Health Food, Healthy Eating, and Nutrition

Late Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

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This summer I began growing my own vegetables on my back porch in a new aeroponic gardening system called a Tower Garden. Using just water and nutrients, I can grow organic vegetables, herbs, and fruit about 2-3 times quicker than traditional growing methods. Since there is no soil, there are much less issues dealing with […]

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Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad

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This week I attended a local event to celebrate the launch of a new local magazine in Orlando called Orlando Signature. The snacks and cocktails served were delicious, but I was especially enamored with the build-your-own watermelon salad bar and thought it was the perfect satisfying healthy snack for a hot summer day. I made my own […]

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Broccoli and Mango Quinoa Salad

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It’s been sunny and a high of 88 today in Florida, and the steamy weather has me craving summer time favorites like grilled vegetables and fresh fruit. I came up with this salad recipe after throwing together whatever I could find in my refrigerator. I often come up with my best ideas that way! This recipe is tangy, salty, and […]

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Creamy Lentil Soup

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When I was living in NYC, I used to make a soup or stew almost every week throughout the winter to save money and keep me warm on those frigid cold months. But since moving back to warm and sunny Florida I got out of the habit, finding myself eating more raw and cold foods because it […]

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Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

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It was a chilly day in NYC last spring, and I was having brunch with a group of my girlfriends. We had finished our meals and were ordering more cocktails, stretching out our brunch into the 3rd hour on the lazy Sunday. My friend Regina sat across from me and caught my eye. “Girl, you […]

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Warm Kale and Avocado Salad

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A new take on an old faithful today. I’ve posted similar versions of this kale salad before including an awesome sweet version with kiwi that’s in my Going Back for Seconds cookbook, but today I’ve got a warm take on it that’s great for the winter time. It’s easy to find fresh and crunchy kale […]

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Jalapeño Cornbread

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It was gorgeous and mildly chilly last Sunday, and I had a hankering for veggie chili. Since a big pot of chili just isn’t right without some fresh cornbread on the side, I tested out a new recipe for a jalapeño cornbread using plant-based ingredients and gluten-free flour. I love how the bright green pieces of jalapeño really brighten […]

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Roasted Okra Salad

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Each year in the fall my friend’s family hosts an Okra Fest, a big party with tons of okra recipes (including lots of fresh okra grown right in their backyard), okra games, okra drinks, and okra everything. I’ve missed out on Okra Fest in years past because I was living in New York. Now that I’m […]

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Indian Spiced White Bean Soup

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Hands down my favorite thing about the fall season is the urge to make soups. Even though the weather is still pretty warm in Florida, there’s just a feeling I get this time of year and I love nothing more than spending time in the kitchen playing with recipes for hot soup. My first batch this season is a […]

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5 Reasons Montego Bay Rocked My World

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Back in June I quit my techwriting job in New Jersey. I was extremely exhausted, sick of starting at concrete sidewalks and computer screens, and developing a wild craving for tropical breezes and sunsets. Before I could face my career choice to become a freelance writer and fitness instructor, I pulled out the travel points credit card, booked a trip […]

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