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Dear Autumn…

Thanks for all your kind comments on Sunday’s race! You all really know how to make a girl feel proud. Now it’s time to move on to address the changing season. Yes Autumn, I’m talking to you. How about I share my letter to Autumn over some of Tuesday’s eats.

Dear Autumn,

You get a lot of hype I admit that, but there are a few things we need to talk about one on one. First of all, I don’t really like you for taking away my summer. I know a lot of bloggers love you, but I would take your predecessor any day so please don’t go thinking you are all high and mighty. Don’t get me wrong, I love your festive flavors, who could pass up Carrot Cake tea to flavor oat bran….

Pudding Oats Recipe with Cheesecake Pudding, and Carrot Cake Tea

…but it’s just not worth having to spend my free time study time indoors.
You see summer time allowed me to sit on the porch and feel the heat on my skin…

…and Summer surprised me with gifts of strange insects doing strange things…
Now Autumn, you may be wondering what the point of this letter is. I would like to request that you raise the bar a bit. Don’t get me wrong, you aren’t as disappointing as Mr. Winter, and you do provide the pumpkin…

1/2 cup pumpkin, 1/2 cup eggwhites microwaved 5 minutes. Topped with banana, hemp seeds, peanut flour sauce, and almonds

… but Autumn, if you could please throw in a few other perks with your company that would be great

Your not-so-pleased friend,

Sarah

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What season would you write a letter to? Do you miss the summer? What is your favorite thing to dip chips/crackers in?

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Chias in My Soup!

Okay, Okay, I know I was holding on to summer with the Apricot Super Balls, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have soup right?

I have my favorite ways to use chia seeds (oat bran, and yogurt), and I have my favorite ways to use kale…
But that doesn’t mean I don’t use those ingredients when it comes to experimenting. Boy am I glad that’s the case otherwise I wouldn’t have managed to come up with…

Tomato Kale Soup

Edible Ingredients:

(Serves 1)

  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup canned diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • garlic + basil
  • brocolli slaw, kale, cherry tomatoes
  • ⅔ cups black beans
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • nutritional yeast (for topping)

Engineering Instructions:

  1. Let coconut oil melt in pot, then add canned tomatoes and water
  2. Add all broccoli slaw+ kale + spices + salt, let simmer
  3. When veggies are cooked to the consistency you want add black beans and whole cherry tomatoes.
  4. Leave on low for 1-2 minutes
  5. Turn off heat and let cool for 1-2 min then add chia seeds and mix well.
  6. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving (for chias to do their thing)

So far, we’ve been having lovely end of summer weather, especially this weekend.  So I’m not entirely sure why I craved something hot! When the temperature does dip, I’ll know exactly what to make again!

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Have you had kale before? What’s your favorite way to eat it? What’s your favorite way to use chia seeds?

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Weeekend E's: Running Update

Yesterday marked my fourth month since I started blogging, and I just wanted to acknowledge how much I have enjoyed it! I appreciate all of your comments on my posts and I love the blogging community. You guys all rock! Now it’s time to get to…

Experiences: 

The heat wave it seems we’ve all been having is expected to cool down a little bit. I won’t complain because I would prefer a heat wave over a cold wave, but last Thursday’s ‘Feels Like” temperature being 120F was pretty darn hot.                                                                          

For the weekend  I’ll be expecting to experience a little more of this type of lounging…

Edibles:

So far this morning I’ve already ate an incredible oat bran combination, Peanut Butter Chocolate Molten:

Oat bran, almond breeze, eggwhites, cocoa powder, peanut flour, vanilla cupcake flavor drops. Topped with greek yogurt mixed with more cocoa powder and drizzled with runny peanut flour paste

Exercise:

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my Nike+ running miles, so this chart pretty much sums up the month of July so far:

See those two recent peaks? Those are when I run with my dad which are always my favorite runs. My Dad has been running for a long time and has done several marathons and he has never had a running injury. So when I run with him I follow his every move: his pace, his posture, his stride. It’s amazing how great it feels to be in sync with another runner.

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How long have you been blogging for? Do you ever go running with someone else? What have you been up to this weekend?

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A Crunch and Chew WIAW

It’s party time, and guess what?! You’re all invited!

Breakfast:

Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing much food prep, usually if I’ve been really busy. So instead of preparing overnight oats, I decided just to make a quick breakfast in the morning.  Greek yogurt, fruit + drizzles peanut flour paste, and marble toast. Marble toast is just a really thick layer of cheese on the bottom (I use a full laughing cow triangle on each slice) and a thin layer of peanut butter on top.

