Cold Run, Hot Soup

Happy weekend everyone!! Hope you’re all having a blast out there in blogland. Not gonna lie, weekends are probably my least favourite time of the week because of my work hours (5am to 1pm). But I’m doing what I can to pull through these next five weekends at my job.

Thought I’d spice things up on the breakfast cookie front and prepared a tropical breakfast cookie.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop peach-mango protein powder (ISO Lean)
  • 1/2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 chopped dried apricot
  • 1 tbsp mini yogurt chips
  • splash unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • drizzle honey in top

This was pretty good! Surprisingly, quite tart compared to my usual cookies (which are admittedly waaaay decadent). I think the yogurt chips were my favourite part ;)

I also celebrated Sammie Saturday with a turkey and hummus sandwich at work.

I only had a bit of roast turkey left, so it was mostly red pepper hummus. SO good!

A lot you also expressed interest in the tofu spread from the Costco haul.


I just assumed it was one of those awesome products that only Costco carries, but apparently the company, Fontaine Santé, is a Quebec company. So that may explain why it’s not in some stores outside of Canada. They also make a mean hummus, tabouli and couscous salad.

I don’t think I’ve had this stuff since high school. I’ve been trying to recreate it ever since!


Now I have my hands on the ingredients ;)

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I’ve been munching on it with pita bread and wasa crackers.

Must resume attempts at recreating this when current stash runs out…

I surprisingly have a lot of energy today after little sleep last night. I knew as soon as I got off work that today was a running kind of day :) Despite the bright sunshine and clear blue skies, it was pretty chilly. +3 Celsius, or, 37 Fahrenheit (ugh, I will never learn how to spell that word, spell check gets it every time).

I ran in this temperature once before and recall my ears and hands being chilly, so I tried to dress accordingly this afternoon.


A tuque for the for the noggin and some dollar store gloves. Also had a turtleneck technical shirt from the Running Room and some cheap-o spandex capris I bought on sale at the grocery store. Oh yes, and the mandatory paper towel to wipe my snot faucet nose every 2 minutes.

The shirt was perfect, but my shins/ankles were a little cold. It was fine once I got going, but I think it’s time I invest in some long running pants. The gloves came off towards the end, and the tuque kept my ears warm, but had the rest of my head sweating. Must add headband to that gear list :)

I ended up doing 4.3 miles in 40 minutes along my favourite trail. It was a good time, I tried to pick my pace up a bit, and hit 179 bpm during my sprint to the end (so close to 180!). Four miles is one of my favourite distances, short, but I never feel gypped :)

Came home and filled my belly with a post-workout smoothie.


  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 scoops plain yogurt
  • handful ice cubes
  • 4 small dates (probably equal to 2-3 regular sized ones)
  • 1 scoop chocolate Amazing Grass
  • dash cinnamon

I’m all out of bananas, so I thought the dates would make up for the missing sweetness that I love. But what really made this smoothie was the cinnamon! The cinnamon tasted especially delicious blended with that “earthy” flavour of the Amazing Grass. I love spicy chocolate too, so it was a winning combo for me.

My afternoon was spent catching up on this week’s TV I missed and doing Yin Yoga in my living room. I’m not much of an at-home “flow-er,” I like having an instructor to guide me. But I looooove sitting in a handful of Yin poses for a half hour. Check out a pose guide here :)

For dinner, all I wanted was a big ole’ bowl of warm, comforting soup. So I reached into the depths of my cupboard and pulled out this:


Campbell’s Gardennay Field Potato with Spring Leek. It expired a week and a half ago, I like to live dangerously ;)

I had about 3/4 of the box plumped up with crumbled tofu, frozen broccoli and cauliflower.


It was still missing something. I wanted a little cheesy flavour, so I ventured back into the depths of my cupboards and found my nutritional yeast flakes.


Muuuuch better. It was quite good with the nutritional yeast!

Now I’m thinking of cleaning the kitchen and making tomorrow’s breakfast cookie. Going to be a quiet weekend all around. What I’m reeeeeally looking forward to is a special 75 minutes spin class at my gym tomorrow afternoon. They only have classes in the mornings on weekends, so I always miss them. And the spin classes are usually only 60 minutes long. Can’t wait to get off work and spin it out with two of my favourite instructors :D


Questions of the day:

1) What’s your favourite soup? I don’t typically like drinking my calories, and that translates into soup. That’s why I always bulk them up to make them really chunky. I’m not sure if chili counts – but that would be my favourite!

2) Do you guys get e-mails when I respond to comments in the comment section? I think I’ve had people tell me they do, but I’m not sure if everyone does. I usually respond to comments by just hitting “reply” in the comments section, but I’m not sure if you’re notified of that or not. I know I personally hardly ever go back to comments I’ve left on other blogs to see if anyone replied…


See ya tomorrow for my November Goals check-in!


Posted on November 7, 2009, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. You made me laugh – “I like to live dangerously” most anything in my refrigerator would qualify LOL

  2. We were twins with the run today from the cold to the mileage to shirt, only I forgot my tissue! :D You actually look like a ski bunny in that outfit. You need to head on out to Colorado!

