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Five Things Friday 4/26/13.

Woot Friday!

Confession: With classes being over, I tend to lose track of days of the week. Oops. But, I can still be excited for the weekend!

Which of course, I will celebrate with my usual Friday lists. Smile with tongue out

5 Things I’ve Eaten This Week:

1. The return of the giant salad.

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Apparently, my body was missing out on some veggies because I put together some ginormous salads this week. This is basically the only way I can eat a meal time salad and be satisfied: It has to be absolutely loaded. This was romaine, baby carrots, bell pepper, sweet potato, chicken and almonds, all topped with a pineapple curry salad dressing. Delicious.

2. The best thing about taco night:

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The taco salad that occurs the next day, of course. I could easily eat these multiple times a week. The absolutely best way to eat salad, in my opinion.

3. Salmon and bacon-wrapped asparagus.

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The ultimate solution to get someone to eat vegetables: wrap them in bacon. It works, I promise – Eric ate three of those bundles. I follow Jessica’s recipe, and it is absolutely amazing.

4. I’m pretty sure this qualifies under Laura’s Strange but Good category.

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That would be two buttered popcorn flavoured rice cakes with guacamole and imitation crab meat. I made it again for lunch two days later, so apparently I liked it Winking smile

5. Homemade gnocchi.

My first time making them, and I have to say – I’m pretty proud of myself. They turned out awesome! I made a really basic recipe (potatoes, flour, an egg and salt) and tossed them in marinara sauce and topped with a bit of parmesan – plus a bit of greens on the bottom. Although they definitely look a little haphazard, I don’t quite have the “rolling them over the fork” thing down yet.

5 Things I’m Loving this Week:

1. One of the best things about Nature’s Path Maple Cinnamon waffles is the smell that wafts out of the kitchen when you toast them.

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That smell needs to be bottled and sold as a candle at Bath and Body Works, because it is incredible. Think I can sell them the idea?

2. Apparently, today is National Pretzel Day. I’m not much of a salty snack person, but I absolutely adore pretzels. I’m pretty sure they’re the most versatile snack ever: They’re good with chocolate, dipped in peanut butter, hummus, honey mustard, regular mustard, mixed in trail mix, eaten on their own…and of course, Sally had to post this yesterday, and now I want to make ALL OF THEM. After reading that, I threw this together for lunch part 2/lunch dessert/snack that happened 10 minutes after lunch:

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Pretzels, almonds, and chocolate chips. I kind of wish I had peanut butter chips to throw in there too, that would have been fabulous.

3. This guy wins for most inventive marriage proposal I’ve ever seen:

Wow. How freakin’ awesome is that?!

4. This salad dressing.

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When I mentioned salad dressing earlier in the week, almost everyone said that they make their own. I usually do too, but I’m really happy I bought this one – I credit it for maximizing my salad love this week. It’s sweet but with a bit of kick to it, which is fabulous.

5. Real maple syrup.

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I convinced myself for so long that sugar free syrup was amazing and just as good as the real thing. Umm, no. 100% real maple syrup is unbeatable. In fact, I don’t think I could even do table syrup nowadays.

5 Awkward Google Searches that Brought Someone Here:

1. “Royalty free images of deep dish pizza”

I don’t know how I would feel about Kate Middleton all up in my deep dish pizza, either.

 

2. “where can I dispose my rainbow trout’”

Not here. Why would you want to dispose of it, anyways? Trout is delicious.

 

3. ‘”monkey attack trainer high def pic”

I don’t even know.

 

4. “leapin’ lemurs cereal sprouts”

DSCF5206Now all I can picture is yesterday’s green smoothie breakfast growing little sprouts. Creepy.

 

5. “barbie sandals for 10 to 11 year old”

Well, my feet are fairly massive, so any sandals of mine probably won’t fit a ten year old. Nor does barbie adorn any of my feet, except these barbie shoes:

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But your ten year old probably can’t walk in those.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

<— What’s your favourite thing to do with leftover taco filling? Making burritos is pretty high up there too.

