Pumpkin Pecan Brownies

It's funny how some things in life never change. In 2015, I wrote about how I started working out in the mornings in an effort to become more of a morning person. I was trying to make it to 7am SWEAT Chicago classes, particularly on Tabata Tuesday.  Here we are almost two years later and I'm still trying to figure out how to make myself workout first thing. The past 3 weeks, I've been easing back into it by none other than 7am SWEAT classes! This morning, I added in a 7am Barre class at Bar Method Chicago and am going to start doing that weekly as well. I can't say I "enjoy" getting up in the AM and being super active, but it's really convenient to already have my workout done by 8am. I'm hoping that if I keep adding in 7am classes every few weeks, my body will just get used to it. Check back in another 2 years and I'll let you know if my plan has worked this time around! 

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Cycling Friendly Cities Around the World

So what if you can have all the benefits of a holiday, but with some extra exercise packed in there? You don’t have to go full-on “action adventure” experience to get this, either. You can take a nice city break to relax for a weekend, but choose a cycle-friendly city to guarantee a little time for breaking a sweat in the midst of your relaxing.

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Travel Essentials

As many of you know, I recently took a two week trip around the Southern half of Ireland. Vacations are a time to let loose and have fun, but I've found that my body always experiences a little bit of shock trying to adjust when I come back home. To ease that, I try and keep up with some of my healthy habits, including snack options, self-care and staying active. Take a peek at what I currently consider to be my must have travel essentials!

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Fruit Ninja: Stealthy Healthy Ways To Meet Your Nutritional Goals

Happy family memories are made in the kitchen and as summer turns to fall and the weather grows grimmer and more foreboding, the role of the kitchen becomes all the more important. We all try to be health conscious and make positive choices when it comes to our diets, but let’s face it, we’re all much more likely to reach for a crisp salad or a kale smoothie in the summer months.  

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Healthy Taco Bowls

I declare a recipe to be a success when I make it a few times in one month. I'd say it's a damn masterpiece when I make it weekly for two months. This, my friends, is a Van Gogh. I have been testing various versions of this recipe for 6 months. Initially starting out as a lasagna, then moving to a casserole, before finally settling on a bowl. 

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Free + Cheap First Visit Fitness Classes in Chicago

One of my favorite aspects about living in Chicago is the access there is to a huge variety of fitness studios and classes. I absolutely love trying out new studios and finding workouts and instructors I love. But it can get expensive. I don't have tons of money to spend each month, so I want to make sure my money is well spent. I decided that before I commit to a monthly membership or class package at a studio, I wanted to be able to test the gym out. I've found most studios offer specials for first timers/new clients. By testing out new studios for free or cheap, I've found places and workouts that I truly LOVE. I'm sharing the deals I've found so you can find your favorites workouts too!

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Flatbread Pizza Crust

For most of my life, I hated pizza. I'm pretty positive it correlates to my dislike of tomatoes, which makes me really not like red sauce. Fortunately, I got smart and realized how silly I was being when it came to the delicious that is pizza... just in time to go paleo! Paleo makes grabbing pizza out at a restaurant difficult. Actually, pretty much impossible. Many places have started to offer gluten free crust, but that doesn't guarantee it's any better. There's no way to be sure of the quality or the ingredients uses. So, in my opinion, making paleo pizza at home is the better option.

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Roasted Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles [Guest Post: Hungry by Nature]

Hi! I’m Ellie and I am the Paleo food blogger, recipe developer and photographer behind Hungry by Nature.  Growing up my mom used to buy those double popsicles and my sister and I would split them - each eating one half. My favorite was the red one... it was probably cherry flavored, but never the grape. Don't bring that purple popsicle near me!  Looking back on that, I cannot even imagine what was on that ingredient list - most likely high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a whole lot of things that now make me run in the opposite direction. But for someone with a serious sweet tooth (haiii I'm Ellie and I have sweet tooth.), I am constantly making healthy swaps for my favorite treats.

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BBQ Catfish + Cauliflower "Grits" [Guest Post: The Hungary Buddha]

Hi, I’m Chrissy from The Hungary Buddha and ironically I started my ‘round-the-globe blogging journey after I came back from my trip to Ireland because the food there is just so darn good (I mean, talk about farm to table!), and I can’t wait to hear what Katie thinks.  And while I don’t blog about or subscribe to any one particular way of eating, I do very much believe in unprocessed, whole ingredients because, let’s face it, they just taste better.  My motto is everything in moderation because I truly believe that my mind needs french fries as much as my body needs romaine lettuce.  So there’s that.

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Turkey Sausage Egg Cups + Sweet Potato Crust [Guest Post: Macarons and Lavender]

These Turkey Sausage Eggcups baked in a “crust” made of shredded sweet potatoes is all you’ll need for hosting your next Sunday Brunch.  These are also great as a Sunday food prep item.  Simple ingredients and real, whole foods, I can’t think of a better way to start your day.

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