Hey there! I’m Sophia, referee to three boys and one husband here in sunny San Diego. My talent is using whole food ingredients to create simple plant-based recipes bursting with flavor. I also provide guidance, systems and support to help real life busy people get healthier without tearing their hair out.
My number one rule, make sure you balance out the salad and fries. There is room for both! I believe in a healthy relationship with food, and I do not believe in the food police. Only you can decide what feels right in your food choices. I’m just here to help make all your food dreams come true! And this was why my business, Veggies Don’t Bite, was created.
The most important pieces to living a happy and healthy lifestyle, for both your body and mind, are:
- Knowing your why.
- Creating an environment that will cultivate your success.
- Learning how to gain time back through prepping and organizing tasks so you work smarter not harder.
I’m here to help you break through the traditional smoke and mirrors associated with plant-based eating, meal planning and the all or nothing approach to food in general. I want my boys to grow up with a healthy food relationship so we don’t subscribe to any “diet.” We eat mostly plants, don’t stress about the little things, and make sure we get a dose of yummy indulgence along the way.
My love for health and fitness started with the way I was raised. My amazing mom somehow found the time to cook delicious home made meals for us even though she worked full time. She always chased us outside to play, instead of letting us sit inside all day. I was active, I ate well.
I first learned how food and mindset could affect your body, when my husband and I struggled through fertility to have our first son. The combination of working with a holistic nutritionist, changes in my mindset, along with other pieces to the fertility puzzle, helped us finally achieve success when pure medical intervention was not working.
A few years later, my husband was able to use diet changes to help eliminate both his high blood pressure and cholesterol, and no longer takes medication. We work hard to find a balance between nutritious food and a happy mental place, because that’s the key to overall health.
This site is filled with comfort food classics, veggie filled meals, and occasional sweet indulgences that all types of eaters can enjoy. I like to focus on simple, flavorful and wholesome meals that can come together before the kids can burn the house down! I want to make nutritious recipes easy and accessible so that food holds a happy place in your life.
I was an elementary school teacher where I taught both special education and first grade for 14 years in all before I decided to stay home with my boys and begin this amazing journey. I loved teaching, and now use all I have learned in my science centered undergraduate degree, my special education and general education teaching credentials, my masters in education, and my experience in the classroom to create meal systems that anyone can be successful with!
And don’t forget,
Eat. Play. Relax. Repeat.