No buns!

First of all…has everyone heard of the “Double Down” KFC is hauling out? For those of you who haven’t,

all I can say is…”WTF”. I’ve never liked KFC, the sheer amount of grease made me feel sick to my stomach–even as a child. This is just depressing. I don’t understand food corporations sometimes. It seems like EVERY place has that one insane food item. Aaanyway, moving on!

I stayed home today with a cold, which meant I took a rest day. No exercise. It’s interesting, though. A few weeks ago I would have been wracked with exercise guilt. No more. I’ve come to see exercise as something I do to benefit myself, feel great, and make myself stronger. Not as something I NEED to do to burn ___ amount of calories because I splurged a little. I exercise because it makes me feel good, end of story. And when my body is exhausted, I know that pushing it to work is NOT what it needs on a day like today. Instead, I fed myself and relaxed. It feels fantastic. Before I put up todays eats, though, I want to do a recap of Easter weekend!

We had Easter dinner early on Saturday with Mom’s side of the family, I sadly forgot my camera..but a LOT was eaten. I left feeling over stuffed but it was so, so worth it. And heck, I only eat like that about 3 times a year, so really, who cares?

Sunday was the most GORGEOUS day yet! It was about 20 outside, and I could not beeelieve the weather! Mom and I went for a long bike ride which felt amazing, and I came home to have a late, light lunch. I knew exactly what I wanted.. a GM. :)

In my GM was;

1 c. unsweetened Almond Breeze

2-3 huuge handfuls spinach

1/2 banana

4 frozen strawberries

~1/2c. frozen mixed berries

1 T vanilla yogurt

a few slices mango

Sooo yummy and delicious. :)

Monday I went downtown, and had an aaaamazing lunch at Pete’s Fruitique, as always. Pete’s has the best food ever! And the quality is always unbelievable! I had the Ham sandwich;

Ham, provolone cheese, roasted peppers & mushrooms, tomato, cucumber, and a few black olives.

YUUUMMMMM.

aaand now, today! The sick day eats!

mix of Kashi GOLEAN crunch & Optimum blueberry cinnamon cereal. With a kiwi.

Campbell’s Healthy Request “Vegetable Beef & Barley” soup with an Ezekiel english muffin! (Sooo yummy and filling! I didn’t eat the last few bites of the 2nd half of the muffin).

dessert marked a sad day..

the ADORABLE dark chocolate Lindt bunny my Mom bought me for Easter! I’m not a huge sweets person (I USED to be. I think it’s all the fresh fruit I eat now..less sugar cravings!) LOOK AT THAT CUTENESS. Who could eat that!?

Me, apparently.

Who really needs ears, anyway?

Have a lovely day everyone! :)

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biiggggg update

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts! Let’s attempt to recap, shall we?

The week before last was March Break (yay!) and I had a great time. One of the few highlights was the Thursday, as I got to head out to downtown with my Mom. : ) We stopped for lunch at a local place i’d always wanted to try called The Argyle. Since we were having a late lunch (around 2pm) the place wasn’t very busy. Maybe that was also due to the fact it was a Thursday…regardless, we sat down to enjoy our meal.

I was craving carbs, and the Portobello mushroom burger sounded PERFECT to me. (Lately everytime I go out to eat at a restaurant and they serve a portobello burger..i’m sold! It’s a sickness!)

It was served open-faced with grilled mushrooms, tomato, greens, melted swiss (i think?) cheese, ROASTED red peppers, tomato sauce and guacamole. I was in foodie HEAVEN. It was AMAZING. For my side I asked if I could have 1/2 a side of fries and 1/2 a side of salad, and the waitress obliged. It was the perfect amount of fries and I ate up every bite! (I was getting hangry at this point. ;))

Mom tried some sort of thai noodle salad, and subbed in some pineapple. It was yummy, but waaaay too spicy for me! She loved it though, and I must say , the presentation was excellent!

I was impressed with both our foods looks, actually. :)

I plan to go to The Argyle again. Sadly, our server wasn’t very good and basically ignored us, (we had to start putting our coats on to make her come over and ask if we were finished our meal!) but the food was AWESOME. :)

Come to think of it , Halifax is FULL of amazing food. We have so many unique restaurants, bistros and cafes downtown..it’s wonderful! Along with some of THE BEST PEOPLE (I don’t think i’ve ever been downtown and not had something cool happen to me!) and an amazing mixed culture…I want to stay here forever. :)

I love my city!!!

