it’s been quite a while since a shared. sorry guys! beginning of the semester madness, you know how it is! but I am trucking along, tying to keep a good balance of healthy eats as I settle back into the college environment.

eats lately:



^loving my bone broth lately. it’s a gut healing spectacular nutrition powerhouse.^




^all the spaghetti squash, eggs, tomato sauce, vegetables, and goat cheese.^


^canned salmon for the win. plus Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.^


^Eggs, spinach, celery, avocado.^




^I recently tried the Applegate bacon made from the pork shoulder rather than pork belly. I love the meatier nature of this bacon, it feels more substantial and has a delicious pork flavor. All that aside, I will always have a special place in my heart for bacon.^


^a pre-hiking breakfast last weekend with my boy. bacon, eggs, red pepper, and goat cheese.^




^i made paleo banana bread last weekend. it was amazing. served with veggies and meat, please.^


^all the kale. when I make kale chips I just eat them all. I can’t stop. It could be worse, right?^


^cook your veggies with your bacon. then tell me you don’t like them.^


^an afternoon studying/coffee-ing together.^



^to go form the dining hall. added canned salmon on top, because the ‘clean’ protein options from our Dining Hall are pretty much nonexistent.^


^it works for breakfast or dinner- spaghetti squash, sauce, Dubliner cheese, buttah, and chicken.^


^kale chips AND plantains?! these are seriously amazing. with avocado? just STOP. it’s too good.^


^pretty much the same mess, with some extra vegetables thrown in. yummers.^



^dinner at Sidewall, a new local pizza place. Salad + gluten free pizza with broccoli and Brussels. I’m in love. it was a little pricey, but freshly made so… #worthit.^

WIAF- What I Ate Friday!

What I Ate Wednesday is a pretty popular theme here in the blog-o-sphere. However, Wednesdays always seem to fly by for me. I did, however capture {pretty much} everything I ate yesterday, so I thought I would share a full day of eats with y’all!


For breakfast, I whipped up a smoothie, based on the JJ Virgin Diet Shake. I enjoyed a few spoonfuls of Bob’s Red Mill Muesli along side. The chewy oats were delicious with spoonfuls of berry-filled smoothie!


1 cup Almond Milk

1 scoop SunWarrior Protein Powder {rice based}

3/4 cup frozen berries

1 TBSP chia seeds




Friday was a busy day for me, so I just grabbed some food to-go from the Dining Hall. They actually had some awesome looking grilled chicken for once {as opposed to the sketchy grey chunks they normally have}, and roasted brussels sprouts, which I topped with marinara sauce. To go along with it all, I grabbed a bunch of vegetables- spinach, cucumbers, romaine, carrots, tomatoes, celery, and northern beans  to top it all off!


^^Post lunch, I enjoyed a pear. Then an hour later {after my class} I had an apple. I was feeling sleepy, and I wanted some fast fuel before I headed off for my workout.^^


For my workout I did a 45 minute HIIT session on the Arc Trainer. It felt awesome– and I was covered in sweat by the end.

After my workout, I changed and had a quick snack before heading off for a fun activity– dance lessons!


^^Celery and salsa. Crunchy and delicious.^^

A few months ago, I bought NMK a Groupon for 4 dance lessons as a couple. We have been trying to improve our swing dancing {it’s SO popular down here} and this seemed like a fun way to do it. The dance lesson was a ton of fun, and it flew by. I can’t wait for the next one!


^^For dinner we went to Panera, and I ordered off their Hidden Menu. I had the Power Chicken Hummus Bowl, a side of soup, and a bag of chips. I was pretty hungry!^^

NMK and I spent the rest of the night studying, before watching an episode of House of Cards {it gets more intense every episode}. I had a spoonful of almond butter, to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Side note: Why does Panera have a “secret menu” with items that are healthier than their “normal menu”?! Does this make sense to anyone? They should have MORE items like their secret menu. Rant over. You all should check it out next time you’re at Panera.

Question of the day:

What is your favorite place to eat out?

Mine are a few local restaurants: Tupelo Honey Cafe, Everyday Organic, and Moe’s Mexican Restaurant.


Hey y’all. I’m almost back in the South, so I’m allowed to say things like “y’all” again ;). The past few days have been complete madness around here! A whirl of emotions, hectic-ness, friends, and family.

Friday morning, I woke up unreasonably early {like pre 6 am!} for no real reason. I guess my body wanted me to be productive? I read a little, talked to my parents, and then got my morning started. Coffee, granola, greek yogurt. Check, check, check. It was the perfect breakfast on a cold rainy morning. I mean- you can never go wrong with coffee.


