A Guide to Navigating Generic Brand

As a broke college student, generic brand is my best friend. Growing up, I never truly understood the value of generic brand items, because I was fortunate enough to not have to. It wasn’t until I started buying my own groceries that I realized how much money you can save on similar– if not identical– products just by paying a little bit more attention.

I want to share with you my tips on navigating generic brand. These are just some simple guidelines I use at the grocery store when deciding what products to buy. It’s really not hard to eat healthy on a budget as long as your conscious of where you’re choosing to spend your money. Continue reading “A Guide to Navigating Generic Brand”

I Ate Nothing But Pasta for 3 Days

In the health and wellness world, detoxing seems to be all the rage these days. Instagram feeds are filled with influencers marketing ineffective “fit teas” and sugar free ice cream. Elimination diets and three-day cleanses bring people together to wallow in self-pity and hunger, with hopes of shedding a few pounds in the process.

From the juice cleanse and the soup cleanse to simply spending three days fasting, there are countless options out there. Most of them have been proven ineffective for weight loss and improvement of overall health but still seem to remain relevant due to highly intelligent marketing teams and uneducated consumers.

Pasta has never been considered healthy, but I’ve also never met anyone that doesn’t like it. A few weeks ago, I was assigned a project for a class where I could essentially write about anything I wanted, so I decided to challenge the norms and do a pasta cleanse. Continue reading “I Ate Nothing But Pasta for 3 Days”

7 Of My Favorite Healthy Food Instagrammers

It’s no secret that I love Instagram. Like, I could sit for hours and go through my feed, then the stories, then the discover page, until I end up stalking some random person all the way back to their pics from October 2015. It’s an addiction, I’ll tell ya. But since I’ve decided to get into food/health/wellness blogging, I’ve drawn inspiration from many creative people on Instagram.

Instagram is a great place for creating community, especially surrounding food. These are some of my favorite people that have created a positive community around healthy eating and living. It’s hard to narrow my list down to just seven, but I think that these ladies have created incredible communities and started some really important conversations about leading a healthy lifestyle. In no particular order, here are my favorite healthy food Instagrammers. Feel free to check out their profiles, but keep in mind that many of them have blogs that they maintain regularly as well. Continue reading “7 Of My Favorite Healthy Food Instagrammers”

Friday Faves: Hydroflask

This post is long overdue. If you know me well, you know that my Hydroflask water bottle and I have become one over the past year and a half we’ve been together. In its 40-ounces of glory, it can be found with me at all times. It has become an extension of me, if you will.

Why do I love my Hydroflask, you ask? And how does this relate to my blog (besides the fact that it’s just something I love)? Here are a few things you should know: Continue reading “Friday Faves: Hydroflask”

Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 3 (ish?)

I believe it’s week four of going completely gluten- and dairy-free. With the craziness of finals and also working a bit more than usual, I didn’t get around to detailing everything I ate last week. If you want to see what I’ve eaten in the past, check out Week 1 and Week 2. Most things stayed the same. Lots of veggies, fruit, and meat.

Way more people than I thought have been following me on this journey. I’m so grateful for all the support from friends and family through this all. Many people have been asking me how I’m feeling and how it’s going. So here are my honest, unfiltered thoughts. Continue reading “Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 3 (ish?)”

Everything I Ate In NYC

This post has been a long time coming. I went to New York City last month for the FIRST TIME EVER. A few years ago, when I was interested in magazine writing, I had this dream of moving out to New York and working for a super cool publication like Bon Appétit or Food Network Magazine. My professional goals have shifted since then, but my fascination with New York City has remained constant.

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My friend Emily and I went to NYC for “the best food festival-conference hybrid you’ll ever experience”. Brainfood was put on by Spoon University, an organization I’ve been involved with since my freshman year at Iowa. Spoon University is essentially an online magazine written by college students, for college students. Emily and I are, respectively, the editorial and marketing directors of the University of Iowa chapter. Brainfood was an all-day event consisting of speakers (think: Alton Brown + Hannah Hart), networking with professionals in the food industry, and tons of free samples. Continue reading “Everything I Ate In NYC”

Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 2

Alright fam, it’s week two of not eating gluten or dairy. Last week was difficult but definitely manageable. I started to feel a little bit better and noticed my acne clearing up. This week? Not as smooth-sailing. Between Thanksgiving with my family and a Friendsgiving with some pals, I’ve definitely seen a difference in how I’m feeling. Read on to see everything that I’ve eaten this week. Continue reading “Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 2”