<— If you could create your own candle scent, what would it be?

<— Salty, crunchy snacks: pretzels, chips, nuts, other?

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WIAW: No Measuring Required.

Good morning! Once again, we’ve reached the middle of the week. Which means:

WIAW. Of course!

Breakfast

Breakfast yesterday was a two-parter.

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One part savoury:

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(Two eggs + a pour of egg whites)

And one one part sweet:

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A mix of All Bran, Leapin’ Lemurs, and blueberries with almond coconut milk.

While I was putting this breakfast together, I couldn’t help but think about my relationship with these little buggers:

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The measuring cups. A few months ago, I was counting macros/protein grams again, so I was breaking out the measuring cups. Especially with cereals, oatmeal and dairy. Even though I got off macro counting (it’s ridiculous and there’s no reason for me to do it) I was still habitually using them. A couple of weeks ago, I thought about why I was doing that, and I realized that I didn’t have an answer – because there was absolutely no good reason. I know it’s pretty typical in the HLB community (for some individuals, anyways) to count macros, carbs, all that stuff. But in ‘the real world’…that stuff doesn’t really happen. I mean, I don’t know too many people who break out the measuring cups for their cereal in the morning. I certainly don’t need to either.

So, the last couple of weeks those cups have been staying right in the drawer. And it feels much better that way Open-mouthed smile

Pre/Post Workout

Today felt like a gym day. More specifically, legs day.

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So the BCAAs were broken out before and after. Mmm, watermelon.

Lunch

I decided to go the snack plate route.

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Shredded chicken, baby carrots, bell pepper strips, hummus, pretzels, and feta. One of those I-don’t-know-what-I-want-so-I’ll-have-everything sort of lunches. Kind of the best ones to have Smile with tongue out

And as a palate cleanser:

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A Kiss, Hawaiian style Smile with tongue out

A little while after lunch, I made my way to class, where I had a presentation to deliver. So, I wore my presentation shoes:

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So, I bought these shoes when I was in the first year of my undergrad. I got them on a fantastic sale – I think they were about $20. Ever since, I have deemed them my lucky presentation shoes. I’ve worn them to 98% of school-related presentations in the last…oh…six years? I guess I consider them to be a good luck charm.

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At least they’re a pretty good luck charm Smile with tongue out

A Cinnamon Pecan Simply Bar was inhaled on my way to class:

Which apparently was not enough food for the afternoon, because I got home from school ready to chew my arm off.

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But I settled for a spoonful of almond butter and some baby carrots:

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Good enough to tide me over until dinner!

Dinner by the way, was interesting:

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I made the squash and perogie stew from the March issue of Food Network magazine. The combination was a little odd so I didn’t know what to expect: the main ingredients were turkey sausage, cremini mushrooms, coleslaw mix, butternut squash and frozen perogies. It actually turned out really good though! I can’t even remember the last time I had perogies – I’m happy there’s leftovers Open-mouthed smile

And after an evening of cuddling with the boy and watching Mad Men (I can’t even. I love that show. But do you know what I’m not loving? All the sideburns) I had a bedtime snack while typing this up:

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A deep chocolate vitatop with Bee’s Knees peanut butter. Ending the day on a good note.

And today…I have one more presentation! Gotta love the last week of classes.

Have a good one!

<— Do you use measuring cups/spoons on a regular basis?

<— Are you superstitious? Do you have a lucky charm of some sort?


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The ACV Train.

