Hello! My name is Kylie.  And I love food. Just like you and the rest of the world.  But I enjoy food so much more if it is providing me with some sort of health benefit (given that sometimes that health benefit is simply happiness).  This is a blog where I share the recipes that are currently keeping me excited about eating healthy.  I post two new recipes a week, one on Monday and the other on Friday.

A little more about me…

  1. I’m a 22 year old with a Biomedical Sciences Degree.  What do you do with that degree you ask?  Your options include vet school, med school, or go back to school and get your nutrition degree so you can become an Registered Dietitian.  I’m currently doing the last option.
  2. I live 710 miles from my nearest Trader Joes. That’s 12 hours and 24 minutes of driving. YAY!
  3. Once upon a time, I ran a marathon.  I hated it.
  4. I’ve run several half-marathons.  I don’t hate them…as much.
  5. Healthy is about body composition, not just being skinny.  Fill your body with real, wholesome foods that make you feel great.
  6. I believe in consuming everything in moderation, including moderation.
  7. I think if something in the grocery store claims to be healthy, it’s probably not.  Stick with modest foods.  Fruits and veggies that aren’t boasting about their added fiber.  A fiber added Oreo is still an Oreo.
  8. I can’t do a single pull-up.
  9. I like to take really small bites.
  10. I don’t think that the word ‘natural’ is synonymous with healthy.  Some of the most deadly toxins on earth are ‘natural.’
  11. When I’m at the gym, it drives me nuts when someone gets on the treadmill right next to me when there are 18 other empty treadmills.  I’m a friendly person…but seriously?! I’m likely sweating buckets.  You don’t want to be near that…it’s not cute.
  12. In January 2012, I decide to go gluten free to see if I could fix a thyroid/migraine/GI/foggy brain issue.  While it fixed the foggy brain, I don’t think it’s specifically gluten that causes my problems.  I think I’m just sensitive to carbohydrates in general.  I don’t use wheat, barley or rye in my kitchen but I’m not on a strict gluten free diet.  I’ll still eat sauces, marinades, dressing, etc that contain gluten.  Also, when I’m eating out, I avoid bread/pasta and other obvious sources of gluten but I’m not restrictive to the point where I won’t eat soy sauce because it has gluten.
  13. I hated being gluten free.  Not so much because it affects my lifestyle (not being able to go to restaurants, stressing over what I’m going to eat, not eating real bread, feeling like an inconvenience to others) but because I felt like I’m jumping on something that is very trendy.  I hate when I tell people I’m gluten free and I feel like they are viewing me as an uneducated, fad diet chaser.  Because honestly, when I first heard about gluten free diets, it seemed like just that, another silly fad diet.  Regardless of how trendy it has become, I feel better when I’m not eating gluten.  Like worlds better.  I still don’t think gluten free diets are necessarily healthier than diets containing gluten.  Gluten free products are typically higher in fat, sugar, and calories in general.  If you don’t have to be gluten free, then don’t be.  Like any other approach to nutrition, the gluten free diet is not just a diet, it is a lifestyle.  Like any other lifestyle (vegetarian, vegan, raw) it can be healthy or unhealthy depending on how you approach it.  Calling yourself a vegetarian doesn’t make you healthy if you’re eating deep fried tofu.
  14. While I say I hated being gluten free, there were some definite benefits to the 6 months I spent avoiding the protein.  Mainly, a gluten free diet was the only thing that truly made me aware of exactly what I was eating.  While I had to deal with the stress/anxiety of not being able to eat certain things, I learned a lot about my body during those 6 months and was able to change my outlook on food for the better.  It’s funny, but by cutting out gluten, I actually became less restrictive with my diet.
  15. I like cookies.
  16. My body hates dairy (except Greek yogurt doesn’t bother me).
  17. I think every ice cream shop should give out complementary Lactaid.
  18. I like muscles.  They show off hard work.

If you want to contact me to tell me that my food is good or bad, OR to let me know that you like the blog or hate the blog OR for any other reason, feel free to comment on here or email me at:


Now go find something delicious to cook! :)

52 Responses to About

  1. Cara says:

    Ohmygoodness I’m so happy that we found each other via WIAW! I love your blog! I am dying to test out some of your oatmeal recipes, cookie recipes, AND that orange cranberry bread recipe! I loved reading your about me list; I too hate running and I completely agree/love your thoughts on food and being healthy! Amen sister! You have no idea how refreshing it is to come across a person like you with awesome views like these!

