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The Diet Trick That’s Guaranteed to Make You Healthier

Nutrition is such an interesting subject. There are so many dietary theories out there with millions of loyal followers, yet often they conflict with each other.

Dietary Theory books

(Image via the Institute for Integrative Nutrition)

In all honesty, some of them make me cringe a bit. I’m talking to you, Paleo followers that claim they’re “eating like a cave man” yet they buy conventionally raised meat that was likely transported from halfway across the country from animals that had been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics, and fed a diet unnatural to them.

But I digress. Nutrition can definitely be confusing for people, even for someone whose studied nutrition and is really into food like myself. While dietary theories can drastically differ in ideology, there’s one thing that I believe all decent diets have in common: lots of veggies & fruits.


My #1 diet trick is something that I consciously implemented into my daily eats years ago: Eat veggies and/or fruits at every.single.meal. 

It might sound hard to eat at least one veggie or fruit every time you eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but with a bit of planning, I promise you that it’s not. Here are some examples of how I do it:


If I’m quickly throwing together some ravioli or pasta for dinner, I make sure that there’s a green alongside it, like zoodles or string beans. Sometimes it’s a fresh veggie, other times it’s something canned or frozen… whatever works in the moment!

Chocolate cashew banana protein smoothie

Chocolate cashew banana protein smoothie

I’m a smoothie monster. I make one almost every day. What does every single smoothie I make have in it? Either banana or some sort of berries.

Ponte pasta primavera

If I’m out to dinner, I tend to order an entree with a lot of veggies. If my entree happens to not have a lot of veggies, I get a salad as an appetizer. That salad not only nourishes my body, but it cuts the edge off of my hunger, so I’ll eat less of my entree (Leftovers are awesome!).  

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Throwback Thursday: Wine Baked Peaches with Vanilla Fro Yo

Hi friends!

While it’s rare that I publish posts on Thursdays, I’m posting one today to linkup with my friend Britt‘s Throwback Thursday blog party. It’s 8 PM on the west coast already, but better late than never right?!


Now that I’ve had a healthy living blog for a couple of years, I think it’s fun to look back at posts I wrote 1 or 2 years ago in the same month, or even week or day. Today’s throwback post is on a yummy topic: wine baked peaches!


This post was originally published 2 years ago, when we were living in the San Fran Bay area down the road from a gorgeous little winery. I decided to repost this recipe because I’ve been eating some nectarines and peaches, and I think it’s time I make some wine baked peaches for dessert! Here I baked the peaches in sweet white wine from our favorite area winery at the time, but any sweet white or even red will work just fine. With only 5 ingredients – including the vanilla ice cream – this dessert is easy to make but seems like a fancy treat. Let’s get to it!


This week my favorite nearby winery, Clos LaChance, was having a sale on a bunch of their wines. Naturally, I felt the need to stop by the winery yesterday to nab a couple of bottles on my way to the gym. Can’t let a sale of yummy local wine pass me by!

Besides buying bottles of grenache and pinot noir, I also got a bottle of their sweet late harvest semillon nectar white wine with one thing in mind: dessert last night.


I had a couple of ripe peaches hanging out in my fruit basket ready to be eaten, and had the brilliant idea of baking them with some of the nectar wine, sugar, and cinnamon – because I love to sprinkle cinnamon on nearly everything – then pairing them with vanilla frozen yogurt.

wine baked peaches

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Apple Blueberry Oatmeal Ramekin Crisps

Like any good foodie, at any given time, I have a couple of foods, meals, grocery spots, and kitchen tools that I’m particularly loving.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with a grocery store near me called Frazier Farms Market. They look like your typical big food store, but they carry a lot of specialty items that I can’t find elsewhere, and are actually reasonably priced. My favorite part about Frazier Farms? They’re not a chain store! I love supporting small business. They have 2 locations, both of which are nearby, and they carry a ton of locally made products, like cheese from farms in my county and honey from bee keepers located in the town next to me. Frazier Farms-Vista Honey

Naturally, I’ve been obsessed with the above pictured honey. I love honey in general, but locally made unfiltered honey is even better.

I said it in my last recipe post (which also included blueberries!), but I’ve also been obsessed with all the fruit lately. I usually am a fruit junkie, but lately it’s been in overdrive with all of the great fruit in season. I was telling my mother this yesterday, and to further prove my point I said, “No seriously, I just ate 2 kiwis, an apricot, blueberries, a mango and strawberries!” My love for fruit is no joke my friends.

apples & bluesToday’s recipe centers around two of my go-to fruits: apples and blueberries. I’m a year-round apple eater, and lately the farmer down the street keeps putting out apples the size of my head that I simply can’t refuse. But, for all intensive purposes, I used normal sized apples for this recipe… and I made these crisps in my current favorite dishware: ramekins!


