The Sick meets Mac & Cheese

Colds I’m no stranger to, but the flu? That one hasn’t messed with me for years!

Sorry. Hadn’t. Until Wednesday night that is. It was a none too pleasant blast from the past that I was kind of hoping I’d never have to see again. No such luck apparently. THE SICK seems to be running wild around these parts lately though and despite my unwavering invincibility… it got me too.

The worst of it played out through Wednesday night but I spent all day Thursday and now onto today feeling crummy and tired.

That might also be related to the fact that I haven’t had any coffee in two days either. Withdrawal?! I’m sticking it out though. Tea caffeine only. Until tomorrow. Maybe.

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I’ll tell you one thing, being sick sure doesn’t make vegetables very appealing. The only vegetables I’ve eaten in two days are a handful of baby carrots and a handful of baby tomatoes.

The dreaded bowl of veggies and goat cheese I ate only a couple of hours before THE SICK took over. Yuck.

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Fruit, Peanut Butter and Pasta though? Yes please.

Yesterday I was taking it easy since the tummy was queasy. Soda crackers, apples, bananas and dry cereal were my eats of choice.

Like Kashi Honey Sunshine which has finally come to Canada. I scored a coupon for a free box off their website a while ago. It’s the tastier, healthier Captain Crunch. 046

 

Today I’ve been cramming it in a bit more. Possibly not such a swell plan though since now my tummy feels queasy again. Blah.

Sick Recovery Breakfast: 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup oat bran, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup almond milk, cinnamon, stevia. Topped with PB&Co Bees Knees and a dollop of strawberry yogurt.

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Post breakfast this morning, I headed to the doctor’s office to get a fancy schmancy doctor’s note to validate the fact that I was very ill yesterday and that is why I had to miss a midterm. Otherwise “you will receive 0%.” Grand.

Validation in hand, I headed back home, started up on some notes, then wanted nothing other than pasta. Mac & Cheese actually.

Now Kraft Dinner used to be one of my all time favourite foods. No exaggeration. I ate it all the time. Couldn’t get enough. Definitely ate a whole box myself on more than one occasion.

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But then I started the whole healthy eating thing and just kind of…stopped the KD thing. No more neon orange noodles from a box. Pretty much never. In the past 3-4 years I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve had mac & cheese as a meal. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had bits and bites of it here and there. But making it by myself, for myself, as the star of the show? It just doesn’t happen!

But there’s something about sickness and macaroni & cheese that just go together. Like Bread & Butter. Spaghetti & Meatballs. Lamb & Tuna fish? (Big Daddy fans anyone?)

I needed some KD and I needed it stat. I was tempted to be plain and simple and just pop open a box but then I saw an old package of the KD powdered cheese just hanging around solo in the pantry (this is where the real KD magic is. It’s all about the fake cheese). And I saw a package of Rizopia gluten-free Brown Rice Penne that I’ve been meaning to try for a while now. Bingo!

2 oz Brown Rice Penne + sprinkling KD Powdered Cheese + dollop Light Sour Cream = Easy Peasy Mac & Cheesy

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I was tempted to doctor it up with some healthy add-ins but the sensitive stomach just wanted it plain and simple.

I don’t know why I’ve strayed from my beloved Mac & Cheese for so long. Cheesy pasta is back in action.

I’m hoping my body will be too in the next day or so. In the meantime I think I need a nap. Or to get on with the studying. Oy vey.

I hope you’re all managing to avoid THE SICK. He’s a nasty one. Wash those hands!

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Traveling Solo

This weekend, as I mentioned briefly earlier, I went out of town to visit a friend. A seemingly simple enough act and yet this act was a bit of a milestone for me because it was my first time traveling alone, anywhere, ever. Kinda funny to most I’m sure, but I’m sheltered, what can I say?!

I traveled the 4 hours by Greyhound on Friday evening, including a transfer halfway through in Toronto, and traveled the 4 hours back on Sunday afternoon. I made it, I survived, I enjoyed it, and it was easy! I took a dip outside of what was comfortable to do something different (which I don’t do nearly often enough) and it went pretty swimmingly.

Now what’s next, skydiving anyone? ;)

 

Sadly I took no pictures during said trip, including no pictures of the foods, but I was already in someone else’s territory so waving the cam around 24/7… I just wasn’t feeling it! Being in someone else’s household over a weekend is interesting on the meal front though. I can tell you one thing, my hunger definitely peaked a few times more often than when at home where I can peak in the fridge whenever I please. And a chicken breast with absolutely nothing done to it is pretty weak. I’m so used to my sauces and salsas and spices! Foodie ways have made me forget that a lot of people out there eat pretty plainly. Poor folk, they’re missing out on some significantly more vibrant eating experiences!