  2. Kylie says:

    Haha thanks! Isn’t WIAW one of the happiest things ever?!

    I’m glad you share my healthy living opinions:) I’m heading back over to your blog now to do some more looking around:)!

  3. Maddie says:

    Just had to comment because your blog is awesome and I seriously, pretty much agree with 99% of your listed items above! Randomly stumbled upon your blog and can’t wait to try some recipes out. I’m in school working on my nutrition degree as well, trying to become an RD. Just thought I would say I love your recipes, photos and views on eating healthy. :)

    • Kylie says:

      Thanks Maddie!:) I love hearing from other nutrition students! Are you close to applying for your internship? Or are you still pretty early into your undergrad degree?

      I’m so glad you love the recipes! Thanks for commenting:)

      • Maddie says:

        Mainly focusing on my undergrad right now, trying to find some volunteer/internship/job opportunities within the field over the summer. :) How close are you to applying for the internship?

      • Kylie says:

        I’ll be applying to my internship this Fall for entry into the Fall 2013 class. Woohoo!:)

        Our summer plans sound very similar:) Good luck with the job/internship search! So far the search has been a little frustrating for me. Hopefully a couple of opportunities will start playing out soon though.

      • Janelle says:

        Where do you girls go to school? I’m at the Ohio State University. Our program is SO nice because it only accepts about 30 students (over 42,000 undergrads go to OSU!) and then they place you into your internship. It’s incredibly helpful!

      • Kylie says:

        That’s so great that they place you into your internship! So incredibly helpful and that will cause you less stress for sure! I’m at Texas A&M finishing up my undergrad but I’m applying to internships/grad programs in Houston for Fall 2013.

  4. Ahhh we’re so similar food-wise!! I haven’t gone GF yet, but I don’t eat too much of it, and greek yogurt doesn’t bother me either!

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Brie!! I’ve encountered quite a few people who are just like me and you! Figuring out food intolerances/sensitivities is one of the hardest things! I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not normal to feel great ALL the time. The only thing I am absolutely positive about is that my body does NOT like milk, ice cream or cheese. All other food is up for debate!

      Now I’m going to search your blog to figure out what ‘coxswain’ is!!

  5. Just found your blog – it’s awesome! I was GF for 10 months and have only just had to reintroduce gluten in the past few weeks in preparation for a blood test and colonoscopy to check for coeliac. Totally relate to the whole ‘fad’ diet thing! I can’t really explain it other than saying I literally just feel milesssss better when i’m not eating it!

    • Kylie says:

      Hey Jenn! I’ve read your blog before!! And it’s great!:)

      I just had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy a couple weeks ago to check for celiacs. They found inflammation in my terminal ileum and told me that it was not celiacs but likely Crohn’s Disease. After living with that diagnosis for 2 weeks and having more bloodwork and small bowel X-rays done, they told me it wasn’t Crohns. So now I’m kinda back to where I started. I really just wanted to rule out that major IBD’s. I just have these bouts of stomach upset and pain that are so painful that I’m so sure that damage has to be occurring. It’s nice to have these tests done to tell myself that possibly the pain is just emotional/stress related and not some other underlying disease. I’m still following up with my gastroenterologist and he’s put me on medication to help with the inflammation they found in my small intestine. So we’ll see. At only 22 years old, I’m not crazy about being put on medicine for the rest of my life but i’m really not that opposed to it as long as I’ve considered all of my options.

      Anyways that was conceded and all about me! I hope you figure out what is causing your symptoms and are left feeling great. I completely understand about just feeling better when you’re not eating gluten. I’m sure eating gluten in preparation for your test is really hard for you. Once you’ve made such a drastic change to cut out gluten and then feel better when you have cut it out, I completely understand that no part of you wants to start eating it again. I know when I reintroduced gluten it caused me a lot of stress, and now i’m not sure if i want to eat it or not. Just remember that it means you are going to get a diagnosis or at least some needed answers! All good things:)

      • I definitely agree – sometimes it’s good just to rule things out! Sounds like you’ve had lots of tests though, hope it hasn’t be too bad for you! I’ve learnt that I feel at my best when I eat ‘clean’ food (which sometimes is just TOO boring hehe) but as soon as I eat gluten I just feel all yucky. Yay to fun cooking and enjoying life :)

  6. Rachel says:

    You’re blog is so great! I’m excited to read more. Breakfast is the best thing ever and I’m glad I’m not the only one who knows that! Keep the recipes coming, please!

