Butternut Squash and Sweet Pea Sage Pasta

Tim and I flew down to Jacksonville, FL, his home town, to spend Thanksgiving with his parents and see some of his friends. On Thanksgiving Eve, after working out, making cranberry sauce and gingerbread muffins, and prepping other food for the following day, we headed out to dinner at Taverna in San Marco. We all shared some ridiculously good brussels sprouts as well as spicy shrimp and broccolini {plus a bottle of sparkling Lambrusco – THE best}. Continue reading

Turkey Trot Trade Up

I’ve done my fair share of turkey trots and was even planning on one this year in Jacksonville, FL. However, after an epic asthma attack a mile into the Rothman 8k in Philly last weekend, I decided to forgo the race and get a good couples circuit in with Tim instead.

I’ve had asthma as long as I can remember and while it is often exercise induced, it’s always worst late November – early December. Using weights for a moderate to high intensity circuit puts slightly less pressure on my cardio-respiratory system while still torching calories and boosting strength. Plus, some of these turkey trots somehow don’t even donate proceeds to a charity so put that money directly towards a charity that means something to you (I’ll be sharing all of my favorites for Giving Tuesday).

Many other people don’t enjoy running or due to injury cannot run and feel there are no other options without their local gym when traveling for the holidays. Some, my clients included, feel bad taking time to exercise when staying with loved ones who aren’t as active. No matter the reason, I have some suggestions for keeping activity up no matter who you’re spending the holiday with. For those that who need to keep it up and use exercise for stress and anxiety-management like me, or who are working towards health goals, I have a circuit you can do anywhere with some basic equipment!

Group ACTIVities

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A Weekend of Plant Based Eating in St. Louis

Last weekend we headed to St. Louis for my good friend Katie’s wedding. She and her now husband, Kevin, moved to the city for her post doc at Washington University. Katie and I lived together for our second year of grad school in Buffalo and while we had similar philosophies about where our food should come from, she was much more of a foodie than me! I have to attribute some of my foodie-ness to her and for this reason, immediately knew we’d have some good eats while visiting. She gave good recs but we also did some of our own research. Here’s what we ate and did!

We arrived and took the metro link right to our hotel across from Busch stadium. After dropping our stuff, since it was before check in, we walked to the arch and then ubered a few miles away to Lulu’s EateryContinue reading

Expo East 2016 Review

Wow does this trade show have a lot to see! I could only make it for one day this year, and sadly didn’t have time for any of the educational sessions, but that day went by in the blink of an eye! There were so many new products on the floor (and many I’d seen last year) that I’m excited to recommend to clients, use myself, and keep my eyes opened for in local stores. As you can see below, I ended up able to bring plenty of products home… maybe too many!

I made it to the convention center right when the hot products expo was opening and bee-lined over to that area since the main floor wasn’t opening until 10. I thought it would be a quick stop but, all areas of the Baltimore Convention Center were packed with vendors. While I wasn’t speaking to the owners or employees of the companies, or other dietitians, I felt like I was running through the building past the other vendors! Continue reading

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn Review 

It’s World Smile Day! In honor of that, and Wanderlust 108 coming to the city of Philadelphia, I wanted to share my 108 Brooklyn experiences and hope I can inspire you to smile a little bit more 🙂
If you live in a city with a Wanderlust 108, you have no excuse not to go! While I recommend paying for the event which allows you to do the run, extra yoga sessions, and gives you other perks, ANYONE can come to yoga, meditation and the festival for free!  Continue reading

This Is How You Do Pizza (with Nomad Review)


Yes, I am blogging about pizza. This is my 3rd of 5 posts in a series on carbs that started with my low-carb experiences and then touched on my favorite ways to enjoy pasta. While I eat it on a more regular basis and recommend it at home, this post isn’t about garbanzo pizza. It isn’t focused on cauliflower crust pizza either, though, I hear you can get one without any cheese mixed in at Pizza Yeah if you’re in Bucks County, PA.

Remember that dietitians are people too, and often are bigger foodies than you are! I wouldn’t tell you to go out for pizza several times per week and I would probably tell you to skip the local joint you have on speed dial too. I love pizza but if I am going to eat it, it better be damn good.  Continue reading

A Weekend of Summer Eats in NYC

Happy FriYay!

If anyone is traveling to NYC this weekend {or living there and not tapping into their foodie side} I’ve done all the work for you and found some of the best spots to eat delicious and real food, and enjoy drinks, in Lower Manhattan and Chelsea. I grew up about an 75 minutes from the city (or, you know, 75 hours in traffic) and went into NYC regularly. We’d usually train in to Grand Central station and spend most of our time in mid-town. The older version of me still enjoys that area but prefers the less touristy and more cultured part of this great city. Living 60-75 minutes in the other direction, I now unfortunately train into Penn Station and miss the glory of Grand Central Terminal but, it brings me in to Chelsea, closer to some of these delicious foodie spots. I’m excited to share the eats from mine and Tim’s 4th anniversary weekend get-away and plan to do a better job posting my eats from NYC visits to come! Continue reading

30 Minute Travel Exercise Circuit

Being away from home and a normal routine shouldn’t mean your activity level suffers. This is especially the case if you’re traveling for leisure rather than work. For me, exercise is about a healthy mind, not just a healthy body. It balances my mood, keeps any anxiety down, and while traveling gives me peace in maintaining some type of routine. While I am on vacation right now, I wanted to share a circuit you can do while traveling for business (or other reasons) too, with hotel equipment.  Continue reading

Eat Real Nantucket: Restaurant Reviews

Nantucket, where even the water meters are cute! There are plenty of places to eat and countless ACKtivities but here I am highlighting where you can eat healthfully, locally, and deliciously in fabulous environments.


If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw a LOT of posts from my trip to Nantucket with my husband a few weekends ago. My grandmother had a cottage every summer on the island growing up so Nantucket is a place with lots of warm and fuzzy memories for me. While I don’t actually remember it’s, I took my first steps as a baby there! Tim knew how special it was to me and after us visiting once together, proposed to me on a trip there 5 years ago. From what I remember he was going to wait to propose but could t hold it in and happened to ask me to marry him on Friday the 13th. Well, this year May 13th was a Friday again so 5 years later we just had to return!

As a child I of course was obsessed with the ice cream and fudge on the island but now, as an adult who happens to be obsessed with health, I’m so thrilled that there are so many local and farm to table options. Something that makes Nantucket unique (among many other things) is the lack of chain establishments. Stop & shop and Vineyard Vines are literally the only ones as far as I know! The vibe on the island is all about supporting local. So much of the produce at restaurants is from Bartlett farms and there are always options from the local brewery, winery and distillery anywhere you go. Continue reading

Nantucket Window Boxes

Happy Monday! I just returned from a long weekend in Nantucket with my husband right after a long semester of teaching ended. The weather was gorgeous there this weekend and while I am thrilled to see the sun this morning at home after weeks of rain, it is still chilly for spring which, for me makes it harder to be motivated for a long work week!

I thought sharing some of the window boxes I was in love with this weekend could brighten up some Monday’s out there. My favorites are the copper one and the longer boat. 

Enjoy these springy pics and I’ll have a lot more posts up in the next few weeks plus, two giveaways! 

I don’t have locations for most of these, but these boat shaped boxes and flowers were on the windows at The Lobster Trap and many others were on storefronts on Main Street. 

And I’ll toss in the picture of the park where Tim proposed 5 years ago for good measure 🙂