Wow, the last year has been a trip! It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on the one-year anniversary of Eat Life Whole. This Thanksgiving, in particular, Steph and I are feeling incredibly thankful for all we have. Families that support us completely, friends that cheer us on. And we have each other to help find humor during those not-so-funny moments (they weren’t kidding when they said starting a biz was going to be hard work).
We also have our list of go-to favorites that ALWAYS put a smile on our faces – those simple things that bring a little something special into our everyday. We wanted to share a few as thanks to all of you for joining us on this wild ride. Hopefully, these special favs can bring a little goodness into your life as well.
Greenhearts Family Farm CSA (community sustainable agriculture) box. I absolutely LOVE the weekly delivered organic fruits and veggies from one of the best local farmers in the Bay Area. I learn about what food is in season, have the opportunity to cook new veggies, and save money and time without having to make trips to the store. Fabulous! More >>
Bodum Tea Press Pot. Loose leaf tea has been essential in my morning routine. The fact that I can mix different types of leaves to make healing concoctions in one huge pot, makes my day. More >>
Organic leafy greens (like kale, mustard greens, and dandelion). Ok, am I really thankful for greens? I know it sounds weird, but I actually am. I didn’t always eat the way that I do, but I have seen profound improvements in my quality of health ever since I made leafy greens the foundation to my food choices. I’m thankful for the greens, the farmers that grow them, and all the people that make it possible for me to bring them home!
Nike Vomero Shoes. I don’t have these fancy new ones, but I am picky about shoe weight, material, and comfort. The Vomero’s are by-far one of the best running shoes (and gym shoes) I have found thus far. Oh and bright colors are hot! More >>
Good Magazine. Have you ever been frustrated with the news because you couldn’t quite understand what was going on in the world? GoodMagazine (both their website and printed publication) takes complex information and combines design with great writers to enlighten their readers. “GOOD is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. Since 2006 we’ve been making a magazine, videos, and events for people who give a damn.” More >>
“Buggy Loop” (6-mile hike in the Marin Headlands). Named for our now-gone chocolate lab Hazel Bug, Buggy Loop has become a regular weekend outing for us. Kids, dogs, any friends that are willing to come along, this two hour hike is only minutes over the Golden Gate Bridge but feels like it’s hundreds of miles away. A sweet treat for us urban dwellers. Where to go: Park at the eastern end of the Rodeo Lagoon. Follow Miwok Trail to Wolf Ridge. Once you get to the top, follow the Coastal Trail down towards Rodeo Beach. More >>
Organic Local Maine Blueberries. Our annual trip home to Maine always has us arriving at the peak of blueberry season. While there, we certainly have our fair share of fresh berries. But we also pack them back to California to enjoy during the off-season. For the last couple years, we have gotten a 5 lb bag from Blu-Zee farm, arguably some of the most delicious organic berries out there. We freeze them, pack them as carry-on and work our way through our supply, usually making our last batch of blueberry pancakes sometime in April.
Roasted Vegetables. Weird to have roasted veggies on a list of favorites? Maybe. But they are so delish! Crispy yet tender. Simple to make but full of flavor. Roasted veggies make their way on to our table several times a week. More >>
Tender. I love cookbooks. Always have. But Nigel Slater’s Tender is my stand-out favorite (at the moment). The recipes are creative, unusual, inspirational and simple. The photography the same. It has definitely become my go-to resource. Love it. More >>
Sleep Healing Spray from Nectar Essences. Jenny Pao, the creator of Nectar Essences, shared a bottle of her Sleep healing spray with us a few months ago. It now has a permanent spot on the corner of my desk. The lavender and jasmine oils have an amazing calming effect, slowing down even the busiest mind. All I need is a small spray over my head when I start to spin. Ahhh. More >>
Sending thanks and warm holiday wishes from our kitchen to yours.
Eat life whole,
Springer & Steph