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The Forbidden Fruit

Love all the food and nut butter suggestions that I’m getting from yesterday’s post! If you haven’t heard yet, I’m giving away a free jar of almond hazelnut butter go here to find out how to enter!

If you thought yesterday was an apple extravaganza, just wait until you see today. Apples are hands down my favourite fruit, and probably in my top 5 favourite foods of all time. So I may not like pumpkin, but I’m making up for it with apples this season! :)

Got things started off this morning with an apple cinnamon roll breakfast cookie.

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Uh-mazing. I liked this just as much as my chocolate macaroon kind, which is saying a lot!

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
  • several shakes cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • handful dried apple pieces
  • scoop of applesauce

All mashed up until the protein powder dissolved enough to make the mixture crumbly (the apple sauce acted as my liquid here). Flattened on a plate and stuck in the fridge overnight. I put about 1/2 a tbsp of Fluff in a baggie this morning and drizzled it on top for my icing, but some of it came off en route to the office :(

More apples for my snack this morning, in the form of muffins.

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I sliced up a cheestring and melted it in the microwave. This wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it would be. I think that’s because the cheese was cheap and kind of plastic-y tasting (they were on sale!). I imagine it would be much better with some quality cheddar.

My only non-apple meal of the day was made in these guys:

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Microwave egg cookers. I got these for free at the Running Room. The box had images of perfectly poached eggs. But I think I may need a little more practice to get the perfect microwave setting down.

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I cooked them in the microwave together and one of the eggs exploded while the other one barely cooked. Probably need to do it separately. Still edible though :)

We had a really bad rain storm last night, so I was expecting to have to drag my butt on the treadmill today. But it cleared up just as I got off work. Turned out sunny and 14C! (57 F)

I ended up doing 5.3 miles in 50 minutes. It was surprisingly tough for me. I think I must be having a hard time getting back into it after taking much of last week off. I didn’t really get into my groove until the last part of the run, at which point I booted it to the end. My heart rate went up to 181! I usually get up there in races, but not very often during training runs.

I also added some new tunes to my iPod! Here were some of my faves that popped up:

1. Meet Me At the Equinox – Death Cab For Cutie
2. Gold Digger – Glee Soundtrack
3. Electrify – Mute Math
4. Uprising – Muse
5. Daylight – Matt & Kim (thanks for the suggestion Kathleen!)

When I first started running, I would always pick really upbeat, techno-type songs. But they always kinda bored me! I’m learning that good, quality tunes, no matter the tempo, are much more enjoyable to listen to. It’s nice to have something to pace to, but sometimes it’s also really nice to zone out and enjoy the music and scenery (and maaaaybe sing along :P )

I was megamega hungry when I got back. So dinner was thrown together quickly.

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Ha! You can see a running shoe in the background.

Tofu wrap with some plain sautéed tofu and garlic, with some garden veggies and laughing cow cheese wedge.

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With a chopped honeycrisp sprinkled with cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of my favourite ways to jazz up plain apples. Okay, it’s my favourite way to jazz up anything ;)

More apples!

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This time in the form of homemade applesauce. Scooped on top of plain yogurt mixed with vanilla whey powder and some crumbled Kashi cinnamon harvest.

This was too pretty though – had to turn it into a legit yog mess!

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Ohmygahh this applesauce is GOOD!! I’m in love with it. I want to run away to Vegas and elope with it. I mean I like regular applesauce, but this stuff is a whole other level. It’s really thick, almost like a cross between regular applesauce and apple butter. I want to eat in on everrrything. With Fluff :P

Anyways, that wraps it up for tonight. I actually just finished cooking another apple dish for breakfast tomorrow. Don’t forget you’ve got till Tuesday to enter my giveaway!

Question of the day: What’s your favourite fruit? Pretty sure I don’t have to elaborate on that one :P I’m pretty boring with my fruit choices, oranges and bananas are second and third.

Giveaway AND Video Post!!

