Plant Based Breakfast Options


One of the biggest challenges for people going on a plant based diet seems to be what to eat for breakfast.  Not sure why breakfast seems to be an issue other than not eating eggs or having milk. Everything else you would eat for breakfast can still be eaten, you just need to make some slight changes.

Nowadays you have fake breakfast meat that tastes just like sausage or bacon you’d never know the difference!

Plant Based Breakfast Options

One of the biggest challenges for people going on a plant based diet seems to be what to eat for breakfast.  Not sure why breakfast seems to be an issue other than not eating eggs or having milk. Everything else you would eat for breakfast can still be eaten, you just need to make some slight changes.

Nowadays you have fake breakfast meat that tastes just like sausage or bacon you’d never know the difference!

Plant Based Protein – Tofu


There are so many choices of protein for someone on a plant based diet but most people think tofu when you mention plant based and protein in the same sentence (same goes for vegan protein and vegetarian protein).

Tofu for me is pretty basic. It’s the go to protein when I am running out the door and want to have a quick grab and go protein snack.  If I don’t grab it out of my fridge I know I can always stop in Trader Joes, Sprouts or Whole Foods and get a Thai or Teriyaki block of tofu.  I buy the 2-pack blocks and freeze them and pull them out when needed but for me…I love to make my own tofu blocks because I can control the salt and spice content (I like a lot of spice and no salt) and its so much cheaper if you buy a big block of tofu and roast, grill or dehydrate it yourself. And, it takes no time at all to make!

One of my favorite recipes for tofu is to put a bunch of garlic, ginger, Sambal (Thai spice paste) and a dash of Tamari and blend that in my Bullet. I blend until its a nice thick paste. I cut my tofu either into thin slivers or I cube it. I pour the paste on top making sure all tofu pieces are covered then pop it in the fridge to marinate for a few hours. When the tofu has marinated for a while I either pop it into my toaster oven at 425 degrees for 30 minutes rotating the tofu every 10 minutes or I put it on a baking sheet and put it in the oven, also at 425 degrees but only have to check it once and flip it once.

Tofu is just one of the protein foods that I eat!  There are so many more choices of protein for plant based, vegan or vegetarian. You can get also get protein from tempeh (fermented soy beans that comes in a block and can be seasoned and roasted like the tofu above, or you can crumble it over a salad or put it in soups and stews) and also seitan which is a made out of wheat gluten so its all protein.

Caveat: if you have digestive issues or are gluten intolerant it would be wise NOT to eat the seitan.

If you are not into tofu, tempeh or seitan just know that almost all of your green vegetables and your nuts have protein. The recommended daily protein for a woman is 46 grams or protein and for a man it’s 56 grams of protein but that doesn’t take into consideration how sedentary (think couch potato) or active (think marathon runner) you are.  If you just focus on filling up your place with lots of green vegetables, adding some beans or lentils and maybe a handful of nuts you will be just fine and won’t have to worry about if you are eating enough protein.



What to do when you buy bulk lemons and limes?

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One of the ways that I save big bucks when buying plant based foods is buying in bulk! This is a lot easier if you are buying dried goods however what do you do if you see a really good deal on fresh fruit, like lemons and limes, but you have not place to store them and you don’t want them to go back because you’re not using the fruit fast enough?

I make lemon and lime ice cubes and pull them out of the freezer as needed. I use my lemon and lime ice cubes for a quick and easy glass of homemade lemonade, a Gimlet (that’s vodka with lime), a glass of hot water or as an addition to a dressing or soup.  I have 2 ice cube trays that I use specifically for freezing lemons and limes (see below)

lemon-lime - 2.JPGDepending on what time of year it is sometimes its difficult to find fresh lemon and lime but with a little advance planning you can have lemon and lime juice any time you want it! I use a lot of citrus in all of my plant based food recipes so it works out well!

Lemons and limes are from the same citrus family, they are both rich in vitamin C and have the same nutritional value.

If you do lemon with warm water in the morning (or warm lime water) it helps to keep maintain the ph balance of your body.  It also helps keep your body hydrated and its a known antibacterial, antiviral, digestive, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting agent.. You can use both lemon and lime juice interchangeably: lemons tend to be a bit more sour and limes sweeter.

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New Year 2019

As the year comes to an end, I wanted to take this moment to wish you a Happy New Year!

I am also taking this time to reflect on everything that has happened in 2018. I wanted to share some of the highlights with you…

My successes AND my failures. Sharing the challenges makes us that much stronger. I made lots of dishes and discovered a 120 recipe cookbook in the making along with so many more dishes. Getting healthy, cooking and technology seemed to be the theme of 2018!

