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Living my healthiest and most holistic life, without a drive-thru !


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you’ve never seen a breakfast like this.

Can I interest you in some photos of my breakfast on Saturday morning?

If my blog were Twitter, I would #hashtag the following…

  • Bangcakes (somewhat like pancakes I would say)
  • Caramelized Bananas
  • Coconut Cream
  • Pineapple
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Coriander

Seriously, this was no joke. All of this goodness on one plate in front of me!

Healthy, no. Okay to have once in a while because it was food at its finest, YES! Life is too short to wish away meals like this.

I wonder how this would turn out if you made it at home…

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Pinch me, I must be dreaming this photo up!

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Dave’s breakfast also gets an A+…

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Thankfully, there was some working out involved in the weekend as well.

A circuit at the gym on Friday…

  • Warm Up: 30 Jumping Jacks, 30 Burpees, 30 more J.J
  • 24 alternating Lunges with Bicep Curls (8 pound weights)
  • 20 Squat Jumps
  • 2 x 45 Second Planks
  • 10 Box Jumps
  • 24 Reverse Lunges with Bicep Curls
  • 50 Mountain Climbers
    *If you’re unsure of what any of these exercises are, leave me a comment here

Repeat 2 or 3x, as you like!

Then, 15 minutes of cardio to finish it off (I did treadmill).

Today was a Lactic Threshold Test, so I was able to find out my VO2 MAX – I will share more about this later!

How was your weekend?


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healthy homemade energy bars

What do you get for the people who have everything?

You make them a personalized gift – something that they will actually use…

How about some homemade snacks – healthy ones, of course! If there’s one way that I can promote healthy eating, it’s going to be by offering to let people TRY my healthy goodies, and show them that it’s easy enough for them to do it in their own kitchen!

I wasn’t sure how these bad boys would turn out, but I was very very VERY pleasantly surprised!

Good thing, since I didn’t have a back-up plan – and made a triple batch right off the bat (I know, not smart!)

Some ingredients that you’ll need to run out and grab before you make these;

First up, CAROB chips (1/4 cup).

What the heck are these? Wikipedia can answer that…

Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the Carob tree and St John’s-bread,[1] is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated for its edible legumes, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The seed pod may be crushed and used as ersatz chocolate.

It is native to the Mediterranean region including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the larger Mediterranean islands; to the Levant and Middle-East of Western Asia into Iran; and to the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.[2][3]”

Still confused… Ya, me too.

Basically it’s just a plant that grows in the tropics, which grows these “pea pod” type things. Inside each pod, there are beans that are naturally sweet and they are roasted and can be used as a chocolate substitute!

Cool, right? I can hear the groans – this definitely is not classified as “cool”…

Oh well, I enjoyed it!

Some unsalted peanuts (1/4 cup chopped)… Yes, I know – I talk about how they are a naturally moldy nut – but I wanted to keep the recipe in it’s original form.

Brown rice syrup (1/3 cup) and some rice puffs (1 and 1/4 cup)!

Other things you will need…

  • 1 cup of Dates
  • 1 cup of Oats
  • 2 Tbsp. of Flaxseed (ground)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter

Okay, now you’re ready to stir it all up.

Woops, poor photo skills here!

Directions.

  1. Line a tray with wax papers, set aside
  2. Place the dates in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped (this was very difficult with my Mom’s old processor – so we added some water and did some of the chopping ourselves)
  3. Combine the dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flax, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl
  4. Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a saucepan over low heat, mix until combined, remove from heat
  5. Mix dry and wet mixture together, add carob
  6. Press onto a tray, and refrigerated for 1 hour

Chop them into squares, and wrap individually if you so desire!

Eat, enjoy, repeat!

Happy Holiday’s!


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there is zero nutritional content in this post… (hey, I gave you a fair warning!)

The comforts of home are so wonderful.

Though I already miss my bed in Toronto, I’m beyond happy to spend some time at home. Nothing compares!

Since being home, I’ve managed to do some Christmas shopping – see many friends and family – and even get my hands dirty in the kitchen making some appetizers for my sister’s Christmas party tonight.

Warning, the following snacks are totally UN-holistic! (I wanted to go for a crowd pleaser, not a snack that would make me more enemies than friends – haha)

Cheese and Jalapeno stuffed croissants – oh yeah, that’s a deadly combo! I dared to try one, and they are VERY good (HOW COULD THEY NOT BE?!)

