I’m a spabettie. I’ve been a Spa Director since college and a spa-goer even longer!  My spa career includes the construction phase and opening of a large resort tennis club and spa, directing large capacity spas, spa business and software consulting. I have a wellness approach to spa – that it is more of a necessary maintenance, not only an indulgence. I infuse this philosophy into both atmosphere and treatment, and find it all extremely exhilarating and healing!

I believe my philosophy on spa is translated to my outlook on life, fitness and nutrition – clean eating and fun movement balanced with the right amount of indulgence.


I found a passion for creating in the kitchen at an early age, standing on a stool to reach the counter. I designed kitchens out of sand in my backyard sandbox. In college, I created elaborate dinner parties every weekend and invited my friends to enjoy. I bought cookbooks and equipment and taught myself to cook!

Several years ago, I talked myself into a store director position with a well known European deli and bakery here in Portland, and in addition to my duties I enjoyed attending classes from knife skills to baking, including laminated dough! I sometimes arrived at 4am to bake the croissants we made the day before. All of it was a major learning experience and I loved every minute! 

I love to create (mostly!) healthy recipes with vibrant fresh foods. I loosely follow an anti-inflammatory diet, and prefer to eat very clean and organic, leaving room for indulgence. I like the challenge of making a regular recipe vegan and or gluten free, and creating recipes from scratch. I have also proofed and tested recipes for several cookbooks, and have ideas for my own cookbook.

We live in beautiful Portland, Oregon, a city known for fabulous restaurants, carts, general food love. We enjoy dining out – there is always a new place to discover! Beautiful Portland also has much to offer the active person: miles of biking and running trails, awesome ski resorts and beautiful beaches. I played tennis, skied and ran my way through youth and college. (I started barefoot running on the track in jr. high!).

I love to connect with my readers, please leave comments or email me anytime!



Kristina, aka spabettie

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{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife June 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Thanks for visiting my blog! I like trying to make new recipes too! The best of us fail all the time :-)


2 Helene June 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I’m jealous, I have always wanted a job like that, I would love to work in a spa…

I am interested in your Advocare and I just sent you a DM on twitter about it.

I love your blog and your positive outlook, and am really happy to have found it, thank you!


3 dorrybird June 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

I’ve always wanted to visit Portland! The furthest NW I’ve been in San Fran. So glad to have come across your blog. I’ll be visiting daily :)


4 foodcreate June 16, 2010 at 6:11 am

Love your blog…can’t wait to visit your spa ..sound like your having a lot fun doing what you love..Thank you for visiting ..my food site …have a lovely day :)


5 Meg June 22, 2010 at 7:31 am

Hiii! I love your blog! I’m GF and I love the recipes I’ve seen on here, AND have a doxie!! Ahh :)


6 Erin at Thehealthyapron July 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

OOO you live in Portland? I really want to go there! A coworker of mine just moved there! I hear it’s wonderful!


7 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair July 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I’m coming to Portland in October to run a marathon! Can’t wait to explore what sounds like an amazing city!!


8 spabettie July 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

which marathon?

are you here for a few days? we should try to meet! :)


9 EmbraceYourSkin July 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I just saw the comment above me from Amber about coming to Portland to run a marathon in October… and I’m guessing it’s the Portland Marathon on Oct. 10? If so, I will be in town for it too! We should have a mass blogger meetup!


10 spabettie July 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

we should ABSOLUTELY do that!! :)


11 lisaou11 July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I follow you on Twitter and just now found your blog (at least, I think I follow you on twitter..that pic looks familiar!!

I love your daschund in your header…I have a choc and tan mini weenie!


12 spabettie July 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

hello!! :) I just saw a photo of cute Milla !! :) I really need to start a doxie – blogger page! :)


13 hundredtenpounds July 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I added you to my list of blogs to read! LOVE fellow Portlanders!


14 Ilana July 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm

every time i read your blog name i read it as “spaghetti” but with a b. i have no idea if that’s what you intended but it makes me giggle every time


15 spabettie July 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm

You are SO funny. I know you have said that to me before… :)

at one of my big spas, the entire spa staff was female, and we referred to the group as betties. spa betties :D

it kinda stuck with me.

I’m a Spa Bettie.


16 happytalesblog January 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I used to read it that way, too!!! Welp, now I know what the “spa” is for, now!


17 jacqueline July 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I just wanted to thank you, Kristina, for being an inspiration. After our twitter conversation and getting to know you better, I am amazed by your courage and positive outlook.

You are my favorite blog, and truly inspiring, knowing your whole story.

