epcot at disney world

International travel came grinding to a halt in 2020, crushing the vacation plans of people all over the world. Parents who’d been looking to experience new cultures with their kids were suddenly left marooned inside their own homes instead. With the inaccessibility of foreign soils, we’ve had to get creative with cultural immersion. The beauty of at-home travel is that…

autumnal stuffed acorn squash

This recipe celebrates the bounty of fall, utilizing acorn squash as the perfect vehicle for a hearty brown rice filling stacked with nutty, sweet and savory flavors that’ll have you coming back for seconds. Acorn squash is rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, and its thin skin lets you skip peeling for a quicker prep time. Brown rice…

two women working out together

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can derail even the most meticulous diet and exercise plan, especially if you’re traveling to another city or country to visit your family. You’ll have unexpected obligations, unfamiliar surroundings, and—if your family is anything like mine—giant holiday meals to contend with during those six festive weeks. However, if you go into the holidays…

girl on a train with a mask

I touched down on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in June during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in most places around the world. I’d flown from Brazil to Florida in March in response to my mother’s panicked frenzy and wound up quarantined in my parents’ home for way longer than a thirty-one-year-old should be. By June, I desperately needed to get…

Shepherd's pie on plates with green salad

Common throughout the United Kingdom, shepherd’s pie was originally devised as a way to use up leftover meat. Now a delicious dish in its own right, I’ve re-worked this versatile recipe with a creamy and cheesy cauliflower topping to replace the traditional potato mash. Despite its humble appearance, cauliflower boasts an impressive nutritional profile. High in fiber to improve digestive…

budgeting with cash

Most people have had the unfortunate experience of postponing trips, canceling flights and putting adventures on hold for a while. No matter the reason, it’s never a good feeling when you can’t carry out your travel plans. But putting travel on hold can give you a great opportunity to start budgeting for future international excursions.  Imagine your dream vacation. Instead…

Caribbean Shrimp

This bright and summery dish has us dreaming of warmer days with a tropical combination of sweet mango, creamy avocado and zesty lime. Mangoes are rich in vitamins A and C, polyphenols, and antioxidants, and help counter damaging free radicals and boost your immune system. Radishes help improve digestion and detoxification, and avocado contains heart-healthy unsaturated fats that allow your…

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