Ramekins are just so cute and little, and when you bake/cook meals or snacks in them, it’s built-in portion control. I’ve been using them every chance I get – like for these gluten free, naturally sweetened (with my local honey of course!) fruit crumbles.

Apple Blueberry Ramekin Crisps

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Cocoa Banana Blueberry Protein Pudding

Happy Friday!!

I’m currently en route to Miami for my friend Meaghan’s bachelorette party – I haven’t seen her since last fall and am really excited to have an awesome girls’ weekend! – but I have a yummy recipe to share with you guys…

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If you read this blog often at all, you probably already know that I love making dessert-like recipes that are actually healthy and can be eaten as snacks or meals as well. Enter Cocoa Banana Blueberry Protein Puddingprotein pudding-1

Blue Diamond recently sent me their dark chocolate almonds as well as sea salt almonds to try, and not surprisingly, I’m kind of in love with the dark chocolate ones.

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2-Minute Berry Banana Sorbet

Happy, happy Friday! Any fabulous plans for this weekend? I’m looking forward to my long weekend full of football watching, a hiking date with my hubby, doing some recipe experimentation, a workout with a girlfriend of mine, and a mix of both doing some productive things and relaxing.

Today’s topic is a never-ending love of mine – fruit. I have a serious obsession with fruit, from apples and banana to cherries and strawberries.


In fact, while I enjoy veggies, I have to kind of plan them into my meals mindfully. Otherwise, on the produce front, my diet would consist of all the fruit and none of the veggies.

berry bowl with almond butter

Since I have a huge sweet tooth, I’m always finding ways to make meals that could be dessert, but are also healthy and nutritious enough to be considered a wholesome meal. I’m sneaky like that.

Cue my latest lunch love: a frozen berry banana protein bowl.

berry bowl with granola

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Creamy Raspberry Chia Smoothie

While every man, woman, and child is talking about making soup and eating pumpkin everything (both of which I love, might I add), it is feeling steamy here in California. The past several days it has been 90 degrees with a strong, shining sun above – which is hot for San Diego County and the weather-spoiled residents of this area!

I definitely will be happy to see 65-75 degree days come back, especially since my house has no air conditioning and it has felt toasty at home. Until that time comes, my smoothie habit is in overdrive, and I’m going to just keep sharing the new recipes I’ve come up with for refreshing liquid meals. Sound good to you?

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Awesome Ways to Eat Apples this Autumn

Happy, happy Friday!


So in case I haven’t told you before, I’m obsessed with fruit. Every type of berry, banana, melon, kiwi, peaches… and the list of fruit that I can’t get enough of goes on and on! Fruit is sweet, it’s a natural whole food, and it can easily be incorporated into a diet in endless ways.

apple slices

Topping the list of my favorite fruits is the illustrious apple. In my household apples disappear quickly. I buy probably a dozen of them every time I make a food store trip, which you think would last for at least a bit with only two people in my house, but they don’t. In fact, I’d love to be eating an apple at this very moment, but we unfortunately ran out yesterday. Each of us eats at least an apple a day. But hey, I’m not complaining, because you know what they say… An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Just why do we say that? Because apples contain lots of goodness, including:

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Date Bites

Any time I have guests in town, I make sure to have some good meal ideas, ingredients on hand to prepare to prepare those yummy meals, and restaurants ideas for a couple of delicious meals out. I’m pretty sure that anyone that knows me expects nothing less – After all, I call myself a foodie for a reason! 🙂

When my mother-in-law was in town visiting a few weeks ago, we enjoyed some pretty awesome eats. We strolled around at the Vista Farmers Market one day….


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Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder

There are millions of devoted coffee drinkers in the world….but I, my friends, am not one of them. Instead of the caffeine from coffee giving me energy, it gives me headaches. It actually has a bit of an opposite effect on me. Case in point: Last week I had my first (iced) coffee in quite awhile because I was near a Dunkin Donuts in New Jersey, which are a rarity here in California, and I felt so tired an hour later that I took a nap. And I’m not a big nap taker.


Tea on the other hand, is my coffee shop/hot bev/lazy weekend morning drink of choice. Green tea is my favorite. It doesn’t make me feel zingy, and it also doesn’t make me sleepy or headachy. It’s just nice and soothing.

