Nuts & Seeds Granola

Nuts & Seeds Granola

I grew up on granola.  My parents were all about making it from scratch (along with most things) and serving me big heaping bowls for breakfast.  And I loved it!  There is something so comforting in a bowl of granola - all these nutritive and delicious ingredients coming together into a sweet, salty, crunchy extravaganza. I've kept up the family … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I’m always looking for new healthy snacks to share with my family and friends.  Unfortunately many of the snack foods for sale in grocery stores are totally processed and full of junk.  But luckily there are endless options for delicious snacks to make at home.  These spicy roasted chickpeas are one of my favorites – they are so simple to make and … [Read more...]

Santorini Fava Bean Hummus

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August and September in the Southern Mediterranean has been hot and dry.  It has been perfect for hanging at the beach and exploring small towns, but eye-opening to see the strains of this climate on growing conditions. Of course everyone knows that plants don't grow well without enough water, but I've never actually spent time investigating local … [Read more...]

Veggie Snack Bags

Veggie Snack Bags

Everyone knows that we should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to actually make that happen.  I'm quite focused healthy eating, and even I sometimes find that I haven’t eaten enough on a given day.  One of my tricks is packing veggie snack bags.  I know it sounds like I’m in third grade, but some … [Read more...]

Cracking Walnuts

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It was a rainy day in southern France and I sat around cracking walnuts with my godfather. There is something deeply soothing about a repetitive motion like cracking nuts - it keeps the hands busy and allows the mind to wander. It is perfect for long conversations or contemplative thoughts. In this case it was the former, but when my hands are … [Read more...]