Lil Miss Fitness Freak

"And though she be but little, she is fierce"


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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.

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. 😉

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… 😉

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..

IMG_7685She’s beautiful.

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. 😉

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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Body Vs. Patience

Guys I’m getting impatient.

I want to eat my favourite foods again.

Does my body care about this?

No.

You body will work on its own clock.

It doesn’t care that you want to get back to eating your old foods once again the day after illness.

It doesn’t care that you want to get back to the gym after one day of recuperation.

It believes it’s still in healing mode.

I need to live with the fact that I had food poisoning less then one week ago, had my whole system cleared out, was unable to eat for more then 24 hours and was knocked off my game.

I need to accept that my body went through a trauma.

I also need to accept that healing doesn’t happen in 24 hours even if I think it should.

But guys…

I’m needy.

I’m impatient.

I want my food back!

….

I also want my strength back dammit!

Sigh.

Linking up with the gang over at Peas And Crayons for this weeks What I Ate [during illness recovery] Wednesday. Thanks Jen for hosting!

Scratch that. No link up this week peeps due to some unfortunate links that just go with our WIAW flow, but a continued thanks to the hard working Jen for tweaking the moderating and being able to keep the party alive. To the bloggers who use this linkup for advertising or just for attention and views, shame on you.

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When coming off the stomach flu or food poisoning, one is supposed to stick to the BRAT diet

B: Bananas

R: Rice

A: Apple Sauce

T: Toast

IMG_7273…That lasted a whole one meal (the very first meal I ate in 24+ hours)

I’m a rule breaker mmmkay?

That also stands for I’m a **it starter with the very thing that wounded me in the first place. Smart? Probably not.

You need to eat bread they say…

I’m gluten free.

You need to eat plain white rice they say…

That’s boring, what about brown? (answer= no)

They say no fiber. No fat. No vegetables.

Well geesh what am I supposed to eat!?!?

So, for this post, let’s go through all of my mistakes and why they were not good so that you can hopefully avoid them if you go through the same thing.

Fail #1: Too Much Liquids.

So for my second meal the day after sicky day, I had a soup I made that was full of vegetables (easy to digest ones!), healing herbs and plain chicken. See plain chicken I was a good girl. Or so I thought.

IMG_7282Stomach didn’t like it. Bad girl.

I know in my heart that I don’t do well with liquids. I can’t drink shakes because I get nauseous when I drink too much too fast, so I have never taken to them. After basically only having a can of club soda the day I was sick, I was feeling a lil dehydrated the next day to say the least, so soup sounded like a splendid idea.

Unfortunately, this ONE BOWL OF SOUP led to my tummy being a lil pissed off with me and I then was uncomfortable and stuffed for the next 5-6 hours leading to me breaking another rule of the ‘healing after sickness’..

Fail #2: Eat small meals every 2-3 hours they say..

Because your stomach is sensitive during these first few days and you can only manage small meals, it’s important to eat more frequently to ensure that your body is getting at least a decent amount of calories. You are trying to heal after all and that requires fuel.

That night though, once my tummy calmed down, I did have a smaller dinner that consisted of beautiful massive scallops (I just couldn’t let those go bad!) and some roasted squash. My tummy tolerate this despite the squash having skin on it! Yeah, see I’m a rebel, you are supposed to take off any skin. Screw that, the skins the best part. 😉

After a few hours, I had 1/2 a Questbar as I normally do (no pudding though…crying) and despite being nervous about it (all that fiber and whey is a big no no), it actually made me a bit peckish, so I ate another scallop…at midnight…what?

Small win for me.

Day one of eats (or lack there of…) complete and I slept with my tummy settled.

Fail #4: Too Much Fat Too Fast.

One thing they say to do is to keep your meals low fat for a few days (take another peekie at the BRAT diet and notice that it’s all about them carbs) because fat is harder on the digestive system. Well, I decided Sunday Morning (Day 2 post sick day) that I wanted my zoats again, so I made them as I normally would, which includes 1/2 a tbsp of peanut butter, some crushed nuts, chia seeds and peanut flour. Stupid me.

Once again, my tummy rebelled against me and I couldn’t eat for like 6 hours. 😦 Was it the fats? Was is the zucchini? The chia? I dunno, but they do say zucchini is easy to digest and that fats are a problem too early on.

As far as the rest of my meals went, I was a good girl in terms of the fat content and stuck to zero fat fish or chicken for my protein sources (gawd I miss my fatty fish!) and only introduced avocado after a full day back at eating. Avocado was first because it’s supposed to be the easiest fat to take in (I googled it so it’s legit ;-)).

IMG_7286Zucchini, mushrooms and onion with garlic powder only (nothing spicy allowed..sadface), too small of a piece of squash and chicken breast with avocado.

One that I’m still struggling with…

Fail #4: Too Many Veggies Too Fast.

IMG_7287Baked haddock with avocado (with one random shrimpie), roasted squash and kale done in curry with garlic, onion and mushrooms.

On day 2, yeah see I’m impatient, I knew that I wanted to push a lil bit for more food because I was going back to the gym the next morning and wanted to feel like I gotten better with the whole calories thing. Well that backfired on me as the kale, despite being cooked, did not sit well at all..or maybe it was too much squash…and I blew up like a hot air balloon. Sorry if that is too much information, I’m just being real with you.

I just love my veggies, I’m sorry tummy. Stop hating on me!

