Vitamin C and E Smoothie

circulation_vitE.jpgLast week, I wrote about how the air quality has been very poor in the Bay Area because of the wild fires to the north of us. Tens of thousands of acres of precious land and homes have been destroyed, and worse, lives have been shattered or taken in the midst of this unthinkable natural distaster.

I am in awe of all the helpers, especially the first responders who risk their own lives and health to save others.

As promised, below is a recipe for a very quick and easy smoothie which will give you an abundance of Vitamin E, especially the lung healing form if it: alpha-tocopherol.


  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon beetroot powder* (I like this one) *optional but great for circulation. you can also throw a small cooked beet into this smoothie.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin c powder (I like this one)
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place all ingredients into your blender and blend for 45 seconds.
  2. Makes 24 oz. one 12 ounce smoothie for now and one for later.

Welcome to Food and Hearth

Welcome to Food and Hearth. To start, a little about me: my name is Nicole, and I live near the beach in San Francisco, CA. I am also a mom, a wife, a nutritionist, a designer and a writer. Oh, and a coffee and tea enthusiast. I enjoy traveling but I am mostly a homebody. I think that emojis are a great invention. I cherish the seasons, and the change of seasons. My favorite season is the one we are in, and my next favorite is the one we are looking forward to.

Academically I have been trained as a writer, a designer and a nutritionist. I have a B.A. in Media Arts and Journalism from the University of Arizona; I am an art school dropout (although I did get to the very end of my time studying graphic design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and worked as a freelancer for some years before I officially became a drop out); and finally, I am a certified nutritionist having received my certificate in Holistic Nutrition from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Berkeley, CA) in August of 2016.

These three aspects of my life-long learning — writing, design and nutrition — have led me to this project which is Food and Hearth. I have found that when life gets a little chaotic — and it can get that way quite often — my restoration, energy and balance come from cooking for and nourishing myself and my family in a space I have lovingly designed and curated, and this blog gives me a place to write about it.

When I prepare food, I usually improvise, and this will be a place where I can record that improv and share my recipes. I am also after the perfect lunch box, and as I experiment (with success and failure) I will share that too. I like to throw dinner parties, create one-pot meals, bring snacks to nutrition classes and workshops I participate in, and have a zillion home projects I would like to get to. I endeavor to share all of that and more in the name of creating a nourished, cozy home.

Food and Hearth is a concept born out of the idea that food — especially fresh, whole, local, seasonal foods prepared with love — is an integral part of nourishing a person and a family. And hearth, which is a word often associated with a fireplace, is also a reference to the vital center of creative energy. My home is where I live with my family, but when I refer to a home here at Food and Hearth, I mean a house + people, so home is wherever one makes it — wherever you are, wherever you live, regroup, create and break bread with the people closest to your heart — is home.