsp melted coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of himalayan salt
- pinch of espresso powder (can put more, just depends on how strong you like it!)
Raw chocolate Sauce:
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsps cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- touch of water
First, blend medjool dates with water (I use a food processor). Then add in nuts and blend everything together (I like when it’s a little chunky so I don’t blend for too long, but if you prefer smooth/fudgy brownies than blend until the chunks are gone!). Pour into a large bowl and add in the rest of the ingredients- mix thoroughly (using your hands is the most efficient way to do this!) Pour mixture into a baking dish, pat down with hands, and freeze for about twenty minutes. In the mean time, prepare the chocolate sauce by warming up all of the ingredients in a pan for about two minutes. You can add more ingredients as you go along- just keep tasting the chocolate sauce until you achieve the perfect taste and consistency. Let the sauce cool and pour over the brownies. Freeze again for another 20 minutes, cut into brownie pieces, and keep the brownies in the fridge for a healthy desert that can be served warm with ice cream or just eaten as a snack.
Connect with Rachel:
Instagram – @Rachel_Katz_
Twitter – @Rachel_Katz_
Website – www.TheFullLifeByRachel.com
SnapChat – rachelkatz45
Facebook – Rachel Katz Health & Wellness