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The Food That Doesn’t Make The Blog

Happy Waffle Wednesday!!

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I did not cheat this week and actually ate my waffles on Wednesday. Was up 15 minutes earlier than usual to toast these Nature’s Path Maple Cinnamon waffles and make some hot coffee.

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Topped with homemade applesauce, pure maple syrup and accompanied by boiled egg. Nom to the nom. Was nice to enjoy a sit down breakfast today!

 

Q&A

Today’s question comes from a fellow personal training blogger, Tamzin:

Is there some things you eat that don’t get put on the blog? I definitely do : )

Yup! I mean, I never purposely hide foods from the blog. But there are a lot of things here and there that just don’t make regular appearances. Usually because I think they’re boring to photograph, or that they’re usually consumed when I don’t have my camera on me.

Some examples:

I’ve developed an expensive Starbucks habit. Once a day I get an unsweetened iced tea or iced coffee. This is because I need to use their internet and I feel really bad doing it without buying something. On the bright side, it gives me a midday perk up!

Around once a week, I’ll splurge on one of these:

*gasp!* Yeah, I know it’s poison. I never used to drink soda until I discovered it helps with my digestion (makes me burp!). I try to go for club soda when I can, but sometimes a girl just wants an artificially sweetened beverage.

Remember this post when I bought fresh dates from the market?

The girl who sold them to me told me to wait several weeks until eating. So I kept them in the bag in the back of my cupboard and forgot about them. Six weeks later, I had this:

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Dried dates! That I dried on my own and took no extra work besides patience on my part ;)

I often snack on dates once a day. Usually before a workout for some quick sugar. Or, I’ll slather them in PB for a sweet afternoon snack.

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These once-fresh dates were amazing. Best I’ve ever had. Almost juicy still? If you ever see fresh dates for sale, I highly suggest trying this out!

Besides packing my streetcar breakfast every night, I also prepare a lunch and sometimes dinner for the following day. I don’t photograph this because it’s a hassle and repetitive. Usually consists of a salad or sandwich.

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Lately I’ve been into making a big batch of quinoa salad at the start of the week, then packing it on top of some leafy greens. It’s super quick to prepare!

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This is very similar to my Tofu, Parsley & Quinoa Salad, except I replaced the chickpeas with a sweet potato.

Of course, if you really want the dirt, I can’t ignore my insatiable sweet tooth.

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I’m not even the biggest fan of ice cream, but if it’s in my freezer I’ll eat it! My protein desserts have been replaced with real desserts of leftover vanilla bean ice cream from my beer filled dinner party.

There’s also whatever sweets my roommie is whipping up…

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And, I’d be amiss if I didn’t include the occasional finger full of marshmallow fluff.

Hey… it happens!

 

Many of you also requested the recipe for the above pumpkin swirl brownie from my last post. Recipe can be found here with the following notes from my roomie:

And what I did was ignored her whole putting more batter in the chocolate half so my pumpkin layer would be gooey.

And I used more pumpkin and semi sweet chocolate instead of bittersweet

I sense we may need to bug her for a guest post soon ;)

 

That’s all she wrote my friends! Now tell me – what guilty pleasure foods do you have? I know you have some! I still love processed Kraft cheese slices :)

Girl’s Weekend

Hiiiii!!!!! Remember me?? I missed you guys!! A big thanks to Allison and Michelle to holding down fort while I was away. My bloggie break over the weekend was fab, but I’m definitely ready to start up again. My coworkers aren’t as into my food and workout rambles :P

Today will be a fun lil’ recap of my weekend away. I feel like I should prelude this by saying that I went all out this weekend. Sometimes a girl just needs to throw all her healthy living ambitions out the window and party like it’s 1999. So that’s what I did :D

I was lucky that a friend from work joined me for the 4.5 hour drive to Halifax. What would have been a very boring drive was a fun one! We chatted the whole time and listened to some good tunes. We arrived right before suppertime and I had a glorious reunion with bestie Erika.

Check out the view from where I was staying:

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Right next to the Halifax Commons! I would like to note that Nova Scotia has significantly less snow than New Brunswick. What’s the deal.