Morning Snack:

 I hate it when only the small apples are left in the fridge.

 At least it was firm and crunchy, just the way apples should be. Speaking of crunchy, I love crunchy things. Some people like their almonds as almond butter, but more often then not I would rather chew my almonds. Nothing against nut butter, I just prefer the crunching action!

Lunch:

One of the great things about packing a lunch for work is that you get to gamble on what you will be craving the next day [enter sarcasm].

It’s just a salad +italian dressing, cottage cheese, soy cereal and an apple. It’s not what I would have chosen if I were at home, but I get what I packed and I packed what I get.

I put cinnamon in the lunch baggie with the soy cereal then mixed it in my cottage cheese. I frequently eat my cottage cheese this way, it makes it more crunchy.

Afternoon Snack:

Snoopy likes dark chocolate too. But I didn’t share with him because it was one of my favorites: OrganicFair WestCoaster (TOASTED HAZELNUTS & WILD BLUEBERRIES)
Dinner:

Why I was craving soup during a huge heat wave is beyond me. But I was, so that’s exactly what I had.

I added my own veggies of course…

But didn’t make lots of soup broth because I felt like chewing rather then slurping 

GoGo Quinoa instant soup, veggies, hemp hearts, greek yogurt ,salsa

Snack:

My snack was a kaleidoscope of colors.

 Instead of adding the fruit to my smoothie I poured my smoothie over my fruit (apple, watermelon, blueberries, and strawberries). It was perfect because I felt like chewing!

By the way, if you haven’t already filled in the security polls and want to, you can head here.

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Do you prefer crunchy or soft fruit? (I prefer crunchy like apples, that is actually the reason why you don’t see many banana’s around here)

What do you have for breakfast when you don’t have time to prepare oats?

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Oatbran

I hope all of your weekends were as great as mine. The sun was shining and it was hot, it’s hard to believe that it was only two months ago when it was 8 degrees.

 

Just goes to show that we Canadians really don’t live in Igloos, otherwise my house would be a melted puddle

What made my weekend great? Family time, friend time, and alone time. My alone time usually comes along with breakfast, since I’m the early bird in the family.

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Oatbran

It was my first time making oatbran but it turned out to be satisfying and…slimy. It was only slimy because I added chia seeds. The night before I used Katie’s method for volumptious oats using:

  • oatbran
  • cocoa powder
  • cold strawberry tea
  • egg whites
  • chia seeds
  • sweetener, and a pinch of salt
I tried to follow the volumptious oats trick as closely as possible, but I think I may have left it in the microwave a bit too long because most of the water was already evaporated by the time I put it in the fridge.
In the morning I melted two laughing cow cheeses on top… …and dug in.
Devoured while reading blogs. Two blog posts you should be sure to check if…
  1. …you are feeling burdened: A Burden Lifted… at Cotter Crunch
  2. …you are a planner: Thoughts: Advanced Notice No Longer Necessary at Salt Water Coffee
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To you what makes the perfect weekend? Do you have your meals alone or with the company of others?
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Weekend 'E's – 2nd edition

Last weekend I wrote a Weekend What I Want post outlining how I was hoping the weekend would play out. I started writing this weeks edition yesterday. I wish I could say I was so busy hanging out with friends that it didn’t get finished in time. But in reality my excuse is that I was just dead tired. Either way here is this weekends edition just a wee bit late:

Weekend What I Want To Experience:

  1. I want to…Clean out my closet. It’s that time of year when I finally get to do the wardrobe exchange. Yes, that’s right when the winter clothes go buh-bye, and the summer clothes get there time to shine (or be shined on depending if the sun comes out) I am probably jumping the gun with this, seeing as yesterdays weather was beyond dreary, but the 14 day forecast is looking good!
  2.  I want to…Get through another day of work without pulling out my hair. I’m still working Saturdays, as well as my week job, which means six days in a row = dead tired. Thank goodness this was my last day at this Saturday job, although it was actually really sad to say buh-bye!
Weekend What I Want To Eat:

  1. I’ve recently had a craving for some babba ganush. I haven’t had this stuff in a long time, perhaps because it seems like such a summer food to me. Either way this weekend is the perfect time to satisfy my hankering for this delish dip.
  2.  A summer fresh snack plate of fruit…. …or veggies! It doesn’t need to be a summer sunshine day to enjoy a summer sunshine snack. My guess would be that I will end up dipping some summer fresh veggies in the babba ganush!
So that’s my plan for this weekend (or whats left of it). Wishing you American’s a great memorial day weekend!
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Do you do the “winter/summer wardrobe flip”? Is it actually warm enough to wear nice summer clothes where you are?
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A Berry Special Breakfast

Today for work I got to attend a conference on emerging biotechnologies in the medical field. It was so inspiring and motivating and I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend. I even got to walk through the fog on my way to the conference (I’ve always fancied fog for some reason).

