Bob Recommends

In no particular order (someday we’ll get around to alphabetizing them), here are some of our favorite people, places and things that we turn to on our quest for better…


  • Danielle Walker, author of Against All Grain, really has a handles on removing the wheat without removing taste.
  • Randi Zuckerberg, author of Dot Complicated, reminds us that we need to strike a life-tech balance and step away from our screen in order to be closer to what matters.
  • Lisa Leake inspires us through her blog 100 Days of Real Food, proving that you really can eat better and even get your kids to do it too. 


  • Planet Fitness practically gives away their gym memberships at just $10/month.  They’ve got what you need to get your gym on around the clock.
  • Benchmark Fit Club is a small gym offering personal training and group fitness. Great people and lots of personal attention.
  • Running for Kicks is a shoe store for runners owned and operated by runners. They’ll hook you up with the best shoes for your feet.
  • Pret is our go-to for super-fast, super fresh carry out lunches.  Go with one of their salads for your daily dose of greens.
  • Protein Bar is a favorite spot for a morning smoothie or a quick lunch. Try the spinach and pesto quinoa bowl.
  • Panera can be hit or miss on their salads but they get an A for effort in terms of using quality ingredients in their foods. 


  • Onnit makes some really great foods and fitness gear.  We’re hooked on Hemp Force for out post-workout protein shakes and the Primal Bells and Zombie Bells are just really cool.
  • Two Fold makes awesome granola and nuts.  Pistachio Granola and Savory Nuts are two of our favorites.
  • Mark Bars are another Chicago original. Great pre or post-workout or just for a snack.  Honey Almond is really tasty.
  • Nuun makes water better.  Drop a tab into your water bottle to rev up your hydration.  Grape and tropical are just two of their delicious flavors.




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