Sep
29

Butternut squash and kale salad that’s both beautiful and flavorful! Tossed with pomegranate, toasted sliced almonds, goat cheese and a light dressing!

Well, here we are! It is officially fall.

I woke up the other morning and noticed a handful of golden yellow leaves falling to the ground. Do you remember collecting those when you were younger? I do. Anyway, the morning air has been brisk and wonderful. I’ve been opening our sunroom windows and letting in the afternoon breeze while I work on editing photo for the blog.

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Sep
26

I think I have an underlying love hate relationship with pasta. I’ll go week, or sometimes even months (!!!)  without having it, and then for some reason I’ll dream up some good recipe or Tony will request an Italian meal and then we’re off on a pasta eating binge for days.

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Sep
25

Happy weekend! I’m so sorry for the delay in my post — as you probably know it’s pretty rare for me to miss my Friday posts.

I hopped in a flight at 4am Thursday morning to Denver for a meeting, left that evening to fly to Kansas City so I could speak at ChoppedCon, then finally flew home Friday afternoon. Hence why I missed my weekend favorites. But here we are, just a little delayed.

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Sep
22

Two days ago it was right around 85 degrees here in Chicago… in September! Since the weather seems to be still favoring the summer months, I thought it would be perfectly acceptable to deliver this beautiful warm blackberry crisp made with almond flour, crunchy almonds & oats.

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Sep
21

How are we feeling this Wednesday? Yesterday I did a killer workout at Crosstown Fitness. It’s my go-to gym and I’m addicted to the diversity of the workouts and how incredibly fun the trainers are. Anyway, my booty and abs are killing me thanks to some deep squats, rowing, planks and burpees.

Tony asks me why I love it so much and how on earth I can find the motivation to wake up at 5:30am to get to a class. The truth is, when you find an exercise you love, it doesn’t feel like a chore. And if I ever find myself feeling exhausted, I take it easy or find a different way to move my body (like cycling!). Working out helps me manage stress, anxiety and keeps my confidence up. Not to mention I really believe in a well-rounded approach to my overall health: nutritious food, moving my body & a healthy mind. That’s my balance.

Today’s workout is a bonus one leftover from this past Summer Sweat Series! Lee and I thought we’d check in and say hi to all of you who followed the series over the Summer: How are you feeling? Are you finding yourself repeating workouts? What about the meal plans? We wanna hear from you.

OKAY but really, we do have some exciting news! The Summer Sweat Series will be coming back in January 2017 with a new name, NEW brand, NEW EVERYTHING. We are so freaking excited and have been frantically planning for our launch. Stay tuned for more details. I’m actually flying to Denver tomorrow to work with Lee and our new brand manager, Katie, on it.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a killer ab workout — this is for you. Every time I do it, I shake uncontrollably and FEEL THE BURN. Luckily this workout only takes around 15-20 minutes to complete (depending on how fast you go) and there’s ZERO equipment required… except for a large towel of course.

Enjoy!

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Sep
19

How was your weekend? We moved into our new place and I’m freaking exhausted. This girl is in need of a mini vacation.

Just the other week I recieved Angela’s new cookbook Oh She Glows Every Day. If you’re not familiar with the blog Oh She Glows, now’s the time! Oh She Glows is a vegan blog, focusing on healthy every day plant-based approachable recipes. They’re consistently delicious and beautiful.

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Sep
16

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this: WE ARE HOMEOWNERS! IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO.

Okay, it’s really a condo. But it’s everything I’ve always dreamed of. A nice 1700 square foot vintage penthouse that’s been completely refinished. The espresso floors called my name the moment we walked into the open house!

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Sep
15

Oh boy were these nut free granola bars delicious! No, I’m not just saying that because this is my blog and I claim everything to be tasty af — it’s because I kept returning to the fridge to grab another, and then another! I could have eaten the entire pan right then and there.

First, let me share that these granola bars that were inspired by YOU! Yes, the lovely, loyal, incredible AK readers out there. These nut free granola bars came to fruition from your requests on my previous reader survey. While scrolling through your comments, I noticed that a few of you had allergies to nuts or you were baking for little ones who couldn’t have nut containing items in their lunchboxes.

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