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Pancakes for breakfast <3

Last night I did Turbo Jam Learn & Burn, half hour of fast walking and my 80 squats. I-AM-SORE πŸ™‚

Day off from work today and I lay in bed thinking about what to have for breakfast, my tummy was growling.

I haven’t had pancakes in a while and that thought brightened my day!

I used this site:Β http://myvega.com/vega-life/recipe-center/vegan-banana-protein-pancakes/Β and modified it a bit.

Protein Pancakes (3 med-large pancakes)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 large banana

3/4 cup quick cooking oats ground to powder

1/2 – 3/4 cup almond milk (your milk of choice) to thin it out

0.5 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

salt to taste (I didn’t use any)

Coconut oil for the pan (1 tablespoon for all three of my med-large panackes)

I ground the dry oats to powder first in my Magic Bullet. Then threw in all the ingredients together until thick consistency. If too thick pour more milk to thin it out. Next, warm up the pan on very low heat, add some coconut oil and Β pour the mixture. The pancake will be ready to flip in about 2-3 minutes, make sure you don’t leave it on for too long, it will burn quickly! I made 3 med-large pancakes out of this! It was soft and beautifully bananaish!!!



I poured a little maple syrup on top and green tea. I’m happy & filled! πŸ™‚

Till next time!

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Counting calories & Delicious Green Goop Smoothie

I LOVE food. All sorts of food, vegetarian of course. Enough said. πŸ˜‰

I am not a fan of exercising. I have to force myself to do this. Whether it be running, biking, going to the gym. I am always wowed by those individuals who can get up at 5-6 am and head off to the gym and get a good sweaty workout in before work or school. Those people who, despite snowy windy dark cold mornings, get up, put on their running gear and run miles upon miles, I bow down to you.

I’ve tried it…once, maybe twice. When “V” & I were getting to know each other long distance we tried to keep things interesting and fun by coming up with THIS plan – we tried to motivate each other to go gymming early in the morning. We’re in the same time zone at least, so he’d call me up at 5-5:30 am to wake me up so we both could go to our respective gyms. I would pick up the phone, try my best to not sound grumpy, roll out of bed and…well the gym thing worked maybe ….two times? After that…*evil grin*. I answered the phone, lied to him I was waking up, hung up the phone….then, I slept. πŸ˜‰ Needless to say, that plan didn’t last.

Lately, I have noticed my energy surge in the evenings. I can get a fast walk/jog/run in at NIGHT (10 pm). It feels great going to bed after that. Am I weird? Does anyone else do this? I’m a little worried that my hormones/inner chemistry is out of whack and this could affect me in the long run.

I have also been calorie-counting. I used myfitnesspal & it worked last year during my exams and helped me drop a good 15 lbs. I was eating what I liked, Indian food, pizza, pasta but just made sure I logged them in to see where I stood with my calories that day. It was very much a reality check. When I worked out, I burned food off, gained calories which I could eat back if I was hungry. After this period of time last year, I traveled abroad didn’t do the calorie counting thing, came back home and gained the weight back. Yup, not good.

I’ve started back up on myfitnesspal and I’ve upped my calories. I used to be at 1200, but since I’ve started running often, Turbo Jamming, keeping up with my squats and also started temporary work (I’m getting up at 6:00 am these days) I find that by the time I have a GOOD filling breakfast , snacking (apple, banana, fibre bar) before lunch, having a filling lunch I have pretty much almost run out of calories. So I’ve upped it to 1400, lets see how this goes.

Anyone else use myfitnesspal to log in your food? I love the inspirational stories on there! Have a story to share?

Bored already? πŸ™‚

Here’s my Green Goop Smoothie! I felt like a smoothie for dinner today (in a beer glass), it was pretty thick so the straw was a big FAIL.

Here’s my recipe.

Green Goop Smoothie

Half banana
1 – 1.5 cup milk of choice (almond, soy, regular)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
1 heaping tablespoon nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)
a handful of spinach
optional: ice if you like it cold

Blend until there are no large spinach pieces or stems. Ick! Pour into your favourite glass & enjoy! hope you like this πŸ™‚

Till later!

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Well hello there :)

So what’s been happening since last time?

– First off I want to thank Rachelle @Β http://sweethomepasadena.wordpress.com/Β for nominating me for theΒ Liebster Award!! What an honor & I am so excited! Thank you so much Rachelle πŸ™‚ I will be writing about this in the above new page/tab. Yayaya!

