Humane Holiday Cooking Challenge for ASPCA

Hey Guys! 

I hope you had a FANTASTIC weekend! I celebrated a good friend’s wedding AND my birthday (hello 26!) so this weekend was definitely full of cheer, cake, and dancing! 

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With finals almooost over and the holidays officially approaching I’ve had time to go through my inbox and caught an email from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) just in the nick of time! I was asked to take part in the Humane Holiday Cooking Challenge!

Good Food Matters | C it Nutritionally

Did you know the holiday season is the number 1 time of year for meat and poultry consumption? I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised as Thanksgiving is based around a turkey! 

As a strong supporter of the Meatless Monday movement, I truly believe that we can all make a difference in preserving the planet and helping animals, while bettering our health! 

Humane Holiday Cooking Challenge | C it Nutritionally

Here are the top 5 ways you can support the Humane Holiday Cooking Challenge this holiday season: Continue reading

Allergen-Friendly Green Monster Smoothie

My perfected version of an allergen-free green monster smoothie! Start your day with a light, protein- and fiber-filled blend. Can be made free of all top 8 food allergens!

Allergen-Friendly Green Monster Smoothie | C it Nutritionally

It’s finals.

I’m officially on the *5* day countdown {say it with me — “WOOOO!”} to freedom! As much as I LOVE school and what I’m studying…crunch time is never any fun!

So, I should’ve been more prepared. I know, bloggers are supposed to have schedules and stick to them…I’m really no good at that…let’s add it to my New Years resolutions list (it just seems to keep growing!). So I don’t have a new recipe to share with you, but an updated version that’s adaptable to be free of the top 8 allergens!

But I promise, my mishap is your gain…because this is one of the BEST smoothie recipes out there… Continue reading

My Secret to Healthy Eating: Food Prep 101

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and the craziness of the holiday season is HERE, it’s time to create an action plan! Maybe you made a list of the gifts you want to purchase or started crafting your Christmas Eve dinner menu, but have you neglected the day-to-day goings on in between? Winter break isn’t here yet and with holiday parties weaved throughout the next few weeks, we need to have a plan  – a healthy eating plan to stay on track in between the eggnog, gingerbread, and peppermint mochas!

Fall-Inspired Mediterranean Kale Salad | C it Nutritionally

While there’s no typical day in the life of yours truly, one thing is certain: my days are packed! Between working, grad school, and volunteering, I can be all over Manhattan in just a few hours! For sustainable energy all day long, especially at this time of year, I make sure I fuel my body properly so I can rival the energizer bunny

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Banana Bread Overnight Oats

If banana bread, overnight oats, and chia pudding had a baby…this is it! Enjoy these banana bread overnight oats as a healthy and hearty breakfast to get you back on your healthy eating track! 

Banana Bread Overnight Oats | C it Nutritionally

So here we are people…the {Meatless} Monday after a loooong holiday weekend! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving as much as I did! 

I went home to my parents’ house for the weekend and it was so nice to catch up with my brothers and sister-in-law who live out of town, see my grandparents, and EAT! Even though actual Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t at my house, my mom made sure to have all of our favorites…she legit cooked a Thanksgiving spread before noon! Between dinner and leftovers, I chowed down on tons of veggie-friendly sides — spicy roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash souffle, balsamic roasted string beans, corn bread, sweet potato pie, and mom’s homemade applesauce…all in moderation, of course! ;) 

Now that one major food holiday is behind us, it’s time to kick our healthy eating into high gear until Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I still want hearty and filling meals, especially as the weather has gotten quite chilly here in New York! 

This throw-together-in-5-minutes breakfast is sure to take a load off your busy holiday preparation schedule! While TOMORROW I’m finally revealing my favorite food prep secrets, today, I’m giving you the perfect make-ahead recipe! 

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5 Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

So you want to get through Thanksgiving and still fit into your jeans? 

While there are much more important things to be thankful for this year than fitting into your jeans — like family, supportive friends, health, and my loyal readers — it’s still nice to fit into the jeans you wore to Thanksgiving dinner by New Years Day.

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips | C it Nutritionally

Did you know that Americans gain an average of one to two pounds between Halloween and New Years Day? While this small number is typically nothing to worry about, studies have shown that it doesn’t always come off and can set us up for poor habits and continual weight gain through the New Year. As I’ve been working at a weight loss company for almost a year, I’ve acquired many tips that help clients, not only lose weight, but keep it off…

Here are 5 foolproof healthy Thanksgiving tips for the holiday season:  Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Farro, Cranberries, and Squash

A hearty combination of sweet and tangy flavors, this roasted Brussels sprouts salad with farro, cranberries, and delicata squash, dressed with honey dijon vinaigrette, finds the perfect home at your Thanksgiving table.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad | C it Nutritionally

Thanksgiving is ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite days of the year. When I was younger I would wake up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in my pajamas, sipping hot cocoa. As I’ve gotten older, I spend Thanksgiving morning with my mom in the kitchen, while the boys are out playing football. Ahhh I can’t wait — family, friends, and great food!

Thanksgiving is only *3* days away, so if your menu isn’t 100% complete, or you’re not sure what dish to take to Aunt Ida’s house this year, here’s my gift to you! 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad | C it Nutritionally

This salad is special. Now, I know what you’re thinking…SALAD for Thanksgiving?! 

The simple answer? YES! 

The not so simple answer? YES! This warm or room temperature salad packs a variety of flavor with a variety of textures (and tons of nutrients)! 

