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Healthy Food Guide: Portland

Well, it's no secret that Portland is just about the best town there is when it comes to food. We pretty much have anything and everything here. Which also means a lot of healthy options, but also a lot of not so healthy ones.

Below, I've put together a list of my favorite healthy places to eat in Portland. And I give major props to this city for gluten-free and vegan options just about anywhere (even bars!).

Best Healthy Breakfast Spots

1. Prasad (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Now with two locations, this place is SO good. The Classic Oatmeal or Chili Scramble is a must-try!

2. Kure (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): This place is another great option at any point during the day. Their juices and smoothies are SO tasty and packed with nutrients. My personal favorite is the Lush Life smoothie. I've also heard rave reviews about the Hangover Helper smoothie and that it will help you feel like a different person. I wouldn't know, I've just heard about it... ; )

3. Bob's Red Mill (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Yes, this is at the HQ where they make all of the awesome Bob's Red Mill products. I personally love the museli and yogurt, but there are loads of options and the food is extremely affordable. 

4. Radio Room (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Back in my single days, this spot was my favorite place to go on the weekend after a night out. They have a lot of options for carnivores and herbivores, as well as great gluten-free options. My go-to? The Classic Rocker Scramble and the pint Mimosa with blood orange (yes... I repeat... pint!). YUM.

5. Fern Kitchen (Vegan/Gluten-Free Options): Tons of healthy, tasty options and they use all local and organic produce. I love the "Eggs Your Way" with tempeh and New Cascadia toast.

Toddler Days

I can't even believe how quickly time is flying by. I just want to hit pause and replay on so many of these moments. But here he is, our big 19 month old, just becoming a young boy before our very own eyes.

father and baby love

We really started to see him totally evolve into this little squish of a man at around 14 months. You know, a little attitude here and there, some very sneaky behaviors and a look on his face that screamed "I know you think I don't know what's going on here because I'm only 29 inches, but I know a lot more than you think I do." Most parents can probably relate, but it is just incredible to watch them really start to develop. I mean, the moment he started using a fork on his own you would have thought we just won a car or something.

Gosh, parents can be such nerds in like, the absolutely best way possible. 

Anyway, the other side of all of this greatness are those other developmental things that really throw you off. For instance, I really try and make it a point to have sit down dinners at the table. I think it is so important for kiddos, but I also know you really have to try and make a good point to do so. Well, (un)lucky for us, our dining room table just happens to be on top of carpet. And me, mom over here, loves to make dinners that involve stuff that stains carpets (turmeric anyone?). So get a toddler over there and watch how fast that dinner goes on the carpet, their clothes, the walls, etc. I know many of you are with me right now...

So, what happens next? It's time to discipline.

And this is where we are currently at. We've gone from time-outs and firm voices to re-directing and just completely ignoring. We try our hardest to hold back our true frustration when once again, Parker throws something at our face or screams (this is his new favorite) at the top of his lungs in the middle of a store. And while we've toyed with all options, we've found that re-directing has been the most effective so far. So, that is what we've tried to be consistent with, but let me tell ya... that takes some serious adult discipline. And sometimes adulting is not easy.

Okay, so I ask you... what are your tips and experiences? I have no ego when it comes to parenting. I love hearing everyone's wisdom and tips/tricks. The food throwing is my least (current) favorite so tips on tackling that would be GREAT.

Otherwise, let me tell you the best part of this stage so far: the love.

Obviously I've always loved Parker, but the fact that now he is learning to reciprocate that love more outwardly is the best feeling. I will drop anything, at any point of my day just to hold him and cuddle him. It makes me so happy to see him be so affectionate. And I'll take kisses on the lips ALL DAY LONG for as long as he will give them to me! (Did you ever read that backlash Victoria Beckham got for kissing her daughter on the lips? read here).

These days can be tough, but dang they are fun.

Momma loves you, Parker bug!

Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Summer Salad

I love mixing watermelon in salads during the summer. I know it might sound a little strange, but once you try it, I can assure you that you will like it! This particular salad is inspired by one of my favorite chef's, Ina Garten, and is one of my go-to side dishes for summer parties. In fact, when I'm trying to make a sure-bet dish, I always turn Ina; she really is the best.

Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Summer Salad

6 C. arugula
2 C. seedless watermelon (diced in cubes)
1 C. crumbled feta
1 C. chopped mint leaves

For the dressing:

1/4 C. fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 C. olive oil
1/4 C. minced shallots
1 tbs. honey
1 tsp. coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


In a medium size bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, oil, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper.

Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Add in dressing (enough to coat the salad lightly). Add in extra sea salt or pepper if needed.


Camping for the Weekend

With all this crap happening in the world, escaping for the weekend was exactly what I needed. I don't know about you, but I literally can't seem to think of much else lately. I've taken some time away from social media and the news, which has definitely helped. And while doing so, I've clung on to spending time with my family (my happiest place) and being outdoors (the runner up).

So without a question, a camping trip seemed like the most logical idea.

And I will say, all is right with the world in the secluded mountains : )

Oregon, you never disappoint. 

The Longevity Book Giveaway

I've always loved Cameron Diaz for the obvious reasons: she's beautiful, smart, talented and funny. But what has really impressed me about her, is how she has shed light on some really important topics.

When I read her first book, The Body Book, I thought; well flipping done! It was the best holistic and practical approach to health and happiness I had read in a long time. So, when The Longevity Book came out, I knew it would be a worthwhile read. And once again, she nailed it.

We all know that in today's world there is a huge emphasis on age reversal. We hear about it just about everywhere; but in The Longevity Book, a new conversation is started. You'll have to read this book to get the full dialogue (it's seriously SO good), but I love that 1) It is encouraging a healthier embrace to the aging process and 2) It is a big reminder that just because you might look great on the outside, doesn't mean that everything is great on the inside. As you probably already know, I am a firm believer in a mind/body approach to health and wellbeing and I am so impressed at how this book tackles that.

So, without further ado, this morning I am super excited to be teaming up with Cameron's new book, The Longevity Book. They are kindly giving away a copy of the book to THREE lucky winners. Checkout how you can enter below!

The Longevity Book Giveaway

To enter, you need to complete the following:

1. Follow @thebodybook and @lindsaynead on instagram
2. Tag two friends in the giveaway post
3. For an extra entry, comment on the giveaway post and tell me what you are embracing most about aging.

The winner's will be chosen by Sunday 7/10 and will be contacted through instagram DM!