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Workless Holidays Are Marvellous

My Friends!

To all the Canadians who read up on lil space, Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope your belly’s are filled with all kinds of turkey, pie and goodies.

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Okay maybe Halloween comes first…but fyi in my world Christmas >>>>> Halloween. Justย saying.

I’m linking up with Healthy Diva Lifeย with to share my Marvellous Weekend (hello five days!) with you all. Thanks for the party Katie!

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1. Getting to actually enjoy the holiday and the famjam is so Marvelous

It is rare that I get a Thanksgiving weekend that isn’t right in the middle of midterms so I totally took advantage of the fact that this year my two first midterms were right before the long weekend by doing what any tired student would do

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Amirite?

The best.

So yes, I actually got to spend time with my family when they came up for dinner on Sunday for Thanksgiving and didn’t have to have my mind elsewhere or have to run away to study. Also, I got to do what I love doing which is cooking a big part of the dinner!

2. Remembering that gelato is amazing too is quite Marvelous.

Due to being home I knew my Friday Ice Cream Challenge Day would take place at my favourite ice cream shop. Unfortunately for me, my favourites (salted caramel and caribous caboose) are apparently seasonal and got the boot September first. After crying on the inside a lil bit I decided to wander over to their homemade gelatos to find Snickers gelato..

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Yes Snickers gelato! It had so many mixin’s too which is why I was not going for my beloved gelato because I really have come to love those mixin’s and gelato is generally smooth.

On the top was pralines and creme which is really good (caramel and more caramel) but I’m kinda kickin myself for not getting the Reeses (peanut butter gelato with Reeses and peanut butter…I know I would smack me too) gelato along with my other candy inspired flavour (which was amazing btw!).

Peanut butter and caramel = love in my eyes.

Next time it’s going down!

3. Dem shoes are Marvelousย 

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Got my shoes ladies and gents! Aren’t they purdy. Yes, I’m that girl who wants the loudest colours possible! Went with the Nike Frees and they are super comfy so I’m happy. The flynet 5.0’s were great but unfortunately the smallest size they manufacture was still too big for my child-size feet.

Sometimes being #DollSized is not cute.

Speaking of shopping…

4. Binge-Buying Lululemon after a craving is also Marvelous

Three items…

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Wunder Under Crop Hi-Rise

332 bucks..

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Swiftly Tech 1/2 Zip

Oppps. But hey, I’m content.

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Plus my Dad bought me a cute lil hat from Honey, a cute lil boutique that makes me wish I knew about this place when prom hit…

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Looks like this but its a rose colour all around…and not a baby hat ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

5. Food is Marvelous

Turkey on the grill via Dad..

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Sides by my Mama and I…

Mom’s new addition was her craving for a sweet mashed potato. It was simply mashed sweet taters with booth, brown sugar, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg.

Plain mashed potatoes with buttah and milk for the gravy dumpers..and my Dad.

Roasted root vegetables by moi….purple sweet taters (thank you Whole Foods for bringing back my favs!), regular sweet pots, brussels and green beans with rosemary, olive oil and thyme

Roasted Asparagus

My Mom’s infamous roasted mustard glazed ham with roasted pineapple. Always a crowd pleaser.

Maple roasted carrots that I made for my Mama

Stuffing..not homemade, we will tackle that one at Christmas

My Dinnah plate..

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Hit the spot.

Oh and the unpictured peach pie and MY ICE CREAM (the Kawartha Salted Caramel Truffle my Dad bought for me a while ago)…which I haven’t touched yet…Fear Food:1, Chelsea:0, was the dessert for the fam. Yes, peach is not very Thanksgiving like but when it’s made with the last of the in season peaches from the farmers market, you bring that **it out in all it’s glory. The fam really enjoyed it. We did good Mom!

6. Finally making what you meant to make eons ago is Marvelous

Remembering that I had some beautiful ground lean elk in the freezer that I wanted to make up using the grill ended off becoming a foil pan full of freezer ready sliders (X2 servings), meatballs (X1 serving) and burger patties (X2 servings).

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Sorry for the horrible pictorial…it was getting dark by the time I snappsied the goods.

I really love the flavour of elk. It’s my new favourite game meat.

For these I simply seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, diced onion, garlic powder, chill flakes, fennel seed, and lots of cracked black pepper and then formed them up and tossed them on the grill.

Easy Peasy and now I got #RedMeatGains for days that I can just pull out of the freezer as I please.

7. Stocking up on your ‘at home goodies’ is always Marvelous

Those things that you can only really get when at home.

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So you make sure to get allllll them goods. For me, it’s taking a trip to my Freezer Place (a hidden gem here in Acton with all bulk frozen stuff but that includes organics, my game meats and lotsa local fish for great prices). So I hustled my lil tussle over to there and picked up a few hundred things essentials

~1 Arctic Char Fillet

~2 4ounce Venison Medallion Steaks

~2 4 Ounce Elk Medallion Steaks

~1 Package of Jumbo Sea Scallops

Thanks Mom and Dad ๐Ÿ˜‰

8. Seeing my new Coach who will lead me to better health the way I want it to be done.

I expressing great gratitude to a family friend, Michael Grayer, for taking my challenging self on as I have finally accepted that I need help in this weight restorationย process. The difference between him and a dietician…

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Bodybuilder, Torque Barbell Club Owner and very successful Prep Coach.

He will push me to gain weightย I need to in the way that is more focused around my goals. Weight that is not just weight but that is strength and beauty. #MoeMusclesPlease

Yes we are working towards the same picture, but I know this process will still be tough. I need to give my control to him and know that he will not steer me wrong and that will be very hard for me. He will bring my physique to new heights which will not only make changes aesthetically, but it will bring me back up to an acceptable health status as well.

I can’t thank him enough. See more about him here.

