May
30

My love for enchiladas is pretty close in line with my endless love for nut butters. I hate to compare the two, but it’s true when I say I’d adore them any way they’re served.

During my recent trip to Santa Fe, my Mom and I enjoyed the most unique and flavorful enchiladas. Each restaurant presented them with the most beautiful creative and flavorful sauces ranging from smoky red chile, mole, Hatch green chile and the beloved salsa verde. The best part about these sauces is that they have plenty of uses; dip your chips, smother your eggs and coat your meats. SAUCE PARTY.

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May
27

Hello from beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico! I jumped on a plane on Tuesday so I could spend some time here visiting the family. My mom and I took the train from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and have been bopping around the town enjoying street fajitas, gelato, specialty shops & the unique Southwest culture.

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May
25

Bread is back baby. That’s right, we’re toasting it up, then throwing on ALL the toppings on today’s Wellness Wednesday in partnership with my wonderful friends over at Blue Diamond.

I don’t know about you, but morning toast happens to be one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy a quick, nutritious breakfast. Over the past few years, bread has gotten a bad rap mostly due to people experimenting with gluten or grain free diets. Today I’m making a claim that bread (or toast) is back and ready to be enjoyed again!

So, why do I love bread so much? It’s easy to throw in the toaster making it a quick on-the-go breakfast. Of course I’ve been through my peanut butter, almond butter & avocado toast phase, but today we’re moving on to bigger and better toppings. Toppings that are as beautiful as they are delicious to eat. Toppings that you may have never thought to put on your toast…

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May
23

Tony got me a wonderful ice cream maker for my birthday last December and I finally put it to good use with this absolutely amazing vegan wild blueberry lavender coconut ice cream.

The first time I ever had lavender ice cream was at Jeni’s here in Chicago. It was a marvelous wildberry lavender flavor that was bright purple, sweet, floral and uber creamy. Probably one of my favorite ice creams that I’ve ever had. During the summertime, fruity ice creams are where it’s at.

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May
20

May 20th people. How?!

With Memorial Day on the horizon, I think it’s safe to say that Summer is on the way. I just have to disregard the 45 degree windy weather every other day in Chicago. I KNOW 75 degrees in our future. I hope?

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May
18

Meet my favorite new brownie. Trust me, it’s an important introduction. It’s kind of like when you meet your soulmate and want to make sure your friends all approve. This brownie situation is similar; I really, really hope you all approve. How could you not? They’re freaking fantastic fudgy almond flour brownies! Too many f words?

When was the last time you had a brownie anyway? I’m talking about a rich, fudgy brownie that talks to sweetly your soul and warms your heart with love. One that you need a big glass of milk for.

Those are exactly these kind of brownies.

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May
16

YES! The 2016 Summer Sweat Series is happening and we couldn’t be more excited. Lee and I have been frantically planning over the past few months and can’t wait to share a brand new & improved program with you beginning June 5th!

If you aren’t familiar with the Summer Sweat Series (SSS), it’s an online fitness and nutrition plan led by myself and Lee of Fit Foodie Finds. The program is dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to feel and look incredible and includes workouts, balanced meal plans, grocery lists and motivation via social media.

Lee and I wanted to create a nutrition and fitness plan combination because we know that being healthy is different for everyone. Some people need to clean up their diets and others need to focus on working out. This program will encourage you to participate daily/weekly, but you can pick and choose what’s best for you from the workouts or the meal plan. If you choose to follow along, we promise that you’ll notice changes in your appearance, confidence and how you approach the food you eat.

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Best of all, the entire SSS program is completely free. Yes, you read that right — FREE!

AND we’re having a launch party in Minneapolis, MN on June 5th to kick off our series too! Whoo hoo!

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May
15

It was my Mom’s birthday last week and unfortunately I couldn’t be with her. Living apart from your mom seems to get harder the older you get. Lucky for me, I’m going to visit her next month!

To make up for lost time, I plan on making her this stir fry and a fresh cherry pie (her favorite!). I can just imagine Mom licking the plate clean; she loves peanut sauce. Yep, being peanut butter lover is a family trait.

Except for Dad, who really didn’t like anything peanut butter. LIKE WHAT?

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May
13

How has your week been so far? I’ve been making breakfast cookies every day. I’ve discovered that eating cookies for breakfast is just FUN.

I just realized it’s Friday the 13th, which is probably the reason I’ve come down with a sinus infection, right? Boooo. I’ve spent half of the week glued to the couch, cuddling with Milly & watching old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. I always forget how much I loved Izzy’s character, especially when Denny comes into the picture. By the way, did you know that Save the Last Dance is on Netflix right now? Classic Julia Stiles movie.

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