Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark

So many people asked for this recipe when I posted it on Instagram last night, so here you go!

Last night I was having a craving for chocolate, but I wanted it to be made from just a few simple ingredients. I had just over-indulged on Super Bowl Sunday! There was no way I was eating another cookie.

So, I whipped this up and popped it in the freezer.

By the time I was finished with my dinner it was ready!

Here’s What You Need:

1 Cup Unrefined Coconut Oil

1 Cup Raw Cacao Powder OR Cocoa Powder (I used a combo of both)

1/4 Cup Raw Honey (Or Sweetened To Taste w/ Stevia)

Preferred Toppings: I used Creamy Peanut Butter and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. But you can also use Chia Seeds, Bee Pollen, Dark Chocolate Chips, Puffed Rice Cereal, Dried Berries. . .the list can go on. . .

Here’s What You Do:

Melt the coconut oil to liquid form if it is solid (which it should be at this time of year). The best method for this would be over stove top – it takes no time at all (**do not let it boil**). When the coconut oil has melted, remove it from the heat and whisk in your Cacao or Cocoa powder (whichever you chose to use). Then whisk in your sweetener of choice (raw honey, stevia, coconut nectar, maple syrup). Once combined, pour into a small baking sheet and add your toppings. Place it in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. When it is solid it is ready to be eaten! The coconut oil makes it really easy to pop out of the sheet (and the clean up is minimal). So pop it out, break it into pieces and enjoy!

Store the chocolate in an air-tight Tupperware in the refrigerator (this chocolate won’t stay solid on the kitchen counter).

*if you are using peanut butter or almond butter I would recommend heating it just a bit otherwise it can be difficult to spread.

There you have it! Homemade chocolate ready by the time you are finished with dinner. Who doesn’t have time for that?

I hope you enjoy and have a great week! I’m off to the Bahamas on Friday, so next week you can expect to see how I remain healthy on vacation and some fashion updates!




What I Ate and Wedding Attire

TGIF!!!! Happy Friday Everyone!

I never really understood the term “Happy Friday” until I started working Monday through Friday. From the moment I wake up on Friday’s there’s an energy in the air. Like, YES !!!

That energy can sometimes make me want to throw caution to the wind and just go crazy! Let loose!

Which I do, but in moderation.

Last Friday was no exception. Below is a little peek into what I had:



Eggs with avocado slices and strawberries. Fat and protein are a great way to stay full for longer.



Kale and Goji Berry Salad massaged with Olive Oil and a side of Dal (stewed yellow lentils!)


Cheese Plate

I LOVE to start my Friday off with a cheese plate. The weekend is really the only time that I have cheese since I know that it doesn’t make me feel that great. But its just SO GOOD. So I order good quality cheeses (preferably made from Goat or Sheep’s Milk) and make it fun. We try different types of cheese almost every week. The left is an Herbed French Brie and the one on the right is Schweizer Gold – which was unbelievable and definitely our favorite. Of course nothing compliments a cheese plate more than a couple of slices of Prosciutto and a nice glass of Malbec!


For the main course we baked organic chicken breast seasoned with salt and pepper. For our sides we made homemade french fries from Red Potatoes and a Mixed Greens Salad. For my dressing, I simply tossed the greens with White Truffle Oil (you will learn very quickly that I am OBSESSED with truffles) and salt and pepper.


We actually didn’t have any! When I am drinking wine, I try to make that my “treat”. Otherwise, having both can be somewhat indulgent (therefore I only do it on special occasions). This trick was actually something that I read in an article about Kate Hudson. She said that in Paris, she was enjoying every morsel of all the food and wine. A French woman came over and pointed to her wine “that is your dessert”. I, personally, take any tips from the French about moderation to heart. Especially when it comes to food/drink – learn to savor and enjoy!

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to help our friends Kevin and Andrea celebrate their wedding in Albany, New York. The venue was gorgeous, the bride was stunning, and the playlist for the dance floor was TOP NOTCH.


It’s never easy figuring out what to wear to a wedding – especially a winter wedding. This time around I kept it very simple and comfortable.

Here’s What I Wore:

Black and Green Silk DressBCBG (This is a gift from a friend that I have worn over and over again. Unfortunately, it is nowhere to be found on the internet!)

Pearl and Crystal EarringsJ.Crew

Mini HandbagPrada (personally not a fan of clutches, I prefer something I can throw on my shoulder and forget about! Makes mingling during cocktails and hors d’ourves much easier!)

