Life in a Jar


Going through my food photos, I noticed this one from last week that I never shared with you. I swear, it’s not because I am ashamed of it.


That would be oatmeal in a Fluff jar topped with chocolate peanut butter and strawberries. The fluff melts and becomes a sweet syrup. SO good.

Apparently, oats in a jar continued to be a popular breakfast into this week.


Either that, or I have a tendency to blow through fluff and peanut butter at the same pace ;)


One of my pet peeves used to be the hard bits of nut butter at the bottom of the jar, but putting oatmeal in it solves that problem. What’s that purple stuff in there you ask?


Jam of course!! When you’re out of fluff, jam is the next best thing to pair with PB ;)

This morning I got a grip on myself and ate breakfast out of a bowl.


Yogurt with protein powder, dry oatmeal, cinnamon, blueberries, almond butter, and the kicker…


Mint. If I could keep plants in the house without killing them, mint would be my herb of choice. Not just for the mojitos, but it makes for an excellent yog-mess topper!


In a perfect world, blueberries would also be in season all year round ;)

You may recall that I tried fresh figs for the first time not that long ago, and wasn’t that impressed.

Well, those were black figs. This weekend I spotted some green figs and decided to give them another try.


Verdict? Much better! The center was a lot sweeter and more flavourful. Thumbs up!

I may not be baking much these days, but I sure am making lots of summery salads!


I meant for this to be a quinoa salad, but when I opened my cupboard all I had was pearl barley. I still think quinoa will be better, thus, that’s what I’m putting in the recipe ;)

Hearty Tofu Quinoa Summer Salad

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small sweet potato, cut in 1cm cubes
  • 1 15oz can black beans
  • 1 block tofu, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp dried chilis

Cook the quinoa, sweet potato and tofu in the water for around 20 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and let chill in the fridge for several hours (one day is best to let the flavours come out!)


I tossed some of the leftovers with spinach, zucchini, green pepper and tomatoes today for lunch. Yumyum!! I am aalll about the protein packed summer salads these days ;)

Supper wasn’t quite as successful.


It started good – a Rowe Farms Italian Sausage on toasted rye bread from Brick Street Bread.


Both are exceptionally tasty, made better only by the addition of ketchup, mustard and sauerkraut.

But then there was this pile of green…


I normally love piles of green food. I though this frozen broccoli rapini would be no different. For lack of a better word, ick. It was chewy. Could not chew enough to swallow and the taste wasn’t that great. I get rapini is not one of those veggies that freezes well…


I also have some big news!!

Two pieces of news actually…

First, I finally picked out something to wear to the Healthy Living Summit Cocktail party.

Yes, this is big news :P

You have no idea how much mental energy I have put towards worrying about this stupid outfit. I am not a fashionista. Apart from whether or not it wicks moisture, I do not care about my clothing to any great extent. I think it comes more from the fact that I’m cheap and can’t bring myself to spend my hard-earned bucks on expensive pieces of material.

I had a few old dresses I thought I could wear to the event, but I didn’t feel right in any of them. And I’m all about feeling good in your own skin. You will have to wait till Friday to see my new $30 dress :)

Also, apparently everyone is wearing yoga pants during the sessions on Saturday. But I haven’t worn pants since I was in Alberta two months ago. I would have to disagree with the Gap and say that I do indeed look good in shorts. Anyone ever do yoga in jean shorts? :P


Okayokay, now on to the news that’s actually important…

I’m getting a Nutrition & Wellness Specialist certification!

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a loooong time and the time is finally right. I’m doing it through Can-Fit-Pro, the same as my personal training certification. I’ll be given a textbook and take a weekend of classroom instruction at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Right now, my hands are kind of tied as a personal trainer when it comes to nutrition advice. The new certification will allow me to give nutrition counselling and advising on top of creating fitness programs so my clients will sort of have the whole package. Diet is such a huge part of the fitness and health journey, it’s important that people get some info on that too!

My classes are in September and my exam in October. This is just another part of what will be a long education journey for me, I can’t wait! :)


Question of the Day: Are you a fashionista? What’s your favourite piece of fashion advice? One that I always follow is that I never show off my upper and lower parts at once. If I’m wearing a short skirt, then I pick a modest top. If I’m wearing a low-cut shirt, then I’ll go with something longer on the bottom.

Posted on August 10, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Yayyyy congrats on the nutrition & wellness cert! You mentioned wanting to get that, and I know you’ll be able to do lots more with it! I’m pumped also because maybe you’ll share some of your genius with us on the blog!


  2. Except for the mint we had the same breakfast today…..only I added 2 cups of frozen green beans and blended it for a nice cold smoothie. I’ll have to try the mint thing some time.

  3. Wow, so exciting! It’ll make you even more marketable to have your Nutrition and Wellness certification! Good for you. :)

    I’m definitely not a fashionista. I’ve been trying harder lately, but it definitely still makes me nervous! Can’t wait to see your summit dress!

  4. fashion advice=
    use accessories… makes any old outfit new…and any boring outfit fun!

