Feb
17

If there’s one thing I learned about myself during my health and fitness journey, it’s that I absolutely must have snacks (like these peanut butter energy bites) available or I become an out of control raging hypoglycemia animal. Think Tom Cruise mixed with a wolverine. Very scary stuff.

Ever since I’ve been little, my blood sugar has always been on a rigid 3-hour dive schedule. As in, I’m the type of person who has to have something to eat every few hours or I’ll crash. My mom says that when she brought me somewhere, she always had to make sure that she had food with her otherwise I’d ruin the day and throw a fit. Terrible, right?

But it’s true! When I get hungry, I cannot think, make decisions or even pretend to be in a good mood. I’ve seen the doctor a few times about it and apparently that’s just the way my body is. Wacky.

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Feb
16

Stuffed vegetables never seem to disappoint me. They’re simple to make, easily nutritious and are a wonderful way to use up excess produce in your fridge. These stuffed eggplant boats are no exception and come from my good friend Julie Wampler of Table for Two and now author of Dinner for Two, a cookbook devoted to meals for two people. Genius idea, right?

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Feb
14

When I used to have a corporate job, we would eat lunch out or in the cafeteria frequently. It was easy and fun to have lunch with my coworkers and enjoy good conversation. However, I realized how easy it was to make poor choices when eating out. Often times I used to get a burrito bowl with ALL THE TORTILLA CHIPS and 1/2 cup of guac. No joke.

When I started making my lunches at home, it helped me save tons of money. Not only that, but I reached my weight loss and fitness goals quicker because I didn’t have a massive serving of Mexican food in front of me everyday. (So good though.)

As I continued to prep meals, I realized that sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what you want to eat, what’s in your budget for the week, and not eat the same thing all the time. Thus, I put together some fabulous lunch recipes to help you plan! There are plenty to choose from so you should be set for a few months. Just bookmark this link so you can come back often! Most of the recipes are salads, sandwiches and soups; all meals I find myself eating often for lunch.

I hope this list inspire you to prep a little more at home, save money and stay motivated to eat healthy! xoxo!

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Feb
12

To say that I’ve been going a little crazy over the past few days might be an understatement. I worked on 16 recipes and ran my dishwasher over 20 times. Dishwasher = critical part of keeping me sane so if it breaks I’m absolutely screwed. Thankfully Tony has been more than wonderful at helping me unload it.

Best boyfriend ever.

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Feb
11

Out of all the cookies on my site, I noticed that there wasn’t a single homemade sugar cookie! HOW DARE I.

Admittedly, I’m a little ashamed. Especially as a self-proclaimed cookie radical. No politicial talk here, we believe in cookies for the greater good of America (and the world).

I’m here to give the people what they need!

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Feb
08

All I could think about last week was peanut butter and jelly variations.

Peanut butter jelly breakfast toast with extra crunchy chia seeds. Peanut butter on a peanut butter bagel (omg). Peanut butter and fresh strawberries spread on banana muffins. Peanut butter and jelly stuffed french toast.

Peanut butter and jelly forever and ever.

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Feb
07

If you’re like me, you’re probably wanting to bake something to end the weekend on a sweet note. Well, get ready for some of the best healthy peanut butter recipes around. I’m a full blown peanut butter addict. There’s nothing that will keep me away from a jar of peanut butter under any circumstance. Peanut butter is good in every single way: Spread it on a banana, put it in your smoothie, eat it on a spoon, devour it by the jar (wait…).

Remember when I did my peanut butter taste test? If that didn’t prove my devotion to peanut butter, I don’t know what can. Knowing some of you and how your love for PB might be as strong as mine, I figured you might appreciate a post devoted to some of the best healthier peanut butter treats! Get ready to drool.

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Feb
05

Welcome to the weekend, lovelies. This week FLEW by! I spent the week testing recipes because we’re shooting all of our February (and some of March) next week. By the way, we’re still peeling through the results of the annual AK reader survey and determining what kind of recipes you’d like to see more of in 2016! Thank you so much for filling that out! It’s incredibly helpful. I want to make sure that I’m providing you with a variety of recipes which encourage you to enjoy and prepare nutritious, healthy meals (and treats).

What else? I’ve been having a blast making breakfast this week with some of my old favorites. Oatmeal bakes, smoothie bowls, etc. Now that I wake up at 5:15am, when 7am rolls around I’m usually starving. Below you’ll see one of my favorite, easy breakfasts: Cottage Cheese Oatmeal Banana Pancakes covered in bananas and almond butter.

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Feb
03

Have you ever felt guilty, overwhelmed or even disappointed because you went a little overboard with food? Raise your hand.

Now raise your hand if you’ve had this feeling happen more than a few times a month, or perhaps, more than a few times a week.

Me too.

For some of us, this feeling comes more often than we’d hope for, even escalating during the emotional and turbulent trials of life. And why is that? Well you see, food just isn’t about nourishment (oh how easy it would be then!); often, food offers us meaningful conversations, memories to those we hold dear and a ritual of sorts. At certain points in my life, food has been either the best thing ever or the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen. Sounds extreme, but when you find yourself tortured by food, that’s exactly what it becomes.

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