New Year Resolution Reset with Ralph Lauren Model Val Zelyaeva

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Is that New Year’s Resolution already long forgotten? You’re not alone. Most people have either given up, broken or have not even started on their goals for 2015. It’s still February however, which gives you a chance to just call it a late start! I won’t tell. Sometimes, we just need a little inspiration to get us going- which is why I caught up with Val, the beautiful face of Ralph Lauren. Val radiates beauty from the inside out, and is a true holistic lifestyle advocate. Whether it be food, or beauty products, Val proves that true beauty starts with what we choose to put in and on our bodies. So, if your looking for a little inspo- here is your chance to see the lifestyle of a truly healthy model!

Since Clean Eating Goddess is all about food, we would love to know one of your favourite go-to recipes- will you share?

My all time favorite recipe is chia seed pudding for breakfast. It actually doesn’t require any cooking, so easy to make.
2 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup home made almond milk
1 apple
handful of rains
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
pinch of each seasalt+cinnamon+vanilla powder

Soak chia seeds for 30 min in almond milk together with sea salt + cinnamon + vanilla Mixing occasionally. In serving bowl pour chia seed mixture add thinly chopped apples, top with raisins and cacao nibs. ready!

What is your food philosophy? What is a typical day of eating like for you?

I try to eat local and seasonal. I visit local farmers every week to see whats in season and make my recipe based on seasonal produce. My diet is mostly fruits and vegetables with occasional organic eggs and wild fish. I eat a lot of superfoods such as goji berries, spirulina, chlorophyl, hemp seeds, chia seeds. I drink fresh vegetable juice daily.

Breakfast: tall glass of lemon water + 1 teaspoon MSM; chia seeds pudding.

Lunch: steamed or grilled fish with sweet potatoes.

Dinner: raw blended soup (usually a mix of broccoli, kale, avocado, cucumber, garlic, salt, olive oil, lemon juice) or large salad with kale and roasted root vegetables.

Snack: smoothie or vegetable juice or fresh fruit.

Where did your interest in food/nutrition stem from? We see you are studying nutrition via instagram, tell us more!

I was always very connected to nature. Growing up in Russia everything came from the garden- all organic, home grown, grass fed meat and dairy. I remember trips to forest for wild berries, mushrooms and pine nuts peeking, oh and fishing trips with my uncles and cousins I will never forget. When I started modeling I kind of forget about that connection. It took a while for me to go back to my roots.Im so passionate about wellness and healthy lifestyle that I decided to get certified in that area. SO I enrolled in Integrative Nutrition School. Im currently studying and will be graduating in summer 2015!

How have you managed to balance eating well with modeling and traveling? What are your secrets to keeping a well balanced diet while on the go!

I always make sure I’m prepared. Because when you get hungry and have nothing healthy with you to snack on you will eat anything. So I take chia seeds with me, spirulina, walnuts, almonds, raw chocolate, and fresh fruits. There are days when I eat badly just like anyone (pizza or pasta, bad food combo, too much red wine:) etc.. but I know the tools on how to get back on health track. The next day will be a day of fasting- eating only fruits and vegetables with lots of water. No need to be hard on yourself or being perfect all the time just simply go back to your healthy delicious food and juices.

What does yoga mean to you? How does it connect with your food choices?

Yoga taught me to be compassionate and aware of the world that around us. I can go days eating only plant based meals and feel great. But there are days when I need to ground myself and that includes eating eggs, wild caught fish or grass fed meat (which happens so rare I don’t remember last time I had a steak.) I would never ever buy commercially raised, non-organic meat or dairy. I only buy from my local farmers market where I get to ask questions and connect with farmers who grew my food. I think its the best way to live a compassionate life. Dalai Lama is not vegan but he is a picture of compassionate lifestyle.

Why have you decided to start blogging? How has the experience been thus far?

I remember few years ago I came a cross a book about raw food. after reading it, It changed my life. I started to soak my almonds and making almond milk, making coconut yogurt and raw blended soups and smoothies. Raw foods are so incredible – I increased my energy, my skin cleared up and I didn’t need to watch my weight any longer it just stayed perfect for my body type. After starting to eat so clean I changed my skin and body care products because I didn’t want to put any toxic stuff on my skin. I switched to all natural products. Then I did a house makeover using only natural non-toxic cleaners. Then I discovered yoga and meditation. Healthy living is not a diet is a lifestyle. I wish everyone knew how easy to make those changes. This is why I started beauty/health blog to share my tips.

Modelling has been a controversial career due its focus on appearances which often results in eating disorders and unhealthy habits. What is your take on this subject matter? What action have you taken to set yourself apart?