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After breakfast, my mom and I headed out to see Saving Mr. Banks. Y’all- go see this! It’s not an action movie at all, but it is a heartwarming, sad, inspiring tale. I was crying more than once but it was more than worth it.

After the movie, we ran some errands, which was great mother-daughter time :). Then we met up with my best friend Krista and grabbed some lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. I had a plate of roasted vegetables and fresh cheese. Simple and scrumptious. We walked and talked some, and then grabbed some frozen yogurt. I had apple pie and cake batter topped with cookie dough bites– love me some dessert!

When we got home, I started packing and then headed out for a quick workout as a break.


^A quick 30 minutes on the Arc trainer. Fast and dirty.^

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My room was kind of a mess. My mom hung out with me while I packed, and then we all had some dinner together. Simple salad and hummus. My mom and I were still pretty full from lunch, and my dad had some extra chicken to fill him up.

After dinner, packing continued, fun stuff. A little later, I had a slight panic attack… I was not emotionally/physically/mentally ready to leave home. I’ve gotten to an age where I worry about my parents and my siblings when we’re apart, and it makes me miss them so much more than ever before. So.. 20 minutes later and one impulsive decision- I changed my flight to Sunday, giving me an extra day at home. I immediately felt so much better after changing my flight. It was even cheaper!


^A little snack after the ordeal. I kept packing but felt so so much better and relaxed.^

Question of the day:

What was the last impulsive decision you made?

Time to get married.

Yesterday started bright and early, because I was off to babysit with my mom! She nannies for the cutest 11-month old boy. He melts my heart. We had to be over at his house by 8:20 {normally it’s 6:20, but there were delays for his mom’s work because of the icy/cold conditions}. Thank goodness, because I was not ready for a pre- 5 am workout.

We packed breakfast and lunch, and headed over to hangout with this little angel.

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^Isn’t he just the most precious?^

I didn’t snap a picture of my breakfast, but it was simple– some peanut and oats Kind granola, Trader Joe’s honey greek yogurt, and a small banana. Peanuts, honey, and banana? A perfect combination.

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^while our little babe was napping, I headed home to check on my sister. I also had lunch- salad with vegetables, hummus, tilapia, and quinoa. Filling and delicious.^

After lunch, I quickly chugged some water before heading to the gym to fit a good workout in. It felt good to stretch my legs and sweat after my 7 miler yesterday.


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^7 mile run, .67 mile incline walk, and a 10 minute cool down on the elliptical. Not too shabby.^

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After my workout I showered, picked my mom up from her nannying job, and then headed back out to the dentist. It was great and all is in check. I shared with my dentist that I am pre-med and hoping to be a surgeon. His advice? “You should get married now, before you enter the medical field. It is too harsh without a partner.” hm… I’m a little young, but I’ll keep that in mind ;)!

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I was starving by the time I got home rom the dentist. I snacked on some delicious Trader Joe’s rice crackers and hummus while heating up some leftovers. For dinner I had eggplant, carrots, and hummus on a bed of romaine lettuce. So yummy and clean!


^After dinner, I had some tea and dark chocolate while chatting with my friend Gina. Her flights have been cancelled the past 2 days because of the cold and ice here! It was so great to sneak one last night in with her before she headed back to Chicago this morning.^


How do you keep warm?

What’s your shake out day/workout look like after a long run?


So, since I haven’t been checking in lately, I’ll give you guys some random pictures, plus my Saturday antics!

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^I took full advantage of the few freezing days we got in Greenville to break out all my winter gear. And of course take some selfies….^

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^watching the boys play soccer….which led to me being captivating by my shadow. It’s the simply things guys.^


^I am in love with this new Christmas tumbler. It just makes workouts so much more fun!^


^isn’t he just the cutest? Drinking the beer he brewed himself!^


^salad with chips, apple, cucumber, lettuce, and hummus.^


^when in doubt.. add goat cheese. I needed to spice up some frozen kale, and this more than did the trick!^

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^Last dinner with my gorgeous roomie! Mahi Mahi burgers, quinoa, goat cheese, and roasted pearl onions + brussels sprouts. This was amazing. Goat cheese has a special place in my heart.^


^Healthy dessert one night. Banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, and one hershey’s kiss for a treat!^


^The last meal before I headed home from school. I went all out with fries, I live a wild life. And a black bean burger under all those vegetables.^


^Airport salad, not too shabby BWI! Chopped vegetables, with avocado on top.^





Saturday morning consisted of crafts, baking, and general preparations for all the Christmas gatherings we’ll be having at our house over the next few days. The funny thing is that we won’t even be here for Christmas Eve/Day, but there will be lots of activities before then.

