Sep
15

Oh boy were these nut free granola bars delicious! No, I’m not just saying that because this is my blog and I claim everything to be tasty af — it’s because I kept returning to the fridge to grab another, and then another! I could have eaten the entire pan right then and there.

First, let me share that these granola bars that were inspired by YOU! Yes, the lovely, loyal, incredible AK readers out there. These nut free granola bars came to fruition from your requests on my previous reader survey. While scrolling through your comments, I noticed that a few of you had allergies to nuts or you were baking for little ones who couldn’t have nut containing items in their lunchboxes.

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Sep
14

Calories. A small word that holds a tremendous amount of meaning to some of us.

I used to live and breathe by the calories I consumed because I was uneducated and misinformed on how to properly nourish my body. It all started my junior year of college when I began working out on a consistent basis. I hopped on the stationary bike for the first time, not knowing that it would lead me to completely spin out of control.

I say out of control because my habit of over exercising and undereating led me to develop an eating disorder. I didn’t know how to stop restricting food and my food diary scribbled with what I ate and their corresponding calories fueled my obsession.

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Sep
12

Have you ever created the most simple combination, but because it was life-changing delicious, you just had to share it with everyone you knew? I’m talking about one of those recipes that you could eat every single day forever and ever.

That’s exactly how I feel about these warm breakfast baked sweet potatoes stuffed with a spoonful of sweet almond butter, ripe bananas & crunchy little chia seeds. I adore these more than I ever thought I would. The creamy almond butter melts into the flesh of the sweet potato and creates the most perfect texture in your mouth, somewhat reminiscent of a custard-like sweet potato pie.

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Sep
08

Imagine enjoying this for lunch: a big healthy buddha bowl with a slightly sweet mango coconut brown rice, sesame roasted sweet potatoes & broccoli, and topped off with an orange sesame almond butter dressing. Yeahhhhh, you’re so down.

So, we’re in the middle of packing up all of our dishes and just realized I have nothing left to eat off of. As in I literally scarfed down yesterday’s lunch with my hands. When you’re in the privacy of your own home, what does hot sauce all over your hands matter anyway?

Now, if you want to be a little fancier then me and show off how delicious you can make your lunch, you should 100% try these beautiful buddha bowls that I’ve created in partnership with my grocery delivery service friends at Peapod.

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Sep
07

This peanut butter granola is for all my peanut butter lovers out there! I think I know you pretty well by now, but tell me if I’m right when I say these things:

You dig into the peanut butter jar with your finger or with a spoon whenever possible. You treat peanut butter like a dessert and perhaps like a goddess. You find yourself hoarding peanut butter jars in the cupboard so you never run out. Of course you’re always picking up a jar whenever you go to the store because you can crush a jar in a week. You have to portion out your peanut butter sometimes because it’s just so hard for you to resist. You’re always willing to give a new peanut butter brand a try, simply because you’re always on the quest to find the very best.

Does this describe you? Because what I did there was basically just describe myself. Pretty sure if there’s a number one fan of the peanut butter, it’s me! Been on that PB game since 1989.

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Sep
06

Ready for this vegan sweet potato corn chowder with a little hint of curry spice? It’s comforting, filling and a wonderful way to use up fresh or frozen summer corn.

Welcome back to post Labor Day weekend reality. Do you have a hangover? BTW I’m not talking the alcoholic kind of hangover. I’m talking about the food hangover that lasts for a day or two post stuffing your face with chips, all the dips, ice cream, and okay, several margaritas.

Am I just talking about myself here? Perhaps.

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Sep
05

Happy Labor Day! August has gone and Fall is just around the corner. How do you feel about it? Excited? Slightly freaked out? I’m checking the all of the above box on that one.

We’ve had quite the busy (but still oh so wonderful) Summer here in Chicago. I don’t think the weather could have been more perfect. Tony and I created memories we’ll never, ever forget including: purchasing a condo, experimenting with our new grill & foods, biking and rollerblading near the lake, exploring the restaurant scene, going paleo for a week and walking around the city until we thought our legs would fall off.

In a way, I’m ready for fall produce (and baking!), cozy sweaters, wool socks and the trees to change colors. I also really appreciate fall fashion and am eagerly anticipating all the cute booties and coats online. Currently restraining myself from buying them just yet because I’m afraid I’ll fall into a bootie rabbit hole and never ever return to blogging again.

Anyway let’s move onto the BEST OF AUGUST! Ready?!

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Sep
02

Happy weekend & helllooooo September!

How crazy is it that September is already here? We close on our condo in two weeks and couldn’t be more excited for the stress of moving to be over. To prepare for the move (it’s only a mile away from our current apartment, but you know), I’ve been going through clothes and donating whatever I haven’t worn in forever. It’s so hard to pick and choose but my closet is overflowing with summer clothes and too many clutches with restaurant receipts.

By the way, I’ve decided to update my weekend favorite with little titles about what’s new or the subject of what we’re chatting about. I feel like it gives everything a little more personalization.

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Aug
31

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Wednesday. Today is a special one because not only am I sharing my personal story about digestion issues, but also a tummy soothing smoothie recipe and why I’m loving probiotics these days — and why you should too!

Let’s rewind back to 2011 to when my digestion was a complete disaster. I believe that stress, an eating disorder and lack of proper nutrition in my diet all played a big factor in destroying the good bacteria in my stomach. This led to stomach aches, major bloating, constipation (I said it), joint pain and the inability to fight off infections in my body.

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