    • Kylie says:

      YAY another incredible intelligent person who knows breakfast is where it’s at:) I’m so glad you like the blog! thank you so much for the comment!

  7. Janelle says:

    Hi Kylie! Just found your blog running through the wordpress pages and found we have a lot in common! Namely, breakfast, gluten free, becoming RD’s, etc. ;) We should chat! Enjoy your weekend.

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Janelle! I love that breakfast is something you can have in common with someone:) haha:) How close are you to starting your internship?

      I was looking at your blog and love it:) And congratulations on being engaged:) so fun!

  8. Just wanted to say that I love you blog. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 3 months ago and I thought I was destined to a diet of grass. I was wrong of course :) Your recipes are wonderful and perfect for an active lifestyle like you and I lead! I am a zumba instructor and a big runner as well. My favorite recipes are your gluten free protein bars/snacks. I also wanted to share with you the protein powder that I use when I make your recipes. Other celiac readers out there might be interested as well. It is a gluten free protein powder and tastes like cake so it makes your yummy recipes even yummier! Here is a link to my personal testimony video about how this protein powder has enhanced my life. t.vi.com/PtGgr9rfOy8
    and here is a link to my website that talks about the protein in more detail as well. http://alyseiasanchez.bodybyvi.com

    Thanks for all you do! Keep up the yummy work!

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Alyseia! This comment just made my day:) I’m so glad you’ve found recipes that you enjoy and make living a gluten free lifestyle easier! The first couple months of being gluten free are the most difficult, but once you learn how much you can still eat, being gluten free really isn’t so bad. I actually just saw a protein powder advertised somewhere that was cake flavored and it sounded delicious! But it was a whey protein powder which doesn’t do too well with my stomach. I’ll have to check out this protein powder! It sounds great!

      Thanks so much for the comment!

  9. chimes says:

    I hear you about GF. I had GI issues for about 7 years and had seen a bunch of specialists who said I had IBS. Okay, well IBS is a catch-all term that doesn’t tell me anything, especially when I could never figure out what was making me sick. It was something different all the time. Turned out that going gluten-free fixed that. I’ve been GF since March of 2011 and I love it. But I seriously hate that people think it’s a fad diet choice. It’s especially hard around the holidays because my family forgets that it’s not a fad diet choice and that it hurts my stomach, so I end up being sick from eating things that they say are GF but really aren’t.

    Like you, I still eat things that aren’t certified gluten-free, but I do not eat or use any wheat products in my kitchen.

    • Kylie says:

      Even when family members have the best intentions, gluten free cooking can be tricky because, as I’m sure you know, gluten can be sneaky! I’ve had to start making my own dishes to bring to family gatherings around the holidays. It’s just easier and I don’t have to worry about accidently ruining my day with stomach pains/migraines/headaches. For Thanksgiving this year I brought a GF sweet potato dish, GF brussels sprout salad, and GF pumpkin pie. We had smoked turkey so that was safe for me to eat! In combination with the sides I brought it was plenty of food! And that way I don’t have to draw attention to the fact that I’m not eating gluten…everyone just assumes I wanted to contribute a couple dishes. Luckily, gluten free or not, pumpkin pie is freaking awesome.

      I’m glad you’ve found some relief from your GI pain! And have a diagnosis other than IBS, aka “you just have a crappy stomach so just get used to pain.” It’s such a relief after feeling helpless!

  10. paprik4te says:

    Just found your blog and am so excited about it!
    I LOVE this:
    “Healthy is about body composition, not just being skinny. Fill your body with real, wholesome foods that make you feel great.
    I believe in consuming everything in moderation, including moderation.”
    ^ The last part made me laugh!

    Looking forward to reading more – have a great day!

  11. Hi Kylie! I may or may not have been creeping on your comments but I saw that you go to A&M and are studying to be a dietitian. I’m actually a sophomore here at A&M and I recently changed to DPD. Small world :) Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I love reading your blog and maybe I’ll see you around campus sometime!!

