Books on Books on Books

As a book nerd and an avid reader, what do I have? Shelf esteem–haha.

I am sharing my favorite books featuring nutrition research and healthy recipes!

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Green Kitchen Smoothies by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl

This beautifully photographed recipe book showcases healthy recipes for all your smoothie, juice, nut butter, and nut milk needs–yum!

The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Featuring gluten-free and vegan recipes for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and dessert, this book combines whole and healthy ingredients to create simple and flavorful dishes packed with nutrients!

Sweet Paleo by Lea Hendry Valle

Sweet Paleo is filled with healthy dessert recipes and mouthwateringly gorgeous photos by an incredible woman. We met as fellow speakers at an event a few years ago, and since then I have been using and loving her cookbook!

Think & Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf

This book is one of the most fascinating nutrition books I have read yet, and I have read many! Dr. Leaf combines nutrition science and neuroscience research to teach readers how to maximize thinking abilities through the foods they do and do not eat.

The Better Brain Book by Dr. David Perlmutter

Although this book does not specifically focus on nutrition, Dr. Perlmutter includes healthy eating as a way to improve brain health.

Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter

This book focuses on the gut microbiome and how our nutrition helps or harms its health. Encouraging a vegetable-based diet, Dr. Perlmutter includes recipes for nurturing a healthy gut and thus a healthy body!

Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter

Dr. Perlmutter discusses how gluten and carbohydrates in general impact the brain. This book distinguishes between the quality of certain carbohydrates, and it offers recipes to further nurture brain health, the body’s cognitive hub!

Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart

Hart combines my favorite things–the color pink with seasonal foods and recipes to help everyone obtain beauty from the inside out!

It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig

This read features the Whole30 diet, an interesting try to help kickstart your path to healthy eating.

Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss

Moss exposes the fast food industry, discussing salt, sugar, and fat-laden foods produced by corporations while examining the relationship between the contemporary producer and consumer.

Happy reading!

5 Apps Every Blogger Needs

As a blogger and Instagrammer, I spend a hefty amount of time using technology–particularly on my phone–each day. I am constantly developing and updating lists of restaurants to visit, ingredients to purchase, and recipes to create. When I am not planning my blog, I am writing, emailing, and working on projects or speaking engagements.

Today I will share my top five favorite and most helpful applications that make life so much easier for blogging! Keep in mind none of this post is sponsored–I am just really, really excited 🙂

1. Unum

This application is an all-in-one, one-stop-shop kinda thing! It includes a planning feature to visualize your Instagram feed layout and wholistically view your aesthetic prior to posting. You can edit your photos on the app, create your own filters, and post directly from Unum! Plus, it is a free application (yay!). Go download it now!

2. WordPress

I write my blog through WordPress, so having the application on my phone allows me to access my blog at any time, respond to comments, and interact with all my favorite followers! (Hint: you are all my favorite!). This is also helpful for following other blogs.

3. Pinterest

Pinterest: the place to be inspired and to inspire. I love connecting with other foodies like myself, finding recipe inspiration from others with similar diets, and posting my own recipes on Pinterest too!

4. Camera

This is my favorite phone application since I always snap photos of my meals and my everyday adventures! I love sharing photos of recipes and food on Instagram stories or posting them to my feed! All of this couldn’t be done without my trusty camera. I snap most of my photos from my phone since I always carry it with me, but I also own a higher quality camera that I use for planned photoshoots.

5. Boomerang

Boomerang is one of the most innovative apps in my opinion! It snaps pictures in rapid succession for a brief time interval, ultimately creating a fluid video of whatever movement you do during that time. Check an example out below!

Other than these, I wouldn’t be as productive without email, notes, Google, social media (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram), and photo albums on my phone of course! Even if you’re not a blogger, I certainly recommend all these applications since they help me live more efficiently.

Summer Beach Reads: Think & Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf

I hope everyone’s summer has been filled with lots of sunshine, laughter, smiles, adventures, healthy food, and captivating reads! I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a good dose of all of these wonderful things, and today I want to share another captivating beach read as a part of my Summer Reading series!


