Monthly Archives: February 2010
Hiya! Well, Monday is behind us, on to my least favourite day of the week… Tuesday. Ugh. What a waste of a day Tuesday is :P
A lot of you have food allergies and intolerances! Most popular being dairy and gluten. Although a couple mentioned people they know with allergies to onions which would SUCK. So would a nut allergy.
Anyways, my Monday started fabulously as it does every week now with an RPM spin class. This morning was a little tough though, more so than usual. But I still finished class strong, leaving happy and endorphin-ated :)
Got to the office and attacked one of my new fave desk-breakfasts.
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 stevia packet
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup faux-nola granola
Morning snack was, dare I say, the best homemade granola bar yet!!
Apple cinnamon flavour. Should have known the one with the cinnamon would be the winner ;)
Nooo, not an apple and more cottage cheese. I’m cheap when it comes to tupperware.
Last of my leftover tofu potato salad. Will definitely be making this again, in fact, I think it will get a recipe page :)
Lunch dessert was a Mini Egg cookie. The cookies by the way were a total hit at the office. Even the seasoned bakers of the bunch wanted the recipe! I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a solid chocolate chip recipe with something a little different.
Meat + cheese. Or, Yves meatless roast beef slices wrapped around Beemster cheese. Full fat cheese! Gotta keep my fingernails growing at lightning speed ;)
That would be a chicken breast coated in egg whites, panko bread crumbs, ground flaxseed and Kirkland no-salt seasoning.
Roasted veggies on the side tossed in 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, pepper and 2 tbsp shredded old cheddar cheese. And yes, I dipped my chicken it kethcup, then went and got some bbq sauce too. Delicious dinner!
Q&As – Round Eleventeen
Do you ever worry about getting bored being a personal trainer or about the lack of financial security in that job longterm?
(I think being in a gym all the time would drive me crazy-the lighting, the germs on the machines,the smell of sweat…wondering your thoughts esp since gyms are known to be big carriers of flu bugs, staff infections, skin diseases etc???!)
Funny, whenever I go to the gym now I think to myself “hell yeah I could spend the day working in here.” My gym is really nice though. Big, naturally lit with large windows, well ventilated, etc. Not in some dank basement like many gyms I’ve been to.
In terms of germs, I work in a university right now which is also a breeding ground! College kids aren’t necessarily shining examples of cleanliness and hygiene :P
I also make a point to never worry about financial security. I’m really good at saving money so I always have a nice cushion. Having lots of money has never appealed to me, and I try not to let money deter me from taking risks. I’m a strong believer that if you’re passionate and driven, you can be successful no matter what your chosen profession. Hell, I went into journalism. I made more money as a barista than I did as a reporter!!
I think the most important thing though is that I do not plan on being a personal trainer for the rest of my life. I view it as a starting point for me. I have a really strong desire to help people get healthy, but I want to expand that out of the gym walls and reach a larger audience someday. Okay. My dream is to write for fitness magazines and websites – so what? :P
Lori (Finding Radiance) Said:
Question: Is there a food that you hate that really wished you liked? (mine would be fish)
And – do you take any daily vitamins or supplements?
I wish I liked canned pumpkin!! Odd, because I like mushy baby food, but canned pumpkin still makes me gag. I wish I could plump up my oats with that tasteless orange mush, but it just makes them inedible :\
I just started taking fish oil! But besides that, no. I reallyreally should. I say this every time someone brings this topic up. Especially Calcium, Vitamin D and a B complex.
How long have you been blogging for? Is it hard to develop the habit to post everyday?
I’ve been blogging for almost one year and two months. I never had trouble getting into the habit of posting regularly. I started blogging during my last semester of university, so I was looking for a way to procrastinate :P I really enjoy it, and it’s something I look forward to doing every day. I will admit to pre-writing posts when I know I’ll be busy though!
Lara (Thinspired) Said:
I have no idea how you can tough it out for an entire HOUR on the treadmill! What are your tricks for beating boredom?!