– I got to catch up with my best buds over some awesome food at Boston Pizza. Isn’t it just amazing when you haven’t seen each other in so long because you’re in different countries and when you finally sit down to catch up it’s as if you haven’t missed a beat! Best ever! πŸ™‚ We girlies ended up sharing two huge salads, Strawberry Pecan & the Santa Fe. Then we ordered a large Spicy Perogy pizza. We could barely finish two slices! It was deliciousy spicy and perogy-ish! ❀ We ended off with coffee and as the night went on we still hadn’t finished talking so we ordered one brownie with coffee refills! What A NIGHT! I was wired from all that coffee & couldn’t sleep till 4 am πŸ˜‰

– I’ve been working on my residency applications & getting it ready to send off in September. Personal statements, LORs, CV, online applications, researching programs. Argh! So a little bit of time before that but still a lot left to do. Hope this turns out to be a successful year for me. It’s getting to be a very expensive process – from school to applications!

– I’m been bad about my exercise habits. There are too many days inbetween which are “rest days”. Yikes!

– “V” received his birthday gift! I sent him a “Birthday Box” filled with all sorts of goodies! ❀ He loved it!

– Another birthday coming up this week, my best friend is celebrating her 30th! πŸ™‚ We have something planned to send her!

– I tried my own recipe for protein brownies. It was a big time fail! I baked it and it was so so soooo dry my family almost choked. I ended up eating it soaked in almond milk πŸ˜›

– I’ll end off with a very simple peanut chutney recipe I made yesterday and today which is a big hit at home! We eat this with dosa or you can even spread it over toast / roti and enjoy it! Watch out for the spicyness factor, it can make your mouth and tummy burn πŸ˜‰ Just like I am experiencing right NOW!

Ok, well not the most attractive photo. Kinda looks like hummus….or well….ok it’s peanut chutney πŸ˜‰

Peanut Chutney

1 cup raw peanuts

1 tablespoon tamarind paste

1 tablespoon honey

0.5 – 1 teaspoon green chilli ( I prefer this) OR red chilli flakes depending on how spicy you like it

0.25- 0.5 teaspoon salt to taste

water to thin out the chutney while grinding

Dry roast the peanuts in the microwave for about a minute to a minute and a half on high. Make sure you watch that it doesn’t burn.

Next take the tamarind paste and stick it in a bowl with about 1/4 cup water and heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Take out any seeds.

Then after both the peanuts and tamarind water cools down I stick them all in my handy dandy Magic Bullet and grind the peanuts, tamarind with water, honey, chilli, salt and keep adding water to thin it out – BUT not TOO watery.

Other recipes will mention adding onion / garlic, but I decided to keep it simple and it turned out delicious and NO extra added OIL πŸ™‚

You can keep the chutney in the fridge and use the left overs for another day! YUM! ❀

Till next time!

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Rainy day smoothie.

After yesterday’s bike ride I couldn’t get out of bed this morning – today is my rest day. πŸ˜‰

It was a rainy day today. Had a wonderful simply delicious sandwich for lunch. I will probably post it up tomorrow.

Worked on my applications with coffee made with almond milk. My tummy cannot tolerate too much cow’s milk these days. We usually have the 2% partly skimmed, but I’ve opted for almond milk 90% of the time and I feel just fine.

I felt like a protein smoothie for dinner. Thought I would mix things up and try a new flavour. I use the Kaizen protein powder (vanilla & chocolate) and I feel like I’m literally chugging it down. It’s too sweet and….well, I’m not a fan, I will need to switch soon. So I try to cover up the taste by adding a lot of other items to the smoothie to mask the protein taste. I experimented and came up with something new today. You may or may not be a fan πŸ™‚

So here goes.

Banana-Chocolate Mint protein smoothie

– 1 banana

– 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

– 2 tablespoons oat powder

– a few leaves of chocolate mint

– 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon

– 1/2 tablespoon flax powder

– for an extra kick I added chai masala powder (optional)

– 1 cup milk of choice

I personally thought the chocolate mint (which we grow in our garden along with many other herbs) added a special twist to this smoothie. If you want it more sweet you can even throw in some dates! Yum!

Enjoy!

Till next time.

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Carrot muffins & salad!

How’s everyone doing this Friday πŸ™‚ Any fun plans for tonight or for the weekend?

I can’t believe it was a week ago that I was in Chicago having a great time! This just means I look forward to my next vacation πŸ™‚

Today was my Dad’s birthday and he doesn’t like going all out with the party, cake and such. We had quite a few carrots in the fridge so,Β I decided to bake him a wonderfully delicious Eggless Carrot Cake, well actually….. Muffins! πŸ™‚

It was a big hit in the house!

I used this page: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegancakerecipes/r/vegancarrot.htm
and changed things up a bit.

