Whole Paycheck

Hellohello! I had a blast reading through everyone’s random tidbits!! How fun!! Two extra tidbits I forgot to add yesterday:

1. I did a guest post on Deb’s blog on the method behind my homemade protein bars. Ch-ch-check it out!

2. I munched on something delicious while blogging last night.


A take on Holly’s no bake protein cookies – peanut butter protein balls. To make this, I mixed together 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder, 1 tbsp flaked coconut, 1 tbsp peanut butter, splash of water.


All rolled up and stuck in the freezer for half an hour. The perfect bedtime dessert!

That little snack was just enough to hold me through my slumbering hours. I awoke this morning ready to refill my belly.

Egg + bacon sandwich with mayo, lettuce and tomato.

Fruit salad with fresh peach, strawberries and blueberries sprinkled with cinnamon and coconut.

Definitely a breakfast worth getting up for ;)

T’was already stinkin’ hot first thing this morning, so I made my second cup of coffee iced. I just stuck the glass in the fridge for about an hour then topped it up with a pack of stevia, cold almond milk and ice.

I continued cooling down all morning with Mr Freezes. They’re only 10 calories a pop. Which I suppose can add up if you like to eat them throughout the course of the day ;)

Enjoyed a leisurely morning watching the Tour de France. Contador is so close to catching up to Schleck, it is making me nervous. I’m an Andy fan…

Even though his arms are the same circumference as the frame tubes on his bike. Contador just looks like a villain…


Moving on!

Snacked up in preparation for the gym.

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Lemon flavoured yogurt with 2 tbsp unflavoured protein powder, blueberries, plain rolled oats, cinnamon and more coconut. Gah! I want it to always be berry season! These bloobs were so good!!

My legs are a little wrecked from the torture exercises I’ve put them through this week, so I focused on upper-body weights today with cardio spurts in-between. Kept the weight heavy, reps low, and added a set to shock the ole’ muscles.

15 minutes on the elliptical, increasing resistance

Straight sets

5 minutes on the rowing machine, alternating grip

Straight sets

5 minutes on the stepmill

Alternating sets

15 minutes on the treadmill, 1 minute sprints followed by 2 minutes of walking

Phew!! I haven’t done a workout like this in a while and it was tons of fun. It took me almost 90 minutes, so don’t attempt it unless you’ve got extra time. I suggest it as a good rainy Sunday workout ;)


Was positively starving by the time I got home and immediately whipped up a steaming plate of spicy chicken stir-fry.


Chopped up a giant marinated jerk chicken breast bought at the local butcher, and stir-fried it with onions, mushrooms, garlic, zucchini, eggplant, carrots and hot sauce. So simple, and so delicious :) Kept me satisfied foreverrrr.

Good thing too! As I had another big shopping trip planned for today.


Yes my friends, my first ever trip to Whole Foods!!


I’ve heard good things about it all over the internets for years now. We don’t have one out East, so I was excited to pay a visit as soon as I got to Toronto. Food shopping > clothes shopping.


First and foremost, I was really excited about all the free samples they had out. Sure, they were covered in germs from people’s sticky fingers. But free food is free food.


My favourite aisle: the nut butter aisle.

In all, my Whole Foods trip was fun, but in all honesty I wasn’t that impressed! Most of the items you can find in smaller organic stores closer to where I live, so the trip out to Yorkville isn’t worth the time to me.

I did enjoy an iced cafe au lait on the bus home though :)


Don’t be fooled, I didn’t leave Whole Foods empty handed. There were some splurges!!


  • Deep chocolate VitaTops
  • Silver Hills Steady Eddie bread (got with a free coupon – review to come!)
  • Essence of Peach Kombucha iced tea
  • Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
  • Fresh figs
  • Jicama

The whole thing (not including the bread) cost me just over 20 bucks. Mmmm…yeah. I can see how they call it “Whole Paycheck” :P I was thisclose to buying Sunshine Burgers – but they were $6.99 for only three burgers, too rich for my blood!

The chocolate peanut butter though, I just couldn’t say no to.


Protective seals are meant for licking ;) Not bad. I think I like Nutella better.

And would you believe it if I told you I’ve never tried a fresh fig before??


