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Smoothie Face Off

A few months ago, I did a 21 day cleanse, and had to remove a lot of things from my diet like dairy, gluten, soy, chocolate, and alcohol. The later two were probably the hardest to cut out. On this particular cleanse, I was restricted to two liquid meals a day (breakfast and dinner) and a regular meal at lunch. I wanted to have some variety to my liquid meals, so I challenged Susan to a smoothie Face Off. Read more

Chia Colada Smoothie

I was never really a smoothie maker, until the day I received a stick blender as a wedding gift. Not only is my blender super handy with making soups, but when I realized how convenient and quick it was to blend up a drink before work, my standard oatmeal breakfast routine changed. Read more

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

During our crazy hot summer, starting the day with a smoothie was one of the ways I tried to stay cool. Tiring of my normal breakfast of cereal or granola, making smoothies was a welcome break. First I just threw in almond milk, frozen fruit, chia seeds, or ground flax seed, but then started to get creative when I started a cleanse. Needing variety, I started adding in nut butters, protein powder, and coconut oil. The combinations are endless, and most of them come out pretty tasty. Read more

Picture Diary: California Thanksgiving

We are back from California and what a whirl-wind of a trip it was.  My whole family hasn’t been together for over 3 years and we decided to meet at my parents place in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving this year.  11 people from all corners of the US – Chicago, Orlando and Austin – sharing one house in the LA suburbs… Read more

Picture Diary: A Few Days in Naples

I’ve been in Naples, Florida for a few days now, and have been taking pictures non-stop. Since this is a food blog, most are capturing the insane amount of seafood I’ve consumed, but others are from my travels and of course, my pup. You will see a few reemerge in future posts, which I will be working on during food comas and football… Read more

6 Minute Eggs

One of the best things about being with family for the holidays is your mom making you a home cooked meal. I never feel like the food I make at home tastes as good as anything that my mom prepares…There is just something about it, even if it is something as simple as the eggs she made me for breakfast this morning. Read more

Adopt a Turkey this Thanksgiving

I adopted a Turkey this year for Thanksgiving and Payton was my Turkey friend of choice. Farm Sanctuary is a farm animal rescue organization and every year they do an Adopt a Turkey program that encourages people to save a Turkey at Thanksgiving time through sponsorship. Read more

Pesto Pasta Face Off

Pesto can either be really decadent or really healthy. Traditionally made with lots of Parmesan cheese, olive oil and pine nuts, a little can go a long way. Because Morgan and I tend to lean towards the healthy side we wanted to come up with two versions of pesto that were nutritious and easy to make, yet versatile enough to be used in a number of ways. Read more

Redemption Pasta Salad

Todd and I badly needed a redeeming meal after one Sunday lunch we had to partake in at a restaurant I will not be telling you about. What was born from our hunger and need for fresh, healthy food was this Redemption Pasta Salad. Read more

Roasted Veggies and Pesto Pasta Salad

When I was younger, my favorite thing to have for dinner was pasta covered in butter and Parmesan cheese. Not much has changed since then, because I tend to make a big pot of pasta whenever I’m craving comfort food. Read more

Kale & Avocado Salad

First, let me apologize for the not so pretty picture… I took this at my desk at work, and wasn’t thinking at the time it would be on the blog… But decided to post it anyways because it’s one of my favorite items in the Whole Foods prepared food section. Filled with lots of nutritious veggies, I can never pass up getting some when I see it… Read more

Oasis Cafe

With my last week of working in the loop looming, I knew I had to get my fill of my favorite lunch spots, and Oasis was at the top of my list. Located in the back of a jewelry store on Wabash and Washington (yes, a jewelry store), it’s really easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. Read more

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies From Joy the Baker

As my adventures in baking continue, I have now moved on to cookies. Peanut butter bacon cookies to be exact. Having a great balance between sweet and salty, they were a definite crowd pleaser. I wasn’t sure if I should post the recipes, since I took it directly from Joy the Baker’s blog, but am doing so for my friend Shivani, who was a big fan of the cookies and our blog. Thanks Shivani! Read more

Coconut Water

Coconut Water – it’s so hot right now.  Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in India, Brazilian Coast, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Caribbean, where it is available fresh, canned, or bottled.  Recently coconut water has been marketed as a natural energy or sports drink due to its high potassium and mineral content. Read more

Protein Bar

Protein Bar is one of the fastest growing local restaurant chains in Chicago. Started by Matt Matros back in 2009, he came up with the concept after leaving the corporate world and losing a significant amount of weight by subscribing to a high protein diet. With expansion planned for more cities in the US, Protein Bar is looking to be on the up and up.

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