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To Salt or Not? (Q&A #20)


Do you Salt?

Have you heard Sassy & Pearl talk about “salting your food” yet the media tells you to avoid it like the plague? Find out if you should salt or not and how to do so with a real food approach.  Check out how to salt your real food on this short and sweet (but not too sweet) episode of Nutrition Genius Radio.

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#38 Water Soluble Vitamins


Vitamin water or water-soluble vitamins?!

Ever feel like you are running on empty? Well that might mean you need more energy and guess what vitamins can help with that! Find out this week how you can get your vitamins in REAL FOOD form and start being as energetic as Sassy & Pearl!

In order to make sure you geniuses are ALL caught up, we decided to back track and give you all a quick lesson in vitamins & minerals. Today we are discussing water soluble vitamins while last week we talked fat soluble vitamins. Stay tuned in the next coming weeks to learn all about minerals!

Let us know how you like these episodes and feel free to leave suggestions for future episodes in the comments!

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken & Sweet Potatoes


 Lemon-y Delicious One Pot Meal

Hi Friends!

Ever want a home cooked meal but don’t want to do ALL the work and then ALL the dishes?! Well I hear ya! So this little dish is for you…ALL of you! It’s simple, delicious and one of the best parts?! It’s easy to clean up, yahoo!! (more…)

#37 Fat Soluble Vitamins

IMG_20150117_092106802_HDRFat soluble vitamins and… eggs? What’s the connection?? Eggs contain all the fat soluble vitamins, A D E and K! #eattheyolk

Sometimes we have to backtrack. Today is one of those days. We realized we are always telling you about how important your vitamins and minerals are but we failed to mention the why. So today we are kicking off a series on micronutrients! We’ll start with the fat soluble vitamins then move on to water soluble vitamins, major minerals, minor minerals, and trace minerals. Let us know if you like this kind of information and we can definitely do more podcasts in this format in the future!

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Muffins

Easy & Delicious Meatloaf Recipe….and BACON!

IMG_3703A little Throwback Thursday with these bacon wrapped meatloaf muffins! These meatloaf muffins are easy to make and DELICIOUS to eat. Best part? Bacon…ok but really the best part is that you can cut up ALL the veggies and sneak them in there without having to hold your nose :-) Well if you are holding your nose while eating veggies then we may need to chat…because veggies are delicious!

I recommend looking for a great source for your beef as well. Grass-fed (and finished) beef is the best kind because not only is it LOADED with nutritients and anti-inflammatory compounds but it also most likely means that the farmer truly cared enough about the animal to make sure it was living a good, happy and health life :-) Check out what Diana Rodger’s ( a past podcast guest) has to say about the sustainability of food and meat!

Check out for farms near you OR go to a local farmers market or farm and start talking to your farmer, if they are proud of their product then they will gladly tell you how they raise their cattle!

Alright, time to get cooking, you can make these without bacon and they are just as tasty and feel free to chop and add any other vegetables that happen to be in your kitchen!

Guess what? This recipe was featured in Albany’s Times Union! Enjoy!

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Muffins

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Muffins


  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 strips pastured bacon
  • Coconut oil, to grease muffin tin


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil to prevent sticking
  3. In a medium bowl, mix ground beef, onion, mushroom, egg, tomato paste, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper
  4. Line each muffin cup with 1 slice of bacon
  5. Fill each muffin cup with 1/12 of meat mixture, press down
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until each muffin reaches and internal temperature of 160°F



#36 All About Olive Oil with Tony Kasandrinos & A Giveaway


 All About Olive Oil & A Giveaway!

Have you heard the latest news that your Olive Oil might not be Olive Oil after all? What about all the claims that Olive Oil is good for your health?! Check in this week with special guest Tony Kasandrinos from Kasandrinos International to learn all about Olive Oil and it’s health benefits.  Plus if you listen long enough you’ll get a special SURPRISE Giveaway at the end :)

Kasandrinos International is a family owned business, operated by the brother and sister team, Effi and Tony Kasandrinos. Together they import the same Greek organic extra virgin olive oil they grew up on from their fathers village in Greece. The pair is passionate about health, fitness and truly great food.

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Win Kasandrinos Olive Oil & Soap

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22 Random Acts of Kindness Recap

Saturday was an amazing day! From what I have heard we had people participating in at least seven different states but I’m sure there is more I just haven’t been told about! Here are some of the pictures you guys sent in re-capping the day of good deeds:


Flowers and a note on a door


Bulletproof Coffee? (Q&A#19)


Not quite bulletproof…but we love our Merry Minty Mocha!

Bulletproof or Not So Much?

Have you heard the latest craze of putting oil and fat in your coffee that is known as Bulletproof Coffee? Ever wonder if it’s #pearlandsassyapproved ? Well wonder no more friends! Sassy & Pearl break down the coffee drink for you and let you know if you should be drinking it or  not. Enjoy!

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Today’s Question:

Bulletproof Coffee from Ashley F:

So is bulletproof coffee ‪#‎sassyapproved‬?

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Dave Asprey The Bulletproof Exec

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Thank you

I spent my day doing random acts of kindness and it has made me super sappy so I’m going to quickly type this post before I shut it down-

This day had been an incredible day of reflection. One of our random acts of kindness was to call someone just because and I procrastinated the entire day. Normally my choice would be my parents or grandparents but my parents just visited Rochester and I spoke to my grandparents two days ago so it wasn’t random enough. I contemplated for a long time who I could reach out to that would be both surprised to hear from me and willing to spread the love. Finally at about 9 pm it came to me, I should call the person who was the catalyst for my love of volunteering.

