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Happy Hungry Journey- My New Website

Dear Subscribers to Savvy CitiZen- Thank you for following my adventures since 2009- out in the world, in the kitchen, and in the yoga studio. I will no longer be writing on this website. I invite you to subscribe to my new website- Happy Hungry Journey. I’ve made the jump to the new site for […]

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Hippie Lane: My Favorite Dessert App Now Features Appetizers and Main Courses

Last summer I blogged frequently about Hippie Lane, an app I use frequently for healthy dessert ideas. I originally downloaded the app last year, because it was chock full of gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options for raw and baked desserts. Recently the app showcased two new recipe bundles for purchase. I put off purchasing them […]

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3 Tips for a Rejuvenating Staycation

As a teacher at an independent school, the name of the game is as follows— work hard like crazy… here’s your vacation… work hard like crazy… surprise here’s another vacation… work hard like crazy… got ya’ again- yet another vacay comin’ at ya’! My career as a middle school Spanish teacher sets me up for […]

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Raw Vegan Valentine Treats!

The hours are ticking away, and you still have no plan in place to surprise your special someone tomorrow on Valentine’s day! I’ve always agreed that the best way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach. We foodies like sweets, but we like real sugar, not fake sugar! Get that box of […]

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Fall in Love with February!

Working on seeing life as the glass half full is an ongoing, lifelong process. Ironically, it is the people upon whom life has bestowed the most blessings who are often the most unhappy. We have so much that the one thing we feel like we “don’t have” just stands out as a starkly glaring inconsistency […]

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My Top 5 Takeaways from Yoga Teacher Training

When I committed to practicing yoga seriously just over three years ago, my top 5 Takeaways (or goal list) would have looked a lot different: 1. Hook ankle behind neck 2. Visvamitrasana 3. Scorpion 4. Headstand with no props 5. Handstand away from wall in the middle of the room Fast forward three years, I […]

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Easy Midwinter Chunky Chili Recipe

People always ask me how much time I spend cooking, and it is really crazy how much time I spend in the kitchen every day. Do what you love, right? On an average day, I’d say I’m in the kitchen for two hours. This includes prep, the actual eating nom-nom, and “cleanup.” Cleanup is in […]

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The Plantpower Lifestyle

My friend Ruth knows me so well! Back in December she gave me the lifestyle cookbook The Plantpower Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt for my birthday. For over a year I have embraced a more plant-based lifestyle, and this was brought on by my gluten and dairy intolerances. In their book, Rich and […]

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A Different Yoga Practice for 2016

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely first full week back to work after the holidays. My Spanish classes were awesome this week, as the kids were rested, but I’m not going to lie – I went back to work Monday morning with the WORST COLD. I had the pleasure of teaching a […]

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Turnip Fries

While visiting our cousins Mike and Cotton this past week at their new home in San Antonio, they pulled these stunning turnips out from their organic backyard garden, which inspired me to make my favorite side dish for their “soup party.” This is the easiest thing to throw together if you have unexpected company or […]

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