New Year Ramble

Umm…

Merry Christmas Eve/Christmas/Happy Boxing Day/Happy New Year.

I’m embarrassed. My coworkers insisted I took some time off. They all but had a restraining order against me, keeping me away from the clinic between December 23rd until January 3rd, leaving me with SO. MUCH. time on my hands and still I neglected senorita blog for the entire break.

I wasn’t terribly busy. Honestly. I alternated between sleeping more than is probably even allowed, eating…more than is probably even allowed, catching up with friends that I should and will hang out with more often (New years resolution!)

You could find me spending money on kinda-but-not-really-neccessary things because I won’t be working full-time any more and I probably won’t be able to afford things like my FOURTH nose piercing (I’ve had to repierce four. FOUR times.) and a new iPod and lots and lots and lots of coffee and a new years eve dress and three new pairs of Lululemon pants (on sale do you think I’m insane?). This was also the first year that I could actually afford to get my loved ones Christmas gifts, which makes me so happy

Oh! I also spent my time practising YOGA lots and lots of yoga! I kept going strong with my December yoga challenge, and though I missed a couple of formal classes, I managed to find myself in some compromising positions and awkward twists while watching TV most nights.

My camera has basically been collecting dust for the past two weeks, so I would refer to this post for an idea of what Christmas was like at my house (although, this time I was lazy and only made one dessert, decreasing the total number of sticks of butter involved in Christmas dinner to 2)

New year’s eve was spent dancing my face off with friends and strangers alike.

I like the idea of new years resolutions but I’m rather impulsive and if I want to do something I like to do it right away. With that said, this year I’ll floss more, meditate more, be an awesome student, think before I speak , prioritize, keep calm, see friends more often, blog more consistently, sit up straighter, shave my legs once in a while, learn my parent’s language (so they can stop talking about me behind my back in front of me!) and learn more about wine. Which will require a lot. a. lot. of studying.

Story of my life for the last two weeks.

Now I’m back to work for one more full week and then I’m going to be a student again! I can not wait to start geeking out. I’m studying communications part-time, working part-time.

During my yoga focused December, I literally did not go to the gym once. I love yoga-high but I did miss the different kind of rush that a work out offers. On Monday, I took the familiar stroll to my gym and lifted weights for only 30 minutes and my body went from confused to uncooperative to thankful and now it is just plain angry. Everything hurts. Tuesday night I went to my favorite 6:10 hot yoga class with Gord, I basically skip to the studio giggling with glitter in my eyes on Tuesday nights and float home with a dopey grin on my face.

I don’t even care that I’m soaked with sweat and it is usually over an hours commute via foot/train/bus home in the cold and I don’t usually eat dinner until 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. meaning I’ve gone between 5-9 hours without food and we know how I get when I get hungry.

Nope. Tuesday nights are my favorite.

I’m trying to get back into the habit of waking up at at least 6 a.m. For the last little while, my alarm would go off at 5:29, I’d blink and it would be 8:30 ?! Deep down I am an early bird, so today I made the effort to JUMP out of bed at the sound of my alarm.

Broke fast.

 

Toast, apple, peanut butter, granola, pumpkin butter

and had like four hours to kill until I had to leave for work. So what else would I do? I made dinner so that it would be waiting for me when I got home from work.

Roasted garlic and brie soup. I had about half of a large wheel of brie left over from our Christmas dinner so after a brief browse on Foodgawker I put the cheese to use and it turned out delicious!

I feel like we’re caught up! I hope everyone is having a good start to the year ❤

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Freedom Run

It is so freakin’ hot here in the city of Calgary.

Monday, FUNDAY: School->work->physical activity.  It is one of those days that you have one of two choices of how you want to go about it. You can bitch and moan about how you`re going to be sitting in a desk from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and then somehow muster up the energy to go for a run, OR you can wake up, tell yourself it`s going to be the best day that you`ve had in a while and get it done. Guess which one I chose #crazyladymumblingpositivemantrasbeforethesuncomesup

on the schedule for tonight was a freedom run

“whats a freedom run?”

So glad you asked!

It’s a run with no consideration in regards to pace, distance, where the hell I’m going whether I walk, run, cartwheel, whether my legs are shaved (they weren’t) whether I stop for several downward dogs along the way (I did) and whether I lose restraint over my middle finger and it ascends to the heavens when the true charmers of this city decide to honk and bark (seriously) out their windows. bravo gentlemen, bravo.

