Easy Shakshuka with Harissa

A traditional Middle Eastern dish with a North African twist, this easy shakshuka with harissa (eggs baked in a spicy tomato stew) is a delicious savory dish to put on your Sunday brunch menu! Friends who know me well (aka friends I brunch with) know that there’s a 99% chance I will order eggs benedict for brunch if it’s on the menu. Rarely do I stray from my beloved Bene but if I was to cheat on Bene, there would only be one dish worthy enough for a brunch love affair: Shakshuka. Poached eggs. Spicy tomato stew. Homemade grilled bread. DONE. There’s nothing more I need in life. Except for maybe some crumbled feta on top. 🙂But for reals, Middle Eastern food is making a comeback. It was named one of the top food trends for 2018 (check out my most recent piece on Middle Eastern foods for Shape.com) and so…

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Crockpot Cream of Asparagus Soup

With only six ingredients needed, this crockpot cream of asparagus soup might be the easiest soup you’ll ever make. This has been a strange start to spring. I’m ready to start eating all the spring produce and yet I’m still wearing my winter jacket. Something just seems wrong with this picture at the end of April. This week was Marathon Monday in Boston and I ended up watching it on TV from the comfort of my home because it was 40 degrees and pouring rain. I love the marathon but I love being warm and cozy and not catching a cold more :).Even with this bizarre cold spring weather, I figured I could still start to embrace spring by making soup with spring veggies; enter: crockpot cream of asparagus soup. This may be the easiest soup I’ve ever made because SIX INGREDIENTS. That’s it. And the crockpot does all the magic…

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The Best Lavender Granola

Floral and reminiscent of springlike temps that are hopefully on their way, this lavender granola is perfect paired with milk, yogurt, or just eaten straight out of the jar!It’s funny, well actually, it’s kind of sad, I used to never buy granola. I never bought granola because it was always listed in articles titled “healthy food that’s surprisingly not so healthy for you.” I started to believe that it contained too much added sugar and so I never bought it.

It’s sad because I really do like granola. I love its satisfying crunch. I love all of the different textural components like the toasted oats, the crunchy nuts and the chewy dried fruit. And I relish that it adds more satisfaction to other foods I enjoy like yogurt. Yogurt to me is so much more enjoyable with some crunch on top. Otherwise, it’s just a boring cup of smooth and…

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How to Practice Self-Compassion

We’ve all heard that we should be more compassionate with ourselves but what exactly does this look like? Today we’re breaking down how to practice self-compassion and why it’s so crucial to your intuitive eating journey.Self-compassion is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot. If you’ve ever done work on yourself whether with a therapist or dietitian, you may have been asked some form of the following question, “Can you be more compassionate towards yourself?” Um, maybe? You might be thinking what would that even look like? That’s where I was not all that long ago. As someone who grew up being taught to be hard on herself and hold herself to really high standards, I’ve been on my own self-compassion journey too and I’m still a work in progress, like most of us are. But showing up and doing the work has helped me to have a better…

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35 Middle Eastern Inspired Recipes to Try

Middle Eastern cuisine is HOT right now and on track to be one of the biggest food trends of 2018. Think beyond the plain and simple hummus and falafel, and try out the trend in your kitchen with one of these healthy and delicious 35 Middle Eastern inspired recipes!

Shakshuka with Harissa via The Foodie DietitianHealthy Crispy Chickpea Greek Salad with Pomegranates & Tzatziki Drizzle via Abbey’s Kitchen

Harissa Roasted Sweet Potatoes via Eat Real Food

Lentil Dip with Tahini & Lemon via Olive Tomato

Middle Eastern Spiced Quinoa Salad with Eggplant and Pomegranate via The Foodie DietitianSmoky Harissa Rapini with Black Bean Pasta via Food Confidence

Harissa Spiced Salmon Burgers via One Hungry Bunny

Turkish Hummus via Foods with Judes

Za’atar Roasted Radishes with Pea Puree, Raisins, and Pine Nuts via Abbey’s KitchenHarissa Roasted Carrots & Chickpeas with Pomegranate, Tahini, & Dukkah via The Grateful Grazer

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas…

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Why I Decided to Stop Taking the Stairs

A post about why I decided to stop taking the stairs and more importantly how to shift from over-exercising to moving intuitively and choosing exercise that feels good.“Take the stairs.”

“Park your car in the furthest spot from the entrance.”

“Walk in place during TV commercials.”

Yep, I’m ashamed to admit that used to utter these phrases to my clients back in the day.

When I first became a dietitian, I worked in an outpatient clinic at a hospital, and I remember I always took the stairs. I always took the stairs because I told my clients to take the stairs. I always took the stairs because the dietitians were “supposed to” take the stairs. I took the stairs because I didn’t want my colleagues or clients to see me taking the elevator. This was also the time when I encouraged my clients to park their car in the spot furthest…

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Are You on the Hunger Fullness Diet?

Are you applying diet mentality to intuitive eating? Are you on the hunger fullness diet? In this post, we dive into what listening to hunger/fullness means, how you know when it turns into a diet, and how to ditch the diet mentality.I’ve seen a common trend with some of my intuitive eating clients. They break up with their diet of choice in an effort to give intuitive eating a try to help heal their relationship with food. They learn all about the 10 principles of intuitive eating and are super excited to put them into practice and then get hyper focused on two of them: honor your hunger and respect your fullness. All of the sudden, intuitive eating has become the hunger fullness diet.

What is this hunger/fullness thing anyway?

Intuitive eating is about getting back to the way we were naturally born to eat. We weren’t born counting calories….

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