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The Last Few Days of Summer

September 2, 2009

What a day! I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions today – unexplained sadness, happiness, frustration and now content.

I’m content because I’m sitting outside, enjoying the last few days of summer 🙂

This is my current view, nice eh?!     P1030044

Breakfast this morning was a delightful concoction I discovered while perusing blogland yesterday – carrot cake oatmeal! I knew when I saw it, that it would be today’s breakfast, regardless of the weather 😉

 

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1/3 C rolled oats + 1/3 C shredded carrots + 1/3 C milk + 2/3 C water + 1T maple syrup + dash cinnamon = delightfulness.

 

Later on this morning I had an extremely camera shy miniature cinnamon bun. Seriously, the conversation went like this:

 

me: minnie cinnie, I would like to take a picture of you for my blog

cin: I’m frightfully unhealthy. I’m scared to be on your blog.

me: but you’re so tasty! and balance is healthy!

cin: I have really low self-confidence, I’m full of white flour and refined sugar.

me: but you’re pretty.

 

Hopefully the next time I have one, cin isn’t so shy! 😉

 

I then went for an awesome blues-kicking run. It was fun. It was a run that makes you want to run again tomorrow 🙂

 

For lunch, I had a tasty wrap:

  

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Spinach + HUMMUS + goat cheese + carrots + onion.

 

I’m super excited for dinner tonight – it’s still summer for 20 more days, and I’m having a very summery meal!

Are you ready for fall, or holding on to summer? I’m doing a little of each!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

September 1, 2009

 

 

When I was little, my brother had a book about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in which the TMNT defeated the bad guys (of course!) and celebrated with pizza. Splinter made them the pizza from his secret recipe, which was given at the back of the book. Splinter’s pizzas soon became a regular fixture in my house, and I still call them that 15 years later:

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English muffin pizzas = Splinter’s pizzas! 😀

 

Mine might be a little more grown up than the 5 year old version, with the red pepper flakes, but not much! lol.

 

On the side was a super simple salad with spinach + goat cheese + pesto parmesan dressing.

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I haven’t even made a dent in the Costco-purchased goat cheese! Any suggestions?

Eats earlier today included some sort of veggie wrap. It was soggy, and had mushrooms (ew!) and olives (ew! ew!) on it. I had two bites and threw it out.

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And a cookie. It’s so hard to eat healthy at conferences/workshops!

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   Once back in class I scarfed down this super-smushed PB&J I made before rushing out the door this morning (thank goodness I did, or I would have been STARVING!)  P1030029

When we broke for a break, there was fruit! Yay! I had some delicious pineapple, strawberries and grapes with about a tsp of vanilla yogurt.

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Even with the fruit, I was starving after this workshop today, and still had some work to get done before going home. Thankfully, I found some instant oatmeal in the lab, which held me over until the Splinter’s Pizzas!

 

Lesson learned: when attending conferences/workshops/anywhere there is ‘provided’ food bring LOTS of your own snacks!! Just in case 🙂

 

Coming soon at TWIST:

  • HFCS – is it really that bad?
  • and some super exciting news!   

Hello September!

September 1, 2009

 

I’m so happy September is here. I’m super excited about this fall – the summer has had a lot of ups and downs, and I’m really looking forward to a (hopefully) more steady fall.  

 

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Dinner last night was fajitas! Red pepper wrap with orange and red peppers, organic chicken, salsa and a little cheese. I had one wrap, and then one more serving of the filling.

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and some crabapple crisp for desert. With a scoop of vanilla-caramel-fudge ice cream. Delish!!

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I was in a super rush this morning, so no time for oatmeal. 😦

A banana on the way out the door:

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and a pumpkin spice latte on the way! (non-fat-no-whip). I love PSL’s!

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Mid-morning I had some yogurt + granola.

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I’m in a TA workshop all day, and I thought it would be boring, but it’s really getting me excited to be a TA!

