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A recap

I like this set up — get to the end of the weekend, realize how good it was, blog instead of freak out about the week ahead…

🙂

After Friday’s delicious dinner/relaxing evening spent “working”, I had a really good weekend.

Yesterday was low key. I didn’t put on real pants until 4pm. If that’s not bliss, I don’t know what is. I am using the blizzard outside as my reasoning, but I think I’d have done it anyways. Note to self: stay in more often. I got some work done and actually organized my notes and readings for the first time this semester. I’m aware that we’re like halfway through, so I’m pretty glad I finally got around to it!

Saturday means long swim with triathlon club. Hence the having to get dressed. The workout was fun, and I made it through the whole two hours because our coach had us in and out of the pool doing some dry land stuff towards the end. My arms and legs felt a little tired, but I managed to swim faster than I have before on the timed stuff we did — maybe I can just push myself better, or maybe I’m getting a bit better? Either way, I’ll take it!

After swim, we went BOWLING. Did I mention I love bowling? Or that I’m kind of good at it? You should trust me, read my blind date from Friday’s Gazette (note the aforementioned skill at bowling), or challenge me! Anyways, bowling was fun and I am really glad tri club organized it. Yay!


So Saturday gets a big thumbs up.

Sunday too? I’m on a roll.

After deciding yesterday that being a baby about having to man up and get off my high horse bike and teach through this hip thing without hurting it, I started to look forward to the spinathon. Some of the guys in the group (they raised money for mental health, and they were all Schulich—think future docs, etc.—students) made the playlists, which I sat down with this morning and worked out some stuff to do to. I got off the bike for some of the climbing, sat and timed it and spinned easy for other parts, and even got them off their bikes for a round of squats, pushups, and planks. Loved it. I wouldn’t have tried it in a normal class, but 1.5 hours into biking, they wanted a break. Then they wanted back on their bikes. Success! I am so glad I did it – like SO glad.

Apparently when I got home I felt like I’d done the full classes, and I refueled as such. My eats were pretty yummy this weekend, at least some of them are worth highlighting:

Post-workout smoothie including pumpkin, spinach, vanilla soy milk, ice, almond butter, and crushed almonds.

Sunday breakfast with tons of berries, mixed vanilla and plain yogurts, and Ezekiel cereal.

Saturday breakfast with pumpkin and yogurt combo, cinnamon, raisins, and Ezekiel cereal.

Saturday lunch was acorn squash with almond butter and raisins, with a spinach salad topped with maple vinaigrette. (same deal, different squash)

Saturday bedtime snack got delicious with greek yogurt, honey, and cocoa hearts.

Tonight’s Sunday Funday was Valentine’s themed! Not depressing at all, and full of aphrodisiac foods! Such a good spread, btu I decided on some pizza with asparagus, whichi s apparently an aphrodisiac.  There were so many goodies—pasta, an asparagus flatbread thing from heaven, salads, and so much yummy fruit for dessert with FONDUE. I love fondue. Like I could stick my face in it, and Nina made hers (team effort) with coconut butter, cocoa, some sugar, and coconut milk. Did I mention it was good? I added more dessert to the mix in the form of raw vegan donuts. I googled that and found a recipe from love, veggies and yoga, but I just used it as a guide, so there’s a recipe for y’all! Yeah, I made up a terrible name for them, but whatever. They’re full of flaxseed which is essentially the same as love. Did I mention I also love these people? Cuz I can’t really describe how much happier I’ve been since I got back in the pool and back to talking to them, and ya know what? I’ll just admit it, I don’t remember the last time I had friends like this. So I hope they’re reading this, and feeling kind of special.

Chocolatey balls of love

Ingredients:
½ cup flaxseeds, ground
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp cocoa

Directions:
In a blender, combine the flaxseeds and maple syrup. Blend ‘til incorporated.
Add remaining ingredients and blend to combine.
Roll into balls, adding more maple syrup if too dry.
Place in fridge to set.
Enjoy!

Simple! I sprinkled ‘em with heart shaped sprinkles to make them festive.

This turned into a somewhat epic post.

Know what’s exciting? A week from today I’ll be in Texas. And even though I can’t run while I’m there (which is something I was looking forward to)—I can RELAX. I think I can go on vacation and read a book. That’s what people do, and I’m going to do it. I can’t wait for quality time, sunshine and hopefully lots of sleep!  There’s lots to do beforehand—physio appointments, getting my eyes checked, running errands, packing, having a life crisis, etc.—but the light at the end of the tunnel is uber bright!

