Jan
12

Hello and here’s an official warm welcome to 2018! I can’t wait to start weekend favorites up again and use this time to share more personal stories + things I’m loving. I hope you’ll do the same.

Most of all, I’m excited to simply bring back things that make me happy, which sometimes includes working less and spending more time finding what keeps me feeling creative. What I failed to realize last year is that feeling creative doesn’t always need to involve work. It can be playful.

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Jan
10

Sweet & savory 30-minute Moroccan chickpea quinoa salad made in one pot. Delicious flavors and the perfect vegetarian meal to prep for lunch!

Yesterday Abra and I went to Studio Three and did their Ellie Goulding & Lana Del Rey themed cycling class. It was the first time I had hit the gym in nearly a month (except for that one time I had 10 mins and did 50 squats + lunges in Australia and couldn’t walk for days after).

Anyway, I can’t tell you just how good it felt to get moving again, even if it was 45 minutes. It made my day that much better.

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Jan
09

Incredible no bake cashew butter chocolate protein bars with a sprinkle of sea salt. These decadent bars make for a delicious post-workout snack and a satisfying treat.

How’s your January going so far? Most of you know I’m starting the HGG Reset next week, but in the meantime one of my biggest tips for people who are trying to eat healthy and find a comfortable relationship with food is to start meal prepping as much as possible. That includes your snacks and treats!

Abra and I constantly have a supply at RXBars on hand for traveling and while we work, but sometimes it’s fun to make your own because not only are they easy but they’re also inexpensive!

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Jan
08

Delicious black bean enchiladas made with savory butternut squash and an incredible, homemade enchilada sauce. These are drizzled to perfection with an addicting, vegan jalapeño cashew crema!

Hello hello! I’m backkkk from beautiful Kauai. I’m feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and most of all back to feeling a little more like myself.

It’s true: 2017 was a challenging year for me. We got engaged AND planned a wedding in less than 9 months. I also helped to launch my other business Healthy Glow Co, hired Abra, expanded AK with more recipes, got into more video and was overall very overworked. It was a year of growth, personal challenges and change. Just because things get bigger, doesn’t necessarily means it’s glorious and wonderful 100% of the time.

But the more you go through the more you grow, and I’m happy to still be here, chugging along and sharing my wellness journey + recipes with you. Most of all, I’m committed to getting back to staying true to me and what AK represents: a place to inspire you in and out of the kitchen.

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Jan
03

It’s Christmas and I’m flying on a plane to Brisbane from Cairns. Tony and I are headed to Byron Bay for the final part of our time here in Australia.

I wanted to take time out to write this letter because frankly, I’ve had incredible nostalgia while being here, taking me back to a period in my life that while I’m not proud of, was most definitely a learning experience.

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Jan
02

Welcome to my most basic, yet most addicting and simple breakfast recipe: Healthy egg muffin cups. 😍

I wanted to share a recipe with you to only inspire you to eat healthier in the new year, but to also help you easily meal prep for breakfast. Also, I realized that many of my breakfast recipes are on the sweeter side, so this one is for all my savory lovers.

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Jan
01

Flavorful, protein-packed butternut squash green chile chicken soup. This comforting, cozy dish comes together in one pot and is perfect for a cold night. 

Happy New Year! Update on my end: I’m currently in Hawaii still celebrating our honeymoon ❤🌸 it’s absolutely amazing here and I never, ever want to leave.

For those of you in colder weather (like back home in Chicago!) I’ve got a beautiful soup for you that was inspired by my Grandmother Gloria.

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Dec
31

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Can you believe today is the last day of 2017? SO crazy. Maybe I say this a lot…but I seriously feel like we were grilling burgers in June last month, and that Thanksgiving was yesterday. Where does the time go?!

Tony and I are ringing in 2018 in beautiful Kauai, and I’m so excited to explore the island for the first time. We have one more week of our honeymoon adventure before heading back to the tundra that is Chicago. I’ll definitely be bummed leaving paradise, but I’m already looking forward to getting back to my routine. That means working on the Ambitious Kitchen website makeover (woot!), getting in some good workouts, and fueling up with these delicious post workout snacks.

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