Well thats it my friends! I have one more day off tomorrow (that is our winter ‘reading break’…one day HA! but hey I will take it) and that is when I trek over to the Barbell Club to chit chat with Michael and plan out how things are gunna be from now on. I’m nervous for the change but more excited then anything to see what he can bring for me.

Have a great week!

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Favourite Thanksgiving side dish? I make a mean savoury and spice sweet tater mash that I really enjoy, but roasted veggies are always good.

-Chelsea


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A Week Of Locality

Hey Friends!

I have seen a few roundups of recipes lately featuring this months local produce. I don’t know about you, but I love being able to take advantage of local and in season produce for a few reasons:

  1. I like to support the community farmers
  2. It tastes better. It honestly does.
  3. You lower your ecological footprint. My veggies don’t need to a plane to get to my plate. I’m perfectly content with someone picking it for me. I ain’t afraid of germs. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  4. We are drawn to things in season. Do you find that foods that happen to be in season look really appealing to you? There are some thoughts that we tend to crave things that are in season because they are what our bodies are intended to eat at that time + our body may recognize that they would have more nutrients still left in them as they are fresher (rather then being transported across the globe to reach you)

What are your thoughts?

Do you like eating local?

Do you like going to and/or attend your cities local markets?

As I mentioned, I have seen a ton of these recipe roundups (like this one for all my vegetarian readers out there) and so I decided I would jump on that bandwagon and do my own that showcased recipe inspiration for whatever dietary lifestyle you like to follow.

Before I get to those, what’s in season here in the Greater Toronto Area in May?

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So yeah, slim pickings right now, but hey, Spring is slow to start so our produce is slow to really get crazy too.

Now onto the recipes. I hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s to a week of dinner ideas.

Startin your week with something fresh and vegetarian. Meatless Mondays if you will.

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Spring Risotto with Poached Egg. This recipe can be made vegan by removing the egg. If you don’t do dairy or just butter in general, use some coconut oil for sauteing the vegetables. Light but bursting with flavour, this risotto is glowing with spring colours.

Springy Features: Asparagus, herbs and greens.

After some vegetable lovin, them Paleo folks need a lil more meat on their Tuesday.

Vermont pork tenderloin with fiddleheads made by Chef Shawn Calley

Vermont Pork Tenderloin with Fiddleheads. These funky shaped lil fiddleheads are highlighted alongside some good ol’ meat for them carnivore folks.

*Remove beans from the recipe and swap butter for grassfed ghee or coconut oil to make paleo*

Springy Features: Fiddleheads. You can also add some greens and fresh herbs to the succotash as well.

Warming Wednesday up with something light and gluten Free.

Poached Cod in Spring Vegetable BrothPoached Cod In Spring Vegetable Broth. This would make a great light dinner or lunch that highlights the freshness of the vegetables in season.

Springy Features: Asparagus. You could easily throw in things like greens.

Think Red on your Thursday.

Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto and Baby Kale

ย Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto and Baby Kale. This would make a fun, colourful and light appetizer. Ever had bright red noodles before?

Springy Features: Beets, herbs and greens.

This one is a double feature. Didn’t think I would leave you with just a lil salad for your dinner would ya?

Screen shot 2015-05-07 at 9.46.12 PMSauteed Scallops with Peas and Rhubarb-Radish Relish. You all know my love for scallops so here is a fresh version of these gems of the sea that filled with many spring ingredients. Look at them colours!

Springy Features: Rhubarb, herbs, greens and radishes.

Fridays are for pizza no?

What about a low FODMAP pizza?

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Spring Veggie Polenta Pizza. Pizza! If you are cautious as to which cheeses you use (use FODMAP approved or forgo the cheese and use nutritional yeast for a cheesy note) then this dish is totally gut friendly. Gluten free and can use a variety of local ingredients for your toppings.

Springy Features: Asparagus, optional herbs and greens.

Saturday Dinner with the Kiddos.

For all of the parents out there with picky eaters, this fun dish may help sneak some seasonal veggies into your lil ones.

Blueberry Beet Pancakes. Everyone loves a good “brinner” or breakfast for dinner and what kid would be able to say no to pancakes? Let alone pancakes that are fushia! So they are happy because they are eating pancakes (which they wouldn’t taste the beety flavour, they simply add a natural sweetness) but you are happy because they are getting full of antioxidants. All in a days work.

Springy Features: Beets. You could make a strawberry rhubarb compote for the top for a more seasonal topper. Simply bring chopped strawberries and rhubarb and a lil bit of water to a boil and let simmer until the fruit breaks down. Sweeten if you choose and if you like it a bit thicker, add a tsp or two of chia seeds as a natural jell-ification method.

Sunday Fundays.

I had to leave you with at least one dessert. Of course, it’s a healthy-ish dessert. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ginger Oat Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. It’s getting warmer here and there and how cute would these ice cream sammiches be as a way of cooling off? Simply swap the strawberry ice cream with this rhubarb one to get some seasonal produce into this gluten free treat.

Springy Features: Rhubarb and optional beet juice for colour.

Well there you have it friends. One full week of eating locally at dinner. Soon enough we will have much more to work with and that’s when seasonal cooking really gets to shine.

I hope you enjoyed this post and recipe round up. Thanks to all the great bloggers for their recipes.

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Favourite seasonal produce item?

Do you like rhubarb?

Ever tried a fiddlehead?

-Chelsea


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A Day In The Life At Home Bummin…WIAW

Hey Friends!

It’s been a while since I linked up with a proper WIAW for Jen’s partay so here she goes, A Day In the Life style.

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This week we are moving our tushies to a chair over at Sprint To the Table so thanks to Laura for hostin!

I say that I was bummin because I’m still without a job…sigh…still searchin but despite being at home with the parentals for a bit, this week has been an overall tiring one with the big move into the new apartment with Rita (and Emily who will join us in the Fall). I have literally been driving back and forth to Guelph every day for the past 5 days straight and quite frankly, I’m exhausted of driving despite it not being that far really.

