New year, new me?

New year, new me? No thanks. None of that B.S. for me. I’m the same body, same mind. Same conglomeration of fabulous metabolic workings that do amazing things to keep me alive, with a spirit that keeps propelling me through life at what sometimes feels like warp speed. Like right now… 2018 already?? How did…

Christmas tree salad with kombucha dressing

It’s FINALLY my last day of class for the semester! Just two finals between me and a few weeks of vacation in California. After that, just one more semester of classes to go, then two more internships and a few months of master’s paper writing… 1 year from now I’ll officially be McKenzie Caldwell, MPH…

The low-down on “eating keto”

The low-carb, high fat diet has been around for a while, both as a weight loss approach and a therapeutic approach to disease management. It has many names and forms, including the ketogenic diet, the Atkin’s diet, the Paleo Diet, and simply the “low carb” diet. I could go on and on about my ~feelings~…

Crispy curry tofu

  I believe I have FINALLY mastered crispy tofu!! It’s been a bit of a journey, but this post details my final product. One of my goals this year has been to learn how to make more tasty plant-based proteins. This recipe is a staple! There’s two tricks to crispy tofu: 1st, buy an extra…

Spicing up your life + pumpkin coffee cake

It’s October, and I have succumbed… I am so into pumpkin spice EVERYTHING lately! And Trader Joe’s has been seriously hooking me up (per usual). I also love using straight up pumpkin from the can in my cooking and baking. Pumpkin is a starchy vegetable that is chock full of beta-carotene (your body converts this…

Home brewed kombucha

Let’s be honest, kombucha is a little weird… fermented tea?? Oh. Yes. Raw kombucha can be a great source of probiotics (depends on who makes it, check the label for probiotic content) that help to support digestive health. Unfortunately, I don’t have a way of measuring the probiotic content of my home-brew. However, my kombucha…

Becoming an Intuitive Eater

My eating journey is a familiar one. It echoes the experience of many people who have battled with society’s obsession with thinness, a sport or art form’s ideal body type, a need for control and a goal of perfection. In this post I want to take you through my relationship with food up to this…

Roasted shishito pepper pasta (gluten-free)

Up here in Boone, I’ve been going to the farmer’s market once or twice a week — the vendors have so many wonderful products! Seasonal fruits and vegetables abound, in addition to eggs, honey, and my most recent favorite, fresh pasta. After trying some delicious lumache pasta, I went back and found Gabriel from Foggy Mountain…

Boone, NC! + a summer veggie sauté

Summer in the Appalachian Mountains is starting out beautifully! I’m here doing the community rotation for my dietetic internship (that unpaid, 9 month long, intensive nutrition training you have to do to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Officially 1.5 years till I’m McKenzie Caldwell, MPH, RDN!).  I’m stationed at Appalachian District Health Department, where I…

On Eating Local + Layered Smoothie

In my previous blog and Instagram posts, I’ve dropped here and there little tidbits about eating local and seasonal whenever possible. Here are my consolidated thoughts, and a recipe for a layered smoothie! I somehow have managed to not post a single smoothie in the almost two years I’ve had this blog… but alas, this…

Sweet potato turkey chili

It’s 7pm on Monday, and I realize that I have no food prepped for the next few school days. With a crazy busy week ahead full of assignments and exams, and with a bit of February chill, I knew a good crockpot chili would serve me well. I wanted something warm and hearty that would…

Why I don’t “Eat Clean”

Lately I’ve been seeing a certain food philosophy called “clean eating” floating around Instagram and the blogosphere, especially in gearing up for 2017 and the rush of New Year’s resolutions. While this seems to be a very popular catch phrase in the healthy foodie community, I have quite a few qualms with this approach to…