So, I failed quite a few times and paid for it with some pain, bloating, gas (sorry TMI) pains and feeling overstuffed, but I did have some positives to this whole process…

IMG_7288Roasted acorn squash and purple sweet potato. Baked Basa with avocado + 2 Shrimp. More Zucchini, onion and mushrooms sauteed in Mrs. Dash Steak Seasoning <- makes it taste like The Keg’s veggies no joke.Tried purple sweet taters again because I needed a higher density carb source that is less volume. Thank you Whole Foods for bringing back my favourite kind of sweet tater. It looks so small on that big plate. This is why I love squash…you get so much of it for the same carbohydrates as that teensie piece of tater. Plus, squash is just soo goood.

IMG_7293Got to make use of my amazing find…

Yes. Dairy free, sugar free, cashew and almond yogurt! Tastes just like plain yogurt, just a lil gritter because its made from nuts. I still missed my pudding, but my attempt at pro-froyo helped to tide me over for my nightly snack aside my 1/2 a Questbar.

I found this at the lil grocery store inside The RichTree in the Eaton Centre for anyone near Toronto.

So after all of that, how am I doing now?

I’m still slowly incorporating foods back in. Tonight, I had salad for the first time for dinner and a medium fat fish (mahi mahi) PLUS I get to have my pudding tonight WEEOOOO so I hope it all sits well.

I adjusted my zoats to have a lil less zucchini and only working with half of the chia seeds that I normally have.

Tomorrow will be the first time I’m having veggies at both lunch and dinner (being back in the gym, I have been having zoats postworkout too), so hopefully that is okay.

Still haven’t brought my fish oils back in yet and I haven’t been able to hit my normal calories again yet, but they are getting higher and hopefully that helps me in the gym as I definitely have a case of the “I’m WEAK!” going on.

Still feeling some gas issues by the end of every day and into the morning, but hopefully that goes away soon. Bring on the fatty fish soon enough!

Sorry had to throw that in there as I’m complaining about not being able to eat..

HOW?!? Me no compute.

Sorry I just obsess over like food.

So yeah, I have learned that I can’t push my body to move too fast or it just pushes back…with vengeance. No bueno.

Happy Hump Day Peeps

Do you follow the BRAT diet when you’re sick?

Do you push your body when you should let it rest and heal?

-Chelsea


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Day In The Life & What I Ate [Tuesday]

Hey Friends!

I had a request from a reader to do one of these style of posts and figured I would bring my A-game and take all zee pictures so that I could do just that for you. Lets take a peek into my typical Tuesday. This happens to also be my super early day because I need to get my lil tushie to the gym at 7:30Am Weeoo. Here we go.

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Thanks Jen for the link up 🙂

IMG_71255:30 AM: And it begins.

Jump out of bed and throw my pre-made, naked zoats into the microwave for 6 minutes while I run back upstairs.

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Appetizing eh?

5:38AM: Add chopped nanner, nuke again for 2 minutes

5:40AM: Add pink salt, vitamin C powder and flavaaa

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Who got my bottle all messy? 😀

Nuke again…Yeah Yeah I’m gunna die.

5:42ish AM: Add all zee toppings. Sprinkle of peanut flour, 3g of chopped up walnuts, 1/2 a tablespoon of this lovely nut butta

IMG_7129…and a watered down tsp of Walden Farms Chemical Sauce. Yes, I went there. I can only have a touch (ie a tsp that has been watered down so it’s like I get more syyyrrrup) though or else my tummy gets mad that I’m eating crap. And yes, Walden Farms is crap. But the syrup is tasty crap I will admit.

Lil Miss Fitness Freak Confessions. See I’m not perfect. Sometimes I want maple syrup but I ain’t about that sugar soooo I sink to using chemicals.

6AM: Finally ready to eat my pre-workout zoats with a side of Chopped Canada

IMG_71356:20AM: Done foodz, pop my probiotic and reheat the other half of my tea from last night. If anyone hasn’t tried this tea yet you really should. It’s my fav!

IMG_71317:10-7:15AM: all bundled and ready to walk in the Arctic

Damn you Mother Nature!

Damn you Mother Nature!

Hey at least I’m not in New York

Sorry for your luck down there!

7:30AM: Enter the gym. Game time I have a class a 10AM.

This is what I tell myself every Tuesday.

Today’s workout was Chesticles. Lets take a looky at what I did

Chest Day Jan 27

SS= Super set (meaning no rest in between those 2-3 exercises). Drop set means you do your set as normal then immediately (no rest) drop to a lower weight and do another set. CC= Captains Chair

Forgot to put on there that sets 2 and 3 were all 4 total sets and set 4 was 3 sets (my burnout for the workout).

Oh hey PR! 85lb bench yo! I always find that because I’m feeling rushed on Tuesday’s that I’m super focused so despite it being my super early day, I always end up having an amazing workout.

Moment of Distraction: News shows that ferret eats half a little girls face….Well ain’t that nice.

9:25AM: Still going strong…must finish last burnout set

9:38AM: Must finish last set. Damn it someone took my rack for HLR.

9:40AM. Flail my arms around Stretch for a minute so I could say that I did it. Run to the change room to get my sh** together so I can bolt it back to campus.

The postworkout selfie I didn't really have time to take...

The post workout selfie I didn’t really have time to take…

Hashtag #CrazyFace

9:50AM: Leave gym…Yeah I have 10 mins to get to my class (about a mile)

10:01AM: Ass in chair. Challenge won.

😀

IMG_714010:05AM: Can’t get that post workout muffin down my throat fast enough.

10:15AM: Realizing how much my butt hurts from yesterdays leg day (1st of the week, glute/ham focus) as I attempt to cross my legs…

10:30AM: Sitting-in-a-chair fatigue starts to kick in. So I decide to multitask. Listen, take notes and begin to type this post up to keep my eyes open.