So when Kiss Me Organics recently contacted me asking if I’d like to try their matcha green tea powder, I was all, Yes please! Grown only in Japan and made from top-quality leaves, matcha is the only form of tea in which the whole leaf is consumed. I had never had matcha before but was sold on the idea that it has 137x the amount of antioxidants of brewed green tea powder. That’s a lot of disease fighting goodness!


I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my matcha. My favorite thing to do with it is to throw some in smoothies and pancakes, where it adds just a subtle flavor. With that being said, I thought I’d share two recipes I came up with using matcha. The first is yummy vanilla yogurt matcha pancakes…

strawberry matcha pancakes

The above photo shows the pancakes topped with strawberry sauce and granola. I made the strawberry sauce by combining frozen strawberries, a bit of stevia, and water in a pan and cooking until the strawberries are soft and warm. The below photo shows the pancakes topped with warmed apple, cinnamon and honey. Both are awesome!
apple matcha pancakes

Another recipe I’ve made a couple of times is what I’m deeming my morning fruity matcha shot. It’s a combo of mango, mixed berries, banana, and matcha pulsed in a food processor. See below for both recipes!

matcha shot

Vanilla Yogurt Matcha Pancakes
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Serves: 1
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ TSP matcha
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ TSP vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of stevia
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the batter onto a sprayed medium pan over medium heat, forming 3 pancakes. Cook until lightly browned, then flip over and repeat.
  3. Remove from heat and top with honey, syrup, butter, apple, strawberries, granola, or whatever else your heart desires!

Morning Fruity Matcha Shot
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Serves: 1
  • 1 cup mango
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ banana, preferably frozen
  • ½ TSP matcha
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Pour into a small glass and enjoy.


In experimenting with this matcha, I’ve definitely become a fan and love incorporating it into my diet!

Have you ever tried matcha? What do you prefer, coffee or tea?

Disclosure: I received this product free of charge, but as always, all views expressed are solely my own. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Date Balls

Hey friends, how’s it going?

Greetings from the east coast — my parents’ house in Jersey to be exact. Things around here are pretty up and down. As I talked about in my last post, I flew here because my sweet little grandma is really sick. When I’m not at the hospital or working, I’ve been trying to do things that soothe my soul a bit and help me keep it together. This includes fitting in an at-home workout this morning, going for a long walk with my brother’s girlfriend and their newborn baby yesterday, and having brunch with a close girlfriend today.

Yesterday after being at the hospital, I wanted to try to take my mind off of my grandma for a bit, so I decided to spend time in the kitchen whipping up some snacks and dinner for my family. My mom got a food processor last year that she had yet to open, so I unwrapped the packaging and broke it in.

food processor

My mom’s new kitchen gadget

Baking and cooking is such a stress soother for me. And as you probably know by now, I love to make food for people, and though my hubby is a happy eater of my creations, being at my parents’ gives me many more than willing tasters in my family members.

kitchen creations

My creations from top left clockwise: a roasted red pepper hummus platter, mint chocolate chip date balls, rosti potatoes with goat cheese and arugula (recipe here), cinnamon raisin flaxseed granola (recipe here), and a mixed green salad with blueberries, goat cheese, & honeyed walnut -n- hemp seed clusters (recipe here).

In preparation for making this food, I made a stop at the food store, and while I was there I  spotted mint chocolate chips. I love chocolate and I love mint, so I had to give these babies a try. Immediately what popped into my mind was to make date balls.

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Date balls make such fun healthy dessert-like snacks. Next time I may put a few drops of peppermint extract into the date ball dough to make it have even more of a peppermint flavor, and I would have if I had some on-hand. However, they turned out tasty as is. Everyone enjoyed them and my sister said that these babies taste like Girl Scout cookies!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Date Balls
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Serves: 8
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 TBSP brown rice syrup (honey or agave syrup would also work)
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup mint chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt
  1. In a food processor, combine the dates, almonds, brown rice syrup, cocoa powder and salt. Pulse until it forms into a sticky ball. You may need to scrape down the sides once or twice to get everything mixed together well.
  2. Mix in the chocolate chips, and stir with a spoon to mix them in there evenly.
  3. With moistened hands, roll the dough into 8 even balls.
  4. You can stick them in the fridge to harden a bit, or enjoy them a little softer as is.
*You can also add in a few drops of peppermint extract for an extra minty flavor.*


Date balls – love em, hate em, never had em?