    I love cream soups. Beer cheese soup is my favorite, favorite soup! Or lobster bisque. Those are so rich, though – they have to be limited.

    As for the comments, I don’t get those emails when you respond. If you figure out how to make this work, please post as I know others miss my comments, too.

  3. AH! You are adorable!

    1) I think classic tomato soup is my fav.

    2) I’ve never gotten an email so if you have replied to any of my comments… um, I never go back and check the replies. Oops.

  4. I am with you on the thick soups. Yours looks much better than the picture on the box.

    And I really hope that you post about the tofu spread recipe once you figure it out. It sounds delicious!

  5. I’ve never gotten an e-mail that you’ve replied. :)

  6. Interesting about the tofu spread!! I don’t get any response emails. I don’t think you do unless you respond to them by email. I get my comments emailed to me, and then I hit reply to them, copy & paste the person’s email into the “to” box, and then reply from there. Make sure you copy & paste the recipients email address, because if you don’t, it’ll just send a comment to your own wall rather than to the actual person. Does that all make sense? haha

  7. That tofu spread sounds so neat! Unfortunetly I’ve never seen it in any stores! And that’s a great idea adding tofu to the soup! Did you just add it raw?

    And I’ve never got an email from you! I want to learn how to do it though.. if you find out let me know!

    • Hey April! I put the tofu in the bottom of the pot first and browned it a little before I put the soup and veggies in. Raw tofu makes my tummy to somersaults :\

  8. i’ve never gotten an email i dont think :(

    ahhh that would totally suck to work on the weekend, but not for looonnnngggg! ummm i eat expired stuff all the time. unless there is obvious mold or smell issues, i am eating it :)

  9. i love italian wedding soup – anything with meatballs!!!

  10. Ooh the yogurt chips sound awesome in that bfast cookie. Great job on the run! 37 degrees is pretty chilly. Your soup looks delish, too. I love homemade veggie soup. And I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an email?

  11. ooooooooooooooo, where did you get the mini yogurt chips??

  12. I used to live in Minneapolis (hometown) and then Chicago. I used to run down to 0F. Well below freezing b/c in those cities, it’s below 32F half the dang year :) Great job on getting thru the run!

  13. oy! it must be so hard to work those hours on the weekends when everyone else is lazing around!!! although soon enough, you will have the perfect job for YOU with much better hours, i just know it :)

  14. Another chili fan here! I also really like a good pumpkin soup.

  15. Suebee, you look HAWT in that running outfit for reals! I totes agree with you n the soup–I usually don’t care for liquidy foods that much. But I do like a good bean or lentil soup–I think it feels much more substantial that way. Thanks for the holler on Sammie Saturday–loves it! xoxo

    P.S> I respond to comments the same way Tay does above–I don’t think I get your responses unless they are emailed.

  16. I was just looking at a pack of Pina Colada protein powder and considering a tropical cookie. YUM. What’s the tofu spread like? I need to recreate my beloved tofu “chicken” salad…we can start an “Operation Pimp That Tofu Dip” mission!

    Soup- not really a huge soup fan. I like homemade bean e fagiole though topped with tiny Jewish soup croutons (more like tiny puffed cracker squares than bread croutons) and cheese. And ketchup :P I also like matzoh ball soup, though admittedly…only for the balls (oops- a TWSS comment!)

    I never get emails when people reply to my comments on the blog so I usually reply via email to comments I get.

  17. The coldest weather I’ve ever run in was 10 degrees F.
    (over 10 miles) That was COLD!! I wore layers and layers, gloves, hat etc! With the advancements in cold weather clothing, I would run outside all year long when I lived in the Northeast, US, except the mechanical difficulties of snow and especially ice made it too dangerous!

    Good for you!

  18. You look so great in your cute running clothes!!

    I do like soup – but only in the fall and the winter. It just feels wrong to eat it in the summer for some reason. I don’t get an email but then I think you have to have the subscribe to comments box checked for that to happen.

    At least that’s how it works on my blog because I had John check the box one time and see what happened. He got everyone’s comments, not just mine. I think there’s another plug-in called Absolute Comments or Greg’s Threaded Comments that I believe will email the commenter your reply directly.

  19. That spread looks AMAZING!!!!! I’ve never even heard of it!

  20. I love your warn winter workout wear! Hehe. Try saying that four times fast ;)

    Favorite soup (if I’m being honest here) is clam chowder out of a bread bowl :) Talk abot drinking your calories!

    I have been responding more in the comments section lately since I re-designed the blog, but I don’t think many people go back and check. Personally, when I know a blogger does repond, I will go back and check somteimes, but not always. Sometimes I respond in the comments and also email the response. But I figure, if it’s an important question or something that they really want an answer to, they will go back and check ;)

  21. Italian Wedding soup is my #1 favorite. I always buy the canned kind but I’m really going to make it myself one of these days!

  22. Hands down….Italian Wedding Soup is my favorite.

    Around here it’s called Minestra Alla Ciociara. It’s what I had the night I met you for dinner, ‘member?!

  23. Oh….I forgot to add, Greek Avgolemono Soup is a close second.

    And, no I’ve never received an email when you responded to a comment.

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