Meet Monique, creator of Ambitious Kitchen food blog.
The goal of Ambitious Kitchen is to provide you with healthy inspiration, both in the kitchen and in life.
On the blog, you can find just about everything. Most of the recipes Monique posts are focused on health. She likes to get creative in the kitchen, often using unique ingredients and pairing odd flavor combinations. Outside of food, Monique shares fitness inspiration, travel adventures, products she’s loving, and sometimes pictures of her cat, Milly.
Monique’s passion for cooking and baking came at a young age, while she was helping her parents in the kitchen. She learned a lot from her Puerto Rican mother, who has inspired many of the Spanish cuisines you will see on the blog.
Ambitious Kitchen was started in 2011, when Monique discovered how powerful food can be in our lives. While in college, she developed unhealthy food and exercise habits that definitely weren’t making her feel her best. Eventually, Monique began counting calories, which turned into labeling certain foods “good” and “bad,” which then turned into an eating disorder.
Facing her hardships with food and exercise allowed her to re-focus on finding a balance with both. Starting this blog and creating these recipes has allowed her to learn how to eat well and eat deliciously. Just look at these Paleo Chocolate Chunk cookies, made with coconut and almond flour. These low-carb cookies are gluten, grain, and dairy-free. Sounds like a dream come true to me.
Monique emphasizes that flexibility is key, and on her blog, she doesn’t compromise on taste. With Ambitious Kitchen, she hopes to inspire readers to find the balance in life. Monique learns more about herself with every recipe, and she is confident that you will, too.
Since creating the blog, Monique has won several recipe contests and been featured on cooking sites like Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Today.com, and Self Magazine. In 2017, she was selected as an ambassador for Under Armour Women to inspire women across the world.
One of Monique’s largest accomplishments was co-founding Healthy Glow Co., a fitness and nutrition website that stresses the importance of finding a balance between food and fitness. Healthy Glow Co. is a community and resource that encourages women to live a healthier, vibrant lifestyle and glow from the inside out.
Monique now works Ambitious Kitchen full time. Throughout her journey with the blog, she has met so many incredible people, and learned a lot about herself in the process. Monique says the best kind of food is the kind that inspires, tells a story, and is shared with the ones you love. Take a look at some of her recipes and see what inspires you to get up and get cooking.
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