What’s In My Travel Bag

As many of you will be traveling during the holidays (including myself), I wanted to show you What’s in My Travel Bag whenever I am flying/on the road that I can not be without!

Don’t we just love traveling during the holidays? Endless traffic, unpredictable weather, hectic airports with probable delays…all the more reason to be prepared and stock your bag or purse with some essentials to keep it healthy and as germ-free as possible. I will have all of these when I make my way back to NY this week.

What's In My Travel Bag1. Larabar – I always make sure to have a nutritious bar on hand for a snack. These have easily become one of my favorite brands out there, made with whole foods and as little as three ingredients! Ingredients in peanut butter cookie: dates, peanuts, sea salt.

2. Ginger Chews – I am a ginger freak, seriously, I could put it in everything. Ginger is great for nausea and gives your immune system a little boost when feeling under the weather. You will never find me traveling without these! I also love chewing on one after a meal because it helps cleanse the palate.

3. Alcohol Swabs – Not just for scrapes or cuts, but these are awesome phone cleaners! Our iphones are a huge germ collector and can contribute towards continuous sickness. Just imagine all of the places our phones have been or even worse, your fingers! Yikes.

4. Hand Sanitizer – If you’re a germaphobe like myself, you never travel anywhere without some hand sani! Airplanes especially gross me out. Always a good idea to apply some before you eat if you aren’t able to wash your hands.

5. Banana – You might think I’m a weirdo for keeping a banana in my purse, but only when i have early morning flights and will be eating breakfast on the go. It’s one of my daily habits to eat one with breakfast so I’d rather pack one than spend over $1 for one single banana at the airport – no thanks! Or I usually bring some other form of fresh fruit.

6. Cough Drops – I always have Ricola cough drops on hand. I tend to get dry mouth really easily so these are great for when I need some temporary relief.

7. Hand Lotion – Nothing is worse than having dry hands after washing them! Since my skin tends to get really dry, I always have to put on lotion after washing. Hate those cracks on your fingers from over washing or cold weather. Gold Bond is my favorite brand for travel size.

Wishing you safe travels for those who will be needing it!

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Yelp Elite Recap + Lorna Jane Giveaway

Disclosure: I was asked to participate at Yelp Elite holiday event for Lorna Jane through Fit Approach. I was provided an outfit and compensated for my recipe, but I was not compensated for this post. All opinions remain my own.

Last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Yelp Elite LA Holiday event alongside the Lorna Jane team as a SPA through Fit Approach. I love being a SPA (Sweat Pink Ambassador) for the wonderful community of other fitness enthusiasts and continuous motivation.

The Lakes Thousand OaksIt was my first time actually being in Thousand Oaks, and I must say, The Lakes was a beautiful festive sight. The traffic? Not so much. But its LA so what can you expect.

The Lakes Thousand OaksThe event was right next to the ice rink, all decked out in Christmas decorations, making the plunging temperatures a little more bearable :) Myself and fellow Nutritionist and blogger Jennifer, held down the healthy treat booth for Lorna Jane. I made my Healthier Hot Chocolate and Jennifer made delicious peanut butter protein balls to keep the hungry Yelpers satisfied.

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What I’m Loving Lately {Christmas Edition}

Each week on What I’m Loving Lately, I will showcase some of my favorite recipes/inspirations from fellow RD bloggers and healthy lifestyle publications/bloggers.

This week, it’s all about cookies and healthier treats! Have you started baking Christmas cookies yet?? I attended our FBLA annual cookie and cookbook swap last weekend and there were plenty of creative and delicious treats to be had. I’ll be baking more cookies when I get home to NY next week. Also, don’t forget to enter my Eat Healthy Designs giveaway – ends this Sunday!

But first, some savory favorites of the week…

Mushroom Bolognese with Sweet Potato via MJ and Hungryman

Mushroom Bolognese with Sweet PotatoesSpaghetti Squash Pho via Yup, It’s Vegan

Vegan Spaghetti Squash Pho

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Nutty Dark Chocolate Bark

Nutty Dark Chocolate Bark

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

My Nutty Dark Chocolate Bark is the perfect sweet ending to any holiday meal. Filled with plump, nutritious raisins and crunchy sunflower seeds, this is sure to satisfy your sweet/salty craving. Wrap some up and it will make for a great homemade gift.

Nutty Dark Chocolate BarkWith the holidays in full swing, life can get a little hectic with all of the gift searching, event planning, and recipe making. I thought I would share with you a super simple dessert that is perfect for holiday munching and gift-giving.

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