Simple Summer Berry Crumble

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As a blogging dietitian that works in tech, some days I feel like I live behind a screen. At my desk, on the sofa, or in the palm of my hand, there are always emails to send, blog posts to be written, tweets to reply to or food photos to be edited.

I’ll even admit, my phone, not my husband, is often the first thing I interact with in the morning and the last thing I look at before going to bed.

Technology is wonderful but at times it completely consumes me. Being constantly connected makes it nearly impossible to leave work at the office and all too easy to miss out on special moments with loved ones as well as the tranquility and beauty of everyday life. It’s only when I unplug that I remember how good it feels to focus my attention on other things like reading the pages of a good book, developing a new recipe for the blog or enjoying a meal at the dining room table with my husband.

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The other day I looked up from my laptop and noticed the basket of fresh ollalaberries on the table that we picked up from the farmer’s market last weekend. Those berries inspired a technology break that led me to my favorite room in the house––the kitchen.

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The kitchen is one of the few places I’m truly able, and actually forced to unplug. For some strange reason our internet doesn’t reach there. It has something to do with the materials in our 90 year old walls but I admit, I kind of cherish it. When I’m able to walk away from my laptop and put down my phone for a little while, I head to the kitchen. There it’s just me and my senses––the sight of colorful produce spread out on the counter, the sound of veggies sizzling in a skillet, the smell of cookies baking in the oven, and the flavor of a delicious dinner, or dessert, to enjoy with my husband.

Speaking of dessert…

Have a taste.

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This three-berry crumble is summer on a spoon. Top with ice cream for an easy, crowd-pleasing dessert or, if you’re like me, enjoy over plain Greek yogurt with a cup of coffee before 10am.


Looking up from the screens that capture so much of our attention every day not only improves our productivity but enables us to be more present in our daily lives. This summer I’ve partnered with smartwater to spread the word about their #lookupsweepstakes––a challenge to technology-tied gals like ourselves to look up from our laptops and put away our phones and be inspired by something nearby.

Want to take the look up challenge too? Post an Instagram photo of something that inspired you to look up, follow and tag @smartwater and use the hashtag #lookupsweepstakes. There’s a trip to anywhere in the U.S. up for grabs!

This post was sponsored by smartwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about smartwater, all opinions are my own.

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