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Now We Wait…Thinking Out Loud

Guys.

HOLD UP!

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I’m done.

I AM DONE MY APPLICATIONS!

OMG party party!

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Such a relief to be done with all of that and now it’s time to wait. At this point, I’m not very anxious about the answers yet because I’m too busy relishing in the fact that my brain has more empty space to use for something else now.

You would think I would be sleeping soundly now…

Sleep brain, sleep…

Don’t you hate when you are all prepped to go to bed early cuz you have an early wakeup and your brain is just like…

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Hello 4 hours of sleep and a full day of classes + gym + night class. Le sigh

This is not helping with healing brain. Don’t you get that…

Maybe my insomnia is because ..

I have no idea where my life is going now…

Where will I be in 6 months?

What if I don’t get in…what am I going to do?

What if I get more than one of my top choices (ha thats positive thinking), what will I choose?

Gah so many questions and makes me feel like I’m in limbo.

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I really don’t like not knowing things. I’m a type A personality and like to be in control 24/7 so having no idea where I’m even going to be living in the next few months drives me crazy.

I just signed off my house a week ago. Like guys, I’m practically homeless!

……

Anyways enough about life, what other things caught my attention recently

Wait for it, controversy ahead…

Saw this video this morning and thought it would be a good discussion piece. I’m not trying to push my views on anyone, but I thought this was a good side of the argument to share.

Case in point, cows milk is technically for baby cows. The hormones, the proteins, the nutrients, its for growing a cow…

…not a human.

So in the long term, does this have an effect on us? Who knows (the doctor seems to think so…), but when you think about it, it’s kinda weird. Also, technically, is there anything super important about milk other than calories perhaps? You may argue calcium BUT there’s controversy about that too soo… yeah.

Thoughts?

Who’s bright idea was it to start drink from cow boobs anyways?

Glute gains…

Can I also say why computers and phones still don’t understand what a ‘glute’ is. It gets autocorrected to flute or apparently gluten..

I cannot wait to watch this video

I love Jeff Nippard’s informational videos and this one is on GLUTES! Perfect for pre-leg day tomorrow.

Speaking of my training …

Hopefully I will be kind to myself tomorrow as I anticipate I won’t hit my normal numbers due to still getting over this detox. Can’t say I haven’t gotten a bit frustrated over this week because I get more winded and am overall just more tired.

On top of the fact that I’m so bloated and gassy that I feel like a sausage…

..a few more days…a few more days..

I felt hunger for a moment today. Thats a start.

Try these muffins!

Almond flour is mad expensive but trust, everyone said these were the best muffins I ever brought into the gym and my housemates didn’t want me to take them from them..

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Wish I could take credit for the recipe but, alas, I cannot. I did do one switch, which was to use half molasses (more gingerbread-y) and half honey.

But trust trust trust, my family at the gym is saying they will buy me almond flour just so I will bring these back to them. They are that good and completely flourless, only a few tbsp of natural sugars and good healthy fats.

Anyone else truly adore the smell of gingerbread?

Also, these cookies…

I did alter these slightly by de-veganizing it by using eggs, used 2 tbsp molasses for the maple syrup (didn’t have any) and only a few tbsp of coconut sugar..

Next recipe I want to try is these..

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So easy. So little ingredients and how pretty are they!

…we shall see if mine look anything like that…

I been hearing so much good from this book…

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I’m not a reader but I have such an urge to get my hands on this one.

I’m on such a motivational and inspirational kick right now and I think this book (even though its apparently poetry..) would be right up my alley.

And finally to finish off with this lil quotation..

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Always be a light. That is all.

Thanks to Running with Spoons for the Thinking Out Loud Thursdays hook-up.

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-Chelsea


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Sund-Wiches Do Come True

Hey Friends,

Random idea comin at you on this lovely Sunday. So I will say that I think I’m a pretty decent sammich maker. Well, I have never had bad feedback from my creations so that means I’m awesome right?

Anywho, I love making sandwiches for other people because really, like a salad, sammiches are really an endless, anything-goes type of food. If you like something, throw it on there. There are no limits to a sandwich and the more stacked it is, generally the more impressive it is in da mouth…and the belly.

Another thing I like about them?

