Plethora of Pictures: Plates Edition Part 2

Random food pictures part 1?

Here’s some more. No sentiments, just pics.

Breakfast Time

Fibre One cereal with frozen banana, cocoa powder and almond milk

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Strawberry smoothie

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Strawberry cocoa smoothie with Chocolate Cheerios and red toes

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Strawberry spinach smoothie

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Coffee cocoa spinach strawberry smoothie in a peanut butter jar

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And since this peanut butter jar is clearly now empty, I am out of peanut butter. How to solve such a dilemma? Take the easy route and buy another jar? Or…

Make a fresh batch of almond butter –>Better plan.

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This smoothie got coned. And then the cone got…smoothied? Smoothies are about 1.3x more fun when eaten out of a cone.

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Greens and Misc Garb

Raw veg and cold potato morning snack with salsa ranch dressing and the end of Eat, Pray, Love

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Greens salad topped with potoato bites, salsa, crumbled turkey burger and hummus

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Spinach and slaw salad topped with sundried tomato tuna

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Another random pile of vegetable junk.

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Kale Salad Oh She Glows style

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Turkcauli burgers with mustard, baked potatoes, greek salad

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Baked potato stuffed with hummus, spinach, melty cheddar, and topped with sour cream

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Sweet and white potatoes and broccoli roasted in sundried tomato vinaigrette

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Couscous and mixed bean salad with red onion, red pepper, cucumber and the same sundried tomato vinaigrette as I roasted the above potatoes in. (I was using up the bottle since it was a little gag-worthy on top of salads but worked significantly better when tossed among other more substantial foods.)

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Some of those earlier roasted potatoes on top of some kale dressed in balsamic vinegar.

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Grilled chicken Petita from Pita Pit stuffed with a garden of veggies and honey mustard (I usually get baba ghanoush but I find it doesn’t hold me over very long so I thought chicken might do a better job. It didn’t really, and I missed my baba.)

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Veggie burger salad: cabbage slaw, tomatoes and pickles topped with a grilled veggie burger and grilled potatoes, all of which were topped with ketchup and mustard latticework.

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Raspberry almond butter cookies based off of Lauren’s cashew blueberry recipe. (like my appealing bitten and battered display?)

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Aforementioned cookies with apple slices and black coffee

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And to end it all on a simple summer note: a popsicle

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Good times.

 

Back to slightly more regular/less giant food recap style posting…soon? As long as this food relationship of mine starts becoming a little less abusive. Food and I are really going through a rough patch right now. I’m very resentful of him and his taunting ways. Time to start laying down the law!

Or…something. I think a baking hiatus is in order. All of my half assed, half delicious attempts that no one else cares to touch are doing nothing more than finding their way into the garbage disposal that is my stomach, their then crushed and condensed remains housing themselves snuggly onto my thighs. And along a similar note, a sugar hiatus would also be very helpful, though likely less plausible. A sugar decrease, however, is not an entirely crazy idea.

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**Recommendations for a desperate food addict needing to tone the insatiable sugar cravings down? Aside from a kick in the bum and a hefty dose of willpower, those are (sad) works in progress.

 

I can’t stop complaining about this relationship until Food and I are finally on the same page again, what can I say. It’s an arranged marriage with divorce as a non-option so somehow we’re gonna have to make it work.

Plethora of Pictures: Plates Edition Part 1

The other day I left off feeling an irritated stress over an overabundance of unused food pictures. I unloaded a few in the first edition of the (very short) Plethora of Pictures series (I don’t predict this one to be a box office hit) featuring a random mess of products but have since neglected to empty out the rest. So I’m doing that now…

The PLATES – a random selection from the last 10+ days. In multiple parts. Here is the first smattering.

 

And GO!

 

Plates

Vegetable-based Platters

Salad with taco topper

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Spinach with honey mustard and roasted squash

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Greek salad with leftover roasted squash and cottage cheese

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Raw veggie and turkey dipping platter

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Another raw veggie dipping platter with corn and bean salad

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Spinach and cucumber salad with tuna topper (mixed with light sour cream, dijon, wasabi) and a side of pasta salad

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More of the spinach and tuna combo

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Vermicelli noodles topped with chicken and vegetables stir fried in a teriyaki sauce (made from a powdered mix I randomly found in the cupboard. Would not buy again)

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Veggie burger on multigrain with spinach, dijon, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese

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Sweeter Side

Fruit plate with strained yogurt

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Banana topped with yogurt mixed with peanut butter and a side of dates