The next “eats” i’ll tell you about were last night! :) Had a pork roast dinner, but DESSERT is what made me smile (–more. when am I not smiling!?) I couldn’t think up a good dessert, so I made some instant pudding and bought some cool whip. Done. Then Dad surprised me by making parfaits…


do you see where I get my foodie passion/abilities from? :) I love my Dad. Anyway, as simple as this was, it was DELICIOUS.

I take my puddin’ parfait-consumption very seriously.

Now as i’m sure you’re all asleep on your keyboards by now, i’ll finish off on a quick note. :) Tonight’s supper was “hot roast pork sandwiches”. With fries and peas/carrots/corn.

my plate. I had seconds of the fries/veggies….i am a glutton. it’s sad. Don’t judge me. My food doesn’t judge me; it loves me back.

Well GOODNIGHT, whoever you are. I leave you with a blessing;

“by Thor’s hammer!!”

Sweet dreams. :)

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Recap!

Hello everyone! :) Today’s post should have been Tuesday’s…but I was lazy (errgh) and didn’t update. How did I go from religiously blogging every day to only every so often!? Perhaps I’ll start focusing on just one meal of the day, then I won’t feel as pressured to photograph EVERYTHING.

Anywho, today you’ll see Tuesday’s amazing breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, I was reunited with an old friend…



OATMEAL.

Soooooooooooo good. and with a spoonful of peanut butter, it cannot be beat. Into my pot went;

  • 1/3 c. Quaker old fashioned oats (the kind that cook in like..5-10 mins or something)
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 T chia seeds

Let that cook, “whipping” it so that the banana mixes in with the oats. Once it was done I topped it with cinnamon, a big spoonful of peanut butter and some fresh blueberries.

holy yum.

Lunch was a little recipe I sort of came up with a few months ago. It’s FANTASTIC.

Chickpea Salad

  • 1/2 c. chickpeas
  • tomato, zucchini , cucumber, onion, all finely chopped
  • about 2 t EVOO
  • splash of balsamic vinegar
  • small splash of red wine vinegar
  • sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese

heated up in the microwave for about 40 seconds then served over a bed of greens. :) SO GOOOOD.

Well that’s all food wise. This morning I just had an egg/ezekiel english muffin breakfast sandwich and a kiwi. No photographs..I’m headed out to lunch/some errands with my Mom later. I’ll try and photograph! :) Have a great Thursday everyone!

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Revived

Hey everyone! Long time no see. I’m soooo sorry I haven’t posted in so long. Really, I can’t say I have much of an excuse. Part busy, part lack of creativity in the blogging department. I swear i’ll make it up to you, though.

With this:


Chocolate Dreams” banana french toast

This is good…. very good. In fact, my Dad dragged himself from his sleep deprived state and came downstairs to see just exactly what in Gods name I was eating that was causing me to make sounds of pure joy. It was this my friends.

  • 2 slices bread (I used whole wheat, you could use whatever)
  • 1/2 – 1 T Peanut Butter & Co’s “Dark Chocolate Dreams” spread
  • 1/2 lrg banana
  • 1 egg (or 2 egg whites/whatever substitute you might want. Personally, I like me some cholesterol. ;))
  • splash of milk
  • approx. 5 drops Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon

Spread the chocolate/peanut-y goodness on one side of each of your pieces of bread. Slice the banana into fairly thin circular pieces and place on one piece of bread. Smoosh these together to make a sandwich.

In a shallow dish using a fork, whisk egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon together. (I’m not sure how much cinnamon I used. I love cinnamon. I smother things in cinnamon. Use as much as you want.) Place your sandwich in this mixture and coat one side. Flip the sandwich and coat the other side. (Use tongs if you wish, they help.)

Spray a frying pan with nonstick spray (or coat it in butter. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone) and let it heat up on medium high heat. Once you can flick water onto it and see the droplets “dance”, it’s heated enough. Throw your dripping sandwich of excellence on there, wait for one side to brown, then flip. Put on a plate, drizzle with maple syrup if you wish and prepare to experience a food-gasm.

I enjoyed mine with a delicious orange. I feel a cold coming on, so gotta ward that off.

you can never have too much maple syrup. It is physically impossible. No, it really is.

Now i’m off to hunt for a prom dress. :) I’ll most likely blog about that eventually. Happy Sunday!!

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TGIF.

