Pears Bento Lunch

February 3, 2016
by Kristine

7 Bento Lunches for Winter

Do you find other people’s lunches interesting? I do, especially when they’re a source of new ideas for portable picks to pack and eat in my own lunch box. I click on links from the 100 Days of Real Food blog whenever they come through my Facebook feed because she shares pictures of her daughter’s lunches. They’re not exclusively vegetarian, but often are, and she has the option to search for vegetarian choices on her school lunch inspiration page. She was one of the reasons I got a bento-style lunch box in the first place and I’ve been experiencing lunchtime satisfaction ever since. Continue Reading →

Cranberry pear shrub top down (536x640)

January 20, 2016
by Kristine

Simple Shrub Recipe Using Flavored Balsamic Vinegar

Drinks matter. What we choose to swig and slurp can contribute calories and nutrients, be a significant part of our overall meals, and sometimes even serve as an entire meal on its own (smoothies, white chocolate mochas, 1100-calorie Jack in the Box Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Shakes, you know what I’m talking about). And most of the nutrition advice out there about drinks comes across as discouragingly negative: don’t drink soda, don’t drink diet soda, don’t drink too much coffee or alcohol, etc. The main positive message we hear is to drink more water, which is fantastic, but also sometimes boring if that’s all we drink 365 days a year. Continue Reading →

Pagliacci Pizza sign

January 6, 2016
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Bellevue: Restaurant Round-Up

This isn’t just a list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Bellevue. It’s a list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in two tenths of a square mile in Bellevue. The hub, if you like, of this bustling city 10 miles east of Seattle. Bellevue is a shopping destination; home to industry giants like Expedia,, and The Pokéman Company International; and a decidedly welcoming place to eat for the plant-based among us. Continue Reading →

Whipped topping in tubs

December 23, 2015
by Kristine

Holiday Tip: Good, Better, Best Choices for Whipped Cream

I admit it: I like Cool Whip. Always have. When I was a kid I didn’t even need an excuse to eat it, like on top of chocolate pudding or a bowl of fresh strawberries. I’d eat it straight out of the tub with a spoon. (I can see a few of you nodding in solidarity.) As an adult, I still like it, but my criteria have changed about how often I’ll allow myself a big white blob of it. Does that mean I’ve decided it’s a bad food? Let’s just say with time and age come wisdom and I think there are some better choices out there. Continue Reading →

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

December 9, 2015
by Kristine

My 7 Favorite Smoothies

Freezing cold temperatures be damned. Even in the winter I’m a smoothie drinker. They’re so handy for getting in a few veggie and fruit servings for the day in a portable, sippable package. And if you play your cards right, you can add to that a healthy dose of protein before you even leave the house. Continue Reading →