The trip was great though. Pretty chill, lots of movie watching (they have no cable so we popped in many a great DVD), a bit of shopping, Saturday night out on the town… it was good times.

And the first thing I did when I got home late Sunday afternoon ? Brought the eating vibrancy back into my life.

Great big salad bowl with my dearest cottage cheese, plus my dearest mom had some grocery store sushi waiting for my arrival, which I obviously dug right into.

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And for dinner? Chicken cacciatore. With buffalo sauce. And pepper. Ah flavour, ah home food.

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Monday

I got right back into the grind and was go, go, go allllll day.

It started off with a bowl of instant oats (reduced sugar maple brown sugar variety) with pumpkin stirred in and a crumbled cereal bar on top.

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Then the rest of the day was –
Doctor’s appointment
Quick veg bowl snack with a blob of egg salad:

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Class
Quick coffee break
Meeting with group for a class presentation
Another quick coffee break
Class for 3 long evening hours (NOT a fan of the 3 hour classes!)
Home by 9
MUCH needed snack of pumpkin, yogurt cinnamon, cottage cheese, grapes, crumbled apple banana bread
Test studying
Finally bedtime.

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Tuesday

Yesterday was another slightly busy one, mostly in the AM.

I ate some Weetabix mixed with pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon and frozen banana. Weetabix. Is. Awesome.

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Then I ran off drove off in the blustery snow to 8:30 class. Someone tell me why it’s still snowing, why the temperatures are still dropping, and why winter isn’t over yet? Oh and well you’re at it, could you also tell me why there are still a couple months of this left to go? Come to me Springtime!

After classy time I came home to a rumbly tummy (Weetabix is great but minimal staying power). A big plate of carrots, red peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, cucumbers, plain tofu, salsa and dijonnaise fixed that problem.

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As did THIS TEA! Chocolate Raspberry Bliss?! Yes please! New discovery at Bulk Barn. They also had a new vanilla variety but I didn’t pick it. I think I might have to go back just for it though.

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And on the product note, another worthy of mention? New Kashi Granola Bars – Ra At least they’re new in Canada. And they are amazing. I have yet to try the Pumpkin Pie but I tried the other two during my weekend travels and they are for sure my new favourite granolas. I almost wanted to laugh out loud at their delightfulness right on the bus. I restrained somehow. You can buy the tripack at Costco!

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I spent the bulk of the morning doing last minute cramming for my first Psychology Sensory Processes and Perceptions test. Grade? 95%. Heck yes!

After writing the test, the rest of my day was pretty relaxed. In other words, I baked, exercised, cooked, ate, and took a break from school work until the later evening. It was nice.

Baking:

I finally made genius healthy baker April’s Lean & Mean Pumpkin Muffins. My only differences were that I used brown sugar (I have no fancy schmancy natural sugar varieties at home) and made 10 muffins instead of 8.

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Verdict? LOVED em! Good size, nice and light yet packed with flavour. I tried to eat half but the other half somehow disappeared only seconds after. I needed the preworkout fuel!

Exercise:

I don’t document my workouts too often on here but here’s an example of what I did yesterday. This is one of my favourite 45 minute runs. Based off the 3s and 5s:

All done at 4% incline

3 min – 6mph – Warm up

3 min 6.5 mph
1 min 8.5, 1 min 6.5, 1 min 8.5
3 min 6.7

3 min 6.5

5 min 6.7
1 min 8.5, 1 min 6.5, 1 min 8.5, 1 min 6.5, 1 min 8.5
5 min 7

3 min 6.5

3 min 7
1 min 8.5, 1 min 6.5, 1 min 8.5
3 min 7

3 min 6.5 – Cool down

Try it! It’ll kick your booty.

I then cooled down further with 5 minutes of high incline walking and side stepping on the treadmill, followed by 6 minutes of planks, 40 squats and 60 weighted walking lunges. One solid hour of a sweaty workout. Done and done.

 

Then it was definitely time for some dinner, thus time for some of Betsy’s Mediterranean Inspired Tuna Casserole

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I halved the recipe and ended up with a tasty tuna meal.
I’m thinking I could have loaded up more on the tomatoes since I couldn’t taste them much (hence the side of salsa) but otherwise this was good and extra special since I’ve never made a tuna casserole before.

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And for my evening of school work?
Decaf cocoa mint iced coffee, xanthan and guar style

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Then I slept, woke up early (too early, what’s up internal alarm clock?!), blogged, and now it’s time for some breakfast!

 

What new recipes have you tried and loved recently? I’m always collecting ideas :)

Happy Wednesday!