Well Fed/ Rested

Well.

{Salad of spinach, roasted beets, olives, artichoke, lentils, sweet potato, and feta}

It took me exactly one week to burn myself out. Going from 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. feels great and productive at first, but it is draining and I crashed so easily.

{Overnight oats with berries, bananas, chia seeds, granola and peanut butter}

I’m going to try to say no more often. I am quick to find ways to pick up extra work shifts, pile one the yoga classes, and run (un)necessary errands. I need to remember that my priorities are school, my health, and my family and friends. Over crowding my schedule causes all of them to suffer.

{Quesadilla with smoked turkey, sliced pear, brie, and kale in a spelt tortilla}

 

Crazy Sexy Adventure Day 11: Kittens, Oatmeal, Veggies, Yoga

My friend Jessie is a new yoga teacher and wanted some head shots but the only time that worked was early in the a.m. For convenience sake, I slept over after yoga last night and we were up bright and early to get some pictures of her pretty face.

I packed a green juice. Nerd.

We took a quick snap, snap, met some nice people with a bag of kittens.

Literally a bag full of kittens. 

Once I arrived home I ate some delicious overnight oats in an almost empty peanut butter jar with tonnes of fruit and a little sprinkle of granola.

 

I had a pretty lazy morning which included laundry and a Girls marathon. I had a late lunch of curried lentil soup and a giant salad. I also had some Mary’s Crackers on the side.

Eventually I peeled myself off of the couch and headed to yoga.

My mom once told me that when living in New York she often enjoyed the Hallmark slice of street car pizza for lunch. One day, her boss came to work with TWO slices for herself. The thought had never occurred to my mom that one could eat TWO slices of pizza. I think of that every time I do a yoga double. 4:10 ishta + 6:10 Hot (half an hour in-between classes). Crazy Sweaty Bliss.

Once I got home I threw together some sautéed veggies, brown rice noodles and a generous serving of spicy almond butter sauce.

Goodnight!

 

Crazy Sexy Adventure Day 10: Reading Material

Another great spin class yesterday morning. The new RPM release just came out. New songs and new sequences. For the 100 pushup challenge afterwards, we did 4 sets of 10 regular push ups, 2 sets of 10 hand release push ups and finished with 2 sets of 20 regular push ups. Getting stronger!

For breakfast I had a toasted peice of buckwheat millet quick bread with peanut butter, banana and raspberries with a green energy smoothie on the side.

Once lunch rolled around, I had hoped to make sushi with some left over millet and roasted veggies

Nope.

Plan B was a stirfry with broccoli and snap peas. I simply slid the sushi mess into the skillet, added some Braggs aminos and sesame oil and called it lunch.

I had work all afternoon and had the usual tupperware salad beast and met a friend afterwards for yoga, a movie and a sleep over.

I’d like to think that I know some things about following a healthy, balanced, and delicious vegan diet. But I can certainly find myself stuck caught in a rut and eating the same thing meal after meal for the sake of ease. Here is a list of some of the blogs that have offered a  good dose of recipe inspiration for the cleanse (and the future!)

Happy reading!

Feels like Wednesday.

Last night I was listening to Boyce Avenue, drinking tea and staring out my window at the thunder-storm and I couldn’t help but think “Man, I am such a cliché”

Weetabix, granola, cinnamon, sucanat, banana, blueberries, almond butter, almond milk

I’ll make this quick because I’m gunning for at least eight hours of shut-eye tonight. Today I walked to the gym in the sunshine, went to Body Combat for an hour, and walked home in the pouring rain. Calgary weather is stupid. I went to work for the afternoon and came home starved which usually results in BFD – Breakfast for dinner.

Ketchup/ Hummus/ Cheese Omelette, toast with butter, banana and peanut butter.

Vegetables, what?

Move Breathe Flow

Hey guys! Did you all have a wonderful weekend?

I really did. Work went by quickly on Saturday and I came home to get to work on my catering gig for move.breathe.flow at the Yoga Passage tonight.

1. Quinoa Stuffed Mushroom 2. Caprese Bites 3. Sweet Potato Fries 4. Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries 5. Green Smoothie 6. Coconut-Date Bites

This morning I had a strange twinge in my elbow/ triceps that prevented me from fully straightening my right arm so I bowed out of body combat knowing I’d probably only make the problem worse if I spent an hour punching the air with all my might. I’m glad I did because food prep took much more time than I had expected and I was working from 9 am right until 3:30. At that point, my elbow was much better so I packed up the food and headed to Yoga Passage for the 4:00 Hot and very sweaty class. After a quick shower I set up the food for the event.

Move.breathe.flow is a fundraiser raising money that goes towards scholarships for yoga teacher training. I catered the first one but wasn’t able to stay for the event itself. A mistake I wasn’t about to repeat. This time, move.breathe.flow was bigger and better with a live DJ blaring tunes while you essentially dance like no one is watching, in a room full of people. It’s an incredible feeling — completely liberating! Before I knew it, two hours had passed and I was drenched in sweat all over again.

Eats from this weekend, that didn’t include constant nibbling while preparing food for the event

Saturday’s Breakfast

Yogurt, blueberries, banana, raw strawberry-chia jam, greek yogurt and granola in a waning peanut butter jar

Yes.

Lunch was quinoa mixed with hummus, feta and chickpeas with a side of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and balsamic reduction

Todays breakfast was yet another yogurt mess with blueberries, nectarine and banana — overdosing on fresh fruit — granola, peanut butter and honey

and lunch was an open-faced mozzarella and tomato sandwich with carrots, caramelized onion hummus and strawberries

I’m blissed out and ready for bed. Toodeloo

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!