I’ve had tons of dried figs, but fresh ones are so hard to find in New Brunswick. For some reason they are a lot more abundant in Ontario. I immediately tore into one once I got home.


Yet another thing I think has been talked up too much. It was kinda bland? Not very flavourful. The texture is fun though!

Last but not least, for dinner I prepared a much cheaper version of any burger you’d find at Whole Foods.

Yesterday, I bought a pound of ground turkey for $4. Then, for 79 cents I bought a can of black beans to add to the turkey to “plump” it up.

Mixed the two together with a clove of garlic and tbsp of chili powder.


Ended up getting six large spicy black bean turkey burgers out of the mix. Take that Sunshine Burger :P


I ate one on a half a pita, smothered in ketchup, mustard and pickles. They turned out really good!!

With a side of jicama fries. Sliced them up and baked at 450F for about 35 minutes. I was expecting them to taste like yucca fries, but they weren’t anything like them!! They were still kinda crunchy and tasted like water chestnuts. Interesting. I think I will try the rest of it raw on a salad…

And with that, I am off!! Sorry to leave you so abruptly, but my roommie is playing a show tonight and I’m laaaaate!! See ya tomorrow!! xo

Question of the Day: How do you save money at the grocery store? I always buy the cheap canned goods, it can sometimes be a difference of two bucks!

Posted on July 16, 2010, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. Can I just say that I love that you eat REAL food and healthy stuff.
    Its like you have food for me AND my bf :)

  2. OMG so many things to say about this post!
    1. I’m SO jealous of your Whole Foods trip!
    2. That’s such a coincidence you bough the Steady Eddie bread, coz I got some yesterday! It’s one of my ‘new’ things for this Tuesday…
    3. Have you managed to find jicama anywhere else?? I neeeeed to find some (again, for Try Something New Tuesday purposes!!!)
    4. The spicy black bean burgers look awesome.
    5. You are having WAY too much fun in the Tdot!

  3. I’m so glAd you FINALLY made a trip to WF. Never disappoints. I have started buying my meat there. Love that store, but I have to hold back too!

  4. YAAAY for your first WF trip !! :)

    it’s just a fun experience, but yes, I have many stores with just as cool or the same stuff I want, sometimes cheaper and definitely local … local stores, anyway!

    I’ve only had fresh figs TWICE, but both of mine were DELICIOUS… I would try again, maybe that one wasn’t ripe?


  5. Whole food is uber expensive. I went there in NYC & spent hours there. Seriously amazed, boy!

    I tend to buy loads when things are on sale, fill the cupboards

  6. I am jealous that you found jicama. I have been looking everywhere for it. I might have to make a drive down to T.O. to find some.

  7. Mmm I LOVE fresh figs! I guess they could be described as a little bland, but I love it :mrgreen: I’ve never eaten jicama cooked, but it tastes really good raw. And I agree – you can’t go wrong with dark chocolate dreams PB, but Nutella still wins in my heart!

    I’m glad you had a fun day! I like WF because they’re not really that many organic stores around here that I’ve found, and I think they have a good vibe :) And their cupcakes rock! When I saw you were going to WF today I almost headed out there myself LOL ;) I heard that the Big Carrot was good too, but I’ve never been.

    To save money, I shop at Asian stores! Today I went to T&T and got a loaf of multigrain bread, a taro bun, an almond cookie, a giant asian pear, a dragonfruit and a milk tea for only $9.80! I also buy dried beans instead of canned, tins of loose green tea teaves ($5-$10 for a year+ worth, again from Asian stores) instead of bagged, and try to buy seasonally/what’s on sale for produce. But I’m also an impulsive shopper, so with the extra stuff I pick up I’m not really saving any money lol :(

    • Ooh, my roommate and I are planning a trip to the Big Carrot soon!! It’s not far from where we live. You’re more than welcome to come with us :) I hear I must try T&T too… my quest for kabocha continues…

  8. I wish we had a whole foods too :(

    I get the steady eddy bread at Costco – two loaves for 5.99 – i love it!

    To save money I go to different stores for different items. I generally know my prices, and I love grocery shopping. I love T&T too!

    Are jicamas hard to find? I always buy them at superstore or safeway.

