Build-Your-Own Buddha Bowl

Build-Your-Own Buddha Bowl

  • Buddha Bowl

Prep Time: 30 minutes 

Cook Time: 30 minutes 

Total Time: 1 hour 

Yield: 4 bowls 

This buddha bowl recipe is super fresh, delicious and versatile! The veggies can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator.


  • 1 ¼ cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 ½ cups trimmed and roughly chopped snap peas or snow peas, or thinly sliced broccoli florets, preferably organic
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari to taste
  • 4 cups chopped spinach or kale (ribs removed), preferably organic
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and thinly sliced into long strips, preferably organic
  • 1 small cucumber, very thinly sliced, preferably organic
  • Thinly sliced green onion (about ½ small bunch), preferably organic
  • Olive oil and vinegar with no sugar added, for dressing
  • Toasted sesame oil, to drizzle
  • Lime wedges
  • Essential garnishes
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sea salt


Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once the water is boiling, add the rice and continue boiling for 25 minutes. Then add the snap peas and cook for 2 more minutes.

Drain well and return the rice and veggies to the pot. Season to taste with 1 to 2 tablespoons of tamari and stir to combine. Divide the rice/veggie mixture and raw veggies into bowls. Arrange cucumber slices along the edge of the bowl. Drizzle lightly with dressing and top with sliced green onion. Place a lime wedge or 2 in each bowl. When you’re ready to serve, divide the avocado into the bowls. Add a light drizzle of the toasted sesame oil and sprinkle of sesame seeds and sea salt. Serve promptly.

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Get the Best Skin Ever- By Joanna Kirshner

  • Best Skin Ever

Happy New Year! It’s a new year with new beginnings and bright and shiny possibilities. So, there is no better time than the present to commit yourself to achieve the best skin ever! Great skincare will change your life, and it is such a simple way to revolutionize your health and beauty. 

A few tips:

Start by cleansing your skin like you mean it. Use a cleanser that will remove the days’ dirt and makeup gently. 

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!  Your skin cannot grow and thrive if you are not getting rid of the old, dead skin cells lingering behind.  Just remember, unless your skin is overproducing oil and is congested, a couple of times a week is the ideal amount for exfoliation. 

Don’t pick at blemishes! It only exacerbates the problem and transfers bacteria from your hand on to your face, right where you DON’T want it. 


I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping your skin hydrated. Hydrated skin reduces the appearances of wrinkles, which may explain why several studies show that supplementing with hyaluronic acid can make skin appear smoother.

And lastly, apply sunscreen daily!

Preferably one with dual purpose moisturizer with SPF. Choose a sunscreen that will protect your skin without irritation.

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a long time.” Give us a call to book your free consultation with Joanna today! 619.795.6700

The Best Anti-Aging Workout According to Science

  • Best Anti-aging Workout

A new study published today in the European Heart Journal says when it comes down to the anti-aging effects of exercise, cardio is queen. Endurance exercise–like running, swimming, or bicycling–and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) both slowed signs of aging compared to lifting weights, at least on the cellular level. Click here to read more:

Is Cold-Pressed Juice Really Healthier?

  • Best Anti-aging Workout

Whether you like to grab a bottle post-workout on the way home from your favorite juice bar or have subscribed to a mail-order cleanse, cold-pressed juices are everywhere (even Starbucks). A reason why these juices are beneficial is because no heat or oxygen is used in the cold-pressing process, so nutrients are not lost as they typically are when heated during pasteurization. But, the high-pressure processing of cold-pressed juice leaves behind the pulp, where fiber is typically stored, so cold-pressed juices may be lacking in fiber. And no matter what kind of process your juice goes through, all juices are still high in sugar. Click here to read more:

Slimming Italian Turkey Kale Soup

  • Italian Turkey Kale Soup

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 4



  • 1-pound ground organic turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 stalks organic celery, diced
  • 2 organic carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow organic onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups of kale, chopped



Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the turkey and cook 3-4 minutes or until slightly browned.

Add the celery, carrots, onion, red pepper, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes until vegetables are tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Increase the heat and add the chicken broth, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and add the kale 5 minutes before serving.


