gift guide: the healthy foodie

In the last few days, I’ve managed to just about finish up my Christmas shopping. We spent the evening at The Grove (an outdoor mall in LA) and it’s one of my favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit – and for reasons that go far beyond the shopping. The whole mall is decked with decorations, there are live musicians playing holiday favorites and lots of little kids waiting in line (and a lot of pets?!) to get their picture taken with Santa. And fake snow! It’s quite magical.

Are you still shopping? If so, I’ve got a few gift ideas for your favorite healthy foodie!

 

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Are your weekends filled with shopping and baking? We spent the day (seriously) at Ikea yesterday so technically we were shopping, but unfortunately it was not for holiday gifts! Our new apartment is lacking (understatement of the year) storage space so figuring out how we can fit everything into our place has been challenging to say the least. I *think* we’ve come up with some good solutions, though Richie might be putting together Ikea stuff until 2016.

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I’m determined to bake at least one cookie this year, but I have no idea what yet! I know most people stick with their family tradition cookies, but if you need some inspiration, check out 32 Cookie Recipes for Holidays and More from Bon Appétit. (And if you have a favorite, link below, I’d love to see what you are baking!)

If your holiday brunches include a bit of booze, please drink some of this Breakfast Sangria for me!

10 Ingredients Food-Lovers Never Buy for Themselves is a great place to gather some gift-inspiration if you have any food-lovers on your list. Olive oil caviar?! FUN!

I desperately want a house – even a tiny one! 27 Modern and Minimalist Prefab Homes may not have the washer and dryer I dream of but I’d happily move into any of these.

And finally, How to Eat Healthy: 5 Easy New Tips From Research breaks down food psychology research into simple tips that will have you eating better without much effort. It’s worth a read!

What did you read this week? Share below!

 

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Hi, hi! After quite the work week, yesterday was full of relaxing activities: coffee + laptop in the morning, a yoga class, whole foods salad bar and an afternoon in the kitchen working on a few recipes. Oh! And ordering some curtains for the baby room. I wish I could say, “It’s really coming together!” but that would be a total lie. I have curtains (in the mail). And that’s about it. But you have to start somewhere! If you have any registry/nursery recommendations, I’m all ears…

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Is there anything better than cinnamon toast? It’s been years since I’ve had it but after two references to cinnamon toast this week I’ve decided that cream cheese cinnamon toast brulee is necessary this week.

Meat shouldn’t get all the fun in the slow cooker. Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes That Prove This Mighty Machine Isn’t Just For Meat is a list of 33 slow-cooker recipes suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Meat need not apply!

I love making food gifts over the holidays – especially ones that aren’t necessarily sweet and need to be eaten right away. 40 Homemade Gifts from The Kitchn has a great list of cookies, candies, nuts and cocktail mixers to choose from.

I’m beyond obsessed with these little diy marzipan tree cake decorations.  Ah-dorable! I need to make a cake.

If you’ve ever dreamt of having a chef make you breakfast, Here’s What Happens When You Ask Marcus Samuelsson To Make You Breakfast. The stylish chef makes a spaghetti frittata out of leftovers (yum!) and it just re-confirms my love for Marcus Samuelsson (his book is great!).

What did you read this week? Share below!

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Hi! How was your Thanksgiving and long weekend? After a weekend of moving and an extremely busy week at work, I was more than ready for a few extra days off. Thanksgiving was perfect, I’m starting to feel settled in our new place and yesterday I took my first Khalsa Pregnancy Yoga class, which was a mix of gentle yoga postures, breathing and meditation. It was hippy and lovely.

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I like making tortilla pizzas because it’s easy to satisfy a pizza craving in a healthy way…but I’ve now been introduced to a new method: Use Your Cast Iron Skillet and a Tortilla to Make World Class Bar-Style Pizza in Under 12 Minutes. And it’s delicious. Not as light as my normal version, but delicious.

There is certainly an appetizer for everyone in this list of 75 Holiday Appetizers from Saveur. I would eat any of them.

Cookie-season is here and The secret to perfectly browned cookies will help you get to cookie-perfection this month!

35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35 gave some great advice. Some of which, I’m already doing and some of which, I need to start doing.

And because no matter what your career may be, we all can – and should – improve our writing. How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker shares the rules and science behind writing well.