WIAW: Lunch Edition

Hollaaaaa

Today I wanted to do something a little different than my usual WIAW. Instead of sharing all the food I ate in a day I wanted to share with you some of my favourite LUNCHES!

Lunch used to be my least favourite meal of the day. I never knew what to have and usual just ended up snacking my day away. But that never felt satisfying. A few months ago I finally got into the groove of things and started rediscovering my love for lunch. Its so versatile. You can have breakfast, or dinner, or even snack like mentioned above!

Just a little disclaimer some of these will be a little more complicated than your typical throw together a sandwich and be done. However they can all be made the night before for things like work or school or just a busy day in general!

Lets get into the food now shall we?

Grilled Cheese

I love grilled cheese. Not to mention they are super quick and easy to make! You can even make them in the morning and than pack them up for lunch later on. Throw some veggies on the side and you’ve got yourself a perfectly delicious balanced meal!

Bread: My favourite bread to use is Ezekiel. Its a sprouted grain bread and is typically a lot less processed then say regular whole wheat bread. My absolute favourite Ezekiel for grilled cheese is Cinnamon Raisin! It creates the perfect combo of sweet and savoury.

Cheese: My favourite is Mozzarella but I also love marble or cheddar etc. from time to time!

Extras: Now this is where you can get really fancy. Some of my favourite additions are eggs, egg whites, avocado, berries, homemade jam, buffalo chicken… The list is endless!

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Cinnamon Rasin Ezekiel bread, Mozzarella Cheese, Egg whites and veggies on the side. 

 

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Cinnamon Rasin Ezekiel bread, Marble cheese and avocado with veggies on the side. 

Quinoa Stir Fry

Another favourite of mine is what I like to call a quinoa stir-fry. This one is perfect for people who are at work or school during lunch and want something easy to pack up! You can cook a big batch of quinoa and chicken for the week to make it easy to thrown in a pack for lunch!

To make: Cook your quinoa and top with avocado. Chop up some veggies and chicken and stir fry in a pan untill cooked through. Serve with a side of fruit for dessert!

Sauces: The first photo is simply mustard, garlic powder and a little stevia! The last photo is simply coconut amines (soya sauce alternative).

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Chicken, Mustard sauce, green beans, quinoa, avocado, raspberries. 

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Quinoa, avocado, chicken, red pepper, zucchini and coconut aminos. 

Sweet Potato and a Stir Fry

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This is by far my favourite. Simply cook up a sweet potato and top with butter. Than serve with some sort of veggie and a chicken stir fry! The one above was chicken, zucchini and peppers in a homemade barbecue sauce and mozzarella!

Wrap

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La tortilla factory low-carb high finer wrap, spinach, eggs, cheese and salsa!

Burrito Bowl

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Spinach, chicken sausage, quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, salsa, cucumbers, onions and guacamole! 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This is actually a recipe from one of my fave Instagram’s The Healthy Sweettooth!

I topped mine off with mozzarella cheese, onions, cilantro and barbecue sauce. So SO yummy.

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And thats about all I have to share with you guys! Let me know if you like this style of post and don’t forget to check out Jenns Link-up!

Adios Amigos!

 

Yoga and Creativity Review and GIVEAWAY!

*Disclaimer* This post IS NOT sponsored. I was however given an incredible opportunity to review and giveaway one copy of Yoga+Creativity because of my ambassadorship with Sweat Pink. Although I was given this opportunity all opinions expressed are my own and I did not have to write this post if I didn’t actually like the book.*

I absolutely love yoga. I am no yogi per-say but I love yoga. Lately I have been letting it slip away. Homework, school and just life in general can do that sometimes…

So when I received the opportunity to read Yoga and Creativity, I knew it was fate. ;) 

Lacey Haynes Bio MASTER

“Lacey Haynes is a creative renegade. She writes, acts, sings, draws, and is willing to explore just about anything creative, playful and mind-blowing. She’s also a smart cookie. She’s studied English Literature as an MA student, currently blogs for the Huffington Post, DoYouYoga and runs The Yoga Emporium where she writes, teaches classes and workshops and offers Yoga Lifestyle Coaching & Intuitive Healing.  She’s a trained actor, having performed on stage and on screen in Canada and Germany. More than anything, Lacey loves spreading the path of yoga and helping people like you to uncover their own innate happiness, love and creative energy.  Her students get blessed on her warm presence, intuitive and joyous energy and loving approach. She is grateful to her own stellar teachers – past, present and future – who help to light this glorious path.”