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Diet-Friendly Drinks of the Season

  • diet-friendly drinks

It’s often advised to steer clear of alcoholic beverages when trying to lose weight. After all, they don’t exactly provide nutritious calories, and consuming them can make it increasingly more challenging to lose weight. However, this can be tough, especially during the holidays. So, if you’re looking to shed pounds, some of your lowest-calorie bets are a shot of spirits such as a 1.5-ounce shot of vodka, gin, rum, whiskey or tequila. Click here to read more:

5 Lesser-Known Benefits of Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D

Have you ever wondered why vitamin D gets so much attention? It’s simply because it plays a tremendous role in the body – more than most even give it credit for. While the role of vitamin D in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus (and by implication, the development of healthy bones and teeth) is well-documented and accepted, this is not its only benefit. Five more reasons why maintaining optimal levels of this important vitamin include brain health, boosting your immune system, maintaining a healthy weight, regulating blood sugars, and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Click here to read more:

Exercise Boosts Memory and Thinking Skills

  • Exercise to prevent disease

Shockingly, only 2 out of every 10 American adults meet the recommended levels for physical activity, and 3 out of 10 children aged 6+ admit that they are not active at all despite mountains of evidence showing exercise to be a powerful preventive and antidote at times for disability and illness in both mind and body. Exercise has been shown to preserve muscle strength, keep the heart strong, maintain healthy body weight, and help ward off chronic diseases. Click here to read more about why you shouldn’t skip your next workout:

Keto Pumpkin Pie

  • Keto Pumpkin Pie



2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg



2 & 1/2 Cups Almond Flour or Almond Meal
4 Tablespoons Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener
5 Tablespoons Grass-Fed Butter
1 Large Egg
1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Seasoning (above)



15 oz Canned Pure Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
3 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
2/3 Cup Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener
4 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
2 & 1/2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Seasoning (above)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Dr. Farnesi’s tip: Substitute the Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener with Allulose, a natural sugar alternative shown to have no effect on blood sugar and great for ketogenic and low carb diets.




  1. In a Small Mixing Bowl combine the 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon, 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger, and 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350⁰F.
  2. In a Large Mixing Bowl combine the 2 & 1/2 Cups Almond Flour, 4 Tablespoons Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener, and 1 Teaspoon of the Pumpkin Pie Seasoning.
  3. Melt 4 & 1/2 Tablespoons of Grass-fed Butter and reserve the remaining 1/2 Tablespoon for greasing the pie plate. Add 1 Large Egg to the melted butter and whisk together. (Make sure that your butter is only just melted and not piping hot or else it will start to scramble your egg when you add it)
  4. In a Food Processor (or mix by hand of you prefer) add the dry ingredients first, and then pour the egg and butter mixture on top. Pulse long enough to fully mix the crust together.
  5. Grease a 9.5″ Pie Plate with 1/2 Tablespoon of the Grass-fed Butter to prevent the crust from sticking.
  6. Spread the crust out evenly in the pan, making sure to build it up along the side walls of the pie plate to hold the pie properly.
  7. Bake the crust in the oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until you feel that it is partially baked enough. You do NOT want to fully bake it in this step.
  8. Set on counter to cool off a little bit while preparing the Pumpkin Pie filling.



  1. In a Food Processor (or Large Mixing Bowl if mixing by hand) combine a 15oz can of Pure Pumpkin, 3 Large Eggs, 4 Tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream, 2/3 Cup Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener, 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract, and 2 & 1/2 Teaspoons of the Pumpkin Pie Seasoning.
  2. Pour the mixed Pie Filling into the Crust and spread evenly with a spatula. Tap on the counter to release any air bubbles, and then bake in the oven at 350⁰F for about 45 minutes.
  3. Remove when the center of the pie is no longer jiggly and place on the counter to cool off completely to room temperature.
  4. After the pie has reached room temperature, place it in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours, or overnight if preferred. You will want the pie to cool off enough to fully set.


Note: If you are wanting to prevent the crust from browning up too much you can bake the pie with a sheet of Aluminum Foil laid carefully across the top.


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Allulose – New Sweetener on the Block

  • Allulose

With low carb and ketogenic diets having exploded in popularity, there’s growing interest in identifying or synthesizing new sweetening agents to allow people to enjoy occasional treats without wreaking havoc on their blood sugar and insulin. Several such substances are already in widespread use, but most have drawbacks. So, the search is constantly on to find new sweeteners that have only benefits and no drawbacks—or, at the very least, ones for which the pros vastly outweigh any potential cons. Enter Allulose, a new kind of fructose that the body can’t process so it has no impact on blood glucose or insulin levels. Click here to read more: Allulose – New Sweetener on the Block

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