Packing: The “At Home” Workout

Happy weekend!! Hope everyone is enjoying it to the fullest :) I’ve already put in a whole work day, ran a bunch of errands, and did a bunch of packing/cleaning. But that’s kinda easy when you’re up at 4:30 am ;)

Office eats!


Peanut butter breakfast cookie. A lot of you still put oats in plastic jars, I was surprised by this! I thought it would melt! Maybe my jar was flimsier? Next time I’ll definitely give it a go though.

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • few roasted peanuts
  • few chocolate chips (couldn’t help myself!)
  • splash almond milk

Probably one of the most common questions I get is how I make my breakfast cookies so hard. Honestly, I add as little liquid as possible. Just enough to dissolve the protein powder (which, I also think is a key ingredient, it hardens in the fridge and acts as a binder). Also, in the morning, I scrape the cookie off the plate and pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes. After that, you could toss it in the air! Seriously though, no extra moisture! No bananas, no pumpkin, etc. That equals one mushy cookie.


Amazing Ontario peaches and cottage cheese. Eating a whole basket of these is a lot of work for just one girl! I’m never one to turn down a challenge though…


Egg white pillows, laughing cow cheese, english muffin. Made the pillows in a coffee mug today, then popped it in the microwave. Worked just as well!


An eve apple. Anyone ever hear of these? It was new to me. Kinda tasted like a braeburn – sweet, crunchy with a touch of softness, small edible core. This may have been another apple purchase based on the sticker. It says “luvya.” 


After work, I headed to the exhibition centre next door where they were holding the “World’s Largest Garage Sale.” I’m not so sure about that, but it was pretty big! I was on a mission for a dresser, something I don’t own but desperately need. Unfortunately it was mostly smaller items, but I did leave with a couple goodies!


This 50 cent item will be going up in my new kitchen! I’m a total coffee snob who loves a good espresso (straight-up!). I also thought it would go well with the poster I currently have in my kitchen, which my sister bought for me in Nashville.


Also bought: a George Foreman!!


This is one of the larger ones, so I can fit ginormous wraps and a plethora of veggies on there. It’s lightly used, and I talked the guy down to $15. Not sure if that’s a deal or not, but I felt comfortable paying that much for it.

I paid my cell phone bill, which meant a free sucker! 


I’m an, ahem, sucker for suckers. The only reason why I still pay my bill in person is because they have a candy bowl there :P

I also forewent any workout I was contemplating, and spent the afternoon cleaning and packing. For someone who read the weather forecast 59 times on the radio today (yes, I counted) I had no idea it was going to get so hot!!! It went up to 38 C (100 F) with the humidex. I ended up getting quite the sweaty workout in doing all that housework.

Come suppertime (5pm! Breakfast was at 5am though, so I at least have an excuse :P ) I was so not in the mood to cook or have anything hot. Which in my books, equals a pita.


  • 1 can sardines in a mustard sauce
  • capers
  • tomato
  • mushrooms
  • onion
  • green pepper
  • spinach
  • fresh basil
  • 1 laughing cow cheese wedge

I mixed the filling together in a big bowl first so the sardine’s mustard sauce would coat everything. Totally worth the dirty bowl!!

I also have a popsicle experiment in the works. But you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see how it turned out ;)

Oh! And it took me 20 minutes to get my stupid contacts in this morning, after struggling for almost the same length of time to get them out last night. On the bright side, it only took 5 minutes to take them out this afternoon. Still feels really weird to be able to see and not have these bulky lenses in my line of vision though!

Anyways, I’ve rambled enough, and there are moving duties that still call. Exactly one week till I’m in my new place!! I can’t wait to get in there and give you guys a tour ;)

Hope you’re having a stellar weekend!

Posted on August 22, 2009, in Fun and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. wooo! First to reply for once :D I think our eating schedules are pretty much the same… I eat breakfast around 5am too. I need to try the breakfast cookie again now- the protein powder hardening makes so much sense!

    LOVE the espresso sign! I have a similar looking sign in my kitchen that…somethng about coffee served 24 hour a day (too lazy to look right now :P )

    have fun with the george foreman!

  2. haha, you will get the hang of the lenses. i love the purchases and cant wait to see all the foreman creations! i got a foreman 360 grill for xmas but it is still in the box, i am sure i will break it out sometime, there is just nowhere in my kitchen to store it! love all the classic susan eats.. egg pillows, bfast cookies and huge pitas! xo

  3. Your breakfast cookie is an inspiration love! Must try that and the overnight oats again.
    Very exciting on the George Foreman as well – can’t wait to see some experiments!
    Oh and yay for getting contacts! Made my boy very happy when he got his :)

  4. I squealed when I saw those signs! They are so fun! I have signs like that hanging in my house :D

    Nice score on the foreman grill. We had one and used it so much we wore all the coating off! Loved that thing.

    You’ll get the hang of contacts soon enough. It will feel funny for a while and getting them in until you get your system down.

  5. Love love love the espresso and coffee signs! They’re absolutely adorable :) enjoy your new George Foreman grill as well, it’s great to use for quick and easy dinners!

  6. I use my George Foreman for everything from meat for Mallard to paninis for me. It’s fun to get creative with the versatility of the Lean MEAN fat-reducing Grilling Machine ! lol

  7. Ok, I hope you don’t mind me getting kind of preachy here but…yeah, to everyone…don’t put hot oats in plastic jars! Plastic is dangerous when heated and even the “good” plastics are still semi-toxic.

    So jealous of the George Foreman! I want one of those so bad!

    • thegreatbalancingact

      Haha Lara, don’t worry about it!! Besides having melted plastic in my oats, I was also kinda worried about plastics chemicals leaking into them. I’ve been scolded many times for putting tupperware in the microwave, so it seemed like the same thought process to me!

  8. April (Foods of April)

    Hmm I really want an actual breakfast cookie.. but I do love my pumpkin in it! haha.

    Have fun with the George Foreman! I think it’s similar to my panini press.. if so you’ll have a blast!

  9. LOVE george foremans, great for grilling chicken

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