I could not be happier to have you here!
My name is Jovita and I’m the writer, food lover, kitchen mess-maker, cook, baker, and self-taught photographer behind this blog.
The story behind the blog
Yummy Addiction started in 2013 as an outlet for my passion for cooking. First, I was spending time in the kitchen with my mom, then I cooked for my future husband and I freaking loved it. It has always been one of the best ways for me to relax.
Marriage and two beautiful kids later, I still enjoy creating new recipes A LOT. Though it became much harder to come up with meals that all of the family would love (those who have small children know what I mean). But still, my husband and my boys are my biggest fans and main taste-testers. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support.
For many years Yummy Addiction didn’t have any direction, I was just posting any recipes my family and I loved. It all changed a few years ago when our family decided to try eating more seasonally and locally. More farmer’s markets, less supermarkets!
We also started developing healthy eating habits. More whole foods, less processed foods, less added sugar, and eating plenty of vegetables and fruit.
Why seasonal eating?
The switch to seasonal eating was easy to fall in love with. It came with tons of benefits for my family’s health, but also other surprising perks that may inspire you too.
It’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier than eating out-of-season items shipped in from across the world. Just taste a sweet, sun-ripened summer tomato and the difference in flavor is obvious! Produce, meat, and dairy grown or produced in its natural seasons is simply more flavorful than those kept year-round in greenhouses or through artificial processes.
It’s also packed with more nutrients, is often organic, and at the absolute peak of freshness. Plus you’ll save money! The food that’s in season will always be cheaper because there is an abundance of it at the moment.
It’s also better for our planet and local communities because instead of choosing imported goods that are shipped in on planes and boats that pollute and consume fuel, we’re supporting our local farmers and their businesses. That’s a bonus to seasonal, local eating that I love.
Lastly, it’s the best way to encourage creativity and variety in your meals. When you take away your typical go-to veggies and fruits, suddenly you’re opened up to a whole new world of flavors and choices.
Wander through your market, or subscribe to a local CSA box, and as the offerings change with the season, so will what you’re cooking with. You automatically broaden your horizons, and it tastes great while you do.
What about the healthy part?
While eating seasonally has automatically added more healthy habits to our routine, we’re not perfect, and I don’t think anyone needs to be! Our philosophy is: as long as you eat healthier the majority of the time, occasional treats won’t do damage.
At the end of the day we make small changes where we can. Instead of refined white sugar, we use coconut or brown sugar. Whole wheat flour often replaces half, if not all, of the white flour in baked goods. Greek yogurt is an excellent, flavorful switch for mayonnaise in most cases.
Combine those with the habit of filling your fridge and kitchen with an abundance of seasonal ingredients and eating healthier becomes natural, instead of a challenge.
Of course anyone with kids knows that sometimes convenience wins. We’re no exception and frankly, I find it entirely normal. But by providing healthy options and giving them access to good food I feel like we’re teaching great habits. Which is why I don’t sweat the days when a processed box of pasta hits the lunch table.
Let’s put it this way, if you start a day with a cup of coffee with some instant oatmeal cookies, have muffin tin omelets for lunch, and finish the day off with the Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry, you absolutely deserve a few Chocolate Salami slices! It’s all about balance!
A few more things you need to know about me
- I have no formal culinary training. I believe that cooking should be fun and you don’t have to worry about the failures – I’ve had tons of it myself.
- Our family LOVES traveling! We always travel with kids because it’s fun and we believe that it’s very beneficial to them.
- I LOVE TV series. My favorites are Fargo, Ozark, Modern Family, and a bunch of others.
- I can’t live without all kinds of sweet pastries but I try my best to limit them.
- My favorite kind of food is fish and seafood.
I hope you’ll enjoy browsing Yummy Addiction. If you test out a recipe, feel free to leave me a comment. I’d love to connect and keep in touch with you!