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Happy Waffle Wednesday!!!

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Today’s waffles are brought to you buy a match made in heaven.

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Peanut butter…

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and jam.

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I spread the peanut butter on top to make sure the flavour didn’t get lost. But then I stirred in some mixed berry jam with sugar-free syrup for dipping. My oh my. One flavour combo I will never tire of!

Now, if you don’t mind, I am keeping this post short tonight.

Why you ask?

Because I have to get up at 3am.

No, I don’t have a training client that early in the day (although, it’s not far off!).

Instead, I’m off to San Francisco!!!

I fly out first thing tomorrow morning for the Foodbuzz Festival. Hundreds of food bloggers will be celebrating in one place. Including some bloggers I’ve been dying to meet since I started blogging almost two years ago. And hopefully some new bloggers I have yet to meet!

I wasn’t originally planning on going to the Foodbuzz Festival. I mean, I’m not the kind of gal who just casually jet sets around the continent going to events, let alone to California for the weekend. But this East Coaster decided it was time to live a little, and what better way to do so than with a bunch of my favourite foodies :)

Per usual, I’ve forgotten all about business cards until the last minute. I was left handmaking some before the Healthy Living Summit in Chicago. This time around, I got savvy and printed some off my computer tonight.

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Not without a little pizzazz though. The first time around, I decorated my cards with Care Bear stickers. This time around, I used Dora the Explorer.

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Mature. I know.

Even better, Cathy hooked me up with Simply Bars to hand out at the festival! Anyone who gets a card gets a vegan gluten-free protein bar to boot. 

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If you’re going to Foodbuzz and want to try a Simply Bar, come find me and you’ll get one!

 

And with that, let the madness begin. I’m officially on the lookout for this dreamboat:

See ya from the West Coast!!!

It’s Not All Sushi Boats

Psssssst!

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Happy Waffle Wednesday :)

Rather than bombard you with photos of yet another sweet breakfast concoction this week, I’ve got a savoury waffle combination for you. I had it for lunch and my oh my – it was good!

 

Spinach & Feta Waffles with Hummus

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  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unflavoured soy protein powder (I like mine protein-y, but this can be subbed out with more whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cooked spinach
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Batter makes two full-sized Belgian waffles because of the added volume of spinach and feta.

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I ate both. Because that’s how I roll. Along with hummus, carrots and pickled beets.

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I love how the cheese got crispy on the edges. It smelled divine when cooking.

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Hummus made the perfect dipper for the waffles. Definitely adding this new recipe to my regular waffle rotation!!

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I would like to thank everyone for their sweet comments on my gaining what I’ve dubbed the “Toronto Ten.” 

However, I feel as if I should have left a bit of a disclaimer on that post.

You see, I don’t weigh myself. I’m one of those hippies that never steps on a scale. So I actually have no idea if I’ve gained 10 lbs, the title just sounded catchy ;) It’s more like I can fit into most of my pants, except those two pairs of capris I wore while triathlon training last summer. My mom said I was too skinny to start with. And Mother Nature has given me some of my old boobs back. So this is why a girl can’t complain too much ;)

Also, while I do eat out 1-2 times a week. I also put a lot of work and care into making fresh food at home.

Most days I need to have breakfast, lunch and dinner ready to transport with me to work in the mornings. Some days I’m gone from the house from 6am to 10pm.

When I was able to find time this week, I made sure to whip up a few simple dishes that would leave leftovers to grab the next day.

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The above is a very un-photogenic spaghetti squash pesto. Essentially a cooked spaghetti squash with sautéed veggies (any and all I had in my fridge) and canned tuna for the protein (all I had on hand).

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Monday night after work I stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few things for a big ole’ pot of Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili. No recipe here, just a pound of ground turkey, chopped sweet potato, can each of kidney beans and black beans, some veggies and spices!

On Sunday, I boiled a huge pot of eggs. Instead of having to prep a breakfast the night before, I’ve been able to just grab a couple eggs and toast. We won’t mention the looks I get when I eat them on the streetcar…

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Another stinky food! Instead of buying expensive, overly processed protein bars, I’ve taken to snacking on little cans of tuna. Not every day of course. But when eaten alone, they make for a great protein-packed snack!

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I work by some amazing fruit stands. Produce is both local and cheap, so I’m always stocking up and have lots to munch on.

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Including persimmons for 99 cents a pound. That is a steal my friends.

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This is a “sweet” persimmon, as not all of them are. The texture is similar to a plum, but the taste is a lot milder. The outer skin is a lot thicker.

I chopped it up on my late morning this week and added it to a bowl of yogurt.

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Over the summer, yogurt messes became one of my favourite breakfasts. They fill my belly soooo much! This particular one also had some protein powder, oats, coconut, cinnamon, chia seeds, raisins, maple syrup and sunflower seed butter.

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So there ya go, it hasn’t aaallll been boats of sushi and ooey gooey pizzas around here. As my blog name would suggest, it’s about a little balance sometimes ;)

 

I’ve got two new killer workouts to share. Will post them tomorrow – see ya then!

 

Question of the Day: What is your favourite dish for leftovers? Mine is chili, duh. It’s best on salads with tortilla chips!

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 :)

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