Since I have lived here in Trieste it has been a personal goal to eat gelato everyday. A small cup with two flavors is how I roll. Depending on the shop a small can run you from 1.30 to 2.20 euros. I don’t feel shame eating gelato everyday in Italy since Italian’s take their food very […]

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I have been busy with final exams here in Italy so I haven’t posted in a while. They are really crazy oral exams and if you don’t know the answer to a question you are asked you fail so I have been studying and mentally preparing myself. So anyway, I took a nutrition course from […]

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Why Strength Training? It takes a consistent mix of eating healthy and the right exercise to get a toned body. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of strength training. Cardio alone is just not effective for fat loss. When you have more muscle, you have a higher metabolism and this is crucial for weight-loss. It […]

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There is a vegan version with quinoa and mushrooms as well as a meat version with chicken breast. This is a super versatile recipe so feel free to make it your own! This is one of my go to recipes when I am looking for a meatless option for like a #meatlessmonday meal. I marinate the […]

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1. Change the way you shop. Seek out stores that allow you to buy in bulk. What I mean is where you can buy only what you need. I like to go to Kroger, Ellwood Thompson’s and Whole Foods for their bulk section where I buy my seeds, grains, nuts, dried fruit, spices, loose tea, […]

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I found out that catnip is 10 times stronger than DEET a chemical bug repellent whose chemical name is, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide. Chemicals can cause harm at low levels and I would rather not put that on my skin. The one you buy in the store is usually 100% DEET which is a bad idea. Lower doses are […]

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This tahini balsamic dressing will make those who say they don’t like salad ask for seconds. I love it since I don’t add oil to it since the tahini provides the mouth coating richness. I have made this recipe without tahini with success. I used about 1/3 cup of toasted sesame seeds and buzzed them […]

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This apple crumble is perfect for beginners because the amounts don’t have to be perfect making it a very forgiving recipe. You can use whatever apples you like, add dried or fresh berries, use regular flour instead of almond flour if you so choose. I like to avoid refined white flour because it has been […]

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For our cranberry cocktails we start by making a cranberry syrup. You can use it to make a variety of drinks like the two cocktails I am sharing in this post. A Cranberry Gin and Tonic and a play on a classic, the Cranberry Fitzgerald.  If you have friends not drinking you can easily jazz […]

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Linzer Torte is an old Austrian dessert that is traditionally made with hazelnuts and black current preserves. It is a great base recipe that you can make your own by playing with different nut bases and jam fillings. Before making this with chestnuts my favorite Linzer Torte recipe was with half almonds half macadamia nuts. […]

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