Turn It Around

Hip hip hooray, two posts in a day!

^No, no I did not just actually say that 😉

Today I want to talk about something a little deeper than my adventures in the kitchen. If you’re not interested because my blog is super new and you don’t care about me, that’s totally fine. Just keep scrolling.

I’ll admit. I bake my feelings. I woke up feeling sorry for myself and I couldn’t seem to shake it. So I spent a couple hours in the kitchen, during which I can usually process whatever’s been bothering me and get over myself. However, even that didn’t work today. 

This morning’s post was before the worst of it – I was not and will never be fake on my blog. After I published it though, I didn’t move from my bed. I stayed, cross-legged, staring at my screen for a good twenty minutes. Then I closed my computer, and stayed in the exact same position for another hour. After that, I proceeded to wander about my house, alternating between holding back tears and letting them flow. 

There’s been a lot on my mind lately. I have a big decision to make, not to mention I’ve been struggling with some drama in addition to the ever-present food issues. I’ve lost a couple more pounds I believe unintentionally, but I honestly don’t have a clue. All I know is that I am definitely not myself, and I haven’t been for a while. 

I wasn’t planning on running for a while, due to the aforementioned weight loss, but I needed to go today. And that run taught me that I will do whatever I need to continue it. Running is my therapy, it is what keeps me sane and stops me from hating life. I am madly in love with it and I just cannot live without it. It sounds dramatic but it’s the raw, honest truth. 

That run turned my entire day around. No, I didn’t get back feeling 100% amazing about everything, wanting to go dance on rainbows and sing show tunes. However, I felt in control. My problems became manageable and I felt capable. This is what I want to stress today. 

You DO have the power to make whatever you want out of your life. Any bad day can be reversed if you choose to do so. There is nobody that is going to come and fix all of your problems for you, because you have 100% of the power necessary.  

Too many people (including me!) get so caught up in feeling “Oh, woe is me. Everybody is better off than me. Nothing ever goes right for me.” and then forget to live. 

Don’t forget to live. 

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Cinnamon Coconut Crisp

Now that’s got a nice ring to it 🙂 It also has apple pears + weetabix, but that would have ruined my wonderful alliteration.

I hope everyone’s Sunday is going well! It is currently 11:39am here and I am dying to know how it is already the day before Monday. I had a four (four!) day weekend, and it feels like I was just at school yesterday. On the bright side though, I only have two weeks left of classes! And then exams…joy.

ImageHow I feel imagining the next few weeks of all-nighters + nonstop studying.

Back to the point – Sunday morning! I didn’t really know what to do with myself this morning since I had absolutely zero motivation, UNTIL I decided to create a new recipe! I had a baking fail last night making Katie’s polka dot banana bread, and I needed redemption. I don’t normally do this as I am not remotely well versed in baking chemistry, but I decided I had nothing to lose and gave it a shot!

And thank goodness I did.

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I promise it tastes better than it looks. Emma’s photography skills = nonexistant.

Because this was the Experiment of All Experiments, I didn’t want to waste too many ingredients. So I tried to make the bulk of this with ingredients that I wasn’t a huge fan of and wanted to use up, but didn’t want to waste.

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Apologies to all my Brits. Just cannot deal with this stuff. 

This is definitely not for everyone, and it absolutely tastes a little grainy and healthy, but I personally enjoy that! If you don’t though, I think serving some vanilla ice cream over it would be to die for.

Ingredients:

For the bottom layer:

▪       2 weetabix, crumbled

▪       2 tbsp coconut flour

▪       1/2 cup applesauce

▪       1/2 cup 2% milk

▪       1 tbsp vanilla whey protein powder

▪       1 packet stevia

For the top layer:

▪       2 weetabix, crumbled

▪       Roughly 1-2 tbsp excess flakes

▪       ¼ cup plain 2% greek yogurt

▪       1 tbsp butter

▪       1 packet stevia

For the filling:

▪       1 medium Asian pear, diced

▪       1.5 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Crush the Weetabix. I used a magic bullet, but you could just as easily use a fork.
  3. Thoroughly mix in the coconut flour, protein powder + stevia.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce and milk.
  5. Pour dry mixture into wet, and mix well.
  6. Spread out evenly in a square, oven safe pan. (Mine was approximately 5 x 5 inches)
  7. Chop up the Asian pear into small, ½ inch pieces. Layer over bottom crust.
  8. Evenly spread cinnamon on top.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. While waiting, microwave the butter + greek yogurt for 30 seconds, or until butter is soft enough to combine.
  11. Crumble the next 2 weetabix in either a food processor, blender, or with a fork.
  12. Mix in stevia.
  13. Mix wet and dry ingredients until well combined.
  14. Remove pan from the oven, and pat mixture firmly over pears (cover them completely)
  15. Bake for 15 minutes.
  16. Lastly, top with the excess cereal flakes.
  17. Bake for 5-10 more minutes, or until crunchy.
  18. Enjoy!

