I have to start by saying how incredibly moved I was by the comments on the last post, and the emails I received from you guys – a deep, heartfelt thank you. I knew that opening myself up would spark a lot of conversation, but I never imagined the impact it would have, not only in regards to the incredible outpouring of support, but for sharing your own stories and struggles. Time and time again I am reminded of the power in vulnerability and open communication. I feel truly blessed to have a community of conscious and loving readers, and that we can all share our journey with one another. That is what makes us stronger, and certainly healthier human beings in every sense of the word.

    Before I dig deeper into what I’ve been doing to eat for balancing my hormones, I’d like to just follow-up with the topic of orthorexia. Many of you expressed surprise at my struggles, thinking that because I do what I do, I must have had it all together. The truth is I thought that I did have it all together for a very long time, and creating My New Roots has been the most powerful catalyst in my healing. For the last decade, I’ve felt very grounded in my choices and excited to celebrate them with you. But like I mentioned in the last post, the experience of changing my diet has brought back many of the challenges, dark thoughts and feelings that I had convinced myself were gone forever. Putting new restrictions on myself made me to put food into “good” and “bad” categories. This probably doesn’t sound so terrible, but like I said before, this is a slippery slope into full-blown disordered eating for me. I see now that there is an incredibly fine line between caring about what I eat and caring too much. I believe that my relationship to food is something that I may have to keep in check for the rest of my life, or at least as long as I choose to use it as a tool to become a healthier person (so, like, forever).

    In the last four months of tuning into what I need right now, and eating more consciously, I’ve really experienced a positive difference in how I feel, which is the biggest reward anyone could ask for! But I’ve also had bad days where I wasn’t prepared, and suddenly being at a wedding or a birthday party, or out for dinner with friends without much to eat in the “good” category, wasn’t so rad. My blood sugar would crash, I’d feel desperate, totally out of control and the voices would come back. What I’ve learned from these experiences is that I need to be as prepared as possible in these situations, but if I can’t, I simply have to let go. I cannot control everything and I cannot always be prepared, but that in order to move forward, I have to maintain flexibility, and stop being so darn hard on myself! I firmly believe that there is more strength in being fluid and forgiving, than rigid and judgmental. I am just a person, after all.

    Healthy sweet potato skins


    These little guys were my first “viral” recipe originally published in October of 2011 – and today, April 25th, 2015, I’m bringing them back to life and dying with food happiness all over again. It’s the circle of food life.

    These healthy sweet potato skins are one of my all-time blog favorites – and they’re a reader favorite, too!

    They’re stuffed with a creamy sweet potato shallot filling with spinach and chickpeas to bump up the yummy health factor and then they are topped with a tiny bit of melty cheese and baked to sweet potato skin perfection.

    Yeah – these are good.

    Do you know that I’ve actually never done this until now? Today is the first time I’m going back to an older post and re-shooting the pictures and re-sharing it fresh on the blog.

    I am doing this because a) it’s nice to update the images for a recipe with something that’s more “now”, and b) it’s also really awesome to get some of my all-time favorite and most popular posts back to the front of the blog, and c) it gives me an excuse to make an old favorite again. I mean, come on. If nothing else, there’s that.

     updated the pictures, but I decided not doing anything with my old writing from the original post — I’ll just put a line in so you know when Young Me takes over the writing. You might actually just be able to tell.

    Haha / yikes.

    Old stuff starts now.


    Well, it happened.

    I bought my first pair of jeggings.

    (jeans+leggings= superstretchy skinny jeans that are questionable for people older than 19)

    As a… 25 year old, I was skeptical.  But unlike my sophisticated-looking pencil skirt that I never get around to wearing, I have a feeling that these $12.99 jeggings are going to be my new BFF.  My boots fit over them like a dream, and I have an excuse to buy more long sweaters that feel like pajamas.

    I even got a compliment from one of my fourth graders.

    Although maybe that isn’t such a good thing.

    But whether you think jeggings are good or evil, there is no debating that these healthy sweet potato skins are a veryveryvery good thing.

    It’s like combining the best of all superfoods – sweet potatoes and spinach, obvs. – and making it into something that’s warm and cozy and filling and not a salad.  Salads are hibernating right now.

    PS.  Did I mention that your future jeggings will fit perfectly after eating these toasty cheese boats?  Yes.  Sometimes it happens, and this is one of those times.  We must celebrate with a delicious dinner and a new pair of jeggings.


    You Should Eat These Cookies After Every Workout

    After coming home from a sweaty gym sesh or SoulCycle class, you know you probably should mix up a smoothie or refuel with a healthy, protein-packed meal. Let’s be honest, though. Your blood sugar is feeling low and all you really want is a cookie (or five) — stat.

    Well, get ready to indulge in some chocolaty or peanut buttery goodness without feeling bad about it! Instead of another lumpy shake, replenish your energy after exercising with a protein-packed cookie, made from ingredients like protein powder, oatmeal, and almond butter.

    It’s recommended to eat protein and carbohydrates soon after a workout. These delicious cookies will hold you over until a full meal while providing some of the protein your body needs. So, pass the mixing bowl and let’s get baking!

