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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Hi friends! I wanted to wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day weekend.  I am signing off for the week and will be back on Tuesday. This weekend, take a minute amidst the relaxation to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and our freedom. Joining the armed forces is a selfless act by the bravest of Americans. See you next week and stay safe this weekend! xo Follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook too! … Read More →

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I’ve found my people

I feel uplifted and inspired. Why? Because I've found my people. I had two amazing meetings in the city yesterday: the first was with Carlene Thomas of Healthfully Ever After.  Carlene is a DC-area Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who seriously rocks - both as a person and at what she does.  After months of reading her blog, watching her youtube videos and drooling over her instagram, I reached out to her to ask if I could pick her brain about her business. We talked about her experiences in … Read More →

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Hey! I'm Lauren: a Washington, DC transplant, nutrition lover + whole foodie who quit my job to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Next stop: Seattle, WA to start the coordinated MPH/Registered Dietitian program at the University of Washington! LEARN MORE →

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That time I got my butt kicked at OutRun

I sit here barely able to type. Yes, I am normally a drama queen. No, I'm not being dramatic this time. This weekend I learned two things: I'm embarrassingly out of shape and I'm the most awkward human being on the planet (photographic evidence is below.) Now that OutRun is back for Summer 2015, I was eager to try it again.  Amanda and I planned a friend date and met at the 8:30AM OutRun on Saturday in Georgetown. ↑ My face matched my … Read More →

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Jalepeño mac & cheese

Mac & cheese is probably my favorite food. I grew up eating Kraft macaroni and cheese - licking the powdered cheese from inside the pouch, watching it miraculously turn into liquid inside of the pot. I was always appalled when my dad would turn down a bowl.  He would always say, 'I can't eat that stuff.  I like the homemade version too much!' … Read More →

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Just a Pinch Of // 5.14.2015

As I brainstormed the name of this blog, I wanted a title that represented my conglomerate lifestyle: mostly focused on healthy living, but with a pinch of all the other joys in my life.  That ‘pinch’ could include anything from a beautiful photograph, an innovative new product, a random act of kindness, a new DC adventure or workout, or an … Read More →

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The RD to Be Series: Meet Amanda Spoden

Hi friends and readers!  Today I am so excited share my latest blogging venture on Just a Pinch: The RD to Be Series. I will be interviewing fellow dietetic students who are also career-changers to show you that following your dreams IS possible! The nutrition community is absolutely wonderful and filled with supportive, encouraging people who are … Read More →

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School’s out for the summer! (I wish)

"Ceeeeeeelebrate good times, come on!"  This is my theme song for the week because for the first time in months, I have no study guilt.  Study guilt is the feeling you get when you know you should be reviewing your notes but are too tired, not in the mood, or opting for happy hour instead (←life is about balance, yeah?)  I forgot what it feels like … Read More →

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For the love of lattes

One aspect of graduate school that I am terrified about is transitioning from a paid, working professional to a very budget-conscious, graduate student.  Five years is a long time to become accustomed … Read More →

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Your personal brand

I have always struggled with defining my personal brand on the internet.  Almost a year ago, I rebranded Lauren, Lately to Just a Pinch with the genuine intention of making this a food blog.  While I have every intention of returning to the kitchen once I make the move to Seattle, Just a Pinch has evolved into more of a lifestyle blog over the last … Read More →

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Just a Pinch Of // 5.8.2015

As I brainstormed the name of this blog, I wanted a title that represented my conglomerate lifestyle: mostly focused on healthy living, but with a pinch of all the other joys in my life.  That ‘pinch’ could include anything from a beautiful photograph, an innovative new product, a random act of kindness, a new DC adventure or workout, or an … Read More →

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Quick breakfast ideas before an early morning workout

[Editor's note: Tonight is my LAST DAY OF BIOCHEM! Once I take the final, I'm done (until graduate-level courses.)  Biochem was by far the hardest prerequisite class I had to take (but I'm weird and actually liked/did well in Ochem).  After tonight, I'll have a 1.5 week break until my first summer class starts (Human Anatomy & Physiology II.) … Read More →

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Day trip to Old Rag Mountain

[Editor's note: two days later and it still hurts to sit today thanks to this hike! :) ] With less than four months left in DC, (← typing it out makes it feel so much more real!) I'm trying to cross off as many items from my bucket list as possible.  Before the weekend, one thing on the top of my list was climbing Old Rag Mountain in Virginia. … Read More →

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Just a Pinch Of // 5.1.2015

As I brainstormed the name of this blog, I wanted a title that was indicative of my conglomerate lifestyle: mostly focused on healthy recipes, nutrition and exercise, but with a pinch of all the other joys in my life.  That ‘pinch’ could include anything from a beautiful photograph, an innovative … Read More →

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The sweet side of Paris

Our first day in Paris was really the only time I carried along my camera.  I learned quickly that it was too bulky and heavy to haul around all day [first world problems over here.]  Alas, I'm savoring the few photos that I did take with my DSLR because they really capture the details … Read More →

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Apple + almond salad

Yes, this recipe is unoriginal and slightly boring.  BUT, sometimes, our taste buds need visual stimulation.  If anything, I hope this post inspires you to eat some fruit today :)  I love this recipe because each ingredient brings something to the table:  the apple for the slightly sour taste; sweet … Read More →

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Blog Design Finds

Happy Monday friends! I've noticed in the last year that my personal style has transformed tremendously.  I used to adore bright colors and bold patterns, but I find that I am now drawn to neutrals and whites.  If you've stuck around here long enough, you know that I am fickle with the design of my … Read More →

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Graduate School Update // The final edition

I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support that I have received from family, friends and you (!) my dear readers.  Thank you for your congratulatory emails and encouraging words as I embark on the next, very exciting stage of my life. This will be the final post in my Graduate School Update … Read More →