About Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika is a Syracuse native who now calls Rochester her home. She loves checking out local breweries and walking at Cobbs Hill Park with her husband. When she is not working as a health research analyst with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Erika enjoys spending time with family across the thruway.

Posts by Erika Gruszewski

3 Better Breakfasts to Try This Summer

Breakfast should never be boring. If you’re in a morning rut, try one of these better breakfast recipes to brighten your day.

Hidden Gems: Washington Grove

What’s the secret? A “forest in the city,” Washington Grove is a unique, oak-hickory forest, located on the eastern edge of Cobbs Hill Reservoir in Rochester, New York. The park is a grove of giant old trees that transports visitors into a quiet, secluded woodland, where it is easy to forget how close you are…Read More »

Healthy Quinoa Summer Salad

There are a lot of great things about the return of warm weather: more sunshine, more time outside, and of course, more fresh veggies. This quinoa salad makes the perfect addition to any backyard barbeque or porch picnic. Filled with a bright colorful mix of spring and summer veggies, you’ll enjoy how easy this healthy…Read More »

Personal Spotlight on Nicole Kazimer of Hikyoga

Nicole Kazimer is the founder of Hikyoga, a hiking-infused yoga class in Rochester. Born and raised in Webster, NY, Nicole is a certified yoga instructor whose Hikyoga journey began when she started to teach her friends yoga at a Rochester park. Upstate New York has so many amazing hiking trails, making it the perfect place…Read More »

PB Date Bites

These energy bites make the perfect snack or healthier dessert. Packed with protein, fiber and flavor, these will satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth.

Energizing PB Date Bites

These energy bites make the perfect snack or healthier dessert. Packed with protein, fiber and flavor, these will satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth. I like making them on Sundays and enjoying them all week long. —Erika Gruszewski

Turmeric makes dishes healthier and taste better

Hidden Gems: Turmeric

It all started with this stew. Scanning the ingredient list, I saw a spice I’d never cooked with before: turmeric. I was hesitant at first, but decided to try it. I picked up the bright yellow-orange spice from the grocery store, and got cooking on a cold, winter day. While the stew simmered, wonderful smells…Read More »

CoreLife Eater Review

Hidden Gems: CoreLife Eatery Review

What’s the secret? I was intrigued by the idea of a fast food eatery that served healthier food. That’s why I found myself on a recent Saturday with my sister at CoreLife Eatery at 100 Marketplace Drive, Suite #520, in Henrietta, Monroe County. I wasn’t disappointed. They actually served a large variety of fresh ingredients…Read More »