Perhaps you remember my last smoothie post? I kicked off a new eating + fitness regime in May and shockingly, I've stuck with it. That's what I call a miracle. But I do feel great which prompted me to start a smoothie Instagram series. I'm trying to post a new recipe weekly. Today is my second blog installment.
Check out some of my favorite newbies....above:
⛅️ Honey Peanut Heaven: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp. of all natural peanut butter, 1 tsp. of raw honey, 1 scoop of strawberry protein powder. Just add ice!
🍨 Vanilla Almond Fudge: 1 tbsp. of almond butter, 1 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1 cup of nonfat milk, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder. Just add ice!
💙 Blueberry Basil: 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 4 fresh basil leaves, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. Just add ice!
Let me start by saying that I am not a physician. Not even close. But I can say that for almost 37 years I struggled with food, digestion and the feeling it left me. I have a great relationship with food. I love it and I love to try new things BUT gluten and I were never meant to be friends and that epiphany hit roughly two years ago when I grew tired of the bloat, the gas, the bathroom issues and the overall appearance of looking like I was in my second trimester 24/7.
Today I am sharing a super simple recipe that you can whip up in minutes. I stumbled upon it by accident and within an hour we had a healthy recipe that was equally delicious. It's perfectly Fall with something to satisfy your sweet tooth which I am currently battling. <thank you Halloween...cough, cough>
Give it a spin and let me know what you think!
This recipe was shared with me by a dear friend after she learned that we had a successful apple picking adventure. It's simple, straightforward and deliciously Fall. Thank you Desa!
I asked my kids to participate with me but they were more interested in the finished product but the house smelled AMAZING!
This dip could not be easier to whip up. A total of 10 minutes prep time and a little refrigerator action is all you need. I made it for the first time yesterday and it was a crowd pleaser.
WARNING: this is not a healthy recipe. But hey, that's what Sundays are for...Fall + Football!
Despite the 90 degree temps, we're feelin' Fall in a major way. I also see 60 degree forecasts ahead so don't put those sweaters away just yet!
Last week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Chicago Parent in sharing our favorite pumpkin inspired recipe. There are SO many pumpkin recipes out there - it's enough to make your head spin and I truly prefer the less sugary, artificial taste that so many beverages leave you with. Yick! Instead, we create a new spin on our morning smoothie. I'd love to share it with you!
Sunday dinner is an event for us every weekend. As it should be. We run around like crazies all week long and it's our first real opportunity to relax and chat. Outside of this one hour it's birthday parties and errand running and special events...like every family in America. While we do spend a lot of time together as a family, it's not until a delicious dinner is in front of us that we actually pause and have conversation. Kind of crazy that it takes six days to get to that but I suppose that will be our new norm.
Cucina Paradiso is home to some of the best, authentic Italian cuisine here in Chicagoland.
The Shamrock Shake has once again made its annual appearance. And while this may be a favorite childhood treat for many, including myself, I went on a quest this year to find a healthier version. One that my entire family would love. Selfishly, this is also how I start my day so really, it's about killing two birds with one stone.
It's not uncommon for girlfriends to joke that I am no fun when we eat out or elbow me about eating like a bird. I don't take it personally. The reality is I eat quite a bit but all day long and rarely in one sitting. I eat with intention and I'm very aware of what I am putting in my mouth. This begs the question:
Why did you go gluten free?
Greetings friends. Happy Monday! I'm all over the place with this blog content schedule but I digress. I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen yesterday and wanted to share this bright, colorful dish as it takes 30 minutes to whip up and it's oh-so-healthy. I will be making this again and again. Not only did I feel full but I felt healthy.