You don’t need to make it super gluttonous to make it taste great. A super tall and show stopping sandwich can be made completely from wholesome ingredients and be both satisfying and healthy all at the same time.

So when it comes to making the perfect ‘wich, what are some of the rules?

Well, there are no rules like I mentioned before. You like something? Throw it on there. There are no borders.

So the point of this post then? Well, maybe I can give you are some tips on what I think adds to the nommness factor based on my sandwich making experience.

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Rita leerrrvves her eggplant –> Toasted Rye Bread + Avocado + Healthy Breaded and  “fried” Eggplant + Tomato + Fried Egg

The number one thing I will say is that bread better be toasty!

Crunchy Factor #1!

Toast it, throw in a pan, broil it, panini that **it. Whatever you do just don’t leave it soft. That just ain’t right.

What about if you don’t want bread?

Not to worry I have you covered.

~Sweet tater or other starchy veggie ‘bun’

~Thick green wraps (collards or chard leaves work best IMO)

~DIY buns like the awesome gluten-free, paleo english muffins from Arman

~Homemade pancakes or waffles make amazing buns as well.

More Crunch factors?

Crunch is a major help for mouth-feel. Other then the bread, I don’t think too much crunch is a good thing so perhaps one raw thing of two, but don’t go crazy and do the whole thing crunchy or thats too much.

IMO them raw, vegan sammiches just don’t do it for me. Cold and overly hard…

Pick your crunchies

~Sprouts (omega’s anyone?)

~Lettuces (spinach, spring mix, cabbage-slaw for a thai inspired sammich)

~Crunchy bacon if that’s your thing

~Crunchy coating on something (healthy ‘fried’ eggplant or an almond or oat/flax meal coated chicken)

Healthy Fried Eggplant –> heat a lil bit of coconut oil in a pan on medium/high. Slice an eggplant fairly thin. Dip in an egg or white white wash and then dip in a mixture of breadcrumbs or mix of gluten free oats/flax for GF option + some optional parmesan cheese. Place in the hot pan and let it cook until crispy. Flip and then remove when done. If they are still looking a bit raw due to thickness, toss in the toaster oven at 400 and roast until cooked through. 

~Veggie chips. I like to make zucchini chips by tossing slices of zucchini in some olive oil and a touch of pink salt and roasting them off at 400 degrees until crispy (flip once).

Okay now you need something melty…

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Sammich fit for a workin’ man (aka my Daddy)–> Toasted Italian Baguette + Melted Cheddar + Home Roasted Tomatoes + Chicken + Sprouts + Spring Mix + Mustard.

Melty is just appealing and although you can do cheese, you can also have other melty things be just as exciting (see you dairy-free friends, I gotcha covered too ;-))

Melty Goodness factors

~Cheese obviously. Go with something different and try out Brie + Caramelized Apple or Pear. OR Cheddar + Green Apple +Turkey

~Roasted watery vegetables –> Roasted tomatoes do the trick nicely

~Peanut Butter if you’re going sweet…

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Bring on the pancake ‘buns’ and melty peanutty goodness. Link 

…Throw in sautéed banana for another top up to the melty goodness factor.

Okay Something Protein-y..

A sammich has to have some staying power right? There are the obvious meats and such but here are some twists and maybe some protein ideas you may not have thought about:

~Smoked Salmon –> Fresh! Pair this with Avocado + Sprouts + Spinach + A homemade greek yogurt + cucumber spread.

~Beans –> Vegan Option! Make a spread out of chickpeas, white beans, etc and then add some roasted veggies like the wrap below.

~Shrimp –> Yes even shellfish can be put in a sammich. A healthier version of a Po’boy if you will.

Last but not least

A Sauce of Sorts..

A sandwich just isn’t a sandwich if it’s dry. So, there are your BORING… condiments like mustard, ketchup and maybe BBQ sauce, but what about things that are more fun eh?

~A Yolky Egg–> How awesome is it when you press that baby down and the yolk gushes out?

~Avocado –> Duh.

~Hummus –> People underutilize this glorious and vegan spread. Try more then just the basic hummus variety. Sundried Tomato hummus with an italian-style creation. Olive hummus for a greek version. Or…

~Pesto –> Basil Pesto is absolutely amazing, but there are other great ones out there as well.

