Saturday, January 30, 2016

Catch Up

Heeeey - yep, been MIA. 

Didn't help that yesterday was kind of a crazy day which ended up with an even crazier evening of BUNKO! Admittedly, the first time I had ever even heard of bunko was (sadly) on the Real Housewives of OC show. Anyway, it was a blast. My dinner was impossible to capture since it consisted of red wine, fuzzy peaches, a few veggies, salsa and chips, and a lot of crackers and cheese. But not all at once. Between bunko games. So no food journaling for yesterday or today for that matter. 
But a few photos from last night's games...

Talk you on Monday! Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016

 Lunch: salad with the usual suspects as well as some of that roasted sweet potato from last night. 
 Wine and pizza tonight...
 I feel like if there were some way to make love to pizza, I would do it. I just love it. Why does it have to be so good? This was an individual sized  (I say so) pita pizza from Meeze. Great to have in the freezer for busy activity nights. 
Last night's baking. So far I just ate the one....but the evening is young ;) 

I MUST tell you all about this HILARIOUS book am I reading right now. Ok technically I am actually listening to it in my car and not reading it, but in any case I am loving it and laughing all the way to and from all my errands and picking up of the little people. 
It's called "Food: A Love Story" by Jim Gaffigan. Seriously - read it. 

January 27, 2016

Where has January gone?

 Today I decided to do a slow cooker meal. Seriously the easiest meal ever. I usually use a can of tomatillo salsa from Superstore, but I had this in the fridge so thought I would use it up. Added a bit of my spice pack "Buffalo Wings" from Epicure. Threw all that in the slow cooker and left for the morning. 
 Snack: same as yesterday...sunflower seeds, pepitas, few pecans and some cranberries
 I did not feel like a salad for lunch, so I shredded the chicken in the crockpot and had some of it for lunch with a scoop of guacamole. 
 Add some tortilla chips...
 Oh, this again. I didn't mind since it was quite good. But for dinner I roasted some sweet potatoes and put the chicken on top with some shredded spinach on the side. 
Tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Against all Grain. Great recipe! So great I ate 3 of them. This is why I don't bake as often any more lol

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 26, 2016

Hi Everyone! Late post....but here was yesterday!
Breakfast was the usual...

Lunch: Delicious salad with greens, some coleslaw salad mix, artichokes, strawberries, that amazing dressing and pan-roasted sliced almonds. A few pieces of salami on the side. 

Snack: Homemade trail mix - pepita's, sunflower seeds, a few pecans and a few cranberries. I happen to really like cranberries :) 

Dinner: Chimichuri beef over rice and a green salad. Funny story about that dressing in the background (Tessamae's) which I will tell you later. 

Ok I had to buy these and try them. Sweet and salty together. As one. Beautiful. 
I only had three....but they were pretty good. Could have eaten the whole thing. 

Rice chips. Times this by two. This was my evening snack while watching the 3rd season finale of Ray Donovan. I really enjoyed this series!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 25, 2016

Tell you what....on the days that I DON'T eat PB & toast for breakfast I will take a photo and log it. Otherwise, assume the obvious ;)

So this then, was lunch. Had to eat 'on the fly' since I didn't have time to go home for lunch after dropping after my niece. This is my favourite meal from Fit Kitchen. They have a selection of prepared meals (for one person) based upon your fitness goals (i.e. performance or lean - they also have kids options also). Their store is in McKenzie Towne - it's a small place but there is an eat-in bar and microwave if you wanted to have your meal there (which I did yesterday). They are all super healthy meals with the nutritional values on them.
That delicious meal didn't keep me full for too I had to raid my in-car-emergency stash. This wasn't that good. The "cafe" taste was not that desirable. But it did help me feel full.
 Red pepper hummus and some corn chips for a snack once back at home...
And since tonight is Brownies, it needed to be an easy meal. I love the soups from The Primal Soup Company. They are sold at the Kingsland Farmers Market. Many of them are gluten free/fairy free options which are great for us.
Oh, and isn't this lovely? It's an afternoon craft that couldn't have been much messier. Except for that time when we did paper mache. That was definitely messier. Also, the reason why we haven't done it again since!!

This was an after-Brownies snack. Triscuit crackers with cream cheese and my sister's delicious red pepper jelly. 

Hope you all have a great day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 24, 2016

It's my husband's birthday week so we took him to Bow Valley Ranche for brunch yesterday. Sadly, I forgot my phone in my jacket which was in coat check, so I wasn't able to take a photo of my Croques Madam which was delicious!!!

Because I couldn't wait until brunch to eat anything, I did make myself a green smoothie to tide me over...

 A snack later on...
 And dinner was basically the previous evening's leftovers...with rice. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

I came across this amazing essay from Facebook and I absolutely had to share. 

I actually got to thinking...if my daughter were old enough to find my blog - how would I feel about her reading what I have written? What am I doing well? What could I improve with her in mind? What am I modelling to her exactly

For sure, I could probably obsess a little less about my body...but honestly not by much. Not anymore. There definitely was a time when that wasn't the case. Thankfully though, over the years, my body and I have become much better friends. I hope my daughter sees that.

