A New Way to Think About Self Care (Mindful Monday)

Getting caught up in all the pictures of green juices and spa retreats and massages on Instagram and feeling overwhelmed by self care? I’ve got a new way to think about self care that will help you feel excited about self care and not shameful. This post was sponsored by the Florida Department of Citrus. Thanks for supporting the brands and organizations that help make TFD possible! As always, opinions are my own.

I think we have a bit of a self care identity crisis on our hands.

Self care is kind of trendy right now. Everyone is telling you to be kind to yourself, to take care of yourself, and if you can just nail self care, all your problems will be solved.

You start to think well if I can just master this self care thing like I see on Instagram and drink all the green juice and…

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Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Naan Pizza

Looking for a quick and easy way to make pizza at home? Try my butternut squash and Brussels sprouts naan pizza! Perfect for a veggie lovers pizza night.Naan pizza is basically the next best thing to sliced bread.

Naan bread is delicious but not just at your local Indian restaurant. It’s amazing as a convenient go-to, no-fuss pizza crust. No pre-bake, no kneading, no pulverizing a cauliflower. Just straight up bread that you can use as pizza crust. Pretty genius if you ask me.I discovered naan pizzas last year with my grilled hemp pesto peach flatbread pizza but have been searching for the perfect comeback recipe for naan bread pizzas and I think I found it. Butternut squash and Brussels sprout pizza. Which could also be renamed Kara’s Two Favorite Winter Vegetables Naan Pizza.

I love Brussels and butternut squash this time of year. I just roast ’em and then…

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2017 Reflections and Intentions for 2018

A look back at 2017, the highs and lows, and my intentions for 2018.

2017 was a blur. It was a fast-paced blur with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I wonder if every year as I get older will feel faster and faster. I sure hope not, because I don’t know how I could possibly keep up with a faster paced year than last.

I looked back at the word/intention I set for myself for 2017 last week, not having looked at it since I set it one year ago and I was like oh yes, of course that was my word having lived the year and seeing how it played out. My word was exploration. And that word basically sums up my entire 2017.

Exploration with my career

I started to explore new paths for my business. I immersed myself in continuing education around intuitive…

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Easy Peppermint Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious treats for the holidays! These easy peppermint dark chocolate chip cookies are made with whole-wheat flour and are perfectly festive for a holiday cookie swap!Hi, friends. I’ve been so lucky to work with an amazing intern these past six months, Michaela, and I’m excited to introduce you all to her today! She’s been working behind the scenes at TFD, helping me with social media and various projects but today she’s peaking out from behind the curtains and sharing a delicious holiday cookie recipe with ya’ll. Keep an eye on Michaela – I know she’s going to accomplish some amazing things in the future! I also want to wish each and every one of you a happy holiday season filled with peace, joy and lots of cookies. Take it away, Michaela!Hi everyone! I’d like to start off by thanking Kara for an unbelievable internship experience, and for allowing me to…

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Gingerbread Granola Bars

The perfect holiday snack to nosh on this season, these homemade gingerbread granola bars are full of holiday spice and nourishing ingredients that are sure to satisfy!Thanks to Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil for sponsoring today’s post! And thanks to all of you for supporting the brands that make TFD possible. As always, opinions are my own!

For the 60-second step-by-step tutorial for this recipe, check out the video below!

Happy one week and two day countdown to Christmas!

This time of year can always get a little hectic. Like when you think your holiday shopping is done and then realize you forgot an entire side of a family (yup, that happened). It just feels like there’s so much to do. Shopping, wrapping, decorating, holiday parties, friend gatherings, gift exchanges, family obligations, tying up projects at work, not to mention trying to capture a sliver…

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60 Best Holiday Cookie Recipes

The holidays are almost here! Which means your kitchen needs to be fully stocked with cookies STAT. Take your pick from these 60 best holiday cookie recipes from fellow dietitians!Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies via The Foodie Dietitian

Frosted Flourless Thumbprint Cookies via Hungry Hobby

Apricot Pecan Twists via Live Best

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies via Sinful Nutrition

Flourless Nut Butter Cookies via Shannon A. Garcia of KISS in the Kitchen

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies via Cara Harbstreet of Street Smart NutritionTahini Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies via Katie Cavuto, RD

Chocolate Chip PMS Cookies via Hungry Hobby

Trail Mix Cookies via Triad to Wellness

Flourless Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies via Marisa Moore

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies via Nutritionist Reviews

Cranberry Bliss Cookies via Lively TableChocolate Peppermint Slice n’ Bake Shortbread Cookies via Craving Something Healthy

Matcha Shortbread Cookies via Dana White Nutrition

Menorah Chanukah Cookies via…

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Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Eggnog Sauce

A holiday dessert worth cheering for! This gingerbread bread pudding is packed with whole grain goodness, sweet raisins and gingerbread spices, and topped off with a warm eggnog sauce.It’s the holiday season and whoop de doop….

I don’t know about you but it doesn’t really feel like the holidays to me right now. Sure, we decorated our tree and started doing some Christmas shopping but it doesn’t help that it was 50 degrees this week in Boston. It also doesn’t help when you’re not sure your 94 year old grandpa is going to make it to Christmas this year :(. Life doesn’t stop for the holidays. Suffering doesn’t stop for the holidays. So give yourself a dose of compassion if you’re not feeling the cheer cheer cheeriest this time of year when everyone is telling you you should. Know that you’re not alone. Last Sunday, we went to church and the priest…

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