Welcome, I'm Monique! Ambitious Kitchen is a blog devoted to clean eating, healthier baked treats, plus my passion for fitness and nutrition. Bottom line, I love to inspire others in and out of the kitchen! Read more.
Yesterday Lee and I finished up a photoshoot for our NEW exciting health & fitness program coming this June. Honestly, we’ve both been working round the clock coordinating the launch, writing for our own sites, plus quite a bit of traveling. I’m potentially on the verge of exhaustion but also really, really excited for you to see what we’ve planned!
Good news is that I’m ready for some Memorial Day BBQ food and a margarita pitcher all to myself. Heh.
On Saturday I met up with Tony’s family and attended his Grandmother’s 95th birthday party. You guys, she’s amazing! She still lives on her own, cooks for herself and is in great health. Over the past year, I’ve gotten fairly close with her; probably because I bring her all the treats I make and she just so happens to love cookies as much as I do. This makes me happy, of course. I actually baked the nutella-stuffed chocolate chip beauties for her party; it always blows my mind how much people truly love those cookies.
How are you on your smoothie game? Lately there’s been a fruit overload happening in my fridge. They literally just keep climbing into my grocery basket; I’ve had no other choice than to make a smoothie nearly every day.
No regrets, of course. Although I do admit that I need so many more healthy smoothie recipes on AK. I’ll get to that right away.
I figured since I’ve been loving smoothies so much, you might enjoy them too. It’s a great way to use up farmer’s market fruit, plus they’re a healthy breakfast or snack option to provide you with energy and important nutrients.
Some people can’t control themselves when it comes to chocolate but my problem happens to lie with nut butters. Every time I make them or buy a jar I down that creamy goodness in about 5 days. FOR REALS.
I usually just spoon it right out of the jar and into my mouth. Seriously cannot help it. I’ve actually thought about starting my own nut butter company. You never know.
Oh hi! I have to confess that my usual breakfasts don’t consist of pancakes or anything quite special. Typically I’ll fry an egg or two, or enjoy an on the go protein shake.
FLASHBACK to my glittery college years: I remember sitting down with a bowl of oatmeal or a peanut butter and strawberry jelly toasted English muffin and enjoying breakfast while reading in our college breakfast nook. I’d soak in the flavors for a good 30 minutes because at that point in my life, breakfast was a time I cherished.
For some reason I’ve been craving those incredibly long breakfast mornings again; mostly I want to recommit to making enjoyable, nutritious and creative morning meals – even if I’m the only one eating it. I find that when I take the time to prepare something, it somehow feels more satisfying and filling.
Remember when I mentioned that I was going to try be a little bit healthier when it came to food choices? Well I’ve been pretty dedicated… so far anyway. Eating better and enjoying more refined sugar sweets made with wholesome ingredients has made me feel incredible, lighter and maybe a little bit leaner. Isn’t it funny how even the smallest changes in your food choices can make a BIG difference? I think so.
Oh hi guys! Welcome to your regularly scheduled Wellness Wednesday post! Today’s how-to was inspired by me wanting to cut out excess sugar in my diet a few years back. First, I started reading the nutritional labels on everything I ate. Turns out that nearly 15+ grams of sugar were coming from my morning or afternoon greek yogurt snack. Yep, it’s true!
Did you know that most of the fruit-based greek yogurts out there add cane sugar and/or syrup to sweeten the yogurt? That’s so unnecessary, don’t you think? I mean I’ll admit I love a sweet afternoon snack but when realized HOW MUCH sugar they really added I was disturbed. Surely I could find another way to enjoy greek yogurt without spoonfuls of added sugar, right?
First I started experimenting by just eating plain greek yogurt, but it was way too tart for me. I couldn’t even eat more than 1/4 of a cup without wanting to throw it away. The yogurt needed a little something else in there to make it more appealing.
I have to admit something and writing it here makes it official: I really haven’t been eating healthy lately. The whole month of travel really caught me off guard. Usually I’m pretty cautious and fairly diligent about making healthy food choices but I’ve had my fair share of sweetness this month.
As someone who has had food struggles, it’s important for me to stay on track with the way I eat because if altered, I can easily develop an unhealthy relationship.
Did you know that banana bread was the most searched food on Google last year? For reals. There’s something comforting about a slice fresh from the oven and paired with your morning coffee. I prefer mine served warm and spread with a creamy nut butter. How about you?
Due to my obsession of baking with bananas, I have quite a few recipes on AK devoted to banana bread. I decided to round up a few healthy banana bread favorites and include others I’ve been eyeing up from around the internets. Below you’ll find recipes for every dietary need and I’ve even indicated them as either gluten free, vegan or paleo!
I hope you’ll find something you’ll enjoy. And of course, I promise to bake you up some more banana bread goodness soon.
This past weekend Sarah of Broma Bakery came to stay with me in Chicago and we treated ourselves to something sweet every single day. It was a bit unusual to me but life is all about balance, well-being and feasting on happy moments; sometimes these special occasions call for frozen yogurt, doughnuts AND chocolate chip pancakes. Ha!
We had the absolute best time together and I can’t wait to share more photos of our baking plus our Chicago adventures! In the meantime, I’m getting back to eating all the veggies and indulging in healthier treats (rather than doughnuts).