All Posts By Monique Volz

A Healthy Summer Treat: Banana “Ice Cream”

by in Uncategorized, June 1, 2012
banana ice cream
Beat the heat with a dairy-free, two-ingredient ice cream alternative.

We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m here wrapping up the Healthy Eating Challenge, but secretly I am wishing it was continuing longer! The healthy habits I’ve practiced during the month of May have actually stuck with me. I mean, who knew that plotting out my bites would lead to money saving and weight loss? I certainly didn’t. Now eating breakfast every morning, preparing meals ahead of times, and thinking about the choices I make when I visit the grocery store helps me stay on track with healthy habits.

I think the hardest part of the challenge was trying to resist eating dessert. Summertime has me craving something cool and sweet. While buzzing around the internet, I found an incredible recipe for banana ‘ice cream’. Here’s the thing–this magical “ice cream” really isn’t ice cream at all — it’s a one-ingredient, dairy-free treat that tastes like soft serve. Have you ever tried it?

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Creative Recipes Featuring Fruit

by in Uncategorized, May 25, 2012

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We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter .

The May Healthy Challenge is almost over, and I have to say that I’ve had a wonderful time participating with all of you. The challenge has enabled me to save money, eat healthier, and stay on track with portion control. What about you? Perhaps you’ve been inspired to make healthy choices, or simply think about ways to make small changes, such as eating breakfast in the morning or getting more whole grains in your diet.

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Grocery Shopping for Healthy Cooking at Home

by in Grocery Shopping, May 18, 2012
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Vegan Pina Colada Smoothies

We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter .

Between work, exercise and a busy social life, sometimes I find it difficult to prepare myself meals during the week. It’s time consuming and after a long day in meetings the last thing I want to do is cook a meal for myself. It’s usually easier to heat up a frozen meal or to stop and grab a sandwich on my way home. So what’s the problem with this? Well I’m spending money that could be saved and I’m also not 100% sure of what additives or hidden calories are in my food. Okay and I’ll admit: I’m a firm believer that cooking at home is a creative energy that should be explored by all.

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Get Your Whole Grains from Pasta

by in Uncategorized, May 11, 2012
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Fresh Veggie Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce

We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter .

How did the second week of the Healthy Every Week Challenge go for you? Did you eat enough whole grains?

The second week of the challenge was a success for me. After falling head over heels for quinoa in pancakes, I couldn’t resist eating quinoa as my whole grain for nearly every meal. I even used some of Toby’s different quinoa ideas. From a Mexican flavored quinoa salad with lime, avocados, and black beans to completely delicious enchilada chicken and quinoa stuffed bell peppers; I was celebrating Cinco de Mayo with quinoa all last week.

One of my favorite things about spring is how affordable produce becomes. Instead of buying frozen food, I become inspired to cook more at home with fresh, seasonal vegetables. I found a variety of bright baby tomatoes and squash on sale at the grocery store and knew I wanted to incorporate them into something for this week’s theme: eating more whole grains. Of course pasta was the first thing on my mind; to me a big bowl of pasta is like a giant serving of comfort.

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Healthy Every Week Challenge Week 1 Wrap-Up: 4 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

by in Uncategorized, May 4, 2012
quinoa pancakes
Quinoa Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen

We’re hosting a Healthy Every Week Challenge for the month of May; a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter .

Hi I’m Monique and I run the food blog Ambitious Kitchen. I’m excited to be joining you all on the Healthy Every Week Challenge in May; each week, right here on Healthy Eats, I’ll share my experiences, as well as provide you with healthy, creative recipes to try.

During the first week of the challenge, the goal was to eat breakfast. Now for me, breakfast is undoubtedly one of the most important meals of the day. Eating in the morning gives me energy, boosts my mood, and puts me on track to eat right the rest of the day. Even if I wake up and I’m not hungry, I realize that if I don’t eat something for breakfast I’m more likely to reach for that bag of chips or candy bar during the afternoon. Yikes!

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