Shoes Christian Louboutin (Hey, it’s not everyday I get to bust these out! I’m going to wear them even if it’s winter!)

What is your go-to for wedding attire? What do you like to treat yourself to on Friday’s?

Have a great weekend!


I Get By With A Little Help From My….

I’ve never been much of a supplement girl.

I’ve tried, I really have.

This time around, however, I’m determined to make them stick.

A friend recently introduced me to Wildly Successful Health Coaches and although the course doesn’t start until January, I have been fully submersed in the multitude of Q&A’s and case studies available.

What’s great about this course is that it brings scientific proof into your practice through reading blood tests, understanding the human body (thank goodness for my history in anatomy and physiology courses), and through supplements.

I’ve been supportive of supplements as an addition to a varied, healthy diet. But I never realized how useful they can be in individual cases. You can literally pick out pick out what is bothering you (as simple as soreness and a bad mood) and create a natural medicine cabinet totally tailored to your specific needs. These aren’t things made in a lab either, supplements are all things that your body naturally makes or they come from things made by the earth, which is pretty cool stuff. They are there for you when your body needs an added boost.

The more I have been learning about supplements, the more I have been wanting to use them more frequently.

Creating a new routine can be difficult, but sometimes you just need a little accountability! So, here I am telling you all about it, so I stick to my word (seriously, ask me about them). It also helps to create a reminder somewhere that you’ll see it. Such as your GMail calendar or your phone.

Here are the supplements I’ve been incorporating into my daily routine:

  • Ashwaganda: This is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners. I’ve actually been using it quite frequently since I started my M-F desk job. It helps the body adapt to any psychological or physiological stress–giving you peace of mind and an attitude of “I can handle anything”. I take it when I’m feeling a bit run down by work or when I know I am going to have a chaotic day. This herb can also promote healthy cycles for women, and treats some PMS symptoms. But, please note, it is advised that it not be taken by pregnant women.
  • Magnesium: Did you know majority of us are deficient in Magnesium? Yup, we are. And who knew it was so important? It actually attributes to over 1000 functions in our bodies. It helps calcium go directly into our bones, promotes heart health, supports liver functioning and relaxes tense muscles. I’ve taken this when I’ve had a sore back and it works like a charm! If you have no problems moving your bowels get Magnesium Glycerite. If you’re feeling a little “backed up” go for Magnesium Citrate as it has some natural laxative properties.
  • D-Mannose: This supplement is actually very new to me. I discovered it while reading a Q&A regarding sponge kidney. It is used as a daily supplement to decrease the incidence of UTI’s. If you’ve had a severe UTI like me, you’ll know that your kidneys have never really been the same (sore back in the morning?). You may have also become more susceptible to them. I’m making it a goal to support my kidneys as much as I can so that they last me for the rest of my life. To promote kidney health this could be a vital supplement along with reducing sugar intake, increasing intake of citrate (such as lemon juice in water), and regularly flushing the kidneys with clean water.

I’ve also been considering adding a B-Complex (enhances mood), Vitamin D (great if you sit under fluorescent lights all day like this girl) and Chlorella (for when I need some added greens and detox in my life).

Do you take supplements? Have you had a positive experience with them? I would love to hear about it!

To Added Support,

The Wellness Maven

Warning: Amazing Cookies Ahead

Who knew a model could make a great cookie?

Well Karlie Kloss sure can.

I’ve been eating these as my afternoon snack (along w a green juice) for days. And they may be part of my Sunday prep routine from here on out.

I have a wicked sweet tooth, so when I find something deliciously healthy, I have to make it.

These were so easy to make and the ingredients are so simple. {And REAL} It was so refreshing to see.

You won’t even have to think twice about eating one

I actually had a little leftover dough while they were cooking in the oven and yup, I ate it. No shame. No guilt. And no raw egg to upset the tummy. 

I modified the recipe slightly to work with what I had in my kitchen. But, if you’re too lazy to make these bad boys, let it be known that you can also purchase them at Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC.

I don’t even have any pictures of these because I ate them so fast.

Ok. I’ll stop talking so you can make these already….

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup whole oats (gf or reg, totally up to you)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾  tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp tapioca starch
  • ¼ shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup

The Deets:

1.Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and grease a cookie sheet w olive oil, coconut oil or vegan butter spread.