Ok not realllllly but I loved the idea of it.

At first I was a little worried. Would I have enough time? Would I really understand this book? Would my review be up to par? I threw caution to the wind and decided to download it anyways.

When you first open the book you are given three “paths” to choose from. A 28 day intensive retreat, here and there, and a full day retreat. 6 hours to just read. explore and truly discover the concept of this book.

I deiced to take the third path. Full. Day. Retreat.

Last week after a long few days I really needed some me time. So I took a long shower. Snuggled up in my bath robe and dove into the book.

The verdict?

I loved it.

Each page is bursting with colour and Lacey easy and almost soothing approach to writing had me feeling zennn in no time.

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There are 5 sections to the book. Song, Words, Movement, Drawing and Closing.

I don’t want to give to much away but each section gives you both some Yoga and well Creativity!

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Every pose she has you try includes both a photo, an explanation on how to do it and what it helps you with!

My favourite? Lions Breath. 

This book rekindled my love for yoga which I feel so grateful for. It really is a wonderful thing and it gave me tons of poses I can now use on a daily basis. It helped me to rediscover myself and for that I want to say thank you to Lacey. 

This book is for anyone and everyone. Yogis. Non-Yogis. Whatever you wish to achieve with this book I am certain you will. And if not you’ll come out with some kick-ass yoga knowledge and experience.

Intriguied yet ;)

WELL GUESS WHAT?! I have a giveaway for you guys!

One reader will be receiving there own copy of Yoga and Creativity. Thats a twenty dollar value right there! It is an e-book so you can download it on your computer or on your iPad. Contest is open internationally from today until April 25th!

I will contact the winner via email and you’ll receive your e-book from Lacey via email. You can enter by clicking the link at the bottom of the page :)

Good Luck and I hope you all have a fabulous day!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Hello Everybody and Happy Easter Monday!!

We are actually celebrating tonight with a special dinner but if you celebrated yesterday than I hope it was wonderful.

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Easter weekend (for those who celebrate) means Easter dinner. And easter dinner means easter dessert. And sometimes that means leftovers. 

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Leftovers are both a blessing and a curse.

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You wake up in the morning and spot the leftover cheesecake on the counter. Instead of giving your body a break from the sugar coma you’ve only just woken up from you decide to cut yourself a big ol’ slice for breakfast. Although it may be delicious it is probably not very nutritious. But its already there. And you don’t have to cook anything…

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Well… what if I told you, you can have your cake and eat it to?

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I have a recipe that is made with wholesome ingredients, is quick and easy for busy mornings and will keep you from yet another sugar induced coma.

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Strawberry. Cheesecake. Overnight. Oats.

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And did I mention they’re healthy?

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Crust Layer (Optional)

Ingredients

  •  3-4 gooey dates
  • 2 tbsp Oats
  • 1 tbsp Spelt OR WW Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

Directions

  1. Blend everything together until a paste is formed then press into the bottom of your jar.

Cheesecake Oat Layer

Ingredients

  • 2/3 c almond milk
  • 1/3 c oats
  • 1/2 c egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon/ stevia to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 light laughing cow cheese wedge

Directions

  1. Combine everything but the egg whites and LC wedge into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn down the heat and stir occasionally cooking until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid.
  3. Stir in your egg whites and bring to a boil again stirring constantly.
  4. Turn down the heat and continue stirring until the oats have become a thick cake-y consistency and the egg whites have absorbed everything.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in your LC wedge.

Cheesecake Strawberry Layer

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/4 c Cottage Cheese OR Greek Yogurt
  • For more cheesecake flavour or if using greek yogurt add in another laughing cow wedge (I did)

Directions

  1. Heat up your strawberries in the microwave.
  2. Stir in your CC or greek yogurt.
  3. Blend everything together including the LC wedge if using.