I ran from work down the river in the opposite direction that I usually go until I began to feel lost and started getting anxious. At that point all I could think was “this is just like a scene from that episode of Criminal Minds” I high tailed it back to work where I left my stuff, and scurried on home.

Freedom runs are the best! Because I’m not training for any kind of race right now I don’t feel the need to put any pressure on myself in terms of consistency in pace and running to walking ratios, or even running in general! I only get a running craving once or twice a week so I deal with them as they come. No garmin, just my cheesy running music (the only situation when Ke$sha is appropriate is when you need a liiiittle extra push during a run) and my sneaks.

My smoothie addiction is still going strong, but let me show you Sunday morning brunch

It is crucial that you let your bread go stale for French Toast! STALE Multigrain baguette slices, dipped in egg/milk/vanilla/cinnamon French toasted and dipped in an almond butter and maple syrup mixture. Burries on the side. So good for soaking up the giggle water from the night before

I went out on Saturday night for a friend’s birthday and was out until 4 am (I am too much of a grandmother to be doing this!) and slept until 11-freaking-30 my productive Sunday was shot, I basically stared hopelessly at my Chemistry textbook for two hours -it’s like the words bounce off of my eyeballs!- went to yoga, karma cleaning, made a smoothie and went to bed.

My brother got back today from a month and a half backpacking trip across India, I’m off to go hear about his adventures!

Please Sir, More Gruel…

If you’re wondering where I’ve been, the answer is… prison.

Doesn’t this look like gruel !?

Well it was absolutely delightful. Granted, I needed to spice it up with some lime juice and mango chutney from the depths of my fridge (this stuff never goes bad, it’s >50% salt) but so nice for a quick bite after yoga. The nice folks at Amy’s Organics sent me some coupons for any free product and Paneer it was!

I have a friend named Puneet and I always want to call him Paneer. Moving on, I ate this with a slice of bread because the entrée itself is less than 250 calories and I’m a growing girl!

The real reason I’m so behind on posting is summer school!

Two years after my high school graduation, I’m taking HIGHSCHOOL Chemistry. It’s the only class I didn’t take in grade 12 and I remember convincing my dad to let me drop it (so that I could have three spares, art, English and gym as my final high school semester #lazy)

“Come ON, Dad, there is no point in me suffering through it, there’s no way I’ll go into ANYTHING scientific when I grow up.”

Says the girl who now wants her BSc. d’oh.

It’s actually not 100% necessary BUT this is my last chance to take a highschool course for 60 dollars, because I’m still 19, as soon as I turn 20, it will be over $500! Plus I only work two days a week and I don’t do days off very well, SO back to school for some brain stimulation.

It’s extremely fast paced: An entire semester smushed into a month. But dare I say I’m enjoying myself? Actually being challenged in an academic setting… I hate to come off as a smarty-pants-know-it-all but the nutrition course I just finished didn’t challenge me at. all. I easily got my 4.0 plus I didn’t agree with a lot of the things that were taught *cough* Canada’s Food Guide *cough*

Anyways. I get a sick thrill out of solving disgustingly long equations and crossing out units and writing lab reports, so this is going to be a goooood month. Challenging, but good.

recent feasting…

Swiss chard wraps: stuffed with salmon mixed with hummus, wild rice medley and veggies

Shrimp Rolls: Rice paper stuffed with carrot ribbons, poached shrimp and cilantro with peanut dipping sauce: peanut butter+liquid aminos+garlic+ginger+siracha

Wasa crackers(love their cardboardy-ness!) with black beans, cilantro and cheeeese

fruit and veg juices

kale and brie tortilla pizza

kale and egg scramble with chickpeas and mmm sauce

red snapper ceviche: slice fish thinly, toss with sliced cucumber, tomatoes, 1/4 c. lime juice, salt, pepper and cilantro. the acidity of the lime cooks the fish, so refreshing after a long, hot hike this weekend! (ok, actually it was after an ice cream cone on the way home from said hike) but still SO good.

I’m off to find a movie to watch before heading to bed, Nacho Libre sounds so appealing for some reason

Perfectly Absurd

I recently read the play The Importance of Being Earnest and today I watched one of the movie interpretations of it. The conversations and conflicts in this play are hilarious, it’s perfectly absurd! (they say that a lot).