~Tzatziki –> Going Greek?

~Cranberry Sauce –> Make it homemade and add it with Turkey to feel like Christmas all year ’round.

~Peanut Butter…? Apparently it’s a ‘thing’ now to put peanut butter on your burgers. Interesting…

So yeah, now that you’re bursting with ideas, go make your fine self a sandwich and report back with your creation 😉

Oh and we don’t discriminate here on Lil Miss Fitness Freak

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Lettuce Cup + Miss Dash Extra Spicy Haddock + Brown Rice Mixture (brown rice + Mushrooms + Onion) + Sprouts + Spinach + Waterfall of Mustard

Spicy fish tacos with brown rice (fish burrito?) and all the mustard count too.

Hope you had a great weekend all and enjoy the long May-24 weekend!

-Chelsea


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A Recipe…Say What?!

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I know right, how long has it been?

I have heard from some of my readers that they miss my random recipes. I never felt like my food posts were anything special, but hey, if they’re easy and tasty, why not share them?

Oh…

Happy Green St. Pattys Day y’all!

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Celebrating?

For me, I’m not a drinker, so this holiday that is pretty much based off of getting wasted for cheaper is really just an excuse for me to put green into as much of my day as possible.

Cue wearing a sparkly green shamrock headband to the gym.

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Yeah, I dress up to go sweat. 😀

Anywho, back to the recipe

…what’s a recipe again? HA

Savory oats. 

….Crickets….

Yes I realize I just said savoury and oatmeal in the same sentence BUT hear me out.

Oats are really like a blank canvas. Just like rice, or for a more similar texture, polenta or risotto. They are a neutral base screaming for flavour blasting toppings. Many of us have come to perceive oatmeal as purely a sweet dish, but really, you can turn it savoury just as easily and it will still be that warm bowl of comfort you know and love.

So before you say “bleh!” give them a chance. I made this particular bowl for my housemate, Rita, and she absolutely loved them. My other housemate, Emily, on the other hand was stuck in ‘sweet oats only’ mode and was afraid of them despite saying they smelled awesome.

I will convert her just you wait.

😉

So I went to the internet searching for some inspiration. I can confidently say that this girl knows how to make a pretty damn good bowl of proats but I had too many thoughts going on and needed something to calm them down a tad. Plus, I didn’t want to screw up the first bowl of savoury oats for zee housies because then they would never touch them again.

Can’t have that can we?

Hmmm..

Mexican? Rita loves avocado, beans…not so sure.

Taco! Spicy, yes, avocado, yes…hmm..

Wait, what is that seaweed in the cupboard…?

Sushi oats. Bam, sold. 

So with that, the bowl you see before you was created. Now if only I had some wasabi and pickled ginger….

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I hope you will conquer your fears and try this out. It legit smelled like sushi so if you swing that way, it’s something you would enjoy I’m sure.

Asian Sushi Oats. 

Serves 1

Ingredients for the Oats:

~1 Serving of Rolled Oats (1/2 cup)

~1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Broth

~1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites

~1 tsp oil of choice (coconut, avocado, sesame or peanut)

~1 tsp minced garlic

~1-2 tbsp diced onion

~approximately 1/8 cup dried seaweed or other sea vegetable (I used dulse)

~1 chopped green onion.

NOTE. I did see many sites saying to add a dash of fish or oyster sauce to the base so if you have it on hand go for it. Just only use a little bit. 

Directions.

  1. Heat your oil in a pot (use one that had a lid) on the stove at medium/high heat. Chop up your vegetables. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and onions and sauté until they are softened and fragrant (a few minutes).
  2. Add your oats, sea vegetable and broth, place the lid on the pot and bring to a boil.
  3. When it comes to a boil, remove the lid and bring it down to a simmer (medium heat). Stir your oatmeal consistently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. If it soaks up too much liquid too quickly, simply add some water. When the oats have ALMOST reached the consistency you like, crack your egg (or add your liquid egg whites) to the pot and stir quickly to prevent scrambling the egg. *It should stir in with little to no white bits.
  4. Cook for a final minute or two and then remove from the heat. Stir in half of your green onion and keep 1/2 for garnish. Keep warm while your prep your toppings.