Seven years ago I was in a friend’s apartment bored, wondering what I was going to do later that evening and a wonderful human suggested I went to a Colleges Against Cancer meeting. My aunt had recently been diagnosed with cancer so I went in support of her but little did I know that meeting would change my life. That day I became involved in the club. The next year I volunteered to chair the Relay for Life event in SUNY Cortland and the following year I chaired the event and served as the Colleges Against Cancer president. I eventually also served as a committee member on two national groups with the American Cancer Society and later after graduating college I worked as a fundraising event planner for the March of Dimes. Volunteering and non-profit work had become my thing but it all comes pack to that day when one person said hey, come to this meeting with me.

So I called her to say thank you for changing my life. For being a positive influence. For having this infectious enthusiasm that you just can’t help but get on board with..

And today I have found this randomness and infectious spirit has continued.

I moved to Rochester nine months ago. I have two best friends in this world, one from my home town (Bridget) and one from college (Ryan). Bridget, the best friend anyone could ever hope for, moved to Rochester with me. Ryan grew up in Rochester but does not live here but when we moved here he made sure we were connected to his childhood friends. Through his childhood friends I met the people that have become my closest friends in Rochester, the people who participated in this event with me today.

How much more full circle can you get? The people who helped me today I only know because of my friend from college who I only know because of volunteering which I only did because of this one amazing person.

Isn’t if funny how one person can change your life? How one act of kindness, like asking someone to come to a meeting or introducing them to someone else can change their whole trajectory?

I got lucky and I don’t know any other way to put it. My parents are incredibly loving and supportive and my grandparents are the kind of grandparents everyone wishes they could have. My aunts and uncles have given me their unwavering love and support and have never asked anything in return. My siblings and cousins are my best friends. My friends are so amazing that I wonder why they chose me. I have the kind of luck I wish everyone had and that deserves to be shared.

22 Random Acts of Kindness was inspired by someone whose caring, generosity, and kindness I cannot even begin to fathom. Someone so amazing it inspires those around her which is why this event came to fruition. One person’s kindness, which is really just who she is, made today happen.

So for my final act of kindness for the day i write this to say thank you. Thank you to my family for always supporting me and thank you to those who have led me down this path. Thank you most especially to Sassy for always being on the page, for always playing along no matter what insect I want to eat, and for always being someone who I look up to and strive to be more like. And thank you to Bridget, Ryan, Adriana, Michael, Matthew, and Liz for being with me today, I would not be the person I am (or able to function normally) without all of you.

Please let this be a reminder that one small tiny act of kindness can change an entire life. It’s worth it, I promise.



22 Random Acts of Kindness- TODAY!

22 Random Acts of Kindness

The day is finally here!

I am so excited the day is finally here! Please remember to send us an email, text message, or social media shout-out (our favorite is instagram) to let us know you participated in the event today and use the hashtag #22raok so we can show my friend just how much her love and kindness has spread!

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with but if you need some ideas, below is what the Rochester crew is up to today. From the bottom of my heart hank you, thank you, thank you for being a part of this event. Team Nutrition Genius will be forever indebted to you for your continued support of our adventures both nutrition related and otherwise.

Okay that is about all the sappy I can handle. LETS GET READY TO BE KIND!!!!!!!!!!!

Rochester’s Game Plan:
1. Make it your own. This one is to give you time to do the more time-consuming tasks but something that is meaningful to you. It could be helping a friend pack for a move, cleaning their house, babysitting their kids/dogs, volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating to a charity of your choice, etc. I will be getting in touch with the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Rochester to see what they need, let me know it you’re up for this!
2. Stop for a cup of coffee on the way to the market and buy for the person behind you.
3. Meet at the Public Market at 10 am in the parking lot across the street. At the market we are going to give thank-you cards to the local farmers and buy apples for a police station, flowers for a nursing home, and plants for doorsteps.
4. Collect stuffed animals to donate to Children’s hospital.
5. Collect care package items for a soldier.
6. Leave inspirational/kindness quotes on cars in the market parking lot.
7. Give bagged lunches to homeless close to the market.
8. Drop off can ned goods to House of Mercy.
9. Drop off clothes/household items to House of Mercy.
10. Bring chili to the fire department at 704 Hudson Ave
11. Budapub for lunch at 12 pm. Tip generously.
12. At lunch write a thank you card to someone who has helped you recently.
13. At lunch write a “just because” card for a friend you haven’t spoken to recently.
14. Tape quarters to a parking meter.
15. Drop off plants on doorsteps.
16. Drop off apples from market to firehouse on the corner of Monroe/Alexander
17. Stop at Wegmans to tape popcorn to Redbox.
18. While at Wegmans buy lottery tickets to give out.
19. Do something nice at Wegmans- help someone with their groceries, let someone go ahead of you in line, be polite to the checkout person, give someone a compliment, etc.
20. Bring flowers to a nursing home.
21. Call someone just to say hi/cheer them up.
22. Buy someone a drink at the bar.

Nutrition Geniuses and Kindness Ninjas OUT!

Team Nutrition Genius