Archive for July, 2008

Morning Dose of Oats

July 31, 2008

Up at 6 today with Ol’ Faithful pictured above 🙂 and another perfectly creamy bowl of oats! Same as yesterday’s with 40g oats, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup water, pinch of salt, 1/2 banana, lots of cinamon, raisins, brown sugar and an almond butter spoonful.

I packed a quick lunch to take to work today, which consisted of a kamut tortilla (my new love, seriously these are awesome), about a cup of the burrito mixture for a make-as-I-eat burrito, along with 2 fresh apricots and a good handful of blueberries.

I’m working tons of hours over the next few days AND I reallllly need to find an apartment so I apologize for what may be a series of boring posts. I’ll be getting around to all of your blogs as soon as I can! Have a great day and see you for dinner!


Craving = Satisfied!

July 30, 2008

I was up at 5am this morning with the perfect bowl of oats- a little over 1/3 cup (40g) of oats, 1/2 of a ripe banana, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup water, a pinch of salt, lots of cinnamon and raisins. All topped off with brown sugar and an almond butter spoonful. They were sooo creamy this morning! I’m not sure if I did anything different from the usual but these tasted even better than they normally do. I think I want oats again tomorrow morning 🙂

Coffee too! And at 5am, I needed it 🙂

Packed lunch to bring to work- the final serving of my pear and grains yogurt, some cantaloupe with blueberries (best fruit combo ever, try it if you haven’t already!), a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with some blueberry jam, and baggies of carrots, yellow cherry tomatoes, and celery.

After seeing Erica’s massive and delicious looking burrito yesterday I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner tonight! My craving was definitely satisfied with the amazing filling I cooked up- I sauteed a diced red bell pepper with a couple of baby carrots and some celery in a bit of olive oil, then I stirred in 2 big spoonfuls of Old El Paso Burrito seasoning mix (all my spices are in storage or else I would have made my own blend). I added in a few tablespoons of salsa and let it all cook together for a bit. I then chopped up a sweet potato that I microwaved for a bit to jump-start the cooking process, then added that in too along with some broccoli and mushrooms. Near the end I threw in some black beans and a couple of sliced black olives. All I can say is, wow! What fantastic flavour! The veggies were still slightly crispy and the sweet potato was soft yet also a little crispy- haha I can’t describe it, it was just awesome.

I wish I had thought to pick up an avocado! Some guac on top would have totally made this. Next time I might stir in a can of fat-free refried beans too just to up the creamy/crispy factor. I knew this baby would not stay rolled so I didn’t even try it eat it out of hand, instead I melted a little camembert on top and used a knife and fork. I am so happy with this veggie burrito mix! It came out so tasty and I have lots of leftovers now 🙂

I used Kamut flour tortillas and loved them. They kind of remind me of the tortilla used in the Amy’s frozen burritos. Soft but with a good chew and texture.

And for dessert, a nice little bowl of frozen grapes 🙂

So I am still homeless for September… No apartment yet, I think it’s time to intensify the search. I’m working again all day tomorrow so expect to see more of the same 🙂 Have a good night!


July 29, 2008

The lady who was supposed to let me view the apartment cancelled on me and there wasn’t enough time for me to switch gears and walk to the bus station, so I have a bit of time before work and just decided to post lunch and dinner now. On my walk yesterday I passed one of my favourite health food stores and decided to pick up something new. I was intrigued by the single serving packets of Nutiva Hempshake so I picked up the chocolate flavour. One packet is 30g and contains 7g of protein, 7g of sugar, 12g of fibre, 2g of fat and 80 calories. I mixed my packet with 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup water, a very ripe banana, and 5-6 large ice cubes. I let it go in the blender for quite a while to make sure everything was combined. The verdict? Pretty good! It had a little bit of that chalky protein taste but I’m weird and kind of enjoy the taste of protein powders. I’m considering buying a large container of protein powder so it was really nice to be able to buy a small packet first before committing to anything larger. It sounds like I’m talking about a relationship here, with my commitment issues to protein powder… haha. Anyone have a protein powder they recommend? I know Jenna likes this whey protein powder but I haven’t found that kind anywhere yet.