10:45AM: What no mid-class break? Apparently they don’t realize that I drank an entire bottle of water during my workout and I need to pee every 20 minutes.

11:20AM: Still have to pee..but more..

11:22AM: The bathroom here has two stalls and it’s lined up out the door…Ugh.

Question of the morning: Can I make it home?

Nope.

11:25AM: Stop into another building to pee then continue walking home.

11:30AM: Get home and prep my lunch because I’m hungry already…

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Red Onion + Asparagus + Portabello Mushrooms + Orange Bell Pepper

Veggies are all prepped to be roasted in the toaster oven. Rice is on and Emily comes in so I chatter with her for a few while I get these things going.

12PM:shake my head that my veggies have been done for like 10 mins now, I’m ravishing and I’m sill not eating…Oh distractions. Wash face, shower, and get changed. <-aka put on PJ’s because who puts on clothes when they are in their house for a few hours? Not this girl, but you knew that already from my vlogs I’m sure. 😉

12:30PM: I’m finally eating. Ugh I have issues.

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Roasted Veggies + 3 ounces Roasted Chicken + Pre-soaked and cooked Uncle Ben quick brown rice

Staple meal when I don’t have a meal directly right after my workout (ie proats). Yes, I eat out of that container because it keeps my food as hot as possible for the longest. 😀

Have any of you seen Eye Candy on MTV? Yes it sounds stupid but it’s actually pretty good. Don’t let the name scare you away. A lot of dying though lol.

1:30ishPM: Make pudding (for nightly snack) while catching up on some fitness/health YouTube vids.

I want to say that I was productive before my 4pm class but I was so freakin tired guys so I took a power nap before said class

IMG_71452:40-3:20PM: Zzzzzzzzz

3:25PM: Take my vitamin D drops and fish oils, eat about an ounce of leftover roasted chicken because I’m randomly starving again. Yeah, I didn’t eat that much but I figured I would test whether I was dehydrated so I had a lil bite then I was gunna get a Tim’s.

3:35PM: Left for class earlier to pick up my tea from Timmies and took the green bin and recycle with me to get that out of our house.

3:40PM: Tims in hand (which my gloves clearly do not want to hold. Hotpaws don’t hold things apparently). It’s actually not too bad out right now despite being cold…

IMG_7151Maybe it’s the sunshine?

4:55PM: In lecture and read this article [link] that a friend of mine posted on facebook (she was actually the sports nutritionist I saw).

4-5:20PM: Managing Resources lecture + working on this post + working on an assignment for this class. For said assignment I did the Big Five personality test online. If you’re interested, here were my results.

A worrier...Who would have guessed that...

A worrier…Who would have guessed that…

5:15PM: Walking back home.

5:25PM: Walk into the house to find Emily sleeping on the couch. Daaaaawwww.

5:30PM: Finish making my workout summary on PicMonkey

Moment of Worry: So I found that cool background randomly online and I’m hoping I don’t get attacked for using it on my site…cuz I couldn’t find a reference for it… :-/

5:40PM: Hunger starting to ping in again (what is with this non-stop hanger today?! Delayed needs from leg day yesterday?) so I consider slowly making my way back downstairs to start making dinner. Swordfish on the menu tonight. 😀

….Gets distracted by another assignment…

6PM: Downstairs to start cooking. Emily has woken up so I’m chattering with her as I cook.

IMG_71556:45PM: Just as I sit down with my appie salad (I eat this while my other half is baking/roasting) my computer randomly turned off on it’s own. Awesome.

6:50PM: Macbook is now back on (I’m still using my old one, which does random things sometimes #OldieProblems, as I’m waiting on software for my new one), Pretty Little Liars is on and I’m nommin away. The growling had stopped by now, which is probably not a good thing.

7:10ishPM: Round 2. Baked swordfish and all it’s oily beauty + all the roasty squash. We have delicata, acorn and buttercup there roasted with some olive oil and dried rosemary. Yeah, I don’t do sweet roasted squash. Savory FTW!

IMG_71567:30PM: Done dinnah, prepping my morning preworkout (soaking my oats and chia seeds) while watching the last leg of PLL and making my Dad a little something something for making his way up real quick tomorrow to drop off my casein. Such a nice Dad I have. 🙂

8:10PM: In go my Dad’s muffin/cupcake thingys..

IMG_7158And I head upstairs to read the chapter for my food pre-lab quiz as my lab is tomorrow afternoon.

IMG_71658:30PM: Out comes the muffins…Dammit I think I over did them a wee bit…Sorry Dad, hope they are good!

IMG_7162The surprise centre is peekin out the top trying to escape.

8:45PM: Finish that chapter and start quiz

9:05PM: Done quiz and I got pwwweeerrfect. 😀 Preservation master apparently.

9:15PM: Add more to this post.

9:30PM: Read some journals for my Couples and Relationships course assignment.

9:40ishPM: Go put pudding in the freezer + heat up tea that I steeped while cooking muffins earlier and head back upstairs to get back to worky.

Emily catches me as I head back upstairs and makes me smile as she beams about how good her first boxing lesson made her feel. Strong and powerful.

 10:15PM: Starting to wind down before getting my snack and to beddies.

10:40PM: Snack time with blog reading time and I will attempt to make it into bed before midnight.

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No s’mores questbar tonight. That’s a shocker. A friend and I were talking about baking the cookie dough one and that got me craving it.

