New YouTube Video: WIAT On the Go: Fashion Island and Mini Whole Foods + Forever 21 Haul

Guys, OMG! It’s been such a fabulous week! My internship hasn’t been too harsh on me, but the tasks do get a bit harder as time progresses. Hey, c’est la vie.

One issue was resetting my body clock. I wasn’t used to fitting in an exercise first thing in the morning and then eating breakfast in less than thirty minutes. It’s been fruit and yogurt most of the time, but one day I was seriously craving for something else. I went to Ralphs the first day I came and got some goodies for myself, including a new vegetarian protein called TVP! It’s textured vegetable protein, or basically defatted soy protein flour. When I first saw the bag it looked more like uncooked bulgur! But don’t knock it till us try it. Just take one part TVP and one minus an 8th of the same part water. Microwave for 2-3 minutes or so and voila–you got some delicious veggie “meat”! It’s extremely bland by itself so I recommend adding chili, liquid aminos (or soy sauce if you don’t have liquid aminos), or any other seasoning/spice you wish. I had it in a large bowl like oatmeal because I didn’t have anything better to do with it, but it’s great to have in omelets, salads, tacos and more!

Pictures of my first day breakfast eats:

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If you’re thinking “Is that all she had for breakfast?!”, then you’re certainly mistaken (but that was a pretty large bowl!). I missed my sweet potatoes so dearly I microwaved a Japanese yam along with the TVP. After thinking about what I should’ve done with it for a few seconds, it came to me: a sweet potato PB&J! How the heck would a sweet potato fit into a sandwich?? Honey, it’s not in the sandwich–it’s HOLDING it! Cook your yam as you would and chop it in half after done. Spread one side with crunchy or suuuuuper creamy peanut butter and the other side with sweet fruit jam or preserves. Sandwich the two sides together and gobble it up!

Full recipe linked here.

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Nommy noms noms!
Onto the vlog, of course! Breakfast was the Sea Salt Caramel TVP Noatmeal recipe I filmed on YouTube. ‘Twas delicious and filling–TVP is a bit on the chewier side so definitely mix it up with regular oats if you’re not used to it. I chugged it down with a very refreshing mixed berry juice that I have to get more often–it was so good–definitely one of my new favorites.

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After work I got to accompany my cousins at Fashion Island! Basically we spent the whole day wandering about. Lunch took place at one of my faveeeeee restaurants of all time–True Food Kitchen!! I ordered the refreshing Green Arnie and the red chili shrimp with shirataki noodles to cut the gluten. And oh my gah was this one of the best dishes I’ve ever had on the trip so far! I really overdid it on the seafood. Seriously. I’m even sick of sashimi, which was practically one of my weaknesses before. But this was worth it.
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Ooh la laaaaaaa.
Whole Foods was so much fun! I wanted to take a lot of pictures, but I kind of forgot and got too carried away in sneaking a few shots! I did get caught with the camera and was told to shut it off before I got a chance to capture every part of the market, but I think I got a good amount. It is literally the most stunning Whole Foods market I’ve ever seen–it’s like a castle! There’s a giant produce section, protein bar aisle, paleo shelf, dairy aisle, healthy sushi kitchen, salad bar, smoothie booth, bakery, cooking essentials section and supplement hall!
Of course, you got to have snacks throughout the day. I ain’t got the time to wait and wait for hours. So around 4 PM or so I munched on this awesome Nugo Slim roasted peanut bar. It was strong, salty and sweet too from the chocolate peanut butter! I highly recommend their products! I also got the well-praised rose coconut water from Pressed Juicery. Let me just say it’s a partayyyyyyyy in your mouth! Now I use it to make oatmeal, protein fluff, smoothies and more! The sites are linked at the end of this post for you to check out!

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We ended the day with a lovely family reunion dinner at this stunning sushi restaurant called Hamamori in South Coast Plaza. I ate SO MUCH irresistible sashimi, miso soup and daikon, but my favorites of the night were the cold ahi tofu and salmon avocado cucumber roll. The tofu was silky, refreshing and absorbent of the yummy sauce while the cucumber roll was bursting with flavor and crunchiness! If you see Hamamori when you go out to South Coast, definitely have dinner there. The meals are so beautiful and delicious!

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  • Cacao powder
  • Brown rice mochi
  • Freshly ground honey roasted peanut butter
  • 1 large plantain
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Heidi Ho! spicy chia cheese
  • 1 Japanese yam
  • Black wet suit


Hope you like my WIAT videos! This is not like any of my past WIAT videos that were much more focused on plant based or vegan food. I try not to eat as much meat but I was on vacation with relatives who love fish! I admit I do too 🙂 don’t forget to subscribe, give the video a thumbs up and comment what else you want to see and where else I should visit in LA!

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