    • Hahaha, you should try grocery shopping in New Brunswick. Great for maple syrup and blueberries, suuuuucks for everything else. I’m like a kid in a candy store in Toronto!!

  9. I know they are soooo pricey but they are soo good especially considering they don’t contain soy. I want to try those protein balls

  10. Food shopping > clothes shopping, for sure lol

    I’m glad I don’t live right near a Whole Foods because it would def. burn a hole in my pocket! I save money by hitting up the bulk bins

  11. i did that twisting bicep curl today!! IT WAS HARD! hurt so good!!

  12. I do agree that Whole Foods can be quite pricey, but there are some things there that are better priced. It’s too bad you don’t have Trader Joe’s in Canada! That’s a surprise about sunshine burgers, they’re 3.99 around these parts in Maryland.

    Fresh figs are SO GOOD. Definitely one of my favorite fruits!

  13. Crazy thing is those groceries are a steal compared to what I would pay here for similar products. It hurts my wallet just thinking about it! :P

  14. To save money, I try to buy the generic of certain things (i.e. tomato paste, vegetables, cereal, etc.)

    By the way, last night on Jeopardy, they asked what Canadian province Banff National Park was in. I think that I got it right after reading your recent blog posts!

  15. To save money on groceries I always try and do a bit of meal planning to reduce any waste for starters. I’ve also just started shopping at some discount supermarkets and markets for cheap fresh produce. Luckily the quality is good so I’m saving lots of dosh there, especially as most of my shopping is fruit and veggies! x

  16. I LOVE Whole foods. You picked up a lot of the stuff I always pick up :D

    And I hate to break it to ya, girl- if that fig was bland, it wasn’t a good one :( The really good ripe ones are sweet and bursting with flavor! Maybe I’m just fig-spoiled… ;)

    Your dinner looks delish!


  17. I have always wanted to try fresh figs!

    I agree about Whole Foods. I think Trader Joes is way more awesome and I miss having one nearby!

    I really hope that Andy pulls off the tour, but I fear that he won’t. He needs at least a 3 minute advantage before the last time trial to have a chance of keeping that yellow jersey.

    Did you know Contador and Schleck are friends? They vacation together.

  18. Yeah Whole foods is insane. I rarely shop there – my local coop is so much better and cheaper! Live the home made burgers!

  19. Okay, I’ve never had figs either – fresh OR dried! Glad I’m not the only one!

    That biker’s arms are so freakin’ teeny!

    Sorry WF was a bust. I was a bit underimpressed my first time too, but I think the more you go the more you get out of it. The hot bar is to die for though!

  20. I much prefer Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods because a lot of times I can find the same or similar items for much, much less. WF does make for a fun trip though.

  21. Loving Tour de France!

    I would rather go to Trader Joe’s than Whole Foods. I like all their foods I’ve gotten and it’s less expensive!

  22. Isn’t WF cool. Definitely not an everyday grocery store but definitely nice to find some specific items :) Glad you enjoyed your first visit!

  23. Um, heck yes food shopping > clothes shopping! Hands down! I never buy of the “convenience” items. Why buy baby carrots for $2.99 when I can get a package of whole carrots for 89 cents?!

  24. interesting that you werent super impressed with WFs.

    the PB balls. I have some on my site right now that are similar but more nutbutter, less protein whereas your ratio is reversed

    tell me how the recipe went over this weekend if you made it!!

  25. greensandjeans

    I love jicama on salads! I agree with you on Whole Foods, I can usually find the treats I want cheaper on more local “health food” places and TJs!

  26. Compare the ingredients of nutella vs. dark chocolate dreams and I don’t think you’ll go back to nutella!

  27. Honestly, I love WF for the entire experience. From the pretty lights, to the nice people (cute produce guys, much?) to the food saaaammples and the fact I can wander for an hour or two and only walk out with a couple items. I do love little health food stores, farmers markets, the whole she-bang, BUT when I go to WF I tell people I pay for the whole experience. Getting my WF bags and feeling all fancy as I walk around and shop. Lol.

    But I guess I would be a little underwhelmed if it was my first time too, after hearing so many great things about it.

  28. Ashley Grundei

    I make my own Kombucha. $2/gal is about what it equals out to.


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