For the Toppings

~1 egg

~1 tsp roasted sesame seeds

~other half of the sliced green onion

~Chili flakes to taste (optional)

~Drizzle of sesame oil and/or soya sauce.

~any other sushi like topping of your liking. I would recommend some seaweed (Rita has this cool dried and sticky seaweed-sesame strands), avocado and perhaps some pickled ginger. Smoked salmon would make an amazing topping as well if you are all fancy and such.

Simply fry up you egg for a runny-yolk doneness. While that is cooking, place all of your toppings on your oats. Top with the egg and drizzle with your topping of choice. If using sesame oil BE CAREFUL that stuff is strong!

Take pretty picture for IG and then dive in…

Oh wait…

Break the yolk. Then take another picture of that #YolkPorn

Then you can dive in.

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So yes, savoury oats sushi style. Good protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. Fuel up my friends.

Enjoy!

Have a safe St. Patty’s Day night!

Are you afraid of savoury oats?

-Chelsea

 


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Eggs, Eggs And Moooe Eggs.

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My Friends, this is a random post comin’ at you all thanks to my Dad’s breakfast plate.

I challenged myself to make him a new style of eggs every single morning this past week, and I think I may have done it. You see, he loves his eggs and although he would be perfectly content eating scrambled egg whites every day of his life, I decided to be annoying and give him his precious eggs in a different form. He may or may not have finally complained this morning that he really just loves the taste of his eggs plain…

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….I can’t blame him though because if someone were to try and take over my oatmeal I might put up quite the fuss. We just like what we like around here.

But he let me be creative for as long as he was willing to stand it and so I came here to bring you some ideas on what to do with the simple egg.

Of course, if you’re in the same boat and just like them plain and simple and then by all means enjoy them in their purest form, but for those that are looking for something a lil different, he are some ideas for you.

You can scramble your eggs with a lil milk and perhaps cheese if you’re feelin extra special.

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Here are the steps on the ‘perfect scrambled eggs’ 

Or you can do fried eggs with a runny yolk on a sammich…

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Or even better, make it a bagel-wich

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My Dad’s had a runny egg + sautéed tomatoes + mushrooms + onions + Cheddar

Even better still is doing open face with them fancy shmancy ingredients.

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Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Runny Egg toast. Find here

This one I didn’t do for my Dad for a few reasons:

1 He won’t go near fish of any kind with a 4 foot pole.

2 He would ask me where the second piece of bread is. #CarbaholicAlert

3 He’s against anything green and mushy. Please don’t be offended beautiful avocado, he’s just weird. I still love you.

You can also bake your eggs into things…

Like potato skins

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Find this recipe here. It is very similar to what I did. I wrapped the potato in foil and baked until it was tender then scooped out the inside and placed the egg inside. I threw some green onion on top with black pepper and baked it until the egg was set and then sprinkled it with his shaker parmesan cheese. 

…Or peppers

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My Dad’s breakfast this morning was a egg baked into a green pepper with homemade hashbrowns. For the pepper, I just cut away about a third of a large pepper and took the inside membranes + seeds out and cracked an egg inside. I baked it covered with foil at 400 degrees until the egg was cooked. No runny yolk, but I’m sure you can get one, I just wanted to make sure the whites were fully cooked or my Dad would have refused to eat it lol. 

I turned them into a pizza omelette

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Recycled picture of my pizza omelettes. Simply throw some egg whites and pizza spices in a pan (one medium low heat) and let them cook slightly before topping with all your favourite toppings. Cover it and let it fully cook through. Finally, crack an egg right in the middle and cover again until the egg is just cooked enough so that you get that runny yolk I failed to get in the picture above. 

Or you could just do a basic omelette

But who really wants to be basic? Ever made a baked omelette?

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Greek Salad Omelette found here.

So I think I did pretty well for switchin things up. He did like them, he just wants to go back to his routine eggs for a lil bit. A few other ways you can do eggs, which I didn’t try for my Dad because, like I said, he wants to taste his eggs, are:

Quiche.

Frittata.

Breakfast Burritos.

Egg Muffins.

So yes eggs are simple, easy and healthy ingredients to work with but they don’t have to taste boring at all. Switch it up and try any of these ways to enjoy this wonderful, wholesome food.

