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Healthy Snacks for a Full Day in NYC #AuditionSeason

It’s Audition Season!!!!  And we all know what that means… sometimes 3 -4 auditions in a day.  When do you have time to eat?  Well, if you are vegan and gluten-free like me, it can be hard to...

Another Quick Treat

If you love banana bread like I do… you’ll love these banana bread energy balls.     It tastes just like real thing!!! Ingredients: Dates Bananas Hemp Protein Ground Flaxseeds Quinoa Buckwheat...

Satisfy Your Peanut Butter Craving!

Satisfy your Peanut Butter cravings with this Peanut Butter Energy Bar. Ingredients: Dates Hemp Protein Ground Flaxseeds Quinoa Peanut Butter Buckwheat Flour Vanilla   Procedure:  Process...

Quick and Easy (esp. Regionally)

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of regional work and living out of hotels on contracts.  As some of you may know, there’s only so much you can do with a refrigerator and a microwave to create a...

BBQ Jackfruit Veggie Bowls

Ingredients: 1 cup cooked brown rice 1 cup steamed broccoli 1 cup steamed eggplant 1 cup steamed asparagus 1 cup caramelized onion 1/2 package of BBQ Jackfruit (I get the one from Whole Foods)...

Zucchini Meatballs

Ingredients: 3 large zucchini (grated) 1 cup gluten free oats 1/2 cup quinoa flour 1 flax egg (2 tbsp ground flaxseed & 2 tbsp water) 1 cup daiya cheese (mozzarella) 1 tbsp dried oregano...

Persimmon Apple Salad

    Ingredients: 1 large handful of spinach 1/4 cup dulse 1/2 bell pepper, chopped 1/2 cup chopped roasted brussels sprouts 1/2 apple, chopped 4 dried persimmon pieces, chopped 2 tbsp raw cashews...

Persimmon Broccoli Quinoa Bowl

Ingredients: 1 cup cooked quinoa 1 cup Trader Joe’s Broccoli Carrot Slaw Mix 1/2 cup diced persimmon 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper 1 /4 cup daiya cheese (mozzarella) 3 huge tbsp organic Thompson...

Raspberry Pancakes with Raw Almond Butter

Ingredients: 2 soaked dates 1 cup raspberries 1 cup organic applesauce 1/2 cup gluten free flour (try quinoa flour or trader joe’s gluten free flour) 1/2 cup teff flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Have you ever had a vegan thanksgiving before?  You should try it.  Here are some recipes (inspiration from the Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine) to help you get started...

Jackfruit Tacos

This is a quick and easy meal to make.  Takes less than 10 minutes. Ingredients: 2 Corn Tortillas Whole Foods BBQ Jackfruit (packaged) Trader Joes’ Beet Hummus Trader Joes’ Broccoli Slaw 1/2...

Pumpkin Veggie Pizza

Ingredients: Crust: 1 cup canned organic pumpkin 1 cup buckwheat flour 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice Veggie Toppings: 1/2 cup portobello mushroom (cubed) 1/2 cup asparagus...

Pumpkin Chai Pancakes

Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa flour 1 oz can of organic pumpkin 1 scoop Vega One Vanilla Chai 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup water Procedure: Mix all ingredients into a food...

My Vegan Story

As I am reading this article by Robert Cheeke on “How to Build Muscle on A Plant Based Diet”, I feel called to share my story about becoming vegan.  As I may have mentioned before, I have been a...

NYC – Food!!!

I was fortunate enough to go to NYC for my spring break in March.  I was a little concerned about what I was going to eat given my dietary restriction.  But let me tell you, I was incredibly...

I’m Running with Team World Vision: Willow Chicago

I have decided to run in the Chicago Marathon with Team World Vision: Willow Chicago.  The Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Team World Vision spoke at my church, Willow...

Core Energy Updates

I’ve been working on some updates for Core Energy.  I hope I’ll be able to launch sales again by June 2015.  So keep an eye out for when Core goes back on sale.  Core is in the process of a...

Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

Here is another delicious recipe from the Vega Team (myvega.com)!  I just had to share.  These pancakes taste like a dessert!  You’ll feel like it’s dessert time rather than breakfast time… ha...

Gingerbread Pancakes

Here’s another delicious recipe from the Vega Team at myvega.com  Gingerbread Pancakes Ingredients: (makes around 8 pancakes) 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used...

Moroccan Salad

I recently found this website on the Vega Website.  It’s absolutely delicious!!  You can find more delicious vegan recipes on the vega website: http://myvega.com This is a versatile and hearty...

Buckwheat Sweet Potato Veggie Pizza

Love veggie pizza?  Try this recipe… Buckwheat Sweet Potato Veggie Pizza Crust: 1 cup grated sweet potato 1 cup buckwheat flour 1 cup chickpea flour 1/4 cup coconut oil 1 tbsp dried basil...

The Healthy Vegan Diet

Even though you are vegan does not mean that everything you eat is healthy.  There are a lot of unhealthy vegan foods that “appear to be healthy,” when in actuality, they are not.  The easiest...

Sweet Potato Carrot & Greens Pancakes

  I always try to add more greens and vegetables into my diet as possible.  But I know what your thinking . . . sweet potato, carrots, green?  In a pancake?  YUCK!!! HOWEVER, there are...

Hidden Veggies

Do you have the hardest time getting your kids to eat their vegetables? Or perhaps you dislike eating vegetables? Either way, I have some great tricks to sneak vegetables into meals so that your...

Plant-Based Proteins

Being a vegan, I get asked the same question all the time: “Where do you get your protein?”  Well here are some of the few plant-based sources that contain protein as well as other powerful...

COR-E

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Banana Protein Green Tea Pancakes

Here’s a recipe I made up.  It’s delicious and provides you with sustainable energy for the rest of the day. Banana Protein Green Tea Pancakes  2 Dates 2 Bananas 1 scoop Vega One Sports Protein...

Food Combining Chart

Combining foods is essential to create complete proteins for your body on a plant-based diet.  Here’s a chart to help you insure that you are fueling your body with what it needs.

Nuts and Seeds Soaking Guide

Did you know that you can soak nuts and seeds?  Did you know that soaking nuts and seeds increases their nutrient content and makes them more easily digestible?  Here’s a table to help get you...

Plant-Based Sources of Calcium

As a vegan, many people ask me where I get my calcium from.  It’s quite simple: 1. Broccoli One cup of cooked broccoli provides 45-62 milligrams of calcium with an absorption rate of 50-60...

7 Ways I’ve Learned to Keep My Energy Level Up in New York City

New York City — there’s a reason why people say that it’s the city that never sleeps.  Why?  Because it’s absolutely true.  The city is like an ant farm that never stops working.  There are...

Vocal Endurance and Longevity

Backing up my blog post regarding vocal health… vocal endurance and longevity is another topic entirely.  Keep in mind these are all things I’ve learned over the past 18 years.  Now, how do you...

How to Ace the Dance Call!

I’ve noticed that this topic has come up more often the past few months.  And as a dancer I felt it was important for me to address it. Before I say anything more, I want to preface that I did...

Vocal Health for Singers

Many people ask for vocal health tips.  Here are some things that have helped me over the past few years. Overall Wellness:  Take voice lessons.  Always keep improving your technique and vocal...

New York City Trip 2018

I just got back from a 2 week “business trip” in New York City.  I went to audition, take class, explore the city, and visit friends.  And boy, did I learn a lot: A lot of actors live in...

BYU Vocal Point feat. The All American Boys Chorus

If you haven’t had the joy of attending a BYU Vocal Point, you need to go. Their concerts are amazing. I had a chance to catch them in concert back home in California a few months back. There were...

