About Jessica

I'm a writer, blogger, and just your average gal trying to live a healthy, happy life. I'm no expert, but my knowledge comes firsthand from my own dieting, exercise, and overall wellness experiences. Tweet me @cultivate happy!

Health Tip of the Week: Asthma

Monitor! Since it’s Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, this week’s tip focuses on asthma and how to manage your symptoms. Asthma can be a result of allergies, or it can occur independent of allergens. The scary thing is it can be triggered by anything from dry air to anxiety to pet dander. If your symptoms […]

Superfood of the Week: Snap Peas

Snap peas are one of the best garden choices! If you have room to plant these and grow them yourself, you can’t beat fresh snap peas. They’re beautiful, viney, and extremely tasty. Just be sure to take some anti-pest precautions: the bugs love them, too! Good source of fiber, folate, and iron Low calorie Maintain […]

Recipe: Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Oregano and Lemon

A little spice, a little sour, and packing tons of flavor, this is one pasta recipe you’ll want to keep on hand to impress! Ingredients Sea salt/kosher salt and black pepper 3/4 Pounds of a small pasta, e.g. shells, penne, fusilli, farfalle, etc. 1 bunch of broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut into 1 ½ inch […]

Recipe: Rhubarb Muffins

This new twist on muffins is sure to become a favorite! Sweet brown sugar, sour rhubarb – deliciously different! Ingredients 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 egg 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup diced rhubarb Topping […]

Yoga Pose of the Week: Warrior 3

I have terrible balance some days, but I really love practicing balance poses! The ones I enjoy most are often closer to the ground, like crow pose – not as far to fall that way! – but I really love doing the warrior series. It’s a great work-out if you include all of the warrior […]

Health Tip of the Week: Sleep

Turn it off! May Is Better Sleep Month, so this week, we want to help you get a better night’s sleep by telling you to TURN IT OFF! This means shutting off: your phone your tablet/ereader your computer/laptop your television your digital alarm clock when you go to bed. Surprised by that last one? Well, […]

Superfood of the Week: Raspberries

Who doesn’t love raspberries? Sweet and a little tart, these gorgeous red berries are perfect for any time of day, and they’ve got some really great health perks too! Low calorie High fiber Good source of vitamin C Rich in antioxidants and flavanoids which is good for heart health and may help prevent cancer Source: […]

It’s That Time Of Year: Allergy Season Is Back

When I was a kid, I was lucky. I never had allergies. I wasn’t allergic to my pets, mold, pollen, weeds, or anything. Life was good. Then, as I got older, I started discovering my allergies, or maybe they just decided to wait until later to show their ugly faces. Penicillin, check. (Makes being sick […]

Superfood of the Week: Spinach

Everyone knows this leafy green. Love or hate it, it’s too good for you not to try to sneak it into your meals while it’s fresh and in season! Why It’s Good For You Contains vitamin K, manganese, folate, magnesium, fiber, and vitamin A Antioxidants help prevent oxidation of cholesterol Mg helps blood pressure Source: […]

Yoga for Headaches? It Could Help!

I am one of those people with an extremely imperfect head that gets headaches on an annoyingly regular basis. I work hard, I spend a lot of time doing complex tasks and complex thought processes, but the biggest trigger for me is probably physical rather than mental. Why tension headaches are so common The opportunity […]