Today I DID NOT drive to Guelph but that doesn’t mean that this lil body stops movin because I just don’t stop.

Can’t stop. Won’t Stop.

Oh and guess what guyyzzzz…

I gained a pound apparently as of Sunday.

Big news. Really big news.

Now, I will finish that lil update by saying that I am only using the scale as a guide right now because I need to go up for my health. For general purposes however, I say give that piece of sh** metal the boot and never own one because your weight means nothing in my opinion. Weight is so misleading and leads to obsession. Go with how you feel and look in your clothes and in your own skin.

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So lets begin on this lovely sunny (lovin this warmer and sunny weather btw! Holler Mother Nature!) Wednesday.

7:25am. Alarm goes off. My tushie is upstairs makin breaky for my pre-workout. Warning: UGLY bowl of zoats comin at ya.

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Zoats cooked in unsweetened cashew milk (LOVE) with chia seeds, peanut flour and 80ish grams of liquid egg whites. 50g of nanner is melted in and it’s all topped with pink sea salt, more peanut flour, toasted peanuts, cinnamon and a 1/2 tbsp blob of crunchy peanut buttah that is hiding on ya in the top corner.

Sorry I’m not sorry. Their taste cannot be beat.

8AM. Nommin zoats and enjoying life. Watching Teen Mom OG.

Yes you cannot see that peanut buttah because that bite is eaten dead last. Yup I’m a “save the best to the end” typa person.

8:30AM. Sippin on the rest of my organic herbal chocolate orange tea (reheated) from last night while I let that digest before gymmin.

IMG_7661Aww Yeah that mornin look. Strategically covering half zee face. ๐Ÿ˜‰

9:30ishAM. Drivin my lil butt to my back and oblique gym sesh

10AM….

10:45AMish. It’s fig time.

Sorry no picture but these are the figs I eat after I finish my big opening set. This is my 5×5 with multiple warmups and drop sets to finish. In the end, I end up reppin out about 6-8 sets total.

The point of these it just to take the opportunity to get more carbs in me in a very small volume while also providing me with a lil boost to get me through the rest of my workout.

I sip on a bottle of water with BCAAs and glutamine in it during my workout.

12:10PM. Leaving zee gym. Good sesh. Need to drive home so I can demolish yet another bowl of zoats. Mwahaha. I love my zoats.

I rotate between having a stirfry and zoats post workout so that I don’t overdo the veggie department. The perk? I love eating oatmeal, so those zoat days are tolerated quite well… ๐Ÿ˜‰

12:30PM. Home + Shower

12:50PM. Dunzo. Yes I shower fast. When the hair doesn’t need to be washed…

1:30PM. Behold another UGLY bowl of zoats but slightly different. More protein and carbbies, lil less fat so that it digests a wee bit quicker for post workout refuel.

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Zoats made with gluten free quick oats, unsweetened cashew milk, peanut flour, shredded zuchini. Cooked up with 2 egg whites, or 64ish grams liquid egg whites and 60g of chopped fresh pineapple. Sprinkled more peanut flour on top, tsp coconut oil and a few cranks the pink sea salt. Topped finally with my protein icing which is cashew milk + 1/2 a scoop or so of Diesel chocolate peanut butter whey.

I know what you’re thinkin

What the hell is that?

It’s soo good guyzzz.

IMG_7679It’s basically the same idea as my pre-workout BUT with less egg whites so I can have my protein icing (Diesel Whey with cashew milk), which is peanut butter chocolate in this case, on top and no nuts or nut butter. Also, pineapple is my fruit of obsession choice for post workout at the moment. Melted pineapple = amazing. Melted pineapple oats dripping with peanut butter chocolate icing…I die. Am I’m being too dramatic?

My nutritionist and I have recently added in some coconut oil which I surprisingly like the consistency of and touch of flavour it adds despite hatin on coconut. The oil is a good way to add calories without me noticing much because there’s really not volume increase.

Oh, and let me just show you my set up while we are at it so you can have a good laugh at me like everyone else does..

IMG_7677Okay you may think I’m nuts but you see I have a reason for my madness. I stand up right? SO I need the oats to be closer to my face so I stack up containers for my “table.” Secondly, due to the fact that I always have to pee before I eat (postworkout “I drank an entire bottle of water” problems) and that I need my oats to be burn my face off hot, I put that lid thing on top.

The water bottle is then on top of all of that because my hot oatmeal has warped the shape and it now isn’t flat…

Yes, I have issues but hey, I’m the master of making stable towers that have a good purpose, no?

2PM. Zoats done. Teen Mom OG still not finished, but I must now take zee lil babbeh out for her pees too.

IMG_76842PM. Slightly struggle to get on all her equipment to go on her walky. Those lil booties are tougher then they look cuz her lil piggly wigglies like to sneak out the top.

I wish I could have filmed it though because she’s a lil smartie pants. She is so used to her dressing routine that she lifts each individual foot at a time for you to put her lil booty on it. My baby is a genius.

2:10PM. Ready to go Sissy.

IMG_76862:20PM. Stop at every single possible thing to sniff

IMG_76892:45PM. We make it back home. Would you believe that was only around the block. Yes she is quite the dilly-dallier. Needed one more..

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2:50PM. I’m off again to pick up a few things from the grocery store and make my daily stop at none other then…

IMG_7690Timmies. Such a nice day to take a walk.

3PM. Reach my destination. Sobeys is the grocery store near my parents place.

IMG_76913:30PM. Paid for zee goodies and headed back home before my nutritionist called me at 3:45. I picked up some extra lobster to supplement the claws I had thawing for dinner (just wait until you see those babies!), a cucumber for the salad, buns for my parents burgers and unsalted pistachios for moi cuz I was feeling some of those lil guys in my zoats tomorrow.

3:50PM. Had my phone call appointment with Gabrielle (my nutritionist).

4PM. Supps and some chicky.