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of healthy options to eat. And due to the lack of much of a breakfast – I’m hungry! I did my best with half a banana muffin, and a tiny sliver of a cinnamon bun. Cinnamon buns  are my weakness, so I’m really proud there is only this sliver on the plate (and it was excellent!)

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Break’s almost over – here’s hoping lunch has some healthy options! There is supposed to be fruit at the break this afternoon 😀

 

What do you eat at a conference/workshop when there is not a lot (any) of healthy options?

21 Days

August 31, 2009

Three weeks ago, I challenged myself to take pictures (and blog) the food I ate for one week. I enjoyed that week, so I extended my little challenge for three weeks – the amount of time it takes to form a new habit.

The results? I loved it!

  • I don’t want to blog the same thing over and over, so I’ve found myself eating a wider variety of foods
  • Blogging food pictures is so far a great way to keep myself accountable and motivated
  • I love having a space to share my views on health
  • I lost two pounds 🙂

I will definitely be continuing daily food blogging (I was always going to continue healthy living blogging – it was the daily eats that was questionable!)

 

Breakfast this morning was exploding blueberry banana oatmeal (cooked with some milk – it makes such a difference!)

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topped with sliced almonds.

Mid-morning, I had the other half of my banana, with some Dark Chocolate Dreams.

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Lunch was a gigantic salad, with spinach + romaine + onion + blueberries + goat cheese. Topped with about 1 tbsp of a pesto parmesan dressing. I also threw in some of the other nights free-range Jerk pork. The salad was a perfect balance to the hotness!

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I went for a run this afternoon – and man it was hot.  I wasn’t quite hungry before I left, but thought I should eat something, since it had been a few hours since my salad. I settled on a teaspoon of honey. All sugar should be consumed on spoons! 😉

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I didn’t mean for this picture to be so dark, but I love  the way it turned out! 😀

 

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A green smoothie post run. Actually, post crashing on the floor post run. 😉

 

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2 C spinach + 1 C milk + 1 frozen banana + 1 T pb. Delish!

 

 

If you’re a food/healthy living blogger, what benefits do you think you’ve gained from blogging?

Where Did Sunday Go?

August 30, 2009

Tonight’s post is going to be quick – I’m really tired tonight! I’ve been on the go all day, and Sunday went by way too fast. I’m not ready for Monday tomorrow!!

 

Breakfast used up some of last night’s leftovers:

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Potatoes, fried in 1 teaspoon of canola oil with onions and corn. With lots of hot sauce and an over-easy egg!

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I stopped for a coffee on my way in to school this morning, and kicked off this week’s challenge for myself: no artificial sweeteners!

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I don’t have splenda/sweet and low/equal etc. in too many things, but two things jump out at me: coffee + diet coke. I don’t know if artificial sweeteners are that bad – but they certainly aren’t beneficial too my health. In addition, I try to eat organic foods to avoid pesticides, so actively adding an artificial substance to my coffee seems counterintuitive. So this week, I am going to try to have no artificial sweeteners. That will mean a combination of using sugar in my coffee – but less and less, to try and get to drinking black coffee. If I want a Coke, I’m going to have to want the calories too!

 

Lunch was my friend the falafel wrap 🙂

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I spent the afternoon watching theHusband play slo-pitch. It was a HOT and sunny day, and while I sat in the shade and drank lots of water, the heat totally drained me.

I had a few a lot of potato chips too – that may have counteracted some of the water – I forgot how salty chips are!

theHusband is bringing home pizza for dinner – kind of an ironic conclusion to my three week challenge of food blogging!       

Tomorrow: what I thought and learnt from food blogging. Do you think I’m going to continue? 😀

Sweet Like Apple Pie

August 29, 2009

 

First off, I want to say THANK YOU! to anyone who comments on my posts. Each one brightens my day so much 😀

 

I had a fabulous dinner tonight! And it was almost all local. Yay! for the few months produce grows in Alberta!  🙂

 

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  • corn on the cob (AB!), with 1 tsp olive oil.
  • boiled potatoes (AB!)  with a little bit of the HUGE thing of goat cheese I got at Costco. Seriously, expect to see lots of goat cheese in the next little while!
  • 1/2 a pork chop (AB!). I don’t actually know if it was a pork chop or not. What makes a chop a chop? theHusband grilled these with some Jerk seasoning – so good!! I love jerk spice, but man it’s hot! So it went nicely with the potato. and corn. lol

 

In other news, I have this tree in my back yard. (Breaking news, right?)