What is your favourite way to eat eggs?

What is your favourite breakfast items? You know it’s all oat gains over here.

-Chelsea


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Top 25 Lil’est Finger Foodz

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4 Days my friends, 4 days. 

Yesterday (Sunday) My Mom and I got the tree up and I totally rocked my onesie for the event. Today, I got my Mom’s stocking shoppin done, booked our nail appointment for our every year Christmas nails, gymm’ed, made some mashed brown buttah potatoes (white for my Dad, sweet with brown sugar as request by my Mom) for my parents dinnah and ran a few more errands.

BTW. If you have never tried adding brown butter to your mashed goods, it adds quite a lovely distinct flavour as my parents gave it a big thumbs up. Super easy to make too, just heat butter on the stove, stirring constantly, until it takes on a dark amber colour. Then immediately get it out of the pot before it burns. It’s a lot more nuttier and can be used as I used it or in baked goods would be amazing!

That is pretty much going to sum up the next few days. Lots of getting ready for that special day.

My lil cousins are hopefully going to make it..

eer… not so lil anymore, Kodey is now 10 -_-..

But still lil in my eyes and I haven’t seen them in forever so I was hoping to make some lil sweet treats for them to have or even decorate as something fun to do.

Anyways, enough about me, onto todays Top 25 topic..

Top 25 Healthy and Easy Finger Foods

…For your Christmas parties or family get togethers.

So this “healthy” means low fat right?  No. I’m trying to add a healthy spin on things that will still be a taste bud firecracker. So richness and bold flavours are still included. We aren’t serving lettuce on a stick here. We still want something people WANT to eat and ALWAYS remember that fat and calories in general are not bad. Half the idea here is that they are finger foods. You have a few bites and then the rest of your precious tummy space is for your dinner. Kapeesh?

  1. Stuffed Mushrooms Caps. Instead of using chips as a vessel of stuffing, why not use a meaty veggie like baby mushrooms instead?1627564.jpg
  2. Homemade Spring Rolls. Fun to make and customize for everyones taste buds. Here are 5 from Women’s Health Magazine.
  3. Pizza Boats. Zucchini makes a great boat for everyones favourite greasy dish. Lil cheese, lil herbs and its portable. Sounds good to me. Parmesan-Herb-Zucchini-Bites-1-e1417587555250.jpg
  4. Mini Quiches. These bite sized quiches are great because they are sturdy enough to not need a crust, but the eggs binding ability can really hold on to what ever favours you want. Check these out if you have some allergies to worry about.
  5. Mini Caprese Bites. Something a lil festive and a lil Italian. The richness of the cheese is offset by the freshness of the herbs and the raw tomatoes. Not to mention they are so easy to assemble 783ecbc674d542c45bd1bbc2d7e731c6.jpg
  6. Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Cucumber Bites. Fresh, clean and on a stick. Hope you don’t mind the salmon breathe 😉 PS if you don’t want to use the cream cheese, try plain greek yogurt with some herbs for your spread
  7. Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese. Drizzled with a lil bit of honey, these are rich and sweet but always a hit.
  8. Banana Split Sticks. Fresh fruit, a lil dark chocolate and some crunchy peanuts brings this classic dessert to your pre or post dinner finger food table. What are the seasons? Banana-Split-Bites.jpg
  9. Sea Salt Chocolate Almonds. Use any nut you want, but these scream finger food. Just make sure a handful doesn’t become a mountain.
  10. Sweet Potato Fries. Cut up some thick steak fries, drizzle with a lil olive oil, sprinkle with your seasonings of choice and bake them up at 450, turning once, until they are to your liking.
  11. Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts. Cranberries just scream Christmas and these are again very easy to just throw together and the brie brings an elegance to these 3-ingredient bites. IMG_7399.jpg
  12. Beet Salad On A Stick. Who needs to save the salad for the meal when you can have it on a stick?
  13. Chocolate Covered Mandarins. Melt some dark chocolate and dip your Christmas oranges into it and let them set in the fridge. Such a classic flavour pairing.
  14. Sweet Potato Rounds With Herbed Ricotta and Cranberries. Festive? Check. Colourful? Check. Fancy-Smancy…Check. Sounds like a winner. a904da0b9e610631cd48bea6e846b0d1.jpg
  15. Spiced Nuts. Them nuts are just so easy and so munchable
  16. Sushi Cups. Sushi with no rollin time needed. These guys are for the more advanced host/hostesses though and may cost a lil bit more if you want to splurge on the sushi grade tuna but how fun they are! Tuna-Tartare-with-Avocado-and-Sriracha-Aioli-in-a-Baked-Wonton-Cup-1a.jpg
  17. Turkey Cranberry Meatballs. Always gotta have a good ball on a stick somewhere at a party eh? These have some green in them so that makes them festive..right?
  18. Mediterranean Cucumber Roll Ups. These hit you with a good dose of fiber to keep you satisfied while still being in those Christmas colours and full of flavour.
  19. Watermelon Salad On A Stick. Have you ever tried this salt and sweet flavour twist? tumblr_inline_na0ao9gWN41qegdz0.jpg
  20. Zucchini Chips. Crunch away on these crispy lil snacks. Zucchini is very light and so if you do find yourself grabbing maybe a few too many handfuls, you will still have room for the main event come dinnertime.
  21. Baked Chickpeas. These are surprisingly addictive and super easy. Just roast cooked chickpeas with some herbs (cumin is really good!) at 400 until crispy.
  22. Christmas Cherries. How pretty are these?! Plus they come with their own built in stick! cherrypearls.jpg
  23. Sweet Potato Skins. A lil bit of a spin on their greasy and fried potato skin cousin. Plus these have avocado….Drool.
  24. Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Energy Bites. Melt some chocolate, stick festive colour ‘superfood’ into them, let them dry and voila, antioxidant boosting chocolate drops. tumblr_inline_mlxyceicdL1qz4rgp.jpg
  25. Annnnnndddd.. Not so healthy but oh so pretty. Meringue Kisses. Sorry they were too cute not to add. pink-raspberry-meringue-kisses.jpg

