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Fibre Tarts

Hello friends! I’m currently sprawled on my couch. The extra morning shift this weekend tuckered me out! Thankfully, I am now officially on my “weekend.” I’ve got Tuesday and Wednesday off. First order off business – sleep. And then maybe spend tomorrow morning in bed watching the Today Show. It’s tough, I know ;)

I have a wonderful kitchen experiment I must share. I shall name them fibre tarts. Sounds appetizing, no? :P

I started off by grinding 1 1/2 cups Fibre 1 cereal in my coffee grinder with some cinnamon.

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Then I stirred in 1 tbsp Earth Balance spread, 2 egg whites, 3 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond breeze and a squirt of honey.

I mixed up some fresh blueberries and blackberries with some honey and about 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.

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For the “crust,” I took the Fibre 1 mixture and pressed into onto the sides of a greased muffin pan. I baked it first for about 20 minutes at 350 F.

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Add berry mix and bake for another 15 minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well the Fibre 1 crust held up!

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I let them cool off and saved it for an evening snack. I of course, slathered yogurt and pumpkin spice on top.

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Major yums!! Not bad for a healthy dessert if I do say so myself ;)

There were some other notable eats at work as well. A bum plum.

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It had two pits!!

And prune yogurt.

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Anyone ever see the Activia prune flavour before? This was inspired by that. It sat in the fridge overnight and got soft and sweet. It was so good. Try it!

I also did my weekly 5k run after work today. Instead of my usual path in the woods, I took the route downtown. So weird to run in a populated area! It was a mix of sidewalk and gravel trail too, so it was nice to switch up my surface.

I didn’t push my speed that much and still managed to do it in 27:41. Yay! I’m doing the 5k portion of the Terry Fox Run next weekend. I’m wondering if I can get below 27 minutes? Something to shoot for I guess! :)

Oh, and I want to thank you all for your wonderful plant suggestions. Not! Haha, kind of made me feel better about my plant ineptness :) Lori was the only one with a green thumb and had great suggestions. Not surprisingly, as her wonderful garden photos are always gracing the pages of her blog :)

Anyways, I’m a Starvin’ Marvin today. Don’t know what’s up. Think I’ll make some popcorn and continue the couch sprawling while watching “Center Stage” on TV for the gazillionth time. Whatevs, I’m on my weeekeeend!!! :D

Hope you enjoyed yours!

A new perspective

Heelllllooooo…

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I’m seeing everything with new eyes today – I got contacts!! That’s right my friends! My position on the “nerd scale” has officially been downgraded (unfortunately not eliminated – my love for Harry Potter and Alton Brown will never allow that).

I got glasses two years ago for seeing far away. I became pretty reliant on them and just started wearing them all the time. But sometimes I’d like to go see a band, or be on TV, without looking like a dork. Also, now I can wear sunglasses when biking and driving. Yay!

 

I lovelovelove all the suggestions I got for sleeping well. As promised, here’s a little summary of the tips left in the comments:

  • Turn off the TV and computer and take 10-30 minutes to relax and unwind
  • Focus on breathing, relaxing your body from your toes to the top of your head (this reminds me a lot of corpse pose in yoga!)
  • Stick to a schedule, go to bed at the same time every night
  • Instead of counting sheep, count the things you’re grateful for
  • Melatonin. A natural hormone found in many foods and also sold as a supplemental sleep aid
  • Put a little lavender oil on your pillow and sheets
  • Make a to-do list and organize everything you need to do the next day so you’re not up worrying about it
  • Drink some warm milk
  • Cut back on caffeine

Okay, seriously you guys, I am so impressed. These are all awesome suggestions! Many I’ve heard and tried, but just reminds me there are tons of options for when I can’t sleep. I can’t wait to try these!! Wait, no, I hope I don’t need to try these, but you know what I mean ;)

 

I slept in the opposite direction again last night and got some good zzz’s in. Stumbled out of bed at 6 am and went to the campus gym. I wonder how long I’ll be able to go there until they realize I’m no longer a student??

Duration: 1:01

Warm-up:
5 minutes on the elliptical

Cardio:
15 minutes “MIIT” on the elliptical
15 minutes on the rowing machine

Strength:

Alternating (3 sets each):
Wide-grip lat pull-down
Dumbbell prone Cuban snatch
Tricep dips

Alternating (3 sets each):
Back extension
Horizontal woodchop
Plank

Cool-down:
Stretching :)

Didn’t do any lower-body stuff just in case my thigh acted up again. It’s feeling pretty good now though, so I may do a lower-body workout this weekend. We’re supposed to get a hurricane, so biking is out of the question this weekend!

You’ll never guess what I had for breakfast after…

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Waffles, PB, yogurt, blueberries. Paired this with a PVL peach whey cooler. I finished off the jar of PB, except it’s in a plastic jar! So I couldn’t do oats-in-a-jar with it, total bummer!! I should write President’s Choice and tell them that they need to start using glass jars so I can put my oats in there :P

Supper was so good last night, I prepared the same thing for lunch today:

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Eaten in my work car (hence the pasty leg in the background). Mashed up tofu, laughing cow cheese and green onion on whole wheat with spinach and tomato. So simple and SO good.

I had melt-in-your-mouth-peach that almost melted away from the camera.

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Hm. Does half-eaten food even look appetizing?

I still had tofu on the mind come suppertime, so I polished off the rest of the block for dinner. I made a salad mountain.

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Still don’t believe me?

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I don’t know why, but salads don’t taste as good to me when eaten out of a huge bowl. Too bad, because I bet it’s a lot less messy!

  • peeled zucchini (last of the giant market stuff)
  • peeled carrot
  • spinach
  • onion
  • mushrooms
  • tomato
  • tofu, cubed and sautéed
  • nutritional yeast
  • hummus
  • sundried tomato dressing

Needed more hummus :P

Dessert!

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A prune. Fun fact: I have a little sumthin-sumthin after dinner every night. Sometimes it’s a small piece of dark chocolate, a hard candy, chocolate chips, PB on a cracker, or a piece of dried fruit (dates and figs are good too!). Some people like to do larger desserts, but I prefer to save those calories for my large bedtime snack. But I still need something a little sweet after supper ;)

 

Okay, I have a bunch of random questions for you today:

1. What time do you usually eat supper? I eat around 5-6 pm, and I notice a lot people in the blog world eat much later! I am part senior citizen though…

2. How often do you replace the battery in your heart rate monitor? Mine’s been acting up, and I’m wondering if it needs new juice…

3. Do you wear glasses and/or contacts? Do you have a preference?

That’s all I got in me tonight! I should go move my kitchen table back into the kitchen (don’t ask..) but I may end up eating a frozen Vitamuffin and catching up on my Google Reader instead. See ya tomorrow!

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