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Blogging Hiatus

It has been a month since I have last posted… for the few who check on here regularly to see if I had posted anything, I am sorry!

Life has been busy.

After turning the ripe old age of 33, I have spent the past month continuing to eat clean following my plan and now transitioned into Phase 2! :)

I have been trying some new recipes that fit my diet… Like the Coconut Lime Cheesecake Squares in my Oxygen magazine. 

While they were baking I tweeted describing how good they smelled and it was featured in the May 2012 issue on the Letters of the Month page!! Pretty exciting as they are my favourite magazine, along with Clean Eating Magazine! –yes… I have a thing for Robert Kennedy Publishing!  & Tosca Reno!

As well I had been preparing my house and my life for post-surgery.  On April 30th I had an ACL reconstruction revision with an allograft (donor) —I will write more on that in another post.  

Now I just need to rest, and recoup following my Doctor and Physiotherapist’s guidelines.

I am now off from work until September… Please keep your fingers-crossed I get another contract with the school board next year!! :)

Now that I am stuck on my butt for awhile I hope to post a little more regular!  In between chauffeuring my kids to and from Ball and Swim Club! ;)

 

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Pre- Bootcamp

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Breakfast today was another egg bowl

In the bowl:

  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons of homemade salsa

On the side I had a ONE coconut water with a splash of Guava.  It is probably one of my favourite coconut water combinations, I love the refreshing taste of the guava with the coconut water.

 

Today I start bootcamp :(  I am SOOOOOooooo worried Laura is going to bring me to the point of tears!  She is a coworker, and I am sure there will be NO MERCY! lol

I am all packed up... and waiting on Allyson to come and get me! Buddy system to get me out the door!

 

Before I headed out I had a handful of trail mix…

Wish me luck!

 

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Day 8: Allergies and Flowers

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Today, I was supposed to play hockey, but I have been having some allergy symptoms again. I have some food allergies, but these were not to my known allergy foods, and would be after I drank or ate.

I am sticking with only known foods and drinks that I know I can handle tomorrow and eliminating diet pop, as I drank more than normal this weekend, and I think it was aggravating things.

I may be starting to food journal on here, or on My Fitness Pal to keep better track of what I am eating. For health reasons and to try and figure out what might be the trigger. Now I have a reason to kick start eating clean again!

As for what made me happy?? Well it really started making me happy on Friday, but here it is…

Thank you Picky Hubby for the flowers for no reason to brighten my day! Delivery ones, while he was at work to boot!
I guess I will keep him ;)

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Apple Pie for Breakfast!

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I know fall hasn’t officially begun until tomorrow, but after yesterday it feels like fall!

My commitments are beginning again, from running kiddos here and there, to work, to sitting on boards and the meetings that are involved. After last night’s meeting, you are now reading the enlightened words of the new secretary of the Parent Council, and the grade 3 rep as well.  Haha… it’s not because I was the best person for the job, it was more a situation of too few people and too many positions to fill! 

Have I told you lately how much I hate love fall?!?  Can you read the hint of sarcasm in my tone ;)

I really do however love the colours and the flavours fall! Fall makes me think of…

No this is NOT what I ate for breakfast!! (source)

Baked Apple Pie for Breakfast… or well a pseudo apple pie for breakfast!

I cored an apple leaving the very bottom intact.  On the apple I sprinkled some cinnamon, and couple pecans.  I then placed it in a microwave safe bowl and I cooked it for 3.5 minutes on high.

I topped it off with a dollop of 0% greek yogurt, a sprinkling of chia seeds, cinnamon and some puffins squares.

No sweetening is needed…. and it honestly tastes like dessert for breakfast!

What is your favourite way to eat dessert for breakfast?

 

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Cocoa Quinoa Puffs :)

Cocoa Quinoa Cereal

I think I have found a new love!  When shopping in Sobey’s the other day while at hockey camp I came across an interesting sounding cereal.  Gogo Quinoa’s Puffed Cocoa Quinoa.  I was a little hesitant at the $7 price tag, but I figured it would be a smoothie topper and not a bowl filler, so I took the plunge.  I am SO glad I did!  It is amazing. With only 3 ingredients, its a  CLEAN PICK!

