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Trying Something New


[evening coffee to get some work done]


["inside out" quinoa burger @ True Food Kitchen]


[herb hummus appetizer & iced green tea always hits the spot]



Last night I had a cup of coffee at 8 p.m. Some of you are most likely gasping in horror right now. To be quite honest, caffeine doesn’t really affect me. I had a cup of tea, my dog curled up on my lap and suddenly I was an hour deep into an episode of Giuliana & Bill and fading quickly. That’s when I turned to the coffee to actually get things done. I did this all throughout college (the first time) and some nights I still do it. I have been known to drink a cup of coffee in the afternoon and immediately take a nap after. It just doesn’t affect me that much. Is that a talent? I hope so!

Why am I telling you this? I don’t know, I thought you might enjoy a little fun fact about me on this lovely What I Ate Wednesday segment. So what else have I been up to this week (besides drinking coffee at odd hours of the day)?

I had the pleasure of taking some time to relax due to fall break and even hit up one of my favorite restaurants True Food Kitchen. I was really impressed with their new fall menu. I get something different every time I’m there since their menu changes so frequently. This time around I had the “inside out” quinoa burger with a kale salad on the side which was to die for. One thing that thankfully never changes about their menu is the phenomenal herb hummus appetizer.


This week I also was pleasantly surprised by the addition of new equipment at Pure Barre this week. It made for a much more challenging workout than I was used to and incorporated a lot of arm work.


I was up and at ‘em early on Monday for various assignments I had to do for some of my classes. This left me extremely fatigued by Monday night and I was strongly craving some green juice. I have noticed that it really helps with my energy and sugar cravings, the only downside is it’s a serious pain to make it all the time. Sometimes when I know I’m going to be in a time crunch that week, I go to Whole Foods to stock up on the bottled juices they have there instead. As tired as I was, I drove there Monday night only to find that they were out of every single flavor I like. I legitimately almost broke down in tears in the middle of Whole Foods. It only took me a couple seconds to pull it together and realize life will go on, but I settled for a different variety that was still good (but not my favorite).


I’ve also been eating a lot of greek yogurt again. My hair has been shedding like crazy lately and the nutrition student in me thinks it’s because I need more protein. (Hair loss associated with protein energy malnutrition, anyone else know about this? Anyone? Bueller?)


So in an effort to eat more I’ve been adding yogurt as a snack everyday. This is not a strange occurrence for most people, but I have a serious love/hate relationship with yogurt. I absolutely love it and it really keeps me full, but it wreaks havoc on my skin. I think I should write a post about this in the future when I get around to it. My skin has been really clear lately, but sure enough as soon as I started eating yogurt everyday this week I wake up with a new zit every morning. Fail.



[new equipment + new moves  have left me rather sore lately]


[trying a new flavor of my beloved suja juice]


[greek yogurt: aka my daily attempt to eat more protein]


What new foods or workouts do you like to try to mix up your routine?

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Catching Up


[Beautiful flowers from G in celebration of our future anniversary]


[diary of a green tea addict]


[my go-to afternoon snack as of lately]


[perfect treat to satisfy my pumpkin craving]


[satisfying lunch consisting of quinoa, hummus, black beans, carrots & mixed greens]


Thank you all SO much for all of your sweet comments from last week on our engagement pictures. It means the world to me to see all of your thoughtful and kind words!


This past week has been slightly less hectic for me, which has allowed me to catch up on school work and blog work. We are on fall “break” this week which means the school gave us Monday and Tuesday off. I would really appreciate a whole week but I’ll take anything I can get at this time!

I caught up on some much needed blog work in order to take my attention off  school for a bit. Lately I feel the need to be busy constantly, but I get burnt out if I concentrate all my efforts into one aspect of my life for too long. So I’ve learned to separate days for homework, blog work, and wedding planning.

I didn’t cook anything out of the ordinary this week but I did make a fantastic impulse purchase when I decided to pick up a jar of pumpkin butter at Trader Joes. It’s the perfect addition to toast or to dip crackers in for an afternoon snack.

My green tea consumption has skyrocketed in the past few weeks as well. The cooler temperatures have inspired me to drink more throughout the day. Not only does it taste good but I swear it helps with cold and flu prevention. Maybe it’s the antioxidants, or maybe it’s all in my head and more of a placebo effect. Either way, I can’t stop!


As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting another round of What I Ate Wednesday

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My Favorite Posts

Yesterday marked the 6 month anniversary (blogaversary as I call it) of Illustraed Nutrition! Where has the time gone?

