Dinner Inspiration


One of my favorite parts of traveling is eating delicious food, but that often comes with a price. Once I return from a trip, I always feel like such an unhealthy lug. This past weekend I felt like I morphed into a giant croissant with arms and legs. (I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, because baked goods are delicious).

Researching, planning, prepping, and cooking new dinners is somewhat of a hobby for me. I find it relaxing, and it also gives me something to do while I enjoy a glass of wine. Despite the fact that our kitchen is filled with cookbooks, Pinterest has always been my main source for inspiration. Here are three of my favorite blogs to go to for dinner inspiration:

The Petite Chef: Traci DeVito

When I met Traci last month, I had been following her on Pinterest for a little while. I fangirled, and blurted out, “Oh my gosh! It’s so awesome to finally meet you!” The name ‘Petite Chef’ suits her well as Traci is just that! I think her camera was half her size. Traci’s food pictures are so beautiful, and she has a wide-variety of recipes that I can easily modify to fit my dietary restrictions. I enjoyed talking to her about how she manages to develop such pretty content for her page. On top of it all, she is a total sweetheart, too!

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Gorgeous chicken recipe
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Pineapple Ginger Paleo Muffins (oh. my. gah! So good!)
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Traci: The Petite Chef

Amy in the Kitchen: Amy Duska

Let me just get this out there right away- Amy has 7 children. You read that correctly- SEVEN! She also manages to create multiple recipes weekly, maintain her beautiful blog, and look flawless at the same time. Here are some of my favorite things from Amy in the Kitchen.

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Amy’s Detox Salad- so easy and so yummy
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So many creative salmon recipes
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Amy: Amy in the Kitchen


Health Warrior Chia Bars

I’m not sure about you, but I wish I had time to make my own juices, almond milk, and granola bars every week. The reality is, I don’t. Some days, I’m eating while driving. (Which I hope is not a ticketable offense). The words “quick and convenient” don’t usually coincide with the word “healthy”. The fact that I’ve enjoyed these bars for several years is the truest testament of all. They’re healthy, convenient, and tasty.

Meet Health Warrior Chia Bars! These bars have few ingredients and contain only 3 grams of sugar. These bars are real food, and that is rare to find amongst the sea of overly-processed snack bars on the market. They also have 3 grams of protein, which isn’t too shabby considering there are only 100 calories in each bar.

Why chia seeds? The ancient Tarahumara, descendents of the Aztecs, were fueled by chia seeds. Anything that has been considered healthy for that long is legitimate in my book.  Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Many studies have demonstrated that chia seeds can have a positive impact on hair/skin health, digestive health, and even cardiovascular health. More importantly, they actually taste good. During the school year, my afternoon snack often consists of a Health Warrior Chia Bar and a piece of fruit. FYI, the coconut is my absolute favorite and the dark chocolate is a close second. Ben prefers the açai berry, and it’s always comical to ask him to pronounce “açai”.

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If you watch me on Instastories or Pinterest, you know that I’m a huge fan of snack bars. You also know that I’m a huge fan of understanding where my food comes from. Health Warrior was founded in 2010 by three former college athletes who quickly found themselves off the field and adjusting to a normal adulting routine. One thing remained constant, they still needed to fuel their bodies with nutrient-dense foods. They built their brand off the belief that when it comes to food, it should be quality over quantity. This is the exact reason why I don’t count calories. Instead, I aim to fuel my body with the healthiest foods possible.

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Health Warrior is offering 20% with the code twentyfiveplus5 (all lowercase letters!). I would love to know your favorite flavor!