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2 tsp fish oils + Vitamin D drops (D Drops)

IMG_7693I’m weird mmmmkay.

4:30PM. Made my snacky for tonight (pudding, you have seen it floatin around the blog) while finishing up Teen Mom OG and some YouTube.

5PM. Started typing up this post.

5:45PM. Start cracking on my parents and my dinners. It’s time to fire up the grill as I have been doing EVERYDAY since I have been home. It really is true that everything tastes better on the grill.

IMG_7694I was grillin up sage and green onion chicken burgers (store made from McMaster’s Meats downtown Georgetown for any locals) for my parents along with some fixins. Grilled baby potatoes with Mrs. Dash traditional blend and pepper for my Dad and onions and mushrooms for toppins and sides (mushrooms on the side for my Mom who is weird and doesn’t like them on her burger…Love you Mom). Grilled kabocha on deck for me and a later and unpictured lobster tail.

Speaking of lobster, do you see the lobster on steroids I got to devour all thanks to the Guelph farmers market.

IMG_7703HUGE! So good. Fresh Nova Scotia lobster. Omnomnomnom. All mine. Okay I ripped off a small piece for my Mom. I shared…kinda. ๐Ÿ˜‰

6:40PM. Dinner is served. Salad first for me while I join my parents for their before dinner drinks.

IMG_7699This was the big salad I made for the three of us. I topped mine with avocado and my own dressing. Lately I have been mixing equal parts lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, dried dill and oregano, black pepper, Mrs. Dash garlic and herb and mustard to thickin it up and blend it together.

7:10PM. Round two and the best part…

IMG_7700How many times to I have to say that grilled kabocha is literally the best thing to hit my tastebuds as of recently? Those massive lobster chunks just tops it all off. Full and happy tummy.

7:45PM. My parents sit down for their dinner

IMG_7702Dad’s plate. I made up his burger with a toasted thin bun (which he first complained about because it was a “thin thing” but said he liked them afterwards), with those grilled onions and mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and his typical condiments of mustard and relish.

8:30PM. My Mom and I went for a walk and ended up at the grocery yet again for her white cranberry juice.

9PM. Back from walk, prepped my zoats for tomorrow morning (soaking oats with chia seeds and shreddin the zucchini), and finished up this post.

10PM. Sippin more tea, ready to link up my post and going to relax a bit before joining my parents downstairs with my typical puddin and 1/2 Questie. I’m thinkin mint chocolate for tonight. We shall see.

Well my lovelies, I hope you enjoyed this post and your Wednesday.

What are you craving recently?

What’s a good burger to you? My burgers are bunless (more tasting the toppins yo, plus I don’t do gf bread. Gross) with sauteed mushies and onions, lettuce, sundried tomatoes, mustard, basil pesto if I have it and hot sauce. Also, I tend to gravitate towards game burgers. Bison, elk, etc.

-Chelsea


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No Oats For Breakfast?!? Gasp…WIAW

Hey Friends!

Happy Happy Wednesday

Instead of ranting on about how I hate our weather right now (I mean more rain…seriously?!), I will give you 3 positive things that have happened recently or are going to happen this week.

  1. I’m currently 4 days away from a shopping trip with the parents at the Eaton Centre. Weeooo! Can’t wait until Saturday. I haven’t been shoppin in forever and I’m sure Lululemon has some nice lookin finds for me to snatch up. #WorkThatPTDiscount. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m also looking to find another pair of vibrams as nowhere in Hamilton carries ones that fit my tiny size 5 feetsies. https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/VibramFiveFingers/Treksport-Sandal-W4306-hero.pngI’m likin these ones…
  2. I taught my first WOW, or Women On Weights, class at the Pulse! This is a class at our gym (McMaster University) that is run by personal trainers and is meant to help females become more knowledgeable about resistance training, stretching and the body in general while also providing information about proper nutrition, debunking fitness and nutrition myths and prep them to be able to lift on their own confidently and safely. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to teach the class as I have been asked twice already to run it by my director but have had to decline as it didn’t fit in my work schedule. I’m so looking forward to instilling some passion into my lil group of ladies and our class is totally open for more students so don’t be shy!
  3. Going to the Eaton Centre means gettin my FAVOURITE salad creation at Fast and Fresh. Can’t wait!

So with today being Wednesday and all…

…It’s time for some #NomPorn courtesy of the weekly food blogger roundup party hosted by Jen over at Peas and Crayons.

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This week I wanted to show you a few NEW things that have appeared on my plate and one scandal worthy breakfast that lacked a certain favourite staple of mine. LE GASP!

Let’s start with said shocker yes?

20140520-205954.jpg1 egg, 3 egg white omelet stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, onions and garlic and seasoned with chili flakes and Mrs. Dash chipotle spice and topped with a lil dollop of my basil pesto. Side of [over roasted] sad looking asparagus and that stoke purple sweet tater! Tater was roasted in foil then topped with 1/2 a tbsp each of Nuts n’More chocolate and toffee peanut butters.

I give you my breakfast on our holiday Monday (Victoria Day). No oats in sight. You just fell off your chair didn’t you?

You see, I have wanted to try a more savory breakfast for a because 1. I wanted to see how I liked it and how my tummy felt after it 2. because other bloggers like Morganne over at Nut Butter Runner and Leah Peter’s make them look delicious and 3. because I really wanted to eat another ‘sweet’ sweet tater.

It’s hard for me to move away from my oats because they are not only delicious, but it’s also what I’m used to and comfortable with. This meal, despite still being healthy (I still have a tough time saying that because of the tater) was actually quite the challenge for me for a few reasons:

  1. Because of the holiday and because I had worked out for 4 days in a row (again, because of the holiday and my gym being closed on Monday), I forced myself to stay in bed until 8:30am rather than get up, eat and go back for a nap. I figured the continuous, uninterrupted sleep would be better but I learned that my anxiety about not eating until later just leaves me tossing and turning after around 7am. Naps>Sleeping In.
  2. Because of said sleep in, I had a bigger meal than normal. It sat in my tummy okay, but again, out of the norm meant a slight anxiety feeling for me.
  3. The sweet tater. Still trying to get over this one. Not only did I have the nut butter tater, but I had a sweet potato on my rest day. A big challenge for the sugar phobe over here. But I did it.