As much as I want to continue eating a balanced and healthy whole foods diet over the holidays, there comes a point where you just have to go with the flow. Indulge, be merry and say ’tis the season and EAT up! There’s a reason why holiday’s only come a few times per year, so make sure you’re not stressed or hard on yourself during these times.

If you are worried about that extra 5 pieces of chocolate bark that you ate, go for a Winter Run! My goal is to do at least 2 nice long snowy jogs over the holidays – so that I can enjoy the Winter and all that it has to offer.

Sure it’s cold, but why not make the best of it? Nobody wants to hibernate all Winter, try embracing the brisk weather instead!

As for me, today I’m taking a rest day. After a weeks straight of workouts, it’s time for a day off.

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Starbucks Santa

Santa came early this year…

And with him, he brought mass amounts of Starbucks Baked Goods.

Naturally, I indulged in a few of these tasty absolutely delicious treats.

Which, got me thinking… (This nutrition program is really killing my enjoyment of eating whatever I want)

What is the nutritional content of these Starbucks goodies? Let’s take a look… (courtesy of the company website)

  1. ┬áThe “Chocolate Chunk Cookie”Calories/Fat (g)/Carbs (g) /Fiber (g) /Protein
    Chocolate Chunk Cookie 380 17 51 2 4
  2. The “Oat Bar”
    Blueberry Oat Bar 370 14 47 5 6
  3. The “Ginger Molasses Cookie”
    Ginger Molasses Cookie 390 11 67 <1 6
  4. The “Coffee Cake”
    Reduced-Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake 400 8 80 4 5
  5. The “Cake Pop”
    Raspberry Truffle Cake Pop 160 8 24 <1 2

Okay, let’s summarize this.

The average 20 something year old girl will probably need about 1500 calories a day if she’s moderately active. A single piece of this reduced-fat coffee cake has almost one third of her daily intake of calories! Sure, calories aren’t everything (nutritional content of food is also very important), but these baked goods should be eaten in SERIOUS moderation!

A single cake-pop is probably your best option for having a Starbucks treat.

The lesson here: don’t be deceived by the names of these desserts. Just because there are oats in the oat-bar…. doesn’t mean it can be considered a healthy breakfast!

I won’t even bother digging into the nutritional info for their drinks (at least not until after the holiday season). After all, ’tis the season for indulging !


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fiesta, now siesta

Although I can’t call Halloween my favourite holiday, I always have a BLAST dressing up.

Each year I try to be something creative, preferably something that nobody else will be dressed up as…

This year my roommates and I went all out…

Drumroll…

mariachi band !

Yepp, we’re a Mexican Mariachi Band!

Lucky for me, my parents happened to have bought a sombrero 20 years ago in Mexico that I wore. Go figure also, that we would find 2 more just like the one my parents bought many years ago.

A couple more photos of the evening…

zombie lumberjack and mariachi

So fun ! Other wicked costumes that I saw last night included; Sophia Grace and Rosie from the Ellen Show, Psy (Gangnam Style), Harajuku Girls, Aladdin, Mennonites and a few others that I forget because I had some too much wine… oops.

On a similar note, I am loving the mini-chocolate bars that come alongside Halloween.

At work today, I ate a nice variety pre-spin workout… I truly could not resist

It included (but definitely was not limited to)…

There you have it!

My Halloween festivities in a nut-shell..

What’s your favourite Halloween Treat?

Did you dress up this year? What was your costume?


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summer drinks.

HAPPY SUMMER !

Okay, well maybe it’s not officially summer yet but the weather sure makes me feel like it is! When you have 30 degree weather, and you have your first cottage weekend of the season – it officially feels like summer. One of my “summer blog series” that I’m going to start is “Favorite Drink Friday’s”. Since I love trying new drinks (whether it be beer, wine or mixed-drinks), I’m going to start sharing them with you!

For my first ever, “Favourite Drink Friday’s“, I have a modified and healthier version of a Bellini! The recipe is SO simple, and everyone who owns a blender needs to try this.

Recipe : Ingredients

-Canned OR Frozen Peaches

-Ice

-Champagne or Prosecco

All you do is combine the peaches and ice in a blender, until it is a good consistency – then pour into a glass and top with about 1 cup of Champagne!

Simple, Delicious and REFRESHING.

I just spent the night at a friends cottage, and these were the drinks that we enjoyed while catching up outside, by the dock. Can you think of a better way to spend an afternoon !? I can’t.

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE (okay, so it’s Thursday night – we’re almost there though).