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And it has these beautiful flowers in the spring. And then crabapples in the summer/fall.

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What’s a crabapple? It’s like a teeny tiny little apple – about 1” in diameter. A tart and sour apple though – not overly sweet.

 

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I wasn’t sure what to do with these minature apples, until I found this recipe. Apparently, you can make pie with crabapples. I’m much to lazy for pie though, so I decided to make a crisp. Most crisp has tons of sugar and butter though – I cut the typical amounts in half to make it a little lighter, but still tasty.

 

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TWIST A Little Bit Lighter Crabapple Crisp

 

Ingredients (apples):

  • 6 cups of sliced unpeeled crabapples or fall apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 1  tablespoon butter
  • 1  tablespoon cinnamon

Ingredients (topping):

  • 2 cups  rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

  1. In large pot steam sliced apples 1- 2 minutes.
  2. Cool 1- 2 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray
  4. Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl. You really do need the butter, or it won’t be a crisp! Just apples with oatmeal on top.
  5. Pour topping over apple mixture.
  6. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes.

*Recipe based on Recipezarr Recipe #99776

 

**If using regular apples, I would peel them – apple crisp is much better without the peels, crabapples are just too small to peel all of them! I would also omit the butter in the apples – you don’t need it.

 

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after steaming

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with a little ice cream 🙂

I’ve still got lots more crabapples left – what to do, what to do. Maybe some juice?

I have been starving today

August 29, 2009

 

Probably because all I had for breakfast was this little bowl of yogurt (with a bit of granola and coconut flakes):

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I was in a rush though – we were off to the Farmer’s Market. We got there later than usual today, and it was so busy. I don’t like crowds – next week I think we’ll be there early!

 

We got some great stuff though!

 

Farm fresh eggs from happy chickens – theHusband told me that when he was growing up, and his grandma had chickens, he always found that the speckled/spotted eggs were the best, so we picked as many of those as we could.

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Peaches and blueberries from BC (which in Alberta is the closest thing we’re going to get to local fruit :))

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Alberta lettuce and peppers. I think the zucchini is from BC. Again, close enough! 🙂

 

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And some corn on the cob:

 

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Plus some pork chops, chicken breasts and bacon (!!). I don’t find that the free-range pork is that much more expensive than the grocery store variety, but I wince every time we buy organic chicken. It’s so expensive!! Worth it, but expensive.

 

We rounded out our grocery shopping at Superstore, where sadly I had to buy non-organic spinach.  (Seriously – did Calgary go on a health food kick this week? This was one of the last bags at all of spinach I could find. I  couldn’t find black beans either!)

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I always try to buy organic spinach because it’s on the dirty-dozen list (produce with the most amount of pesticides. For produce I don’t get at the Farmer’s Market, if it’s not on the list, I don’t worry too much about buying organics. Like bananas. They’ve already flown all the way from Ecuador anyways – you’re not going to help the environment too much by buying organic bananas. And you don’t eat the peel.  Well, I don’t 😉

 

However, the lack of spinach was made up for with this exciting ($1.39!)  find:

 

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Hummus is like $5 in the deli! $1.39 in the international aisle! woot!

And this beauty, which I can’t wait to dive into:

 

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Eats this afternoon included a peach:

 

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un-fried rice (1 egg scrambled with some broccoli and corn. Add brown rice and soy sauce. super easy and super tasty)  P1020944

an English muffin with some natural pb and some homemade blueberry jam. I told you, I’ve been starving!          

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and a crabapple. How cute is this little guy? It’s only like 1.5” in diameter!

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How is your Saturday going so far? Mine’s been wonderfully lazy.