However it did mean that I had to wake up at 6:15am (earlier then usual) in order to have enough time to enjoy my favourite meal of the day: Breakfast. I really appreciate  extra hours in the morning, so my new short term goal is to wake up at 6:15am at least 5 times in May.

Today’s early morning breakfast was a Berry Special Bowl:

That picture was before the final addition of one more berry: the strawberry!

This Berry Special Breakfast Bowl contains:

  • 4 berries: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries (the cranberries are mixed into the kamut and millet, so you can’t see them in the picture)
  • 1 cup puffed kamut + 1 cup puffed millet
  • unsweetened almond breeze
  • 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • Lemon Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp runny PB2 poured over yogurt
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
This bowl (accompanied by a lovely apple) was all the things a breakfast should be: enjoyable, satisfying, and tummy filling.
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I felt like a grizzly bear today. Why? Because I had berries at breakfast, and salmon at dinner. For some reason in my head I imagine bears spending all day catching fish and stealing berries.
I cooked a de-thawed salmon portion (okay, I microwaved it) with a ginger garlic dressing, and fresh ginger. It shrinked after cooking in the microwave, but it was still tasty on top of steamed spinach and coleslaw.

I haven’t had salmon for a while so it was a nice change from routine. I plan to get another early morning in tomorrow. That way I will have enough time to go for a short run before work, lets hope I get to bed on time!

Are you an early bird or a night owl? What is your favourite type of berry?

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Wii Sports Active 2 Review

It’s official: I am three-quarters an engineer! It feels great to be done the term.

What wacky weather we have been having. Not only has it been unseasonably cold, today the winds were gusting like crazy!

It may not be high winds compared to some of the southern states, but up here 94km/hr is very gusty. So instead of venturing out into the wild winds I decided to stay inside and use the Wii Sports Active for an intense 25 minute workout.

Here’s a quick run down on the Wii Active 2 incase you haven’t heard of it:

  • You wrap an arm band around your left arm which has a sensor and heart rate monitor
  • You wrap another sensor band around your right thigh
  • You choose a fitness program, and follow the instructions

Things I like about Wii Active 2:

  • Tracks your heart rate during your workout so that you can push your self
  • Allows you to learn new exercises without having to look them up on the computer
  • Encourages you to do a proper warm up, cool down, and stretch during exercise programs
  • You can do it in my pyjamas
  • You can log on to a website after and view details on your last workout
Things I don’t like about Wii Active 2
  • Sometimes the sensors don’t pick up your movement, and you end up having to do extra repetitions
  • You have to clear a large enough space in front of the TV. You don’t want to be doing a lunge into the couch
  • There is a lot of wasted time waiting for the ‘instructor’ to tell you what to do, or waiting for the exercise to load
  • Unlike going to the gym or a class, there is no social aspect to it. You are alone in your house.
As a whole: I give the Wii Sports active 3.5/5 stars.What I do love is when everyday technology is using the engineering concepts I learn in class. The whole sensor, detector, and biometric tracking thing get the geek in me excited.

The other thing that gets me excited: The Royal Wedding. I can’t believe how fast the 31 days have past since March 29th when I posted about the wedding being a month away.

As a result of all the royal excitement, my dinner tonight was purple and red! In my mind purple and red are associated with royalty.
Egg white Puff, Cauliflower cooked with purple cabbage, cherry tomatoes, salsa, all sprinkled with nutritional yeast.
This Eggwhite Puff (unlike the Dill, and Mushroom) was Chile flavoured. It was made with: eggwhites, nutritional yeast, chilli, paprika, and cilantro. Whisked and nuked in the microwave for 1 min 45sec.Now I’m enjoying a cup of tea, watching more Royal Wedding documentaries, and catching up on reading all my favourite blogs.


Have you ever used a gaming console such as Wii, Playstation, or Xbox for workout programs?
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Fungus in my Food

I’ve had a recent obsession with mushrooms. I’m not sure why all of a sudden they seem so so appealing, but I keep getting inspired to throw them on top of salads or use them in a noodle dish.

I also seem to have a slight obsession with putting seaweed in my salad...

