Gluten-free, Snacks, Vegetarian/Vegan

PB chocolate chip chickpea cookies

So first, let's just set the precedent that sometimes we need to let cookies be cookies. Regular old chocolate chip cookies are one of the most satisfying treats known to human kind. Why would you want to mess with that? Other times, it's fun to experiment with different ingredients in baking, especially when your goal… Continue reading PB chocolate chip chickpea cookies

Intuitive Eating Series, Nutritional Tidbits

Intuitive Eating Blog Series – Part 1: Health at Every Size and ditching diet culture

So, last week over on Instagram I posted about "gentle nutrition," a term coined in the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch (highly recommend that you stop reading this post, grab a copy here, and dive in!). Here's what I said: I got A LOT of great responses and tons of… Continue reading Intuitive Eating Blog Series – Part 1: Health at Every Size and ditching diet culture

Nutritional Tidbits

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… Continue reading New year, new me?

Lunch, Side Dishes

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… Continue reading Christmas tree salad with kombucha dressing

Nutritional Tidbits

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~… Continue reading The low-down on “eating keto”

Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Crispy curry tofu

Breakfast & Brunch

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… Continue reading Spicing up your life + pumpkin coffee cake


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… Continue reading Home brewed kombucha

Intuitive Eating Series, Nutritional Tidbits

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… Continue reading Becoming an Intuitive Eater

Dinner, Gluten-free, Lunch, Vegetarian/Vegan

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… Continue reading Roasted shishito pepper pasta (gluten-free)