What will you be munchin’ on this Christmas?

-Chelsea


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Humpday Updates

My friends!

It’s a rainy humpday over here in Guelph and as I began to write this, I had just finished up my second pre-workout meal

My last purple sweet tater made it onto this plate this morning. So pretty. 6 ounces sweet potato + 2 ounces green mush goodness (avocado) + 3 ounces roasted chicken breast.

My last purple sweet tater made it onto this plate this morning. So pretty. 6 ounces sweet potato + 2 ounces green mush goodness (avocado) + 3 ounces roasted chicken breast.

Ugh yeah, so much food. #DoYouEvenCarb?

So how am I doing so far now that I’m officially just over a week in?

Honestly?

Better then expected. Mike brought me in ‘slowly’ with the addition of a whole other meal before my 10am workout which was scary to be quite frank. To think of eating my normal pre workout (big bowl of oats) and then an hour and half later eat what you saw above and then workout within the hour of that was actually terrifying.

Like for real, I had anxiety about it.

But I did it and now do it every day before my lift because I’m doing what I’m told.

Mike says…

“It’s not even that much food”

-_-

Maybe for you lol…

but for the tiny lil 5 foot girl, my tummy says otherwise.

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I have to say though, that it digests fairly quickly and I’m not feeling as heavy as I thought I would. And I’m still starving marvin once that workout is done. Apparently my body is efficient like Mike said.

The issue though, which I’m now trying to pinpoint is the excess gas. Sorry is that too much info for ya?

I dunno if it’s the sweet potatoes, one of the supplements (of my hundred it seems) or just my stomach being annoying and trying to adjust to the new quantities, but for the first hour in the gym I have bubbles popping away in the tummy which is not the most comfortable feeling and makes me slightly self conscious as I’m feeling like I’m rocking a wee food baby belly.

Hopefully that passes or I may have to do some experimenting.

The other issue is sleep once again. I realize I complain about sleep a lot. Sigh. Sorry guys. Now that I have to squeeze in another meal, I’m trying to help myself out by trackin back the alarm an hour to a 6am wake up call and after a few days (plus the midterm yesterday), it’s hitting me real hard.

Goal of life is to finally say I get 7 hours of sleep a night…

One can dream.

….

