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Some words about SUMMER'S BLOG

I love peanut butter, avocado and oatmeal. Not together of course, but nearly any recipe that calls for these ingredients I'll probably enjoy. I have the misfortune of living with some food sensitivities but the extreme fortune of knowing what those sensitivities are - gluten (only mild, thank goodness), nightshades, lactose, and refined sugar. I'm not a formally trained chef, but I love cooking (and eating!) delicious, guilt-free food. I'm a fitness model, certified nutrition coach, trainer and an IFBB pro bikini athlete... and I eat 6 times a day. When I'm not in the kitchen preparing something extraordinary, I'm - in the gym, rushing off to an audition, at a photo shoot, studying nutrition, or planning a vacation. Hope you enjoy my site! For nutrition consultations or more information on training, contact me at summerwhitefitness@gmail.com

Raw Avocado Coconut Cheesecake

I apologize for the lack of posts this past week. I was busy having a phenomenal weekend.  Truth be told, I felt a bit of separation anxiety and guilt, but I justified my actions by reminding myself that I need inspiration and experiences to properly share and to keep you all interested in my blog, and my life!

My weekend essentially started last Thursday.  My girlfriend Jenny and I have created a weekly phenomenon we like to call “discover LA.” I’ve missed this city, and then some, since I’ve been gone the past year and a half. Restaurants, nightclubs, retail stores, and the like have sprung up or flipped to new spots, all over town. The streets are recognizable, but the venues unfamiliar.  As I drive around I note new places I’d like to check out, as does my foodie girlfriend. We trade off choosing the location of the week, keeping one another in suspense until we reach our destination.

This weekly discover LA ritual has been amazing! Now before I get texts, calls, and emails asking why we haven’t invited anyone I’ll be honest, It’s an equal mix of food and therapy.  If you’ve read my previous posts, you will understand that we have a lot to catch up on! So give me some time before Summer and Jenny discover LA becomes a public meetup!

That leads me to a tip I’ve learned over the past few years: girls and guys, you don’t have to share your emo stories with your boyfriend or girlfriend all the time.  When you first met, it was all rainbows and cotton candy. In the quest of love, you kept your baggage behind you and brought your happiest face and most peaceful attitude to the table.  Sure, let someone know if they are doing something that bothers you or is hurtful.  On the other hand, if you’re feeling down, depressed, jealous, negative, having low self esteem, etc, call up your best friend, google a great restaurant, order a tasty meal, and dish the dirty deets with your bud. 9 times out of 10 (if they are a quality friend and good role model), they’ll give you great advise and it’ll keep the stress out of your relationship. Your significant other can be your bestie, but let your friends be your “first pass” for drama.

Back to my amazing weekend.

So last week’s discover LA had to be on a Thursday as my weekend was packed. We started out with a trip to the West Hollywood farmer’s market, where I grabbed some fresh zucchini and we enjoyed a glass of wine. Our dinner venue would be Cru, Jenny’s pick. It’s a quaint little spot in Silverlake (the most underrated city in LA), that just so happens to be vegan, raw and gluten free (I didn’t mind, though, as I’ve eaten more chickens and turkeys than are Thanksgivings in our nation’s history!).  The restaurant is small, ambience decent, and staff ho-hum (we couldn’t figure out who was actually working as people continually walked in and out of the kitchen, yet their was only one girl servicing the floor). We shared the mezze platter, the collard chorizo wrap, the ravioli crudo, and the key lime avocado pie.  Everything was light and tasty, but the key lime pie was really rich and apparently made with agave nectar (not my favorite). I knew I had found the source of my next recipe.

The weekend continued on to Friday, where I dined on roasted monkfish at The Little Door and saw friends at the luchador themed El Carmen.  Saturday, my friends Stacey, Trip (in from Vegas) and I hit up the IFBB Grand Prix show in Culver City, and then head over to Rush Street for some burgers and drinks (yes, I wont lie, I had a midday cocktail, but I left the bun off my burger to balance my carb ratio!). Feeling a little daring, we head over to Santee alley for a bit of people watching and bargain shopping!

After my great time in Silverlake two days prior, I decided to take a detour home, to show my out of town guests a good time. I parked, and our adventures began! To save myself hours of writing, I’ll just note where the day took us. First stop, Intelligentsia, where my friends ordered (and I smelled the sweet aroma of) coffee. Then over to Hero Crane for a bit of shopping. Down the stairs of Blossom Vietnamese restaurant to check out their underground atrium. Over to the army surplus store (congrats on the Air Force Trip!), then to Naturewell for a fresh pressed juice.  El Conquistador was hit last, where we toasted to a great day (not realizing it would continue for several more hours!) in Silverlake.

As we moseyed our way down Sunset, as home near West Hollywood as our destination, we saw this cool place El Cid (the restaurant is actually below street level). We couldn’t resist the urge to check it out, but lacking in energy we left to discover Hollywood! We head over to Toxic at Colony to visit our old SBE family, then down Cahuenga to eat our second round of burgers at Stout. With our third and final wind, we head to east Hollywood to listen to karaoke at Kruang Tedd Thai restaurant, and watch “family friendly fun” at the Anthony Bourdain No Reservations suggested burlesque show at Jumbo’s Clown Room (wow!).

Needless to say I’ve had to catch up on sleep, workouts, studies, and recipes this week! Enjoy this raw deliciousness inspired by Cru and Silverlake. The ingredients list is seriously minimal. Love that!

Raw Avocado Coconut Cheesecake
Serves 5 (if keeping fat calories in reasonable range)

Grain-free, nut-free, gluten- free crust
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp coconut oil
pinch Himalayan or sea salt

Avocado coconut filling
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 avocado
juice of 2 small lemons
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, soak for 30 minutes then discard water
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sun Warrior vegan rice protein)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup water
3 packets stevia (I used Sweet Leaf)
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

Grind sunflower seeds into a fluffy flour. Add shredded coconut, oil, and salt, and grind again till smooth. Press into bottom of glass dish (I used my Ziploc Versaglass).  Refrigerate till ready to use.

Grind shredded coconut in food processor until fluffy flour forms (this is important and you do not want your filling to be gritty or chunky). Set aside. Blend avocado, lemon juice, and one packet stevia in food processor till smooth. Add soaked sunflower seeds, protein powder, coconut milk, water, and remaining stevia in food processor until smooth. Finally, add the shredded coconut “flour” and coconut oil to food processor with other ingredients and blend till smooth. Pour the filling over the crust and refrigerate 5-6 hours. Top with strawberries or topping of choice.




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