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A blend of frozen banana, cocoa powder, coconut flour, almonds, sweetener

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The morning green smoothie with a side of green tea and Peanut Butter Puffins

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Shreddies and apple chunks topped with a splash of almond milk, cinnamon and strained yogurt

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Apple chunks heated and topped with a mix of light sour cream, cinnamon and vanilla stevia drops

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Cocoa smoothie frozen and stirred every 5-10 minutes about 3x until reaching icy ice cream-like consistency for maximal snacking satisfaction

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Sweet tortilla chips – tortillas dipped in cinnamon butter mixed with almond milk, baked at 400 for 8-10 minutes, flipping half way

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The rest coming soon…

Happy Monday!

Snug Shorts

Today I want to talk about my SHORTS.

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Or shorts that kind of look like my shorts (weheartit)

More specifically, the fact that many of them don’t fit very well.

 

This summer has been a little less than eventful so far, leading to minimal adventure and quite a bit of hanging around at home.

Too much hanging around at home leads to too much snacking.

Too much snacking, well… that can lead to weight gain.

It’s real, it’s inevitable, yet it’s preventable. And I haven’t put in nearly enough effort trying to prevent it. To put it simply, I’ve gotten lazy. Not with physical exercise (I still do it nearly every day),  but with exercising my eating willpower. I haven’t been exercising my willpower much at all lately and it’s one “trouble zone” that needs regular workouts.

I’m not a naturally skinny person. I don’t have a skyrocketing metabolism. In order to stay fit and healthy I need to exercise regularly and watch what I eat. I will always have to watch what I eat to some extent. I’ve realized it (the hard way), I acknowledge it, and I generally try to put it into practice.

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Salads and veggies will always be everyday staples.

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But when I’m kind of bored, kind of lonely, and kind of in that lull space of “what’s next”, that darn willpower gets pretty sluggish.

As a consequence, I don’t think…I just eat.

I’ve generally still been eating fairly healthy. But it’s QUANTITY that’s the issue. There is zero benefit to my body or my appetite by shoving my hand blindly time after time into the cereal box. By dunking uncountable amounts of tortilla chips blindly into the salsa jar(… or the guacamole, or the hummus, or heck, even the cream cheese). By eating fingerful after fingerful of oatmeal raisin cookie dough (okay, maybe that one gets an exemption, the occasional dose of cookie dough is quite lovely for sanity and nostalgia).

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Those BLTs (Bites, Licks & Tastes) are the main culprits. And they’ve been overtaking my days, hours, and minutes.

(Yes, I’m looking at YOU cereal and random freezer goodies that I’ve been clearing out like it’s my job)

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(*NOTE: these pictures are not representative of quantities consumed. Not even remotely)

 

I don’t like feeling like I’m carrying a food baby.

I don’t like not being able to just slip on and zip up my shorts without a second thought.

I don’t like my “cottage cheese thighs”.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

 

I know I’m not “fat”. I know I’m still fit and healthy. I exercise regularly, I fuel regularly, and my body can do plenty. For that, I love it.

What I don’t love is the fact that I’m not giving it the care and stability it deserves. It doesn’t want to be crammed with food to the point of being overfilled, tired and sluggish. I don’t want to feel bloated full of sugar, carbs and sodium. My body wants and craves balance and I’ve been denying it that. It’s rebelling, physically and mentally. It’s telling me that it’s about time to smarten up.

My weight is healthy. *I* am healthy. I don’t “live by the scale” or care a great amount about the numbers. That being said, I know I’d feel just slightly more confident if I could gain back some of the control and willpower to make choices that were smarter and more in tune with my body… and to slip my shorts on again without sucking in.

Each day is different. Some days are better, smarter, and more eating savvy than others. But I want to aim for every day to be a day I can be satisfied with. Those days can, and WILL, continue to include everything I enjoy eating. It will just be done more consciously, slower, and NOT standing at the fridge digging my hands into jars and containers (How sanitary is that anyway? I’m not a cave(wo)man!).

My “guidelines” are subject to many exemptions. Watermelon? Always edible in mass quantities straight from the container.

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No diets. No “I’m going to eat three salads a day!”. Just paying attention and practicing the words “no”, “enough” and “it’ll still be there later” (unless I encounter the unfortunate scenario where I go back “later” to find out that my brother finished “it” off. Always disappointing).

