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

Healthy Food and Yummy Treats in Downtown Portland: SCAN Symposium Review Part I

Important highlights from my trip to Portland last weekend…

1. A healthy dietitian eats dessert. 

Want proof? Search #SCANsymposium in instagram. Donuts like woah (you can see my dessert choices below though). #Flexibility #NoOrthorexiaHere

2. There is not enough time to eat all the yummy things!

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Austin Healthy Food Review

Hello Austin, TX!! I have missed you and your delicious food and fun activities!

A little over a week ago I flew out to ATX for McGraw Hill Publishing. In case you missed it, here was my IG pic of “lunch” on the plane. Cheers to packing for travel! Despite a speedy layover I still got 2 servings of fruit, 22 g of protein and 14 g of fiber in for lunch.  

I landed early around 1 but had to wait for the McGraw hill pre-planned transportation to the hotel for about 30 min – not easy! I was so eager to get there and be outside. It was 20 and windy when I left Philly and 81 here. Enough said.

I knew I would have very little time Friday & Saturday due to the planned schedule so as soon as I got to the hotel, I checked in, exchanged my boots for flip flops 😎 and got walking… to Whole Foods Flagship.  🙈 Continue reading

Cacao Coconut Multi-Seed Mix

I was inspired to make this mix by Nature’s Path Qia. Qia is simply hemp seeds, chia seeds and buckwheat groats. Despite its name, buckwheat is actually gluten free for any of you Celiac or gluten intolerant readers out there. I love Qia because its so easy to use and super filling with lots of nutrients, especially omega 3’s! However, I also found I loved adding some cacao powder or nibs to whatever I was eating it with (especially oats) and sprinkling some shredded coconut on top. So I decided to start making my own ready to use mix. Sorry Nature’s Path, I still love you.

Cacao Coconut Seed Snack Mix // EatRealLiveWell.comHere is how delish it looks in my oats (I add it while they’re cooking on the stove… and sometimes add more on top):

Cacao Coconut Seed Mix & Oats // EatRealLiveWell.com

  Cacao Coconut Multi-Seed Mix (GF, V, DF)


The brands I like to use are pictured below, but as I do with cacao and buckwheat (not pictured), you can get all of these from the bulk section at Whole Foods, Wegmans etc.

5 Tablespoons Cacao Nibs

5 Tablespoons Hemp Hearts/Seeds

4 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

5 Tablespoons Buckwheat Groats

4 Tablespoons Unsweetened Coconut

Seed Mix Ingredients

{From top left clockwise: Edward & Sons “Let’s Do Organic” shredded coconut, bulk cacao nibs, Bob’s Red Mill Chia (non GMO), and Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts }

Simply toss each ingredient into an old nut butter jar, pyrex or other container…

Cacao Coconut Seed Mix // EatRealLiveWell.com

 Shake well and store until use. I keep it right next to my nut butters since I think they pair together fantastically!

Cacao Coconut Seed Mix Stored // Eat Real Live Well

Now, what to do with the mix? I’ve been loving adding it to my oats in the morning, as you can see here:

Cacao Coconut Seed Mix w/ Oats // eatreallivewell.comBut, the mix has also been perfect for travel with all the long weekend trips Tim and I have been taking this summer. Just put some in a small bag or glass container, and bring along a banana and some nut butter. Dip the banana in nut butter and then the mix and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious and filling raw breakfast on the go!

cacao coconut seed mix travel meal // eatreallivewell.comWhile I don’t consume dairy, if I still did I would for sure be adding this to yogurt & berries as another meal option. For dessert it’d be perfect on some fro-yo and I see myself adding to some banana ice cream in the very near future! Enjoy this protein, omega 3, mineral and fiber rich snack mix 🙂


Nutrition Information* (per 2 tablespoons):

Servings: 10
Calories: 95
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 8 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 1.5 g
Protein: 4 g
Sodium: 0 mg   0%

Thiamin: 8%           Riboflavin: 8%
Vitamin B6: 4%     Folate: 6%
Calcium: 6 %           Iron: 10%
Zinc: 8%                   Magnesium: 8 %
Phosphorus: 6%
Omega 3: 1.4 g  (this meets estimated rec. daily value)

*Nutrition information for vitamins and minerals is incomplete as companies nutrition facts panels do not include all micronutrients. This mix likely contains much higher amounts of B vitamins and minerals.