Niki Connor is a healer, certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor and Professional Chef specializing in plant-based cuisine. We are so excited to have Niki join us for October’s edition of Rosehive Superfoods! Follow Niki on Twitter and Instagram to learn more.
Niki Connor is a woman of many talents and very colorful experiences! Born and partially-raised in Tokyo, Japan, Niki has participated in the highest levels of National Equestrian competition (show jumping), modeling, teaching English in Tanzania, acting, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and even played in the Lingerie Football League’s Lingerie Bowl. Volunteering is also a passion of Niki’s. She is on the Junior Ambassador Advisory Board of World of Children and volunteered at orphanages.
Niki is a certified Health and Nutrition Counselor and gluten-free vegan personal chef who now resides in Los Angeles where she works as a Health & Nutrition Counselor and Personal Chef, following her passion for healing and the culinary arts. Her work as a health and nutrition practitioner has inspired her to continue teaching others how easy and rewarding living a healthy lifestyle can be.
In a recent interview with The Skinny Confidential (TSC), Niki shares some of her go-to superfoods. If you haven’t heard her interview on the TSC Him & Her podcast, DO IT. It’s great! Here’s a link to that.
Q. Two favorite foods in the world?
If I had to choose I would say Truffles & Chocolate
Q. Favorite ways to get healthy proteins?
I’m obsessed with E3Live, a blue-green algae that is the most protein-rich nutrient on the planet. It contains 40% more protein than animal protein, over 65 vitamins and minerals, and nearly five times more chlorophyll than a shot of wheatgrass. It must be kept frozen, so I like to freeze mine in ice trays so that I can pop a cube into my daily juices and smoothies. I can assure you that it doesn’t taste bad and will make you feel full and energized every day. I’m also a fan of protein-rich hemp, chia seeds, flaxseeds (it’s better to get them ground so that your body doesn’t have to break them down), veggies, nut butters, & legumes.
Q. What’s your favorite healthy fats?
I make my own nut butters (almond, cashew, peanut) & I love avocados and beans. Though I eat vegan, I avoid soy products aside from the occasional tofu or edamame, because too much soy can cause excess estrogen exposure & over 90% of the soy in the US is genetically modified (aka GMO’s).
Q. What do you eat for breakfast?
Green juice is my favorite way to start the day after consuming a cup of hot water and fresh squeezed lemon on an empty stomach. This juice gets rid of bloating and keeps you full and energized for hours! Its important to consume a high-protein meal within thirty minutes of completing a workout to feed your muscles properly. It doesn’t mean you’ll bulk up, it will just help maintain a fit physique and keep you fuller longer. I name my juices and smoothies after my favorite albums and songs because I’m weird like that. All ingredients are certified organic, of course!
Q. Tips on exercise
Get your body moving at least 5 days a week, and mix it up to keep it fun- also avoid injury.
-HOLISTIC CHEF NIKI’S SUPER SMOOTHIE-
What you’ll need:
- 1 handful of baby spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp liquid aloe
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 3 Medjool dates, pits removed.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Filtered water
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- (optional) superfoods – maca root, spirulina, or OMMushrooms powder
- (optional) add a tbsp of almond or peanut butter or 1 scoop of an organic vegan protein powder if you’re making a post workout smoothie
Combine all ingredients in a high-powdered blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass & enjoy. Optional: switch it up by adding pineapple, or cucumber instead.