Think and Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf combines two of my favorite things: neuroscience and nutrition.  This book details the connection between the food we eat and how our brains think, and let me tell you: It is FASCINATING! Dr. Leaf discusses the flaws of the modern American diet while providing suggestions to improve our diets and thus improve our thinking.  Her recipes in the book are delicious, and my goal is to test all of them in the kitchen by the end of summer!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Think and Eat Yourself Smart during my visit to the beach this weekend, and I know you will absolutely enjoy it too! 🙂




Summer Beach Read Series

Summer sunshine calls for lots of beach days if you live in Southern California like me! I love reading on the sand at the beach or even on a lounge chair by the pool, relaxing and soaking up both sunshine and knowledge.  So today I am starting my Summer Beach Read Series to commend my favorite authors for their books about healthy eating and healthy living!  Because learning doesn’t have to end when summer starts.

The first book of my Summer Beach Read Series is……..

*Drum roll please*

Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside and Out by Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP


This book has become my recent favorite because it discusses the health benefits of fresh produce season-by-season and lists easy and delicious recipes that implement fresh, seasonal foods!  I adore how author Jolene Hart discusses the major impacts food has on your body–both good and bad–because this shows how you really “are what you eat”!

The first time I picked up Eat Pretty, I didn’t move for three hours because I was too riveted by Hart’s writing and research.  I love how Hart connects internal and external beauty with the foods we put in our bodies.  Plus, the book is pink (my favorite color!), so honestly there is nothing better. Bonus points for her that it was presented so aesthetically!

So, the next step is simple: Next time you’re going to lounge in the summer sun and need a page-turning book, pick up Eat Pretty!

Simple Mills Baking Mixes–Simply Amazing!

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I recently made my first batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies using the baking mix from Simple Mills!  I love that all of their products are non-GMO as well as gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugar-free.  I definitely recommend trying their products–Not only are they amazing for your mouth, but also for your body because of their health-conscious ingredients.

Pressed Juicery…YUM!


This past weekend a friend and I tried out the new Pressed Juicery in Westlake Village, California!  It was so yummy and I have always been a fan of Pressed Juicery, so I was super excited to hear one was coming close to my home!  I got the Roots 3 juice which has beets, apple, lemon, and ginger.  This is definitely one of my new favorites!  And my friend got the Rose coconut water.  Isn’t the color so pretty?!  You should definitely check out Pressed Juicery for delicious and nutritious juices 🙂

The prettiest nail polish currently–P.S. It’s better for you!

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I just wanted to share with all of you this amazing nail polish brand, Deborah Lippmann!  I am currently obsessed with it, and I promise this is not a paid advertisement. Deborah Lippmann produces “5-free” nail polish, which means every bottle is free from 5 of the most notoriously unhealthy chemicals, such as formaldehyde and toluene, which not all nail polish brands can say.  Also, they do not test on animals!  Better for you, better for the animals, and better for the environment.  This color I am wearing is called “constant craving.”  Here is a link for where to buy!

Wisdom Teeth Surgery Recovery Foods

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic holiday season!  Yesterday I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed, so the past two days I have been sleeping and watching Netflix a lot.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite dairy-free ice creams and other soft “recovery foods” with all of you!  Earlier this week I went to the health food store and stocked up on everything from almond to rice to cashew ice cream and even organic baby food!  🙂 Here are my favorites.


From left to right…

SoDelicious Almond Yogurt in Strawberry, Blueberry, and Chocolate

Rice Dream Organic Ice Cream in Mint Carob Chip

Ciao Bella Sorbetto in Mango

Sambazon Organic Acai Berry Sorbet

Organic Nectars Cashew Ice Cream in Cherry Chocolate Swirl

Almond Dream Ice Cream in Vanilla

Trader Joe’s Applesauce Crushers

Mamma Chia “Chia Squeeze” in Blackberry Bliss and Strawberry Banana

Ella’s Kitchen Organic Squeeze Snack in Peaches and Bananas

Nekter’s Perfect Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

A black cat and a pumpkin pie smoothie! What could be better to get me in the spirit of Halloween? I tried the brand-new Pumpkin Pie smoothie @nekterjuicebar! Let me just say that wow, it’s so ah-mazing! Looks like I’m going to be stopping at Nekter a lot this fall because it is my new favorite smoothie☺️

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