Monthly Archives: July 2011

Ch-Ch-Chia…

Bowl of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are amazing!  Not only because they can grow fake sprout hair on a piece of pottery… They are a superfood! 

Chia Seeds on Smoothie (and in)

“Chia seeds are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber and oil. Chia seeds are also high in anti-oxidants and have been found to be beneficial to diabetics due to their ability to inhibit the speed of carbohydrates being turned into sugars. The seeds are also being used as a diet aid because they help a person feel fuller and, therefore, curb hunger.”  Excerpt from:What Are Chia Seeds?

Chia Seeds on Salad

You can add Chia Seeds to almost everything!  From on top of a salad, yogurt, toast, to adding a tsp to a smoothies or oats! Use them in baking anywhere you would use flax!

Chia seeds on a clean AB &J

They really have NO flavour, and you can blend them to a fine texture so you cannot feel the texture on your tongue.  Or you can let them get a jelly coating on them as they absorb water almost like a mini bubble tea texture. I like them either way!

Sparkling Chia water with berries

Don’t buy the processed tablets you will see online or in stores!  Just buy the seeds, in containers, bags, bulk, much more cost effective, and is more natural! White vs dark, it doesn’t matter they have the same nutritional content :)

Give them a try… if all else fails spread the left over seeds after soaking them, on a piece of pottery and make a chia pet ;)

Have you used Chia Seeds?  What do you like using them for?

 

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Finally at the lake…

Well we finally got here, after a stressful day of dealing with the freezer mess, and packing up the trailer, we were on our way! We arrived at 9:30 and quickly set up, and still had time for the kids to meet up with their friends, while we started a fire. Smore’s were had by all but me, as I wasn’t hungry. I am sorry there are no photos, I can’t get wifi here, and my phone doesn’t allow me to take photos. For breakfast, Overnight Oats in a Jar! Lunch is yet to be determined but I see a future of salad and fruit in my future! It’s warm already!

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Bring on the Long Weekend!

Chocolate-covered Strawberry Smoothie

Bring on the Long Weekend…

I am really looking forward to hubby to be off for a week, I may be a little spotty with my posts over the weekend, and for that I am sorry!  :)

In the Vitamix...

Today is going to be a busy day, as regardless of our plans or what was decided, we are getting out of Dodge for the weekend.  I need to pack and get my house and yard in order… so a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie with a shot of expresso was on the menu today…

Chocolate-covered Strawberry Smoothie

This Smoothie is one of my favourites!

  • a handful and a half of baby spinach
  • chocolate protein powder
  • tsp chia seeds
  • 5 whole Frozen Strawberries (or not so frozen anymore in my case…)
  • shot of Davinci Sugar-free syrup
  • 1-2 c ice

Calories 241   Carbs 24    Fat 5    Protein 28   Fiber 12

Lunch was  going to be a cleaner taco salad…

  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup of black beans
  • 3 tbsp of fresh salsa ( I like Penny’s Salsa )
  • mini cucumber
  • Shredded tex mex cheese
  • 1 tsp of pureed avocado

BUT, someone left my freezer open!!  Ugh… now I am sure it will be an assortment of frozen foods all weekend just to use it up… sigh!

Well… I am off dealing with the mess, and trying to decide if we still want to bother going now…

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Big Ol’ Bowl of Smoothie!

Chocolate PB Smoothie in a Bowl

Big bowl of Salad for supper last night!

Big ol' bowl of Salad!

In the Bowl:

  • baby spinach and romaine
  • A handful of snow peas
  • half a beefsteak tomato
  • julienne slices carrots
  • a mini cucumber
  • M&M Meat Shops Bistro stuffed Chicken, Spinach & Ricotta (160cal)

 

Last night at aquafit the instructor changed it up and did intervals, with some plyometrics IN the water.  It was great, I could feel the burn, and had to work way more than normal, which is awesome, as that is why I go! (This however didn’t stop me from muttering under my breath about my “love” for her!) There was a midnight swim at the pool after the class, and since my kids played nicely at the playground while I did  my thing I promised I would let them stay for an hour.  I had tread water for probably an hour being the only adult in the pool. When a friend of mine showed up to watch her kids from the deck, so I got out happily and visited till 11:30. The kids were in their glory!  …swimming outside with their friends WAY past bedtime!

in the mix...

