Holiday Gifts for the Health Nut

In keeping with the gift guide theme, today I’m sharing a handful of my favorite health-nut products. You know those people in your life who are always looking for the next thing to take their wellness to the next level? These products are for them! Remember to check their websites or Instagram pages for Black…

Ginger Blueberry Smoothie

The holidays are a time of travel and busyness. Both of which contribute to stress and sickness. Stress is antagonistic to healthy digestion which is not ideal when we are in the time of year when we are likely eating and drinking more than we ever do during the year. Stress also impacts our immune…

Holiday Gifts for the Home Cook

As we head towards the holiday shopping season, I wanted to share some of my favorite kitchen items with you all. When friends or clients reach out to me for help setting up their home kitchen, one of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, “What products do I really need?”. Walking into a home…

Breakfast Cookies

When it comes to managing sugar cravings, one of my first pieces of wisdom is to start your day with a savory breakfast. Eggs, sausage, bacon, sautéed spinach, salsa… you get the idea. I’ve found with myself and with my family that the surest way to initiate the need to snack is to have sweet…

Pregnancy Week 23/24: Freedom

Last night my son got up at 4:30 am. I’m not exactly sure why, he doesn’t usually wake up during the night and he didn’t seem scared or sick. Perhaps the time change is still messing around with his rhythm… either way, he got me up and I went in his room to lull him…

Thanksgiving Meatballs

  Until I became a cook, Thanksgiving didn’t seem like a very good food day. Dry turkey, weird green bean thing, brown gravy, mushy yams, pie, jello, … Well, the jello was actually pretty good. Stuffing had some flavor, but only if it was cooked in the bird… and now we all know thats unsafe….

Pregnancy Week 21/22 : Symptoms

Hey y’all! I’ve been in Austin, Texas all week and I’m typing this as a huge thunderstorm moves through the area. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty exciting for this SoCal chick. I’m pretty inexperienced with weather so I felt pretty stranded when I walked to dinner and then got stuck waiting for an Uber under…

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

In this edition of “Things I find at Trader Joe’s” we will be visiting the land of mega-hot-spicy. For some palates spicy is no fun, but I recently grabbed a jar of harissa paste and have been searching out ways to add the heat (within reason) in my meals. Harissa paste is essentially a jar…

Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

Hey, hey! So my household has been STRUG. GL. ING. with the fall cold season and I am 100% fighting the good fight to keep myself healthy. There are many reasons for this: If mom gets sick, how will the world keep turning? I’ve been a peak level Nikki excitement (that’s huge you guys, I…

Pregnancy Week 19/20: Remembering Loss

“I have come to believe that by and large the human family all has the same secrets, which are both very telling and very important to tell. They are telling in the sense that they tell what is perhaps the central paradox of our condition—that what we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is…