I love your recipes – it seems like you have fun with and are successful in recreating recipes in a gluten free and vegan way -

I recently finished jonathan safran foer’s EATING ANIMALS -

ON YOUR recommendation -

and am attempting to eat vegan as much as possible.

raeding your blog and using your recipes helps with this, and I wanted to again say



18 Stephanie@ avocado nation July 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Dude!! You have the best job ever!! How did you get into that? While I wish I could describe myself as “spa-goer”, I am more of a “wish I was a spa-goer.” Someday. Also, I love that pic. It looks like those two people are carrying you on their shoulders. If that is true, I definitely want to go that spa in particular.


19 Katie July 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Love your blog and love the color!! Im such a pink lover!!!

I love finding new blogs, and like you love reading so many blogs!!

Have a great day!!!!

I have never been to Oregon but heard it is beautiful!


20 ReadersHeaven September 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

Hi, nice to meet you !


21 krismoconnor October 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Hello Ms Spa… or is that Ms Bettie? LOL Nice to tweet-meet you and connect via the blogosphere!

Goat cheese… I have a goat farm like 3 miles from me… Life is good!


22 spabettie October 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

well Hello new friend !! :) thanks for stopping by – I just opened your blog, and WEE ! same theme! ;) I’m off to read more now!

goat farm = Jealous spabettie !! :D


23 Jaclyn (Ananda Prana) October 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I love your blog and I’m so glad I found it through Twitter! Um and your job sounds fabulous!! :)


24 sarahnotsoplainandtall November 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

HI!! I just found your blog and wanted to say HI!!!
My DREAM goal in life is to one day open a destination holistic retreat spa where people can come to relax, recharge, and nurture their bodies!! I will be sure to follow you now! :)
would love for you to check out my blog as well…im fairly new so Im still learning the ropes :)


25 Lakia Pearson November 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Such a cute blog Spa Bettie, I’m so glad I found it via Twitter! I’m also a lover of all things “spa” which inspired me to start a blog as well, so I look forward to reading your posts!!!


26 Kristina @ Life as Kristina December 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

It’s very rare that I find someone w/the same spelling, so hello fellow Kristina:) I found your blog after you made those amazing ornaments for Caitlin! Glad to have discovered it-I love it!


27 spabettie December 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

well, HELLO, Kristina with a K !! :D yes, you are probably like me in that you don’t even try to correct the CH anymore? Thanks for coming by, I look forward to learning more about another K !


28 Christin@purplebirdblog February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm

This is funny to me because people always want to spell my name with a K and pronounce it Christine, lol :)


29 spabettie February 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm

YES !! people almost always spell my name with a C… AND… call me Christine. or Christin.

…whatevs. I don’t correct.

also? some people (here) call me Betty! :D I LOVE it!!


30 Dorry January 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Is this updated? I think possible so. I love it. Every word. And I love that smiling picture, too. And I love YOU.


31 spabettie January 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I am in the middle of UPDATING to my new blog!! you caught me mid – sprucing! :) XXO I love YOU too!! We had SUCH an awesome day today, yes?? XXO


32 Amanda @ The Artsy Kitchen February 17, 2011 at 5:47 am

I love your blog!! Now I need a trip to the spa soon!! way overdue.


33 spabettie February 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

thank you Amanda, and thanks for saying hello! yes, I need to get to the spa myself… a “tune up” of a deep tissue massage and pedicure should do it… :D


34 Nellie (The Midlife Cruiser) March 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

BOO!! The computer troll swallowed my last comment up whole. I wasn’t even finished with it!! Sneaky bastard!

Ok, I’m over it! I just wanted to say hi, and thank you for stopping by my blog. Miz Cotter Crunch is someone I keep going back to read because I like her outlook on life. I’m glad you found me through her, and that you left your blog address so I could find out more about YOU! From reading your old posts, it sounds like you’d love the nomad lifestyle. You would have so much time to create the great food I see you make on your blog!

You could even take Jillian with you :) LOL!

Hope you stay in touch!


35 spabettie March 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

YAAAY ! hello! :D yes, Lindsay has an awesome outlook and attitude… I was so excited to find your blog through her – as I said to her earlier, you are a RIOT ! :) your blog is a fun read – you know how you “meet” people in this crazy online world and have a feeling you’d be friends in real life? :D

I am VERY excited to follow along – and as soon as Jason gets home tonight I am going to talk to him about when we can take an extended 3 or 4 month vacation… WEE !


36 spabettie March 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

oh! and – I also have a pink snuggie. …that Basil (dachshund) likes to steal. the photo of him in my blog header? sittin’ on my snug.


37 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Maddie the cat has a hot pink snuggie — Basil needs his own too! FACT! =)


38 spabettie March 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

yes, yes he does. ;) XXO !