I know this is a seriously weird and complicated recipe, but I truly hope you give it a try! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have 🙂

Tropical Tango Smoothie

Good morning! Hope everybody slept well and is psyched for a fantastic long weekend! I’ve been in and out of sleep since about 3am, unfortunately. I have a mild fever and was feeling nauseous all night -_-. Blah. Anyway, It’s almost 11 and I’m feeling better for the most part, just super tired. Does anybody else only get sick on the days that they don’t get to miss school, or have to skip out on something fun?! Story of my life.

Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure most of you don’t actually care about my bipolar immune system – go figure! So let’s get on to the recipe.

I’ve been making my whole family breakfast these days because I’ve noticed that if i don’t, they go without. And then come home absolutely DYING, ready to devour the entire fridge. A couple of days ago our frozen fruit stash was overflowing, plus we had a pineapple nearing its last legs. So what did I do? Made a -throw-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink into the blender type of smoothie, and it turned out marvelous!

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Almost makes me feel as if I were back here…almost.

Tropical Tango Smoothie: Serves one

  • One large frozen banana
  • 200g pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 container strawberry greek yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (optional

Directions:

  • Blend it all up and enjoy!

I’m so excited that it’s finally smoothie season! I’ve been in a huge rut with my breakfasts, and in addition to the fact that I haven’t been waking up with much of an appetite, I’ve been feeling a little lost. Well, no more! Smoothies are one of the things that I am totally confident in creating new recipes for (unlike baking….let’s just say I forgot the baking powder once twice too many times.) so stay tuned for lots this summer! 

Hope everybody has a fantastic Friday and long weekend! 

Grocery + Pantry Staples

I’ll be honest: We grocery shop way too much. It’s always been a frequent affair in our house, but now that we’ve moved one minute away from a store, the shopping just keeps on coming. Not that I’m complaining 😉

It’s actually better to shop for less, more often. It takes up less room, and you always have fresh ingredients on hand! I’m a happy camper when we have an abundance of fresh produce, bread, dairy and lean proteins. I hate despise running out of anything.

ImageIf you’re lucky enough to have access to a farmer’s market, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT! You will be supporting local farms and businesses while getting top-quality products. 

So without further ado, here are the products that I simply cannot live without!

Produce:

  • Sugar snap peas
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Pink lady apples
  • Bananas

Dairy:

  • 2% plain greek yogurt (Oikos <– No chobani for this gal)
  • 2% milk
  • 2% plain cottage cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Laughing cow original wedge

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Why must you be so behind the times, Canada. WHY? 😦

Meats:

  • Skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • Lean pork chops
  • Extra lean ground turkey
  • Sliced deli turkey

Grains:

  • Whole wheat english muffins
  • Whole grain bread
  • Tortillas

Extras:

  • Crunchy peanut butter
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla whey protein powder
  • Luna bars

So, obviously we don’t keep all of these things stocked, all the time. But if we have most of them, I literally feel like a queen. I think the key to eating healthy is to keep foods you like on hand, at all times. That way, you aren’t stuck with a ham sandwich for lunch + dinner because you forgot to shop.

Hope everybody has a thriving Thursday! <– I couldn’t think of another adjective. I blame biology.

My Weekly Workouts

Since I forgot (again) this week to take pictures for a WIAW post, I decided to do a recap of a typical week in exercise pour moi 🙂

I know that many people beginning a healthy lifestyle struggle with exercise. There are just so many questions! So if this is you I’m talking to…

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Read on 🙂 

How often do I go to the gym? Do I have to go to a gym? Do I need to do cardio? Are weights really nessecary? What if I hate running? I’M GOING TO BE FAT FOREVER 😦 <– Yes, I have indeed heard that one multiple times.