Speaking of my midterm, in other non-food related news, I wrote my nutrition midterm yesterday morning and was so relieved that it was done that I did what I always do post-test time

Step 1: Gym

Step 2: Nap

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Step 3: Bake ALL THE THINGS.

For real guys, this always happens. My housemates know they get a lot of food when I’m done with midterms because for a few days I have a baking itch that I need to get out of my system.

Last night started with makin these lil guys for my housemates again because they loved them so much.

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Bites ~ Gluten Free Jess

Plus I roasted a whole buttercup squash and fingerling potatoes for them to have for dinner (well lunch/dinner food prep for Rita since she is so busy at the school studio she never sees home…) and oats in a thermos (lol) for Rita in the morning because she never wakes up to eat and I get mad at her for not takin care of herself.

Jokes.

Tonight it continued with…

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Pineapple fried rice (healthy style) using up some pineapple that I made OIAJ with for Rita a while back. I also threw in the rest of my lobster left over from my dinner tonight (I have a slight $$ addiction right now..). Lucky girl that I’m nice and share my delicious lobster…

..or maybe it’s just because it only lasts for 12 hours once you thaw the big container…

No one will ever know. 😉

I used this recipe and it smells amazing. Hopefully she enjoys the few meals she gets from it.

Also made was…

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A very messy looking bowl of caramel apple zoats for Emily’s breakfast…

Err.. it was supposed to be breakfast but she ate them when she got home from the gym hangry.

For the oats:

I made traditional zoats with one whole egg mixed in half way through and chia seeds. While that was cooking I sautéed a diced up McIntosh apple in some coconut oil until it was soft and added some of my Walden Farms Caramel sauce (which I sadly cannot even tolerate a taste anymore…damn stomach it’s so yummy) to coat them. Once the zoats were done, I mixed the apples into them + some raisins + caramel extract and cinnamon. Then I topped it with a lil bit more caramel and a spoonful of my Salted Caramel Nuts n’more peanut butter.

When I said Rita’s smelled good, this smelled drool worthy

I promise I didn’t slobber in your zoats Em, but I may have sniffed them more then once…

Finally, what was supposed to be her dinner..

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A steamer package ready to be baked. Wild sockeye salmon topped with basil pesto on top of some veggies. These steamer bags are bomb guys! This package went into the toaster oven and baked for a whole 20 minutes at 400 and bam it was done. Guess it’s lunch now for tomorrow with the roasted sweet tater I made to go along side it.

So yeah, chef Chelsea has put down her apron for the night, but I can’t say it won’t be put back on at least once more as I have 1/2 a jar of pumpkin left and it’s probably going to be bread-ified. 😀

oooorrrr maybe these guys because they look oh so oooey gooey..

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Here’s the recipe.

So yeah, I’m doing okay thus far. It’s tough, but I’m making it through. I posted on my instagram (follow me for all my foods!) that I hope to see some gains soon because I need something to grasp onto as far as postivity goes as the food increases continue.

I do have a confession to make though my friends. As much as I complained and complained that I was going to miss it dearly, I skipped out on my ice cream cheatmeal last week and I don’t know when I will be able to get that back going at this time. I’m sad because I do really enjoy it and I feel like I made a tiny bit of progress with it psychologically, but with the amount of food that I’m having now, I just can’t bring myself to have it. It’s too hard.

Instead, I ‘cheated’ last week with a saladbeast from Freshii on my new second restday after the farmers market with my housemates. Dare I mention that I felt bad for it because of the fact that I was eating out (ie. cheating in my mind) on a rest day.

Yes guys, I felt bad about a salad.

Bad enough that I had a wee bit of physical anxiety symptoms later that day.

It is what it is and it’s something to be worked on (the whole mental issues I still have with how I perceive food) I know this. One thing at a time.

On a more positive note to end of the night, is the beautiful addition to my desk that I treated myself to today because they were on sale at Metro.

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A mini orchid to brighten my days.

I hope you have had a great half of your week and are trekking forward to you weekend. Thank you for always being there to listen to my rambles and for being so supportive and positive. I want this journey to be an honest one and so you are going to see up’s and downs. In the end though, I will come out on top just you wait!

