Mar
16

The best guacamole recipe EVER. A mix between creamy and chunky with bites of heat from jalapeno and flavor from cilantro and lime juice. You need this in your life!

When Tony and I first started dating he didn’t do much exploration with meals. In fact I’m 99% sure most of his diet consisted of corn dogs, fries and frozen pizza. It was a scary time for me.

Somewhat joking. Somewhat not.

As our relationship progressed, so did Tony’s tastebuds and his discovery of new cuisines. I’ve tried both Thai food and sushi with him for the first time. I introduced him to avocado black bean brownies. He started eating refried beans. He’s now obsessed with chocolate and homemade Reese’s eggs. He enjoys sprouted bread and brown rice. He also thinks my banana bread is the best thing on this planet (okay in the world of banana breads, it totally is).

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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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Mar
08

Strawberry Avocado Salad packed with heart-healthy fats, creamy goat cheese, toasted almonds and a light citrus poppyseed dressing. Like Panera’s salad — but so much better! 

I’m headed home from a lovely trip to Arizona and the warm(er) weather. Tony and I had such a wonderful time in majestic Sedona — from the incredible hiking up to Devil’s Canyon to the midnight star gazing, it was everything we wanted. Thank you for all of your recommendations, I so appreciated them.

Every time I get back from traveling for awhile, I crave vibrant fruits and veggies to fill my plate. Because let’s face the facts: there’s always a 100% chance that my belly’s been full of a few too many carbs and on-the-go snacks that aren’t always the best choice (helloooooo fro yo topped with frosted animal crackers!).

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Feb
23

This vegetarian Thai green curry is made with chickpeas, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green curry paste, and lemongrass. The ultimate bowl of healthy comfort food to eat when you’re feeling under the weather.

Do you know when you start feeling a little sick — the feeling that something just isn’t quite right? Well, I had that last week. A slight fever crept in and my glands started to swell. Immediately I could tell that my body needed rest and a healthy dose of anti-inflammatory, disease-fighting food.

So of course, Thai green curry was on the dinner menu. And guess what? It worked. The next day I woke up feeling bright, energized and so much better. Thus, it was crowned the name ‘healing thai green curry’… with a few other descriptors in there too, I suppose.

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Feb
16

The best vegetarian enchiladas you’ll ever eat: Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas packed with flavor and topped with an amazing avocado lime sauce. Make them for dinner tonight!

If I could have my mom cook all the food served at my wedding, I would. She’s the best cook I know. Not just only she’s my mom, but because she makes food from the heart. You know food with flavors that speak to your soul from the very first bite. She’s innovative, creative and never afraid to dream up something delicious.

Every other day I get an email from her with a photo of what she made that day. From granola bread (OMG!) to coconut milk wild rice soup, she’s always thinking up something new.

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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
13

Don’t be afraid of tofu, check out this tofu guide with easy recipes and tips on how to prepare and cook tofu! From stir-fry to pudding pie and smoothies!

Happy Monday… Or should I say Meatless Monday? How was your weekend? Mine felt like it was as indulgent as ever, and now I’m on a mission to eat a little better, choosing lean proteins, lots of veggies and changing up my eating routine (I’ve been a naughty girl).

If there’s something I love to do when I find myself in a little bit of a food rut, is clean out my pantry and fridge, head to the store and pick up something new. This week, tofu is on the agenda! Recently I became a brand ambassador for Nasoya tofu (their products are non-GMO yay!). I have to say, it’s extremely exciting for me to be able to share more tofu recipes with you for a few reasons:

1.) I know many of you love eating plant based foods, or are vegetarian.

2.) My mom used to be a vegan chef (seriously!) so she’s very experienced in cooking with vegan foods, including tofu.

3.) It’s FUN to introduce new recipes & foods; the more you know the more comfortable you are in the kitchen.

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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
08

First of all, thank you for the love and support on my post last week. I can’t tell you how much it lifted up my spirits and brought tears to my eyes. Even though the post was incredibly difficult to publish, your encouragement and overwhelming positivity never ceases to amaze me. In fact, it’s given me inspiration to keep on writing what’s in my heart and bringing more life stories back into my posts. Part two will come very soon, I promise.

In the meantime, I’ve been a busy little lady. I spent the weekend in Minneapolis with Lee and Katie freezing my booty off and working on Healthy Glow Co and Healthy Glow Guide content planning. I’m feeling more inspired than ever.

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Dec
19

Healthy gingerbread muffins that are incredibly fluffy, warm and perfect with a cup of coffee. One of my favorite muffins to enjoy during the Winter. 134 calories per muffin!

We spent the weekend inhaling Christmas cookies and eating more than I normally would. Isn’t it tough when you find yourself surrounded sugar, wine and allll the bread?!

*everyone nods yes*

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