Hungry days and seasonal delays

Yesterday I rolled out of bed for a pre-sunrise BodyPump class. I love early, early workouts but only if I get the prescribed 7-8 hours of sleep. Otherwise sleep wins every time.

Weight lifting leaves me hungry all. day. long. I drank a big green smoothie as soon as I got home, but grazed throughout the morning until I decided snacks wouldn’t cut it anymore and put together an earlylunch

Braised kale, olives, chickpeas, trail mix, Mary’s crackers, balsamic, honey, truffle oil with veggies and fruit

For the afternoon I headed to class for my Food Culture and Communication class where we spent three hours talking about local food.

After more snackage and my favorite pumpkin drink

Awake tea soy misto with one pump of pumpkin. Boom.

I was planning on sleeping in this morning but found myself creeping people on Facebook at 4:30 in the morning, so I caught another spin class. I just keep growing more and more obsessed with RPM, I used to find myself on the verge of death by the end of this class but my strength and endurance has grown which means I’ve been finding ways to make it more challenging — cranking up the resistance and staying on the saddle durring climbs.

Breakfast — I call this the “Clinging on to Summer”

Overnight oats with banana, berries, and peanut butter. In reality, I am desperate for Calgary to finally settle in to autumn. Meaning I can wear leggings and leg warmers and denim jackets without dying of heat stroke. But while berries are still in the store (and still delicious!) They’ll be on my plate.

Finally, here is lunch from today. Roasted beets, braised kale, tofu ricotta, garlic stuffed olives, almonds, and balsamic vinegar.

I imagine that my insides are stained a bright shade of magenta.

My days have maintained a steady gym-work-school-yoga-study pattern. Tomorrow will offer something new and exciting into the mix. See you then!

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End of Summer lull; Return of a breakfast favorite, and care free treats

I desperately need for school to begin. I am bored to tears. Un-motivated. Going through the motions. The more time I have to do things, the less I do. I thrive off of schedules and deadlines. Though I know that this is just an excuse I like to use for the fact that I’m being very unproductive and lazy these days. Just ignore me while I vent.

This morning, I set my alarm so as to pretend I had some form of structure in my life and ate a Breakfast cookie, the first after a long time!

1/2 a banana, 1/3 c. rolled oats, 1 tbsp. Sunwarrior protein powder, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. shredded coconut, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, splash of almond milk. Mash, spread onto a plate, leave in the fridge overnight. This morning I topped it with a little smear of cocoa bliss (chocolate-coconut butter) and some home-made raspberry chia seed jam. Side of fruit and tea.

After my extremely productive and social morning –sarcasm. I sat in my basement and watched several episodes of Modern Family, folded a basket of laundry, danced around to the 60’s French pop station on Songza and gave myself an at-home coconut oil hair treatment. Real life.

LUNCH

sautéed kale and crimini mushrooms, roasted sweet potato and a fried egg. I almost added feta, but I had big, dairy plans for later in the day.

Finally I washed the half cup of coconut oil out of my hair, pulled on some people clothes and was off to meet another human in the form of my best friend Ashley. We walked and talked and tried on stupid hats. The youzghe <shortened version of ‘usual’

We went our separate ways and I found my self in a sweaty heap on my yoga mat. 75 minutes at Yoga Passage left me a happy, noodly, HUNGRY girl. My friend Nat and I had dinner at Boxwood Cafe. It has been on my “To Eat” list for the longest time but today offered the perfect recipe of hunger, special occasion, and utter disregard for financial status.

Nat’s heading back to Vancouver for school on Thursday, I’ll miss her LOTS but I’m planning on showing up on her door step in BC later this year…

I had the amazing quinoa stuffed eggplant with roasted tomatoes and miso for dinner.

Plus a glass of rosé.

Afterwards we meandered down to Village Ice cream ,where I got bourbon butter pecan and salted caramel. Half scoop of each = 1 scoop in a still warm waffle cone.

So. much. yes. Also, get this: Food when enjoyed thoroughly and without agonizing over as to whether it will give you a stomach ache… does not give you a stomach ache! Noted.

Crazy Sexy Adventure Day 5: Hearty meals for hungry girl

This morning I went into autopilot and while sipping my warm water with lemon and cayenne put together a banana/ strawberry/ pineapple smoothie with almond milk, spinach and chia seeds. One sip in my taste buds insisted on a heartier breakfast with chew.

I poured a bowl of quinoa granola with banana and berries with a cup of green juice (disregard my pink pajama pants, thanks) The quinoa granola is increadible. Dense and nutritious. A little (I had about a half cup) goes a very long way. Packed with nuts and seeds, three whole grains, deliciously chewy and crunchy at the same time, thanks to the raw quinoa. I love the inclusion of coconut oil in the liquid ingredients and I substituted agave nectar, as I find that I need much less of it to offer sweetness in recipes, and added a sprinkle of cinnamon. Here is the recipe, you’ll be hooked from the first cluster.