39 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

After “seeing” you in numerous blog comment sections (particularly Heather WTB) – I thought I’d stop by and say hello! :)


40 spabettie April 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

hello Courtney! thank you for coming by! I went to check out your blog, and it is now in my reader :) I love YOUR take on granola… I definitely have granola tendencies! Have a great day and Cheers!


41 green thumb anna April 8, 2011 at 12:08 am

nice photo – looks like fun!!!!


42 i love papayas April 8, 2011 at 12:09 am

I would love to work in a spa all day!!!!


43 Sayward April 10, 2011 at 10:54 am

Hello! I just found your site and it’s gorgeous, so fun and full of delicious foodie inspiration (I’m a fellow food blogger). I was just going to lurk around and not comment, but then I saw that you live in Portland. Yay P-town! So, hello fellow blogger and fellow Portlander. =)


44 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

helloooo! thank you for saying hello and stepping out from behind the lurking curtain! :D I am adding your blog to my reader, because in a VERY short visit I have learned: 1) you have THE CUTEST baby! 2) we share a love of matcha tea AND wheatgrass… I love wg shots! 3) your husband may know a couple of Jason’s coworkers (who have played in pool tournaments at Lincoln City…) needless to say I am looking forward to reading and learning more! Cheers, Happy Sunday!


45 Sayward April 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

Oh wow, small world! The pool scene is pretty small up here, I bet they’ve met.

Awesome to stumble across your blog. I’m adding you to mt reader as well. Your photography is spectacular! Okay, back to browsing your posts. =)


46 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm

VERY small world! :D thanks for the photo complimenting – :) I’m learning a fun new hobby and I love it!


47 Stray May 25, 2011 at 6:16 am

Ah so that’s where your name comes from! at first i thought it was from spaghetti, silly me!


48 Emma May 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I find your blog so inspiring! Especially the day after my “unhealthy days”…when I need to get back on track, I just look at the juices you make and I’m back on my feet. Cheers!


49 Allison @ PickyEatingRD June 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! I will be sure to check back on yours as soon as I get back from vacay!


50 Cara August 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm

You are my new favorite!!! :) Seriously. I am so inspired by your recipes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


51 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

wow, THANK YOU, Cara! you just made my night! :D


52 Janessa August 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I just found your blog from gojee and LOVE It!! I am trying vegetarian and also cutting back on gluten, so I’ve got a great resource here with you, thank you!!


53 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

thank you, Janessa! I received your email too – replied! thanks for reaching out, please let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you!!


54 Eden September 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I love your blog; I just found it from gojee where I saw several recipes including those spinach pancakes – yum! I agree with the person who suggested a DONATE BUTTON since many probably use your great recipes as much as a cookbook they would purchase. :)


55 Laura September 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

hello! I just found your blog, searching for a vegan + gluten free cheesecake (which I made and is WONDERFUL). I have been vegan for almost a year, just starting to cut gluten. I feel you will be much of a help, thankyou!!


56 spabettie September 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

thank YOU, Laura!! so happy you liked the cheesecake :) good luck with reducing gluten and PLEASE connect anytime!


57 Shari November 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I love this website, your wit, your dachshund (I had one growing up, BEST dogs!), your pictures and your food! I just read through a lot of publishings, you make me want to: juice, try gluten free, get a dachshund, stretch myself with my camera, cook more, you are inspirational, bettie! thank you, Shari


58 spabettie November 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

hi Shari! thank you for the sweet message – you made my morning! please keep in touch, let me know if you start juicing, get a dachshund, all of it! :D Cheers! Kristina


59 Shannon Oz November 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

new reader here and just had to tell you how much I am enjoying! I have a long list of recipes bookmarked and cant wait to get started. your dog is very cute as well.

thank you!!



60 spabettie November 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

thank YOU, Shannon! I’m happy to hear this – you will have to keep in touch and let me know what you make!


61 Health Bee November 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I love your blog. You’re so lucky to live in beautiful Portland!


62 spabettie November 14, 2011 at 7:10 am

thank you so much! and we feel very lucky to live here, we love it! :D


63 Sandi November 17, 2011 at 7:09 am

wonderful site here, Kristina! thank you for all you do.


64 Lana November 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

how do you get a spa job? I have always thought that would be a great place to work, so relaxing? I just found your website while researching hemp seeds. I am excited to read more!


65 Alla November 25, 2011 at 6:28 am

just found your blog and love it! your dahscound is very cute too!!


66 Jenna Sweeney November 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

hello Kristina, I am a fellow dachshund friend and native to the beautiful PacNW! I currently live in Montana but grew up in Portland, so I am loving that aspect of your blog. I am a new vegetarian, and some of your recipes sound very good and I think they will help the transition, I like that you use real foods more than the fake meats (although sometimes you want that!).