Overall, I didn’t get as much work done as I had wanted to as I kept getting distracted with other things and plus I took that nap but I told myself that was okay and I would just power through it over the next few days. Midterms are slowly creeping up and assignment deadlines are starting to show themselves on the horizon so the beginning of the semester grace period is coming to a close rapidly.

Hope you had a great humpday friends!

What time to you wake up?

What time do you prefer to workout?

Are you easily distracted?

-Chelsea


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What [The FamJam] Ate Wednesday

Hey Friends!

So I totally flopped and forgot to show you the rest of my parents (and some of my) eats from the end of our Christmas holidays so what better place to give da noms then Jen’s wonderful linkup?

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Before I begin, I want to give so much love back to you guys for all of your wonderful comments and feedback on my video and question yesterday. I really hope to get something like that started within this year but I do want to say that I do know my limits. Some of you guys were concerned that my blog would take a hit but rest assured that I would not take more than I can handle and I would never stop blogging. So don’t you all worry. 😉 One of the main reasons I was hesitant about the whole thing (aside from the lack of a RD status thing) was that I DID NOT want you to see me as “using” you guys for money or turning this blog into a marketing scam. NO. I hate blogs that do that and are constantly throwing products in your face because, well, what fun is that to read? No. Instead, this would be a completely separate thing (If I get it going) that would be for those who really want me to dive in and help them get some healthy habits into their lives plus provide them with answers (to the best of my abilities) to their specific questions when they need it. I would not stop blogging and I would not hold certain things aside for paying clientele only because, as I mentioned, this would be separated and it would be much more on a personalized level. So yeah, still trying to work it out if it’s possible but I will keep you updated. 🙂

Now onto the fun stuff.

Due to it’s being a wee bit late, I’m not sure what days these are from but I hope you can forgive me for that.

IMG_7015One thing I always say is don’t be afraid to ask for what you want no matter how weird you think you’re being. My parents and I did shopping round deux at Yorkdale Mall on December 30th I believe and I got this beauty from a sandwich place. Yes. Does that look anything like a sammy? Nope. I got all hot and bothered by their lobster offering and that sparked me an idea and hey, if you never ask, you will never receive.

So what did I get?

I asked if I could “make a sandwich” but instead of having it on bread, I would have it on salad (which would be rung up as the side salad.) So for my “sammy” I got lobster x2 and grilled veggies x2 (guys, these portions were tiny!) all over their house mixed vegetable salad with balsamic vinaigrette on the side. Despite getting multiple offerings of both my toppings, the salad was a tad bit small for my liking, but the lobster made me quite happy.

Another night, my Mom and I made her maple stew together.

IMG_7031This one is made with potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, can of crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, 1/2 cup chicken stock and 1/4 cup of water. There was chicken in there too.  My Mom likes to cut up some chicken breast, toss it in a bag with a bit of flour, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pepper and then brown it up in a pan before adding it to the stew. The whole thing cooks together in a dutch oven (or large oven safe dish) or crockpot until the potatoes and carrots are fork tender.

Now, there are some swaps you can do here as there are some ingredients that I would not personally want to eat due to my own preferences and dietary restrictions.

  • If you are like me and try to watch your sugar intake, you can reduce or nix the maple syrup and use maple extract. I don’t know how successful that would be, but you can try it out.
  • You can use sweet taters or squash for the potatoes if they aren’t your thing.
  • For the chicken, you can use oat flour or even coconut flour for a paleo or gluten free version. You can omit the floury coating all together but it helps the seasoning stick to the chicken and probably does add a lil bit to the thickness of the stew.
Mom's plate

Mom’s plate

They had their stew with some seedy bread and buttah.

#Saladbeasts also made an appearance again, and this time, my Mom was home to have one. She is picky about what she deems appropriate for a salad though cuz she all kinds of crazy.

IMG_7037The base salad my Mom put together and was just a bag of chopped romaine with radicchio pieces, some mixed dark greens, some kale (I threw that in their ;-)), and some chopped raw veggies (carrots, peppers, cucumber and celery).

For her salad, I added roasted asparagus and portabello mushrooms, some sundried tomatoes, pickles (because they are her fav) and sauteed shrimpies in Mrs. Dash herb and garlic seasoning.

My Dad is a lil bit more fun flexible.

IMG_7038Roasted asparagus, onions, portabello mushrooms and potatoes in garlic and rosemary, sundried tomatoes and some jarred roasted red peppers. He also got a serving of my homemade bison meatballs which were simply ground bison, finely diced onion, garlic, pepper, and a good shake of Worcestershire sauce baked at 375 for about 30 minutes, flipping over once.

Now that is a salad that makes me drool.

On my final night at home (Jan 3rd), I made a super simple recipe that came from Lee over at FitFoodieFinds. My parents loved it and my Mom asked me for the recipe so that she can make it again.

IMG_7040Sorry for the horrible lighting but I wanted to show you the dish before it was baked. Basically it’s a layered dish with uncooked quinoa on the bottom (which you pour stock over top), then a layer of chopped kale, then sundried tomatoes (+ mushrooms that I added because my parents love those shrooms), then a layer of cooked turkey sausage rounds and a sprinkling of part skim mozzarella cheese.

IMG_7041The cheese is optional and I forgot to add the red onion, but they really liked it nonetheless. Thanks Lee!

On my last morning, I made my Dad breakfast as I was home when woke up due to it being a restday from the gym. #SundayFunday.