OVERALL DIRECTIONS:

After your crust has been pressed in, add in a portion of your oats, sliced strawberries and a portion of your cheesecake layer. Continue layering until you have ran out of layers. I had a little bit of cheesecake  strawberry layer leftover so I mixed it with SF maple syrup and drizzled in on top! Store your jar in the fridge overnight and let the oats do there magic. EAT!

 

At first glance you might think its complicated. But if you take a closer look at the ingredients and recipes you basically throw everything into a pot or blender and blend it or cook it. Viola. Dessert for breakfast.

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Let me know if you guys try it and Ill catch ya later :D

Have a GREAT day off if you have the day off :)

WIAW #5

Yesss I realize I am super late on the game with this WIAW but hey at least Ive got it up for ya!

Breakfast 

Breakfast is by far the best meal of the day. Please don’t argue with me because then we might have a problem.

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I made protein waffles this morning and only slightly altered my fluffy protein pancake recipe. Instead of 2 tbsp oat flour I used 1/4 c oats and I also threw in a little bit of maple extract. Added just the little something something I wanted. I topped them off with frozen blueberries heated up in the microwave and a side of 2 eggs. If eggs are in my house I can GUARANTEE they will be in my breakfast. I cannot get enough of them lately.

Workout

After letting my food digest a little I decided to get in a workout! I did THIS arms/abs workout and at first I thought “Oh this can’t be that hard.” Boy was I wrong. Those tricep dips are no joke and especially with all the high repetitions. Definitely got me sweatin’.

Snack

After showering and making myself look human again I was ready for a snack.

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This is actually a photo from my instagram from a few weeks ago but I totally forgot to snap a photo and the ingredients I used were basically the same!

  • 1 medium frozen banana (150g approx) 🍌
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder 🍫
  • 1/2 c almond milk 🍼
  • 1/3 c caramel coffee ☕️
  • cinnamon 🌰
  • 1/2 tsp maple 🍁 and vanilla extract 🍦
  • Optional 1 scoop Chocolate Protein powder 🍫 and Ice!
  • Blend it all up and drink.

 

Lunch

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So. Much. VEGGIES! The bottom is a giant spaghetti squash mixed with fresh garlic and basil. Then the next layer is simply natural tomato basil sauce. The third layer is tons of veggies, taco seasoning, hot sauce and chicken. and the tope is CHEESE! Totally random I know but man did it ever hit the spot.

I am the type who always needs something sweet after a meal soooo I finished everything off with an apple. That went straight into my pie hole before my camera got a chance to take a photo.

Snack

After a re-test on some physics stuff (Which went really well yay!!) I was in need of a little snack!

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A piece of cinnamon raisin ezikiel topped of with some peanut butter and banana post photo. I did take a photo but it looked a lot prettier when I held it up to the sunlight so you guys get this one instead :)

Dinner

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This dinner has been a fave of mine for the past few days and I may or may not be making it again tonight. Its really easy. Start by cooking your sweet potato in the oven until it is nice and gooey. Then mix in some maple extract, stevia, a little sea salt and butter. Now your gunna move on to the chicken dish. Simply sauté it in a little coconut oil and fajita seasoning, then add in veggies of choice (I used peppers and zucchini) and a little hot sauce and let everything cook. Once everything has been cooked mix in your cheese and viola. Your done. Thats it. You could also have some more veggies on the side if you like them as much as I do.

Dessert

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Dinner was eaten at around 6 and so at 7 I decided to have some dessert. Greek yogurt and frozen raspberries. So simple yet so yummy.

And finally right before I went to bed I ate a homemade peanut butter cup :)

I hope you have all had a great day and illl see you tomorrow!

Funky Yogurt and a NEW Job!

Hello  everybody!

Remember how I told ya I was busy? Well guess who just go busier. Yup. This girl. I got hired at my local grocery store at the front till! Im actually really excited about it because at the job (they treat it more as an internship) I am currently employed at I only work on Saturdays!

Holla for mo’ Dollas.