2. Put dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine well.

3. Add all the liquid ingredients and mix until combined well.

4. Scoop dough will a large tablespoon or ice cream scoop, place on cookie sheet then flatten with your palm (if too sticky just spritz your hand with some water)

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. You’ll want to eat these right away but please allow time for them to cool all the way through before you remove them from the tray.

FYI: these cookies are best kept refrigerated.

Now go grab a glass of homemade Cashew Mylk and get to dunking! Yum.

Stay Chocolate Chip Cookie Fresh,

The Wellness Maven

Getting Healthy with Valentina Zelyaeva

I’ve always been curious about…well just about everything and everyone.

Some days I spend my time reading people’s Wikipedia pages. Whether it be a figure of the past or present. I find people, and what makes them who they are, fascinating. 

This desire to know about people, especially those I admire, has led to this revelation. To ask them.

My first interview is with someone I have followed on social media for quite a while. Not only is she gorgeous, but she is dedicated to leading a life of health and wellness in a fast paced world.

Valentina Zelyaeva is a successful print and runway model, as well as the face of Ralph Lauren When not on the job she’s sharing all she knows and continues to learn about health and wellness on her blog. (It’s amazing, check it out)

Originally from Russia, she currently lives in New York City. If you check out her Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you will see that she enjoys juices, smoothies and nature. But because she is a role model of mine, I wanted to know more.

Valentina was so kind to answer any questions I had and obviously I had to share them with all of you!


Were you always so conscious of healthy and green living? If not, what were some influential factors?

Growing up in Russia Every summer my parents took  me and my sister to visit our grandparents who lived in a village in Siberia. everything was grown in their backyard. So i grew up with a strong connection to earth. at the beginning of my modeling years I lost this connection, but luckily I re-discovered my love for organic, mostly plant-based lifestyle. I live in New York where everything is available and accessible all year round. For me its all about a choice: i can choose to buy a skin care that is fancy and trendy or I choose an organic , eco-friendly, cruelty-free brand. Same goes with food, clothing, bedding, pet food etc. I think everyone should be educated, everyone deserves a right to know how your T-shirt is made, where your food comes from etc. I encourage people to be curious, get info and stay aware.

You’re a such a successful model, so your schedule must be crazy! What are some things that you do to keep yourself balanced, even when your schedule may not be?

I wake up early so I have my time in the morning to do some yoga stretch, meditation and prepare  a healthy breakfast. I may take snacks with me to work (dark chocolate, fresh fruits, tea yerba mate) so i have a healthy food to snack on. But nothing works better then 1h and half of a good yoga class after long day of shooting. 

On a day-to-day basis, what does your menu look like? (go-to meals? favorite snacks?)

Pre-breakfast: probiotics with full glass of water mixed with 1 Table Spoon spirulina.


a bowl of Purely Elizabeth oatmeal (made with quinoa, amaranth, flex seeds) made with almond milk, topped with Valentina Foodfresh berries and raw honey and a cup of matcha green tea or espresso;


nutritious smoothie (kale, cucumber, parsley, blueberries, flax seeds, goji berries, strawberries, hemp seeds)

Lunch: zaru-soba ( its a Japanese cold noodles made with buckwheat); 


 fish with steamed vegetables.

Snack: apricots, berries, figs (all those fruits in Summer)

Dinner: mixed veggie miso soup;


 blended raw soup (cucumber, broccoli, kale, spinach, bell pepper, garlic, sea salt, olive oil.. combinations are endless)

Do you have any tips for our readers on how to stay healthy when traveling?

Eat whats fresh and local. I also don’t stress about food when I travel, because not everywhere you can order a kale salad with green juice. I drink lots of water, and take superfoods and healthy snacks with me (chlorella, walnuts, spirulina, chia seeds)

On your blog you’ve posted about natural beauty remedies, what is one that you absolutely could not live without?

Rose Water (Me too!) and Jojoba Oil

Valentina Pincha

Although your healthy lifestyle must keep you in top form, is there anything special you do to get ready for shoots and runway shows?

I do yoga and train with a personal trainer. Before a shoot I try to eat light and have an early dinner so I wake up rested and fresh. 

Speaking of runway shows, it’s probably a stressful (but fun!) time of year. How do you keep calm during all the chaos?

