modern danceHello Ladies I am in the BEST mood! I had Modern Dance class tonight!!!! I have it every Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm….that’s right 3 hours of non-stop DANCING!!!!  I used to dance as a child and into my teens.  It is a passion of mine.  This semester I needed to add just one more unit to my class load, I thought Modern Dance I am soooo there!

I really love my teacher, she is a hoot! Straight out of Flashdance.  We do an hour of warm ups- typically ballet style then stretches, and fun free expressions across the floor.  We also run around the room and make shapes with partners. Hehe- there a few boys in the class and I get kinda nervous touching them- I am such a 4th grader sometimes!  My teacher incorperates lot of  Martha Graham-esq movements.  I LOVE IT!  We are learning a routine too, so that basically makes up our class.  I leave drenched in sweat  and my arms get a really good workout

I was especially sore today from last nights yoga class!!!! I went to the gym to “burn some steam”.  I did 20 min on the Stairclimber while reading the new Los Angeles Magazine that featured the “Best Urban Farming Guru’s”   I am really interested in growing my own fruits and veggies! I would love to live on a farm, have a simple life of feeding chickens, gardening and having my OWN practice ( ie: not work in a hospital like most RD’s do).  But I am getting a bit carried away…so… back to the gym:) 

Lucky me there was a yoga class with one of my fave instructors at the Y, Kaitlyn, so I knew I was in for a treat!  She is not the hardest or the most calming of teachers, but there is something I really like about her classes.  I can’t put my finger on it.  It is just your basic yoga really; she starts with a slow build of Sun Salutations into a full flow about a hundred times!  My arms are pretty pathetic. I can never do that many Planks to Sticks or push ups, my arms start to shake all over when I am lowering my self down, and usually I end up belly flopping and going straight into Cobra.  Alas, I love the class.  She has us do a bit of everything: balancing, standing poses, floor work and then of course Shivasyna-resting pose- THE BEST!  I try to clear my head and make room for positive vibes.

So I know I promised some Humus meals, and I did have some today, but my BF needed the camera again today so they will have to wait.  Sorry if you were holding your breath. LOL.  But instead I can show you some of my Blackberry Crap-berry pics.  I had the lovely new bar I got at WF yesterday for my mid-morning snackie.

Sun Valley Bar

Sun Valley Bar

I know this pic is blurrraaay sorry, bar was really good though.  This is the Goji Lemon flavor.  Yummy! Very lemony in a zesty type way.  Nice oaty toasty flavor too. Not artificial tasting at all! No surprise there, here are the ingrediants:

Sun Valley Bar-Goji Lemon

  • Organic Oats
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Almond Butter 🙂
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Organic Maple Syrup
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Date Paste
  • Almonds, Walnuts
  • Apples
  • Organic Goji Berries
  • Organic Ground Flaxseed
  • Organic Sesame Seeds
  • Soy protein
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Natural Lemon flavor
  • Sea Salt

Hey not bad huh?  I found the texture SPOT ON as far as bars go for me.   The only downside was it left me a bit thirsty…maybe the salt.  But I will for sure get this bar again.  Not only was it under $2.00, but it kept me satiated until well past noon.  The WF had 2 flavors of this brand.  I can not recal the other, but I am curious.

Lunch today was the one and only Green Peas Raw Kale Salad- Cassandra stylewith Teryaki Tofu.

Green Peas Raw Kale Salad

Green Peas Raw Kale Salad

Once again sorry for the poopy pic.  This was a glorious lunch, this salad never fails to satisfy!

For dinner I went light with some humus (pics and recipe coming soon) and raw veggies with a GREEN JUICE!!!! The ladies at Pur 2 Raw are diving into a 7 day cleanse.  I have no space in my schedule now for a juice fast or feast of any kind.  Those cleanses take a lot of planning for me to stick to them.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t bust out my ol’ Champion Jucier and get some greens in!!!


pretty tye-dye colors

pretty tye-dye colors

aftermath of pulverising

aftermath of pulverizing

In this Juice:

  • 1 red delicious apple
  • head of roamain heart
  • 1/2 full stalk of celery
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 english cucumber

This list made A LOTof juice.  So I went against all fresh juicing rules and mason jarred half and stuck it in the fridge for tomorrow.  I know I know…”but the quality of vitamins and minerals in juice is lost like that”. But hey better some 12 hour old juice than none at all RIGHT?