The plastic smoothie cup I got my Liquid Nutrition smoothie in was quite thick so I decided to wash it and reuse it. I’ll only use it a few more times because I don’t know how good it is to reuse plastics, but I like the cup and my Hempshake smoothie looks pretty in it 🙂

I also had a Clif Kid z-bar in chocolate chip.

Packed for dinner is an almond butter and blueberry jam sandwich on two slices of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread, along with some baggies of veggies- yellow cherry tomatoes, carrots, and celery.

See you all tomorrow!

Is There Anything More Perfect Than Fresh Fruit?!

July 29, 2008

This morning for breakfast I decided to have the cherries I picked up at the fruit shop with Conor along with some perfectly ripe cantaloupe. The combination of the two together with my favourite 2% plain yogurt and vanilla almond granola tasted just divine!

I’m working today but before then trying to squeeze in a trip to the bus station to buy my tickets to BOSTON (yaaaayyyyy!!!!!) and also trying to schedule an appointment to view an apartment. I’ll probably be posting lunch and dinner later on tonight when I’m back from work 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

A Taste Of Italy

July 29, 2008

Isn’t this lily just gorgeous? I went over to my friend Conor’s house for dinner and he had the flower in a tall green vase in front of his balcony doors. The fragrance permeated the entire apartment and just made me feel so calm and happy.

I’m glad I had my veggie platter before I left for his place because as I predicted, there were very few vegetables on the menu for tonight. To call Conor a gourmand would be a bit of an understatement- he loves fine food, French and Italian cooking, and he does not skimp on his high fat ingredients. We talk food and restaurants together the way some guys talk sports statistics 🙂 On the menu for tonight was Tagliatelle Carbonara, which is pasta in a cream sauce with mushrooms, parmesan, and bacon. I helped him cook and it was quite a lot of fun to make (it’s not often that I find myself sauteeing mushrooms in bacon fat). I made sure to keep my portion size small and I thoroughly enjoyed ever single bite. Definitely not something I would want to eat on a regular basis, but perfect for once in a while.

I’m going to make sure I get to bed early so that I can wake up at a better time tomorrow morning!

Veggies to Soothe the Soul

July 28, 2008

I went for a really long walk today which helped clear my head and made me feel better physically too. I cannot wait until September- it’s been kind of a rough summer, living away from my family and boyfriend and I don’t really have many friends in the city right now either. The apartment I’m living in right now is also awful (cheap rent was the only plus) so I just really want to move out to somewhere that’s going to make me happy! I’m sorry for the negativity, I always try to think about the positives but there are some days when I get down and can’t seem to get back up.

I got back from my walk and wanted to fuel myself with something healthy and uplifting, so I went for a Gliding Calm inspired veggie plate and a z-bar 🙂 Since I didn’t pass on the Brillante Blogging Award, I think I’m just going to give a few shout-outs to some awesome bloggers. Like Em for example- her fruit and veggie platters are always so colorful and gorgeous and I love how she knows what to give her body and always eats what she craves. Plus she is a fantastic athlete in one of my favourite sports (figure skating!!!!!) and her product reviews are always informative and often entertaining (I love her “clap clap” after introducing the product hahaha). Veggies also make me think of the blogworld famous VeggieGirl. Somehow, this vegan dynamo has a kind word for every post 🙂 Her baking adventures always produce delicious results and are retold with exquisitely written detail. Since she was recently diagnosed as a Celiac I can’t wait to see her gluten-free treats and try them out for myself and my GF brother as well 🙂

Laundry and dinner are up next on the agenda! Take care everyone and see you all again soon 🙂

Feeling Yucky

July 28, 2008

I don’t know if it was the sugar overload from yesterday or what but I had an awful time trying to fall asleep last night. I alternated between lying in bed to lying on the couch watching So You Think You Can Dance until 4am. I had a bowl of Barbara’s Multigrain Shredded Spoonfuls with skim milk, a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with cheddar cheese (weird combo, but my sleep-deprived self wanted it) and some gingersnap cookies with almond butter. I didn’t take a picture because honestly this attempt to combat insomnia by eating wasn’t really a positive moment that I wanted to share on the blog… I was so frustrated at not being able to sleep!! I woke up still a little full and mad at how late in the day it was, but my body needed the rest so I’m glad I could get it. Monday is a start to a new week and there is only room for improvement! Anyway, enough ranting, for breakfast (actually more like lunch) I had a bowl of beautiful strawberries and a perfectly ripe banana with 2% plain yogurt and some vanilla almond granola. It was delicious and put me in a better mood already.

