Sep
25

I’m just getting back to Chicago and settling into my routine after a weekend trip to Boulder, Colorado for our first ever Healthy Glow Co. retreat, which was absolutely AMAZING. Fourteen girls from across the country to celebrate the amazing community we’ve built for the past year and enjoy a day of self care including facials, hiking, cooking together, family style meals and SO MUCH MORE.

Anddddd that’s not all! This weekend we also celebrated some big news: our HGG STRONG fitness plan is finally live!

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Sep
24

Happy weekend, and round up Sunday! I’m writing you from Colorado where we just had our first-ever, in-person Healthy Glow Co. retreat. I got to spend the weekend with the HGC team and 14 amazing members that make our collective possible. Feeling inspired, refreshed, and SO excited about the community we’ve built. I’ll be sure to share more details of our trip soon, but first let’s talk about these incredible paleo dessert recipes that I rounded up for you guys!

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Sep
22

Hello hello and welcome to Weekend Favorites, #abrassalad edition! As you’ve probably noticed via social media, we’ve had quite the busy past few weeks over here at AK HQ. With fall and winter recipe testing in full-swing, a fun video project coming soon (did someone say DIY self-care tips?), an exciting surprise on Healthy Glow Co. releasing this weekend, AND a trip to Boulder, Monique has more than just pumpkin-flavored recipes on her plate. On top of that…Ambitious Wedding is only 8 weeks away!

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Sep
19

Fall-inspired vegan pumpkin oatmeal scones with hints of maple, pecan and pumpkin spice in every bite! Made with hearty Coach’s Oats for a wholesome, filling snack to pair with your cup of coffee.

Many apologies over here because I haven’t made you a scone recipe since 2014. Another apology is due to the fact that we’re already mid-way through September and this just happens to be my first pumpkin recipe of the season. SAYYYY WHAAAA?

Usually I start posting pumpkin recipes in late August or early September, but over the past few years pumpkin craze has been a little insane in the grocery store so I decided to hold off. Sorry, but I do not want pumpkin pringles, pumpkin frosting, pumpkin coffee creamer or pumpkin spice infused hair products.

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Sep
17

We’re back with another Round Up Sunday! I hope you guys have had an amazing weekend, and that this roundup is a day-brightener for any “Sunday Scaries.” I’ve found that the best way to cure the scaries are to get a workout in – even if it’s just a nice walk outside – practice some self-care (hello relaxing bath + calming playlist), and of course, make delicious food like these healthy slow cooker recipes.

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Sep
14

Healthy chai banana bread that will have your house smelling cozy and delicious. Topped with a simple cashew butter vanilla glaze! 

Life has gotten incredibly busy lately, so I must apologize for being few and far between when it comes to posting on the blog. The wedding is about two months away and we’ve still got SO much to do (ummm I haven’t gotten Tony’s ring yet). Also it doesn’t help that all I want to do is BAKE and cook all the cozy wonderful things like soup, pumpkin bread, apple butter and cookies. Food distracts me.

HELP.

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Sep
11

AMAZING skillet brownies made without grains, gluten or dairy. These super fudgy walnut brownies taste just like the ones from your childhood. Bonus: They pack plenty of good for you omega 3s thanks to walnut butter & chia seeds.

It’s about to be a happy monday (I hope) because I’ve got some pretty AMAZING brownies for you.

First though, how was your weekend?

I feel like I can’t start this blog post without saying that my heart goes out to those in Florida and the Caribbean islands who were hit by Hurricane Irma. I sincerely hope that this recipe brings you a little joy to your day, even if it’s just a little smile. Most of all, I’m thankful that you’re okay.

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Sep
10

Happy round up Sunday! Didn’t know it was a thing?

Every Sunday I’m going to be rounding up some amazing AK recipes with different themes just for you. Why? Because sometimes you don’t know you want something until it’s right in front of you. Like these incredible homemade nut butters.

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Sep
06

As you guys know I’ve been representing Under Armour Women this year as one of their 7 ambassadors. It has been an incredible journey, and I’m so lucky to be part of this awesome group of women. UA Women are all about inspiring each other, including the next generation of all the ladies out there.

Today I’m taking you inside… my UA shoe closet. I’ve accumulated some awesome gear from them, but the shoes have to be some of my FAVORITES. Most of you know that I run, do yoga, cycle, lift, dance and pretty everything in between that keeps me active, so I need shoes that will work no matter what I’m doing.

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Sep
04

Mom’s authentic Puerto Rican Rice and Beans with savory homemade sofrito and sazon! You’ll love this incredibly flavorful, comforting homemade meal that will fill your home with unbelievably delicious smells. The perfect recipe to serve a crowd or just savor leftovers for a few days!

OHHHH hi! I’ve been teasing this beautiful recipe for a while now on Instagram stories and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share one of my favorite comfort foods in the entire world: my mom’s Puerto Rican Rice and Beans.

As many of you know, my mom is full Puerto Rican, as are my grandparents. My childhood dinner’s were often full of hispanic cuisine — often empanadas, rice and beans, tostones, pazole and ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE. More recently, I’ve connected with recipes that are from my heritage and started cooking from the soul again. Personally, it feels incredibly rewarding when Puerto Rican soul food fills my home with it’s intoxicating, aromatic spices.

And even if you aren’t Puerto Rican, why not try something new?! We could all use a good dose of global inspired creativity and cooking in our lives. These rice and beans are the perfect way to start.

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