It honestly tastes like a puffed wheat square!Photo Credit: The Casual Baker

Sheena, The Casual Baker, writes of the Puffed Wheat Square and how it seems to be only known to those in the prairie Provinces of Canada.  As someone who hailed from BC I can attest that I NEVER heard of this square till marrying my husband, but quickly found I liked it when I finally tried it!

I remember the first time I was requested to bring puffed wheat squares to a school function, and I struggled to find a “good” recipe.  Then I struggled to make a square instead of a puffed wheat granola!  They still are not my favourite to make.  I am not sure what it is, but mine never want to stay together!

Now I can have the flavour without the hassle!  Thanks to the cereal… and today I did, on top of a Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie in a Bowl

In the Mix:

  • Spinach, couple handfuls
  • Apricot (fresh) Banana could be substituted :)
  • T of Oats
  • 1/2 t Cocoa
  • T Chia Seeds
  • Splash Almond Milk
  • T of PB2
  • Splash of Torani Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup
  • Pinch of Xanthan and Guar Gum
  • 1-2c ice
Topped with a little Cocoa Quinoa Cereal, it was like dessert for breakfast!
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Power Pizzas

Tonight I made some Pizza using Power Flour in the crust.  Power Flour is made according to a recipe I used from Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating Book, Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids: Simple Strategies for Lasting Health and Fitness

In the Crust...

 

I use a basic Pizza crust recipe with some add-ins to make a savoury pizza crust using the different flours for a nutritional powerhouse. (this makes 2 thin crust pizzas on cookie sheets)

In the Kitchen Aid:

  • 2c warm water
  • 4 1/2 tsp fast acting yeast (or 2 small envelopes)
  • 2 tblsp EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 c power flour
  • 1-2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tblsp flax seed
Pour water into mixing bowl making sure it is not too hot as it will kill the yeast.  Place yeast in water. Add 2 Tblsp of Oil, and salt, Flax and seasonings.  Dump 3 cups of Power flour into mixture, and mix on stir or lowest level of your stand mixer. (You can mix by hand as well, I just prefer the lazy route!) when that is starting to get doughish, add in another cup and allow the flour to be kneaded in.  Continue this with some all purpose flour, I usually end up using about 1.5 cups of all purpose as I find it is needed to have the right texture of dough thanks to the gluten.  Once dough has cleaned sides of bowl and is sticky but not too sticky it is done. 
I usually just cut my dough in half and place it on to two different oiled cookie sheet pans.
Top with whatever toppings you desire, and bake in oven at 400’F, or 375’F Convection Bake, for about 20 minutes.  Judge the doneness by the golden colour of the crust.  If it still looks blueish it needs a little more time :)
Our Pizzas tonight were topped with tomato sauce, spinach goat cheese, red onion, shredded mozzarella, italian sausage, sliced peppers, tomatos and mushrooms, and a little bacon.
The other Pizza was topped with Spinach Artichoke Hummus, Spinach, Shredded Mozzarella, Sliced peppers, and mushrooms.  Then topped with a couple of eggs, and after pleading from Thing One, a little bit of bacon.
 
They were both delicious, but Picky Thing Two only liked the first one.. not that–that surprised me one bit!  He is picky like his mom… ;)

Pizza #1Cooked

 

The first time I had ever saw egg on a pizza was on Meghann’s blog, Meals and Miles, and I have been having it on Pita pizzas since!  
Pizza #2 Cooked

Honestly Pizza is one of those quick, what can I make for supper,  meals in my house.  I tend to use up leftovers or produce that needs to get used up, and never is there an identical pizza.  I sometimes come up with weird combos, but no worries, I am a trained past-professional Pizza Slinger! (My aunts owned a Pizza Place that I worked at during Highschool)

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