Even though it was a beautiful day, I’m on the home stretch with school.

My final nutrition exam is on Thursday and I have a little over a week in my English class. If you’re new to the blog, first of all, HI! so glad you stopped by. Secondly the story is that I’m slowly but surely upgrading some of my grade 12 courses because my High School days when I considered homework and studying optional have come back to bite me and I’m re-doing some courses to take my grades to mediocre to marvelous so that I can apply to the programs at the University of my choice one of these days. If there are any high school readers out there, quit reading blogs and go do your homework! It will save you so much time and frustration in the future. Any who, I finished an essay and was half way done another one, but my Mac decided to eat it for lunch, and so, I made a little something for myself.

Lunch: baked potato with greek yogurt, hummus and salsa, and sautéed zucchini with chickpeas

Completely random. PERFECTLY ABSURD. But it hit the spot.

Study snack

chopped orange sprinkled with almonds and flax

Salad Beast for dinner:

Romaine, tomato, apple, quinoa, chickpeas, pickles, walnuts, hummus, feta. It worked.

I went to a yoga class after dinner that was led by one of my favorite teachers. Her classes are always so unconventional and she says the most thought-provoking things throughout. I floated home on my post-yoga cloud and I am so ready for bed, I’ve been getting around 6 hours of sleep the last few nights and I’m exhausted! How on earth do people sleep so little? Why, it’s perfectly absurd!

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.

Vegan Talk

The nutrition program I’m in is slowly coming to a close. Today, I did my final, big presentation. It has been about six months in the making and it’s such a relief to have it done!

Months ago I mentioned this project and that I needed to blog my way through it. My presentation was held at Lululemon and I discussed Vegan diets and the misconceptions that come with them in regard to protein. The presentation was over before I knew it and I got some good feedback, thanks to everyone who came !!

Of course, I couldn’t resist bringing some protein rich vegan food…

No bake granola bars (balls)


Recipe

Lentil Walnut Loaf

Recipe

Vegan Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 10 small, whole-grain tortillas
  • 1/2 c. corn
  • 1/2 c. black beans
Vegan Cheese 
  • 1/2 c. prepared hummus
  • 1/2 c. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro

Directions:

For the cheese: In a bowl, combine hummus, nutritional yeast, cilantro and vegetable broth. Spread this mixture onto one side of the tortilla, sprinkle with corn and black beans and fold over into a quesadilla. Heat in a skillet until the tortilla is brown.

Classic PB ‘n’ J

Whole grain bread, natural peanut butter, strawberry jam

Each of these options demonstrated complementary proteins, which was a concept that I really wanted the audience to understand.

The theory behind complementary proteins is that there are three major groups of protein sources for vegans. Whole grains, beans and legumes and nuts and seeds. Each group offers a higher concentration of certain amino acids but can also be lower in others. For example, most grains are high in the essential amino acid methionine but lower in lysine. Luckily beans and legumes are higher in lysine but are lower in methionine. So if you combine them, there is a sufficient amount of amino acids required for protein formation. Pretty neat.

Half way through my day in the kitchen, making all of this vegan deliciousness, I took a break to run three miles and have a very un-vegan lunch

Spinach salad with tomatoes, sprouts, black beans, corn, trail mix, goats cheese and honey

I’m taking advantage of the holiday tomorrow, cleaning up, lazing around and going to a late yoga class. Yum.

Neglectful

I’m so busy this week! It’s nice to be productive but a lot of my favorite things are being put on the back burner.

Blogging, clearly. Oh, and that exercise thing? So far this week I’ve run two whole miles and gone to one yoga class. Exercise will be there next week, for now, I have essays to write, formulas to memorize and…

Lentil walnut loaf to make!

One of my classes this semester is recipe modification/ cooking for special diets. The first day of class we had to make a vegan recipe and I was almost giddy! Vegan food is so much fun.

I made this at home once before, but in class my partner and I made little ‘meat loaf’ muffins. They were hidious and delicious!

Other people in the class made pasta salad in balsamic dressing

quinoa and black bean salad


and vegan fruit tart!!!

Tasted as good as it looks.

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We also had a consistency modification lab, so we had to make foods easier to eat for people who couldn’t really chew. I wish I had a picture, but yesterday, I got to throw an entire tuna sandwich into a food processor. I garnished it with a sprig of parsley to try and make it look appetizing. I failed.