For lunch I made a salad of epic proportions topped with tahini-tofu scramble. Such a delicious and satisfying meal with an abundance of protein to refuel me after today’s hard Body Combat class (Upwards of 500 back kicks, side kicks, jump kicks and roundhouse kicks according to our crazy instructor)

I went to work for the afternoon and sipped on the smoothie that I passed on for breakfast

The reason I spent all of yesterday preparing basic meal components was so that on days like today, when I come home starving and ready for a 10 minute meal, all I have to do is assemble, heat (or not) and eat. Today it was warmed kale, zucchini and cherry tomatoes with millet, trail mix (containing dried cranberries, sultanas, pepitas and sunflower seeds) with lemony-tahini dressing simple, fast and so satisfying.

Crazy Sexy Adventure Day 4: Food Prep Day

Cleansing is easiest when you are busy + prepared. Being busy is nice on the days that you need a little distraction from the challenges you may be facing with the cleanse and being prepared is important so that you aren’t stuck, starving, with no health supportive supplies on hand.

As promised, a big, green, blueberry basil smoothie for breakfast

1 frozen banana, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1 c. almond milk, 2 tbsp. chia seeds, three big fists full of spinach, and a couple basil leaves.

Delicious as it was, I was a bit hungry before lunch and snacked on some melon and almonds to get me to lunch

Which was a wilted kale salad with all sorts of good stuff. Eggplant bacon, roasted sweet potato, chickpeas, olives, Mary’s crackers and lemony-tahini dressing. Washed down with a glass of coconut water. Just for kicks, here’s what my brother had for breakfast (at 2:00 p.m.)

Two sausages fried in butter and oil, two eggs – fried in the left over grease, cinnamon raisin toast with butter and a pinapple-banana protein shake. There are no words.

All day I prepped prepped prepped. I made eggplant bacon, baked sweet potatoes, a batch of millet, quinoa-buckwheat granola, edamame millet burgers, and a couple of big batches of juice.

I snuck a couple of handfuls of granola and some sips of juice and was on my way to yoga.

The 4:10 Ishta class on Tuesdays at Yoga Passage is one of my absolute favorites (do I not say this about every class there?) Jennifer Rurka walks you through challenging poses that you may not have known were available to you. She’s a fantastic teacher. Hilarious, but insightful. She balances the importance of challenging your limits and knowing your boundaries in class. I honestly wasn’t a fan of this class in the beginning because I wasn’t able to do any of the arm balances or backbends or the like in the beginning. It wasn’t until I came to the realization that avoiding the class wouldn’t make me any stronger. Yoga is a practise, after all. So I went back, I fell on my face, I fell on my butt. I lost balance, I forgot to breathe and then one day that all stopped. Today she said “if you’re too afraid to try it, try it anyway” and today I did my first dropback from camel to wheel.

Dinner was an edamame millet burger, sliced jicama and a huge salad with spinach, arugula, pineapple, strawberries, walnuts, balsamic vinegar and sea salt.

Just want you all to know that what I show here isn’t absolutely everything that passes my lips in the day! Everything is within the cleanse but if I’m hungry I will eat. Still going strong and I’ll give a more thorough update after week one is complete.

Crazy Sexy Adventure Day One: So many green things.

Today kicked off my first day of the crazy sexy adventure cleanse. It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but I see some serious potential and lessons to be learned in the near future.

I woke up and had a glass of hot lemon water with a pinch of cayenne. I’ve been doing this for a while actually and it makes a world of difference for my digestion (gross)

Breakfast, about an hour later, was a smoothie with cucumber, romaine, one banana, three strawberries, 2 tbsp. chia seeds and half a cup each of coconut water and almond milk.

I won’t lie. This tasted like death and sadness. I was in a hurry to get to work and drank it anyways but I think I’ll stick to my regular recipes for vegan smoothies: Banana based with kale or spinach with almond milk and nut butter. I’d rather munch on extra cucumber and romaine at lunch time than choke it down in a smoothie. Live and learn, I suppose.

Lunch was a giant massaged kale salad. I don’t know if I’m massaging my kale properly. I gave about two cups of torn up kale a good rub down with lemon tahini dressing and let it sit over night to break down even further. I added red peppers, cucumber, snap peas, chickpeas, walnuts and green olives this morning.

Great tasting but the texture was kind of off. Maybe I just prefer my kale in chip form or lightly steamed.

After work I took a hot restorative class. I fell asleep through every single hold.

The amount of food I ate today was fine with the lack of activity in my day but on days that I exercise I will be eating much more food. What I find interesting about eating vegan (I did a 7 day vegan challenge a while back) is that I am so focused on getting enough nutrition that I barely consider calories or sugar or grams of this and that. I’m much more in tune with my body and hunger cues.

