Kitchen goin’ up…..On a Tuesday……..

I decided to not take Overtime today so I could get one last long run in before the Nike Woman’s 15K this coming Sunday! When I woke up at 7 am and it was pouring rain out……..

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My Frostbitten Garden and a HIIT Run

Someone got a little cocky and planted her garden a week or two earlier then normal!

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Ahhh….Shit…….

I knew the temperature was dropping so I covered the Vegetable Garden 3 nights in a row with tarps…..Apparently it wasn’t enough and my pretty garden went from this……

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Banana what?

Banana Jam….that’s right! If you haven’t tried this yet…..you need to………

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

ice And make this now!banana3dramaSorry….I just get excited for things like this………Here is the recipe…….

Banana Jam

Ingredints

  • Very ripe (I used frozen) Bananas (18 Bananas made 3 1/2L Jars)
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Honey More or less depending on taste)
  • 1.5 tsp Cinnamon
    Cook minimum 20 Minutes but longer if needed to get he consistency you want.
  • Seal in jars…..Keeps well in the fridge for a couple weeks
    Great on oatmeal, in yogurt or even on toast with peanut butter!

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Yep……You too will do a hip thrust when you taste it……

 

WIAW #2

wiawSince my food tends to be the same most days I don’t want to bore you to tears posting the same food every week……

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I thought posting pictures of new or actually interesting dishes would be a better way to go about this…. Just go with it….mmmm…..k?

I was in the Bulk Barn the other day, well two Bulk Barns actually……. I managed to get kicked out of the first one and had to go to another one that was out of my way. (Don’t ask) I was picking up White Chocolate and Sprinkles for the cake pops but somehow managed to come out with tons of spices and a bunch of other things. I picked up a pulled pork spice (probably full of salt but whatever it smelled great!) I thought it would be good for a pulled Chicken.

I chopped up some onions and garlic, and threw them in the slow cooker with some of my home made Tomato sauce preserves (from last year) the pulled pork spice a dehydrated pepper and let it cook away.

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Made 32 L last fall

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Once it was cooked I took out the chicken and shredded it with two forks and threw it back in until all the liquid cooked down.

Yum…..Served with Grilled Broccoli for a work dinner this week.

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Meal prep Monday and a 10 K run

After my epic fail 12k run the other day I decided I needed a bit of an edge for my 10k today.

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I had some C4 pre work out before I set out. Not sure if it was psychological or not but this run was a million times better. I had a ton of errands to do after the run so I drove to a mini mall complex and started my run from there.

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Pre-Run. Just getting set up with the new Sony cordless MP3 player before I get out of the car to start my run!

 

The first 5 k was hilly and quite windy but I still felt pretty strong. I took my time warming up. I stuck to 6 min km’s for the first 3 k. Picked up the pace a bit for km 4 and 5, trucking through the wind.

At 5k in I turned a corner and ran out of the winds path and into the sun. That last half of the run was great! Averaged 5:35km pace the rest of the run! Not bad for a training run!

This run makes me feel that I might have a chance to win my bets!

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I probably should have listened!

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Post run protein shake

Why does my hand look giant here? Reminds me of Carrie Heffernan on King of Queens when Deacon and Kelly gave them the painting of her with one giant arm……

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Finished up all my errands and headed home to meal prep for the rest of the week. After a couple hours we are set up for the rest of the week with healthy meals. Here are a few of the highlights!

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Grilled steak with roasted sweet potatoes, sautéed onions, peppers and mushrooms and a side of steamed spinach (Shane’s dinners)
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Mixed greens with roasted sweet potato, chick peas, alfalfa sprouts, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and nutritional yeast (my lunches)

My lunch salads looked so good I just had to have one for dinner as well!

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I do realize it is odd that I eat my salads out of mixing bowls…..It is just part of who I am.

saladWorking Overtime Tuesday and Wednesday 6-6!

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Working all weekend sucks

I hope everyone had a great Easter. I worked all weekend and unfortunately I got Zero yummy Easter dinner……

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But don’t worry, I did manage to make myself a indulgent Apple Martini after work to enjoy while I watched Big Brother…..

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I am supposed to be starting 5 days off today but I picked up an Overtime shift tomorrow.

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Going to get out there today and do a 10k run, even though its freezing…..AGAIN! See I have quite a few runs coming up and one of them in particular I must be ready for! The Sporting Life 10 K on May 10. About 6 people that I work closely with are also running it. I may or may not have opened my huge mouth and made not one but TWO bets that I will beat certain people…..Do you ever talk and even as you are saying the words you want to take them back? Yeah……well welcome to my life!! Talked wayyyy to much shit this weekend!

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My motivation behind these stupid friendly bets was that they will motivate me to get my butt out these and train! But they just got a bit out of control and the wagers got a little high!

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So now that I can not get out of these bets I have no choice but to win. So I have about one month to get up to par!

Hopefully finally getting music put onto my Sony cordless MP3 player will help my runs. I have been using my phone for my music for a while since I broke my old MP3 player. And using the phone is just annoying. I am so sick of the cord and the arm band it is distracting. These new ones are light weight and fit great. Today will be my first run with them, even though I got them for my Birthday last August!