  5. Mmm, oats in a fluff jar :)

    I think overnight oats in an almond butter jar are on the agenda for me tomorrow, but my almond butter jars are really small.

    I am totally with you on the upper or lower half thing.

    My fashion advice/rule is – leggings are not pants! I believe they should be worn with a dress or skirt over the top (unless they are sporty ones for working out in), but thats just my opinion.

  6. So exciting! I am really interested in nutrition as being one of my careers in my future. I want to be a yoga instructor too. =P Maybe I could do both in tandem. :)

    Oats in a jar are the best thing on earth. I can’t imagine what fluff oats taste like…heavenly, I suspect. :)

  7. What is your recipe for the oats in a jar if you don’t mind me asking? It looks tastey along with the rest of your food. :)

    • Hey! It’s just 1/2 cup dry oats cooked with 1 cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk and 1 scoop protein powder. Once it’s all cooked, I pour the oatmeal in the jar and make it look pretty with toppings :)

  8. Congrats lady!! That is so so exciting (talking about your second piece of news btw :P). You are also going to look fabulous at HLS.

    1) No but I do love clothes/style My favourite fashion tip is after dressing and accessorizing, look in the mirror and take one thing off. We’re not talking pants here but jewellery, accessories, layers, etc. I find it rings true – I’ve normally overdone it and taking one piece out of the equation just makes everything a bit more together.

  9. WOW congrats on your big news girl! THAT IS AWESOME!! so exciting!
    LOVE your OIAJ!!

  10. How cool on the Nutrition and Wellness cert. I know that is something I will be interested in when I work towards personal training as well. Sometime in my future. LOL

  11. YAY! Good luck with the new certification. Not that you need luck. You can probably teach the instructors about nutrition at this point. =)

    Nicole G

  12. I would like to think that I’m a bit of a fashionista but as I say in my blog title I’m ‘getting stylish’ so I think its a bit of a work in progress! I think my one piece of advice would be to stay true to your own style – only wear things your drawn too rather than following trends to a T and wear those clothes you love with confidence and you can’t go wrong! x

  13. I would like to say I’m a fashionista, but really I get all my style advice from my Momma! She has a degree in it for goodness sakes, and a 30% discount at J Crew ;)

    And that’s awesome! Can’t wait to hear all about getting your specialization- I figure it will be much like my holistic nutrition course I’m starting in a year :D


  14. How cool! I love that you love your new life! I think my best piece of fashion advice is to always buy what fits! If you don’t like the way it fits in the store, you will NEVER wear it.

  15. HOORAY for your new educational adventure :)

  16. I have some chocolate mint growing in my flower bed and I wasn’t sure what to do with it besides put it in green monsters. I’ll try it in my yogurt soon!

    That salad looks amazing!

    Yay for finding a cocktail dress! I feel like I’m the only one who’s wearing something I already had in my closet – no fun!
    I am currently studying for a nutrition (sports nutrition) cert to supplement PT as well. I def agree – a total necessary when it comes to providing advice as a health professional!

  17. Good for you Susan. My first thought was, I bet her parents are so proud of her.
    As far as fashion goes, I so don’t care. It is a commitment financially and time wise to keep in style. Not one I’m interrested in. 95% of my wardrobe is from Frenchy’s.

  18. Good for you!! I’d love to take some Nutrition & Wellness classes–I got all excited about that organization, but I’m not in Canada :( Fail.

  19. I wish I had a fashion sense! I can dress up really fancy and then I look stylish but day to day stuff I’m a jeans girl. :)

  20. GOOD FOR YOU, SUSAN! woops just realized my caps lock was on, but i am leaving it, because that news deserves a shout ;) that is exciting and i look forward to hearing more about this new project of yours! that’s great!

    also, i know how you feel about hating to find an outfit. i am the same, TOTALLY not a fashionista. props on finding something, can’t wait to see the dress. it’s just too bad i won’t see it in person! sure wish i could be at HLS! maybe next year.

    that top OIAJ is a work of art, i tell you.


  21. Congrats on making the decision to work toward your certificate! I’d love to get mine someday.

    P.S. Those figs look amazing. Yum.

  22. haha I love your comment about fluff being a clean food on my blog! yep! it has 3 ingredients :) but seriously, PB and fluff sandwiches are SO amazing! may be my first meal after my competition :)

    thats amazing news about the nutrition certification ! it sounds so awesome, and something I would totally be interestedin getting as well! i cant wait to hear about your journey!

  23. I love oatmeal with jam!! I was just noticing that my peanut butter is getting down to that hard stuff at the bottom and thought to myself “OATS IN A JAR IT IS!”

  24. congrats on pursuing the nutrition consultant certification! that is so exciting! i am looking into similar programs and am stoked about it :)

  25. Congrats on the great news Susan!

    And have a blast at the HLS in Chicago! I so wish I was going!

    Im loving the addition of mint! Such a great idea! Ahhhhhhhhh your OIAJ ‘s all ook amazing! Love the one in the marshmallow fluff jar the best!


  26. Congrats on the dress AND certification! :)

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