A Pie by Pictures

Along with hosting a fun giveaway for my birthday yesterday (what are you waiting for…go enter!), I enjoyed a slice of delicious apple pie courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito himself! Well, I actually cooked it myself, but I got the recipe from Rocco’s fantastic new cookbook: “Now Eat This! 150 of America’s Great Comfort Foods All Under 350 Calories.” Despite my desire to edit the subtitle to “Less Than 350 ...continue reading

Hats Off

After a whirlwind weekend donning my gown, flipping my tassel to the right and walking across the stage, I’m going to let pictures do most of the talking on this post! I had a wonderful time celebrating my graduation, Mother’s Day and the next step in my life with family. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive and loving group of people alongside me and inspiring me!   Including my beautiful and accomplished ...continue reading

Dishing at the Diner

During my time interning in Chicago, I’ve been keeping a keen eye on my surroundings and doing a bit of web searching to find new (to me), nutritious places to try. One of the great things about larger cities is the great variety of dining options. Everyone can find at least a place or two that suits their tastes—literally! (One of the not so great things: how long it takes to get to these restaurants in traffic ;) ) This ...continue reading

Jason Stole My Heart

Jason and I first met about two years ago in a journalism class. See, I was writing an article about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for my magazine writing course when Jason popped into my life. Since then, our relationship has blossomed, although Jason and I haven’t been able to meet each other as much as we would like. You may be thinking, “Karla! You have been keeping secrets about a long-term romantic relationship for ...continue reading

Twisted Treats

Are you ready for some football? As we speak, the Pro Bowl is commencing and in one week, the Colts and the Saints will face-off for the National Championship! So what does that have to do with health, you ask? Well, with Super Bowl parties galore, the snacking landscape can be a minefield for diet disasters. Pizza bagel bites, cocktail weenies or chips and dip anyone? It’s certainly OK to splurge every so often, as we discussed ...continue reading

Cookie Monsters!


A good part of my weekend was spent baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my Mom—great bonding time and a fun way to unleash my creative side! Our recipe is not exactly a nutritious choice, but there are some healthy holiday dessert recipes out there. To celebrate the season, I decided to post a small round-up of better for you seasonal desserts so that you can indulge and still have a healthy, balanced diet for the day. Plus, if ...continue reading