Category Archives: Craving Nature

Naturally nourished travel: Coconut persimmon smoothie + 7 tips for staying active while traveling

Isn’t one of the great things about going on vacation that you get to splurge and eat whatever you feel like without lifting more than the weight of your cocktail to your mouth? Wrong! Well, maybe for a day but then the fun starts to wear off and the key lime pies and pina coladas become ubiquitous and less interesting. I’ve never been one for those kinds of vacations and if I’m sedentary for too long I start to get cabin fever & quite cranky. Raise your hand if you’re the same! I definitely had some anxiety about eating healthy and staying active before heading off on our extended “wandermoon.” How in the world were we going to stay fit without being able to run, surf, CrossFit, bike etc. etc. that we do in our U.S. lives? I didn’t pay too much mind and thought that we would be doing a lot of exercise no matter what and we’d still continue to eat healthy so it didn’t matter too much. But in the first weeks I got a little too comfortable with not being active during our road trip with lots of driving and the only activity being running between car & hostel to avoid the rain. I started waking up super cranky and not in the mood to do a whole lot and couldn’t figure out why. And then it dawned on me. I hadn’t done any physical activity and I felt like a schlub. So off to trek in the rain we went. And then I decided that I would make activity a priority 4 days out of the week. Obviously, this is easier in some parts of the world than in others. Especially when you’re dealing with extreme high or low temps. Check out how Mr. CN and I have been keeping up our active lifestyle over the last 3 months of travel.

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Naturally nourished travel: PB Apple pie and fruity pebble overnight oats

This is the first of my new series while we are out traveling. We want to enjoy ourselves fully while we travel and enjoy our fun foods, but also be able to keep up the energy that’s needed for you to go for a hike, jump in the ocean or continue your marathon training while getting some R & R. No need to compromise your health while you’re away from home. No one wants a hangover, especially one from eating too much junk food. I’m not telling you to skip dessert or refrain from snacking! I would never! But I can tell within a day or two if I’ve fallen too deep down the rabbit hole of vacation bliss and indulgence.
We’ve always been told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And I firmly believe that having a breakfast to look forward to makes looking forward to the next day even better. And overnight oats is a breakfast that you can do anywhere. I love it for camping or for when I have no access to a kitchen or am just too lazy to want to make breakfast in the morning. Hey! I’m on vacation, too!

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Cape Town’s farmers’ and night markets

A backdrop of mountains and green valleys almost anywhere you go, turquoise coasts with cold waters and the farmers markets and night markets are the highlights of my trip to Cape Town.
When we landed in Cape Town we didn’t have a ton of time before nightfall and set on a walk to the Oranjezicht district at the base of Table Mountain. We had read that on the first Wednesday of each month, a garden opened its doors and allowed a pick your own experience. Not like the endless amounts of fruit pickings I had done in Pennsylvania or the vast apple orchards in California, but a small garden about the size of a large city plot of land was sitting below mountains with a view of the ocean. We were toured by Jamie, one of the volunteers on where we could pick. Off we headed down the tiny rows, harvesting bunches of carrots, spinach, sprigs of rosemary and thyme, broad beans, radish and lettuce.

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One Green Planet’s Recipe Food Monster App Review

Talk about feast your eyes! The user-friendly Food Monster Recipe App by One Green Planet is organized, easy to navigate and gives you access to all things vegan food at your fingertips! The appetizing photos draw your attention to recipes such as roasted strawberry coconut ice cream and sweet potato sushi burrito. Get in mah’ belly! Continue reading One Green Planet’s Recipe Food Monster App Review

Crispy buffalo cauliflower salad (vegan, grain-free)

Do you ever think of food as just necessary vehicles for your condiments?  Things I’ll eat of the jar or container just so crackers & bread don’t need to get in the way of their amazing taste: marinara, hummus, BBQ sauce, nutella (duh), nut butter (duh, again), salsa, guac, horseradish, and pretty much anything else you can scoop onto a chip, cracker, or veggie. (Except mustard & mayo. I’m convinced that they aren’t actually condiments, but rather the devil dressed up in disguise). And I looooove hot sauce. Used to put it on my grilled cheese for my after school snack as a kid. Weird? Maybe, but soooooo good.  Continue reading Crispy buffalo cauliflower salad (vegan, grain-free)

Farmers Market Feature: Peach preserves + get thrifty at the market

“These are the best damn peaches I have ever eaten!” -Me, at a farmers market, every time I eat freshly picked peaches. Or strawberries. Or carrots. Or potatoes. Pretty much insert any produce in place of “peaches” and it’s true.  If you’ve had freshly picked fruit or veggies from your garden or local market, you know that they are the most flavorful fruits & veggies you have ever eaten. One time, I bought a box of freshly picked snap peas and they tasted like no other snap peas I had ever eaten before. And the box was gone in hours. Snap peas! Who knew? We all know that fresh produce is the healthiest option to feed our body, especially if it is recently picked, plucked or harvested. But we are always hearing it and saying it. “Eating healthy is just too expensive.” I have definitely felt that way. I have been known to  walk into natural food stores for some avocado and end up walking out spending in the triple digits. Eek. Same goes for me at the farmers market. Same day hand-shelled pecans for $10 a tiny bag? I’d love to, but I need a place to keep my bed. Continue reading Farmers Market Feature: Peach preserves + get thrifty at the market

20 movie theater clean-eating vegan recipes

“Party time. Excellent.” So many movie quotes flying through my brain right now and this is the one that I keep saying out loud moving my head side to side. Maybe because today was the last day of teaching and that means that it is summmmmerrrrr! YES! And we all know  summertime means beach, vacations, boys and booze. In any order or combo. But it also means movies. And if you’re lucky, it means outdoor movies in a park or at the drive-in. And let’s be honest right now. No one wants to spend $7 on movie theater candy or popcorn that’ll make you feel like right poo after you’re done munching away. So check out these 20 healthified and veganified movie snack recipes. Perfect for you to sneak in your purse or to set up your outdoor picnic. And I’m not sure how to put this, but  these bloggers are kind of a big deal.  Continue reading 20 movie theater clean-eating vegan recipes