After some work around the house in the morning, I met a friend out to get manicures and do some shopping. My color came out a lot lighter than I thought 😦 but…later I painted over with a gold color I love! I’ll post that tomorrow. Besides– the most important part of the manicure is getting them to clean up your nails, right?!



^After shopping, we stopped in at a new restaurant, Sweet ‘n’ Savory in Port Jefferson, to try their crepes. We split and Eggplant Crepe and a Berries and Creme Crepe. They were enormous and so so delicious. Anyone in the Long Island area, you HAVE to try these. You will be more than satisfied.^


^For family dinner, I wasn’t too hunger {did you see those crepes?!}, so I stuck with the vegetable sides. Spaghetti squash, roasted broccoli, and broiled asparagus. Yum!^


^And to round out the night… a workout. 30 minutes of intervals on the Elliptical, and 20 minutes of Arc intervals. Nice and sweaty, in under an hour!^

Off to the family holiday party!

Any parties tonight?


lately and coming up!

I’m off on a roadtrip this morning! before I left I thought I’d catch you all up on the past few days!





^on thursday I started the morning with some protein {pancake style} and some apple! It was the perfect fuel. Followed by a giant water coffee before my final exam. Surprisingly I sort of felt the final was the ‘easiest’ exam of them all! The material was obviously more comprehensive, but for once I was able to keep myself calm and not stressed, which was HUGE in not forgetting the 100+ hours of studying! I completely owe my mindset to the amazing devotional I did the morning before the test:


….I don’t know why I don’t always do this!^


^after the test, I was ECSTATIC^


^the food I devoured after my test. 2.5 hours of testing {plus the bike there and back} on 1 little protein pancake + apple…. I didn’t really think that through ha. And the container of hummus that I polished off… definitely not a rare occurrence around here.^




^the rest of the afternoon consisted of a sister date 🙂 Not only am I off to school this week, but my sister is moving to Ireland for graduate school! My class kept me pretty busy, on the study grind :(, so as soon as I was done {literally, not ‘literally’} we headed off for some quality sister time.^


^and later in the afternoon…a run for my half marathon training! Just a base run, so nothing fast or crazy.. it was hot outside ! ^




^the entire day was spent with my sweet sweet Krista, before she headed down to TN on Saturday. Totally worth it. I love her. Friends > workouts. Gotta just live your life sometimes 🙂 Also- that brunch was incredible! I love when KP and I brunch because we always split things- it’s the best because you can try lots without ordering 5 things!^


On Saturday I paid for not really organizing by spending the first 3/4 of the day packing and loading my car…oops. Then I was able to have some fun!


^farmer’s market haul with my Momma. I get my love of veggies from her 🙂 We sort of over bought…oops- considering we’re leaving on a roadtrip today…. it just lead to a veggie filled dinner- no complaints from me! On another note- did y’all know how many types of eggplant there are?! White eggplants are freaky, but baby eggplants are CUTE. Ha. I get too attached to my vegetables…^


^Tiny tomatoes…these are local from Long Island, and the BEST. They’re like cherry tomatoes on steroids (expect they’re all natural of course)^


^size comparison. and shameless selfies of course. What else?^


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^a semblance of the veggie monster dinners we made for the fam.^

workout: no pictures! I biked to the gym and did the arc for 40 minutes plus ‘open stride’ a machine I’ve never tried before- it’s cool because you basically push yourself as hard or as easy as you want based on the length of your stride and how hard you press down… I’ll be investigating more!^


^aaaaand….a preview of a delicious snack…I’ll be posting the recipe soon!^

so that’s it y’all! This morning {in like a half hour…I should probably…be getting ready. oh well.} we’re off to our first stop, I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and share!

hasta luego chicos!

survey it.

I loveeeeee surveys. I think it’s because they are really similar to making lists….and I loveeeeeee making lists!

A is for age: 20 years old :)!


B is for breakfast today: coconut milk greek yogurt with some Trader Joe’s fiber cereal

C is for currently craving: chocolate. but….when am I not 😉

D is for dinner tonight: good question…. probably chickpeas, grilled veggies, and hummus on some lettuce. a staple.