Today was my first day on zee job and let me tell ya; Who KNEW there were so many goddam apples. And Pears. AND LETTUCE. Oh the LETTUCE. Luckily the apples and pears have codes all up on em’ so its pretty easy for me to just punch em’ in nice and quick. The lettuce and turnips and all the other organic-type veggies however do not have stickers. So ya gotta memorize them. So don’t be surprised if I start referring to my sweet potato as 4073 ;)

After work and some food I decided to hit up the gym for a lil exercise. I completed my heavy legs workout and managed to add about 10 pounds to every move! Just when I was feeling all high and mighty the guy beside me decided to whip out his 180 pound bench. What in the waaa. Someone please tell me how it is humanly possible for that to happen. I mean I struggle with just the bar. Not to mention I’m pretty sure I couldn’t even deadlift that…

Afturrrrr the gym I came home for some FOOD.

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Chicken, Fajita Spices, Bell Peppers all sautéed coconut oil and hot sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese, cucumbers and a sweet potato baked until it got all crispy and gooey, then topped with butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract and just a pinch of seasalt.

This dinner will probably be happening again tomorrow. And it already happened yesterday. Its gewwd y’all and you gots to try it sometime. You could use coconut oil in place of the butter if your lactose intolerant or vegan BUT if your not use the butter. Just do it.

And one last random tidbit of information for you guys because us foodies need to look out for each other. DO NOT. I repeat. DO NOT buy the Presidents Choice Greek yogurt. Like when I first tried it I thought it was expired er something because it tasted all funky. But it wasn’t. And not to mention I bought two containers of the darn stuff. I am sorry Oikos I will never leave you again (Don’t worry I have already picked up another container of the stuff)

Ok Ive gotta jet! Hope your day is has been as wonderful as YOURSELF!

:)

Thinking out Loud Number ???

I have no idea what number this thinking out loud is. And quite honestly Im much to lazy to go back and actually look. So this will just be # ???. Okayyy? Ok.

1. Why do dogs get to look EVEN cuter than normal when they just wake up? When I roll out of bed I look.. well cute is most definitely not the word I would use to describe it if ya know what I’m saying.

2. I am a flour addict. Like I cannot stop buying them. If someone made ROCKS into a flour and put it on the shelves of my grocery store I would buy it. For some reason plain flour just doesn’t cut it for me? I don’t know. But I do know my mom bought even MORE yesterday. So now we have yellow pea flour, coconut flour, oat flour, spelt flour, chickpea flour, brown rice flour, kamut flour, red fife flour, GF baking flour and quinoa flour. The worst part is I don’t even USE half of them. However I am really trying to change that. PLEASE try and hold me accountable. My goal is to experiment with at least one a week.

3. Yesterday I experimented with spelt! I attempted to make a chocolate mug cake and it was a tad bit dry. No recipe yet because Everyday Lyric is NOT about sub-par mug cake recipes.

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4. Those orange lumps you see in the background? My attempt at melon balls.  Yeahh… They’re in the background for a reason.

5. This may be TMI but… I dropped a plate a few weeks ago and didn’t quite clean up all the little shards. So I then proceeded to step on one of the said shards approximately two minutes after. Right on the big toe. And I thought I had gotten it all out but my toe was still in pain like 8 days later. I have an issue with pain so instead of toughening up and soaking my food and trying to get the rest of the glass out I just kinda ignored it. Well yesterday after like 3 weeks of putting it off I scraped my toe against a rock and it started to bleed profusely. So I gave in a soaked it and managed to get the last little piece out. Painful? Yup. Worth it? Yup. Am I a wimp? Double Yup.

6. My favourite type of apples are the really crisp kind of tart ones. Im really not a fan of red delicious etc. variety. Im more of a honey crisp or gala gal. You see my dad likes the more kind of mushy variety and sometimes I forget which is which and bite into it without thinking. That happened yesterday. Do not worry; I made sure to redeem it by eating a honey crisp immediately after.

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7. Avocado on quinoa is good. Like really good. A recent favourite lunch of mine has been chicken and veggies stir fried in a mustard type sauce (mustard, stevia, garlic) with a side of quinoa, avocado and raspberries. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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8. The other weekend I did the whole back-to-M.A.C. thing and picked out a free lipstick! Even though it is spring I still couldn’t bring myself to shy away from the usual mauve-y berry colours I like.

