Apr
25

Delicious protein pancakes made in a blender with ingredients like potassium rich banana, protein-packed cottage cheese and oats! Nearly 20g protein per serving makes these the ultimate post workout breakfast!

Listening to the new Drake album gives me pure inspiration to get my booty out of bed in the morning, throw around twenty pound dumbbells at the gym (not literally throw) and make some legit protein pancakes topped with all da berries and nut butter.

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Mar
30

Who else is as much of an avocado lover as I am? *Everyone raises their hand*

Avocado toast has been a love of mine for as long as I remember, and even before I remember it being trendy to put on toast. In fact, my mom used to make homemade refried bean and cheese burritos for us with slice avocado on the side and hot sauce. The creaminess of avocado is as nostalgic to me as a big bowl of mac and cheese. Simply put, I’m in love with avocados and always will be.

Today’s post is pretty awesome because I’m sharing 16 ways to top your avocado toast in partnership with my friends at Avocados From Mexico. They asked me how I get creative with avocados and so of course I couldn’t help but share some of my favorite ways to switch up my avocado toast.

So, let’s get to it!

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Mar
20

Scrambled tofu with delicious spices gets piled high into corn tortillas and topped with avocado, cilantro and so much more! Easy to make ahead and reheat for an on the go breakfast.

So let’s talk about vegan food for a second. First, let me start off by saying that you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy plant based food. Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean that it’s not delicious. In fact, often it’s more nourishing and welcoming for your body. So, I welcome vegan foods with my whole heart. I love enjoying plant based veggies, fruits and switching up what I’m eating.

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Mar
13

Spinach and goat cheese quiche made with a scrumptious sweet potato crust that helps to hold the quiche nicely together without all the calories of a regular crust. Gluten free!

Well hello, hello and happy Monday. Hopefully you’ve had a cup of coffee or two and a chance for a slow morning before we dive into this tasty. You know the chance to ease into the day with a filling breakfast and a little inspiration. I start each day by waking up to Milly knocking something off of my nightstand, then I stretch, make coffee, lay out my clothes, make the bed, get dressed, brush my teeth, and if I’m lucky, unload the dishwasher before I head to my workout.

On the mornings I don’t get to do these things, I come home and feel rushed to get to work, especially if I’m developing recipes or have a heavy day of writing and editing photos. The slower and earlier my morning is, the better. I reserve sleeping in for Sundays.

It’s a routine that works well for me because I’m able to get in a heart-pumping workout, get a little organized and usually stay off my computer until usually around 8am. I’d love to hear your morning routine and what you enjoy. Perhaps you read? Catch up on the news? Make a delicious breakfast? Listen to a podcast? Tell me!

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Feb
27

Pistachio muffins made with homemade (and easy!) pistachio and oat flour, then topped with an easy scrumptious strawberry glaze. Vegan and gluten free too!

Happy Monday, loves. I hope you had a fantastic weekend.

Sometimes I never know how to start these posts other than to tell you about the days that seem to pass by too quickly. These few weeks have flown by as I developed and shot nearly 10 recipes. I’m traveling on an off for the next few weeks so I wanted to be prepared with recipes to share with you now that Spring is almost here.

By the way, Tony and I are headed to Sedona this weekend, so if you have any cool hiking recommendations, please let me know in the comments below. I so appreciate it (and you!).

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Feb
21

Peanut butter protein bars made with simple, healthy ingredients like oats, peanut butter, chia seed, coconut and protein powder. Drizzled with chocolate and a little sea salt. Truly the ultimate protein bar because you can easily make it your own!

When I was first learning how to refuel my body after a workout, I would grab whatever snack was available in the gym’s vending machine. At the time, no one told me that reading the ingredients was very important; it was 2009, and everyone was still on the low-fat diet craze. Clearly the gym I was a member of didn’t know any better, or just didn’t care.

I remembering gobbling down the bars with weird ingredients: crunchy rice, fake fiber and sugar, and most likely a terrible protein source. Shortly after the bars with insane amounts of fiber came on the scene; they were filled with fiber that isn’t even found in nature, but rather made in a lab. Those sketchy mofos.

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Feb
20

Blueberry Glazed Donuts — a healthier baked donuts made with a mix of almond and whole grain flour, then dipped in an easy homemade blueberry glaze.  

I just started doing a fun challenge on Instagram called the #ambitiouschallege. It’s an everyday glimpse into my life from where I live and what I do on an everyday basis to all of the things that I love in life.

On day 3 of the challenge, I shared one of my favorite treats: DONUTS! For all of my life, I’ve had a love of a good donut. My two favorites here in Chicago are Firecakes and Doughnut Vault — a treat meant for special occasions (or if I’m downtown and really in the mood for something fantastically sweet).

However I try to limit my indulgent donut devouring to once a month, especially when I can easily bake them at home…

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Feb
14

Sweet potato protein waffles made with cottage cheese, oats, roasted sweet potato, a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon! 

Last week I woke up one morning with a food hangover. Admittedly, I had eaten too much the night before (helloooo pizza!) and woke up feeling a little guilty and a lot bloated. Knowing this all too familiar feeling, I scooted myself to a hot yoga class — not only to release all the salt my body was holding onto from what I had eaten the night before, but also to decompress and remind myself that today is another day, a new opportunity to nourish my body. We all have challenges we face — big or small, but sometimes getting back to your roots and taking a deep breath is all you need for a fresh start.

The best remedy I’ve found after a little overindulgence is to move your body and intake high protein, nutrient dense food the next day. After my workout, I came home starving and ready to get back on track with the food that agrees with my body. Case in point — these wonderful maple sweet potato protein waffles.

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Feb
02

Banana bread pancakes that are perfectly sweet, fluffy and nutritious. Made with whole wheat flour and dairy free too!

Safe to say, I’m learning everything there is about being a first-time homeowner. Including when your oven breaks and you have to call the repair man to fix it. Who knew home repairs could be so ridiculously expensive?

Now that the oven is finally working again, I can get back to meal prep from the Healthy Glow Co. — that means these banana bread pancakes are on the menu this week.

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Jan
23

OH MY GOODNESS. This weekend was one for the books because guess what?! Tony and I are engaged!

I can’t wait to tell you all about it soon and explain our entire story. Right now we’re busy celebrating and are SO incredibly happy to continue our adventures and love for one another, forever. What an amazing love story we have.

Don’t worry, I promise to fill you in on all the deets soon!!

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