Vegetarian Carrot Cake Ingredients:

1/2 cup Compliments cinnamon applesauce
1.5 cup grated carrots
1 cup pecans/walnuts/nut of choice, chopped
1/2 cup melted butter (W)
1 tsp salt (D)
2 tsp baking powder (D)
3 tsp cinnamon (D)
1 cup white sugar (D)
1 1/4 cups flour (D)
1/2 cup almond milk (W)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

I mixed the dry (D) ingredients with the cinnamon apple sauce. Next I added the melted butter & almond milk. Finally I added the carrots and my nut of choice, pecans.

You can use a muffin pan or a cake pan. I sprayed a little Pam on the muffin pan and evenly distributed the muffin mix. Baked for about 45 mins.

Mmmmmmm delicious!

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With the remaining shredded carrots I made a simple and quick carrot salad!

2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 – 1 cup salted peanuts (I used shelled virginia peanuts)
1 – 2 tsp paprika powder
honey to taste
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
– optional: add lemon juice, coriander, green chilli, fresh onion

Whatever floats your boat πŸ˜‰

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Also, my Bro made some dinner for the both of us! It was very tasty and spicy!! Pasta sauce with a LOT of fresh veggies and banana peppers! Instead of pasta, I went with quinoa and sprinkled some peanuts on top.

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Time to chillax, sip on this (hot water with lemon basil)….

& end the night with a Gchat date with my Guy ❀

Till next time!

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What’s on my mind?

1) Applications, applications, applications….

2) Birthdays & birthday presents!

3) ……brain fart……..

4) New recipe I can’t wait to try out: Vegetarian west African Peanut soup

http://www.veggiefocus.com/blog/vegetarian-soup-recipes/

http://cookieandkate.com/2013/west-african-peanut-soup/

5) Weddings! A wedding to attend in September & one in October (I am one of the bridesmaids!)

6) Number 5 means…I need to get into shape πŸ˜‰

7) Number 6 means exercise & eat as clean as I can πŸ™‚

8) Breathe…..

9) Try not to fall behind….

10) Stay calm & breathe πŸ™‚

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Chicago Eats

5:00 pm and I need me some coffee.

It’s been an off day. I’ve been spilling things, my mind is elsewhere. Lots of things to think about and do this upcoming week….but here’s what I did this past weekend!

I didn’t update over the weekend because well, I was having a wonderful time with my guy in Chicago! We’re doing the long distance thing so it’s certainly nice to get away and see each other at least once in a month or two. Sounds crazy right – AT LEAST meet up once in a month or two! That’s the way it has to be….hopefully just for a little while longer.

We roamed around, loved downtown Chi-town, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier, boat rides….! I really wanted to bike along the lakeshore but it was too hot and humid for this. Hopefully next time! πŸ™‚ I can enjoy biking along the lakeshore nearby my house for now!

Food was wonderful! Here are some eats from our Chicago trip:

Pita Heaven, that was absolutely delicious food. We’re both vegetarians so we got this:

A giant arugula salad with goat cheese, almond, tomatoes, honey & balsamic vinaigrette. Spinach pie with side salad and pasta. Falafel wrap (not pictured) with fries!

We also had veggie hot dogs from the hot dog place at Navy Pier. For dessert the Almond Caramel Crisp Popcorn from Garrett.

– Penne pasta, spaghetti, side salad & two beautiful glasses of red wine from an Italian bistro. Ending the meal off with twoΒ mugs of cappuccino (mine was almond flavoured) with a delicious giant cookie!

– We also enjoyed a spinach alfredo pizza topped with veggies from Papa Johns

– Green tea froyo from Yogen Fruz

– Chilling at Dunkin Donuts with iced tea & frozen coffee

– A slice of mushroom spinach pizza with side salad from Sarpinos

– I enjoyed this drink from Margaritaville!! Havana Banana, it was delishhh! & beer for the guy πŸ™‚

– Other Margaritaville eats & drinks: spinach & artichoke dip with tortilla chips, tropical fruit margarita (banana & strawberry) which was not so wow, but the bahama mama (soo yumm)!

To sum it all up, we walked a LOT, ate a LOT and along with all this we drank lots and lots of water.

All in all a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚ But very sad that we had to leave and fly back to our separate cities…

Till next time!

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Places we ate at:

http://www.garrettpopcorn.com

http://www.margaritavillechicago.com/welcome.html

http://www.eatatcapis.com

http://www.pitaheavenchicago.com/

http://order.papajohns.com/index.html

http://www.sarpinos.com/

http://www.yogenfruz.com/

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/dunkindonuts/en.html

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