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Rea Frey

Rea Frey

Nutrition expert, food blogger, and personal trainer

Rea Frey runs her own food blog, Clean Convenient Cuisine, hosted by Chicago Tribune. She also writes a vegan and relationship column for Cheeky Chicago and is the Senior Editor for Chic Galleria online magazine.

As a certified personal trainer and nutrition expert, Rea has helped countless individuals reach their nutrition and fitness goals by simplifying their lifestyles and breaking that "diet" mentality. A regular contributer on WGN radio, she discusses food and relationships and hopes to help bring simple solutions to any lifestyle problem. Her book, "The Cheat Sheet: A Clue-by-Clue Guide to Finding Out If He's Unfaithful" will be released this summer by Adams Media.

My philosophy: Being healthy is about finding balance in all aspects of your life: food, exercise, and relationships.

If I weren’t doing what I do now, I’d probably be: an actor. (What, there aren't enough actors in the world?) I was an actor in school. Since I adore words so much, to be able to have a medium to express them would be incredible. Movies elicit such a range of emotions... and they all begin as mere words on a page. A close second would be a vagabond in France. Or a track star. Or a librarian.

Favorite piece of advice: Don't let money dictate what you do and don't do. It's just paper. Make sure to live your life the way you intended by making your own rules.

My website: ReaFrey.com

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Meatless Monday: Spinach-Ricotta Lasagna

Meatless Monday: Spinach-Ricotta Lasagna

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Over the holidays, I broke my no-cheese rule and had one slice (OK, more like three) of my mother’s delicious …

Meatless Monday: Detox After Turkey Day With This Chickpea, Pepper, and Herb Salad

Meatless Monday: Detox After Turkey Day With This Chickpea, Pepper, and Herb Salad

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What’s better after an indulgent Thanksgiving than a refreshing raw salad? Chickpeas are one of the best sources of folate …

Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Dumplings for Halloween

Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Dumplings for Halloween

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Halloween puts me in the mood for pumpkin. Packed with vitamins A, B6, and E and iron, this fall squash …

Meatless Monday: Vegan Kale-Stuffed Portobellos

Meatless Monday: Vegan Kale-Stuffed Portobellos

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Kale is my favorite vegetable. You can eat it raw, sautéed, or, like in this recipe, stuffed into a meaty …

Meatless Monday: Velvety Mac 'n' Cheese That Everyone Can Eat

Meatless Monday: Velvety Mac 'n' Cheese That Everyone Can Eat

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It’s not everyday that you find a satisfying mac ‘n’ cheese recipe that’s both gluten free and vegan. Until now. …

Meatless Monday: Use Your Melon in this Watermelon and Tomato Summer Salad

Meatless Monday: Use Your Melon in this Watermelon and Tomato Summer Salad

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There’s nothing I love more than a refreshing summer salad, but sometimes I don’t feel like eating more romaine or …