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!
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?
In an attempt to eat "healthier" this past Super Bowl Sunday, I found a recipe in, none other, but Blissful Basil's newest cookbook for a fresh take on sliders. The recipe does not exist online but I found a similar version to share with you today.
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.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am rarely without a can of LaCroix in hand save for the hours of 5-9am when I am chugging back coffee and slapping myself awake. What you don't know is that I literally grew up on LaCroix. My parents didn't allow any pop in our house so the only way we could scratch that itch was by gulping down cans of flavored sparkling water.
In hindsight, it was a fabulous habit to enforce and now one of my daughters walks around with her own LaCroix. Yes, she's four years old and it could appear a bit ridiculous but hey...I know how to get her to consume more water!
Good morning ghosts + goblins! I'm making this a short and sweet post for three reasons:
Afternoon friends! How was your weekend? I flew in and out of Nashville for a social media speaking engagement with my partner for Oak St. Social. Whew! It was a whirlwind weekend but so much fun!
"Spectacular" doesn't do our Sunday dinner enough justice as I recollect all the amazing bites we had this past weekend at Sullivan's. If you haven't tried your hand at this amazingly, refined steakhouse...you're missing out!
Sunday marked our second occasion and previously scheduled date day but....surprise!...our sitter cancelled due to a stomach bug. I seriously contemplated canceling our reservation but thought better. Why not bring the kids along and teach them what refined dining is really like? Let's expand those tiny taste buds beyond burgers and hot dogs, shall we?
Hey babes! Today is a special post dedicated to a topic I'm very passionate about - WINE! In fact, I'm sharing an amazing local event that you must attend next week AND giving away two tickets to two lucky readers. How's that for your Thursday morning?
Coffee? Pshhhh...let's get to the good stuff!