Avocardio Addict’s Guide To Chicago

Why hello there, my lovely friends! So, as you may know, I’m living in the city now and have been testing the waters of Chicago’s food industry– and I have to say that Chicago has some bomb food spots sprinkled throughout. And, since I’m in the spirit of giving, I decided to share my current guide to Chicago. I have included a few different spots (seven of them to be exact) that have made me want to spend all of my money at all of these places.

For this guide, I did a mix of healthy and “treat yo self” spots because I can’t resist an Ann Sather cinnamon roll (literally the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had). But, I will come out with another guide with all healthy spots that I love, so stay on the look out for that! 

So, without further ado, let’s get into my favorite spots in Chicago:

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Affordable Workout Clothes For My Fellow Broke College Students

Fun fact: I’m a broke college student. I don’t have all the money in the world to just go to Lululemon on the regular and pick up a brand new pair of $98 leggings (but I do desperately wish I could tbh).  I am currently trying to save my money so that I can do one workout class a month and eat at some healthy restaurants.

So, being a broke college student AND a workout clothes enthusiast isn’t necessarily the best combo for me. (It’s actually a really dangerous combo that I don’t recommend any college student fall into because you have to eat too, my friends. Nourish yourselves!)

While my desire for new workout clothes seems to increase when I take a walk through the city and see all of the athlesiure, I went on a hunt for 15 affordable workout clothes (plus a bonus water bottle because this water bottle is so stinking cute that I just couldn’t resist) that were under inexpensive and actually cute (and functional, of course) because I needed to find a way to find cute activewear that isn’t making my bank account cry. This desire lead me to the Magnificent Mile (and to a Ghirardelli because who can’t resist the peppermint bark chocolate squares?) to check out some stores that I thought would have some affordable workout clothes.

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Microwave Baked Oatmeal

I told you that this moment was coming. And it has finally arrived– I have finally started making microwave meals. For the first half of my freshman year of college, I really only used my microwave to heat up some popcorn (and one piece of left over pesto pizza because I didn’t want to get up and leave to get food). But, I have finally decided to venture out and try some microwave meals.

I decided to do a baked oatmeal for my first microwave recipe because I love oatmeal and I really wanted to figure out how to make a delicious baked oatmeal in minutes. This recipe is super easy and you can totally make it during those mornings when you accidently sleep through your alarm and you really only have 15 minutes to get ready and make breakfast– just throw on an outfit, put on some mascara, mix this up, nuke it in the microwave, and sprint out the door to your class.

Also, who can’t resist a delicious little mug of oatmeal on a cold, wintery day?

(This recipe is especially good before a big test in your 8am class. This has gotten me through a lot of 8am biology and math tests… I personally make this with blueberries before test day because blueberries are said to be brain food– I’m going to take any advantage I can get when it comes to taking a test. Continue reading “Microwave Baked Oatmeal”

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

I have to admit it– I’m lazy when it comes to eating. (Which is kind of ironic because I’m a health blogger who should probably eat 4 meals a day… But I digress.)

Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. But, when it comes to eating, I often have class during lunch time and end up not eating anything because I am too lazy to get up and go grab something from the dining hall. I just don’t have the motivation to go out in the cold just so I can eat a plate of salad (for the fifteenth lunch in a row).

So, to get myself to start eating lunch on a consistent basis this semester, I’m going to try to make more meal prep recipes because I need some recipes that I can make one day and eat for the next five. Also, I just really love how flavorful and delicious slow cooker meals are.

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10 Healthy Starbucks Food Options

I have been a college student in Chicago for approximately 3 months and one of the many things I have learned in that time is that Starbucks is a go-to spot for college students. Whenever you need a coffee to kickstart your day or indulge in one of the many delicious bakery options, Starbucks has you covered. It’s always there with a cake pop and a hot chocolate to ease the woes of the college life.

But, sometimes you just want to eat something healthy (or you are like me and you are trying to live a healthier life). And that’s where I come in.

I have spent the past three months researching, buying, and eating Starbucks food options and I think I have come up with a list of foods that are delicious (and healthy). All of these foods are easy to eat on the go– I am notorious for being a terrible eater in college. I just haven’t seem to get a good eating schedule in, so these foods are great to just quickly pick up and eat before my next class or before my next event.

So, without further ado, here are 10 healthy Starbucks food options. Happy eating!

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