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.
Remember a while back when I mentioned I was doing a food cleanse? Well I’d love to tell you guys more about it!
I’ve done a few juice cleanses before, and my favorite has been the Purify Cleanse by Urban Remedy. When Urban Remedy recently contacted me to review Cindy Crawford’s Essentials, I was incredibly excited! Cindy helped to create the plant-based line for busy lifestyles. They’re made with organic, natural ingredients to last you 3 days, or a week if you’d like to spread it out. Best of all it isn’t all juices; in fact most of it the collection is made up of healthy salads, plant-based snacks and nutritious meals to help you reset your diet and start eating clean.
First of all, I’d like to share my experience of Cindy’s Essentials and explain what it’s like to eat clean for 3 days. This means, no processed foods, no added sugars, no meat or dairy. I opted to choose to do this over 3 days because I wanted to experience what it would be like to really reset my body through food, without deprivation or just doing a juice cleanse.
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?
Healthy muffins! That taste like carrot cake! Oh, I think this might just be a dream come true.
Truth be told, carrot cake gets me every single time. I fell in love with it a few years ago and my craving for cake has quadrupled since then. I can’t get over the spices, flavor, and that thick-n-creamy cream cheese frosting that pairs so wonderfully with the cake. I’m not sure it gets better.
Before I really begin chatting with you, I want to mention a few things: I don’t think I’m necessarily overweight. Nor do I necessarily think I need to lose weight. Have I before needed to lose a few lbs? Absolutely. So for the past year I’ve spent time working out, eating healthier and getting to a better relationship with food, exercise and self-worth. But for now, I feel like I’m at a place where I’m quite content with myself.
Today, I want to talk about why I quit the scale and why it’s made me so much happier. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s get to it!
I can hardly believe it’s already February. But it’s also exciting because then I’ll no longer have to deal with blizzards that do this to my car. I’m not kidding I literally had to shovel snow with my scraper because hey, who keeps a shovel in their car? Not me.
I figured before the snow melts, I’d bring you some warm comforting dishes that make your heart feel full (but not your bellies).
Oh hi. Please, please tell me you’ve had chicken wild rice soup before? I asked Tony if he ever had it before and he said he hadn’t even HEARD of it. Like what? Are you living in a cave? Are you my boyfriend?
But then I asked a few more people. And apparently it’s a very Minnesotan thing. You know just big old creamy soups with rice and basic things like chicken and carrots. By the way, did you know we also make tater tot hot dishes and egg bakes for holidays? Basically anything you can make into a soup or a casserole has real potential to be a dinner winner in Minnesota.
Hi there! Happy weekend. How has your week been so far? Any big plans this weekend?
Last night I met up with one of my girlfriends that I hadn’t seen in quite sometime. We ended up at a fabulous little sushi restaurant called Ukai. I’m always thrilled when I can get someone to eat sushi with me; it seems like all anybody wants to eat in Chicago is pizza. And I’m not a pizza fanatic. I mean, I enjoy it; I just don’t LOVE it like some folks. Anyway the sushi was fantastic and it was lovely being able to catch up on life.
This weekend Tony’s coming over and we’re planning to do some work around my apartment. I purchased some shelves for my kitchen and some hardware for my bathroom. We’ll also be doing some more furniture shopping. I just got this vintage french dresser from MegMade and am completely smitten. It’s being delivered this weekend; Lord knows I needed somewhere to put all my extra clothes! (They’re currently still in suitcases from when I moved.)
Ps. Totally check out MegMade! They ship to anywhere in the USA and their pieces are INCREDIBLE! I met Meg in person and she is kind, creative and has an eye for fabulous furniture. Thankfully she’s going to help me redo my entire bedroom so that it’s very french farmhouse chic.
Wellness Wednesday is back! As many of you know, I was on vacation last week. It was blissful, relaxing, and just about everything I needed; except when it wasn’t. Except when there were a million food choices. But especially because it brought up food issues for me. It reminded me of the times where I ate a few too many cookies (I’m talking like 6). The times where I felt overwhelmed by food, the hours where it controlled what I was doing, how I made decisions and my power of choice. Those moments where it consumed every ounce of me. And I hated that feeling more than anything.
Feeling all of those feelings again isn’t pleasant, especially when you’ve struggled with something so powerful. I don’t expect you to relate unless you’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food before.
Hi! It’s nearly been a week since we returned from Mexico and of course I’m missing it like crazy. I mean who wouldn’t miss warm sand between your toes, sun-kissed skin, all the food you could imagine, breakfast buffets for days and of course, chips and bowls of guac.
Traveling always encourages me to plan more trips to experience more of the world’s culture and people. I can honestly say that Mexico is one of my favorite places. I’m part hispanic; so the culture, food and people really speak to my heart.
So I know, zucchini isn’t really in season in January; it’s more of a summer vegetable. However, I purchased a few last week before vacation because they were fairly inexpensive at the grocery store AND because I was planning on making stuffed zucchini. Well, of course things never go as planned and I never had the opportunity to use them up before I left.
Thankfully when I got back home they were still good, but needed to be used immediately. And um, what could be better than a muffin? Because of course, as you know I am the self-proclaimed muffin woman. Crown me! Kidding.