I just have fun with it! I connect with many people and I love this kind environment. Once the shows are over I book 1 week off just to relax, I book a massage, mani-pedi time, I sleep a lot and eat my favorite healthy foods. 

Last but not least, what’s something you can share with us that’s not wellness related? (Examples: favorite books, music, favorite indulgence, go-to outfit?)

Just finished reading Shantaram. Amazing book! very well written, engaging story and complex characters – love this kind of books. 

Favorite music is Deva Premal & Miten. I can listen to them all my life and never get tired. Their Music is made with love and radiates love.

Thank you Valentina for sharing this with us! Be sure to check out Valentina’s blog, Instagram and Facebook!

Until next time…

The Wellness Maven

Add More Movement To Your Day, In an Unexpected Way

Happy Sunday!

You may be wondering where I have been. The truth is I launched myself into a place I never envisioned myself being. The finance industry.

I entered the world that most of you live in everyday. Sitting at a desk from 8-5, two computer screens blaring in my face.

Needless to say, adjusting and incorporating healthy living is a little different on this clock. However, slowly but surely I am finding my way.

Which brings about my Wellness Maven Revival…HALLELUJAH

I used to give advice to people in this position, I made it sound so much easier than knowing exactly what it was like to be in that position.

Well, now I am. As I keep learning I will continue to share whatever knowledge I can about how to live in the modern day 8-5, 8-7, 9-9 world that we live in.

First topic up for discussion?

Stretch Breaks!

How many of you, like me, are pretty much shackled to your desk for majority of the day?

Mhmm. Yeah. Drives me freaking mental.

Not only is this trend in the corporate world unhealthy, it also causes us to gain weight, is terrible for our circulation, causes obesity, weight gain around the midsection, and is straight up unnatural.

After a full day of desk sitting I feel like I am about to crawl out of my own skin.

So, whenever I head to the bathroom I be sure to give myself a little stretch break.

~I reach my arms up over my head and bend over to either side, lengthening out through my side ribs.

~I bend down and touch my toes to get the circulation moving in the other direction.

~I do some standing spinal twists to get some movement along my spine.

~I may even do 15-20 squats.

All while being in the bathroom stall.

Odd, I know. But anything to get some blood pumping!

If you’re an avid water drinker (mucho importante as well), you should be making plenty of trips to the restroom, which adds up to quite a bit of stretching and up to 100 squats during the day!

It can also makes a plain, old bathroom break seem more exciting and you will probably return to your desk with an added boost of energy.

Give it a try and let me know how you feel in the comments below.

Have questions? Ask me below or shoot me a message.

Stay Loose,

The Wellness Maven

The Most Epic Chia Pudding Ever

The title is not a lie. This is the most epic chia pudding ever. So long are the days of watery, slip off your spoon puddings. This pudding can hold its own.

Now I must warn you, there is a little bit of dairy in this recipe. I’ve been having a pretty scandalous love affair with Siggi’s yogurt lately. I can’t help it. It’s so sinfully creamy and delicious. I found myself eating one daily, sometimes twice! I’m not ready to give it up. It’s not bothering my stomach, it’s made with natural ingredients, and it has plenty of probiotics! Until I learn how to make this on my own (And hopefully with coconut milk) it’s going to have to do.

But please do not turn away just yet, you can easily make this with a non-dairy alternative. And I have also heard that Chia Pudding made with Canned Coconut Milk is pretty delish.

Epic Chia PuddingChia Epic

Serves 1

  • 1 cup almond/cashew/coconut/hemp milk
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp yogurt (organic greek, sheeps, goat, coconut)
  • 1 tbsp 100% maple syrup (or stevia, coconut sugar)
  • Optional: 1 probiotic supplement powder


Place all contents in a bowl or mason jar and whisk, either using a whisk or fork. Whisk until all is combined. Now leave it alone for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, whisk or stir again. Leave it alone for another 5. After the next 5, whisk or stir again. Continue this process until you get the desired consistency. To make this process easier I place all the ingredients in a mason jar, close the lid and shake it every 5-10 minutes. Works like a charm.

I recommend making this at night, stirring/shaking it every five minutes. Then just let it sit and absorb overnight. In the morning you will have deliciously thick chia pudding.

This chia pudding is glorious on it’s own, but please by all means feel free to add toppings.

My favorites are berries, walnuts and cinnamon. Maybe even an extra little drizzle of pure maple syrup.