IMG_7042Normally he has frozen bagged hashbrowns and eggs on the weekend so I essentially made him a whole food, updated version of that. Basically I quickly steamed a potato (microwave steamer pot) that I chunked up and tossed that into a pan with some coconut oil, onion, garlic, peppers, mushrooms and kale and sauteed that up until they all started to brown a bit. I then added some of our leftover sundried tomatoes, Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning and pepper and gave that a good toss around and popped a lid on it. After a few minutes (the oil from the sundried tomatoes will brown those taters!), I cracked two eggs right on top, popped the lid on it again and waited for the eggs to be done.

They were supposed to be all runny and such but I left them go a tad bit long so they were more runny-hard, but my Dad was a happy camper.

Before we left with all my stuff, I enjoyed this lil numba..

IMG_7045Stuffed 5 egg (1 whole, 4 white) omelette with sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini and onions, alfalfa sprouts and kale. I seasoned it with Mrs Dash tomato basil (why don’t they have this one in Canada!? So good!), garlic powder, chili flakes and peppah. On the side was some garlicky green beans and a lil salad.

On our way back I had to snap a pic of the sleepy passenger. I’m glad that she always comes to take me back despite being sad that my time with her is over.

IMG_7049That face. I had to share, I’m sure you all don’t mind a non-food picture right? 😀

But just so I end on food, I give you my postworkout lunch today

IMG_7053I’m the master at making the most of 1/2 a cup of oats. Yes, that entire, almost overflowing soup bowl started as a 1/2 a cup of oats. I’m magic 😉

Okay maybe some shredded zucchini and 2 whole egg whites helps with the plump-age, but I can say I’m just magical cuz I’m the writer here :-D. These zoats had 40 grams of nanner (because this was the first thing I ate after my workout…need those quick digesting carbies), pink salt, cinnamon, vitamin C powder (Pranin), english toffee extract (yummers I  have missed my extracts) and a chocolate peanut butter protein icing thanks to Diesel Perfect Whey.

I’m still trying to adjust to having some mid morning (mid morning to me) classes so because I had a 9:30 class, I had to go to the gym afterwards (because if I wanted to go before, I would have to be there by like 6 to get my whole workout in). As a result, my postworkout and lunch had to morph into one thing and, well, I wasn’t mad at the outcome.

Could anyone else eat oatmeal all day everyday and still love their life? I could.

Well that’s it folkaroonies and now you should go make yourself some oats. 😛

Happy Hump Day!

How do you spice up your oats? Plain oats make me sad, add some life in there!

How are you adjusting to being back at school or work? Did you have to shift anything around?

-Chelsea


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Ho Ho Ho-liday Nomz…WIAW

Happy Hump Day Friends!

Before I begin, big New Years Eve birthday shoutout to one fabulous Mother. My Dad is treating us all to the Keg tonight, which I’m super excited for. These is a piece of sea bass with my name on it! NOMZ. I hope we can bring her lots of smiles and love today (of course, this is hopefully every day!) to make your day special because she deserves the best. XO

Tis the day where all the eats shall be revealed and I’m jumpin on the Christmas nomz train over at Peas and Crayons just like the other foodie folks in the blogosphere. If you’re like the rest of us and enjoy drooling over some good holiday food, do yourself a solid and head on over the Jen’s blog and check out the indulgences that went down last Thursday.

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I did a recap of the Cross family Christmas a few days ago, but I held off on the food until this special day as Wednesdays are all about the food, so obviously its presentation is most appropriate here, no?

Other than the dinner, I was a bad blogger and only remembered to snap my own lunch that day before the big meal.

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Omelette (4 egg whites + 1 whole egg) stuffed with some leftover roasted chicken breast meat, asparagus, mushrooms, onion and kale. Seasoned with Mrs. Dash tomato basil seasoning, garlic powder, chili flakes and pepper. Side salad with apple cider vinegar.

After opening presents, my parents had their traditional bacon and eggs breakfast. For my Mom, this means she gets her bacon sammich dipped in a whole lotta ketchup. My Dad does the whole thing up with his bacon, toast and eggs.

Sorry, like I mentioned, no pictures. I was too busy fiddling with my new MacBook Pro. 😉

Well at least I got the main event right?

Here’s the spread the three of us threw together for us all to sit down to.

IMG_6984Mr turkey was hiding over on the counter. We roast the turkey the day before, as you know…we need oven space on the actual day…and then have the white and dark meat separated in two crockpots to keep them warm.

IMG_6986We tend to do buffet style dinners, regardless of whether it’s a holiday or not because we like to ensure people get the food they will enjoy. Lets take a closer peek at some of these dishes shall we?

IMG_6985A newb to our dinner but it was the star by far. My Mom and I have always wanted to make our own stuffing and this year we finally cracked down and did it and almost everyone went back for seconds and thirds of it. We used a recipe my Mom found that included the use of Italian sausage (did I mention that some of these dishes are not going to be the most healthy? Tis the season..) as the major flavour base. For most normal people (I’m excluded from this group as I don’t eat sausage), that would make a dish instantly delicious.

It was actually super simple to make and had very minimal ingredients so it will definitely be something to keep around for next year.

IMG_6989My Mom’s special ham. She makes this pineapple, mustard glazed ham that everyone loves as a secondary protein for our meal. Most of our family snagged a slice of this and I know my parents really love this dish. Once again, not for me as I don’t eat pork in general but I will say that baked pineapple smells amazing!

IMG_6987I wanted to up the veggies this year so I made a few dishes including this roasted mushroom, green bean and onion mix. Very fall typical side dish. Sorry for the ugly picture, it was already dug into by the time I snapped the pic. Nothing special here, just the veggies, some olive oil, garlic powder, pepper and some oven lovin at 400 until roasty.