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Today is meal prep day for the week, so you know like it or not I will be doing another post later today!

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)

Since I have only been doing this blog for a couple weeks I haven’t really established any rhyme or reason to it yet! I like the freedom of posting whatever I want whenever I feel like posting it, but sometimes its nice to have some predictability!

So considering I cook and bake daily I will try to do What I Ate Wednesday! (WIAW), posting any recipes from the week that I consider worthy of sharing! I will also post the good, the bad and the ugly of what I have been eating!

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Yep……exciting eh!

I tend to eat the same things most of the time, unless I have a bit of a craving for something specific. I definitely have some basic go to meals. Work meals tend to look like this….

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Salads for a few days!
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Good ol’ broccoli and chicken

 

I tend to be a lot more creative on days off (obviously) as I have more time.

First off my day can not start without Coffee. On my days off I am able to make my Coconut Oil Coffee

Add one cup of hot coffee to your blender with 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil and a touch of Stevia (if wanted) blend until frothy

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Coconut Oil Coffee

This is creamy, frothy and just plain delicious. Give it a try!

Typical breakfast on days off could include

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Grapefruit

  • Set oven to broil
  • Cut in half
  • Sprinkle Stevia and Cinnamon
  • Broil in oven for approximately 5 minutes

This is the only way I eat Grapefruit. It is way more tasty and juicy when you heat it this way……

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PB&J Cottage Cheese

  • 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese
  • 2 TBSP PB2 reconstituted with water
  • 1 teaspoon of jam or jelly of choice

This is so freaking delicious

I will usually head to the gym or out for a run after this, and when I return I am famished. I have to make something right away or this might happen

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So the easiest and quickest thing is a smoothie

My go to would be a Green Monster Smoothie or a Smoothie Bowl

I have a million Smoothie recipes and I will post those often. Here is a Smoothie Bowl recipe. This is kind of my standard base recipe you can modify the add on’s for your taste.

  • 1/4 cup old fashion oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seed
    mix together with 1/2 cup almond milk-Let sit for a minimum of 15 minutes or as long as overnight
    Add to the blender with
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp organic protein powder
  • and 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • Blend, pour into a bowl and add some berries of your choice…..

smoothie bowlIn the evenings I try to keep it fairly low carb if I can. Sometimes on the weekends I’ll make something like a Spelt Pizza as we have longer workouts and need the carbs.

Butternut and Arugula Spelt Pizza

Directions

  • Peal and dice a Butternut Squash, coat in EVOO and roast at 400C until brown and cooked through
  • Slice a few onions thinly and cook down in frying pan until soft and caramelized

Spelt Crust

  • 2 Cups Spelt Flour
  • pinch of salt
  • Add warm water until it comes together

Kneed into a ball and let rest, covered for at least 30 min

Roll out the curst and top with

  • Caramelized Onions
  • Cubed Butternut Squash
  • Goat Cheese

Bake at 400C until crust is cooked. Remove from oven and top with

  • Lots of fresh Arugula
  • Drizzle Balsamic Reduction oven the pizza
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Butternut Squash and Arugula Spelt Pizza

Fish Tacos

Dry Rubs

Mix together

  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 3 TBSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • Sea Salt

Rub on white fish of your choice and grill or bake

Coleslaw

Mix together

  • 3 TBSP Greek Yogurt (0% plain)
  • 2 TBSP White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 TPBS Honey
  • Salt  and Pepper

Add in a couple cups of pre shredded Coleslaw Mix and allow to sit for at least one hour

Pickled Radish

Take a mason jar and fill with thinly sliced Radishes. Fill with white vinegar that has been brought to boiling with a couple TBSP Honey mixed in. Allow to sit minimum overnight and up to two weeks.

To assemble

  • I used Corn Tortillas but your can used any type you want including Lettuce Wraps if you are low carbing it.
  • Spread fresh Avocado on the base and top with Coleslaw, Radishes and Fish.
  • Top with a squeeze of Lime and a dollop of Greek Yogurt if wanted
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Fish Tacos

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Food prep, a shoulder workout, a little mussel and it’s still friggin freezing here…….

Since I work 12 hour days I eat all my meals at work on work days. I start at 6 am, so that means up at 4:10am. This makes for A LOT of meal prep. When it comes to my work meals I stay super basic and boring. Mostly eating the same thing every day. I would rather have my tasty healthy foods for my days off. It works for me. For Shane I get more creative with his work meals, because he wouldn’t eat so healthy if he was eating grilled chicken and broccoli every day like I do.

He is more likely to get a coconut chicken curry or a quinoa salad. Not the tasteless stuff I eat.

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Plain Grilled Chicken
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Roasted Broccoli

After my 6-6 yesterday I went to my work gym for a quick 40 minute weight workout. I mostly worked my shoulders.

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I love a good shoulder work out. I am really trying to keep up my weight training up when all I really want to do is run right now.

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It’s almost a mussel……

Just thought I’d share this obnoxious selfie….why not right?!

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Sorry……..

Just a side note……

Summer is never coming to Toronto. It sure feels that way …….sigh

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Is it warm where you are? If so I’m so jealous……..