A Modern Day Guide to Therapeutic Lifestyle Design and Healing Chronic Stress from the Inside Out!

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area

Christina Pandolfo, MS, OTR/L, NC

thetherapeuticfoodie@gmail.com

Tomato and Basil Salad

Tomato and Basil Salad

My sister and I share memories of going to our Great Uncle’s house and eating the most delicious ripened tomatoes right off the vine. It tasted like summer, and those tomatoes were the best we’ve ever tasted. These days, this Tomato and Basil Salad is my favorite way to enjoy ripe summer tomatoes. With chopped basil,…

Zucchini Ribbon Summer Salad

Zucchini Ribbon Summer Salad

Lately, I have been having visions of hosting a summer dinner party, complete with hanging lanterns in the moonlight and a dreamy playlist of old tunes like La Vie En Rose and Stardust by Louis Armstrong, Isn’t it Romantic by Ella Fitzgerald, and Polka Dots & Moonbeams by The Four Freshman. See, I really have this…

Q & A Therapeutic Thursday: ‘Junk Food Vegetarian’ Snack Makeover

Q & A Therapeutic Thursday: ‘Junk Food Vegetarian’ Snack Makeover

Hi Christina, I realized that I am a ‘junk food vegetarian’, and really haven’t been eating too healthy for the last few years. I am working on changing my diet, which has been a slow process. Do you have any advice on healthy snacks? I tend to snack at work, and would like to stop…

Medjool Dates Stuffed with Almond Butter and Coconut

Medjool Dates Stuffed with Almond Butter and Coconut

I have to admit I haven’t always liked dates. As I have grown, my palate has evolved, and now I love and eat many foods I used to ignore such as dates, beets, and even broccoli too. Thank goodness I changed my mind about dates, because they pack in a great amount of fiber, B…

Watermelon, Berry, and Mint Cooler

Watermelon, Berry, and Mint Cooler

Meet my new favorite summer drink: the antioxidant-rich Watermelon, Berry, and Mint Cooler. Incredibly hydrating and naturally delicious, this recipe has no added sugar, which also makes it a great summer treat for kids. If you have popsicle molds, you can even try it out frozen for a refreshing and healthy treat! Watermelon, the star…

Strawberry Banana & Basil Summer Smoothie

Strawberry Banana & Basil Summer Smoothie

Now that summer is here, we can officially celebrate smoothie season! Earlier this year I received a Nutri-Bullet for my birthday, so I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with different drink and smoothie recipes. I love the idea of adding herbs to my smoothies for an extra dose of health-promoting phytonutrients. In…

Leek and Asparagus Soup

Leek and Asparagus Soup

If I had to make a ‘Top Ten’ list of activities I enjoy most, going to the Farmers’ Market would definitely be one of them. Come Spring and Summer I become transfixed by the vivid and abundant displays of produce and flowers, the luring smell of street food, and the sounds of live music. A total…

5 Ways I Reconnected with Myself in Maui

5 Ways I Reconnected with Myself in Maui

Last May I was so fortunate that I was able to go on vacation in Maui with my sister, brother-in law, and family. It was my first visit there, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I was right in the middle of a very stressful work assignment, and definitely could use the…

Banana and Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Banana and Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

Since I’ve started studying nutrition, one of my most frequently asked questions is: ‘What would be a healthy dessert to eat when I have a sweet tooth’? This pudding is a great answer. High in nutrients and Omega 3 fatty acids, this is a dessert you can feel good about! It is also very simple…

Carrot and Ginger Soup

Carrot and Ginger Soup

This delicious and deeply nourishing soup has been on a regular rotation at my house. High in vitamins A and C (and also high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), Carrot and Ginger Soup is not only comforting to eat, but is also a great source of nutrients, especially helpful during cold season. I have experimented…