Throughout the day I snacked on an apple, jicama with lemon juice and cayenne and mary’s crackers with hummus and finally, dinner was zucchini noodles with broccoli, peppers, snap peas and carrots in a spicy almond butter sauce

Over all, my stomach feels better than usual. I was definitely a little tired today. A little hungry at times and I probably could have used more water, especially because of the restorative class that I took. So far so good I’m looking forward to the next twenty days!

Down time

We are now in the precious lull between Winter semester exams and the beginning of Spring time courses. This week will be nothing but fun including going back to work. You know you love your job when you find yourself sitting on the beach in Maui, looking into the ocean and declare, “I MISS WORK!”

Hot (Skype) date with Preeya Saturday night, I get to see her in real life this August!

Sunday

English muffin + Peanut butter/ honey + Mango –pales in comparison to the ones freshly picked from the tree in our frontyard in Hawaii

I went to Body Combat after breakfast, I missed it last week and kick/punch/screamed my face off. My mom and I went grocery shopping immediately after. We are polar opposites when it comes to grocery shopping. She is fast and efficient and I like to browse, read and find new things.

Midway through putting the groceries away (worst. task. ever.) I could not ignore my stomach or plummeting blood sugar any longer.

Romaine, Carrots, Tempeh, Tahini, Siracha, Feta + Half a cinnamon raisin bagel with whipped cream cheese. Post-grocery trip meals are the best

Out of excuses to justify my ignoring the tornado in my bedroom and mounds of dirty laundry, I dedicated this afternoon to regaining some sort of order in these areas. Sad times, happy music.

Dinner was steamed kale with dark amber honey and truffle oil, potato salad and tandoori chicken.

Toodle-oo!

How YOU doin’ !?!?!?

Good day to you!

and you! and you!

Overnight oats, long time no see!

Oats, almond milk, flax, vanilla, salt –all night long, all night- This morning I added banana, dried cranberries and peanut butter

I worked all day but broke at some point for this delicious lunch

Kale, Cauliflour (steamed) quinoa, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, goats cheese + Apple Schmapple

Ten minutes before me and the new trainee at work closed up the store, an obnoxious drunk man stumbled in slurring his words and stopped directly in front of the reception desk with a strange look on his face. All I could think was “please don’t vomit, please don’t vomit” and all of a sudden he burst out “HOW YOU DOIN’ ” like Joey from Friends. My reply: “we’re great, but closed. SORRY BYE HAVE AN AWESOME DAY!” Luckily he left with minimal greif. Awesome first day for the new girl!

I was a little restless after a long day at work so I just took an aimless stroll on my treadmill while watching Kitchen Nighmares.

Eye lids are heavy, but Criminal Minds is on soon! Priorities peeps.

Bubble and Boil

Nice little Thursday! Made my big scary muscles cry at Body Pump and then went to work for the afternoon.

BUBBLE N BOIL

Brown Sugar – Dijon Salmon, Kale Chips, Sweet Pataytuh

I was juuuust about to slip into my jammys and settle in to some Jersey Shore, but I have had QUITE enough of my own company. No work tomorrow so I’m going out with friends. G’night!

You’ve got some ‘splaining to do!

I’m just the worst.

I’ll spare you a list of excuses that explain my absence. Truth is, I have had a lot on my mind and my food has been un-inspired

Although…

well that looks kind of interesting…

Kiss My Broccoli Edamame Millet Burgers (best veggie burgers I’ve ever had! Ever. EverEverEver.) + Cajun Kale Chips + Steamed potatoes in vinaigrette

Those potatoes! I always forget about the humble potato and it’s such a shame.

I chop and steam a couple of baby Yukon golds until they’re tender and toss them in a vinaigrette of olive oil, lemon juice, fresh garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Easy peasy.

I had them again alongside a two-egg omelette with kale and cheese.

Kale + Eggs are bombish. Cheese + anything = fantastico. Note to self: Work on vocabulary.

Besides THAT, I’ve been doing the school thing, I’ll be a nutritionist at the end of this week (!), and paying off my Visa bill… and celebrating by going on a shopping spree. Oh, life.

Spooning in the Cold

Another freezing day in Calgary.

Soup makin’ weather


Kale and white bean soup

Serves 3

  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 small tomato, sliced
  • 3 c. kale, chopped
  • 1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a small sauce pan on medium heat and sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic, kale and tomato, continue to cook until kale wilts slightly. Add broth, beans and nutritional yeast. simmer for 10 minutes, season to taste and serve. Garnish each bowl with one teaspoon of basil pesto.

It seems like just yesterday that it was warm enough to justify a Spoon Me run…

Oh, wait. I totally went on a Spoon Me run yesterday. -3°C is warm enough.