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M.A.C’s plumful

9. And thats about all the random thoughts I can come up with for today. Don’t forget to check out Amanda’s link up part-ay for more TOL fun!

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WIAW: Better Late Then Never

Hellooo friendsssss!

Its what I ate wednesday and you know what that means. There is a whole link-up party going on at Jens little place on the web and you are missing out if you don’t go check it out!

 

I started writing this post at 6. It is now 9 o’clock and the sun is shining. So that tells ya how my morning has been LOL. Hey better late than never right?

Lets rewind to YESTERDAY at 6 shall we? It looks like it is 6 at night but I promise to you it is really the morning.

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I took that as a sign to lighten up my morning coffee with a little cream. Caramel Ghiradelli Coffee. Go get yous some if that even sounds slightly pleasing because it is the best coffee ever.

After lounging around in bed with my coffee and scouring the ol’ internet my stomach started a-grumbling and I dragged myself out of the comforts of my comforter to go make me some break-y.

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Fluffy protein pancakes, topped of with warm mashed blueberries and two fried eggs with a little salt and peppa action. Lets talk about EGGS bab-ay lets talk about two for m-ay (*Ahem* “m-ay” is an attempt at me rhyming “me” to “bab-ay”)

After food I threw on some gym clothes and scurried my butt out the door. A very sore butt that is from Monday’s leg workout. Its now Wednesday. And they are still sore :shock:

I got to the gym right when they were opening up (8) and even managed to swerve rush hour at 9:30. I completed a back and shoulders workout that got me nice and sweaty. I can’t remember exactly what I did but I know my warmup was on the rowing machine and there were also a few chin-ups thrown in there. Chin-ups are no joke y’all. I maybe did 5 before needing to take a break. I can’t even imagine how people do those things weighted. One day….

After getting home and showering I wanted something quick and easy to eat as I knew I would be busy at school for the next few hours.

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And what better way to do that then with a smoothie!?

Yesterdays Blend:

  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c quick oats
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1/2 c ice 1/3-1/2 c cold water depending on desired thickness
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 tsp maple extract small handful kale

Smoothie in hand I geared up and headed to the school for a physics test.

Q: If H2O is the formula for water, what is the formula for ice?

A: H2O cubed. 

Heh Heh Heh. I so funny.

But really that test was no joke. Darn you dynamics. By the time I finished it was lunch time and I scurried on home to make something quick and delicious.

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Double the cheese grilled cheese on FoodForLife Cinnamon Raisin Ezikiel and a side of vegetables. Cucumbers are my favourite. Like I can easily eat 2 a day. And sometimes more. They are just so darn refreshing!

Then I cleaned up my kitchen mess and ate a apple and un-pictured packed of almond butter for lessert (Lunch + Dessert)

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And fast forward another few hours and it was snack time yet again.

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Girl guides cookie times 2 and 2 rando un-pictured egg whites we had in the fridge that needed to be used up from something-or-other. Topped those babies off with cinnamon and viola. A pretty decent snack if I do say so myself.

and after that I can’t even remember what I did. Probably some school… and OH RIGHT! I tidied up my bedroom and got some laundry done and before I knew it it was dinnah time.

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Dinner was kind of random as well. While I was waiting for zee kabocha I chopped up to bake I started to feel a little snack-y. So I ate the cucumber I had sliced up to go with the chicken/kabocha. Then it was kabocha time!

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The ENTIRE sweet cinnamon roasted kabocha topped of with some mozzarella cheese! I ate about half of this mound while stirfrying up some chicken. I forgot to snap a photo of the chicken but it was really good! I simply put in a lot of mustard a little stevia and a little garlic powder. It tasted really similar to honey garlic sauce and it is one of my new faves! I finished up the rest of my kabocha and chicken with the fam jam and then curled up to get a little more studying/reading/browsing the internet in.

A few hours later I was ready for a night time snackit-y snack.

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2 servings of greek yogurt for twice the fun, cinnamon, vanilla extract and berries on top! I also consumed an un-pictured banana because I have a love for fruit and never ending hunger. What-eves it just means more food fo’ me.

And now it is 10 o clock and Ive gotta shee-dattle off to write my mid-term. Wish me luck :D

And have a good day y’all!!

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