Oooh, exciting things in store my friends! It’s all at the end though. I won’t be hurt if you scroll through, but just know you are missing out on a lot of muffin and apple pictures if you do :P

Apparently, my camera uses a lot of battery power while not being used, because the batteries were randomly dead this morning. Thus, no office eats! You’re not missing much. I dropped a raw egg on the break room floor while trying to make lunch. I almost cried. I never thought I could be so attached to one egg.

I made up for it when I got home though :)

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Usual frozen deep chocolate vitamuffin with a smear of PB. But what’s that white stuff you ask?

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Oh yes. I did.

I was actually on a mission for mini marshmallows, as I thought they’d make a great addition to my candy bowls of oats. But then this jar caught my eye, and I was sold.

I mean for something that’s essentially sugar, the ingredients aren’t that bad. I’m pretty sure the M&Ms I’ve been eating are worse…

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I can blame an ex-boyfriend for introducing me to this dreamy product, and the fluffernutter sandwich. This was the kind of stuff that was never allowed in my house growing up.

Some people do ice cream. I do fluff :P

The muffins didn’t stop there though. I finally attacked the bag of macoun apples I bought at the market last weekend.

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First, I got to work on apple oatmeal muffins. I followed Rhodey Girl’s recipe for Apple Walnut Raisin Muffins.

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The only changes I made were that I omitted the raisins and walnuts for more apple-y goodness, and substituted a 1/2 cup of flour for 1/2 cup rolled oats.

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I of course had one immediately out of the oven, with some Earth Balance spread (the only way to eat baked goods straight from the oven in my opinion).

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While all that muffin business was going down, I was also working on some of Brie’s applesauce. Three ingredients: apples, water, cinnamon. Doesn’t get much easier than that! Well, actually, it was quite labour intensive to peel and chop a dozen apples. May have helped if I didn’t break my apple corer last year trying to get it through a gigantic honeycrisp…

Yay flash photography!

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Okay, to be honest, I really wanted to add a shot of whiskey to this process. Doesn’t whiskey apple sauce sound awesome? I held back though. That will be for my special “after lunch” batch ;)

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The end product was amaaaaazing.I kept dipping a spoon in here to lick it up :)

Afterwards, it looked like an apple orchard exploded in my kitchen. So once the clean-up was finished, I wanted a simple dinner.

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  • mixed greens
  • romaine
  • shredded carrot
  • spanish onion
  • red pepper
  • tomato
  • mushroom
  • zucchini
  • lemon juice
  • Gardein mustard “chicken breast”

Eaten while tweeting and msn-ing.

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Today was my first day using tweetdeck, I like it!

Oh, and another apple oatmeal muffin for dessert…

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With peanut butter. Yes that is my third muffin today! It could have been worse, I could have put Fluff on this one too! :P

Okay. Congrats, you’ve made it to the end.

Drumroooollll pleeeeease……..

Oh wait! it’s in a video!

(turn you speakers WAY up for this one)

So in case you couldn’t hear, I’m giving away a free jar of almond hazelnut butter!

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This stuff is seriously, seriously good. The two nuts blend together perfectly to create a rich and versatile nut butter.

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I’m kinda jealous that I’m giving this away, because I think it would taste really good on my mocha oats!

So how do you win??

1. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite nut butter + food combination is. For example, some of my favourite combos are cashew butter + dates, peanut butter + bananas, or sunflower seed butter in hummus!

2. Tweeeeeet a link to this post. Just include @balancesusan so I know ya did.

3. Link back to this post on your blog.

4. Add me to your blogroll and leave an extra comment saying you did (or that I’m on your blogroll already).

So there ya go! It’s open to anyone and everyone no matter where you live. I’ll be taking entries until Tuesday, October 27 at 5pm Eastern time. I’ll announce the winner in Tuesday night’s post.

Now I’m off to go do some more food experimenting. That’s what weekends are for! :)

Looking for a brave soul (who likes free stuff!)

Loved hearing some of the other food rules you like to follow! Some extra ones:

  • Try to get all food groups in at meals
  • If you can’t picture it in a natural state, then don’t eat it!
  • Be mindful of what you’re eating but don’t obsess about it. Enjoy it!
  • When offered a dessert, rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. If it gets a low rating, then it’s not worth it.
  • Eat breakfast
  • Balance out your carbs, proteins and fats.
  • Nothing is ever off limits.