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Yup, I’m joining this blogger bandwagon. Hey, I never claimed to be particularly original. Smile

 

Workout

Today was all about legs. And, it was all about lifting heavy – it had been too long since I had gone with heavy weights. I missed it so much! Something about having a massive barbell across your back just makes you feel like no one can mess with you. Smile

 

3 x 8 of:

  • barbell squats
  • barbell deadlifts
  • one legged squats
  • walking lunges
  • leg extensions
  • leg press

 

It was definitely an effective workout – if you have to grasp the railing to go down the stairs afterwards, you know you did good. Smile

 

Breakfast

I couldn’t decide if I wanted a hot or cold breakfast today. So, I did what any rational person would do. I put a cold breakfast on top of a hot one. Smile

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That’s a layer of pineapple Chobani (this was a new to me flavour, and I’m definitely a huge fan. Delicious!) on top of a layer of chocolate oats. The best of both worlds, right there.

 

Lunch

Again, indecision with what I wanted to eat. Whenever I can’t decide what I want for lunch, I end up with a snack plate.

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We’ve got an egg patty (1 egg + liquid egg whites nuked in the microwave. The microwave may be effective, but it does NOT make for pretty eggs), red bell pepper, sliced Honeycrisp apple, Cinnamon Honey Dipping Pretzels, and almond butter.

Umm, I opened that bag of pretzels for this lunch. They’re half gone. Jesus, those are tasty.

 

Groceries

I went with my usual meal planning/grocery route. See what’s on sale, plan meals around that, and hit up multiple stores. Today, I went to:

  • the farmer’s market
  • Freshco
  • M & Ms
  • Food Basics
  • Zehrs
  • Dollarama
  • Wal Mart

 

Is it any wonder it takes me about 3 hours to go grocery shopping?

But, I came in at about $8 under budget AND picked up enough meat to last us through the next two weeks (more or less). So, it’s worth it.

 

Meats and Dairy

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  • Canned tuna
  • Lean ground pork (each one of those packages was 1 lb. And cost $1. Yea, loaded up)
  • Pork loin chops (apparently, we’ll be eating a lot of pig over the next little while)
  • Frozen chicken breast (love these for easy meals)
  • 2% milk (Eric’s)
  • herb and garlic cream cheese
  • cottage cheese

 

Produce

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A lot of the veggies I got last week we didn’t quite get through, so I didn’t have tons of produce to buy this week.

  • sweet potatoes
  • spinach
  • bananas
  • baby carrots
  • broccoli
  • butternut squash
  • pumpkin (squeal! – just in time for the first day of fall!)

 

The Rest

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  • the aforementioned ACV
  • tomato sauce
  • mayonnaise (yup, you need a little bit once in a while)
  • whole wheat bread
  • animal crackers (weird craving from froyo last weekend)

 

Definitely an awesome haul. Smile

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’ve been around the blogworld lately, you’ve probably seen ACV popping up everywhere. Everyone seems to be raving about the benefits, so I thought I would give it a shot. If you’re curious as to what it does, Brittany has an awesome post about it.

I decided I wanted to try it because it’s supposed to be helpful with digestive issues. Not something I generally talk about on the blog, but my digestive system hasn’t seemed to be particularly happy in the last 3 or 4 months. So, I figured it was worth a try.

As for how to drink it, I’ve been seeing a lot of mixing with Kombucha, aminos, or lemon juice. Well, the first two are out of the budget and not a fan of the third one. Fortunately, Courtney‘s method sounded pretty good, so I thought I’d stick with something along those lines.

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My reaction? First off – don’t smell it. If you smell it, you will not want to drink it. Rank.

It doesn’t taste too bad – like a really strong, slightly soured apple cider. Not the best tasting thing in the world, but definitely manageable.

I’ll try this for a few weeks and we’ll see if I notice any difference!

 

Dinner

I literally just made this recipe again.

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Chicken and veggie stirfry on soba noodles. Served on a small bed of spinach for some extra veggie action.

Nadine (Eric’s mom) is coming up to Brantford today to visit and take us out for lunch. She hasn’t seen the apartment since we moved in, so I’m excited to show her how we prettied up the place. 🙂

Have a nice Saturday!

 

<— Have you noticed the ACV trend lately? Have you/are you thinking about trying it?

<— Do you just go to one grocery store, or do you go to several and shop sales?