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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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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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Monday Monday….

Chillaxing & watching the Bachelorette. Yes, I watch this show. The drama, the alcohol, the shirtless men, what’s not to love? πŸ˜‰ No matter how many times I say I won’t watch something this silly where 99% of them end up breaking after the show, I am still drawn to this garbage show. Meh, sometimes mindless things are good for you πŸ˜‰

I’m rooting for Chris! But he’s 27. That is kind of young?

Pretty uneventful day. But I did take some creeper photos….

Our daily visitor! Mr./Mrs. Robin, with a flower petal stuck to the tail! Every afternoon the cutie pie shows up and takes a bath in our bird bath! All puffed up and fuzzy!

Also…

Two baby bunnies! Hiding out amongst our plants and flowers. Their Mommy comes back in the evening to be with them.

We also have some beautiful yellow finches who come by everyday and sing happily (& very loudly may I add)!

Ok now back to The Bachelorette πŸ™‚

How did your Monday go?

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