And most importantly (drumroll please…) food rules are meant to be broken!! ;)

For example, who said you can’t have candy for breakfast? First thing in the morning sounds like a perfect time for a treat to me!

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Candy oats.

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1/2 a banana
  • coconut
  • M&Ms
  • peanut butter

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My gosh this was good!! I don’t care how many weirdo ingredients are in M&Ms, sometimes a little candy coating does the body good! Oh, and big news! Mini Eggs are now available year round! I know one boy, whose name starts with a C-h-r-i-s, who will be very excited about that ;)

I had a small snack before heading out for a chilly run today. I say small, because I’ve heard several people note that Larabars seem to be getting shorter…

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This apple pie flavour was pretty dinky – and yet still 170 calories! I had a cashew cookie the other day that I swear was half the length of the wrapper.

Makes chopping them up into bite size pieces much more difficult.

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Yeah, I like to play with my food :)

I was also excited to try out a new product before my run.

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The fine folks at Sequel Naturals sent me a canister of Vega Sport in acai-berry flavour. It’s basically a natural sport drink, meant to be consumed before or during activity. Like most other Vega products, it’s chock full of wonderful and healthy ingredients.

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The organic sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup and organic palm nectar are a combo of high and low GI carbs that are supposed to give you both immediate and prolonged energy. It’s also chock full of anti-oxidants, natural caffeine (green tea) and even a natural muscle relaxer! (kombucha).

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I’m a big fan of the Vega Smoothie Infusion, so I had high hopes for this stuff. Well, I did until I mixed one scoop with one cup water as the packaging instructed.

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Ummm…it looks like sewage.

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And honestly, it kinda tastes like it too. I’m sure this stuff is wonderful for some people, but I refuse to choke down food or drinks that my tastebuds don’t enjoy – no matter how healthy! I took a few big gulps, then dumped it down the sink. I then proceeded to burp it up throughout my run :(

My run however, was still stellar! It was around the freezing mark (30-ish F?) again today. I just wore some spandex capris, long-sleeve running turtleneck, running hat and gloves, and I was quite comfortable in the cold! I think I should pick up some ear muffs though, as they were getting chilly toward the end.

No big goals for this run today, just wanted to get the ground under my feet :) Ran 5.25 miles in 50 minutes. I love my easy mid-length jogs, but I think it’s time I start bringing some more short n’ speedy runs back into my routine too!

Lunch featured some more of my coveted honeycrisp.

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I mixed up one can tuna, 1 tbsp plain yogurt, 1/2 tbsp mayo, pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice, chopped apple and onions. Loaded it on bread and melted some old cheddar on top.

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Everything tastes better with melted cheese on it.

I chopped up the remainder of my honeycrisp and sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on it to munch on.

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That’s only 3/4 of the apple!! Mind you, I slice it up reeeeal thin :)

I spent the rest of the day “oot and aboot.” I made a Starbucks pit stop to try out Meghann’s drink.

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Grande nonfat awake tea latte with 2 pumps pumpkin spice syrup. It was okay. I love tea lattes – but I always found the Starbucks pumpkin syrup to taste like rubber! Anyone remember the chantico? Now that shit was goooooood :P

I then immediately went home, and a turkey and hummus pita from the Pita Pit magically fell from the sky and onto my coffee table.

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I couldn’t just send it back! :P

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I got almost every vegetable they offer…

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • green peppers
  • mushrooms
  • bean sprouts
  • olives
  • pickles

I had just enough time for this to digest before heading to yoga! I thought it was a BodyFlow class tonight, which is a pre-choreographed mix of tai chi, yoga and pilates. But Thursdays are the regular yoga nights. It was a mix of hatha and yin, filled with lengthy pigeons and spine twists. It was wooooonderful.

Question of the day: Want a free canister of the new Vega Sport?? I’m not going to drink the stuff they gave me, so I’ll send it to a brave soul who’s willing to try it!! It’s open and missing one scoop, otherwise I even still have all the packaging it came with :) Just leave a comment and I’ll pick a victim random person in my post tomorrow!

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