Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites – my faves for the week – recipes, mindfulness, and inspiration. And in honor of the upcoming holiday, a Thanksgiving recipe round up! 

Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites – my faves for the week – recipes, mindfulness, and inspiration. And in honor of the upcoming holiday, a Thanksgiving recipe round up!  | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon

Fave Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegan Porcini Mushroom Gravy via Veganosity

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 3.27.22 PM

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie via My Purple Spoon

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 3.33.36 PM

Caramelized Butternut Squash Quinoa via Housewife In Training Files

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 3.36.26 PM

Quinoa Salad with Pecans and Cranberries via fANNEtastic Food

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 3.37.34 PM

Cranberry Orange Glazed Green Beans via Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 3.44.13 PM

Mixed Potatoes Anna via An Avocado A Day

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.18.40 PM

Iced Orange-Cranberry Biscotti via Nutritioulicious

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.21.10 PM

Sweet Potato Casserole on Parade via Meal Makeover Moms 

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.33.59 PM

Mindfulness, Inspiration & Travel

The Disease of Being Busy via On Being (POWERFUL READ! When did we stop being human beings and resort to being human doings? The next time you ask someone “how are you” and they respond “I’m so busy”, I challenge you to ask “but how is your heart doing?”)

Why Your Yoga Teacher Is Just Like You via Peaceful Dumpling (Hint: we’re all human so we can’t do some basic poses either and we sometimes don’t feel like practicing – we’re not all that different).

16 Yoga Poses for a Happy Holiday Season via Mind Body Green (there are some cute ones in here! Prancer, Running Raindeer, Snow Plow, you get my drift)

Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness and Meditation via The Lean Green Bean (guest post by Zen & Spice)

Create Trips, Share Experiences, Explore the World via I’ve been emailing with the co-founder of about another project and he just introduced this site to me yesterday. I watched the video on their homepage and was nearly brought to tears because everything they communicate about travel resonated with me so much after having gone to Thailand, Cambodia, and Costa Rica in the past year. Something that they get (and that me and my traveling dynamic duo talked about often) is how the travel we did wasn’t about a vacation, it was about growing, experiencing new cultures, and opening up our eyes to the world around us. It’s such a powerful thing to me that not everyone gets (sometimes I get the you have four eyes look when I talk about this to people). So, (founded by a group of friends who shared a strong passion for exploring the world together) helps people plan adventures all across the world and connects people who have been there, done that, so you have some feedback and inspiration for your travel plans.

On TFD This Week

Mindful Monday: 5 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating this Holiday Season

Mindful Eating This Holiday Season

 Harvest Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing (& the 411 on pumpkin seed oil)

PinterestHarvest Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Oil Dressing-4

What The Foodie Dietitian Ate Wednesday #8

What The Foodie Ate Wednesday | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

PinterestNaturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce-1

Gratitude & Life Updates

  • Feeling grateful for new opportunities that presented themselves to Steve and I this week.
  • Grateful for a nice conversation I had with a fellow RD, RYT in Boston over lunch.
  • In disbelief today is Friday. This week just FLEW by. Steve’s planning to go back to Buffalo this weekend so I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend, lots of yoga, and quality me time.

Leave a Comment

Note: Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Thanks for sharing about, Kara!

    The Embark team actually a trip together to Thailand and we’ve had a few guys who have been to both Cambodia and Costa Rica… incredible countries, all of them! The best part is that you’re going to find out something new about yourself anywhere you go; it also can’t hurt that every culture has spectacular things to give. Any more plans to travel in the coming year?

    • My pleasure, Derek! I love the concept and story behind it. And I couldn’t agree more with you – one of the best parts about travel – always learning & growing. No set plans just yet but I’ve made it my goal to travel somewhere spectacular at least 1x/year. Excited to see what’s in store for 2015!

  2. Thanks for including my biscotti recipe! Love that Butternut Squash Quinoa – totally making that next week!

  3. Hi Kara! Thank you for including our vegan gravy along with all of the other incredible recipes!! Love your blog!!

    • Hey Linda! I’m so glad I discovered your blog via Healthy Aperture. Look forward to following all your delicious vegan eats. I was excited to stumble upon your vegan gravy – I’ve never tried making my own before.

  4. That harvest kale salad is DEFINITELY being made this weekend 🙂

  5. Awesome round-up and blog. My mouth is watering! Thanks for including my recipe.

  6. Obsessed with the looks of that Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad!! AND– I hope you have a restful weekend 🙂 Happy Friday Friend!!

  7. Wonderful links (many of which I’ve read!)
    I really need to start planning my Thanksgiving menu though! Ah!

  8. Thanks for all the recipe inspiration! I love your cranberry sauce recipe and can’t wait to try it! And thanks for including the MMM’s sweet potato casserole. I’m making it AGAIN this Thanksgiving. It’s a family favorite for sure 🙂

[mc4wp_form id="8482"]
Given email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
Please provide a valid email address.
Thanks for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email soon.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Please fill in the required fields.