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New Series: August Closet Staple, Pantry Staple

Outfit PostsCarlene ThomasComment

So awhile ago I was posting outfits every now and then on Healthfully Ever After...but realized a few months later that number one, that's incredibly hard to do when one's outfit photographer is at work and no longer working from home, but TWO that it just never felt right. It just felt a little silly to me! The dietitian nutrition food person posting sweaters? I think it's important to let you guys see me actually in front of the camera sometimes but outfit posts just don't really work with someone who loves closet staples instead of trendy items. I literally have been wearing the same bracelet and signet ring (obviously, pictured) since I was sixteen...But that's when I realized, I could find a way to work food into the picture. Shocking solution, I know.

This new series, Closet Staple- Pantry Staple, will show you guys parts of my favorite foods and meals as well as some of my staples in the wardrobe.  You can follow along on Instagram to see the posts throughout the month and even share YOUR staples with me using the hashtag #ClosetStaplePantryStaple or mention me in your post so I can see! 

1. The Summer Blouse and Fall Apples: Okay this shirt is insane. Unless you're my Grandpa who usually is wearing country club lilac chinos with Indonesian printed button down shirts, then this is tame. Over the past year, the majority of my closet has become pretty neutral and streamlined (how very East Coast)...except for a few of these. This parakeet print pink, green and blue summer blouse from LOFT is just the right weight for Virginia summer and can be dressed up or down. I usually wear it with white pants and my silver Jack Rogers which have lasted YEARS. Totally worth the investment. I'm sorry to pack it all away for fall! For the food? Apples are just now hitting Virginia farm stands! I put them in sandwiches, eat them as snacks and also desserts!

2. The Polkadot Popover and Kale Salad: UGGHH the J. Crew popover!!! How can I begin to express my love? I have a few of these in various colors and prints that transition year round either under sweaters or blazers, or solo with shorts. And kale salad. My absolute favorite. The husband and I both try our hardest to make one meal a day a leafy green base. We both feel infinitely better and it's a super smart strategy for everyone! My kale salads have crunch, protein, sweet and nutty. In this case, apple, chick peas, hemp seeds, peppers and although I was out, goat cheese. 

3. The Vintage V-Neck and Black Bean Quinoa Lettuce Cups: If I'm dressed for a casual day, especially from my home office, I'll bet you anything I'm wearing a v-neck t-shirt. As someone with a short torso, I take all the help I can get to elongate my body and that means v-necks. Old Navy (pictured) has some insane prices for the kinds I love right now although I also love Everlane. The lettuce cups with Mexican filling are the perfect balance of health and comfort. Sure, I love a good crunchy taco, but lettuce cups are way smarter with more nutrition and less deep fried starch. I like to fill Boston or Bibb lettuce varieties with quinoa (RINSE IT FIRST or you'll get that horrid bitter compound!), black beans, peppers, jicama, cilantro and a good salsa. Make my easy summer salsa while the produce is still in season! 

Healthy and Delicious: 12 Desserts

Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment

Some people, even nutrition people, like food and health to be very black or white. They like to use labels like bad or good or unhealthy or healthy. But that's tough. I'm not in that labeling camp. I love some of the supposed 'bad unhealthy' foods. But I'm picky. I pick foods for enjoyment based on taste and quality. I don't settle for less. I also have an open mind and I love to try healthy desserts from raw fruit tarts to Greek Yogurt ice cream cakes. Why not be adventurous? Eat dessert and try the 'healthy' ones too. You just might find a new favorite. 


Speaking of adventure: I hope you all are gearing up to enjoy Labor Day weekend! The husband and I are off to unplug a little bit before my schedule gets cray-cray. Also, crucial note, to get the last few seasonally appropriate wears out of my Jack Rogers and white pants before I unpack the boots and tweed. Also on my weekend list? More antique front door hunting, ice cream eating, peach purchasing and probably preserving more summer num-nums. I'll take that over the beach any day. 


Disclosure: FOODIE by Mode sponsored this post. I picked out allllll the pretty recipes and pictures to share with you. Have at them! 

Healthy Tailgating: Tofu Buffalo Dip and Cider Spritzer

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I'm SO EXCITED (as evidence by capitalization) that it's football season once again! While I no longer follow college football, the NFL has always been a big part of my fall and winter life. A born and bred Packers fan, who receives Christmas gifts from Packer Santa every year, I married a Redskins Loyalist. Bless his heart. Our first date was a Redskins vs. Packers game. We love football. 

The only not so great part of football season is the eating habits it brings with it. Studies show people actually eat more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than on Thanksgiving. What. The. Heck. But you can change that. Altering your habits with simple steps and bringing along some healthy options to the tailgate makes healthy living during football season much easier. All it takes is some kitchen initiative. See two of my healthy recipes for tailgating over on First Impressions DC.

A Cider Spritzer: Skip the calorie heavy mixers and lighten up straight bourbon/whiskey with spice heavy apple cider and seltzer. Move volume, more hydration... less calories. 

Buffalo Tofu Dip: Having never actually made 'regular' buffalo chicken dip before I was kind of horrified to see what goes in this tailgate staple. Let's just say there were several kinds of high fat dairy involved. This recipe uses less than five ingredients...and half of them are spices! With tofu as a base to replicate the texture, you are getting a major protein boost!!!

Healthy Tailgating: Tofu Buffalo Dip and Cider Spritzer
Healthy Tailgating: Tofu Buffalo Dip and Cider Spritzer

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