Breakfast Nostalgia + Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

I do this thing where I find a breakfast concoction that I love and eat it daily –sometimes twice a day if it’s a breakfast-for-dinner situation– for weeks, even months on end until one day, the thought of it makes me want to hurl. I move on to a new breakfast obsession and make sure to avoid my previous flame like the plague. Then, one day, I remember my old favourite breakfast and invite it back into my rotation.

I ate this breakfast daily at a HORRIBLE time in my life that I would never want to repeat. Remember that one fateful month that I decided to take a semester’s worth of Chemistry in four weeks? It was positively miserable. But here’s what fueled me through it.

Toast, banana, peanut butter, raspberry jam, chocolate chips, granola, coconut

I’m currently in the last couple of weeks of school, so basically, this is my life right now…

I’m not complaining, though. I love all of my classes. I’m writing a research paper on blogging communities and studying the Confucian Analects. Life is good.

Sad but true: I had a dream about spinach artichoke dip on the train ride home the other night. Sad but true: If I am in a moving vehicle, there’s a very good chance that I am asleep.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Serves me. 

  • 3 c. fresh spinach
  • 1/2 c. canned artichokes (rinse well), chopped
  • 1/4 c. carmelized onions, chopped
  • 1/3 c. cottage cheese
  • 1 laughing cow wedge
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
  • black pepper to taste

In a small sauce pan, heat the vegetable broth with the spinach until it is just wilted. Add onions and artichokes, heat through. Stir in cottage cheese, laughing cow wedge and pepper until everything is well combined. Sprinkle with parmesan and broil on high for five minutes

I ate it all. Straight from the oven. Didn’t come up for air once. The entire inside of my mouth is scalded. So… there’s that.

Thursday

Thursdays are my loooong days.

Class from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. and then right away off to karma cleaning at The Yoga Passage. I usually stick around for the 4:10 class afterwards but I have a midterm tomorrow and really needed the extra time today to start studying review

Rewind to my quickie breakfast of greek yogurt, granola, banana slices, strawberry preserves and peanut butter .

This breakfast will never get old.

Insert hours of lecture + note taking, last-minute readings and several cups of coffee here.

Once I got home from Karma Cleaning I parked it on the couch to get some studying done aaaaand promptly fell asleep. I should have just stayed for yoga! By the end of the evening I was restless so I jumped onto the treadmill for a little incline walking with my flashcards. I may or may not have done my workout in pj pants. Something > Nothing

 

Study Breaks

I love my 8 a.m. English class, I love my 8 a.m. English class.

At least I’ll keep telling myself that. until this semester is over. Last night I was rolling around groaning I hate my liiiiife I hate my life. I hate Robinson Crusoe, I hate Daniel Defoe. Probably not helping my case

I packed a peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich to eat at school with a cup of coffee and headed to class for the day

The upside of early classes is being DONE by noon! I high tailed it home and had some left over spaghetti for lunch

After a bit of reading, I gifted myself a bit of time to make a mess in the kitchen.

Seriously.

What came of the disaster were Raw vegan cookie dough balls ala Love Veggies and Yoga


I don’t know how I manage to make such a mess with such a simple recipe. Make these!

I was also inspired by the crumbs in the bottom of my bag of granola to make something new and delicious. Please note that this granola literally lasts less than a week when I’m in this house. It’s Nature’s Path Ancient Grains and tastes like cookies. It’s not what I’d call health food but it’s one of my favorites!

Peanut Butter Granola Balls

Makes 16 balls

  • 1/2 c. granola
  • 15 dates
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Blend everything together in the food processor and form into balls
I’m going to relax a bit with my English readings and then it’s off to The Yoga Passage for some hot and svetty.

Back to Monday

Hello invisible internet friends! Hope you had a nice week, mine was spent avoiding the outdoors as much as possible due to some seriously brutal weather, like 40 below, brutal; drinking inordinate amounts of blacknbitter (coffee) and reading, reading, reading. Why didn’t anyone tell me that university required so much face-to-book time !?

This past weekend was positively perfection. I stayed out past my bed time to hang out with a friend on Friday night, slept in on Saturday (ok, until 7:30) and proceeded to indulge in a 3 hour yoga binge. 1.5 hours Ashtanga that left my upper body quivering and my hips screaming, followed by 1.5 hours of hot restorative. AAaaaaaah. Sunday morning I went to the gym for an hour of Body Combat and balanced it out by spending the rest of the day on my butt reading the translations of ancient Hindu scriptures. For a class, not exactly my idea of recreational reading. Best thing I made/ ate

Crispy fish and kale chips

The recipe was heavily inspired by the Eat Clean recipe for crispy chicken bites, except I used basa fish. The breading was a mix of ground almonds, flax, oat bran and wheat bran plus some herbs and spices. First I dipped the fish in a mixture of eggwhite and dijon mustard and then into the breading. Then the fish got broiled until cooked through.

30 second breakfasts are necessary

Greek Yogurt, granola, banana, raspberry preserves and peee-nah-bu-dah! <– How I say it in real life

I love the schedule I’ve made for myself. On Mondays either I go to the gym before class, then have a break to study, then go to work OR study in the morning, go to class, go to the gym and then to work. Today was the latter. I’m getting comfortable at the University gym. The sooner I establish myself as the weird girl who does squat jumps, the better.

Such a wonderful feeling to come home after a long day to see a platter of spaghetti just waiting to be attacked.

Settling into an evening of Gossip Girl and Text books (during the commercials, of course)