Oh and by the way Laura I have not forgotten about your request, I have just been too busy to type up your student grocery haul post. It is started, I just need to finish it. Promise it will be posted up soon! 🙂

What is the last thing you treated yourself to?

What should I make with my pumpkin leftovers?

-Chelsea


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Dem Leftovers

My friends!

Ahhh our long weekend has come to an end sadly and I’m now here back at school in my empty apartment chattering at you guys. Em will be coming in tomorrow morning and Rita is MIA at the moment. I have thrown line out for her via text saying that I brought her thanksgiving leftovers (she’s from China so they don’t celebrate, but she loves food- my kinda girl HA- and wants to try these new types of dishes) but no reply. Maybe she’s actually doing work unlike myself at the moment because she NEVER passes up food… 😉

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Anyways, so I know not everyone who ventures into this lil space celebrates Thanksgiving here in October (holler Canadians!) but I wanted to share some fast and easy, yet creative and new, ways of using up those leftovers. We like variety right? Yes, turkey and stuffing is all good, but why not use it in a new and interesting way?

And hey, my American readers could use this post when November hits and they also get their grub on.

Whatcha think?

I’m always wanting to share cool new ideas for meals for fellow students that are easy and fun and with these, half the job is already done because the things that would take the longest to cook are already done.

All hail the leftovers….Transformed!

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So here goes some #BlogLovin as I share some non-conventional ways to use up those goodies your parents bagged up for ya to trek back to school with.

And there ain’t no plain jane turkey sammiches on this list. 😛

I decided to do a week of leftovers with different meal times for different thanksgiving favourites. Of course, please do not keep things for too long to stretch them out for the week. Stay safe my friends. Please don’t reply back saying you got food poisoning! I just wanted to show you that breakfast and even snacks can also be tackled using leftovers.

Monday, the day after the feast…

Maybe you are feeling a bit full still and want something a lil on the lighter side for breakfast or even brunch if you’re sportin that “sleeping in on the holiday Monday” life.

Using up: Dem cranberries

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Cranberry Sauce Smoothie From Cook The Story.

Tuesday’s Turkey Dinner…

But very different

Using Up: Gobble gobble meat.

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Leftover Turkey Spring Rolls From The Pioneer Woman.

How easy is that? You can even wrap up some of those leftover veggies in there if you want!

She also gives you a cute and light lil salad with the filling ingredients as well.

***If you don’t want the noodles or don’t want to buy any noodles, you can try ‘ricing up’ some leftover raw cauliflower into a rice consistency and then lightly steaming it***

Wednesday’s Getting Crispy!

Love your stuffin? Crunch it up and throw it on a salad (or soup or anything else really!) as croutons!

Using Up: Mama’s stuffing.

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Stuffing Croutons From First We Feast

Best salads for these types of croutons?

A nice hearty kale salad with dried cranberries and some goat cheese would be tasty. For a more substantial meal, throw some of that turk’ in there too.

Or do as First We Feast did and do a roasted veggie salad. Top kale, spinach or mixed greens with your favourite roasted veggies and your now crisped up stuffin cubes.

Thursday Breakfast Pizzas

Who says pizza is only for Fridays and only for dinner?

Be a rebel and hey, we gots a grain-free and paleo option all up in here!

Using Up: Mashed sweet potatoes

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Breakfast Pizza From Hold The Grain

Where are them snacks?

Friday Snack Attack.

Save yourself the trip and money at Starbucks and maybe yo-self a PSL (pumpkin spice latte for all you non pumpkin obsessed like myself)

Plus, you are using real ingredients and leftover pumpkin puree from that pumpkin pie filling.

Using Up: Punkin.

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Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte From Eating Bird Food

Maybe something a lil indulgent…Oh the hell with it and just throw all the leftovers into one fancy looking yet so easy (in the ‘wish I thought of that!’) dish

Saturday Show Off

Using Up: Errrryythang!

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Turkey and Waffles Sandwich From Real Food From Dad

Bam. Waffled stuffing (yes you can really waffle anything!) makes the ‘bread’ of these ‘throw all the leftovers between bread’ sandwiches. This aint not boring turkey sammich amirite?

Sunday Freeday

Take a break from all things turkey and go wild.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if any of you try anything here, let me know how they went. BIG thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who brought these cool recipes to life!

-Chelsea