IMG_6988Those colours though! Another simple roasted veggie dish of asparagus, butternut squash cubes (I bought these already chopped which is the only reason why the skin is off. I would have preferred skin on as usual. Eat yo skin guys!) and beets.

IMG_6990aaannndd for my Mom (she needs her sweet fixin’s too), maple glazed, roasted carrots. All I did for this was plop the carrots in the dish and topped with maple syrup that had been reduced a bit and a few pieces of butter. Again, stuffed in the oven at 400 until fork tender. I had to put foil over top to let them steam a lil bit to speed up the process but they would be just fine without the foil.

Also making their appearance on the table were:

  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Plain mashed potatoes for those who just like potatoes for gravy boats
  • Steamed peas
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Artisan loaves
  • Some gherken pickles for my Nana
  • Gravy

So after all of that, this is what I devoured

IMG_6991All my roasted veggie dishes (minus the carrots) and a few slabs of dat white turkey meat. Mmmmmm. #TurkeyGainz

 Now, for all of you that twitch in your seat just waiting to dive into the dessert table, here is what we served.

IMG_6999An assortment of my Mom and my baking. These are all the normal suspects and everyone in the family has their favourites. Missing from this plate were my Nana’s favourite Chinese chews and my Auntie Wendy’s chocolate drops. Those brown blobs there are a major favourite of everyone. So much so that they disappear directly from the freezer without thawing first. Double chocolate peppermint truffles. Yes, they don’t stick around for very long at all. I actually used to make them for my friends at school when I had the time to do so.

Also missing from this shot was my attempt at these lil guys

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles from the Minimalist Baker. I’m using their shot as I forget to take a pictorial AND because mine where half as pretty as theirs. Do you know how hard it is to make those lil balls smooth and non fingerprint-y when dipping them in melted chocolate? Anywho, I followed their basic idea and used the homemade caramel sauce they gave, tweaked a bit, then after balls of that frozen for a bit, I melted some hazelnut peanut butter and coconut oil and dipped them in that while sprinkling them with some leftover toffee bits. After freezing for a second time, they swam in some melted sweetened chocolate with some coconut oil (the coconut oil is what helps for the hard shell as coconut oil hardens in colder temperatures) and let them do their final freeze.

For the sauce, all I did was soak some pitted dates in some water overnight, drained them in the morning and blended them up with about a tsp or two of coconut oil, caramel extract and a lil water to get the consistency that I wanted. Real ingredients and I got the thumbs up on this sauce. Lots of love to the Minimalist Baker for this one!

This caramel sauce was also used to make our experiment of the day

sorry for the bad lighting, twas night time after all.

sorry for the bad lighting, twas night time after all.

She was a beauty and so easy and fun to make with my Mom. This recipe was one that my Mom found once again and is kind of like an ice cream cake, but with an Italian twist as the cake part was a panettone .

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Sorry for the quality of the picture, it was in the basement. I just wanted you all to see the layers.

We were so proud of this creation, despite it not being our own recipe. If you wanna try this, here are the ingredients you need.

  • 1 panattone cake. We used a neutral flavour but it would be interesting to try a flavoured one.
  • Tube of ice cream. Again we just used vanilla like the recipe said, but it might be cool with another flavour, just match it with you cake and sauces.
  • Caramel sauce. We used a slightly watered down version of the one for the truffles
  • Chocolate sauce. We bought this.
  • Toffee or Skor bits

IMG_6998Here were the steps to make this vision.

  1. Take a large bowl (that can be frozen and is maybe just a touch bigger than the cake) and wrap in saran wrap.
  2. Cut the bottom of the cake off, about an inch thick. Then cut the cake in half and hollow each half out leaving a nice inch or two border.
  3. Pour some of the caramel sauce into the bowl, yes on the saran wrap. The recipe called for soaking the cake in it but ours was too thick for that.
  4. Take your cake halves and stick it to the bowl and use some of the filling of the cake to fill in any gaps. This will be the outside of your cake, so make it look as nice as possible.
  5. Pour some more caramel into the cake and get it all over the inside of the cake pieces.
  6. Sprinkle some of the toffee bits around the whole thing.
  7. Filled the cake bowl about a 1/3 of the way up with your ice cream, add a good drizzle of chocolate sauce and sprinkle with toffee bits.
  8. Do this two more times so you have 3 layers of ice cream and then place the bottom of your cake that you reserved on the top and fill in any gaps with the final pieces of the cake.
  9. Saran wrap the top and throw that baby in the freezer. When you are ready to dig in, let it sit out for a few minutes and slice away.

How easy is that? Is it healthy? Absolutely not, but it was a hell of a good time to make and everyone who had some loved it. My parents are still working away at it and I will be taking some to my housemates if there is any left.

 Well, that is the end of our holiday feastin. I hope you all enjoyed it and that your Christmas was amazing!

Much love.

What has to be on the table for your Christmas meal to be complete?

Are you a contributing cook or a pure feaster?

-Chelsea


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The Grain Lovers Diet….WIAW

Hey Friends!

OMG I GET TO BLOG!

Oh how I have missed you so.

Transitioning back into school life and managing to keep everything I’m used to together has been a bit tougher than I thought and time doesn’t seem to be on my blogging self’s side lately. More on that later, but I’m glad to be chattering with you today in my spare time…cough..which I should technically be using to work on my assignments that are due this week but meh they will will get done. Zee blogging itch must be scratched!