I look forward to reading more, I have bookmarked your site. Thank you!


67 Callie November 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

I LOVE your blog!! I am new to the blog world, I emailed you my link I don’t want you to think I’m using your blog to get views to mine. :) I have been wanting to start mine for a while, and you are one of a few that inspire me!!
I have been vegetarian all my life, and vegan many years. Old hat for me, though I still get the standard confrontations. I love your approach, how you rarely talk about it and “don’t use labels aside from recipes”, and I especially love your professional way of dealing with the bad comments and those radicals who give us a bad name.
Just wanted to say hello here, even though I emailed you too :D


68 Jean December 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

your photos are gorgeous and your recipes straightforward and delicious. I have made several bean balls and the spinach pancakes are next. you do a lot with cashews and I can’t have them LOL, but I envy the recipes all the same.

Thank you, Jean M


69 Eleah January 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hi! I just found you through Janetha’s post and wanted to say hi as I am also from Portland. Always fun to find local bloggers. I have a juicer but rarely use it… but just looking through your juice post is making me want to pull it out!


70 spabettie January 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

hello Eleah! I have seen your blog name (probably in comments on other blogs – it stands out to me because I love the name!), and now I will go check it out – I had no idea you were from Portland! Cheers – hope you are staying dry ;)


71 Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hi! I think I haven’t commented here yet, but I’ve been reading your blog regularly for quite a while, and I absolutely love it! :D

You seem to be a little whimsical in some regards (in the best way!), and I can relate to that a lot. For example, I have a strange (new) habit of cooking whole chicken in my pressure cooker at weeknights. (I used to cook chicken before, but not the whole bird, so this is new.) I also spend most of my money on chicken (since I buy them organic), and I dream of adopting a chicken one day (not for eating, though, to make an exception once in a while). I think I also need a plush chicken. I have a lot of plush animals, but no chicken. That has to change!

So, I think we have *a lot* in common, and I’m very determined to be one of your best friends from now on, because we are so similar. What do you think?

I must also say that I *love* all your recipes! :D In particular, because they’re sooooooooooo versatile and easy to adjust! For example, some of your ingredients don’t go well with me (I have food allergies), or they’re not my favorites. But I imagine it will be very easy to just exchange them all for chicken! :D I could switch all the tofu, edamame, corn, quinoa, peanuts, maple syrup, flour, and even chocolate (!!) in for chicken! Wouldn’t that be awesome? :D You see, it’s soooooo easy! (I feel really inspired now.) :D

I also see that you have a dog. (Hello! :)) Well, at least I don’t eat dogs, so he’ll be safe from me. Heh. I actually like your dog very much (again, not for eating). He’s so cute! (Does he like chicken, btw?)


72 Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Oh, and I also *love* that there’s a blender in the background of the picture that shows you as a little one! :D Until recently, I must admit I didn’t even know what a blender was. 8O And now it’s one of my favorite kitchen helpers! :D (I still have to try a chicken smoothie, though. One day! :D)


73 Jason February 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Awesome website you have here, it is in my greader now!


74 Jillian@whiskeydrinkinchimneysweep.com March 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Do you have a po box for to receive something somethings?


75 Krista April 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I like your site, is there a recipe index?


76 Grandma Wrinkles April 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

I have to ask again for a donate $$ button, as many recipes I have enjoyed of yours I feel I should have bought the book by now. you put so many into this website for so many, I want to return the favour.



77 sandra May 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

would you mind emailing me I have questions and really love your sight. used a couple recipe aleady and want to ask you some questions, thanks


78 Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run January 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

Wow you really seem to have a passion for cooking and baking :) That’s quite a commitment to be at the bakery by 4am- very impressive :D

Excited to read your blog and I’m interested in your barefoot running transition ^^


79 Kristina Sloggett January 15, 2013 at 11:41 am

hi Nadiya!

funny you should say that about the barefoot running – I am adding a new series of “wellness” posts where I talk about things from fitness to spa to healthy life – and the barefoot running is one I am working on! :)


80 jane July 23, 2014 at 8:59 am

Kristina, I just found your blog from Cara of fork and beans. Love your blog. We’re planning on a trip to Portland this September. Which part of Portland do you recommend for vegan travelers?? We are so looking forward to all the vegan restaurants!! Don’t know where to stay and would love to be able to walk around. 😊


81 jane July 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

I love you already because you call your Doxie, dog-son. We have a dog son who is a Papillon. He is about 11 years old, found him on the streets with a rope tied around his little neck 6 years ago. He rescued us!! We’re inseparable!!


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