Overall, I did enjoy this meal and tried not to let guilt come over me. I felt fine afterwards and I got to enjoy this breakfast with the man, which is something we have never done because I wake up so early. Oh, and that sweet potato was bombย so there!

Continuing on with that day of wonky, off the usual clock eats, I give you my lunch..

20140520-205932.jpgLeftover baked halibut fillet with pesto and topped with avocado over a bed of sauteed swiss chard and kale (an amazing new bagged blend I scored at the grocery store!) with onions, garlic, chili and turmeric. Fresh side salad dressed with lemon juice and a lil ACV and a random chicken pesto macaroni salad I threw together.

I had no idea what I wanted for lunch but I knew that I needed some grains in me as a day of all vegetable based carbs can wreak havoc on this gut. So my red jasmine rice pasta it was. But what would I do with it?

20140520-205941.jpgThrow it in a pan with a bunch of stuff and a huge mound of pesto and you have got yourself a tasty gluten-free macaroni salad to enjoy either hot or cold!

Here’s the basic recipe for mine: I didn’t include amounts of each, just do what works for you!

In a pan, saute some onions (roughly chopped, you want them chunky) and garlic in a lil coconut oil over medium heat. Once those are cooked a bit (browned and fragrant), toss in..

  • Chopped zucchini
  • Chopped asparagus
  • Chopped sweet peppers
  • Leftover cooked chicken breast meat chunks

Saute all of that in some chili flakes and cracked black pepper for a few minutes then dump (to soften the veggies a bit) in some pesto and give that a toss. You may need a lil liquid at this point if it starts to stick to the pan. I used some apple cidar vinegar. Lastly, tossed in your SLIGHTLY UNDERDONE brown rice pasta (or normal pasta if not gluten free) and give it a quick toss. Plate’er up and top with avocado.

I had mine hot, but I wouldn’t mine trying it cold as I used to love my mom’s Italian cold bowtie pasta salad!

What other different meals did I ingest this week…?

…that sounds kinda gross but roll with it.

Tuesday night’s #BowlOfStuff after teaching my WOW class.

20140520-205921.jpgQuinoa. Kale sauteed with mushrooms, onion, garlic, chili, pepper and Mrs Dash Lemon Pepper seasoning. Some snap peas that needed using up. Baked leftover trout (both steelhead and lake varieties) with my pesto.

Fresh yellowfin tuna that I had been hoarding in my freezer since my last Whole Foods trip. Yes, I failed at making it look all pretty but that that is actually cooked through is very hard to slice nicely. I don’t do raw fish. I seared it up and baked it to cook it through than tossed it on top of my [now] usual post workout lunch pasta and veggie bowl.

20140520-210026.jpgSeared yellowfin tuna steak. Explore Asian organic red jasmine rice macaroni cooked with red peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, onion, garlic, chili, basil pesto, spinach and 1 tbsp of tomato paste with some water to make a simple sauce. Topped with nooch.

My one post workout #SaladBeast of the week. I have determined that my tummy can only handle so many of these (gas and bloat attack much!) so I stick to picking my day to battle. This week it was Saturday. I just love them so much…:-(

20140520-210013.jpgDole very veggie blend+ spinach base. Raw red pepper+Roasted mushrooms/onion/asparagus/butternut squash. Basil pesto + my normal dressing. Broccoli sprouts. Cooked shrimp in pesto.

Simple but so good. I had to work the later shift than normal at GoodnessMe! (1-cl rather than 10-4) so this was my post workout lunch to eat on cash. Despite there being nothing on that sweet tater (Japanese purple skinned variety), I actually mmmmmed and aaaahhhhed all the way through it.

20140520-210004.jpgRoasted Japanese sweet potato. Roasted vegetables (mushrooms/asparagus/zucchini and summer squash). Baked pesto chicken breast.

Finally, tonight’s dinner to be eaten at work. I’m actually super excited to eat this later! I mean come on, look at those big and beautiful green tiger shrimp! I spotted some kabobs on sale at Fortinoes this week and so I snatched up a shrimp and swordfish one to enjoy throughout the week. Despite not being able to enjoy them grilled (the best!!), this shrimp kabob will be devoured and savored tonight. Good seafood fuel for my sore leggies that I killed a mere hour ago.

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Organic brown short grain rice. Shrimp kabob sauteed in a lil coconut oil, garlic, chili and loads of dried basil. The kabob came with tri-coloured sweet peppers and onion and I added mushrooms and zucchini to the mix.

Well that’s all for today’s post peeps. I gotta shower, eat my carbo-licious lunch and crawl dance my way to work.

Have a great hump day!

What’s your favourite type of seafood?

Do you like sweet potatoes with nut butter?

What’s one thing you are looking forward to this week or weekend?

-Chelsea


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Bunny Day Nomz…WIAW

Hey Friends!

How was your Easter??

101-Cute-Easter-Bunny-Pictures-Adorable#SorryImNotSorry a cute bunny had to be involved!

My Easter was fabulously relaxing! I told you a bit about it in my last post (here) but today since it’s Wednesday today that means it is once again time for…

Peas and Crayons

…and therefore I thought I would share with you my eatins over the long weekend.