Ok lovelies I must get some beauty rest!!! I have a quiz tomorrow and then off to work, so I will be back on the weekend to fill you in on the happs.

Love +dancing, Cassandra



I had a very organized day planned.  “Had” being the operative word!  On Wednesdays I am in school from 7:30 am-2:30pm.  My first class actually starts at 9:30am, but the parking situation at school is such a disasterthat it forces me to get there 2 hours early!  Crazy, but I am getting used to having the last minute studying sesh in the car (it has saved me a few times). 

Usually I sit with the windows down and the sun roof open, the morning ocean breeze flowing on my face.  Looking towards the football field and drooling over the early birds working-out, wishing I still had enough time in the morning to do the 5am gig.I just don’t forsee waking up at 4am to eat breakies, drive to the YMCA (my gym) and then home again to shower and drive past the Y to go to school or work.  I need fuel before a work out, I mean hello my blog is called “Starting off Hungry” for a good reason!  And the sleep deprivation is not worth the guaranteed work out for the day.  Sadly, this semester has had quite a few less work outs than last semester.  I know you can’t blame your schedule, so many of you find the time in the day to hit the gym, do a quick podcast of yoga or run around the block.  I am planning to get back on the horse soon. 

Instead of getting going on my TO DO list after school, I went to Whole Foods instead!!! I can’t decide which one I am most keen on; Santa Monica off 3rd, West Hollywood off Fairfax, or the new on in Venice on Lincoln.  Oh I love them all!  So far the one on Lincoln has the best and largest Raw and Gluten-Free selection.  I am not Gluten- Free but I am researching the concept.  So far I have heard great things for mood and bloating on a GF diet.  Not sure it’s for me though.  At WF I picked up a few new things:


Finally found Oat Groats, and never tried WG Amaranth!

Finally found Oat Groats, and never tried WG Amaranth!

Have you guys tried these?

Have you guys tried these?

The best! It smells of Honey and Chamomile..mmm..

The best! It smells of Honey and Chamomile..mmm..


Last night I made my first Humus!  It was adapted from a recipe at Gone Raw and was super! I always change up a recipe, even when I am baking and you are supposed to be all exact.  I will post my version tomorrow, because today I am bringing you RAW HALVA!!!! I just adore Halva.  I have since I was little and my mom used to drive me to the Mediterranean Super Market to buy this delicious treat!



So let’s get to know HALVA-

The word halva entered the English language as “halva” between 1840-50 from the Yiddish halva, which came from Romanian, which came from the Turkish helva, which ultimately was derived from the Arabic Ar ḥalwā, meaning sweet confection. (Thanks to Wiki)

Originally Halva (or halawa, halaweh, ħelwa, halvah, halava, helva, halwa, aluva) is from Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, the Balkans, and the Jewish World.  It is usually either flour-based or nut-based.  The one I grew up enjoying is the nut-based kind.  This type of halva is crumbly and usually made from Tahini (sesame paste) or other nut butters, such as sunflower seed butter. The primary ingredients are nut-butter and sugar or honey. 

Well ladies, I have been so excited to try this for myself! I mean really how simple are 2 ingredients and soooo tasty!  I jazzed mine up a bit~


up close, delish!


Raw Chocolate- Coconut Halva

– 1/2 C of raw sunflower seeds- soaked for 1-2 hours, rinsed and drained

– 1 tsp raw Honey-or any sweetener Agave would work great

– ½ C raw hulled sesame seeds

– 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

– ½ – 1 Tbsp raw Cocoa Powder

Mix in High speed blender on low, by hand or in food processor until well combined but still a bit chunky.

(I don’t have a fancy blender or food processor.  I used my crappy blender and when it was no longer “blending” I scraped it out and mixed by hand. Hints are dropped to the BF all the time about my B-Day coming up soon)

Spread on un-greased sheet pan to about ½ Inch thick.  Score to desired shape and size with back of knife.  Place in Freezer for 2-3 hours and then cut with butter knife and EAT!!!

I let mine sit over night in the freeze and then devoured these little tasty morsels. This recipe makes 12-14 pieces.  I had 3!!

You can eat them as a sweet and healthy snack. On top of the famous Banana Soft Serve, crumbled on Oatmeal, crumbled on fresh fruit, or dusted with Cocoa powder for a decadent dessert!  You could add as many or as few ingredients to this! I am sure some Medjool dates would be delish!

