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Hi, I’m Nicole, and welcome to KALEJUNKIE, a place where you will ironically (or not so ironically) find very little kale, but instead lots of healthy baked goods, a few killer savory recipes, and a big dose of realness.

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So you might be wondering “why is your blog called KALEJUNKIE if there’s no kale?” Let me take you on a little journey and tell you…

I started my food blog almost 5 years ago on Instagram, as a hobby while I was on maternity leave, as I began to heal from a 15 + year eating disorder that I successfully hid from everyone, including my own husband.

At the time, I felt stuck in my previous career as an Employment Defense Lawyer. I was miserable—and my definition of “healthy” was a diet consisting solely of kale salads, green juice, foods with few carbs, and to be honest, that’s pretty much it—and so, the name KALEJUNKIE was born, and I was actually pretty proud of it.

But over time, my relationship with food began to shift. I learned to stop restricting food, and instead gave myself permission to enjoy all food, including yummy desserts. I then very quickly found myself spending hours upon hours in the kitchen, teaching myself how to develop simple, easy recipes.

These days, I still love a loaded kale salad and green juice; it’s just that my definition of “healthy” has expanded to encompass more than that – so much more.

“So, Nicole, if that’s the story, why not just rebrand to reflect your current sitch?” Because I always want to remember my journey. I think that too often we run from our past as we propel ourselves forward. For me, my struggle is my strength, and the name KALEJUNKIE is a powerful reminder of that.

I hope you love my little corner on the internet, and if you are new here, you might want to start with my Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies—they will very likely change your life!

THIS BADGE DESIGNATES THAT IT’S HOLDER HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED MINDBODYGREEN’S FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION PROGRAM AND EARNED THE TITLE FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION GUIDE, DEMONSTRATING AN UNDERSTANDING OF FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION AND HOW FOOD CAN PROMOTE LONGEVITY AND WELL-BEING.

Did you know?!

  • 01.

    I am left handed, which I totally attribute as the
    reason I’m so creative in the kitchen!

  • 02.

    Being a mom to my two boys is my greatest joy in life, but trying to maintain my own independence and sense of self while mom’ing is the thing I struggle with the most!

  • 03.

    My favorite food is sushi and my favorite drink
    is a glass of bubbly rose!

  • 04.

    Although I am no longer in private law practice, I still love taking on pro bono cases from time to time. Giving back is so important to me!

  • 05.

    My favorite workout is strength training! I love lifting heavy weights and building my booty and legs!

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