Thanks to Meghan (from Clean Eats Fast Feets) this week for guest hostin for our partay over at Peas and Crayons for for Miss Jen. Your eats look awesome! Make sure to check out our party page this week as I’m sure there are tons of holiday goodies to gawk at. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So since we are on the topic of Easter Dinna, why don’t we start with that shall we? My parents and I hosted again this year and despite it being a small gathering, it was quite lovely and quite delicious! In our company was my Nana and Papa and my Uncle Gary and Auntie Wendy (who we haven’t seen since last summer as they head down south for a few months to enjoy the sun while we get stuck with the cold hearted winter). The afternoon was spent chattering and catching up and while the evening was spent chowin down!

IMG_5055Anyone remember beanie babies? I collected them as a kid and now the 100’s I have stashed in the house are used by my Mom as holiday decor!

IMG_5054Our lovely table a la Mom designs..

IMG_5053Hey that’s me! ๐Ÿ˜€

So here’s the grubs..

IMG_5051Rainbow salad from moi. Everything colourful was tossed in it including purple kale, Asian salad blend, green spinach, raw yellow, green and red bell peppers, roasted purple beets, yellow carrots (yes, yellow not orange) and sprouts. Anyone else think that Easter is just the holiday to be obnoxious with colours?

IMG_5060The traditional Easter ham by my Mom. Served up with roasted pineapple.

IMG_5058My Nana’s turnip and carrot mash.

IMG_5057My Mom’s uber cheese-y and green onion-y baked mashed potato dish.

IMG_5056My roasted multi-coloured carrots and asparagus. Yup, more colour rage! ๐Ÿ˜‰

IMG_5061Stuffing thanks to a box of some kind. My Mom and I vowed to one holiday make our own stuffing but my Dad wanted to keep it simple this year.

And of course we have the…

…which I failed to take a picture of. So this “turkey’ will have to do. Hey, it’s cute to look at. ๐Ÿ˜€

So what did this girl snatch up for her plate?

IMG_5064Omnonnomnom!! And why yes there is roasted kabocha on my plate….The perks of hosting dinners. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So turkey, asparagus, salad and a few of those purdy carrots made it into ma belly and left it quite content.

Dessert was also store bought and came in a turkey form.

..

Unfortunately I failed you again and forgot to take a picture. It was a pound of icing a vanilla cake with a turkey face an tail decor pieces and we served it with some french vanilla ice cream. No, that cake shown above was not ours. That cake is much more impressive. than our Sobeys cake but ain’t it cool??

My Mom and I opt’ed out of dessert (I’m not a cake person anyways) to have our own lil ice-cream (coconut ice cream that is! So yummy, you need to try it!) party and watch the Veronica Mars movie when everyone had left. Having this ice-cream was quite the challenge for my guilty self but I’m proud that I did it and boy was it delicious…you could say it was So Delicious. Haha I’m so not funny right?

Molly, the bowl is something you would like! An owl!! They made for the perfect seving bowls for my sundae of sorts…

IMG_5066Drools…

IMG_5067So we have So Delicious cookie dough and sugar-free chocolate (surprisingly really good! Not too cocoa-y like I expected. Great with some extra nut butter ;-)) and a sample scoop of my Mom’s Coconut Bliss salted caramel flavour (omg soo soo good!). I then proceeded to go harder with a tsp each of Nuts n’More toffee peanut butter and raw cashew butter and a 1/4 of a baked cookie dough Questbar. So amazing. #CheatMealSoHard!

If you haven’t tried these coconut ice-creams you have to get on it! They are gluten, soy and dairy-free and, to be honest, I feel they almost taste better than normal ice-cream and at least coconut milk is way better for you than cows. They are still a treat, but hey, that’s something right?

As for my picky stomach, it was decent after this. It made a lot of gurgling noises and was a bit upset the next morning (which was out of my system by noonish. TMI?) but I think that was just because I haven’t had this in a long time as there is nothing in these ice-creams to upset it other than they are out of my normal food. I will try some again soon to try to see if my anxiety about the whole thing goes down a bit and just because I should be able to treat myself! So, again, I’m proud that I finally ate it (would you believe I have had these ice-creams in my freezer taunting me for like 2 months!) and I’m glad that I had my Mom to share it with and support me. ๐Ÿ™‚

What did you have for Easter dinner?

Are you a dessert person?

So that’s it for Easter nomz…

…but before I leave you, I thought I would share a few other things I ate and BAKED over the weekend.

What I ate…

20140420-075009.jpgSpaghetti squash with a homemade chunky tomato sauce (no salt tomatoes+ eggplant+ zucchini+purple kale+dried basil+onion+chili+garlic) and my pesto chicken meatballs. It was topped with avocado and nooch. Why don’t I have this more often? It’s sooo good!

IMG_5025One of my best #SaladBeasts yet because it had lobster, baked steelhead trout AND roasted kabocha in and amongst my other normal goodies. Droolllzz..

IMG_5071Stuffed acorn squash (roasted chicken breast+mushrooms+zucchini+onion+garlic+worchestershire sauce+ chili+spinach) with a saute of asparagus, chard, kale and mushrooms.

Annnnddd because we got to stop into Whole Foods on the way back to Hamilton (we got to check out the new one in Mississauga!) …

IMG_5096Scallops. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was in a rush (hangry side came out) so they aren’t as pretty (aka seared to perfection) as normal.

What I baked…

My parents also got some treats baked for them this weekend. You saw the cinnamon rolls I made my Mom in my last post (recipe needs tweaking so not post yet), but I didn’t show you the muffins I made for my Dad later that day.

IMG_5035There were a lot of strawberries lurking around and a Double Chocolate Chunk Questbar that my Dad hadn’t eaten yet so they got made into these lil guys..

IMG_5036Check out that chunk!