Holy smokes–I just realized it’s after ten. I wanted to get a few more things done before bed, so I think I better wrap this one up. Are you still reading?

What’d you do this weekend? Best eat?
What are you doing for Valentine’s day?
What do you look forward to most when it comes to a vacation?

Where’d all this time come from?

Well, I made it.

Today I had one goal: relax. Oh, and blog of course!

I started the day off with a swim — about 2500m — with the Master’s group. Perfect start.

I felt like I had a hollow leg…

i didn't eat a rodent...i ate a buttload of grapes, though. yum.

forever nuts soy latte

This was all spread out over 5am til about 4. After my classes, I went to the mall with Chelsea and Megan — there was some retail therapy — so I just didn’t get to lunch. Instead, I grazed, as you can see. I was kind of feeling icky about it, but then Chelsea commented on how good it was that I could eat that intuitively. Andddd I took it and turned it into a good thing instead. 🙂

I also know that I was doing a good job because I got to dinner and still wanted cook! And cook I did…

The biscuits were courtesy of Mama Peas—her Better Bay biscuits. I pretty much stuck to her recipe, but halvsies (and with regular margarine, not the vegan version). I got four good sized (large) biscuits. They were amazing. I always mess up bread things so I am SO proud that they came out, and were crispy on the outside, doughy on the inside, cheesy, delicious…perfection! I didn’t know what to expect with the whole wheat pastry flour, but I was impressed.

The soup was inspired by edible perspective’s broccoli cheddar soup. I took the recipe less to a T so I’ll post my version here! I really am not good at following directions. My version was really green, for lack of a better descriptor. Not overwhelmingly cheesey, but the added cheddar garnish made for some tasty bits in my bowl.

You need to try these recipes!

Brocco-leek and cheddar soup

Ingredients:
3 tbsp olive oil
3 leeks, diced (bottom parts only)
2 cloves of garlic, diced
4 small red potatoes, softened (i.e. partially baked) in the microwave
2 heads of broccoli, chopped (doesn’t have to be too small)
6 cups water + 1 vegetable bouillon cube (you could use veggie broth)
½ cup milk (I used 1%)
1-1½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded (mine was light)
smoked paprika

Directions:
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan.
Saute leeks and garlic til soft.
Add potatoes, vegetable broth, and broccoli.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer til tender (I let mine cook for about 20 minutes).
Remove from heat.
Stir in milk and cheese, reserving a bit of cheese for garnishing.
Working in two batches, puree the soup in a blender til smooth.
Place pureed soup back in the saucepan and heat til bubbly.
Serve, topped with cheddar cheese and paprika (add salt to taste).

Oh man these went well together. I am so glad I took the time to cook. So often we say that we don’t have time to cook — I loved taking this hour today to do this. Maybe it was just that I put my phone far away from the kitchen (after my dish-washing water damage mishap the other week, I’m operating under the better safe than sorry motto), but I felt really relaxed. Score!

Or maybe it was after my interview with Leanne from Healthful Pursuit yesterday. I was asking her questions for my assignment, but I took a lot more from the interview than just insight for my project. Leanne is just as well spoken as she is well written, was really encouraging, and offered two gems I really need to share now (amongst lots of other things I’ll be sharing in the article, I’m sure):

  • “In order to be healthy in our bodies, it all starts in our minds–we have to be healthy in our minds.”
  • “It’s about intuitive eating…listening and hearing what your body wants.”

I loved talking to her! Girl crush, much. 🙂

Now I’m just relaxing (carrying the theme on) at Starbucks with Nina (love!) because I already did my physio exercises, have all weekend to do work (ha, yeah right), and because it’s snowing. So there.

What are you up to this weekend?
When’s the last time you made a recipe and were really excited about it?
Do you feel like you have time to cook? 

Overnight oats in a can…of pumpkin.

More pumpkin!

I am really excited about this morning’s breakfast…it tasted particularly AWESOME after this morning’s master’s swim. I think I did about 2400 and the workout was less drill-based than normal, but it was “easy” for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday group, apparently! Oh well. It’s all relative. My hip feels off…but I’ll rest tomorrow and see what happens. The fact that it’s going to be seven degrees out today is not helping my mental state. I will be able to run all summer, though, if I deal with this NOW, and it will be so much warmer than seven degrees (that’s note even 50 fahrenheit, kiddos!).

