Veggie Potluck

One of my goals for this year at university was to get involved in at least one group/ society/ committee.

One that caught my eye was the Vegetarian and Vegan club. Though I am neither, I was excited to find a group of people who gather to talk about good food, ethical practises and everything in between. Last night was the welcome potluck/ meet and greet and there was a great spread of food and wonderful conversation. I also met a fellow blogger Mallory. She’s had culinary training and is a runner extraordinaire.

I brought pumpkin cookies using this recipe (used spelt flour and a flax egg) and veggie juice to the potluck. There was a good assortment of grainy and vegetable salads and home made pretzel buns. YUM

This morning I took an RPM class and came home to enjoy a lazy breakfast while catching up with Glee

{Goat yogurt, apple, banana, granola, cranberries, honey and peanut butter}

The weekend is so close!

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!

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!

Crazy Sexy Adventure Day 3: Rocketfuel

I expected today to be a steep learning curve pairing the cleanse with intense exercise. This morning my alarm went off at 5:29 a.m. and I bounded right out of bed. I sipped on my lemon/ cayenne cocktail and a swig of green juice and was off to RPM.

I usually refer to RPM as “spin” but it’s really a step up from your average cycling class. It’s a 50 minute class combining speed, endurance, intervals and intense climbs with exhilarating music and challenging resistance. I have no shame in this class. I grunt, scream, groan and eventually just close my eyes and let it burn. The teacher is always energetic and a class setting is great motivation.

After RPM, my gym offers a 30 minute class that focuses on the core, many of the 6 am RPM-ers hobble from the cycling room to the fitness studio to finish off their workout with 30 minutes of various planks, twists and crunches. The instructor has thrown in a 100 push up challenge after her classes. It’s optional, but not really.

Strangely, I have the best workouts in the wee hours of the morning with minimal food in my stomach, and this morning was no different. I do, however, attribute those couple of sips of green juice to my speedy legs this morning.

Before jumping into the shower, I combined 2 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tbsp. coconut flour, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. shredded coconut, and half a cup of almond milk and popped it into the fridge. After thirty minutes of soaking I topped it with banana slices and raspberries.

I was catering a lunch meeting for a friend so the remainder of my morning was spent putting together quinoa-lentil salad, roasted vegetable salad with feta, tandoori chicken pizzas on naan crust, chocolate covered strawberries, and blueberry basil smoothies.

I had a taste of the smoothie and it was divine. I’m making a greener, more substantial version of this for breakfast tomorrow.

After dropping off the food I quickly had my own lunch –

Leftovers are such a blessing. Salad with quinoa and lentil curry. I have tomorrow completely off and plan to spend the day doing lots of food prep so I don’t get caught with my vegan pants down. Fail to plan = Plan to fail!

At work I ate a Larabar and drank more rocket fuel green juice

Once I got home I put together dinner – vegan caprese salad – served with an unpictured warm kale salad that I’ll be sure to show you next time I make it, it was delicious and had wilted kale, green olives, truffle oil, agave, and crushed Mary’s Crackers.

I feel awesome. Calm, energetic, radiant. Let’s do this forever.