What’s So Special About That?

Well well well. What do we have here?

IMG_3398“Alright, it’s a Clif bar. And?”

Just note the ‘NEW’. And the flavour name – Coconut Chocolate Chip. THAT…that is special.

IMG_3402THIS Vega Vanilla Almondilla protein powder? $10 bucks off at Rexall with an in-store coupon. Savvy shopping (or good in-store sign reading) ForTheWin.

IMG_3419THIS was my first roasted kabocha/buttercup (I’ll never truly figure out the difference between the two) of the Fall season. Massacred and thrown on top of a spinach bed. And boy, was it good.

IMG_3415THIS is just a plate of steamed broccoli and spinach, sweet potato and egg sautéed in coconut oil. However, it was my first time sautéing in coconut oil and that makes this an extra special dish.

IMG_3456THIS is a smoothie. But not just any smoothie, a smoothie made with… Frozen strawberries, red bell pepper, apple, lemon and a pinch of cayenne.

I get the green/vegetable juice thing, and the green juice with fruit added thing. That’s not new, and as much as the body might love it, it’s not really that special. But something about strawberries red pepper seemed extra strange. And in this glass, strange is special. We like strawberry and red pepper strange. Strawberry and red pepper is a refreshing, good strange.

IMG_3460THIS? This is a wrap. But not just any wrap. (Aside from the fact that it looks like a murder scene…) It’s a wrap that contains egg whites, salsa, sriracha and “cheese”. But not just any cheese (I feel like I’m getting repetitive…), nacho-flavoured fake cheese made from tofu! I’d never dabbled in the faux vegan cheese world before, but when it hits me in the face with a bright pink 50% sticker, I will take the plunge, expiry date looming or not.

IMG_3467And the taste? Quite like a firm, cheesy flavoured tofu? It’s interesting, but I’m kinda digging it.

IMG_3376It was also made on these new-to-me Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran and Whole Wheat Tortillas. For a good-sized tortilla with only 70 calories a pop, I’d buy these on the regular if they were sold in grocery stores (But alas, they are not, and I ordered them online).

And that was the Monday edition of special eats, sure not to become a repeat Monday special, but special enough for this particular Monday.

What’s on the menu for tomorrow?
A big, heaping plate of fresh OCTOBER! #newmonthlove

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I Eat Cookie Dough for Dinner

Sorry for being MIA over the past few days but I’ve been pretty up and down, both in terms of eating and of everything else so blogging just didn’t seem like the most appealing thing to do.

I didn’t get pictures of a lot of what I ate but I still got quite a few.

Thursday

Breakfast: Fresh Fruit with Strained Plain Yogurt and Flax

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Snack: 1/2 Chocolate Almond Fudge Clif Bar, heated and stirred into plain yogurt

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Lunch: Salad with honey mustard, perfect Baked Tofu and way too much squash (that I didn’t get any pictures of. It was beautiful though, as squash clearly always is…)

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This time I cut the tofu thinner than I usually do and I think that made all the difference. Usually when I bake it it gets rubbery and doesn’t take on whatever flavouring I use very well. This time worked out much better. I coated it in a mixture of rice vineger, hoisin sauce and garlic and chili powder.

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I was full of squash for hours later. I never really got hungry for dinner but I did try a small bowl of some of the tomato basil linguine my mom made for herself. It was the kind you buy already prepared and frozen (I forget the brand) but it was delicious. It had mozzarella cheese mixed in the sauce as well and could easily pass for a restaurant pasta dish. It wasn’t healthy in the least… but so good.

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Still not hungry but in need of sweet.
Cereal + plain yogurt mixed with vanilla soy protein powder. I also had a couple spoons of Rolo ice cream because this wasn’t good enough I guess.

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I just bought a new container of the protein powder (my grocery’s store’s brand) last week at full price and now THIS week it’s on sale for $6 less! Argh. Don’t you hate when that happens? I might go pick some up in a different flavour to take advantage of the sale though.

Friday

Breakfast was a big bowl of cereal, fruit and yogurt that didn’t fill me up so I ate more out of the box. Geez cereal.

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Don’t be fooled by the bowl. This is cereal, not soup. Just in case you were feeling a little deceived.

Lunch was a salad. There’s my squash. And a little leftover pasta.

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I went shopping in the aft and came home with nearly nothing other than this:

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Kashi Summer Berry Granola
I wanted to try this ever since it first came out quite a while ago but I wasn’t going to fork out the $5-6 for the tiny box. How much was I willing to fork out? The grand ol’ sale price of 99 cents. Now that’s more like it. I guess many others weren’t willing to fork out the price for this either, hence the steal of a price. For 99 cents I couldn’t not buy this. It’s got kiwi bits in it!  

In the evening it was baking time. It was my Dad’s Birthday last week and of course I had to do up a batch of cookies for the occasion. His request: Oatmeal Cookies. So I consulted my gigantic database of online saved recipe AKA my Firefox Bookmarks. They’re insane. I’ve saved so many recipes over the years that I could probably search for nearly any food ingredient in the search box and some website recipe that I’ve saved at one point or another would show up. Anyone else have an insane amount of bookmarks and/or saved recipes? My bookmarking habits are on the verge of addiction.

Anyway, in my search I came up with a recipe for The BEST Oatmeal Raisin Cookies compliments of Tina! I knew right away that I had to make these.

I followed the recipe pretty much exactly except my raisins were not liquor-soaked, but instead soaked simply in cranberry juice with a splash of orange juice.

These are definitely one of the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever tried.
This is unfortunate because my dinner ended up being cookie dough and countless amounts of poached raisins, complimented with chocolate and almonds from the next treat below.

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Here’s where the Chocolate and Almonds comes in. I made some Date “Acorns that I first made back at Christmas time to throw in with my dad’s cookie batch.

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I was so disgustingly full of sugar after all this. After hanging out with some friends for a while that night I came home and ate a bunch of baby carrots just to try to get something healthier in me. So I pick the sugar-loaded veggie. Smart. I should just not be allowed around any sugar, I think that’s all there is to it.

Saturday

I didn’t get any pictures except my dinner, but it was a really feta-fantastic egg white mound with salsa and spinach on rye. I enjoyed it thoroughly. 037

The end of this day was not good so I’m going to move onto this morning.

Sunday

I just finished eating my breakfast, which was something New!
Nature’s Path Optimum Cinnamon Blueberry Flaxseed Instant Hot Oatmeal

My friend and I bought a box to split the other night so I have four three lovely packets left now in my cupboard.

This was so good! Lots of flavour and perfectly filling, with an “Optimum” level of sweetness. I usually find instant oatmeal packets much too sweet but this was just right. I topped my bowl with banana slices, flaxseed and peabutter.

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Now I should go and get some exercise in but I’ve been poor with that too lately. I did nothing yesterday and on Friday morning I suffered through an awful 45 minute run. My legs felt like they were full of lead the entire time. It was not fun. And I’m really not in the mood to run right now. I’m feeling sluggish and a run right now might end up being even harder than it was the other day. Maybe I’ll opt for Tae bo or something instead.