Jan
20

Welcome to the latest edition of Wellness Wednesday! Today we’re discussing our absolute favorite JUNK FREE nutrition and energy bars.

Each month, Rose (my assistant) and I test out our favorite foods, give recommendations and discuss why they’re great. Our hope is to introduce you to new products and encourage a nutritious well-balanced approach to food. We love sharing energy bars because it seems that we’re always reaching for a snack around 3pm, and sometimes it’s nice to stock up on a few goodies.

The bars below were all personally tested by us and have our recommendation. You’ll find additional product information, nutrition highlights and our favorite flavor for each bar below! We hope you enjoy the bars. Be sure to let us know if you have any you love that aren’t on the list by leaving a comment below. xo!

Read more.


Jan
18

The beginning of January hit a few weeks ago and this smoothie was in full rotation as my breakfast of choice. To be honest, I enjoy smoothies at all times of the day during each season. Not only are smoothies delicious, but they give you the ability to pack a lot of nutrition into one glass. And that’s something I love!

Read more.


Jan
15

It feels so weird to write out 2016, don’t you think? Not to mention that I still can’t get over the fact that I am now four years from turning thirty yet I continue to blast Justin Bieber like a teenager. Oh well. *plays The Feeling on repeat*

In other more exciting news, I’ve been making recipe videos. Most recently I created one for my Double Chocolate Paleo Banana Bread and think it’s pretty cute. You can find the full video over on my Facebook page (would love if you liked my page!). I’m going to buy a tripod this weekend, so they’ll be a much less shaky. If you have any favorite AK recipes you’d like me to create videos for, let me know in the comments below! Love hearing from you.

Read more.


Jan
13

One can never have too many squash recipes. Especially considering that it’s cheap, seasonal, and boasts some pretty terrific nutrition stats.

Since we’re talking squash, I’ll admit that butternut squash is one of my favorites. The sweet, nutty taste is brought out even more when roasted too. I’m such a butternut squash fan girl, it’s ridiculous.

Read more.


Jan
11

Normally I start each blog post with some sort of little story about life and what I’ve been up to lately. Today I just want to bring you a recipe for paleo banana bread because frankly, it’s just awesome.

I’ve been hoarding this recipe in my drafts for months, waiting for the perfect moment to hit publish. Mondays always seem to be the best because you’re all looking for new things to make, and who doesn’t love a good treat for the rest of the week?

Read more.


Jan
10

Normally I don’t ever claim things are the best, especially in my line of work. HOWEVER, when I’m able to make a normally calorie-laden blueberry muffins both nutritious AND incredible, I get a little excited. Even more thrilled when I somehow was able to make them gluten free.

First these beautiful, moist muffins were baked when I needed them the most: a few days after Thanksgiving after I came down with an absolutely dreadful post-nasal drip cough coupled with a lack of sleep from holiday festivities. The leftover blueberries that weren’t used in my blueberry pie were sitting in the fridge, begging to be thrown into some muffin batter. So off to the kitchen I went.

It neared 7am; Tony was still sleeping as I pulled the enormous muffins out of the oven and set them on the cooling rack. My goodness they were lovely and bursting with juicy blue color. I left a note for T to try them, then went out to grab cough medicine and run a few errands.

Read more.


Jan
08

How was your first week of 2016? Mine is off to a rocky start. I have to admit to you guys that I’m feeling very a little indecisive in various areas of my life, especially with my career and blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making recipes for you but my heart is leading me somewhere else besides just blogging. I want to inspire. I want to learn more. I want to teach you how to be healthy! Whatever the case, I’ve got some big decisions to make soon and thankfully I have Netflix to distract me until then.

Lately, we’ve been really into Making a Murderer (obviously?) and also The Vikings on the History Channel. If you haven’t watched either, then you absolutely must check them out.

Read more.


Jan
07

When I think of weekend breakfasts, pancakes are always top of mind. How about you?

There’s nothing like a stack of fluffy cakes to say that we made it and accomplished the week, right?! That’s why I put together a list of my favorite HEALTHY pancake recipes — some are gluten free, some whole grain, a few paleo; most importantly, they’re all deliciously stackable.

Ready to dive in? Let’s do it.

Read more.


Jan
06

Today’s Wellness Wednesday revolves around moving your body! My assistant Rose and I embarked on a month-long fitness journey back in November. Our goal: To find the BEST workouts around Chicago via Classpass. We conquered studios, planned our workouts meticulously, and found new favorites to share with all of you!

Before we get into the studios that stood out the most, I want to introduce you to Classpass!

Read more.


Jan
04

Happy New Year, friends! Today marks my last day soaking up the Florida sunshine! Can’t wait to tell you all about it soon.

In the meantime, I have been waiting to bring you these AMAZING peanut butter protein balls (that taste like a a mix between cookie dough and a peanut butter cup) since late October. The timing just never felt right with all of the holiday goodies. I’m sure you’re more than ready for them now. Am I right?

Read more.


Dec
31

A few years ago, Joanna from A Cup of Jo posted pictures to my most famous cookie I’ve ever put on my blog (Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies!). Immediately my site crashed, and people came by the masses to make my so called “life-changing cookie”. It was easy to understand why: brown butter, brown sugar cookie dough, Nutella, chocolate chips, and sea salt; everything a cookie should be and so much more. It was the first cookie I ever baked my boyfriend and one of the reasons we fell in love (cookies can do that, you know!). The dough is rich and has a slight butterscotch flavor that I’m certain can’t be resisted.

Read more.

 
 
Simple Share Buttons