Overnight oats in a can…of pumpkin 

Ingredients:
Can:
can of pumpkin (maybe 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup cereal (I used a mix of spelt, kamut, and rye flakes with rolled oats)

Toppings:
crushed almonds
raisins
cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, etc.

Directions:
Combine can ingredients, mixing and placing in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to eat, add crushed almonds, raisins, and spices.
Enjoy!

I think this would also taste great with almond butter and I might add some vanilla soy milk next time. The yogurt I had just needed to be eaten, and it worked! Yum.

Pump(kin)ed up chili and chips that can’t be beet!

Hey folks! Sunday evenings are my fav…

Tonight’s Pumpkin Chili was inspired by Leanne at Healthful Pursuit’s own recipe, but I really just tossed some stuff in the crockpot. I don’t think you can go wrong here, and most of the friends who ate this chili at our Sunday Fun Day dinner didn’t taste the pumpkin. They also didn’t complain about the chili and most of it was gone…so I’m calling it a success worth sharing!

My one regret? Not taking better pictures…

Pump(kin)ed up chili

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
mushrooms, sliced
garlic, diced
1 each green and red peppers, chopped
1 large carrot, shredded
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 small can pumpkin
1 can beans (I used Romano), drained and rinsed
crushed red pepper
cinnamon
lean turkey breast, diced and cooked – optional, and can be added at end to keep it edible for veggies!

Directions:
Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute mushrooms, onions, and garlic til soft.
Place in crock pot with remaining ingredients, except for turkey.
Cook over low heat for at least 4 hours.
If adding turkey, add just before serving.


This was really tasty served with beet chips and good company, especially when they’re good cooks. I missed a photo of the awesome dips, meat/corn chili, and other Super Bowl goodies we had, but I did snap one of dessert — cookie dough made with chickpeas, banana soft serve ice cream, and individual apple pies. We look like we know what we’re doing!

PS – the beets were so pretty. I wish there was a good picture of them but they literally flew off that tray as soon as they came out. Can’t beet healthy chips!

Curry in anything but a hurry

There’s a place on campus called “Curry in a Hurry”, so I most definitely ripped the title for this off of them. No shame.

I based this one on a recipe for Vegetable and Chickpea Curry from Cooking Light. I added pork to mine (I needed to return to my carnivorous ways today) but it could easily be satisfying as a vegetarian meal. I’d add more chickpeas if I wasn’t planning on tossing in some meat.

Curry in anything but a hurry
(Makes 4-6 servings)

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
5 carrots, cleaned and diced
1 medium cooking onion, diced
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
1-2 tsp fresh ginger (peeled and grated or shaved)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1 pepper, diced
2 cups fresh green beans, cut into pieces
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp red pepper
dash of salt and pepper
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 bag of fresh spinach
4 pork chops, baked, reheated, and diced (optional)
2 cups couscous, prepared

Directions:
In a skillet, heat olive oil. Add carrot and onion, sautéing ’til soft. Add brown sugar, curry powder, ginger, and garlic powder, continuing to heat ’til sugar melts.

Combine carrot mixture with next 8 ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and heat on high for 6 hours.

Stir in remaining ingredients. When spinach is wilted, add pork (if desired).

Ladle into bowls with couscous.

…this is one recipe I will definitely be making again. Even though the ingredient list seems long, other than the coconut milk, it’s pretty much all stuff I buy on a regular basis. Nothing too fancy. I don’t have a grater so I prepped the ginger with a knife. No worries. I might’ve used fresh garlic in place of the powder if I’d had the patience. I have no problem getting creative, and I really don’t measure much of anything so I’m guessing with most of the amounts. Don’t be scared. It all works out.

How do you figure out serving sizes (for my recipes it’s hard…some days I’m hungrier than others…)? Nutrition students, help a sister out. I figure it doesn’t really matter right now since I’m not putting up any nutrition info!
Do you like curry? Couscous?  

My first meatless Monday!

I did it… I had a meatless Monday to start 2012.

Breakfast sans meat easy enough…

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oats/trail mix with banana and almond butter and soy milk

I was going to run this morning but I am teaching spin tonight and there’s a blizzard out there. Literally it is Snowmageddon II so I think I made a good decision not to freeze my arse off this morning.