Well, fear not, because I have the answer! My approach to exercise is extremely simple: Do what works. I’ve talked about this before, but I truly believe that if you do not love what you are doing, you will not stick with it. 

And on that note, let’s jump into what love! (Note: This is my personal schedule and it will not work for every single human being on the planet! This is simply a guide and my personal preference to staying active + healthy!)


Monday: Mid-length run. I like something challenging enough to start my week off right, but…it’s still Monday. I very rarely do extremely long distance, but if I did, it would not be at 6am on a Monday morning. I will typically get about 4-5 miles in before school, which is plenty for someone like me who gets enough activity throughout the day anyways. 

Tuesday: Strength. I don’t go to a gym and I don’t follow a routine for this. Why? Because strength training is absolutely dispicable to me. I do it because I need to for the health of my knees and back, but thats it. My fallback routine has been pushups, squats, lunges, bicycles, mason twists, and supermans. I do three sets of ten of each exercise, and then repeat that circuit 3-5 times. I can do a more in-depth post on my strength routine if anybody is interested!

Wednesday: Speedy run. My favourite distance is a 5k, so I try to continually improve my time each week. I don’t necessarily race this run, but It’s absolutely an uncomfortable pace that I could not sustain much longer than this distance. 

Thursday: Rest day. Gotta take a day for some lazy bones, man 🙂 Next year, when my school gets half day Thursdays, I might switch this to Wednesday so that I can take advantage of my newfound free time!


Friday: See strength training day from Tuesday! I try to do it twice a week with enough recovery time in between. 

Saturday: My FAVOURITE workout of the week! I wake up whenever I want, and run for however long I want. Sometimes it’s a 10k and sometimes it’s 2. I use this run not to stay in shape or work on fitness, but as my own personal stress reliever. 

Sunday: Rest!

I know that this is pretty standard, but I wanted to get a somewhat-helpful post up today and this was my only idea! Bear with me please, I’m still trying to get the whole blogging thing down 🙂 

Happy hump day!

My Favourite Workout Playlist

Good morning! Hope everybody’s morning has been wonderful so far 🙂 I’m hoping to get in a quick run before I make the trek over to school. I know there are some people out there who prefer to run without music. “It makes me more in tune with nature, and my surroundings”, they say.

Do you want to know what I say? “Keep that up in front of me and you’re getting 25 to life, sweetie.” 

Please tell me you got that reference.

Although, that being said, you tune-less runners…

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See? Everybody’s happy now 🙂

Of course I know that everybody has different preferences and things that work best for them, personally. That being said, an excellent playlist can truly make or break my run. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so dependant on it, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a small price to pay.

AND, without further ado, my Spring 2013 Running Playlist! 

1. 25 to Life – Eminem

2. Dragula – Rob Zombie

3. Warrior – Ke$ha

4. Ikke Mere Tid – Shakaloveless

5. Tomgang – Shakaloveless

6. W.T.P – Eminem

7. 99 Problems – Jay-Z

8. Geronimo – Aura Dione

9. The Beach – All Time Low

10. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

11. Hells Bells – AC/DC

12. Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne

13. ABC’s – K’naan

14. ÆØÅ – Kollektivet

15. Next Contestant – Nickelback

I could definitely continue on, but I feel like that gives you a pretty good taste of what I love to listen to on my runs. Lots of Eminem & Ke$ha, with some Danish music sprinkled in with some old + new Top 40. Enjoy your day 🙂

Coconut Almond Granola

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Coconut, I’ve been dreaming of you.

Ever since I FINALLY managed to get my hands on some coconut flour, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I’ve been making coconut muffins, coconut oatmeal, devouring coconut greek yogurt, but I haven’t actually created a coconut recipe of my own.

Until now. I just finished off some delicious peanut butter granola that was actually my first attempt at making the stuff! So when yet another coconut craving hit me, I knew what I needed to do 🙂

Coconut Almond Granola

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Recipe

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the almond butter and honey, then microwave until melted!
  • Add the oats.
  • Chop the almonds into small pieces – about 3-4 per nut
  • Mix in almonds and coconut until they absorb all of the liquid.
  • Spread out on a baking sheet or moderately large oven-safe pan
  • Bake for approximately 15-17 minutes, until granola browns
  • Let cool until crunchy
  • Enjoy!

This one is definitely a gooder. I am seeing many marvelous greek yogurt bowls buried under this stuff in my future. Hope you feel the same way, and have a great rest of your long weekend!