Saturday nights spent out dancing until 6 or 7 in the morning meant Sundays were for sleeping, park & beach going, and a lot of paella. Living in Spain, and a lot of other places around the world, I learned that Sundays were for rest and spending time with friends & family. Everything, yup everything, was closed. There was no rushing to get the grocery shopping done for the week or rushed plans to do XYZ. I often found myself strolling around the streets of Madrid meandering through parks, where there always seemed to be some sort of festival, exploring different parks, hitting up theRead More →

It’s only the beginning of August and I have eaten my weight (x3) in peaches, figs, cherries, berries & now, melon. I cannot get over eating fruit at every meal during the summer. Whether it be for a quick snack, grilled for a dessert, or tossed in a salad or wrap for some more depth, fruit is the best way to freshen up any meal. I love foods that are refreshing, and watermelon, is definitely one of the tops. As someone who lived in Spain, I have had my fair amount of gazpacho. And lemme tell ya. This one may be different than the traditionalRead More →

When I first think about how this blog started 3 years ago, I realize how much I’ve learned and how much the blog has changed. I had recently moved from Philly to Santa Monica and was loving how inspired the warm weather and abundant farmers’ markets were making me to cook and eat whole & seasonal foods. After posting a few pictures of my meals & snacks on social media I received some encouragement from friends and family to start a food blog so I decided to give it a go. I dove in head first creating recipes and testing out food photography (egads thoseRead More →

I did a thing! A super amazing delicious thing! I have been wanting to make this recipe for at least 2 years. TWO! I tried a few times and each time the cookie was too healthy tasting or crumbled apart too much. I was starting to give up when I decided to revamp an oldie but goodie, and it worked!  And good thing because I had been in bit of a kitchen rut and now I feel like I am on fiiiiireeee. Read More →

I never met a granola that I didn’t like. Grain-free, nut-free, loaded with oils & fats. I will take one of each, please. I got super into making my own granola about 10 years ago and I go in & out of phases. Recently the phase has been “in with granola.” Something so simple can jazz up your smoothie bowl, chia pudding, yogurt, ice cream, parfaits, or what have you. And it’s super fun for brunch spreads.Read More →

It’s funny how our taste buds change so much as we grow. Growing up my parents had a rhubarb patch that I loved to pretend housed mini families under its canopy. But whenever the subject of eating rhubarb came up I ran in the other direction, but not before I gave my mom an “ewh I am not eating that” face. (Sorry, mom!) I’m not even sure I had even tried it, I think I didn’t like the name. As I started becoming interested in eating locally & exploring farmers’ markets, rhubarb was one of the things that I experimented with. And I loved it.Read More →

It’s wellness Wednesday and I’ve got a super yummy treat for you! In my world, Wednesday means hitting up a super early workout, heading to the market and then coming home to whip up some delicious farmers’ market inspired meals. I know that for many this may look like a Saturday or Sunday, so I’m dropping the recipe in time for all the weekend warriors out there.Read More →

I’ve been keeping a secret from Mr. CN. I have been sneaking zucchini and beans into his smoothies for the last few weeks. Not that I was trying to trick him, but I wanted to honestly know if he could tell what was in his smoothie. He usually trusts me, so as long as it tasted good he didn’t ask too many questions. I can usually tell by the scraping of the spoon at the bottom of the bowl if it was good or not. And I’ve been hearing a lot scraping lately.Read More →

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrr. The sun stays up later and the temps are warmer and all the yummy foods i.e. the most delicious fruits are starting to peak through. It is amazing the way everything perks up in spring and summer, especially my mood! I get so stoked for long weekend days in the sunshine and outdoor movie nights with the fam & friends.Read More →

Ya know what I’ve been loving lately? People that can hug. You know what I mean, the kind that makes you melt a little and you feel like you’re being squeezed from all sides. I love getting those kinds of hugs from peeps and someone the other day called me a good hugger and I was like “who? me?” Nailed it! I mean, who wants a hug from a giant floppy noodle?Read More →

Do you remember when you started perusing the blogosphere? I became super interested in cooking in my early 20’s and started researching healthy recipes and found The Buff Chickpea, which doesn’t exist anymore. But it was my first window into the health blog world and for that little blog with maybe 15-20 recipes I am so grateful. It opened my eyes to an alternative way of eating and to a whole new hobby, cooking healthy and eventually blogging about it.Read More →

Think about the last time you were really hard on yourself. When you really were your own worst critic. Why do we treat ourselves so much harsher than others? The other day I met with a respected coach, colleague, and friend. I had been feeling super frustrated about how it was taking me “forever” (1 month) to get back into shape and wanted to hop back into the CrossFit world and be able to do strict pull-ups, jump rope without being winded, and be able to lift or complete workouts without my heart jumping out of my chest. I wanted to pretend like I hadn’t takenRead More →

Wake up. Check e-mail. Check Facebook. Post & scroll through Instagram. Wake up. Listen to the water. Snuggle with my hubs. Go for a morning snorkel. Lay in the hammock. There is no doubt which one sounds more appealing. And though the latter is only going to be available to very few year round, why not try and mimic our vacation life more frequently in our daily life?Read More →

Isn’t one of the great things about going on vacation that you get to splurge and eat whatever you feel like without lifting more than the weight of your cocktail to your mouth? Wrong! Well, maybe for a day but then the fun starts to wear off and the key lime pies and pina coladas become ubiquitous and less interesting. I’ve never been one for those kinds of vacations and if I’m sedentary for too long I start to get cabin fever & quite cranky. Raise your hand if you’re the same! I definitely had some anxiety about eating healthy and staying active before headingRead More →

I am not one of those people who does well sitting still. Sure I have my days where I love to lie on the couch and binge OITNB, but overall I am pretty active, though I have been (re)learning the art of sleeping in since we started our travels late August. But I still get the urge to move, explore and experience new things. You see, I have always loved to travel and dreamed of it. Did you ever play that game where you would spin the globe, close your eyes and point to spot and that’s where you would end up living when youRead More →