Enjoy the Journey

I don’t usually post very vulnerable posts on my blog, but I feel like my experience this past week and a half could be inspiring to those who read this.  Since closing a fantastic run of “Elf...

Why pursue Theatre?

If you’re an artist, then you’re used to the occasional remarks from people that may sound similar to: “oh, you’re an artist?  So what do you do?  Do you have another job?” What people don’t...

Elf The Musical

I’m Back!

Sorry for being absent the past few months.  I graduated from college in May!  WHAT?!?!  I received my BFA in Musical Theatre from The Theatre Conservatory, Chicago College of Performing Arts...

“End of Time” by The Boys of LTOTS

A tribute to “The Wizard of Oz.”

BCDR “Mary Poppins” at The Little Theatre on the Square

I had so much fun filming this music video with The Male Ensemble of “Mary Poppins” at The Little Theatre on the Square.

NYC Trip

Sorry it’s taken me so long to post another blog post. I have been very busy. But I wanted to share with you my amazing trip to New York City that I took in March.  It was truly incredible to...

Actor Jon Jorgenson Answered My Question

Actor Jon Jorgenson (currently playing Sky on Broadway in the musical “Mama Mia!”) and creator and founder of the Anima Series has a YouTube Channel called Q&J and this Friday’s episode Jon...

The Theatre Conservatory at CCPA

I have the honor of training within The Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.  The program has grown so much since I first arrived as a Freshman 3 years ago.  Learn...

Tap with Matt Crowle

Last night was my first time dancing at the American Rhythm Center.  I took Matt Crowle’s Intermediate/Professional Theatre Tap Class and I had a blast.  It was so much fun.  And with my...

Catalyst: Arts Capstone

I have the honor of being the President of Illume Christian Artists at Roosevelt University.  Illume is a community of christian artists who seek to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and...

Anne Runolfsson

I feel so incredibly blessed to have studied with Anne Runolfsson during the end of my high school and beginning of my college career.  She is an incredible artist and a wonderful mentor.  Thank...

Singing at the Wine Bar

Last weekend I had the privilege to sing a few songs with Donnie Singer at the piano at his weekly gig at The Wine Bar in Long Beach, CA.  I had so much fun singing some great pop/rock tunes....

Princesses the Musical

Yesterday I did a reading of the new musical “Princesses,” music, lyrics, and book by Erik Przytulski. My friend Katie Perry (who also did the reading) told me about the reading and I am so glad I...

Collin’s Musical Theatre Demo Reel

This summer I’ve been working on putting a Musical Theatre Demo Reel together. Stay tuned… to be released in August 2014.

Birthday Entertainment

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure to sing with the lovely Katie Perry at my father’s 60th Birthday Party.  What an incredible celebration!  I had so much fun singing for all of my father’s...

“Higher Education” Informal Reading

At the beginning of January, 2014, I was asked to participate in an informal reading of the newest draft of the new musical Higher Education.  I have been apart of the cast for Higher Education...

With Willing Spirit, a Reprise for Ailey Dancers

What an incredible story. Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, returns to the stage to perform “Revelations,” the company’s best-known work. A Former Alvin Ailey Dancer (1984-1997) is in her 50s, just had a...

Informal Reading of a New Musical

Yesterday, December 13, 2013 I had the honor and privilege of participating in an informal reading in Hollywood of a new musical called The First Gentleman. This musical was written by the...

Stray Dog’s Musical Duet

You have to watch this. What an incredible story. So appropriate for this holiday season. Dogs are truly mans best friend and I would even go as far to say that they are wiser than we humans are....

The Happiest of Times

Today we had final presentations of our 10 Minute Musicals in our 10 Minute Musicals class.  My 10 Minute Musical was “The Happiest of Times,” a story about the life of Bobby Steinberg and...

Ripper A New Musical

I just finished working on a production of the new musical Ripper.  Ripper is a musical set against the backdrop of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders in London’s East End in 1888.  The...