This morning I felt a like a smoothie but felt like I wanted to “eat” something so a smoothie in a bowl was in order :)   To help make the smoothie even thick and creamier I added a pinch of Guar and Xanthan gums…

getting ready to blend

Today’s flavour was Chocolate & Peanut butter with some PB Granola sprinkled on top!

Chocolate PB Smoothie in a Bowl

In the vitamix:

  • couple handfuls of baby spinach
  • tbsp PB2 powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 baby apricots
  • 1 1/2 tbsp greek plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa
  • 1 shot of Davinci Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup
  • pinch of guar and xanthan gum

cal 268g    carbs 21g    Fat 5g    Protein 36g    Fiber 10g

With the added PB granola (33 cal, and worth every single one of them!) It made it seem like an even better treat!

YUM!

I have some running around to do today, and am going to prime the outside of the house where the new bay went in a few weeks ago, as it has finally been a couple days without some rain!  Have a great day!

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It’s a Berry Good Day for a Salad!

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Today’s Lunch was a Berry-riffic combination, using  some of the Fruit Truck purchases :)

Berry Yummy!

In the Salad went:

  • Baby Spinach
  • Romaine
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red Onion
  • Goat Cheese
  • Chia Seeds

Sigh… Our planning/decision making isn’t going good…We had an alternate site at a different resort lined up for this weekend. This sounded great but our only dilemma was it was only for the weekend and not for the full time hubby was off… however they told us to think about it and call back, and 5 min later when we did, it was gone :(   It seems to be our luck lately!

Well, I’m off to decorate a cake…

What are you up to today? Any Plans for the upcoming long weekend?

 

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Just another sunny morning…

Wow, hard to believe I am the same person who whined about how dreary our summer had been, when I have been stealing away inside, finding myself on here rather than enjoying the sunshine we have been having!

Last night’s supper was Super Good!  The family had a desire for burgers, and since I have my stash of my favourite veggie burgers in my freezer I wanted one too!

Veggie burger Salad, and Sweet Potato Fries

Plate of Deliciousess!

Using an Earth Grain’s Thin Bun, I slathered on some Hummus, a slice of jalapeno havarti, a slice or two of tomatoe, lettuce, and an ultimate meatless burger pattie…I created burger nirvana!  It was SO good!  On the side I had some greens, with blueberries and a tiny amount of goat cheese, and some Alexa sweet potato fries.

Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger Nirvana!

I didn’t finish the fries as there was too much food, but it tasted amazing!

This morning I started off with a Mocha Coconut Smoothie 

 

Mocha Coconut smoothie

We need to make some plans as to what we are doing the rest of this summer… we were booked to go camping at a lake near here, but due to the spring rains, our site we booked in May is still underwater :(   Good for the Lake, but not for us!  Hubby is off for a full week starting Friday so we could go anywhere, but I have an obligation on the 3rd… what to do, what to do…

While I am pondering some decisions, I hope you have a great day!

I am off to help a friend decorate a birthday cake this afternoon… :)

 

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Chickens and Eggs…

Free range eggs

When picking up our eggs today from my neighbor we learned that one of her hens successfully hatched her own clutch of eggs!  Me, being me, and a fellow chicken owner I was excited!  We have only hatched eggs in an incubator and have never had any of our chickens lay (whole other post :P So back to the vehicle I went to grab my camera, and then I set out to see the circle of life in action.