Fall into Good Habits: WIAWSo I’m jumping back into Jen’s What I Ate Wednesday this week to give you another installment of “What I Would Eat If I Was….” and this one is a new one, even for me, so lets jump right in shall we?

Grains have been on the chopping block a lot lately and I can’t say that I’m ignoring all of the research that is surrounding these pesky lil carbs but hey, as a food blogger and a future RD in the making, I have to keep my mind open to hear about different dietary philosophies. Plus, I find it fun to poke around and learn more about those random lil dietary lifestyles you don’t hear too much about.

So whats a dietary lifestyle that focuses on grains you ask?

What diet was thought to be beneficial to cancer patients?

What diet doesn’t support the consumption of animal products but is less strict in that regard (most of the time) than a vegetarian?

Gwyneth Paltrow sported this lifestyle for years and the entertainment world has buzzed the idea that this diet is a diet that legit works!

But before I get into all that, what is it you ask?

Basically this diet is kinda like vegetarianism in the sense that you don’t eat animal products (including things like eggs and dairy, which are recommended to avoid unless absolutely required during the transition period), but the main focus here is on eating a diet that is full of whole grains, particularly those that are well chewed like brown rice and cereal grains (buckwheat, millet, etc) and supplementing your lifestyle with raw and cooked vegetables, fermented soybean foods, soups, seaweed and other sea veggies and the occasional (a few times a week) addition of nuts and seeds, fish (in less rigid lifestyles), sweeteners and fruit.

Another big focus in this lifestyle is avoidance of processed foods. Similar to some of the other approaches I have mentioned in previous posts, one is supposed to be eating those things that are as minimally processed as possible. It also looks at really taking a deep look into how food makes you feel. This stems from the original Japanese philosophies that a diet such as this has healing properties and that because you are avoiding loading your body with toxins that promote inflammation through the ingestion of commercial products.

One individual in general who really began this movement (if you want to call it that) was George Ohsawa who presented the backbone of this lifestyle through his universal principles. Check out those principles here [link].

Yes, this is not just a diet but an entire lifestyle approach. Of course, for WIAW purposes, I’m just focusing in on the diet.

His philosophy goes into a lot of details so I will lead you to his foundation’s main site so you can learn more about his beliefs and how that began to build this dietary lifestyle and why every component is important.

One thing I did find interesting and wanted to share was the yin and yang portion that is mentioned quite a bit in his theories…macrobiotic-principles-2013As you can see, balance is the key. Being too extreme on either side wouldn’t be optimal, but having both maintains healthy life. As an example related to food, meals should have a balance of some yin and some yang and I will show you all that in just a sec with the day of eats portion.

The last thing that I wanted to mention about this diet is that it was thought or advertised at one point, that it was the ‘cure and an/or prevent cancer diet.’ Newer research however doesn’t necessarily show this [check out this article]. There really hasn’t been evidence to support the idea that this diet has specific advantages in patients post cancer treatment or those with a poorer prognosis. Instead, this dietary lifestyle is more of a general, ‘you should eat more like this’ type of diet due to some of it’s components. This is not to say that everyone needs to be a vegetarian to be healthy, but instead, just like many others, the focus is to eat less processed and mo thangs green.

 As a final note (I swear last thing!), there are a few things to watch out for if adopting such a lifestyle.

  • Make sure you are eating enough calories. Similar to vegans, very strict macrobiotic diets can be void in healthy fats and calories in general which can lead to a whole host of food related deficiencies, low energy levels and poor general health.
  • Once again, be on top of your vitamin game as removing foods from the diet can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Vitamin B12 may be the only one you really need to supplement if you’re on top of your diet (if you choose not to eat fish. If you do, you are getting a natural source there). Other potential issues if you’re not careful could be Vitamin D, iron, zinc, omega fatty acids and all of your essential amino acids.
  • Along similar lines to the first point, this diet has been attacked for issues related to malnutrition. Specifically it has been argued that due to such a heavy emphasis on rice, a person could end up become malnourished due to lack of variety. This has been observed in some very strict (no animal products at all) macrobiotic diets and was once big incentive for doctors to advise cancer patients to NOT use this as a aid or type of treatment for their illness.
  • Children and pregnant women should also be very cautious on a diet such as this to ensure they are getting everything they need for their growth and changing bodies.

So what do you think?

Are you a brown rice-a-tarian?

Still not sure how a day in the life would look like, here let me show ya! Time for the foodzzzz

So I had mentioned that I was new to this dietary lifestyle too, so this is what I put together based on what I learned.

Breakfast.

Creamy Pumpkin Buckwheat Groats via Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life.

Because it’s fall ya know, had to throw in something festive and although I’m not a huge pumpkin flavour person, fruits are placed on the ‘eat occasionally’ list SO veggies it is. But hey, most people love punkin amirite?

Now, I broke the rule a wee bit as there is banana (sweetness and a creamier texture) in there BUT you could remove it if you’re feeling real strict. Adding more pumpkin puree may make up for some of the creaminess, but not really the same sweetness factor.

Yin Factors: Rich in potassium, Less dry, Sweet, Vegetables, Fruit

Yang Factors: Whole grains, Longer cooking time, Orange colour, Below ground growth, Heavy in Carbohydrates

So in and amongst your yin’in and yang’in, your tummy grumbles

Time for..

Lunch.

Since you didn’t have brown rice for breakfast, you naughty lil person you, I order you to have it for lunch. Here ya go..

Just kidding. I assume the diet’s not that bad. They do really emphasize brown rice so I figured I would put it somewhere BUT lets make it more fun shall we?