Before I discovered healthy lifestyle I was restricting my meals. I never had a serious eating disorder. I simply didn’t know anything about nutrition so I was eating boring romaine salads which obviously didn’t satisfy me for long and I went back eating junk food that made me feel gross. Lucky I discovered raw food, healthy life style, I made a transition and wellness became my lifestyle. Its such a wonderful and happy place. I want to inspire everyone to drink vegetable juices, eating fruits, experiments with yummy foods such as quinoa or sweet potatoes. I believe that we need to educate young generation about nutrition. I think Nutrition/ Healthy Cooking classes should be added to school programs.

Any words of advice for those trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle?

Start adding fresh fruits to your breakfast. Make fresh vegetable juice every morning. Naturally, the more healthy food you add to your diet the unhealthy food will crowd out eventually.

Be sure to check out her blog here!

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Maca Maple Flax Cookies

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So it has taken me a lot longer than most healthy foodies to get on board the maca train. When it comes to superfoods it can get VERY overwhelming. I mean, how many powders can one possibly pack into a smoothie? With a packed pantry and a practically empty wallet, I told myself…NO. MORE. Superfoods! BUT here I am today of course making maca cookies. When I first learned about maca, I knew one of its main benefits was that it would provide energy. For me, my morning coffee did the trick. But now with my crazy schedule, I find myself low on energy by the end of the day and need some sort of pick me up. I like to stick to one coffee a day, so I decided it was time to give Maca a try. Ok so here are the official details about Maca:

Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains.According to Web MD, Maca is used for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility. Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomachcancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.

Sounds pretty fantastic, right? Maca has a caramel/butterscotch flavour that I felt would match perfectly with maple. These cookies are so incredibly soft with a really sweet maple flavour. These cookies are a delicious way to get your maca intake without having to throw another powder into your smoothie, plus I can easily get my energy boost on the go. You can throw these together in 5-10 minutes and have an energy boosting treat to last you for days (if you can control yourself!) Along with the benefits of maca, you’ll get lots of skin enriching vitamin E from the almonds, and omega 3 crunch from the flax seeds. As always this recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Make something sweet for your loved one, Happy Valentines Day!
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Ingredients:

• 2 cups almond flour
• 1/2 cup whole flaxseeds (not milled)
• 2 heaped tbsp maca powder (can find it at any health food store)
• pinch of sea or pink himalayan salt
• 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
• 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
• 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (#2 amber is best, the darker kind)
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 egg

Makes about 20-25 cookies

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment and grease with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, flaxseeds, maca powder, baking powder and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, melt your coconut oil. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then whisk in maple syrup, vanilla and one egg.

4. Add the wet ingredients all at once to dry ingredients. Stir mixture until combined and a dough forms.

5. Scoop the dough using a tablespoon and roll into balls. Place onto baking sheet. Using a fork press the dough down slightly.

6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks!
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Ultimate Clean Breakfast Hash

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One of the best parts about the weekend is that I can actually take the time to make warming breakfasts that don’t come from a bottle or container. I love to stay in my pjs, make a coffee and get cooking. For clean eaters, savoury breakfasts can be somewhat of a challenge- especially when dining out. Most people swap out greasy potatoes for tomatoes, and say no to the bread; leaving you with… well, eggs and tomatoes. This Clean Breakfast Hash will solve all your breakfast woes. It is perfectly balanced which will help keep you feeling satisfied and full of energized. Sweet potatoes are packed with LOADS of vitamin A and those good carbohydrates to give you fuel on a productive Saturday. To get optimal nutrition from your eggs try and buy free range organic eggs. For an extra dollar or two, you will actually taste the difference. Now enough talking, time to make that coffee and get cooking!

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 sweet potato (cubed)
• 1 handful of chopped kale
• 1/2 red pepper (chopped)
• 1/2 yellow pepper (chopped… you can also just use one whole red pepper)
• 1/2 zucchini (finely chopped)
• 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
• 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 avocado (cubed)
• 1 scallion (chopped)
• pinch of red pepper flakes
• pinch of paprika
• squeeze of fresh lemon
• 1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Chop all your veggies. Heat olive oil in sauce pan on medium heat. When hot, add onion and sauté until soft.

2. Add sweet potatoes and paprika. Cook sweet potatoes until they start to soften. (10-15 minutes depending on how small you cut them. (tip: if you have leftover sweet potatoes you can also use them and skip this step. Just add them at the end to your sautéed veggies.)

3. Once sweet potatoes have softened slightly, add your garlic, yellow pepper, red pepper, and zucchini. Stir well and spread mixture evenly in your pan. Allow to brown by cooking for 3 minutes before stirring. Repeat the same process. *** If you find the bottom of your pan is browning or getting dry, you may need to deglaze your pan by adding 1-2 tbsp of water. This will also help cook the sweet potato faster.

4. While this is happening, start frying your eggs. Poached, soft boiled, over easy will work great too!

5. Season hash with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lemon. Add kale and stir well. Remove from heat and add your avocado and pumpkin seeds. Divide the hash on two plates and place egg over top. Sprinkle over chopped scallions and more freshly ground pepper if you like. ENJOY!

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