Archives for the month of: June, 2012

I once read that it’s nearly impossible to gain weight if, along with maintaining an active lifestyle, you consume a smoothie for breakfast and a salad for lunch…even if you eat whatever you want for dinner.  (Pizza, anyone?!).  This idea has stayed with me, and I’ve recently tried to incorporate the smoothie-for-breakfast rule with a twist, substituting a protein shake instead.  But not just any shake – THE shake.  It’s chocolately.  It’s nutritious.  It’s vegan.  And it’s breakfast in less than 5 minutes.  Score. 

I discovered the inspiration for this particular shake at Protein Bar – my favorite healthy, fast-fresh eatery near work.  I go there at least once a week to get the Wrigley Peeled shake, filled with fresh banana, almond milk and chocolate whey protein.  It’s addicting.   

Naturally, this led me to see if I could create something similar on my own, and the result was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.  Great after a workout to help re-build muscles and will keep you feeling satisfied for hours.   Recipe and photos below.


– 1 banana
– 1 cup almond milk
– 4 tbsp. chocolate flavored protein powder
– 2 tbsp. almond butter (all natural and more nutritious than your everyday peanut butter)
– 1 tbsp. agave nectar (a natural sweetener that can be used in place of sugar or honey)
– 1 tbsp. flax oil (healthy fat)
– 2 ice cubes

Simply combine all ingredients in your blender and mix to desired consistency (I like it with a little froth). 


Voila. Breakfast is served.


Jogged along the lake with my fiance this morning.  It was a perfect start to the day. 

We like heading north – less crowded than going south past North Avenue Beach and more shade for a hot day like this one.  Luckily, my iPhone doubles as a camera / iPod (thank you, Steve Jobs), so I was able to capture some pretty shots along the way.

Flowers make me happy.

Loved this cool tree!

And my favorite – check out this view from Foster Avenue Beach.  Complete with a lighthouse. 

Enjoy your Sunday!

Loving that summer has officially hit Chicago!  In honor of the start of this sunny season, I’ve decided to take on a new project:  blogging.  More specifically, chronicling the ways I’m attempting to cleanse – mind, body and soul.  

I’ve cleansed several times before – everything from a lemonade diet to going vegan.  All quick fixes, but I now find myself focused on more of a lifestyle cleanse – getting healthy from the inside out.  Look for nutritional recipes, holistic inspiration and more.  With the once-in-a-while chocolate splurge. 

Hope you join me on my journey!

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