Hellohello! I had a blast reading through everyone’s random tidbits!! How fun!! Two extra tidbits I forgot to add yesterday:
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.
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.
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…
Snacked up in preparation for the gym.
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
5 minutes on the rowing machine, alternating grip
5 minutes on the stepmill
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
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.
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!
Hi there! Hope you all had wonderful weekends spent with your moms (sounds like it!). It was a busybusy day around these parts, feels like I haven’t stopped yet!
Started off after a solid 8 hours of unconsciousness.
My favourite kind of toast too – sesame ezekiel.
And a smidge of buttah to go with the runny yolks. Mmmmm…
My mom however got no brunch or breakfast in bed from me. Nope! Instead I dragged her to the gym for Mother’s Day!
Actually, more like she dragged me. There were a few mother-daughter duos there, very cute :)
We went to the woman’s only gym which is a drag because their weight area is seriously lacking. How are women supposed to lift heavy? Boo. Anyways, here’s what I managed to muster. Upper-body only. My glutes are wrecked.
Warm-up: 15 minutes on the elliptical, increasing resistance
Straight set (x3):
Dumbbell pullover (chest, back of shoulders, lats, rhomboids,triceps)
Cardio: 10 minutes on the rowing machine, alternating grips
Straight set (x3):
Cable lateral raise (top and front of shoulder, traps)
Cardio: 10 minutes on the stairmaster, increasing speed
Not too shabby! Didn’t kill myself in the weight area what with all the moving over the last few days.
I didn’t get to eat until an hour after , which may explain the ginormous dish that followed.
I made my mom buy me kale to keep on top of that calcium!
Shortly after it was on to my Nana’s Mother’s Day present:
I have never heard of Queen Elizabeth Cake before. But when I said I wanted to bake something, my mom pulled out this recipe and said it was my Nana’s favourite. Figures, my family are such monarchists ;)
Clearly, as soon as I saw dates in this recipe, I knew it was a winner. And topped with coconut? Yesplease!
I will not lie, I licked the bowl clean and tried a couple tastes of the topping. The deliciousness of plain old butter and sugar will never cease to amaze me.
The recipe called for a 9×12 pan, which I completely disregarded and put in a 9×9 pan. Oops.
Once put under the broiler, the sugar hardened like in a brulee. Mygosh.
The photo below is a setup. This is my mother’s piece. Mine was twice as big.
And worth every. single. bite. My Nana was so happy and impressed that we thought to make her favourite cake. I am starting to learn where that sweet tooth of mine comes from ;)
The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting with Mark’s family. Then we came home to a late dinner. I made a stir-fry for Mark and I while my mom feasted on her Mother’s Day lobster.
Fiddleheads! For all you West-coasters, fiddleheads are a young fern that’s harvested in the springtime. It’s actually late in the season for them. My mom steamed some before I added it to the stir-fry. I’d compare the taste to broccoli or asparagus.
By the bye, after dinner I went to my dad’s to help him move furniture. If it’s not my crap, it’s someone else’s. The moving never ends!! :P
Sunday! Time for my Monthly Goal Check-In.
Strength train three times a week, with a focus in muscular power. Got in two lifting workouts this week, but I think I should get at least an extra two more with moving ;)
Run twice a week, increasing my mileage by 10% each week. Check! Got in a 4-mile and 3-mile run this week – both outdoors!
Stop buying dairy, eating it only when out or when it’s “a must.” I haven’t had cottage cheese, yogurt or milk since writing this last week. I’ve had maybe one 15g serving of feta or cheddar cheese a day since, and a little butter here and there.
Stay away from refined sugars, again eating only for special occasions. Oooh, not as great on this one. I’m still eating regular chocolate, and a piece of cake today that was definitely packed full of refined sugars. Will do a detailed post about this tomorrow!
Add and organize content, new recipes, workouts, and revised pages and categories. Check! Added a new recipe page, and new workouts are up under the workout tab. Oh, and there’s a new pic of me on the sidebar –>
Improve my organization. Make lists, finish them, know what needs to be done, when. Well, I did make a list, but I never referred to it. I’m still disorganized… but I don’t think I forgot anything!
Spend time with my family. Giant check! Spent all day with various family members :)
Enjoy and soak up every single minute. You know, ever since writing this, I’ll occasionally stop and take notice of what I’m doing in a single moment. I never realized how little I do this, and how enjoyable life is when you do. Check.
Question of the Day: What were your goals for this month, and how are you doing on them?