    • Kylie says:

      Hiii Lisa!! That’s too fun! Hopefully we’ll see each other at a NDA meeting or something. And I’m glad you switched to DPD early on, it took me forever to figure out what I wanted to do and I would have been so much happier if I would have switched to nutrition and DPD earlier. Anyways, thanks for commenting and letting me know. I’ll go creep your Facebook and be looking for you;)

      • For sure! I just joined this past semester so I’m still pretty new to it all! I literally wanted to be every health profession (doctor, PA, nurse..) until deciding that being an RD was obviously the best choice! Do you know if you wanna do clinical, outreach, or food service or are you waiting for your internship to help you decide?! Oh and side note: I’m like superrrr stoked we don’t have school tomorrow so I can make your oatmeal pumpkin pancakes for breakfast :)) I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  12. Liz says:

    You’re recipes are all so great! Too many people are focused on “natural” products and forget that basic fruits and veggies are the building blocks to feeling your best! You send a great message in healthy eating that so many, young girls especially, need to hear! Keep the recipes coming and good luck with your degree!

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Liz! Thanks for such a sweet comment:) I agree young girls need to learn what healthy eating truly is. I know when I was in high school I was all about body image…if I was skinny that meant I was healthy. It took me a long time to get rid of that mindset but here I am. I feel so much happier when I just focus on eating well and moving my body. If I could talk to my 16 year old self I would have so much to say to her. Anyways, thanks for reading! And for commenting!

  13. Woah! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! All of it! I feel like we have so much in comment and would be great friends!!! -I’m studying to be an R.D. too :) I’m definitely adding you to my reading list and trying your recipes next time I go home!
    Kristen @ bakingbblissful.blogspot.com
    ps-your comment about everything in moderation, including moderation is AWESOME!

  14. Laura says:

    Wow, really excited I found your blog. I feel like we have such similar food tolerances. I also can’t handle too much dairy, but love cheese!

    A couple of years ago an overzealous doctor prescribed really strong antibiotics for a cold. I struggled for months with what eventually the doctor called IBS, I managed to get it under control with a couple of months’ worth of probiotics. This was after cutting out all gluten and even excessive sugars, I kept a food diary for a year! I am eating gluten now, but avoid yeast as I find this irritates my body.

    I used to hate oats with a passion but now I can’t do without them for breakfast. I usually just cover them with water, chop whatever fruit I have (normally an apple) top with plain yoghurt and toss it into the fridge. Cinnamon is nice with apple, also dried cranberries or dried apple rings work well too. I usually don’t add any sweetener but if I want something special I use honey.

    I also recently started a good exercise plan and tried running, but I don’t think I can push my body for more than a 5km run, maybe 10km in the future.

    Sorry for such a long post, but looking forward to recipes in the future :)

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Laura:) I’m glad you found me!

      Sorry to hear about your GI issues. They are no fun. But it sounds like you’ve gotten it under control now! I’ve been wanting to try some probiotic supplements but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m back eating gluten now (even though this blog is still gluten free) and I’ve just tried out goat cheese and my stomach seems to be okay with that which was one of the happiest things like ever. Seriously.

      Also, I hear you on the hating oats! I used to never want oats for breakfast because they seemed so heavy and it’s HOT in Texas so warm breakfasts never seem that appealing but now…it’s just out of control:) I eat them all the time. I’ve been wanting to try out a recipe where you core out an apple, fill it with oatmeal and any other goodness you can think of and then you bake the entire thing. And then add toppings….of course. Hopefully that recipe will make it on the blog soon…sounds like something you could like with your cinnamon+apple+oatmeal combination;)

      And last but not least, running. I love running but I have less than ideal (to put it nicely) stomach issues if I do any runs over 6 miles. I usually keep it to 4 milers and my body seems okay with that. Probably more than you want to know haha but if your body can handle it, go for it! I truly believe that running is 90% mental and 10% physical. I have no doubt that you could do a 10K. Start with the 5K and see where that takes you next! You’ll probably be running marathons in no time:))

      Well I think I beat your long post haha:) I hope you enjoy the recipes! And I’m on Instagram (which is like my favorite thing in the world)!

      • Laura says:

        Yes, the oats thing being so hot in South Africa, I never could stomach hot cooked oats in the morning. Also congrats on your engagement!

