A “Day Of Wellness” Hosted By The Ryan Gordy Foundation in Partnership with Teen Cancer America

Sarah Holgen, Nutritionist

On January 12th, the Ryan Gordy Foundation partnership with Teen Cancer America to host a “Day of Wellness”, inviting teen cancer survivors and patients to work with master chefs and yoga experts for a day of nutrition and mindfulness.

Teens affected by cancer explored the world of healthy cuisine through clean eating and simple recipes at The Gourmandise School in Santa Monica with celebrated chefs, yogis, essential oil educators and nutritionists. Yoga, meditation and holistic tips on wellness began the day, educating the teens to the importance of nutrition and mindfulness while pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

L-R Chef Steve Benjamin – Jean-Georges/Waldorf Astoria, Simon Davies – Teen Cancer America, Anita Thompson – Ryan Gordy Foundation

Following a walking trip to the local Santa Monica farmer’s market, where guests were taught the importance of fruits and vegetables, easy to make farm-to-table meals were prepared later at the school.

Steven Benjamin, Executive Chef of Jean-George at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills prepared his famous avocado pizza and endive salad, which would be easy dishes for the teens to later make on their own. Additional chefs included Chef Emanuele, who created a delicious lemon chicken, spinach salad and tiramisu dessert and Chef Kristopher presented a chicken and vegetarian stir-fry with brown rice.  Nutritionist, Sarah Holgen presented dairy free chocolate and spinach vegan smoothies and M Café offered their popular Chia & Quinoa Pudding with Matcha Granola and Kanten, which were so delicious.

Anne Menik of doTerra introduced the group to the benefits of essential oils and sent everyone home with a doTerra “Warrior” blend.  Additional gifting was provided by event partners:  Erewhon, Just Water, Tone It Up, BMW and internationally renowned speaker and bestselling author of the book Inner Engineering, Sadhguru.

The Day of Wellness honors and celebrates the life of Ryan Kennedy Gordy, late grandson to Motown founder Berry Gordy. Who, after being diagnosed with Leukemia, courageously opted out of chemotherapy to live a vibrant life. The Ryan Gordy Foundation strives to continue his legacy and inspire others to live the best version of their lives through wellness, a healthy lifestyle, education, and resources for prevention while targeting cancer awareness.  One of Ryan’s popular quotes drives the foundation;  “Our destinies are in our own hands. Once we become conscious of that you’ll realize that your luck is really what you’ve been creating”. www.ryangordyfoundation.org 

Nutritionist Sarah Holgen’s Dairy Free Smoothie Recipes from “Day of Wellness”

Recipe 1: Tropical Green Smoothie

-All ingredients organic is best

1 cup frozen mango

1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple

1.5 cups baby kale or spinach packed or 1 massive handful

1 banana, fresh or frozen to make it creamier

8 oz unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp flaxseeds or chia seeds

Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until silky smooth.

Health benefits: Promotes healthy digestion, gut health and bowel regularity, supports detoxification, can help promote restful sleep, supports natural energy.

Recipe 2: Chocolate “milkshake” (2 ways)

Choose between raspberry chocolate cake OR peanut butter cup

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1-2 cups ice

1 frozen banana

1/2 avocado

2 tbsp flaxseeds or chia seeds

Add 1-2 tbsp of water as needed for desired thickness

Option 1: Add 1 cup organic raspberries and 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews for a creamy raspberry chocolate cake experience.

Option 2: Add 2 tbsp organic peanut butter for a creamy peanut butter cup experience.

Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until silky smooth.

Health Benefits: Supports nervous system health as well as anxiety and nerve pain, improves circulation, supports gut health and bowel regularity, can help support energy, promotes healthy skin.

Recipe 3: Vanilla Berry Blast

All ingredients organic if possible

1 1/2 – 2 cups mixed berries, frozen

1 cup steamed and cooled cauliflower florets

1 scoop plant-based protein powder – vanilla flavored (no artificial sweeteners)

2 tbsp ground flaxseeds or chia seeds

1/8 tsp or a few shakes Turmeric powder

1/8 tsp organic vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups filtered water

Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until silky smooth.

Can add 1-2 tbsp of water as needed for desired thickness

Health Benefits: High in antioxidants, supports detoxification, promotes gut health and bowel regularity, helps build lean muscle.

About The Ryan Gordy Foundation:

The Ryan Gordy Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to live the best version of their lives. We do this through wellness campaigns, events, advocacy, healthy lifestyle, education and awareness.

About Teen Cancer America (TCA):

Teen Cancer America is a change agent improving the lives of young people with cancer by revolutionizing hospitals. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who are the founders and driving force behind TCA.

By Denise Weaver

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