I even used them to top my most recent batch of Nooch Pizza Crackers

Suzie's Kamut Cakes, with canned tomatoes, nutritional yeast, garlic, and mushrooms. Baked at 400 deg

For some reason I had the impression that mushrooms didn’t provide great nutritional value since they are just a fungus. After a little research, I have proved my self wrong. According to this website mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins such as Riboflavin (B2) and Niacin (B3). They are also a good source of copper and Selenium.I guess I shouldn’t have underestimated the power of fungus!

One of my favourite mushroom additions is to my eggwhite omelette!

Eggwhites, Nutritional yeast, Mushrooms, and seasoning

I will admit it: I’m a bit of a lazy bones when it comes to making omelettes. I don’t like to clean up a frying pan, so I use the microwave! So much faster, and so much easier to clean up after.

I am aware that the napkin (serviette in the USA) looks like a Christmas themed one. But this picture is from this weekend!

Cheesy Eggshrooms

1/4 cup egg whites

1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast

2 tbsp (or a splash) of Almond Breeze

Garlic, Pepper, Cilantro, and Fresh Parsley

Mix all the ingredients up in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes

That plate is overflowing with vegetables, you can never have too many! I really hope the weather starts to get better so all the local crops start growing. I can’t believe it’s almost May and the trees still look like this:

Taken on April 26th!

I guess this dreary gross weather is good for one thing: getting me to stay inside and study for my FINAL EXAM on Thursday! First thing I’m going to do when I’m done? Write an About Me page :)

In the mean time I will sit in my office enjoy an apple and FORCE myself to study study study!

It's so convenient when my apple is the perfect size for my dish

Do you like mushrooms? Any exciting things you like to make with them?

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Would you like the Good News or Bad News First?

I’ll give you the good news first:

Good News: I finished a 13.95 mile run (basically 14 miles!). At least that’s according to my Nike+ sportband, according to MapMyRun.com it was 13.2 miles. Either way I finished and felt great!

Bad News: It took longer then I had hoped. I finished in 2hours 10minutes and 10seconds. Although my route had quite a few traffic lights and I had a a lot of red ones where I had to slow down/ jog on the spot. I probably could have pushed myself a bit harder. When I came back my legs felt like jello, but my cardio system was fine. I wasn’t really sweaty throughout, so I feel like I could have picked up the pace.

Nike+ Sportband Run Summary

Good News: It felt like Christmas morning when I woke up. The first thing I did was check the weather. A few days ago, when I planned this long run for today. The weather was supposed to clear up by early morning. So I was excited and in good spirits. That’s good news, right?

Bad News: As the day got closer the weather prediction changed quite a bit. As yesterday progressed the rain was predicted to stay longer and longer. My ideal time to start was at 10:00am, but with 80% chance of rain the odds weren’t looking great.

All morning I was constantly checking three weather source’s live radar to see when I could set out for my journey. I didn’t get any studying done this morning while waiting.

One of the radars I was following. I wont bore you with the other two

When I set out at 11:15am, it was drizzling hard enough that I wanted goggles. Thankfully, about 40 minutes in the rain stopped completely. Needless to say, my socks got quite soggy.

The rest of the details are neither good nor bad news. Just points to ponder.

As soon as I got back I enjoyed a whole can of tuna, with cottage cheese on toast. As well as a big bowl of yummy goodness.

Puffed Kumut and Millet with almond breeze, protein powder, banana, hemp seeds and strawberries. Tuna & Cottage Cheese on Toast.

I actually got the tuna ready before hand. I HATE draining a can of tuna, it grosses me out for some reason. So when I got back, I pretty much just had to take it out of the fridge. Boy was I glad, because food prep was the last thing I wanted to do when I returned.

Sky high tuna pile right there. Sorry for the messy plate. I just wanted to eat it not make it look pretty.

After I showered and my digestive system had time to process the first load of food, I fuelled up with more toast (this time with banana, PB, and nutmeg), and TONS of fresh fruit (apple and watermelon).

My Dad’s also a runner, and he was home so he shared with some of my excitement for completing a big running goal of mine. However he also asked me: So why do you like running? What do you get out of it?

The question surprisingly took me off guard. I have always enjoyed running and testing my body with new goals. It’s a great way to relieve stress, and feel the power of what your body can do. For some reason though, it didn’t seem like an adequate answer to why I love running. Perhaps it’s one of those things you just can’t put into words…but I would like to hear your thoughts:

Why do you like running? What do you get out of it?

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