Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites – my faves for the week – recipes, mindfulness, and inspiration. And this week, tis the season for a DIY holiday foodie gift round-up!

DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti Dipped in Peppermint Chocolate via MJ and Hungry Man

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Orange-Scented Spiced Nuts via Nutritioulicious

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Vanilla Bean Spice Set via Teaspoon of Spice

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Hot Chai Dark Chocolate Mix via Dunaway Dietetics

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Chocolate Almond Cookies via Meal Makeover Moms

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Cranberry Orange Granola via The Foodie Dietitian


Rosemary Infused Olive Oil via Food Confidence

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Whole Wheat Wild Blueberry Biscottis via Fannetastic Food

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Dark Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt via The Foodie Dietitian


Gingerbread Pancake Mix via Spicy RD

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Oven Dried Vanilla Pears via Fresh Food Perspectives

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Mindfulness, Inspiration & Travel

The Most Powerful Gratitude Practice You’re Not Doing via Marie Forleo (dividends are in the details!)

6 Simple Meditation Techniques for “Real People” via Mind Body Green

3 Weird Yet Effective Yogic Morning Rituals via Elephant Journal 

On TFD this Week

What The Foodie Dietitian Ate Wednesday #11

What I Ate Wednesday #10-2

Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter: DIY Holiday Gift

Perfect DIY foodie gift for the holidays! Spiced Ambrosia Apple Butter | @TheFoodieDietitian

Mindful Monday: Herbs for Winter Wellness and Immunity

herbs for winter wellness-pin

Life Updates & Gratitude

  • Giving a webinar next week on social media! If you’re a RD and want to learn more about the ins and outs of social media for your brand, tune in next Wednesday at 1pm EST.
  • It seems that November and December have been months of abundance for me. All my hard work this year seems to be starting to pay off and projects are flowing in! So grateful for the work and opportunities. Excited to see my business begin to flourish.
  • I’m so grateful for my mastermind group – aka my FRENDZ. We had our second official call yesterday and I leave the calls feeling inspired and my heart full. If only these girls could now just work out my home office with me. Then, life would be just grand.
  • FeedFeed featured my seasonal tempeh and butternut squash tacos with salsa verde! Thanks for the love, FeedFeed!
  • This time last year, I was embarking on the most incredible adventure of my life. It stretched me in ways I didn’t know I was capable of, opened up my eyes and heart more than I knew was possible, and bestowed me with two kindred spirits I’m lucky to call my dear friends. I can’t wait for the next opportunity to return to SE Asia but until then, I’ll reminisce over my posts:

Thailand Eats


Top 10 Things I Learned in Thailand (& Cambodia)


Thailand-Inspired New Years Themes


Wishing you all a beautiful weekend! I’m super excited to get my Christmas on and pick out a Christmas tree with Steve! I have a feeling there will be hot toddies and LOTS of Christmas carols involved (with me singing them, of course). Cheers. xo.

Hungry for more Friday Favorites from a fellow foodie? Then head on over to The Adventures of MJ and Hungryman!

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  1. I want to go to Thailand soo soooooo badly!!!! I am checking out that post, right now!

  2. So happy that hard works is paying off! That is the BEST feeling! Love all these ideas for gift giving. Christmas is coming soo fast and I need to figure out what I am doing for gifts. I really love DIY things as I feel like they are more special 🙂

  3. You are an inspiration! Thanks for the reminder that hard work pays off 🙂

  4. Those orange scented nuts look awesome!

  5. Thanks for sharing a fabulous DIY foodie gift guide! This gives me inspiration to get started on mine! Good things come to good people and those who work hard, you’re such an inspiration yourself! Have a great weekend, Kara!

    • Thanks so much, Alanna! So grateful for everyone who has encouraged me and supported me along the way, especially when I wanted to throw in the towel! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Love it Kara– have I ever told you I love your gratitude Friday’s. I thought so, but I will say it again and again and again. You’re super duper Kara.

  7. Thanks for including the vanilla spice set – love all of these ideas – pinning now 🙂

  8. Thank you for including my Hot Chai Dark Chocolate Mix. And what a great round-up – can’t wait to check out some of the other delicious recipes to share with friends and family!

  9. Thanks for including my rosemary infused olive oil — love all of these great food-inspired gift ideas…I gotta get cooking!

  10. Congratulations on your business Kara. It’s always inspiring to hear about people who work hard and reap rewards because of it!

    Great link roundup. I need to make your apple butter this weekend. Not want, NEED! I also need a dehydrator. I feel like my life would jump to the next level if I had one. I hope Santa is listening-haha!

  11. Lovely post Kara. Thanks for including my oven dried vanilla pears.
    And I love you dearly already and am blessed to call you friend.

  12. Great post. Thanks for including us. Can’t wait to try some of these awesome recipes 🙂

  13. Min

    Happy Friday to you, Kara!! Love all these DIY delicious gift ideas! I really need to get started…going to be making your apple butter soon ;). I’m so excited to hear that all your hard work is paying off!! Of course it is!! You’re so amazing, and the sky is the limit with you. Oh I want to go to Thailand so badly!!