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Aside from the morning after your 21st birthday, New Year’s Day is the most famous and socially acceptable time of the year to sleep until noon and pour yourself a morning cocktail in the form of some combination of bloody Mary and Pepto.
But since New Year’s Eve doesn’t sneak up on you in the same way as that random Wednesday night of pickleback shots with your coworkers, you can plan ahead for the mind-crushing aftermath of all your bad decisions with brunch.
The best hangover brunches are easy to prepare—preferably make-ahead so that most of the physical activity the morning of can be relegated to easy tasks like turning on the oven and pouring orange juice into your mimosa.… Continue Reading
Even if you’re not religious per say, this time of year does feature a lot more traditions in the collective consciousness than any other. There’s the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, the significance of which I learned at some point during Hebrew school and now just remember as something to do with freaky super-strength oil that justifies our mass consumption of greasy fried potatoes. Then there’s the lighting of the Christmas tree, and the eating of countless mini crab cakes off cater waiter trays, which, depending on who made them, could very well be a religious experience.
I haven’t had too many traditions to speak of in my life aside from the Jewish ones I arbitrarily observe, depending on the year and whether fasting falls on a weekend.… Continue Reading
I know I should technically be diving right into holiday planning mode and/or helping you disguise your 5-day old turkey into curry or casseroles or croquettes. But luckily, I already did the latter last year (see here for turkey tikka masala and other treats), so I thought I’d take advantage of the rare lull to talk about something a little more practical than how to make eggnog for 18 of your boozy friends.
The biggest learning curve when I first went gluten-free was trying to navigate all the condiments and sauces that were now a landmine for wheat additives.… Continue Reading
There are many aspects of my autoimmune disease that have made me feel like 29 going on 90. But more so than the inability to function on less than 8 hours of sleep, having to travel with several pill boxes on my person, and getting winded climbing a simple flight of stairs, what’s made me feel the most terrifyingly old is all the times I’ve thrown out my back.
Ironically, one of those times was last week as I was shooting photos of these banana birthday muffins. It’s ironic not just because it was a few days before I turned 29, but because I’ve had a Wellness Wednesday on back health on the schedule for over two months!… Continue Reading
Holiday finger food can be a wheat-laden war zone for many people with dietary restrictions. Usually the vehicle of choice is a toasted piece of bread, a square of puff pastry, or a round water cracker. While I’ve been known to pull the pigs out of their blankets and scrape the topping off of crusty crostini, when hosting at home, I’m able to make the easy swap to serving my appetizers with gluten-free crackers.
The gluten-free aisle seems to get more and more crowded every day. So I put together my favorite gluten-free crackers and some easy gluten-free appetizer recipes to serve them with for your holiday entertaining needs.… Continue Reading
My second post is now live on Mind Body Green!
It’s so easy to open up your medicine cabinet for a quick fix — be it an Advil for a headache or something more natural, like activated Charcoal for an upset stomach. But since I try to inspire people to use their kitchens as their main avenue to living a healthier lifestyle, I’ve tried to find cooking solutions that can stand in for the ever-present pill. By far the easiest, and one that’s rooted in thousands of years of history, is your spice rack.
Medications are great for when you’re in crisis, and believe me, when I’m nursing a migraine, the last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove or chop sweet potatoes.… Continue Reading
Earlier this year, when I did my 30 day detox and went off caffeine, sugar, and alcohol, I became something I never thought I would: a full-time tea drinker.
While red wine and raw chocolate chip cookies quickly became a mainstay in my diet again, coffee was something I was determined to kick to the curb for good. Tea just felt so much better on my system. My stomach no longer cried in protest every morning. And even though I still relied on a bit of green tea to pick me up after I migrated downstairs from my sleeping loft, it wasn’t enough caffeine that my body couldn’t cope without it.… Continue Reading
I’m so excited to have my first post up on the homepage of Mind Body Green! In it I’m talking about pointers for how to upgrade your grocery game to healthier options without spending beyond your means.
For people who are just learning to put down the Fruit Loops and start making their own scrambled eggs and granola from scratch, navigating the aisles of places like Whole Foods can be overwhelming. I get asked questions about how to make healthy eating more affordable in my cooking classes all the time. With impulse buying unnecessary grocery items and upgrading every purchase to organic and non-GMO, you can see why so many people think cooking this way is an expensive pursuit.… Continue Reading