Happy Friday!! I don’t know about you, but I looveee Fridays. Usually, anyway. My plans for tonight went down the toilet, but i’m still enjoying myself.

I had originally planned to go over to a friends house with a bunch of people (we used to do it every friday for basically 2 consecutive years. Then I started drifting away from the group due to drama, etc…ANYWAY) but then a lot of them got tickets to a basketball game, so I made plans to hang out with my good friend Alan. It turns out the basket ball game was canceled, but I decided to stick with my plans with Alan. Theeenn Alan isn’t allowed to have anyone over, and by that time it’d be too late for me to go to the other house. So instead, I stayed home andbaked cookies. :) I’ve been such a HERMIT lately, it’s depressing! I’m super busy this weekend and the weekend after that, and NEXT friday i’ll be going to the house…so it all works out. :) Tomorrow i’m going to an old friends birthday celebration, hence the COOKIE CREATION.

I always had a go to recipe for chocolate chip cookies from some ancient cookbook of my Dad’s that was called “Kids in the Kitchen”. It was the PERFECT recipe. Just the right blend of brown and white sugars, the perfect amount of butter (not so much as to overpower the cookie) and a wonderful amount of chocolate chips…..mmm. Sadly, I left it at a friends house a few months ago while we were baking the cookies (they were pretty famous with my friends) and my cookbook was lost in her house. Not sure how that works, but it happened.

So I was left shattered; insecure. What was I without my chocolate chip cookie recipe ? Just an empty, hollow shell. A ghost of the foodie I used to be.

Until now.

Chocolate peanut chip cookies

(adapted from Bite Me)

  • 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour (I substituted in about 3/4 c. whole wheat)
  • 1/2 t Baking Soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar (I did loosely packed)
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar (I used splenda)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • about 1 c. chocolate chips [I used a mix of chocolate and Reese's peanut butter chips.:) ( But I usually eyeball adding in the 'chips anyway~)]

Preheat oven 325 degrees F

  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper (my first batch burned slightly on the bottom when I did this, so I omitted it for the second batch..my oven IS evil, though, so it might have just been me.)
  • In med. bowl combine flour, baking soda & salt
  • in another lrg. bowl beat butter & sugars with mixer on medium speed. Beat in vanilla and egg + 1 yolk until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually mix flour into wet mixture using low speed of mixer
  • Bake 10-15 mins or until golden on the top.
  • Makes 20-25 cookies :)

Now, generally when I bake I bake HEALTHY things. But since these are for a party I barely made any healthy substitutions..and WOW. These ROCKED my taste buds. (I enjoyed the bits of dough I “sampled” more than the 1/4 of a cookie i took from Dad) it’s been FAR too long since i’ve had a “proper” chocolate chip cookie. ;)

While these were baking I also packed together my food for work tomorrow…since i’m going to the party tomorrow night (and will most likely over indulge. I’m going to try and exercise control though!!!) I packed lots of healthy stuff for work. :) Before work I’ll have some Liberte organic strawberry yogurt with a sprinkling of fiber 1 cereal….then Kashi GOLEAN crunch, 1/2 a banana and a kiwi fruit on my break, then a huge salad and a LARABAR for my 2nd break!!

My grocery store only had 2 kinds of Larabar (cherry pie or apple pie) so I went for the apple. Even though they’re fairly high in fat, I know it’s all the good kinds of fat..i’m excited to try it!!

Today’s eats weren’t very exciting. We’re experiencing a hurricane so I didn’t walk to OR from school :( I really missed my daily walks!! They’re more than excercise to me, they’re meditation!

BUT I did work in my usual 20 minutes of Tony this morning ;) so not all was lost. I doubt i’ll be blogging tomorrow, so I hope EVERYONE HAS A HAPPY SATURDAY!! :)

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Bottomless pit

So i’ve started reading Julie & Julia (due to a couple recommendations..hmm, is this a bad thing or a good thing? :P) and am REALLY liking it so far. It inspires me to treat my blog as a journal– a writing tool, rather than me sounding like a peppy cheer leader. (Or is that just me? ;)) I think i’m subconsciously trying to mimic the “voices” of all the blogs that inspire me, so from hear on out i’ll try and be more…well, talkative. :)

Breakfast was nothing REALLY special. Just some Nature’s path optimum slim with a bit of Kashi mixed in, topped with a BUNCH of fruit. some mango & 1/2 a banana, to be exact.

