#65: HOLISTIC CHEF - Niki Connor, The Holistic Vegan Chef - Inflammation, sleep routines, holistic recipes, and candida

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast#65: HOLISTIC CHEF

This week on THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST...

( 1:25 ): Hello hello! Today we’re bright-eyed & bushy-tailed. Have you noticed Michael’s new accent on Snapchat? Apparently he’s a method actor now…

( 2:20 ): For those of you who don’t know us we’re going to reintroduce ourselves. 

( 3:45 ): Let’s start with Michael, serial entrepreneur.

( 5:45 ): Time for my back story and how TSC began.

( 8:15 ): Let’s discuss the shitty situation we faced in LA this week.

( 15:00 ): Today we’re going to talk about your health. If you have no idea where to begin, listen up. We’re getting into candida, inflammation & fatigue. For the next month & a half Michael & I are cutting out alcohol, dairy, white carbs & limiting red meat. That’s why we’re super excited to have our friend & holistic chef, Niki Connor on the podcast today.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS WITH NIKI

( 20:10 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us your story & how you got to where you are today as a holistic chef?”

( 23:30 ): Michael asks: “What is candida & how do you know if you have an issue?”

( 26:20 ): Lauryn asks: “What is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis?”

( 27:50 ): Lauryn asks: “What are some things people can do at home to help with candida?”

( 29:15 ): Michael asks: “What is the most common issue you see when people come to you?”

( 30:00 ): Lauryn asks: “What can someone do right now at home if they’re feeling fatigued?”

( 34:40 ): Michael asks: “You decided to cut alcohol out completely 4 years ago. Tell us about that.”

( 35:30 ): Lauryn asks: “What are some foods you think everyone should go buy?”

( 36:55 ): Michael asks: “What are the NO’s?”

( 38:50 ): Michael asks: “If I’m just starting out with getting healthy how should I start?”

( 41:25 ): Lauryn asks: “I drink my smoothies in the morning. Should I eat them after I workout?”

( 42:35 ): Lauryn asks: “Let’s talk about inflammation.”

( 45:30 ): Lauryn asks: “What is Ayurveda?”

( 48:40 ): Lauryn asks: “What are some Ayurvedic foods?”

( 50:20 ): Michael asks: “What’s a healthy dressing / seasoning people can use for vegetables?”

( 54:45 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell the audience about this poo-poo tea.”

( 57:05 ): Lauryn asks: “What are a couple of things everyone should do?”

( 59:30 ): Michael asks: “What’s the one test you would recommend to find out what you need?”

{ Holistic Chef Niki’s Kale Salad } 

CREAMY DRESSING

+1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours.
+ 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Dijon mustard
+ Zest & juice of 2 small or 1 large lemon
+ 3 cloves garlic
+ Water (to thin as needed)
Himalayan pink salt ( to taste )
+ Ground black pepper ( to taste )
+ 2 sprigs of fresh herbs  ( rosemary, sage or thyme )

+ Directions: Blend ingredients together in a food processor. Store unused dressing in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator.

CHICKPEA CROUTONS 

+ 1 can organic chickpeas
Himalayan pink salt ( to taste )
+ Ground black pepper ( to taste )
+ herbs & spices you enjoy ( cumin & cayenne for me! )

+ Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. Drain and rinse can of chickpeas. Add chickpeas to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top with ground pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and herbs & spices of choice. Toss and roast for 15-20 minutes until crispy. These are a great alternative to croutons!

ASSEMBLE 

+ Take washed curly kale & remove the leaves from the tough spine.
+ Add dressing and massage through with clean hands, making sure to cover the lettuce and massage until it’s softened.
+ Add toasted pine nuts or chickpea croutons & enjoy!

Niki was FULL of information. We will be sure to have her back on the blog to share more tips, recipes & knowledge. We hope this made it easier to get a handle on understanding a healthy lifestyle.

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+ find Niki: Instagram | Email: holisticchefniki@gmail.com | Website

++ mentioned in this episode: poo poo tea | The LadyGang | The Bitch Bible ( pt 1 & 2 )

+++ Sponsors: TSC Bombshell Body Guide ( himandher 20% off ) | Blue Apron ( 3 free meals ) | Kopari ( 20% off )