I don’t have any nutritional information for these muffins as they were just thrown together to be a yummy, high protein snack for my Dad to munch on for the next lil bit. They are healthy though, I assure you, as that’s just how I do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here is the rough recipe:

Makes about 12 muffins.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups oats (grounded up) + 1/2 cup (left whole)
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut meal (or another nut meal can be used)
  • 1 packet or scoop of vanilla rice protein (can use any protein powder just you may need more/less liquid)
  • 6 packets of Stevia Balance (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 chopped Double Chocolate Chunk Questbar
  • Handful of walnut chunks
  • A couple large strawberries, chopped

ย Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 small (100ml) carton of yogurt (I used Yogo strawberry as that’s what my Dad eats)
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water + more if batter is too thick (add after mixed)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the wet ingredients in a large bowl (except the coconut oil). In another bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and make sure there are no clumps left over. Add your ad-ins (Questbar pieces, strawberries and walnuts). Fold in your liquid mixture and let sit for a minute or two. Add more water if it is too dry. Divide your batter into 12 sprayed muffin tins or cups and bake in the oven until they are done (toothpick comes out dry). ***Store in the fridge and freeze extra’s that won’t be eaten in a week or so as the lack of preservatives means they won’t keep in the fridge for too long. ***

I also baked a batch of muffins for myself for snack prep this week…

IMG_5042Like my Dad’s, these had walnuts and strawberries in them but I also added a bit of cooked quinoa into the batter to see how that would affect the moisture and texture.

IMG_5047Overall, they are very moist (in a good way!) but the taste is not there yet so I won’t share the recipe until they are up to a better standard.

So that is all friends. All of the nommin (well not everything of course, but the interesting stuff at least) that went on this weekend. Hope you enjoyed!

Of course I just can’t leave you hanging on the Maggie front so here are some pictures of my bald liondog baby girl being her crazy, rambunctious, cute, 9-month old self.

IMG_5075Always tossin you toys to play with..

IMG_5080Always wanting attention… (gawd that blasted haircut…sigh)

IMG_5072Never wanting to sit still to take a picture…

IMG_5090Lookin at cute and yawn-y and such in her car seat on the trek back home…

IMG_5094…and pooped. She’s adorable.

Happy Hump Day!

-Chelsea

 


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WIAW…Flexbowlin So Hard

Hey Friends!

I wanted to share a special kind of my noms this week as I wanted to show just how easy it is to put together a yummy meal to go. This could be a big help for those students or worker-bees that have to cart around meals on the daily like I do. So, I’m hookin my bloggy up to Miss Jen’s What I Ate Wednesday this week to show you some good ol’ fashioned flexin

Peas and Crayons

Thanks to Jen for hostin and to all the other foodies for inspiring us with their eats!

Wait…

What’s a Flexbowl?

A flexbowl was a term coined on Instagram by a number of well established IG accounts. Basically, they define a flexbowl as anything and everything you can throw into a bowl (whether that is an edible bowl or not) that helps to fuel your muscles. I grew quite fond of this idea as that is ultimately what I’m trying to do…

Eat to grow.

I don’t like the use of ‘anthem to anorexia” here as anorexia is often not about food and is a mental illness not a choice BUT the message is what I’m getting at

Although this idea is specifically attached to Fridays (aka #FlexBowlFridays), and there are challenges for the best ones weekly, I think I rock at least two flexbowls every day! Of course, they aren’t the most inventive or creative ones all the time, but hey, if they are healthy, nutrient dense, fueling and yummy (yes I believe food can still be tasty AND fueling. None of this “you just eat to live” crap), than that’s A-Okay with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

So tell me…

What’s in your FlexBowl?

My Proats are one key example of a daily FlexBowl for me.

Flexbowl Points: Healthy carbs (oats, fruit, Questbar), protein (egg whites, whey, Questbar) and fats (Nut Butter, chia seeds) to get me energized and ready to rock my workout

IMG_434220140319-071601.jpgBut let’s not forget that proper fuel on Rest Days is just as important as the as the body uses the food you give it the next day to rebuild after tough workouts. Ever feel like you are a bottomless pit on rest days? That’s why.

20140319-071508.jpgYeah, no fearin carbs when you’re not working out friends! (PS that big ol’ blob of nut butter is Toffee Nuts n’More that FINALLY arrived. So good!)

My second FlexBowl of the day is almost always at dinnerย as I’m typically eating it at work BUT sometimes, FlexBowls sneak their way into my lunches.

IMG_4579Think a salad is not fueling? YOU ARE WRONG! OR, you’re making your salads wrong. #SorryI’mNotSorry for being blunt. You can stuff so many things into a salad that make it delicious, nutritious and extremely filling. This big guy (yes it’s in a mixing bowl..) had..

  • Spinach/toasted kale/Very Veggie salad mix by Dole/swiss chard stems/raw red pepper as the base
  • Roasted mushrooms, onions, asparagus and squash as my hot veggie goodies
  • 1/2 a serving of brown jasmine rice for extra required carbs post-workout
  • Baked spicy (Miss Dash seasoning) basa and some leftover turkey as my protein
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • My homemade dressing and basil pesto.

Behold the #SaladBeast!

FlexBowls are made even better is when the ‘bowl’ part is also edible

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Cajun spiced stuffed acorn squash with a side salad.

#ConfessionsOfASquashAddict

20140319-071547.jpgYUMMMMERS.

Then you have the more tame Flexbowls for din-din while at work. Still delicious, just easier to cart around.

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Mmmm haven't had swordfish in so long!

Mmmm haven’t had swordfish in so long!

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Attempting to please your visual needs with an avocado 'swirl'...

Attempting to please your visual needs with an avocado ‘swirl’…

Easy peasy and quite frankly, tasty. Because I want my body to function at it’s best, I want to give it the best. Always keep in mind that…

So I ask you again…

What’s in your FlexBowl?

-Chelsea


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WIAW…Dose Of Healthy Foodporn

Hey Friends!

What’s shakin on your hump day?

Did you know that apparently there in a middle school in Connecticut that is hatin on Mr. Camel and hisย weird voice in the Geico Hump Day ads…

โ€œEverybodyโ€™s walking around in the hallways and saying itโ€™s hump day in that weird voice…โ€ [source]

The principle at said school has banned the use of the words “hump day” because it has become too disruptive in classrooms.