It reeeeally helps when I have some rockin tunes on my iPod. I like upbeat, melodic songs that I can run with. Also, I don’t run “hard” during my long treadmill workouts. When I’m sprinting, I can’t think of anything besides remembering to breathe and counting down the seconds. But when I’m going at a lower intensity, I have an easier time letting my thoughts wander, and that’s entertaining enough :) Also, I never keep it at the same speed or incline for longer than 10 minutes. For my favourite 60 minute treadmill workout, I change the speed every 60 seconds!
I think I have just a couple questions left before I wrap up this latest round of Q&As, so if there’s anything else you still want to get in, just leave it in the comments or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question of the Day: What’s one food you dislike that you really wish you liked? Lori doesn’t have to answer this one since she already did :P
Helllooo! How is everyone doing? I had a very laid-back Saturday, my favourite kind :)
Started off at 7am (sleeping in!) with some egg-white french toast.
I prefer french toast made with egg whites, but I still spread some almond butter on top for my fat ;)
Citrus on the side!
I hung out in bed for a little bit, then went to BodyStep. Step class is probably the most fun I have working out all week. I don’t always feel motivated to work out on Saturdays after a long week, but I always look forward to that class, so it’s a good way to get me off my butt!
Came home mega sweaty and replenished with a protein smoothie.
- 1 scoop peach-mango whey protein powder
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 dates
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/4 tsp guar gum
This was soooo thick and creamy! Just like a thick milkshake – it was divine. Those gums are 100% worth the extra $$ if you like smoothies.
However, smoothies never stick with me for that long. Ninety minutes later I was hungry for lunch.
Mini pizza off sorts – garlic tomato paste, Kirkland no-salt seasoning, sliced tomato, smoked mackerel, cheddar cheese on an english muffin.
I somehow found a spurt of energy today and cleaned a bunch and spent some time in the kitchen! First was a kitchen experiment that has been on my mind for a long time. I finally got the guts to do it, and boy am I glad I did!!
Bacon Peanut Butter.
- 1-2 cups dry roasted peanuts (I just dumped it in!)
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- sprinkle kosher salt
- 2-3 tbsp real bacon bits
I blended the peanuts until smooth first, then added the other ingredients. I had to try it immediately on some rye crackers.
Okay, so I know this combo may weird some people out, but I promise you it’s REALLY good, and I would not purposely steer you wrong :P I didn’t add so much bacon that you can taste it. It just adds more depth to the salty peanut butter, and if you concentrate really hard you can taste a little smokiness.
First, in a small saucepan, I brought to a low boil:
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
Once it boiled down a bit, I stirred in two scoops (60g) vanilla whey protein powder and one tablespoon cinnamon.
Then, I mixed it up in a big bowl with:
- 3 cups puffed rice cereal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup Grape Nuts cereal
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
Spread out onto a baking sheet and put into a 325 F oven. I have no idea how long it cooked for, but I took it out every 5 minutes or so to stir it around, until it was browned and getting crunchy. Some of the bigger pieces may not seem crunchy when you first take them out of the oven, but they will be when it cools down!
I also made a potato salad of sorts earlier in the day that I let chill in the fridge so it was nice and cold for supper.
- 4 baby red potatoes
- 1 block herbed tofu
- 2 boiled eggs
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- few shakes Kirkland no-salt seasoning (it’s a garlic/oregano/veggie-type seasoning)
- 1 small carrot, thinly sliced
- 1/2 sweet bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 red onion, chopped
- 3 small pickles, chopped
- 2 tbsp real bacon bits
I steamed the potatoes and tofu together first, then mixed everything together once they cooled.
After tossing everything together, I felt that something was missing. So I channelled Mark, my mom’s boyfriend, who always says bacon makes anything taste better. I used up the rest of the bacon bits and he was right! Dee-licious! ;)
Q&A – The Elusive Protein Powder
What kind of protein powder do you use? I bought some chocolate Designer Whey to use for protein cookie dough, and it was hell of nasty.