This was REALLY filling, but I managed to eat it all since I hate getting so hangry mid morning! In fact I didn’t think I’d even need my midmorning snack until I went for a walk on my free period…and came back hungry and feeling WEAK. My first “symptom” of hunger is either a) crankiness or b) the feeling that my body is made of jell-O. So out of the bag came the ever faithful midmorning snack..

anyone else TOTALLY in love with Kashi bars? I eat one almost EVERYDAY (thank you, Costco 3 pack) and looveee them.

An hour and ten minutes later was lunch, and GOOD THING, since my stomach was rumbling again. I tried something new today and had an AVOCADO SANDWICH on a sandwich thin!

I actually managed to PHOTOGRAPH MY LUNCH TODAY. Aren’t you all so proud of me?

The sandwich was;

  • 1 wedge laughing cow light cheese spread on both sides
  • tomato
  • cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • baby spinach
  • salt & peper

It was SOOOOOOOOOO good. :) I also had a honeycrisp apple!

I came home and snacked on some carrots & salsa, and a handful of Quaker “Corn Bran Squares” cereal. (Like little squares of CRACK.) Also munched on 1 Darvida cracker while preparing supper… spaghetti!

We make our own spaghetti sauce from scratch here, and I forgot to picture my dinner..but rest assured it was delicious ;) My only issue..who can stop at 1 serving of pasta? I’m pretty sure I ate more like 3-4 with supper. (I picked at the leftover spaghetti sitting in the strainer. Woe is me.) Also had rolls with a sprinkling of cheese on the side ;)

Dessert was BANANA SOFT SERVE~ I thank the gods for letting me stumble across this recipe!

(made mine a bit too runny this time, buuuut it’s SO EASY AND GOOD WHO CARES!? Into the magic bullet went; )

  • 1 frozen banana (peel taken off)
  • 1-1/2 t chia seeds
  • a splash of skim milk

blendblendblend! Then add chocolate sauce and whatever else you want. I had 1 graham cracker with mine ;)

I was FINALLY full after all that. Geez, I depress myself sometimes. I also baked oatmeal muffins tonight and split one with Mom to try…they are GOOD. One will be my snack for tomorrow morning. :)

Night everyone!

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monotonous.

Welcome to hump day everyone! I hope yours went well. :) Mine was..like every other day i’ve been having lately. Hence the title. School is the sameee thing every day…bleh! I need variety, but I’m such a homebody/fittomyschedule it’s hard for me to make spontaneous plans and such. I also seem to let food cloud my decisions about going places, which needs to stop now. I will do this (already have been, actually). ANYWAY, on to the food~

breakfast was another toasted Ezekiel english muffin with some new ALMOND BUTTER i finally bought and more Crofter’s superfruit spread. Paired with some mango slices. Mmmmm.

That kept me reaally satisfied all morning (or maybe my appetite is just off today) so when I sort of got hungry right before lunch I gave most of my Kashi bar to Leah.

Lunch was consumed far too quickly to be photographed, but it was just 1 piece of leftover pizza from last night (YAY portion control) with a smallish salad and 1/2 an apple. That filled me up nicely so when I came home I only had a big cup of green tea, 1/2 a pear (had to toss it, it tasted chalky in my mouth :\ ) and some carrots with hummus. and a darvida cracker ;)

Supper was awesome. “broiled” “healthier” grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade sweet potato fries.

sorry about the photo! By the time I remembered to take a picture my meal was basically gone. This is what was left on Mom’s plate before she finished. To make MY grilled cheese healthier, I

  • sprayed some Pam on a baking sheet instead of buttering the bread
  • used whole grain whole wheat bread
  • used kraft 2% cheese
  • added tomato and TONS of spinach
  • put that all in the oven set to low broil and wait til one side toasts, flip, repeat!

It was super tasty and just as good as a normal sandwich. My appetite was crazy though but since i had YOGA tonight dessert wasn’t much. Some grapes..then some applesauce.

Tea in one of my favourite mugs. It says “2000″ on the handle and a picture of Pooh bear & Piglet with text that reads “Cold days are meant for warm friends”. Awwww. It was given to me by a good friend of mine. :)

Yoga was AMAZING. We did a lot of back stretching which felt really nice~ I came home and snacked on a few handfuls of Old Dutch multigrain nacho chips though. :| Not the best choice but they’re so darn good ! I managed to stop myself and NOT go anywhere near overeating. Small steps at a time. :)

Night everyone!

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