I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful holiday season! Things have been go-go-go around here with our family, and I’ll be sure to update soon! Lucky for me, my blogger friend Sarah is stopping by today to participate in a Q & A session for a new (and long overdue) Healthy Happenings post. She’s a gem, and one of my fave food bloggers. Although I’m not vegetarian, I don’t eat any pork or beef, so her recipes give me so many ideas for meatless lunches and dinners so that I don’t have to live off chicken breasts. She proves that vegetarian diets can be well rounded and full of amazing food options.
Hey guys! I’m Sarah from Making Thyme for Health and I’m thrilled to be featured on Kelly’s incredible blog today. While I haven’t met Kelly in person, I can say with certainty that I would love to hang out with her and her adorable baby boy while simultaneously raiding her closet. You wouldn’t mind, right Kelly? 😉
Anyway, this is the part where I tell you a bit about me. I’m 29 years old and I live in Northern California with my handsome fiancé, Brandon and our hairy daughter, Coco.
Coco’s a ten year old black lab mix known for incessant licking and gas that’s bad enough to blow a skunk out of the water.
She’s my baby.
Working in healthcare for the past five years has played a huge part in my desire to live a healthy lifestyle. I try my best to get enough sleep, eat a wholesome diet, and exercise at least four days a week but sometimes I get busy and none of the above happens. I don’t beat myself up about it but I try to make them a top priority and get back on track as soon as possible.
In my free time, I like to read, travel, hike in the woods, and drink wine…in that order but backwards.
What was your initial inspiration for starting Making Thyme for Health?
Brandon and I slowly transitioned to a meatless diet almost nine years ago and it really forced me to step outside of my comfort zone in the kitchen. Then after graduating college in 2008, I found myself with more time to cook and started to focus on creating meals using unprocessed protein sources, like beans and quinoa. I researched new recipes online and stumbled across a few blogs that I found useful. The more I continued to read and explore, the more I felt at home, connecting with so many people across the world who share similar passions for a healthy lifestyle. I was inspired to start my own blog so that I could become a vocal part of the community that I loved so much. Now I like to think that it’s my opportunity to inspire others to cook wholesome meals and take better care of themselves.
Speaking of thyme…it is one herb that I never think to use unless a recipe calls for it. What’s your favourite way to incorporate it into your dishes?
Thyme isn’t exactly my go-to herb but I find that it adds great flavor to roasted vegetables such as carrots or integrated in the base of hearty vegetable soup.
How do you make fitness and health a priority in your life? The easiest way for me to stay on track with a healthy diet and exercise is to make a plan every week. I usually sit down every Friday and write a meal plan for each day along with what I plan on doing for my workouts. Then I take some time over the weekend to meal prep for the week so that cooking dinner after a long day of work and exercise won’t feel so daunting.
In your travels, where did you have your most memorable meal? There’s a small city in France called Orléans which is about an hour north of Paris. Brandon was working there for three months and I was lucky enough to be able to visit him for a few weeks during that time. The downtown area of Orléans is very quaint and is lined with cobblestone streets and historical buildings.
There was one street in particular that was tucked away in the back and it was full of local independent cafés. One evening, we decided to take a stroll down that street and ended-up at a Crêperie where we were greeted by a young boy with bright red hair who couldn’t have been more than ten years old. He took our orders by pointing at the menu, opened our bottle of wine all on his own, and served us the most delicious galettes (a savory crepe made from buckwheat flour) we’ve ever had. It was such a uniquely authentic experience and a meal that I will never forget.
You and your fiancé are vegetarians. What is your favourite way to incorporate protein into your daily meals? Beans, quinoa, brown rice, oats, Greek yogurt, more beans, and occasionally eggs or cheese.
Red or white wine? It depends on the season; I prefer red wine in the fall and winter and white in the spring and summer. Unless it’s a special occasion. Then I tend to drink white because red wine makes me look like I haven’t brushed my teeth in three months.
Cooking or baking? Sigh…this is a tough question. I love to bake but it can be very challenging to make something that is healthy without compromising taste/texture. Cooking is much easier from that standpoint but then again, I could definitely do without all of the washing and chopping.
Favourite comfort food? Grilled cheese and tomato soup.
What five foods are always in your grocery cart? Almond milk, Greek yogurt, avocados, romaine or mixed baby greens, and apples.
I think we’ll all be looking to clean up our diets a bit after the holidays. Do you have a favourite healthy recipe you could share with us?
Absolutely! I have a simple kale salad that is easy to make and perfect for starting out the new year on the right foot.
Detox Kale Salad with Lemon Apple Vinaigrette
- 1 bunch kale, removed from stem and chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (preferably no sugar added)
- 1/4 cup pine nuts (could also use almonds, cashews, or walnuts)
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced (about 1/2 of one red onion)
Lemon Apple Vinaigrette
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
- 1 teaspoon honey (use agave nectar for vegan version)
Makes 2 large salads or 4 small
Link to recipe on my blog: http://
Any big plans for your blog in 2014? I’ve been wanting to redesign my blog for some time but I think it will have to wait until later in the year due to more pressing priorities, like my wedding that’s coming up in April. However, I’m hoping to specifically focus on creating clean eats that are also easy on the wallet in the new year. I’m sure everyone can appreciate eating healthy on a budget and I need it more than ever with an expensive event like a wedding on the books!
Thanks so much, Sarah! I’ve made this delicious salad, and it’s definitely the perfect lunch or side dish. Kale is so hardy that it always fills me up! I love your perspective on fitness, food, and healthy living. It’s really the perfect balance!