Now, this salad may seem a bit complex for a salad…yes, there are a handful of steps…but it’s THANKSGIVING so it’s worthy! Plus, you’re going to cover SO many flavor bases so it’s reallllly worth it — smoky roasted Brussels sprouts, tart fresh cranberries, and nutty farro. Then layer in thyme from the sweet, but not too sweet, roasted [delicata] squash and the tangy Dijon mustard dressing. THEN on top of THAT you’re covering textural bases — chewy, soft, yet with a crunch from not overcooking the Brussels sprouts.  Continue reading

Friday Fun: Book Club! Best Food Writing 2014

As I was falling asleep last night, I heard about 6, yes SIX, Christmas commercials. I guess with Thanksgiving next week, it makes sense but I just simply couldn’t believe how fast time flies! Who else is NOT ready for Black Friday?! 

Around the holiday season, I love curling up with a cozy book. Typically, nothing too intense, but a great book to read while sipping a mug of hot cocoa while snow falls outside (because my life is totally like a movie!). I didn’t always love reading, but as I’ve gotten older I love the gift of getting lost in a great book! 

Best Food Writing 2014 | C it Nutritionally

Thank you, Jillian!

This year my quality reading started early. The gracious folks at Da Capo Press sent me a copy of their new book “Best Food Writing 2014,” edited by Holly Hughes. To be honest, I’ve never read a precious version, but as a food blogger I’m glad I started. So every night for the past month I’ve been reading a couple of stories….they’re sooooo good.  Continue reading

What I Eat Everyday

I’m taking a break from delivering a meat-free recipe this Meatless Monday by answering one of the most common questions I receive as a nutrition grad student“What do you eat?”

Ok, ok...so it was the first time I had French Onion Soup in Paris!

Ok, ok…so it was the first time I had French Onion Soup in Paris!

To be honest, my meals are not as elaborate, well thought-out, as you might think, but one thing is for sure…I am consistent! 

In my (humble) opinion, consistency is KEY when it comes to a well-balanced diet. If you have go-to meals, snacks, and dining out options that you trust, make your body feel good, and are easily accessible, healthy eating isn’t so hard after all.

Since I’m meat-free nearly everyday (with the addition of fish on some non-Mondays), I figured today is as great of a day as any to share with you my favorites eats! While no two days are exactly the same with my varied schedule, here’s what a typical day-in-the-life [FOOD-wise] looks like for me. For more day-to-day updates, be sure to follow me on Instagram Continue reading

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy, chocolatey, and packed with heart-healthy oats, these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies provide an explosion of fall flavor with hints of cinnamon, cloves, and plenty of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies | C it Nutritionally

Happy {Meatless} Monday! How was your week? 

I know I haven’t been keeping up with my posts as much as I’d like [I miss you guys!!], but this semester of grad school is kicking my butt with midterms lasting 6 (yes SIX!!) weeks. I love learning about all aspects of nutrition, but I’m not a fan of exams (is anyone?). Thank goodness it’s almost over! 

Aside from studying, I started decorating my new apartment, cooked dinner for a friend, had a great girls night with my high school friends, and made time for my workouts! Consistently exercising while I’m so busy is hard, but it’s worth it!!! I absolutely LOVE my Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis DVDs and I don’t even have to leave my apartment! I also downloaded this new app called Moves, so I track my steps everyday (let me tell you, hitting 10,000 is MUCH harder than I ever thought). To keep up with my day-to-day eats, moves, and more don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!

Oh, and I’ve also been baking COOKIES! I recently thought about the oat-rageous pumpkin cherry chocolate chip cookies I made about a year ago and just had to make them again. I wanted to cut out some sugar and bump up the pumpkin flavor…mission accomplished! 

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Single Serve Baked Pears with Oatmeal Crumble Topping

Natural sweetness oozes from these single serve baked pears stuffed with a vegan and gluten free oatmeal crumble filling that feels decadent, but is 100% nutritious. Your entire family will LOVE this recipe! 

Single-Serve Baked Pears with Oatmeal Crumble Topping | C it Nutritionally

So how about that weekend?! Congratulations to all of those incredible runners who survived the NYC Marathon yesterday…my hat goes off to you! I don’t know about where you are, but it was officially freeeeeeezing here in NY (OK, maybe not officially 32 degrees, but it sure felt that way!). I absolutely cannot believe it’s NOVEMBER! Thanksgiving is just *24* days away! Ahhhhhh!!! Before I get ahead of myself, let’s talk PEARS….

…Specifically Single Serve Baked Pears {with an oatmeal crumble topping, of course}…

Apples tend to get most of the hype this time of year…and I love them too…but pears hold a special place in my heart….Until I finish my pear and get really sad :(

Pears contain more water than apples, so they are typically softer, with a gentler bite than a crisp apple.

Single Serve Baked Pears with Oatmeal Crumble Topping | C it Nutritionally

So I wait all winter, all spring, then allllll summer for one of my absolute FAVORITE fruits to be PERFECT! Sure you can find pears year-round…but they’re just not the same! Whether it’s an Anjou, Red Starkrimson, or Bartlett (my ABSOLUTE favorite), pear season is simply the best!

The juicy drip-down-your-face sweetness that is typically reserved for summer peaches exists during fall too!! :) 

And did you know that a medium pear contains 4 grams of FIBER, some protein and is just 80-100 calories?! It’s legit the perfect snack. 

Single-Serve Baked Pears with Oatmeal Crumble Topping | C it Nutritionally

{I know I’m throwing around the word ‘perfect’ a lot, but COME ON!}

This recipe is a take on my single-serve peach crumble that was a hit with you guys this summer, so I think you’re really going to love this one too…. Continue reading