Which left time for me to vacuum my apartment (YAY!), finish my laundry, and look at my j school applications. By look at I mean say, I need to do these. Why can’t I do these? I guess there’s always tomorrow!

Luckily I had a blogger meet up with Bee from Bee Goes Bananas (check her blog out if you haven’t already!) on the schedule to look forward to!  We found a Starbucks with some seating, talked about lots of stuff (from roomies to food to blogging and even Jillian Michaels), and laughed quite a bit (thanks for the fun–it was just what I needed!). Two hours later, the snow was getting bad and we realized we should probably go…:(

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I even remembered my reusable tumbler! :)

I made my way to the grocery store and stocked up on some stuff I need and a few I’d like to try (ingredients for Vegetable and Chickpea Curry from Cooking Light so I can use my crockpot again) and then threw together a quick dinner that I might as well post as a recipe!

Pesto Artichoke Pasta with Parmesan Cheese and Spinach 

Okay, it doesn’t deserve a recipe. Because the name is literally the recipe. But you should still enjoy!

After dinner I drove (extremely cautiously) to the gym. I ran 3 miles before teaching spin. The playlist was perfect and even though I had a small class (I think because of the blizzard) it felt good!

I just spent two hours lazing around watching TV. Perfection. Also perfect was my post-workout snack, though the picture is blurry and doesn’t include the 17 extra handfuls of chocolate chips I ate. It’s greek yogurt, honey, and chocolate chips, in case it’s indistinguishable!

If it wasn’t so cold and I didn’t thoroughly enjoy/want to finish the pumpkin ice cream that’s in my overstuffed freezer right now so much, I might have bought this peanut butter and jelly ice cream that I saw today. Except that I think I’d rather just have a PB&J sandwich…

Still. Very interesting!

Tomorrow’s agenda: grad school applications, a run, and maybe some yoga. I don’t anticipate wanting to leave my apartment if it keeps snowing overnight…so I’m hoping to sleep wayyyyy in (phone is going on SILENT) and to be full of motivation to get going on the applications! Then I could blog about something else for a change!

What’s the weirdest ice cream you’ve tried and liked?
Do you like snow? 

 

Rushing around

I guess hustling to fit too much into a day is a good way to spend the last day of 2011…cuz it’s pretty much how I feel I spent this year!

This morning I had a quick breakfast and after going back and forth in my mind, I decided to go to the gym. I am worried about my knee hurting so I wanted to test it out on the treadmill.

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I ran/walked for a little and it didn’t feel bad but I think since I want to run with the Sarnia group tomorrow (and with Lisa–yay!) I’d better rest it today. 🙂 Luckily I did a great spin class instead. The instructor is so…fun. I know that word is pretty overused, but it’s actually the best descriptor. I love it when a class is sweaty AND you laugh.

I also like it when I can steal music inspiration. In honour of a Ke$ha remix, I found this one on youtube myself:

I love Ke$ha…blame the class for rekindling that love!

When I got home I was hungry, thirsty, and feeling ambitious so I mixed up a green monster! This is only my second one, and the first one I ever made was delicious so I had lots to live up to.

This time I used some different ingredients…

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…but was happy with it AND with my new blender. 🙂

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Goodbye 2011 Green Monster

Ingredients
1/2 c. soy milk (or whatever type you choose)
1/2 c. water
handful ice cubes
1 frozen banana
handful raw spinach
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp cocoa

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a blender, ensuring the liquids and ice cubes are at the bottom.  Pulse and blend ’til smooth. Slurp and enjoy!

I was satisfied for a while afterwards, so I started my laundry, tidied a little more around here, and baked cookies to take to Lisa’s tonight, all before lunch!

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I’m looking forward to ringing in a new year…

What’s missing is my resolutions. What you need to know is that I set goals ALL THE TIME so it’s great if you don’t and you can use the new year as a reason to check in (or if you do and you need to check in), but I’m still in the midst of deciding what I want next year to look like, so without getting ahead of myself, I’ll leave my resolutions at the following cute tumblr picture I stole:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~Oprah Winfrey

What do you want to do in 2012?
What do you think about all this resolution hoopla? Do you set resolutions or goals or do you do it all the time?
What are your plans for tonight?