    High Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


    It doesn’t get much better than peanut butter or chocolate — unless you combine them into one delicious cookie. These are made with chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder for an extra rich flavor

    Coconut Oatmeal Protein Cookies

    Oatmeal is secretly full of protein, so it’ll be well worth it to add some to your baking ingredient arsenal. Plus, the coconut in these will transport you to the tropics. Did we mention there’s only eight ingredients? You’ll be doing less cooking and more eating.


    Lemon Chia Seed Protein Cookies

    You might think a lemon and chia seed combo would be reserved for breakfast, but you’re going to want to enjoy these zesty cookies with healthy chia seeds throughout the day.


    Chocolate Avocado Cookies

    If protein powder isn’t your favorite, you can still get its benefits from this power-packed cookie. Avocados contain 2 grams of protein each. But you’d never know from the taste that an avo was hiding in this chewy choco-licious cookie.

    Double Almond Paleo Protein Cookies

    Thanks to the addition of almond butter, these deceptively small cookies contain a whopping 7 grams of protein each. They’re even paleo-friendly and made from healthy ingredients like ghee, coconut sugar, and almond flour.

    9 Sheet Pan Dinners That Will Make Weeknight Meal Prep a Breeze

    Sheet pan recipes

    Is there anything better than a one-dish dinner? When you’re rushing around on busy weeknights, you want to get supper on the table, stat, without having to spend a ton of time prepping ingredients or dirtying multiple dishes. To the rescue: sheet pan dinners. These easy-to-make meals usually involve chopping up some veggies and a protein and tossing them onto a baking sheet along with a little olive oil and seasonings. The result? A ridiculously simple dinner that’s delicious, healthy, and requires minimal clean-up. Here, the best versatile, flavor-packed sheet pan meals that are perfect for your craziest weeknights—and guaranteed to be a huge hit with the entire family.



    Whole Roasted Chinese Red Snapper


    This one-pan dinner looks impressive but is surprisingly easy to whip up. Want to serve it with a side dish? Rice and sautéed broccoli or bok choy would be perfect accompaniments to this flavorful fish.

    Ingredients: Expeller-pressed peanut oil, whole red snapper, low-sodium soy sauce, scallions, fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro, sesame oil, mirin, crushed red pepper, lime

    Calories: 212


    Easy Jerk Chicken With Peppers and Pineapple


    This flavor-packed meal requires just 10 minutes of hands-on prep. To yield the best texture, pat the pineapple and chicken pieces dry before you season them; this will allow both to sear instead of steam in the oven.

    Ingredients: Dried thyme, sugar, ground allspice, garlic powder, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, bell peppers, fresh pineapple, yellow onion, extra-virgin olive oil, thin-cut boneless skinless chicken breasts

    Calories: 245


    Red Curry Squash Bowls With Chickpeas


    Nothing says "fall comfort food" quite like butternut squash. Although you should allow for about an hour of cook time, this dish requires only 14 minutes of hands-on prep. Tip: Before opening a can of coconut milk, be sure to shake it vigorously. This helps homogenize the milk, which often separates as the can sits.

    Ingredients: Olive oil cooking spray, butternut squash, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, chickpeas, red bell pepper, scallions, cilantro

    Calories: 466


    Broiled Beef and Broccoli


    This Asian-inspired, low-carb dish can be on the table in just 30 minutes. As a bonus, it's packed with protein and fiber, and shiitakes are powerful cancer fighters (plus they boost heart health, brain function, and immunity).

    Ingredients: Low-sodium soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, light brown sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, flank steak, broccoli florets, shiitake mushrooms, extra-virgin olive oil

    Calories: 327


    Parchment-Baked Halibut With Pesto


    Perfectly cooked halibut on a sheet pan? Yes, it's possible! This recipe uses parchment paper to wrap the fresh fish along with veggies and seasonings to trap in moisture. Place the fillets on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner that's packed with flavor.

    Ingredients: Halibut, pesto, shredded carrots, zucchini, salt, pepper, dry white wine, olive oil

    Calories: 253


    Roasted Peppers With Baked Eggs


    This easy-to-make vegetarian sheet pan recipe from celebrity nutritionist Amelia Freer's cookbook Cook. Nourish. Glow. ($30, comes together quickly and is packed with nutrients.

    Ingredients: Bell pepper, olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, harissa paste, baby spinach, salt, black pepper, eggs, fresh basil leaves

    Calories: 291


    Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas


    Fajitas just got much easier to make, thanks to this sheet pan recipe. Using precut produce will make this dish even simpler to whip up.

    Ingredients: Olive oil, ground cumin, kosher salt, ground chipotle chile powder, black pepper, fajita steak, bell peppers, yellow onion, cooking spray, cilantro leaves, lime, light sour cream, lime juice, ground red pepper, corn tortillas

    Calories: 424


    Broiled Salmon and Asparagus With Crème Fraîche


    Cooking salmon perfectly is surprisingly easy in a sheet pan, thanks to this 30-minute recipe. To slash calories even more, skip the crème fraîche.

    Ingredients: Asparagus, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, salmon fillets, crème fraîche, whole-grain mustard, fresh chives

    Calories: 488