And I have a nice pasta dinner to look foward to tonight! Rest assured I will *not* be forgetting my camera. Have a wonderful Monday!

Another Treat?!

July 28, 2008

After work tonight my co-workers and I walked home together and then…. stopped for some gelato. TWO gelatos in one day for me! That’s a bit too much indulgence, especially since I’m trying to cut out offenders, not eat more of them! I’m also planning to have a nice dinner with a friend tomorrow night so I really should have thought about that and said no to tonight’s gelato. But, what’s done is done, I’ll just make sure to hit the gym tomorrow and do a few other compensations.

See you in the morning 🙂


July 27, 2008

Thanks for all of the kind words girls!! 🙂 I love recasting because it’s getting me to really focus on what I’m eating and make choices that are important to me. I feel so awful that now I have to give you some bad news and let you all down because I forgot my camera in my other bag and now I have no picture of my weekly treat 😦 I’m seriously so disappointed, I’ve been having such a great week and I really wanted to share my indulgence with you guys. I had planned on visiting a cafe to sit down with a cappucino and a little something when my friend called to ask if I wanted to go for a walk and a visit to our favourite little fruit shop. Of course I agreed, and when we walked past a gelato shop I just knew that I wanted some 🙂 I searched through my purse only to discover my lack of a camera, but I didn’t want to not have gelato just because I couldn’t get the picture…. so I had several tastes before getting my waffle cone filled with oreo, pistachio, and mint chocolate chip gelato. I am good friends with a girl who works there and she kind of overloaded my cone- it was really much more than I needed!!!! This whole week I have done a great job of listening to my body and paying attention to hunger and fullness cues, but I didn’t do such a great job with the gelato today. I felt prettttty full afterwards. But I know I can do a little compensation today and then next week, when I have my treat, remember that a little really is much more satisfying than a lot!!! In review of the week though I am quite happy with myself and confident that I’ll do just as well next week and do even better with my weekly treat. AND get a picture of it for you ladies!!!!! (Sorry again!!!)

Anyway, I DID get a picture of my breakfast this morning- a serving of that pear with grains yogurt with some vanilla almond granola. Delicious. I just love this combination.

After our gelato and walk, I went back to my friend’s place and spent the rest of the afternoon there with him. I had dinner there too (still no camera at this time so again no picture) which was a simple pj&j on rye bread and a tall glass of orange juice mixed with club soda. The sandwich was made with homemade strawberry jam that he made with his mom, and it was out of this world good!!! BUT the even BETTER news is that he has a ton of it and it going to give me a little jar!!!!! I’m sooo happy haha this was the best strawberry jam I have ever eaten. I had a couple spoonfuls straight from the jar- that’s how good this was 🙂

I am heading off to work now so see you all tomorrow and hope you all had wonderful weekends!!!!

Liquid Love

July 26, 2008

Although I had time in between shifts to go home and eat there, I still wanted to incorporate part of my original plan and pick up something fun for dinner. I decided to go somewhere I always walked past but had never gone in- Liquid Nutrition. They offer healthy snack foods like Larabars and Clif bars and a fantastic smoothie menu. After lots of deliberation I settled on the Matcha-Skinny smoothie, a blend of apple juice, mangoes, cantaloupe, matcha green tea and stevia. This huge smoothie has only 161 calories too! And the taste? Amazing. I can’t wait to go back and try a few more off their menu. I’m especially intrigued by the Early Bird one, which actually has oatmeal in it!

I snapped a pic of my smoothie as I was walking home from work because it was too good for me not to sip along the way home! When I did get home, I made a quick bowl of 2% plain yogurt, a little more than half a banana (the other part fell into the soapy sink somehow- yeah I don’t know how I managed that one….) and a serving of Special K Cinnamon Pecan cereal. I dropped a couple of yogurt covered raisins on top too. Yum!

In true FWDGF style I’m going to treat myself to something tomorrow… Love that little weekly treat 🙂 Have a lovely evening!