Welcome to The Clean Plate!

My name is Nikki and I am Natural Chef based in Southern California.  My cooking is focused on supporting mental and physical health through whole, real foods. I graduated from Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary arts academy. I began my health journey through a lifetime of allergies, intolerances, insecurities, and frustration. When I began to experiment with my food; the types, preparation, source, nutritional quality, etc, I began to fall in love with the creative and loving process of cooking. I hope to inspire healthy changes in others as I strive for this more balanced approach to food and life.

LA photoI personally follow a whole foods, gut-healing diet which, in a nutshell, includes meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, and tubers (see the Cheat Sheet). It is a grain/dairy/legume free diet which many studies show helps decrease inflammation in the body and promotes vitality and excellence in physical fitness and overall health.

I spend most of my days playing with my baby, practicing yoga, walking my giant St. Bernard (#tinyforpresident) and watching New Girl with my husband. I also enjoy hiking, biking, bouldering, dancing, and volleyball.

Here I share recipes, inspiration and the ins and outs of my personal health journey and lifestyle. Take a look around, try some recipes, and leave comment or two.

Want to get cooking?  Check out over 400 FREE recipes on the Blog!
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Are you looking for help with a whole food, low-inflammatory diet? Here are some resources.

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