a few of my favorite social media foodies

So much of my recipe inspiration comes from food instagram accounts and blogs. In fact, according to Well + Good, Instagram may just be making us healthier by fostering a strong sense of community full of like-minded foodies that make healthy recipe hunting a bit easier.

“Instead of clocking an hour on a recipe site searching for something (anything!) that looks good for dinner, on social media, the ideas come to you. Searching a hashtag, getting inspired by the so-often ridiculously gorgeous photos, and seeing if you have the ingredients lying around in your fridge, is simple. Period.”

Since starting one taste at a time, I have found myself stepping far outside of my culinary comfort zone. Whether it be trying new ingredients or feeling confident enough to put my own spin on certain recipes, this social media platform has changed the way I think about what I’m putting into my body.

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feeling inspired by @runningonveggies, I made these muffins. Only ingredients: raw almond butter, banana, blueberries, vanilla extract, baking soda, eggs.
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feeling inspired by @leefromamerica, I made these date/walnut balls rolled in coconut, apricots, and pumpkin seeds.

In recognition of all the people out there embracing real food and sharing their inspiration on social media to get the creative juices (pun intended) flowing on an even larger scale, I decided to put together a list of my favorite food instagram accounts/blogs. Check them out, and maybe give them a little social media love while you’re at it.

1. @shelovesfoodnyc

shelovesfoodnyc2. @leefromamerica

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3. @thisisitthough

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4. @runningonveggies

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5. @init4thelongrunblog

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6. @thecrunchyradish

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7.  @foodgays

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8. @cookieandkate

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one taste at a time… one year later

It has been about a year since I decided to start my food instagram. Maybe it was because I had a zillion pictures of food from the past few months taking up all the space on my phone; maybe it was because I had just recently returned from France (aka culinary heaven on earth) and felt inspired in all sorts of ways; or maybe it was just because it was summer, and free time was my friend. Whatever the case, I made a rather impromptu decision one afternoon to create it. And one taste at a time was born. The original intent was also to accompany it with this very blog, but I have been a bit negligent when it comes to blogging duties. For this, my few but loyal followers, I apologize.

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ooooodles of zoodles
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wheat-free granola
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smoothie bowl

It has been about a year, and I’m pretty positive insta-fame is not in my post-grad future, regardless of how many smoothie bowl pictures I post and trending #hashtags I include. But that was never the point, after all.

The reason why grocery stores, local markets, cooking, and pretty much all-things food bring me joy is because, at the end of the day, when all the pots are cleaned and the dishwasher full, it’s about so much more than the food eaten. It’s about the companionship, community, traditions, and love fostered during the profoundly human act of making a meal together.

My culinary idol M.F.K Fisher put it best when she wrote, “… like most other humans, I am hungry. But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the huger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.”

Everyone has to eat. And what a shame it would be if we went through life with no pleasure or greater meaning associated with that necessity. What a shame it would be if we, as a human family, were simply fed but not nourished in all the ways.

One taste at a time is the creative manifestation of the people and values I hold close to my heart. So thank you, my few but loyal followers, for reading. And hopefully I’ll have the pleasure of cooking with you sometime soon.

Could You Live Off The Land For an Entire Month?

As one of the first advocates for sustainable agriculture and organic farming, J.I. Rodale once said that “civilizations that get too far from the land are bound to decay.” He was convinced that there was a direct correlation between the declining health of America’s soil and the declining health of the American people. What’s more, he advocated for these things when it was totally not in vogue to think like that.

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I can’t claim to have had any real sustained experience living off the land save for one wonderful weekend in Normandy with my host family picking apples and pears from their garden to make fruit tarts as well as catching shrimp and crabs in the English Channel to cook for dinner (while sporting, I might add, oh-so-fashionable wet suits). Still, I believe there’s something to be said for taking a step back from a world that seems to move at a frighteningly fast pace and realize that perhaps we have strayed too far away from the land. Perhaps we have lost sight of the fact that, at the heart of what it means to be a human being is the very fact that we require nourishment to sustain our lives and that this nourishment comes from the land.

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Normandy, France

In our fast-paced world where technology has found its way into everything we do and everywhere we go, this lifestyle, however wonderful and fulfilling it sounds, seems to be a pretty impossible one to achieve while still supporting oneself economically and socially… or so I thought until I read about Jake Bobick, the man who accepted a Rodale News challenge to live off of his vegetable garden (along with the venison and bear meat in his freezer) for the entire month of August. Although he experienced his fair share of challenges and admitted that it is far easier said than done in terms of the cravings (his body is trained to want refined carbs and was forced to modify the way it uses fuel) and inconveniences (meal preparations take a bit longer this way) involved, Bobick admits that “it does feel like I’m detoxing a little bit – and in many ways, I am. I’m looking forward to a new, more efficient me in the next few weeks.”

Granted, Bobick is just doing this for a month and will probably most definitely return to his usual eating habits, but I still applaud him for proving that, although difficult, it’s certainly not impossible to live closer to the land.

xo

eop

Today’s Inspiration: NYC Streets

There’s a word in French, flaneur, which literally means “stroller” or “wanderer,” something like a connoisseur of the street or an urban explorer. I like to think that, during the time I spent in Paris, I was a flaneur. I wandered the streets of the city, past the cafés, bookstores, and boulangeries, down the avenues, through the parks. I wandered through hoards of both tourists and Parisians, comfortably fitting myself somewhere in between. I passed countless cafés, flower shops, and cast-iron balustrades bordering the Métropolitain signs of the metro stations. I wandered so that I could come closer to the soul of Paris, so I could feel the drumbeat of the city’s life pulsing through my veins.

Since returning home from Paris, my inner flaneur has not subsided and my wandering has continued… just in a different city. Wandering around New York oftentimes isn’t quite as magical as wandering around Paris, but I guess angry taxi drivers and never-ending crowds have their own charm, right?

Anyway, during my time in the big apple this summer, I have come across quite a few beautiful, even inspirational, gems in the thicket of the concrete jungle.

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seen in the latest issue of Prevention magazine
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seen at Organika in the West Village
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seen somewhere in the Bronx
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seen by the High Line
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seen by the High Line

xo

eop

Today’s Inspiration: Maria Rodale

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

Whenever someone would ask me this question, I wouldn’t know what to say. Although several super-cliché ideas would pop into my head, none of them seemed worthy enough as a response. Recently, however, I heard a little nugget of advice from Maria Rodale that really resonated with me.

You have to choose it every day. 

When you wake up every morning, you have to choose it. Choose to give 150% to whatever it is you’re doing. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Tomorrow or next week or next year, you may wake up and decide not to choose it. But today, you’re going to choose it and really, that’s all that matters.

I have been trying to be more intentional about applying this philosophy to everything I’m doing right now- whether it be my internship, my training schedule, my pursuit of real and natural foods, and my relationships. To be honest with you, it’s far easier said than done. But I’m taking it one day at a time, one step at a time, one taste at a timeand I’m choosing it.

xo

eop