My successes AND my failures. Sharing the challenges makes us that much stronger.

So here is what my 2018 looked like:

• I attended my 3rd Funnel Hacking Live Event
• I attended Sage Lavine’s Women Rocking Business in Santa Cruz, California connecting with amazing women entrepreneurs!
• I joined Russell Brunson’s private 2 Comma Club X where I was coached by Russell Brunson, Julie Stoian, Jim Edwards, John Parks,James Friel, Brent Coppieters and Alex Charfen.
• I went to Orlando Florida as a Certified Partner for the ClickFunnels Hacking Live event.
• I went to San Diego California for four days of ClickFunnels coaching sessions
• I was able to see Tony Robbins speak for my third time
• I went to Phoenix Arizona and joined 300 colleagues in the 2 Comma Club X coaching program for 5 days of training in how to build more strategic funnels, convert more traffic, create market specific Facebook ads, implement systems for automation, double down on strategy and outsource the tactical, video marketing and social media strategy. 
• I attended over 40+ coaching sessions, listened to over 100 podcasts, read 6 books and listened to 10 audible books.
• I traveled to Spain and Greece for almost 4 weeks working from cafes with laptop in hand!
• I was featured as a Guest on 4 podcasts and conducted over 30 interviews with women entrepreneurs.
• My clients came from all around the world: U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East. 
• I went out of my comfort zone and launched my first online course in the health and wellness field
• I did three 66-Day Challenges this year with one including 100 squats a day (yes it almost killed me!)
• I volunteered at my local food bank
• I FAILED at starting a new business in Q1 of 2018.
• I FAILED at keeping in contact with my database
• I FAILED at doing a video a day for 90 days
• I FOUND OUT that I can’t write a short email to save my life!
• I WAS OVERWHELMED by all the tasks needed to be done as a solopreneur 
• I CRIED, hard, many times and vowed to give up being an entrepreneur only to pick myself up the next day 
• I HIRED a few new virtual team members to help me with video projects, writing projects, design projects, seo projects, and funnel building projects.
• I LEARNED that I’m great at funnel design and strategy and that I love the creative but need to hire a project manager so I can concentrate on being strategic and outsource the tactical.
• I am launching a new coaching business in Q1 2019!!! I can’t wait to share it with you!!
• I am focusing more of working with life coaches, business coaches, business owners, and health & wellness coaches.

What an incredible 2018! I am so grateful that I made the decision to build my business 4 years ago. It has given me the freedom to be able to work from anywhere, meet incredible entrepreneurs, network and create partnerships with people all around the world and do what I’m passionate about.

My goal for 2019 is to OUTSOURCE, AUTOMATE and GROW! It’s also to blog more about what’s happening in business and the health and wellness department 🙂

More to follow…

Let me know what you’re goals are, visit and share your comments

Vegan Plant Paradox – Breakfast – Day 1

The hardest part of my day is eating breakfast! I typically have a cup of coffee I do my exercises, meditation, reading and then go right into work and before I know it it’s lunchtime. So the is green smoothie with avocado something I’m not looking forward to plus I’d rather eat avocados rather then blend them in a drink. It’s only for the first initial three days of The Plant Paradox but it’s going to be forced…at least for me!

What I can tell you is that I substituted a handful of blueberries for the sugar that was earmarked in the recipe.

Do you know that saying, “Being prepared is half the battle.” it’s so true. So make sure you prep for your smoothie. Put three days worth of vegetables and the mint in little Ziploc baggies, that way you can just pull out what you need, throw it in your Bullet or blender, add ice and water and you’re ready to go! Hint: you should prep all your food for the week and put it in containers for easy grab n’go!

Outside of needing to be consistent with eating breakfast each morning another change for me will be not putting soy creamer in my coffee! As a matter of fact I should give up coffee. It’s not really good for the body especially if you have digestive issues or IBD. So getting rid of my coffee habit is on the challenge as well (at least for the next 66 days). Also giving up soy and tofu as a whole will be a change for me (I do a lot of tofu) but I’m switching to Tempe and I’m on the hunt for hemp tofu.

I look forward to the Plant Paradox as it’s more or less how I eat anyhow the only difference is that I am now aware of high lectin foods and will make meals according to the “Yes” list. It will be interesting to see what the results are and if there’s any big shift in my overall well being.

Today I’ll make a good healthy and overflowing salad that will last for the next 3 days, some side dishes.

For those folks that are just starting out with a change in their food habits my suggestion is to take it one day at a time. And prepping is going to be a huge part of your success. Also, you need to drink a lot of water because sometimes when you feel like you’re hungry it’s really that you are depleted of water. Also, you need to remind yourself each day about why you are doing the plant paradox or any other type of food altering lifestyle changes so that you keep on track and you meet your goals.