I’ve had so much fun in the past 6 months writing this blog and using it as a place to reflect (and sometimes vent). I’ve learned how to use a platform I had never even heard of before (WordPress), refreshed my Photoshop skills (that were rusty from highschool), met so many incredible people (digitally), and even learned a little bit about the ins and outs of coding.

Although I had a lengthy list of blogs that I read before I started my own, I’ve been exposed to so many more with my own blog. I hope I continue to meet so many wonderful people in the future.

I love that my blog has become an outlet for me to share what I am up to as well as a place for people to come for healthy tips and recipes I pick up along the way. Of course I have to throw in a couple fashion posts from time to time as well because we all know how much I love that! I am so proud of how far this site has come and how it is a true reflection of who I am.

Just for fun, I thought I would reflect back on just a few of my favorite posts in the past 6 months:


Nutrition Tips & Tricks:


  • I posted my Top 10 Pantry Essentials to give you insight into the foods that I always have on hand and can’t live without



  • Back in May, I posted the cold hard facts about Coconut Oil and how you shouldn’t believe the hype about it. Sorry to say, it isn’t a healthy baking alternative to other oils!




  • When I have a craving for something sweet, I whip up a batch of these Skinny Snickerdoodles to satisfy my sweet tooth


  • These No Bake Oatmeal Bites are my favorite snack to make for the week when I know I’m going to be busy (and I’m out of granola bars!)



  • My current fitness obsession is barre classes because it is an extremely effective workout that doesn’t put pressure on my joints. I highlight everything in the post Pure Barre: Where Ballet Meets Pilates


  • I still love this Summer Workout Playlist and I think it’s time for me to update you with the songs I currently have on repeat




  • And of course, one of my favorite posts is the story of our engagement in: I Said Yes


Thank you so much for reading and being such loyal followers.

Cheers to (many) more blogaversaries!

What are some of your favorite posts on the blog?

One Year From Today












In exactly one year from this date I will be marrying my best friend and love of my life! We got our engagement pictures back last weekend and I’m absolutely thrilled with the way they turned out. What better way to share them with you than on our future anniversary!

Have I been hinting enough about how much I love October? It only seems right that we get married during one of my favorite times of the year! I always wanted a spring or fall wedding, and by fall I mean October. I don’t care for September or November, but October has always been one of my favorite months.

For our pictures we drove an hour away to a beautiful arboretum in Superior, AZ. The scenery was so rustic and earthy, I’m so happy we decided to make the drive because the pictures are exactly what I had envisioned! Well, except for the fact that certain lighting makes my blonde ombre hair look like I have really bad roots instead. Note to self: make sure my stylist doesn’t go so dark next time…

Special thank you to Mike and Brittany from Brushfire Photography for taking such beautiful pictures!

Comfort Food


[roasted artichoke & spinach pizza at California Pizza Kitchen]


Does anyone have those days (or weeks) where you just dont want to cook? I go through phases all the time. This week has been one of those where I just couldn’t come up with any good ideas of what to make. I think I am in a recipe rut! Help!

We went out last week to celebrate officially ordering my wedding dress and decided to go to California Pizza Kitchen (since we hadn’t been there in a while). I convinced Greg to order the roasted artichoke and spinach pizza and he agreed, as long as he was able to order chicken on his half. Whatever makes him happy, right? ;)

We also decided to treat ourselves to breakfast on Sunday at one of our favorite local spots. I decided to branch out from my usual dish and ordered the greek omelet. We also made a spontaneous decision to split one of their seasonal pumpkin pancakes, which was a very good decision. I was really in need of some good comfort food after all the stress from last week. 





With the exception of when I made this soup on Friday, I wasn’t up for cooking much this week. I’ve been having a difficult time finding a routine, and that has something to do with it. My school schedule changes every week (in terms of homework) and my work schedule is also different every week. We’ve been having leftover tacos for dinner almost every night this week and I forgot to take photographic evidence. Consequently, I only have pictures of what I ate when we went out to eat this week. Oops.

My hectic and inconsistent schedule has also made it next to impossible to settle into a workout routine as well. I know I should just suck it up and exercise in the morning to get it over with, but I’m not a morning person. Occasionally when I exercise in the morning, I end up feeling tired and worn out the rest of the day. Is this normal? I think that exercise is supposed to wake you up. But for me it has the opposite effect. Does anyone have any advice on developing a workout routine when you have a sporatic schedule? I’d love some advice!


Thanks again to Jenn for hosting another wonderful round of What I Ate Wednesday!

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What is your favorite comfort food?