        I’m definitely planning on trying a 5km race sometime soon, will let you know. Oh and try the probiotics, seems a bit of overkill but it really does help. :)

      • Kylie says:

        I’m definitely going to try probiotics! And thanks for the congrats! I’m pretty excited:):) and let me know about the 5K! I’d love to hear how it goes!!

  15. shikoomkoom says:

    Hi :) I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award, you can find it here: http://welcomebackbelly.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/the-liebster-award-d/

  16. I legit laughed out loud at #3!

    • Kylie says:

      Haha:):) For serious though, most stomach pain I’ve ever been in. I couldn’t eat for 2 days after because it was so painful!! That was 4 years ago and I didn’t have the best eating habits then so i’m thinking I’d feel much better if I ran one now. I now know not to eat oatmeal or even think about touching dairy before a race! Sorry if that was way too much information haha:))

  17. Michelle K. says:

    I love your open and honest approach to eating and sharing your thoughts about eating! I am now clean eating, and I have seen and felt amazing results.

    I stumbled on your blog while searching for muffin recipes. I have a question though! What recommendations do you have for someone who is DEATHLY allergic to tree nuts? I get tired of pepitas and sunflower seeds..LOL! I suppose I could leave them out all together, but that takes away from the nutrition! Also, when you use almond milk in some recipes, do you thing it is ok to sub with coconut or soy milk?

    Thanks for sharing your ideas, recipes, and thoughts!

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Michelle!!

      I think you could totally sub in soy milk/coconut milk instead of almond milk! Go for it!

      And about avoiding tree nuts, that’s tricky. Have you ever tried buckwheat groats? They’re definitely different than nuts but they are still crunchy and are a delicious, crunchy add-in to a granola or trail mix. The problem is that buckwheat groats may contain trace amounts of tree nuts due to processing. Check with the company who produces your buckwheat before you eat it…it makes me nervous giving advice if you’re DEATHLY allergic! So always do you’re research!

      Also, if you eat any sunflower seed butter and are getting tired of it, you could always mix in some fun add-in to change the flavor. Like make cinnamon-raisin sunflower seed butter by adding 1/4 cup raisins, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp honey. Or mix in some mashed banana and cinnamon to make like a banana bread sunflower seed butter.yum.

      Anyways, hope that helps!!

  18. I wish I had the will power to go gluten free… I to have a GI issue that, when it rears its ugly head… its bad… I should really give it another go. I also hate fade diet people

    • Kylie says:

      At first it was hard but now it really is just part of whole I am. I still eat gluten when we’re eating out and I’m usually okay if I eat it moderation. But if I eat too much of it in a short time span (say over an indulgent weekend), I feel pretty terrible and there’s blood in places there shouldn’t be blood (tmi?). Anyways, if you going gluten free would help you, GO FOR IT! Once you start looking, there really is so so much you can eat! And it sounds like you already have experience with a gluten free lifestyle so it’ll be easy! And there are so so many gluten free blogs that make being gluten free totally easy and make you feel like you aren’t being deprived.

      For me, oat flour is where it’s at. I use so much of it. I know some people with gluten sensitivities/intolerances can’t tolerate oats so you’ll have to see what your body can handle.

      Anyways, good luck:)

  19. Kate Davis says:

    I’m so happy I found this blog!! I’m about to start at Syracuse University as a nutrition major and I hope to become an RD, too. I love everything you post and then trying to make it myself!! Quick question, do you have any recommendation for good granola to buy? So much granola out there is like candy, but I love it on my Chobani. Thanks for all you post :)

    • Kylie says:

      Hi Kate!!!:):)

      Yay for another ‘RD2B’!!! When I started undergrad I didn’t even know what an RD was so you’re worlds ahead of me!

      As far as granola, I know what you mean. So much of it has SO much sugar…delicious but not exactly what you want first thing in the morning/for a healthy snack. I have bought Nature’s Path brand before and that is pretty good. But I would really recommend finding a local farmers market (I’m sure there are so many in New York/even on campus) and buy your granola from one of the vendors. Typically it’ll have way less sugar…and super cute packaging;)

  20. Serena says:

    This is the most fun “About” section I’ve ever read. (:

  21. what a fun way to write about yourself – I agree with Serena

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