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Vegan Plant Paradox – Lunch – Day 1

If you’re vegan that’s not heavy on grains, and you know you’re way around a kitchen the Plant Paradox isn’t difficult to follow. You’ll need to swap out some oils, take all grains out, give up the tofu and swap for hemp seed tofu or grain free tempeh, and you’ll need to pressure cook your beans.

Figured I’d give it a try just based on the food choices and made a great plate of food. Filling and satisfying.

Garlic Ginger Tempeh, Grilled Mushrooms and Scallions, Cilantro Mint Cabbage Salad, Kale and Romaine Salad, and Avocado + Fresh Blueberries for dessert.

The tempeh had a an avocado oil + lemon + garlic mixture poured over it and then toasted in oven for 20 minutes.

The two salad dressings are: Jalapeno Cilantro and your basic Lemon Vinaigrette. Both dressings took all of 5 minutes to make in a Bullet.

The Salad plate was followed up by a big handful of blueberries.

Delicious meal. Vegan Plant Paradox that’s super easy to make!

Looking For A Beautiful Walk With Your Dog In San Rafael California?

Looking For A Beautiful Walk With Your Dog In San Rafael California?

One of the things that makes me happiest is waking up early on the weekend around 7:00/7:30AM, brushing my teeth, throwing on some clothes and heading out the door with my dog in tow to find good strong coffee and a beautiful path or trail to walk on when it’s still quiet outside. It’s always a tough decision do I take off towards the water or hike in the woods? On this day I opted to stay close by and take a nice drive followed by a nice 30 minute walk with Lily my dog who is a senior dog. So the length of the walk depends upon her mood and speed.

The marina loop is at Loch Lomond Yacht Harbor off San Pedro Road in San Rafael California just past Andy’s Market. I love, love, LOVE this place. It’s a quiet and peaceful walk that’s paved. When I walk there I always end up stopping and talking with the local boat residents, hanging out on one of the benches and taking in the view.

Getting out in nature is easy! Make the time, 15-20 minutes a day, enjoy your surrounding beauty.

Being A Vegan In Your 80’s Is Easier Than You Think

My 83 year old mom has been a vegan for more than 40 years

Being A Vegan In Your 80’s Is Easier Than You Think

This is my mom Lisette. She is 83, 5’2″, 104 lb, has more energy than my 20 year old and has been a vegan for the past 40 years! She has 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren with a few more on the way!

Out of all her kids and grand kids, more than 80% are vegan and/or plant based.  My mom set a good example of what it means to be healthy and eat healthy and taught us that you can eat your way to health.

Keeping it healthy, exercising the body and the mind, being out in nature, gardening and being one with the soil, having a positive outlook on life, AND making and sharing good food is what keeps my mom young and full of energy! As a matter of fact when you’re vegan it’s all about the food! Tasty delicious and hearty plant based food and knowing where you can get it!

What’s more fantastic than traveling and eating food? Traveling and eating good vegan or vegetarian food! More and more restaurants are giving us hearty plant based options.  My mom is a big part of my eating adventures so let’s start with what her typical day looks like and then lets move on to a few pics of my mom and our favorite restaurants.

What Lisette Eats

The day for my mom usually starts with lemon and hot water, breakfast is steel cut oats with raisins, lunch is a salad or sandwich/soap, and dinner is a vegetable medley, stir fry or typical vegan Mediterranean of Asian stir fry meal. Snacks happen often  throughout the day with at least 3-4 handfuls of nuts, good fats like avocado, plenty of lentils, garlic ginger tofu, and whatever happens to be left over in the fridge!  Favorite foods are vegan ethnic foods. Foods that really fill you and satisfy your taste buds.  First review is from Sunday brunch at Two Mama’s Vegan Kitchen in the Fruitvale section of Oakland, CA.

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Love Philz Coffee But Where’s The Creamy Goodness For Vegan Coffee Lovers?

Coffee on the weekends, or any day for that matter, makes for a great start to the morning!  One of my favorite coffee shops is Philz Coffee a coffee roaster and coffee chain based in San Francisco, California. I used to drive to the San Francisco cafes all the time which is an hour round trip sxhlep but totally worth it so you can imagine how happy I was when they opened up in Latkspur (closed as of 2017) and most recently in Corte Madera Town Center.  My favorite coffee combo is a coffee bean mix of Jacob’s and Sumatra. Do delish!  What makes Philz coffee great is not only the beans but the fact that they use brown sugar in their coffee AND heavy whipping cream. Oy. The whipping cream! Continue reading