Hen with her brood by the barn

The were the sweetest little fluff balls following around their mom, and searching for food.  It was really neat to hear her chirp and cluck to her chicks to communicate with them, especially to a larger teenage chick that she adopted.  She yelled at him a few times!  It sounded like a honk almost…

She also had 3 pigs! Oh, how I want a Wilber of my own, however I know it’s fate, so at the auction it stays!

wilber

Wilber aka Bacon

I love getting free range eggs from our neighbour… however, I will love it even more when we get to start collecting our own eggs from our Chickens!

Free range eggs

Farm Fresh Eggs!

Once we got home, my hubby being all so sensitive, said he had a hankering for egg salad sandwiches… after thinking about it for a moment, and the thoughts of cumin and curry came to mind, and I agreed…

In the pot they went…

I love the range of colours!

For the sauce:

  • Reduced fat Mayo (you could use greek yogurt instead and make it clean)
  • Cumin
  • Curry Powder
  • Cilantro
  • Flax seeds

Slice up some egg…

Top a leafy green, and cucumber on some sprouted grain bread, and we enjoyed with some fresh fruit! Don’t mind the bite out of the watermelon as I was starving while making lunch, and taking photos didn’t help! lol

Curried Egg Salad

Open-faced Curried Egg Sandwich

Nothing like fresh!  Have a great one! Off to spend some time with the family!

 

 

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Fruit Truck!

This morning we ran and did some errands in town, and since it was Tuesday we got to go and buy fruit from the fruit truck.  YAY! My kids are always excited to pick out fruit especially after sampling it’s yummy goodness!

Cherries

Fruit Truck Cherries from BC

BC Berries!

Which berries should we choose?

Below are some pictures of our “Picked” Fruit Bounty! The blueberries were an impulse buy…:)

Peaches

First BC Peaches of the Season :)

Blueberries

BC Blueberries

Strawberry basket

Our Basket of Strawberries :) <3

tomatoes

Alberta Tomatoes

Apricots

 

We Love when the fruit truck comes to town once a week, however I am sure my wallet will love when summer is over and we aren’t buying premium priced fruit! lol We spent over $30 :( Oh, well a bag of chips costs how much?

I’ll take these instead any day!

Which one would you Pick?

 

 

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Overnight Oats in a Jar (OOIAJ)

For once I planned ahead, and finally made overnight oats in a jar again.  I have been thinking of them a lot lately, however, it is usually when it is too late to make them for the meal I want! … like 9am when I am wanting something to eat NOW!

Overnight Oats in a jar mixSo last night I got out a mason jar, as I didn’t have any nut butter jars empty, no worries, as I faked it!  Marantha Dark Chocolate Almond Butter… sigh… true love!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Into the Jar went:

  • 1/3 cup Large Oat Flakes
  • 2/3 Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop Chia Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Ready for the Fridge...

I spent the night dreaming about all the wonderful flavours of peanut butter from Peanut Butter and Co.  I had bid on a sampler The Big Six at #TGFA… only to be outbid at the last minute :(   I then frantically spent the evening trying to find things to bid on that were still going AND shipping to Canada.  I did end up winning an auction in the end.  It was an amazing fundraiser, and Janetha G deserves a round of applause!!  In the end with her guidance the online community raised $26,432, through auctions and monetary donations.

…and I woke up to this! :)

Yummy Oats in a Jar

 

YUM!  I love Overnight Oats in a Jar!  After adding a little Peanut Butter Granola, and a diced apricot, I dived right in!

Cool Morning Deliciousness!

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Auctions, and Chores…

Today Hubby is off and we celebrated the day off with some of the yummy Turkey Sausage Breakfast Patties I got last time in Costco with some farm fresh free-range eggs from my neighbour (My chickens still aren’t laying yet… will talk about them more another post)  on mini ciabatta buns and some yummy watermelon cubes!

Today we are just doing stuff around the yard, and I have an appointment… maybe we will go in swimming?  Maybe we will laze in the hammock… I do know I will be trying to bid on some items from…

Last I heard the bidding has totaled up to $12 000!!! This is so amazing, well I better go and bid before it’s too late!  :)

 

 

 

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