In honour of Wasting Not, I finished up the last of my spaghetti squash “pizza” style: spaghetti squash mixed with liquid egg whites and cooked in a pan for the “crust”, topped with jarred pasta sauce mixed with Frank’s Buffalo sauce and some light mozzarella.

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See, cheese is game, of course. The difference – this round I measured out one serving rather than estimating one and eating two more by the handful while prepping my meal. Will Power’s mini exercise #1 of the day. Gotta whip him into shape!

Oh and that mound on the side? The last bits of spaghetti squash mixed with a dollop of plain yogurt and…cheese powder. Sorry but this was GOOD. Just like KD!

 

I’m not perfect. I don’t want to be (No such thing anyway, lets be reasonable). I just want to enjoy my food again. It’s a simple enough desire and it’s gonna happen.  And now I have to keep myself accountable since I spelled it all out here. Oh the pressure. Hear that Will Power? Time to sweat!

 

What do you do when your shorts start feeling snug?
Which healthy habits make you feel your BEST?

Lackluster Eating

It’s amazing how our eating habits change over time, isn’t it? Most of them for the better! Though I do miss that carefree child consumption, guided by nothing more than taste buds and enjoyment. Calories, carbs, nutrients…what were those? All we wanted to do was eat food that tasted good. These days there is so much more thought, so many more stipulations that come along with eating a meal. Better for the body, (arguably) yes, but better for the mind? Not on some (or many) days.

Sometimes I just want to order the darn chicken fingers (with plum sauce!) without a second thought. Or a side salad.

Oh, the food ‘tude…

 

Case in point:

My smoothies have been a little lackluster lately. And not just because of their lovely hue.

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So what do I do? Drink them down anyway. They’re good for me, right? All those greens…

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Except then I’m scrounging for more (better tasting) food for the rest of the day.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy smoothies and they’re typically what I’ve been craving in the mornings lately. I guess I’m just not into my typical method anymore.

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Barley grass powder, loads of spinach, a mostly chilled tea base… meh.

The last of my Green Magma ran out yesterday. Along with the last of my spinach…good riddance?

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So today, my smoothie got a makeover. How much more luster-filled is this one?

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Taste-wise…okay so it was still pretty meh. Too much tea, not enough almond milk, just watery and flavourless in general. I’m thinking bananas need to be re-introduced to smoothie time.

Handfuls of Kashi Honey Sunshine made things a little brighter though. Who doesn’t like crunchy bite-size tastes of french toast with their breakfast?

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Some people like their smoothies with an all milk/almond milk base. I’ve done that in the past and found those too rich in the morning. Then again, it may have been a protein powder I was using in the past that was overkill. Either way, I’ve been going the mostly chilled tea route. I think more almond milk needs to make its way into my beverages.

Since I just discovered that Costco now carries a 6-pack of unsweetened Almond Breeze, this shouldn’t be an issue.

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My other meals have been lackluster too.

I’ve been eating a bum ton of vegetables because – it’s hot. And it’s skin-revealing season. Whaddup.

Except that all those less-than-exciting vegetable meals leave me cramming in bread and cereal hour by the hour.

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Hey Spinach, you better spice things up or we’re done.

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I still LIKE my veggies. Just like I still LIKE my smoothies. But they might need to stop being the main focus of all my meals for a little bit. I rarely leave a meal feeling mentally satisfied lately.

Probably because I’m not doing much of anything to these veggies either. Chop, dress, chomp. Easy but boring. Where’s the creativity in that?

 

Now here’s a good way to eat your veggies.

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Via TABBOULI.

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Or rolled up in SUSHI (the most satisfying dinner I’ve had in days. Sushi never goes out of style).

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Or maybe just hide a few in a salsa-stuffed and hummus-slathered omelette alongside some mac & cheese (boxed style!) and zucchini slices.

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Or, you know, just forget about the veggies all together and eat your weight in:

Grapes.

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Fish balls (found these gems at a local Asian supermarket. So good!)

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Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate.

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Chocolate-y overnight oats.

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Chocolate-y cookies (even if they’re slightly burnt).

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OR just go do something extra luster-filled to compensate for the lackluster meals.

Like swimming (or cliff-jumping if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby)

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Buying summer dresses.

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Washing some (very dirty) cars.

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Luster-filled and fabulous.

 

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s almost time to get my sweat on and hopefully enjoy some extra delicious lunch later on.

 

What are your favourite summery meals and eats?
The hot days leave me craving quick, simple and light meals filled with fruits and veggies, but I’m getting bored with my basics. I need to figure out how to spruce them up a bit!