Mar
13

Spinach and goat cheese quiche made with a scrumptious sweet potato crust that helps to hold the quiche nicely together without all the calories of a regular crust. Gluten free!

Well hello, hello and happy Monday. Hopefully you’ve had a cup of coffee or two and a chance for a slow morning before we dive into this tasty. You know the chance to ease into the day with a filling breakfast and a little inspiration. I start each day by waking up to Milly knocking something off of my nightstand, then I stretch, make coffee, lay out my clothes, make the bed, get dressed, brush my teeth, and if I’m lucky, unload the dishwasher before I head to my workout.

On the mornings I don’t get to do these things, I come home and feel rushed to get to work, especially if I’m developing recipes or have a heavy day of writing and editing photos. The slower and earlier my morning is, the better. I reserve sleeping in for Sundays.

It’s a routine that works well for me because I’m able to get in a heart-pumping workout, get a little organized and usually stay off my computer until usually around 8am. I’d love to hear your morning routine and what you enjoy. Perhaps you read? Catch up on the news? Make a delicious breakfast? Listen to a podcast? Tell me!

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Feb
27

Pistachio muffins made with homemade (and easy!) pistachio and oat flour, then topped with an easy scrumptious strawberry glaze. Vegan and gluten free too!

Happy Monday, loves. I hope you had a fantastic weekend.

Sometimes I never know how to start these posts other than to tell you about the days that seem to pass by too quickly. These few weeks have flown by as I developed and shot nearly 10 recipes. I’m traveling on an off for the next few weeks so I wanted to be prepared with recipes to share with you now that Spring is almost here.

By the way, Tony and I are headed to Sedona this weekend, so if you have any cool hiking recommendations, please let me know in the comments below. I so appreciate it (and you!).

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Feb
21

Peanut butter protein bars made with simple, healthy ingredients like oats, peanut butter, chia seed, coconut and protein powder. Drizzled with chocolate and a little sea salt. Truly the ultimate protein bar because you can easily make it your own!

When I was first learning how to refuel my body after a workout, I would grab whatever snack was available in the gym’s vending machine. At the time, no one told me that reading the ingredients was very important; it was 2009, and everyone was still on the low-fat diet craze. Clearly the gym I was a member of didn’t know any better, or just didn’t care.

I remembering gobbling down the bars with weird ingredients: crunchy rice, fake fiber and sugar, and most likely a terrible protein source. Shortly after the bars with insane amounts of fiber came on the scene; they were filled with fiber that isn’t even found in nature, but rather made in a lab. Those sketchy mofos.

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Feb
20

Blueberry Glazed Donuts — a healthier baked donuts made with a mix of almond and whole grain flour, then dipped in an easy homemade blueberry glaze.  

I just started doing a fun challenge on Instagram called the #ambitiouschallege. It’s an everyday glimpse into my life from where I live and what I do on an everyday basis to all of the things that I love in life.

On day 3 of the challenge, I shared one of my favorite treats: DONUTS! For all of my life, I’ve had a love of a good donut. My two favorites here in Chicago are Firecakes and Doughnut Vault — a treat meant for special occasions (or if I’m downtown and really in the mood for something fantastically sweet).

However I try to limit my indulgent donut devouring to once a month, especially when I can easily bake them at home…

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Feb
14

Sweet potato protein waffles made with cottage cheese, oats, roasted sweet potato, a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon! 

Last week I woke up one morning with a food hangover. Admittedly, I had eaten too much the night before (helloooo pizza!) and woke up feeling a little guilty and a lot bloated. Knowing this all too familiar feeling, I scooted myself to a hot yoga class — not only to release all the salt my body was holding onto from what I had eaten the night before, but also to decompress and remind myself that today is another day, a new opportunity to nourish my body. We all have challenges we face — big or small, but sometimes getting back to your roots and taking a deep breath is all you need for a fresh start.

The best remedy I’ve found after a little overindulgence is to move your body and intake high protein, nutrient dense food the next day. After my workout, I came home starving and ready to get back on track with the food that agrees with my body. Case in point — these wonderful maple sweet potato protein waffles.

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Feb
02

Banana bread pancakes that are perfectly sweet, fluffy and nutritious. Made with whole wheat flour and dairy free too!

Safe to say, I’m learning everything there is about being a first-time homeowner. Including when your oven breaks and you have to call the repair man to fix it. Who knew home repairs could be so ridiculously expensive?

Now that the oven is finally working again, I can get back to meal prep from the Healthy Glow Co. — that means these banana bread pancakes are on the menu this week.

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Jan
23

OH MY GOODNESS. This weekend was one for the books because guess what?! Tony and I are engaged!

I can’t wait to tell you all about it soon and explain our entire story. Right now we’re busy celebrating and are SO incredibly happy to continue our adventures and love for one another, forever. What an amazing love story we have.

Don’t worry, I promise to fill you in on all the deets soon!!

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Dec
19

Healthy gingerbread muffins that are incredibly fluffy, warm and perfect with a cup of coffee. One of my favorite muffins to enjoy during the Winter. 134 calories per muffin!

We spent the weekend inhaling Christmas cookies and eating more than I normally would. Isn’t it tough when you find yourself surrounded sugar, wine and allll the bread?!

*everyone nods yes*

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Nov
15

This Pumpkin Cornbread is a lightened up version of traditional cornbread. Made with whole grains, pumpkin, pure maple syrup, speckled with just a hint of brown butter and bursting with juicy, tart cranberries!

If you’re looking for a beautiful, flavorful Thanksgiving side dish then this is it. Right here, right now. Put it on your menu!

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Oct
24

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins made with whole wheat flour, fresh SweeTango® apples and chai spices. Finished with a light vanilla bean glaze for a special treat!

Whew! I’m finally back in Chicago after a crazy couple of days in Minneapolis with Lee and Katie. I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m working on an exciting new project for the Sweat Series! Don’t worry, we’ll be letting you in on all of the details soon but basically it is going to be the BEST HEALTH PROGRAM EVER.

That being said, I want to thank you all for being patient with me. I know I’ve been posting less frequently, but promise I still have plenty of delicious goodies coming to you… like these healthy apple muffins!

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