Healthy Baking Substitutions

The Best Healthy Baking Swaps

The experimenting all started in my first college apartment. No, not that kind of experimenting! I'm talking about baking!! College Emily would sometimes (ok, kind of often) turn down plans in order to stay in, watch a movie, and come up with a new baking concoction. Aside from my occasional anti-social behavior, I've always had a major sweet tooth and have loved finding healthy ways to satisfy it! You can thank my love-hate relationship with sugar for recipes like my Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Pancakes, Tropical Mango Smoothie Bowl, Yogurt and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, and Double Chocolate Single Serve Mug Cake. The easiest way to start experimenting with baking recipes is to swap out the not-so-healthy ingredients for healthier ones!

One Pan Chicken and Veggie Bake

One-Pan Chicken & Veggie Bake

Why is it that life's most enjoyable moments can be followed by such tedious tasks? Going to bed early followed by waking up to a shrieking alarm. Showering followed by blow drying your hair. Putting on PJs followed by brushing your teeth. Having friends over for a party followed by clean up. And, alas, cooking followed by... dishes, ugh! I love cooking! I love creating new flavors, finding healthy alternatives to my favorite treats, and seeing the smiles on my guests faces when they try my food. But I hate, absolutely hate doing the dishes. For one, it's gross. The grease, grime, and old food particles. Ick! And, after a big meal, it can seem endless. Say sayonara to perpetual

Weight Loss Hype vs Help

Tea cleanses, miracle pills, shakes, oh my! The media is swarming with advertisements imposing on anyone with weight loss New Year's resolutions. In all honesty, I don't blame someone who falls for one of these gimmicks. From taking a number of weight loss pills to talking my parents into buying me at-home Ab Crunch machines, I'm guilty of it myself! These companies play a good game. For someone who already feels stressed out about weight gain, the exclamation points, titles in cool fonts, before and after photos, and celebrity endorsements, create an even more demanding sense of urgency to slim down. Whether you've never tried to lose weight or have tried everything in the books, dropping lbs can be frustrating

The Best of Life in Spandex 2016

The Best of Life in Spandex 2016!

2016 in a one word description would be something like... changing. Maybe it's a part of being twenty-something, but I feel like I've seen some of the biggest changes in my life during the past couple of years. During 2016, I acquired my Precision Nutrition Certification, went through a major personal life change, and was awarded a promotion at my work that combines my passion for fitness with my knack for marketing. These pivotal moments of 2016 not only changed my life circumstance, they helped me grow as an individual. Change can be scary for a lot of people. For me, it's freeing. It's freeing to know that no matter what the circumstance, it can change. And not only can

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes

Fall is here and you know what that means… #pumpkineverything! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Any first sense of the season changing – a leaf falling, darker mornings, cooler evenings, Halloween decor lining the aisles at Target – and it’s a mad rush to Trade Joe’s to snag some of their organic pureed pumpkin! This year I’m setting my sights on actually carving a pumpkin and roasting the seeds inside. I promise myself every year but have yet to do it for almost half a decade. Don’t judge me! Life gets in the way. There’s been no carving yet. I have a “go big or go home” attitude about it and I won’t settle for an average jack-o-lantern.