Really? Have we really sunk to this level now? We don’t have anything else better to address?

What do you think?

Anyways, onto some #FoodPorn. Since it’s been a while I have quite a few snaps of some lovely noms for ya this week as I jump back into the What I Ate Wednesday party with all the cool kids over at Peas And Crayons.

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Thanks, as always, to Jen for hosting!

I will first start with today’s eats than you will get a lovely picture reel of some recent healthy food porn. Prepare yo-selves. ๐Ÿ˜€

IMG_4440Wednesday rest days call for zoats. This morning before my 7AM (!!!! sooo eeaarrlly) staff meetin meant nanner was added in said zoats along with thawed bloobs, raw cacao nibs and crunchy almond butta.

IMG_4368After the staff meeting, I had a good 2ish hours before I had to run to GoodnessMe! for another 9ish hours of work. You know what that means? NAP TIME for the win! Before lovely hour of zzzzzzzin bliss I knocked back my fish oils and 1/2 a can of tuna because I was hungry again.

doesn't look like much but pure protein does wonders for a growing tummy

Doesn’t look like much but pure protein does wonders for a growing tummy

Due to eatin lunch at work …at cash…shhhh don’t tell…it was my usual wrappie made from my amazingly handy gluten-free oat wrap. Check this guy out. Yes, chronic overstuffer I am. ๐Ÿ˜€

IMG_4446Can ya wrap it up? Challenge accepted…

IMG_4448What you taco ’bout. I got this! ;-P #Cheezzee.

What’s all hiding in there?

Sauteed mushrooms and onions, wilted spinach, roasted turkey breast meat from Whole Foods, avocado, mustard and the basil-parsley oil-free pesto I prepped this weekend.ย  Not too shabby for a inconspicuous meal I would say.

Also had some roasted acorn squash on the side for some moooore carbs..

IMG_4367I heart squash in every way ๐Ÿ˜€

Snackin attackin at work was my gluten free chunky monkey pronuts. Recipe for the original muffins (I just decided to make them donuts this week) to come I promise.

IMG_4337mmmmm chunky melty banana

Dinna was the usual salad beast (one reason for lovin rest days!). As you know, I ain’t no lettuce salad kinda girl. Check this guy out!

IMG_4443BEAUTY! The addition of my pesto turkey meatballs (prepped this weekend) and pesto made for an unbelievable flavour!

Also in the beast was…

Spinach, roasted butternut squash, onions, asparagus and mushrooms, raw red pepper, rainbow swiss chard stems, Asian salad blend, avocado and my homemade tangy dressing which now features coconut vinegar (love this stuff!) instead of lemon juice.

#RainbowLicious

Snack later now that I’m chillin at home chatting with you guys will be the typical puddin and 1/2 a Questie. But which Questie should I have….?? Hmmmm must not fall for Cookies and Cream for the humpteenth time. Or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that was my day of eats while workin one of my busiest days of the week. In other news, here’s some other foodporn that I have enjoyed over the past few weeks since we last partied together.

IMG_4395Cookies and Cream crumblin in my preworkout proatsHeavenly

White Chocolate Raspberry also made an appearance…

IMG_4342With some beautiful nut butter (cashew and my homemade chunky peanut butter) makin a scene on top.

IMG_4302My boyfriend also enjoyed some Lil Miss Fitness-ified eggy OIAJ or Oats In A Jar. I made his proats using a whole egg and no whey, unsweetened carob powder and melted banana for volume and sweetness (whipped in a la Chocolate Covered Katie…volume baby!). Pistachios and carob chips graced the top with a final lil drizzle of raw honey.

IMG_4310Erik from work (GoodnessMe!) ordered in organic Kabocha squash just for lil ol’ me! ๐Ÿ˜€ I was surprised to see it orange as I’m used to green. I still like the green the best (crispens up more when roastin), but this gem is still delicious!

Squash obviously made it’s appearance when I had the opportunity to make and eat dinner off a plate on my days off. It’s the lil things that make me quite happy. Days off mean SQUASH FOR EVERY DINNER ๐Ÿ˜€

IMG_4387First time tying halibut. Whhhhhy did I wait so long! OMG so good! Of course it’s slathered in my favourite green fattiness that is avocado.

Scallops of course need no intro…

IMG_4398I will still say I rock at searin!

Squash also made it’s appearance in post workout lunches along with some purple sweet taters. Colours just taste better in my opinion…

IMG_4372Aaaannd I even rocked a stuffed butternut squash for one of those lunches too!

...with a big ol' salad

…with a big ol’ salad

Let’s get a close up..

IMG_4422Yum! I simply roasted the piece of butternut squash at 350 in the oven until it was soft and stuffed it with a sautee of kale, mushrooms, garlic, onion, ground turkey breast meat, chili flakes, worcestershire sauce and cumin. Topped it all off with a lil of my pesto and ate it with a nice big salad.

Lastly, another post workout lunch that involved ground turkey breast meat…Yeah I ate a lot of turkey this week after my trip to Whole Foods with Heather on Saturday (so much fun!!).. was this lovely combo.

IMG_4303Healthy turkey ‘fried’ rice. Snow peas, kale, asparagus, mushrooms and some acorn squash cubes were mixed in and sauteed with some ground turkey breast meat cooked with garlic, onion and chili. The whole thing was then mixed with some jasmine brown rice, more chili flakes and worcestershire...that stuff is soo good. Simple and delicious!

Well that’s all for me tonight friends as I want to call it a night early to get some zzzz’s for LEG DAY torture…I mean growth.. tomorrow. Of course, snackie time comes first! :-D.

What’s your favourite healthy food porn?

What’s one simple thing that brings you a lot of happiness?ย Dinner off a plate may seem silly to you but for a person who loves making nice meals for herself and eats out of containers 5x per week minimum, plated food is cherished food.

-Chelsea