May
04

Uhhh hey Monday. Life is getting the best of me these days. But it’s CINCO DE MAYO tomorrow so I think we’re all in dire need of a few margaritas and some feel good Mexican-inspired food, don’t you think?

Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain, but I’m dying to meet one of my best girlfriends for drinks and some authentic mexican food here in Chicago. You’d be surprised by how many good places there are and I’m in desperate need to get out there and do some more exploring of my favorite cuisine. If you have any recommendations, I’d greatly appreciate them.

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May
01

Oh hi! I have to confess that my usual breakfasts don’t consist of pancakes or anything quite special. Typically I’ll fry an egg or two, or enjoy an on the go protein shake.

FLASHBACK to my glittery college years: I remember sitting down with a bowl of oatmeal or a peanut butter and strawberry jelly toasted English muffin and enjoying breakfast while reading in our college breakfast nook. I’d soak in the flavors for a good 30 minutes because at that point in my life, breakfast was a time I cherished.

For some reason I’ve been craving those incredibly long breakfast mornings again; mostly I want to recommit to making enjoyable, nutritious and creative morning meals – even if I’m the only one eating it. I find that when I take the time to prepare something, it somehow feels more satisfying and filling.

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Apr
29

Hi there! If you haven’t noticed I’m a pretty huge fan of coconut oil. I started buying it a few years ago and discovered that you can use it for both baking, health and beauty related things. In fact, I often go through a jar of coconut oil once a week. Seriously it’s fabulous and smells AMAZING!

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Apr
27

Remember when I mentioned that I was going to try be a little bit healthier when it came to food choices? Well I’ve been pretty dedicated… so far anyway. Eating better and enjoying more refined sugar sweets made with wholesome ingredients has made me feel incredible, lighter and maybe a little bit leaner. Isn’t it funny how even the smallest changes in your food choices can make a BIG difference? I think so.

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Apr
23

Things I’ve done lately:

1. Tried going vegan for 3 days. Didn’t work because I love eggs for breakfast.

2. Tried going paleo for a day. But then I ate a pita and some hummus.

3. Chugged almond milk from the carton and scarfed down one of these muffins slathered in almond butter right before bed. I think I can probably stick with this one.

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Apr
21

OH BABY. I made you a grilled cheese because HELLO… it’s grilled cheese month!

If you haven’t noticed, I really don’t pay attention to food holidays that much. Or holidays in general. I just kind of make what comes to mind (and seasonal!) then hope it fits into your dinner or dessert plan. But grilled cheese? Come on you know I can be on top of my game with that shit.

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Apr
16

So many new obsessions lately! I mean did you watch Game of Thrones on Sunday? Errrr my goodness, how is that show SO good? I can’t even fathom how someone can have that incredible of imagination. It’s like oh hey, I’m just thinking about dragons all day long… probably should write some books about it with all of these intricate characters that magically weave together perfectly. People will love it.

Mind blown.

Also, Mother of Dragons FTW.

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Apr
15

Oh hi guys! Welcome to your regularly scheduled Wellness Wednesday post! Today’s how-to was inspired by me wanting to cut out excess sugar in my diet a few years back. First, I started reading the nutritional labels on everything I ate. Turns out that nearly 15+ grams of sugar were coming from my morning or afternoon greek yogurt snack. Yep, it’s true!

Did you know that most of the fruit-based greek yogurts out there add cane sugar and/or syrup to sweeten the yogurt? That’s so unnecessary, don’t you think? I mean I’ll admit I love a sweet afternoon snack but when realized HOW MUCH sugar they really added I was disturbed. Surely I could find another way to enjoy greek yogurt without spoonfuls of added sugar, right?

First I started experimenting by just eating plain greek yogurt, but it was way too tart for me. I couldn’t even eat more than 1/4 of a cup without wanting to throw it away. The yogurt needed a little something else in there to make it more appealing.

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Apr
14

When I was little, my mom used to make pesto pasta for me all the time. In fact we had it so frequently that I grew to dislike it quite a bit. I know you’re probably wondering how that’s even possible, but it’s true. As I grew older I could never get back into it either until about a few weeks ago when I finally tried pesto again.

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Apr
13

I have to admit something and writing it here makes it official: I really haven’t been eating healthy lately. The whole month of travel really caught me off guard. Usually I’m pretty cautious and fairly diligent about making healthy food choices but I’ve had my fair share of sweetness this month.

As someone who has had food struggles, it’s important for me to stay on track with the way I eat because if altered, I can easily develop an unhealthy relationship.

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Apr
09

Lately it feels as though time is passing by too quickly, like yesterday there was snow on the ground and wasn’t it just Christmas when I baked a batch of cinnamon rolls and all brunched in our pajamas? There are certain days when I appreciate how quickly the hours fade, just like the sunset in the evening. And other days where all I’d like to do is linger in these moments for a few days, soaking up every drop of memory and happiness. But as we know, life will pass you by if you spend too much time thinking about the past or future.

This has been my mantra lately. Live in the moment. Do what you feel is right. Always trust your heart.

I’ve been on a quest to travel more; there’s something about it that feeds my soul, filling it with knowledge, contentment, adventure and love. I’ve been to the Caribbean, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas all within the last month. I’ve appreciated every moment, each flight and along the way discovered that I value experiences over things, as I know that I’ll remember these moments as long as I live. Cheesy much? Ha.

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