Question: I have heard mixed reviews about soy protein. What are your thoughts? – Em
I have a question for you. I don’t really understand the whole protein powder thing. I see so many recipes for Breakfast cookies and shakes that have protein powder in them. I went to the local health food store and they have about 100 different ones to choose from. (they are expensive as I am sure you have noticed…LOL) What one(s) do you recommend? Do you know the difference between Whey and Soy powders?? Do you recommend one over the other??
Help I am so confused…LOL.
It seems protein powder is a popular source of confusion :P I’m not sure if I’m the most informed person to give you the deal on protein powder, especially since I’m in Canada and have access to different brands. But I’ll give it a shot. Let’s call it a starting point, shall we? ;)
If you had told me two years ago that I would have to dedicate a whole cupboard to this:
I thought protein powder and “Muscle Milk” were only consumed by jocks with no necks that grunt at the gym. Okay…douchebags.
But when I started lifting heavy weights, I did a lot of research that said protein can help muscle recovery. Back in those days I was a pescetarian and looking for more ways to get it in my diet. Specifically protein shakes, as they digest quickly and work to repair your muscles faster after a hard workout (remember! muscle is built during that recovery process!)
I went into GNC and was totally overwhelmed by the hundreds of expensive, giant canisters, so I instead went to Wal-Mart and bought the cheapest one I could find. Since then, I’ve tried to do a lot of experimenting to find what I like. For the most part, I prefer whey powder, which is a protein that comes from dairy. When searching for whey powders, you’ll likely find two kinds: whey isolate and whey concentrate. Isolate just contains more protein than concentrate, so it’s often more expensive. I either buy an isolate powder, or a mix of the two.
So I’ll show you what’s in my cupboard right now for protein powder. First is President’s Choice Whey Protein Isolate in chocolate flavour.
When looking at the nutrition information, I always look at the serving size. I usually shoot for a powder that has 20-25g protein for 100-120 calories. This one may seem like a lot, but the serving size is 45g, when the standard is around 30g.
The biggest downfall of flavoured protein powder is that they’re typically artificially sweetened (it’s how they keep the calories and carbohydrates low). This can be a problem if you’re trying to stay away from artificial sweeteners, or if things like sucralose give you stomach problems.
Finally, I have the source of today’s smoothie, Thermo-Lean Iso-Lean in Peach Mango flavour.
Ironically, I don’t have any of my favourite powders on hand right now, but I’ll show them to you anyway. I always need to have a chocolate and vanilla on hand, and Iso Femme is a brand that is both tasty with good nutritionals.
This powder also makes the best breakfast cookies!
My other favourite kind is from PVL, the Whey Cooler.
This stuff is neat because you mix it with 32 oz water and tastes similar to kool-aid or gatorade.
It really is an awesome thirst quencher! And 20g protein for just 80 calories.
Now, besides whey powder, I’ve only ever tried hemp protein and soy protein. Hemp is not so great, as it’s “earthy” tasting. But hey, some people dig that. Soy protein is actually not too bad. I’ve only ever bought Bob’s Red Mill unflavoured soy protein powder. I really liked it for cooking and baking, but not so much for smoothies. It was also a really fine powder, so it didn’t harden well in no-bake cookies and bars, it just got chalky.
I know protein powder seems like a lot of money at first, but just remember that it will last you weeks! Think of it like your car – the $30+ you spend on gas is like an investment because it keeps your car running for several days. Well protein powder is an investment that will keep your body running for several days!
Last but least, I feel like I should add protein powder will not make you gain weight!!! I helped my friend pick out protein powder last weekend and she was worried it would make her put on pounds when she is trying to lose some. But it’s just a matter of calories in, calories out. Replace the calories of something you’re already eating with the calories in a protein shake and it won’t make a difference.
Hope that helps!
Question of the Day: Do you use protein powder? What kind? Favourite thing to do with it?