I shouldn’t have waited so long to try banana soft serve. It really does taste just like banana ice cream.
“Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Something my mom told me when I quit my radio job. Something I only just learned can actually happen. Even with the crazy hours, my job never feels like work to me.
I really, really just can’t get into buffalo wings. I tried!
Calories burned during a workout shouldn’t matter if I’m not counting calories to begin with. Ditching my gadgets and going zen has shifted the way I look at fitness while increasing my enjoyment of it.
Moving to Toronto was the best decision I’ve ever made, even if it was also the scariest.
I don’t have to be embarrassed by the label “blogger.” Especially when there are so many opportunities that come with it.
Jager bombs do not give you the ability to defy gravity.
It’s not about the quantity of sleep I’m getting, but the quality. What’s the point in obsessing over getting 8 hours every night when they’re of poor quality?
Vegemite is really good on toast with butter. Those Aussies are onto something!
After my Nutrition & Wellness Course, I’d like to go on and do my group instructor training.
I am really happy spending time all by myself. Which makes it imperative that I take the initiative to socialize with other people sometimes too.
My only long-term life goal is to have a dog and a yard it can run in. Preferably with a house attached.
When all else fails, there’s always curry.
As much as I pretend to be a grown up, I still don’t have that many responsibilities. I need to take advantage of this more often.
Question of the Day: What did you learn in September?
Happy Waffle Wednesday!!
Favourite day of the week? Maybe. Just maybe ;)
Started with this protein pancake recipe. I use pancake recipes for waffles and vice versa – the two are interchangeable!
For the toppings, I started with almond butter smeared into all the little squares.
Then slathered on blueberry yogurt and added a few black grapes for fun. Black grapes are my fave kind of grape. I put more thought than necessary into grapes. Including my extreme distaste for wine grapes.
Speaking of grapes… see the condensation on that one in the front? That’s after being out of the fridge for about one minute. It’s HOT here today!! Well, I think it’s hot all over North-Eastern North America, no? Excruciating.
It should come as no surprise then, that as my roommie and I were tossing around ideas of things to make in the food processor last night, she jumped at the mention of frozen banana soft serve.
She immediately grabbed a bundle of bananas out of the freezer and tossed them in the food processor.
Two minutes later, we had a healthy (albeit, still sugar-filled) frozen dessert to cool us off.
This dessert has been floating around the foodie blogosphere for a looooong time now, but this was my first time trying it! At first, I thought I would top it with marshmallow fluff. But after tasting a little off my finger, I realized it was already very sweet.
It really had the consistency of soft serve! It wasn’t nearly as “banana-ey” as I was expecting it to be. If that makes sense. I think because it was frozen, it cut some of that distinct flavour edge off. I topped this with a little dollop of almond butter. But my roommie and I then proceeded to spend the next several minutes discussing all the fun mix-ins we could include next time.
Thanks to the heat, I’ve also been craving very simple meals. Simple is what I do and enjoy best :)
Like this pita with sliced boiled eggs, baba ganouj and veggies. Eggs + baba ganouj is yet another killer flavour combo!
I’m digging these Pita Gourmet high protein pita pockets.
140 calories, 20g carbs 10g protein per pocket. Only downside is the sodium – 480mg for one pita?? Whoa. Must be why they’re so tasty :P
Many cold salads have also been had. This is the one I had last night that was so good I replicated it tonight.
- lots of baby spinach
- red pepper
- red onion
- Trader Joe’s corn salsa (although, I ran out the second time around, so just sprinkled on red pepper flakes for a little spice)
- 1 pork chop, grilled and cubed
For the dressing, I whisked together 2 tbsp hummus, 1 laughing cow blue cheese wedge, and a little bit of water to thin it out. Tossed all together and it was one of my best salads of the summer! I think the produce and meat were of especially good quality, the flavours and textures were fantastic.
Goals for September
It’s that time again! First day of the month, which means a new set of goals to focus on over the next 30 days. I encourage you all to do the same. One month is the perfect time period to complete new goals. Writing them down and checking in on them is a great way to stay motivated! Here are mine…
1. Get organized. I’ve already been working towards this and have made some progress. The time management session at the Healthy Living Summit made me realize that I need to get my butt in gear! I will (hopefully) be working two jobs, volunteering my time, freelancing, and working on many other projects this month. I need to get all that crap out of my head and start putting it on paper!
2. Professional development. I’m taking my course in Nutrition & Wellness this month, but I also want to put more hours into reading studies, fitness literature, shadowing trainers, and basically learning all I can to better my own training.
3. Turn on the oven. I haven’t done it in two months!! If the heat ever ends, I would like to start baking again and making more dishes in the kitchen.
4. Love my workouts. I no longer work out to look a certain way or to keep my weight down. I work out because it’s what I love to do. Exercises will be chosen not by how many calories they burn or what sort of results they will give me. I’m doing activities I love to do and look forward to :)
And with that, I leave you with a new workout! Click here to check out one of my many full body circuit workouts. You’ll get your full-body strength training in, while moving quickly and keeping your heart rate up. More to come!
Question of the day: What are your goals for September? Write them down and remember them – we’ll be checking in weekly!