2014 Favorites

This is how I was able to remain sane, focused and happy — My Favorite Trends of 2014.

YOUTUBE

Naptural85

Zoella

ThatcherJoe

Connor Franta

Tyler Oakley

SuperFruit

INSTAGRAM

BevCooks

ConnorFranta

HumansofNY

MeghanMarkle

AthensFarmersMarket

FOOD/FOOD TRENDS

The Runny Egg

Avocado on EVERYTHING & ANYTHING

Cheeeeese

Coffee

Farmers Market/Veggie Galore

ARTIST/SONGS

MAG!C

Tori Kelly

Jealous — Nick Jonas

Ed Sheeran

Beyonce

NETFLIX

Orange is The New Black

House of Cards

Pretty Little Liars

CULTURAL EVENT

FIFA World Cup

FASHION/BEAUTY

Essie Nail Polish

MAC Lipstick

Purses

Scarves

ORGANIZATION/NON-PROFITS

The Campus Kitchen Project/ Campus Kitchen at UGA

L.A. Kitchens

Food Day

Let’s Move

FoodCorps

Athens Land Trust

Swipe for the Homeless

Food Revolution

What were some of your favorite things/moments of 2014?

Recipe Remix (aka No Waste Wednesday): Mint-Ginger Infused Limeade + Rum = Best Mojitos Ever!

Happy No Waste Wednesday!

I encourage you to use up all your leftovers by turning them into new dishes. As a result, we waste less food and we get to try new things!

Today I’m making mojitos!! I don’t know about you all but the entire time I was making my Mint-Ginger Infused Limeade, I kept thinking to myself “this would make a great mojito”.  Think about it, all of the key ingredients are already there–mint, sugar, lime. The only thing missing is the rum and sparkling water*.

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What is the future of school lunches?

2012 was a big year…

Besides graduating from undergrad that fall with degrees in Dietetics and Consumer Foods,  I also had the opportunity to intern with a school nutrition director. I love working with kids (I even considered becoming a teacher at one point) so being able to combine that with my culinary and nutrition knowledge in order to implement, promote and teach the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle was something I was looking forward to.

I am grateful to have had that experience and the timing could not have been more perfect. In 2012, USDA made major changes the school nutrition program for the first time in years. I was able to see first hand the transition from old to new, I witness the challenges and accomplishments and, I like to think that I played a small role in making a difference in the lives of others.

It’s been 2 years since I interned with a school nutrition program and since the 1st school lunch changes have been implemented. I’ll be the first to admit that things were off to a bumpy start (for various reasons) but, have they finally improved?

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