Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Returning to The Gym a Year Later

Last week I was reading an old blog post I wrote back in 2018. It was a list of fitness tips that I had discovered over the years. In it, I detailed the various things I did that led me to make healthy lifestyle choices and kick ass in the gym. Fast forward three years and things have changed dramatically. Before last week, I hadn’t stepped inside a gym in almost a year. As soon as the gyms (and everything else) shut down in Los Angeles, I purchased a treadmill, dumbbells, and resistance bands and did my best to have a decent workout inside myRead More →

15 Minute No Bake Protein Brownie Bars

The other day @unicornsuperfoods reposted a delicious looking recipe for no bake protein brownie bars. Ever since I saw it, I have been dying to try them. Aside from the Unicorn Superfood protein powder (that I already had) the recipe required only five ingredients. Yesterday, I made them and couldn’t believe what little time it took (under 15 minutes). Instead of following the exact recipe, I used chocolate fudge protein powder rather than vanilla cake. If you’re in need of an energy boost, these plant-based brownie bars are a decadent afternoon pick me up or an ideal pre-workout snack! You will need: 1 cup darkRead More →

The Healthy Snacks at The Top of My Shopping List

In November I moved to New York City and lived in an empty apartment for about two weeks. During that time it was much easier to order an Impossible burger on Postmates than grocery shop and make something healthy. I told myself that after the holidays were over I would get back on track, and here we are. On January 1st, I committed to making positive changes to my lifestyle by working out three to four times a week (something that’s important to me but I’ve slacked off on recently), drinking more water, transferring my plant-based meal delivery service from L.A. to NYC, and snackingRead More →

The Summery Recipes I Recently Saved to My Instagram Folder

With summer in full swing, I’ve been searching for easy dishes to make at the shore. As I scrolled through my Instagram feed, I saved any colorful summery recipes to my recipes folder. The other day, I narrowed it down to what I want to make. Then, I broke it down based on the type of dish (breakfast, lunch, and entrées, plus soups and salads, appetizers and sides, and cocktails and desserts). Here are 21 recipes I can’t wait to create this season. Breakfast https://www.instagram.com/p/CBjCeG6hLLU/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B6qvkGUg_IA/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CB_BTAznsVh/ Lunch https://www.instagram.com/p/CDB3Pvzj0WT/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B81usN-AZL2/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CB8cgVonz1P/ Soups + Salads https://www.instagram.com/p/CDAW790gfP7/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B69I1aLgaGH/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CB3-3z0HyLh/ Appetizers + Sides https://www.instagram.com/p/CCOguebMqDI/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CDFi8rJJX_l/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CC68wWHHF5z/ Entrées https://www.instagram.com/p/CAyAxDWDuV9/Read More →

20 Picnic Recipes To Kick Off The Start of Summer

One of my favorite summertime activities is planning a picnic in the park or at the beach. I love discovering an array of delectable recipes to make, like fruit bars, agua fresca, scones, strawberry shortcake, and sandwiches, and then creating a delicious spread. This year, there’s no doubt that things are different, but that doesn’t mean that this outdoor rite of passage needs to end. In fact, I’m looking forward to enjoying a picnic at a drive-in theater this summer. In my quest to discover new picnic recipes, I came up with a list of 20 vegetarian dishes that are easy to create! Kristie WoszczynaRead More →

My Favorite Plant-Based Recipes From My Go-To Vegan Cookbooks—Part 1

Every Monday and Wednesday, Billy and I receive fresh, pre-made vegan dishes from the meal delivery service Thistle. Three dinners (plus breakfast, lunch, and snacks) arrive at our doorstep and they’re ready within 5 minutes. This makes planning what we’re having for dinner three nights out of the week, pretty easy. The other four nights  we try to come up with something just as nutritious. In December Billy became a vegan so when I’m cooking for the two of us, I have a few go-to cookbooks that provide me with flavorful dairy-free recipes. Recently I went through each one and placed a post-it on theRead More →

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Caramelized Almonds and Homemade Whipped Cream

The other day I had a craving for something sweet, so I reached out to one of my favorite foodie gurus, Lili from Enjoying Life Everyday. I asked her to curate a breakfast recipe for me because I knew she would send something incredible. And she did—pumpkin spice waffles with caramelized almonds and homemade whipped cream. As soon as I got the recipe, I went to the market, purchased the ingredients and began making them. FYI—they’re d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! Using pumpkin puree gives it a distinct autumn flavor. The addition of almonds adds a nice crunchy texture with a hint of sweetness, while the easy to makeRead More →

How To Throw an Elegant Halloween Party

Hosting a party should be an enjoyable affair and you shouldn’t spend a ton of time stressing over the small stuff. Years ago, when I threw my first party I prepared for weeks and spent way too much money. To say I went overboard, that would be an understatement. Since then, I’ve adopted a party planning strategy with specific tasks that help me plan efficiently. It doesn’t matter if I’m hosting a fall soiree or a get together in the middle of the summer, there’s a certain way I go about doing things, and I’ll make a few adjustments depending on the occasion. These areRead More →

Gourmet Halloween Treats That Take Snacking To Another Level

I have nothing against snacking on “fun size” candy bars but when it comes to Halloween, I search for something more decadent. My go-to candy brands are Sugarfina and Dylan’s Candy Bar, but for the month of October I try to sample gourmet sweets from a variety of brands. One of my favorites is indulging in chocolates and sugary snacks that are imported from other countries. There’s just something about knowing that they were handcrafted in Holland like these lollipops, or created in Spain like these gummies. Here are my 15 must try gourmet Halloween treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth.  1. A samplerRead More →

My List of Must Try Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes in Los Angeles

Living in Los Angeles, I’m granted the luxury of having some of the best restaurants with talented chef’s right near me or a short ride away. Whether I’m seeking a quick bite, a place to dine at with friends, or where to spend a Friday evening date night; I have some tried-and-true spots that never disappoint. More importantly, these restaurants carry the entrées I find myself craving time and time again. Here are my recommendations on must-try vegetarian and vegan dishes in Los Angeles, plus my favorite desserts, and spots that serve high tea.  PS: For all things Los Angeles check out my travel guides—PartRead More →