Butternut squash and kale salad that’s both beautiful and flavorful! Tossed with pomegranate, toasted sliced almonds, goat cheese and a light dressing!

Well, here we are! It is officially fall.

I woke up the other morning and noticed a handful of golden yellow leaves falling to the ground. Do you remember collecting those when you were younger? I do. Anyway, the morning air has been brisk and wonderful. I’ve been opening our sunroom windows and letting in the afternoon breeze while I work on editing photo for the blog.

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How was your weekend? We moved into our new place and I’m freaking exhausted. This girl is in need of a mini vacation.

Just the other week I recieved Angela’s new cookbook Oh She Glows Every Day. If you’re not familiar with the blog Oh She Glows, now’s the time! Oh She Glows is a vegan blog, focusing on healthy every day plant-based approachable recipes. They’re consistently delicious and beautiful.

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Imagine enjoying this for lunch: a big healthy buddha bowl with a slightly sweet mango coconut brown rice, sesame roasted sweet potatoes & broccoli, and topped off with an orange sesame almond butter dressing. Yeahhhhh, you’re so down.

So, we’re in the middle of packing up all of our dishes and just realized I have nothing left to eat off of. As in I literally scarfed down yesterday’s lunch with my hands. When you’re in the privacy of your own home, what does hot sauce all over your hands matter anyway?

Now, if you want to be a little fancier then me and show off how delicious you can make your lunch, you should 100% try these beautiful buddha bowls that I’ve created in partnership with my grocery delivery service friends at Peapod.

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Oh hi Monday, you’re here again. Do you have your cup of joe? Maybe paired with a big bowl of steaming hot oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast? Me too.

I got back from Nantucket last night and all I wanted to do was prepare a few healthy meals for the week. Personally I’ve found that the trick to maintaining a successful weight loss is to be prepared when it comes to food; always easier said than done though, right? 


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When I was little my Dad used to throw the ultimate backyard BBQs. From sweet corn on the cob with honey butter and salt to his famous picnic salads, Dad was the man who knew how to make you smile with a Dixie paper plate full of your favorite colorful summer food. I remember sitting on checkered picnic blankets with my cousins as we held juicy watermelon wedges and patiently waited for the rest of our meal.

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I’m a firm believer that every BBQ or party should have at least a few healthy choices available for guests to nosh on. No one wants to show up and only be served mayo-loaded potato salad, overly salted potato chips, hot dogs, cake from the grocery store and cantaloupe that tastes like it’s out of a GMO factory.

Okay, maybe those are only the parties I’ve been to. Whomp whomp.

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Hi Spring. So nice of you to finally arrive and warm my bones.

When you’re from the Midwest, you know that there’s a huge discrepancy from when the calendar says it’s officially spring to when it actually gets warm out. Some years it just goes from Winter to Summer in the span of a week.

This Spring has been kind though, it’s been warm and beautiful here in Chicago for a few weeks now. In fact, I just started running outside again and have already made it up to 5 miles. Another plus is that I beat my average pace from Fall, which is AWESOME. Unfortunately, ever since I had to quit yoga because of my neck and back issues, I find my hip flexors and butt to be extremely tight after running. I do roll both out, but clearly need to find other stretches to help me. Suggestions welcome and appreciated!

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My mom filled my Easter basket to the brim with treats until I was in high school. Suddenly when I was 16, she decided that I no longer qualified to receive Easter goodies from this so called bunny. At first I thought she was kidding! This was a tradition, wasn’t it?

I suppose I figured that for the rest of my life, Mom would be there to drop off an Easter basket filled with my favorite jelly beans and chocolate eggs that no one ever eats (unless they’re Reese’s eggs of course).

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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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The title of this recipe is certainly a long name for a salad, yet somehow I feel like the more descriptive, the better. Especially when it comes to salads, there are just too many out there these days; I want you to know what sets this one apart right from the beginning.

Secondly, I’m wondering how many of you actually eat salads on Thanksgiving? For me, it’s an absolute MUST. I pile my plate full of salad before anything else. I want the greens before the beige breads and golden brown gravy.

Fill me up with nourishment, then fill me up with that pumpkin pie comfort.

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