E is for favorite type of exercise: #1 has to be walks with my family because nothing is more special than that! and #2 just for me– currently loving my Half Marathon Training, and Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer (I’m doing phase 2- not following exactly, but it’s really helpful to have a guideline of weights workouts)

F is for an irrational fear: big waves! kind of embarrassing considering I love the beach and basically grew up on it… one day I will overcome! I want to learn how to surf so it’s probably a necessary step..


G is for gross food: meat…haha long time vegetarian here. Meat just doesn’t do it for me.

H is for hometown: born- Virginia Beach lived- Honolulu Hawaii, Tokyo Japan, Puerto Rico, Baldwin New York and most time lived- Setauket New York. plus 1 year living abroad in Belgium, and now I go to school in Greenville South Carolina.. hometown doesn’t really apply to me?

I is for something important: my twin brother. my mom, dad. my sister. my cute boyfriend. my faith in Jesus Christ.

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J is for current favorite jam: current (and pretty much constant)- anything by Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, the Lumineers, the Civil Wars (c’est la mort makes me melt), Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and Jack Licitra!

K is for kids: I am a kid. at heart. that is all.


L is for current location: Stony Brook/Setauket New York. Only 3 more weeks though and I’ll be trekking back to South Carolina!

M is for the most recent way you spent money: leasing a car?! yes. I am now the owner (leaser?) of my very first car!


N is for something you need: to get a good grade in this summer ochem class!


O is for occupation: full time student. part time babysitter. full time goof.


P is for pet peeve: when I see people running (like not to catch a bus/train…just seems like they’re out for a jog)….IN NORMAL CLOTHES. anyone who knows me knows that I get very flustered by this. what are they doing?! you can’t run in jeans and chucks people!

Q is for a quote: “Every good and perfect gift comes from above”. James 1:17

R is for random fact about you: I speak Dutch !

S is for favorite healthy snack: kale chips and guacamole YUM. and greek yogurt. and any kind of trail mix (if it has chocolate all the better…)

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T is for favorite treat: chocolate cake! but….I don’t really care about the cake. Icing, you have my heart.


U is for something that makes you unique: 

V is for favorite vegetable: seriously? you’re asking a vegetarian to choose a vegetable? how about top 5…. spinach, kale, asparagus, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, spaghetti squash. oops…top 10. 🙂

W is for today’s workout: this morning: walked with Mom. good times. later- probably a little Arc trainer at the gym followed by a leg workout woo! plus I bike to and from class + the gym each day which is an awesome bonus for my workout.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: one time, I got in trouble for wearing a metal bobby pin during a CAT scan. adventures.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: yesterday’s highlight- seeing my cute new car between my parents’ cars. mine is a shade darker than both of theirs so it makes me looks like SUCH A REBEL . (which I definitely am…not.)

Z is for your time zone: Eastern Time Zone!

happy Wednesday!

a new take on the hummus plate.

One of the main reasons I started this blog, was to share my passion for healthy living. As long as I can remember, I have been interested in the idea of eating healthy, but it wasn’t really until my senior year of high school that I began to learn what “healthy living” actually meant. NOT “low fat” “diet” foods, but real, whole, unprocessed foods; lean protein, and plenty of carbs!

I have also been a vegetarian for 6 years, and am now a vegan. My focus is eating a plant-based whole foods diet, and I believe it’s the best way there is to eat! I’m sure I’ll rant more in the future about veganism and my reasons…but for now I just wanted to share a delicious snack I put together this afternoon.

Hummus and veggies (or any other vehicle that can be used to give me hummus) are a big staple in my diet. Not to mess with the classics, but I thought I’d try a different take on it today.

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables and Hummus

I’m not sure if this can really be justified as a recipe, but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share!


1-2 cups of any vegetables you like- I used bell peppers and romaine but almost anything would work!

1/2 TBS olive oil (or sunflower/safflower/coconut- whatever you like!)

1/4 cup hummus

optional: cayenne pepper, basil, cumin..anything you like to mix it up!

I started by chopping all the veggies and tossing them into a griddle pan (is that what it’s called? a grill pan?..) with a little bit of olive oil


I threw the peppers in first, because they take a little longer to cook

From the start to finish they cooked for 10 minutes, and were perfectly soft!

About 5 minutes in, I added the romaine.IMG_0946

It gave it just enough time to get some grill action and heat, but not all burned up!

Before I grabbed the veggies out of the pan, I sprinkled some cayenne pepper on top for an extra spark!


Add some hummus and and a plate…and.. the finished product! I enjoyed this so much- a mix up on a classic snack. The romaine was especially delicious, I’ll have to do this more often!