Blackened Halibut with JUSTUS Braised Rainbow Chard from the Feed The Resistence cookbook

So for my birthday my brother and sister-in-law sent the coolest little cookbook by Julia Turshen called Feed The Resistance: Recipes and Ideas For Getting Involved. The book's proceeds are donated to the ACLU and the whole idea is cooking with intention, intention to be a more mindful and engaged citizen. AKA my whole motto!! [...]

The Case for Farmers Markets

Besides being a delightful experience, why is it that Farmers Markets are so superior to regular old grocery stores? I decided to do a little research and see if there was more to it than the fact that it's just a really lovely thing to do on the weekends (which let me admit, with our [...]

Avocado, Banana Blueberry Collagen Smoothie Bowl

One big challenge for myself in the department of being more mindful about eating and cooking sustainably is simply to use my freezer more! I used to throw out tidbits of leftover fruits and veggies without giving it a second thought, but now I never toss aging produce, instead, I freeze it knowing that it's [...]

Five Ways I’ve Gotten Involved Lately

As you know, this blog is part journey part guide, and as such I plan to hold myself accountable for living out the purpose of Almonds & Asana. That is, being a more active and engaged part of my community, which is taking form in so many different ways and I'm really excited about all [...]

Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon Recap

Remember how I told you about the Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon a while back? Well it came and went and I can report back that it was an awesome event. The day kicked off with a check in at Daley Plaza at 7am at which time we each got a bag full of PepsiCo products (hooray [...]

Life Update: Four Things I’m Excited About Right Now

Part of my journey to being a better version of myself is being more positive. I tend to be on the realistic side of life, which some like to call negative (rude!), but I know that something I can work on is generally seeing things with a happier more positive lens. In my head when [...]

Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about volunteering with Chicago Cares at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter? Well guess what?! After that awesome experience Chicago Cares reached out to see if I'd like to join them on Saturday June 24th, for a massive day of volunteering, bringing together their network of both volunteers and [...]