Sushi Rice Salad via Triumph Wellness (her inspiration came from this recipe).

Most people lerve sushi amirite? Well here ya go, sushi without the rolling. Sushi you can still eat with chopsticks. Sushi that, with a few tweaks, is totally macrobiotic diet friendly!

The tweaks are things that are on the occasional list once again, so you aren’t going completely off the rails if you leave them in.

  • Corn
  • Natural sweetener (for the sauce)
  • Cucumber (replace with zucchini)

Yin Factors: Less dry, Sweet, Vegetables, Sea Vegetables

Yang Factors: Whole grains, Longer cooking time, Lighter Colours, Heavy in Complex Carbohydrates, Salty

Finally you have ended your meditation practice and righting down you top ten list of things you’re grateful for in life. You can now sit down to a nice and light….

Dinner.

Squash and Arame Soup via The Macrobiotic Association of Great Britain

Soothing, nourishing and warm, this miso based soup is super simple to make and full of ‘good for you’ whole ingredients. I would add some protein to this if it was me. Also, because it’s me, that protein would be seafood. Man, I’m just livin wild on the ‘occasionally only’ list ain’t I?

Yin Factors: Less dry, Rich in Potassium, Vegetables, Sea Vegetables, Softer

Yang Factors: Grown More in the Winter, Miso, Heavy in Complex Carbohydrates, Salty

Okay Okay I confess, I shnacked. I shnacked hard on a few of these babies

Snack.

5 Minute + 5 Ingredient No Bake Almond Butter Chews via Oh She Glows

Brown rice strikes again! In ball form. In puffed form. Bam.

Yin Factors: Higher in Fat, Sweet, Sweeteners

Yang Factors: Whole Food, More Dry, Smaller, Darker Colours, Whole Grains.

So what do you think?

Are you a grain lover?

What’s you’re favourite brown rice dish?

Don’t forget to check out Miss Jen’s page for all the other noms of the week here 😀

-Chelsea


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WIAW Quick FoodPic Dump

Hey Friends!

I’m sorry I have been so offline as of late, I just moved to my new city to start school tomorrow at the University of Guelph in the their Bachelor of Applied Sciences Nutrition program and I’m kinda excited. I’m also really busy which is why Lil Miss Fitness Freak hasn’t been speakin much to you all. I promise I will get back to the bloggie soon.

Back to school I go!

Speaking of speakin, I posted a new vlog giving a quick update and answering a reader’s question about balance during school if you wanna check it out. I would also love your opinions on the question I asked you guys at the end!

Here’s the link-up -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6pMSfanPF8

Onto the noms. This is just a mish-mash of things I have been eating lately, whether at home (Acton with my parents) or back in Hammertown. Enjoy!

Fall into Good Habits: WIAWI don’t like that Fall is officially be said to be ‘here’. We never really had our summa…sadface!
 

20140903-095155-35515551.jpgA typical dinna on this girls plate. Baked marlin steak with pesto and avocado, roasted squash (that kabocha I have been using up from my store has been absolute crunchy perfection!) and greens.

20140903-095154-35514877.jpgThis was amazing! Post workout lunch using up freezer stuff before the move and lookie lookie who had massive scallops just chillin in the freezer? Woe is me, have to use them up right? 😉 I made my concoction (sans chicken) and topped it off with those beautiful scallops seared perfectly in a Lil Miss Fitness Freak fashion.

20140903-095157-35517089.jpgPost Leg Day bliss on a plate. Used up that final elk steak to give me some good ol’ iron and creatine. Stirfried asparagus, shitake mushrooms and onions accompanies and a sweet spud.

20140903-095154-35514560.jpgMy “Cheat” of the week was my favourite Thai take-out on the way to Acton after a long and exhausting day of packing and unpacking and moving. I got a medium spicy basil stirfy, hold the rice and add moooooore veggies. I kinda wish I had gotten the cashew version because 1. Cashew’s are delish and 2. this held me over for a whole hour…

20140903-095153-35513897.jpgMakin my own stirfry at home with the parentals. Brown long grain rice was ‘fried’ into bok choy, eggplant, onion, asparagus, water chestnuts and mushrooms along with copious amounts of garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Simple and tasty. 20140903-100102-36062916.jpgMore stirfryin‘. Seeing a trend here? Shrimpies!! 😀

20140903-095155-35515983.jpgSee another trend? Shrimpies! Messy but always good saladbeast in a mixin bowl.

20140903-100103-36063857.jpgSpeaking of saladbeasts, my parents and I visited the Eaton Centre for some shoppin so of course I had to get my insanely expensive customized salad at Fast And Fresh.

20140903-100102-36062605.jpgFueling up for LegDay with ma voluminous proats.

20140903-100138-36098313.jpgAmazing grilled dinnah with my parents and Nana and Papa. I had a grilled mahi mahi kebab, grilled portabello mushroom cap and a big plate of salad.

20140903-100105-36065458.jpgEat all things grilled! Leftover grilled veggie kebab with some prepped grilled pesto turkey and brown long grain rice.

20140903-100138-36098982.jpgPost workout lunch of baked chipotle seasoned basa (Mrs. Dash salt free seasoning blends), roasted Japanese purple sweet tater sprinkled with rosemary and a mini salad.

That’s it peeps. Talk at you soon! Don’t forget to pay a nice lil visit to Jen over at Peas and Crayons for more #FoodPorn.

Good luck to everyone who is starting school this week. 🙂

Aaaannd to end off with a lil something something nice…

20140903-100929-36569566.jpgShoutout to Instagram.

-Chelsea