Happy Waffle Wednesday!!
Like how I make the Waffle Wednesday font match the colour of the waffle toppings? Yeah, I like to make my blog look professional like that ;)
This week’s topping comes to us from a box of local strawberries I bought for a dollar because they were on their way out.
They barely had a day left and I didn’t feel like doing anything fancy with them. So I chopped up the good ones and mixed them into plain yogurt. After a day of sitting in the container I had naturally sweetened strawberry yogurt with huge chunks of berries! I loved this, will definitely not scoff at a box of overripe berries again.
For the waffle, I mixed up my usual protein waffle batter as of late. Except this time I doubled it to get two giant waffles from the belgian press.
- 1/2 cup unflavoured soy protein powder
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- even more cinnamon
- 2 packets stevia
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1 cup almond milk
I sprinkled flaked coconut and mini chocolate chips on top for good luck. The chocolate chips totally made the waffle. Amazing what a little chocolate can do!
I actually ate the above waffle on Tuesday. After working for 15 hours on Monday, I thankfully didn’t have any clients until 6pm on Tuesday. Which meant I stayed in my jammies until 4pm. However, I still have my Wednesday morning client, which means I’m up before dawn at this time every week now. Thinking ahead on Tuesday, I popped the second waffle in the freezer for an early morning treat.
I woke up a little earlier this morning so I could eat the waffle at home and not on the streetcar. Had just enough time to pop it in the toaster oven, fry up a couple eggs, and guzzle back a mug of coffee.
Runny egg yolks combined with sugar-free syrup made for an awesome waffle topper. My oh my. Not to mention, all the fat and protein adequately silenced my morning hunger beast!
Fret not though. I am getting my carbs in as well.
I was been craving a grilled cheese like woah. I usually don’t get intense food cravings, but the thought of greasy melty cheese between two pieces of hot crispy carbs had been floating in my mind for days. On Tuesday, I finally succumbed with a couple pieces of my homemade Irish brown soda bread and old cheddar cheese.
To really kick this craving, I did nothing at all to healthify it. Used real butter with thick slices of both bread and cheese. Hit. The. Spot. Kept me satisfied for 5 hours.
Polished it off with a local McIntosh apple.
McIntosh isn’t my favourite snacking apple. But they’re pretty darn good (and HUGE) when local and in season.
That’s right my friends. It’s my favourite time of year. Apple season!!
My afternoon off on Tuesday also provided ample time to try out a new recipe:
This is a vegan sloppy joe recipe using lentils instead of meat. I got it here from the Post Punk Kitchen (my favourite vegan site!) but it actually comes from the book Veganomicon.
Instead of eating it sloppy joe style on a bun, I ate it on my favourite form of carbohydrate: pita bread.
The reviews of the recipe said it was a little spicy, so instead of 1 tbsp of chili powder I used 2 tsp chili powder + 1 tsp cumin. But I found it more sweet from the maple syrup! Decent recipe though. Super filling from the lentils.
As a random side note, my muscles are adjusting nicely to my new weightlifting split. Except one thing: my hands are killing me! Apparently my grip strength hasn’t increased with the rest of my strength. Even though my back can pull around heavy dumbbells, my hands are buckling under the weight! It hurts to even hold a pen :( Le sigh. Am doing lots of stretches and hope they will toughen up.
Now I’m off to bed. Away working from 6am to 10 pm again tomorrow! Gah!
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Question of the Day: Let’s talk carbs. What’s your favourite kind of carbohydrate? Mine are apples and pita bread, obviously ;)
Helloooo! As with most Sundays, I have a ton of food photos to share! And I’ve got a ton more food to prepare for my day tomorrow – so let’s get to it, shall we?
Woke up this morning and made my mom and I a waffle feast.
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 3/4 cup egg whites
- 3 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
I spent the morning lazing around. Sundays are meant to be lazy! By the time I’d gathered the energy to go to the gym, it was time for another snack.
Almond butter + banana. Basically the same thing I eat everyday before I go to the gym. Never fails.
Then it was off to the gym for treadmill, upper body and abs.
|Minutes||Speed – MPH||Incline|
|Romanian deadlift to row||50 lbs||8-12||3|
|Dumbbell incline bench press||20 lbs ea||8-12||2|
|Underhand grip lat pulldown||55 lbs||8-12||2|
|Dumbbell bench press||20 lbs ea||8-12||2|
|Wide-grip lat pulldown||55 lbs||8-12||2|
|Barbell upright row||20 lbs||15||2|
|Barbell curl||20 lbs||15||2|
|Skull crusher||20 lbs||15||2|
|Cable horizontal woodchop||35 lbs||12||2|
|Minutes||Speed – MPH||Incline|
I wore my new running shoes today and they were awesome :) Amazing how much the cushioning wears down in just six months, I could notice a huge difference!
I went straight to the grocery store after the gym, so I picked up a Bolthouse Farms vanilla chai tea and drank it right in the store as I shopped. I was ravenous!
It was way sweeter than I was expecting! Not bad for 20g protein, but awful at 42g sugar in 450 mL. Blech.
Came home and had some real food, including a new (to me) food!
Armstrong garden herbs cheddar cheese.
I guess I can’t really call this a “cheesestring” as it’s not stringy. Cheese stick perhaps? Regardless, it was creamy, full-fat, treat :)
Then it was on to my weekly food prep!
It’s a lower-cal, higher protein version of regular granola. Subbing out puffed rice for some of the oatmeal. I followed the directions almost exactly and it turned out amazing. Seriously. Cooking down the maple syrup first, and then stirring in protein powder, gave it such an awesome flavour!! Once you’re done making coconut chia granola, go make this :)
In between stirring the granola, I got to work on Averie’s Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups.
Except I used totally non vegan ingredients ;) As with most of Averies’ recipes, this one is super simple. Just stir up some peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and agave nectar for the filling. Pour a little white chocolate into the cup, plop in your filling, then top it off!! Keep reading to hear the results of these bad boys.
Theeeen it was some Olive & Feta Hummus a la me ;)
- 1 can chickpeas
- 3.5 oz feta cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 2 small cloves garlic
- salt and pepper
All blended up in my food processor. This turned out great. I can’t wait to make tomorrow’s turkey sandwich with it.
Oh yes, and while all this was going on, I also roasted a chicken.
With some roasted brussels sprouts and parsnips. One of my fave dinners!
And the best part – dessert!
Ohheckyes, it was good. I was scared I didn’t sweeten the filling enough, but the white chocolate is so sweet it goes perfectly. The rest of these will be pawned off on my coworkers tomorrow, muhaha ;)
Okee doke, I hate to blog and run, but I have to go get ready if I intend to get up for spin class tomorrow! Have a great start to your week!!
Question of the Day: White, milk or dark chocolate? I’m dark chocolate all the way, but I lovelovelove white chocolate too :)