Weight Gain and Diabetes During Pregnancy

There’s been a lot of talk in the media recently regarding a certain reality TV star gaining over 50 lbs during her pregnancy and, more recently, possibly having gestational diabetes. Contrary to what most people do, pregnancy is not a time to indulge with no limits. Healthy weight gain during pregnancy certainly depends on the…

Healthy Holidays Survival Guide

People tell me all the time, the holiday season is when they pack on pounds. Who can blame them when the last three months of the year are characterized by Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, and holiday parties. This year, let’s have a mindful holiday season and ring in the new year…

Vegetarian Pot Pie with Butternut Squash and Kale

It’s that time of year again. Brisk weather, hot tea and baked goods. Nothing better than spending a cozy Sunday afternoon indoors, roasting squash, baking pot pies and listening to my favorite 90’s playlist on Spotify. I didn’t make a traditional pot pie though. This one is vegetarian and filled with nutritious vegetables, i.e. kale…

How to Determine Calories Burned Without a Fitness Tracker

I walked eight miles in four hours today and burned about 545 calories! Not a lot compared to other activities, but it was great to see all the people that Sunday Parkways brought out to walk, run or bike the route. Portland Sunday Parkways is a public health effort to get people out and be…

Eating Out Without Wrecking Your Diet

Mmm… street fair tacos and a happy hour margarita.🙂 Eating out and trying to stay healthy can be so hard sometimes. Ideally, a healthy diet consists of fresh foods cooked at home, but that’s not always the case. There are definitely times when you don’t have the time or enough food left in the fridge to…

Eagle Creek Trail to Punch Bowl Falls

Hiking is an awesome way to burn calories. I spent 144 minutes actively hiking the Eagle Creek Trail in the Gorge and burned 785 calories! If you go, I recommend going on a weekday or getting there early. Parking is very limited. There is also a $5 fee that you pay at the self-service stations….

Nectarine Dump Cake From Scratch

Nothing beats the smell of a fresh fruit dessert baking in the oven. Not even my favorite orange citrus candle I lit this morning. Dump cake doesn’t sound very elegant, and it’s not. Kind of ends up looking like a cobbler once you plate it, but it is really simple and easy to make. Basically,…

Oneonta Gorge

Just woke up from a nap. I don’t know what it is about being out in the sun that makes me so tired. I spent a couple hours at Oneonta Gorge today, trudging through ice cold water. The hike to the falls is only about one mile round trip, so it’s a relatively easy hike….

Pacific Northwest

Home sweet home! I’ve officially been back in Oregon for over a month and loooooving it. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been outdoors more than I ever was during my four years in Houston. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun in Houston and miss my friends there, but… look at this view. I took…

Mini No-Bake Cheesecakes with Candied Raspberries

Happy Holidays!! December is my favorite month of the year, so why not celebrate with dessert? I haven’t made any Christmas cookies, but I did indulge in some homemade mini cheesecakes and fruit tarts. Making the cheesecake was a good reminder as to why I don’t eat  it often. It’s just full of fat and sugar….

“Hustle” Sprouts

It’s office potluck season. The type of potluck that you can’t prepare for over the weekend because it occurs midday on some random weekday. The potluck that requires you to cook extra food after work for work. That’s when you realize, “Oh, what’s that really simple yet elegant appetizer I saw online the other day?” Then you bring…

Crunchwrap Supreme with Black Beans and Watercress

The holiday season is a busy busy time, making it sound tempting to hit up a drive-thru for a quick meal. But don’t do it! You’ll spend more time getting in your car, sitting in traffic, and waiting in line than you would making your own food at home. Not to mention the lethargy and…