I am off to the gym! HA already getting one foot in the sturup (is that even an expression?)  I guess my day is turning out better than I thought!

Love + Halva, Cassandra

Hello Bloggeretts!

It seems to be one of those days…weeks (wait it’s totally Tuesday)when I need a boost to get me going.  Bad week to try to cut back on caffeine.  I decided this only because the mid-day headaches and afternoon “coffee crashes” were really starting to get to me.  I was drinking 2 or 3 cups a day and then having a REALLY hard time falling asleep at night.  So I am just challenging myself.  LOVE me a CHALLENGE!

I went to work today, I work at a very vegan friendly, Organic, Free- range, Pesticide + Hormone + Nirtate FREE restaurant, awesome right!  It has only been open for 3 months, and so far we are getting RAVE reviews at places like Happy Cow, Quarry Girl and Yelp!  I always get the same thing there and I bring my FREE lunch home at 2 or 3pm (I know it is really late for lunch). 

Today (as usual) I had the “Raw Kale Salad” and I always add the “Teryaki Tofu” cause it’s soooo gooood! Sorry there is no picture, my BF needed my camera for work today.  I tried taking a pic on my Blackberry but it was miserable.I get the salad ALL the time so you will for sure see it again!

The salad includes:

– Raw Kale-probably one small bunch

– Dried Cranberries

– Raisins

– Sliced Tomato

– Chopped Almonds

– Lemon Dressing-fresh squeezed lemons, olive oil, s+p all emulsified= delish!

– Teryaki Tofu-the cooks will NOT give me the recipe, but if I had to guess it would be Shoyu (soy sauce), Black and White Sesame seeds, Olive oil, and LOVE!!! They bake the marinated tofu and serve it warm-mmmmmm….

I am always starving by the time I get to eat! I have breakies at 5:45 or 6:00 am every morning and by noon I am famished!  I used to be one of those “I must eat every 2 hours” kinda girls, but working for 7 hours with no snack break has trained my stomach and brain, otherwise.  I am not sure which way of eating is better.  I think everyday is different and there really is NO set of rules.  I say just eat healthful and mindful when you are hungry and don’t if your not, I don’t always follow my advice:)

I say “this is a perfect day for farming ” because the weather feels sooo nice now.  I just want to put on some rain boots and gardening gloves and get dirty in the garden (in my head, cause I don’t have a garden here in my apartment).  Lucky for me today is Tuesday, and that means it’s the FARMER”S MARKET!!!!! Pretty strange that my local FM falls on a Tues. By local I mean the absolute closest, because in LA there are hundreds of Farmer’s Markets.  But I love it because 1) it is not crazy crowded and 2) they are open from early morning to late in the evening.  As far as I know it is the only night-time farmers market open (correct me if I am wrong).  I love the original LA Farmers Market! There are always celebs there and The Grove is attatched, best for all sorts of shopping!

So I am off to walk to the FM, I think it is about a 40 min in total there and back, not including the browsing.  On my list is:

– Zucchini-for a humus recipe I have been dying to try from this site.

– Fresh Fruit

– Flowers

Ahhhh- I just LOVE Fall!

Ok, I am off~ Hope you all are having a wonder-FALL afternoon!

Love, Cassandra

Hellooooo bloggers!!!

You might know me .  If so, I’M BACK! If not, thanks for stopping by!  You can find out more about me here I really need to find out how to hide links in my words (maybe you can let me know how in the comments?)  This blog is going to be an adventure!!! I am really excited to be back in the blogosphere and back with y’all! I am refocusing my blog to a more of a diary for me to log my path to becoming an RD. This is also a “whatever is health related and on my mind” blog, rather than a daily (or twice a day) flog.  Although of course there will be LOTS of food here! I will post recipes and experiments of all my new eats!!!

My eating hasn’t changed much from The Plate Decorator.  But I am eating much less meat, almost none, and much less dairy, hardly ever.  My wine drinking days are now few and far between.  I think I really over did it in spain, you can see some posts here: .

The biggest change in my diet is the focus on RAW foods!!!! I have really enjoyed all the benefits of eating more living foods.  My digestive system is still working out all the kinks, but at least it is WORKING!!!! More on that later I love the support of the blogging community and can not wait to hear from everyone again!  Please come back and check out what I have in store!

Love, Cassandra