I also made friends with Erika’s cat, Griffin.

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Well, kinda. If biting my ankles is how he shows love.

Friday night was supposed to be our laid-back night. We made plans to meet up with a friend who was celebrating her birthday at a swanky bar. We stocked up Erika’s fridge appropriately. Beer and water is all you need, right?

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Alexander Keith’s beer, very Halifax appropriate I might add.

We also picked up a Dairy Queen ice cream cake to celebrate our belated birthdays together. I don’t even like ice cream that much!

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But I can’t turn down the cookies & fudge interior, and I love that gel icing.

The bestie and I got all dressed up for our night on the town!

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Don’t be fooled by the wine glass – it’s actually rye and water with extra ice. Just like my Papa drank. It’s the only alcohol I still enjoy drinking!

We did end up at the Taboo nightclub, which is a very classy joint. But I guess we had more party in us than we thought, because we ditched it for The Dome which is anything but classy!! It was there that we danced our booties off till the wee hours. Many more rye and waters were had, followed by a giant slice of pizza at 3am. Upon arriving back to Erika’s place we attacked the ice cream cake with spoons! Ooohh it was sooo baaad, but ohsogood.

We didn’t get to bed till 5am and needless to say, were dead the next day. We watched New Moon on the internet in bed, until we finally got up at 2pm to do the Booty Camp Fitness DVD. It was basically 30 minutes of squats and lunges, but hurt so good after such an indulgent night! We also hit up Pete’s Frootique for fresh fruit smoothies and Lululemon. I splurged on a $100 pair of black groove pants. I’ve tried them on three different occasions and finally took the plunge! Mostly because I keep buying cheap-o yoga pants that suck balls. I got fed up and wanted some quality goods that fit me well.

Saturday night ended up being an evening in since we were wrecked from Friday night’s shenanigans. It turned out to be awesome though because Erika found a working Nintendo in the garbage!!

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Nintendo as in NES, the original. Lots of Mario playing followed.

And, ugh, more ice cream cake.

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I’ve officially eaten enough ice cream cake to last me the next five birthdays.

Sunday morning, Erika and I got up and went to her apartment complex’s gym for a quick 30-minute cardio sesh. I sweat out more birthday cake. It felt good.

Then it was time for my Halifax blogger meet-up!!! 

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Left to right: me, Angie, Katie, Renee, Jaime, Lynn and Melanie. Can I just say I love blogger meet-ups? It is so neat to meet up with people you’ve never met, and yet already have so much in common with! We blabbed for a long while before I even opened the menu! 

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We chose The Wooden Monkey restaurant which features lots of organic, locally-grown ingredients.

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I went for the Lentil Burger: lentils, carrots, miso, garlic, onions, daikon, seeds and oats, lettuce, tomato on a fat-free 5-organic grain pita with a sweet honey mustard.

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Did you say pita? Yesplease!

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And an apple salad for the side. I do believe it was greens, green apple, walnuts, goat cheese and some vinaigrette for the dressing. The salad was awesome, as was the burger. My only complaint is that it was way too heavy on the mustard.

Thanks to all the Halifax ladies for coming out for a Valentine’s Day meet-up!! It was sososo nice to put faces and voices to the blogs I read, and get to know some non-bloggers alike. Also really fun to hang out with Maritime foodies!

I picked up my work buddy for the drive home, which also went by smoothly. We of course had to make a pit stop in Oxford, Nova Scotia – Canada’s blueberry capital.

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I don’t know why, but I am fascinated by giant monuments.

Upon arriving home, I decided to finish my sugar-filled weekend with a bang – more sugar!

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 Jaime gave us all sugar cookies at lunch.

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I had a small piece of the red one, then went back for another piece, then devoured the whole thing! Jaime, it was delicious!!

But I’m officially on a sugar detox.

Until I eat that pink cookie ;)

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend full of lovely Valentine’s things, or Olympics watching, or just plain relaxing :)

Question of the Day: What’s your favourite alcoholic drink? Mine will always be rye!

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