Mar
02

I think I was born with a sweet tooth. A ravenous one that comes out late at night and encourages me to go straight to the cupboard. I can’t help it, I swear.

As I mentioned last week, I’m trying to cut back on my refined sweeteners so I’ve been limiting my treat options down quite a bit. I’ve kind of been trying to adapt a new mentality about really nourishing my body; this means I pick nutritious food over empty calorie or sugar-packed sweets. Sounds easy, but it can be actually quite challenging. Turning down french fries when you are in a relationship with ketchup is never fun and it’s even more difficult to say no to Reese’s Eggs this time of year.

Of course, everything in moderation. I’ll take a peanut-buttery egg or two every now and then! Overall I’m determined to be mindful of what I’m putting into my body plus how it will nourish and make me feel after I’ve eaten it.

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Feb
26

Today seems like a soup day, don’t you think?

I’ve been sick with a cold for the past few days, so soup has really been the only thing desirable. That and it’s been snowing in Chicago again, which means I don’t like to leave the house unless I’m going to work out. I’m serious. There have been too many times this Winter where I haven’t been able to feel my toes, even when they’re in boots.

The upside to all of this is that I’m going on a cruise next week with my Mom! We’re beyond excited to have a little mom and daughter time together. Can you believe we’ve actually never had a REAL vacation together?! Nope, not even once. I’m so glad that I’m able to bring my her, because well you know, moms are indeed the best.

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Feb
23

How was your weekend? Mine was full of good eats and lots of time with Tony; it was his last weekend back home before he heads out for spring training down in Arizona. I’m amazed at how fast the off season has gone. It feels like I just moved to Chicago, but I’m so happy that it feels like home.

Yesterday we spent the day with his family hanging out and watching LOTS of TV like Nascar (don’t ask) and the Oscars. I love parties because I’m always able to bake or cook a few things that I personally want to eat myself… oops.

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Feb
17

It’s official. I’m on a chia seed kick. Anyone else?

I find myself putting it in and on everything I can: on top of oatmeal, in my smoothies and protein shakes, on top of peanut butter toast. The best though? Dipping bananas in dark chocolate and then in a sea of chia seeds. They’re so fabulously crunchy, sweet and irresistible. Plus all that good nutrition in just a little seed? I mean, how can you not love them?

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Jan
21

Hi! Sorry I’ve been away for a few days. I’m on my way back to Chicago today after an absolutely wonderful vacation to Mexico with Tony. I’ll be bombarding you with pictures and updates on life lately, and yes Wellness Wednesdays are coming back. I’ve already got next week’s started and it’s gonna be a good one!

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Jan
13

I freaking love chili. How about you? To me, it’s just always so comforting, warm, filling and hearty. YUMMMMMM.

Lately I’ve been on a real chili making binge. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I cooked up two batches last week and froze one for evenings when I don’t feel like cooking or simply don’t have the time. Sometimes I work out in the evenings and by the time I get back home my desire to start chopping vegetables and doing dishes is negative 1 million.

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Jan
11

This weekend flew by, didn’t it? I spent both Friday and Saturday doing recipe development in preparation for when I’m gone on vacation next week. So excited to bring you LOTS more healthy meal recipes that are naturally gluten free. You’ll see them here soon!

In the meantime, I thought I’d get you started on some of my favorite recipes on AK plus other blogger’s gluten free recipes. I hope you find a few that you enjoy.

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Jan
08

So I’m doing a juice & food cleanse right now. I’m SUPER excited about it because as you may already know I freakin’ love doing them. It’s not that I think they’re great in the moment, it’s just that I really love how I feel afterwards. The benefits? How clear my skin looks, how much great sleep I get and how differently I end up thinking about food.

I’ll have updates for you on the cleanse soon; in the meantime I’ve been staring at these bars on the counter all of yesterday. I made them last week for Tony because he’s all like I need to get in shape for baseball season — this is as he continues to eat chocolate covered doughnuts for breakfast. I think he could eat just about anything and still look good. No joke.

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Dec
31

I know today is supposed to be Wellness Wednesday, but I’m taking a small break until the New Year. No worries — I’ll be back next week with a new WW post; I know I’ve been away for a while! I’m guessing we all probably have. This year is such a wonderful time to just kick up your feet, read a new book, and just enjoy family time. And basically every cookie in sight.

That being said, I’ve done my fair share of eating, drinking, and cooking. Tony’s birthday was last week and I had the pleasure of making him a version of King Arthur Flour’s deep dish pizza, then homemade French Silk Pie for dessert. Swear to goodness, it was the best meal I’ve ever made him. The pie was perfect. I really feel awful about not posting the recipe, but it also seems a bit wrong to throw you a dessert full of butter, cream and chocolate when we’re all trying to eat healthy again. What do you think? If you’d like the recipe, I’d be happy to make it again and photograph it. Let me know!

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Dec
18

Do you have a holiday morning tradition? This year I’m celebrating with Tony and his family; we’ll each be bringing a brunch dish on Christmas morning. I haven’t decided what I’ll be making yet: french toast, pancakes, mini cinnamon rolls or banana bread. I’m definitely leaning towards the homemade mini cinnamon rolls; what do you guys think?

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