I no longer view exercise as punishment. I am grateful for a healthy body to move me through life. Maya knows that I love going to do my "exercise" and that I consistently make time for it.

I don't really eat crazy anymore. Sure, I sometimes mildly indulge and feel badly for it but it's not AT ALL what it was before (the crazy eating or the guilt or the hate). More or less I have been the same healthy weight for years now by eating pretty balanced. And despite my recent ideas for 'food experiments', "dieting" is really not a work spoken in this house. (But going back to my daughter ever reading my taking photos of meals eaten and posting them something that is actually a little obsessive/negative)?

Encouraging and modelling a very healthy attitude about my body is actually even more important now because of my daughter's juvenile arthritis. What does she think about having to 'control' something happening in her own body through her medications and diet modifications? I've always thought that auto-immune diseases in general were just crazy. The idea of one's own body attacking itself!?!? What could be crazier than that??

As she gets older I worry about possible flare ups and how she would feel towards her body if this happens. Will she feel like her body has rejected her? Will she resent having to deal with this? Will this cause her to be more determined to work through it by doing things such as yoga, swimming, and meditation, or will she get depressed about it and basically stop moving her body altogether because it's too painful? It's bad enough that kids are so exposed to negative messages about their bodies and weight starting at such a young age.

Gosh. So overwelming if you think too much about it.

Anyway, please take a moment to read the essay below. 

"How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don't talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
Don't say anything if she's lost weight. Don't say anything if she's gained weight.
If you think your daughter's body looks amazing, don't say that. Here are some things you can say instead:
"You look so healthy!" is a great one.
Or how about, "You're looking so strong."
"I can see how happy you are -- you're glowing."
Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.
Don't comment on other women's bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.
Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.
Don't you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don't go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don't say, "I'm not eating carbs right now." Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.
Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that's a good thing sometimes.
Help your daughter love soccer or rowing or hockey because sports make her a better leader and a more confident woman. Explain that no matter how old you get, you'll never stop needing good teamwork. Never make her play a sport she isn't absolutely in love with.
Prove to your daughter that women don't need men to move their furniture.
Teach your daughter how to cook kale.
Teach your daughter how to bake chocolate cake made with six sticks of butter.
Pass on your own mom's recipe for Christmas morning coffee cake. Pass on your love of being outside.
Maybe you and your daughter both have thick thighs or wide ribcages. It's easy to hate these non-size zero body parts. Don't. Tell your daughter that with her legs she can run a marathon if she wants to, and her ribcage is nothing but a carrying case for strong lungs. She can scream and she can sing and she can lift up the world, if she wants.
Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilize her beautiful soul."
~ Sarah Koppelkam via The Cosmic Dancer

January 22, 2016

 Yesterday was a professional day for my daughter, so I decided to make homemade pancakes!

This was lunch again...but forgot to take a photo so here's a repeat of the one I had a few days ago. 
 More of these fact, multiply this by about 3. 
 LOVE LOVE LOVE olives. I was so hungry before dinner so had a few of these to fill me up. 
Guys, this wine was given as a gift for Christmas and we have since then bought a few more bottles. It's not expensive but it is delicious. We are always looking for good 'table' wines to drink daily. This is one of them. You should go out and buy a bottle...or two or three. Very approachable - easy to drink. So easy that we easily shared a bottle last night (La Vieille Ferme: Cotes du Rhone Reserve) while watching Sicario. Great movie. 
This bad boy? A pita pizza from Meeze. I didn't feel like cooking so stopped by and got myself a delicious pizza and Scott some gluten free/dairy free soup. Don't feel sorry for him, the soup is amazing :)

Dessert consisted of some Ironman Gummie Omega 3 vitamins. I am not even joking. This is a public service announcement for those of you with kids. Don't buy these vitamins: 

I am not telling you not to buy them because they are bad...I am telling you not to buy them because if an adult were to eat them, they would find them as enticing as that last piece of pizza and glass of wine on a Friday night. Seriously. If you try one, you'll want more. You MAY even try to pop a few in your mouth at the same time, playing around with the various colours and flavours in the bottle. It's basically adult candy cleverly packaged as children's omega 3 vitamins. On the positive side, I do feel like I could be getting smarter every time I eat them, as the Omega 3's are good for my brain. :) 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016

 'After Barre' snack while in my car
 Leftover lunch...
A LOT (too many) of these addictive yam chips from 2 Greek Gals at the farmers market. These have to be one of my favourite things to eat. I opened these not long after I bought them and ate a bunch there while Maya played at the kids play place. 
Boston Pizza Garden Salad with Chicken. AND WINE. Because you need a drink when you're about to enter a school gym full of about 250ppl to watch a movie! (And if you're smart you take a drink IN). My daughter and my niece had a 'movie night' tonight and despite the chaos that you would correctly assume, it went really well. 

Had to make an edit to last nights post since I had a snack afterwards. Probably will have to do the same to this one, but we'll see. Thank goodness it's Friday tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

If you can believe PB and toast today. It's because my friend Syl and I went to see a mutual friend's newborn baby! How exciting - and what a little sweetheart. I brought coffee. Pictured below is a latte and a delicious Very Berry Bran muffin.

Oh my lunch was amazing. It was a pretty simple salad with that dressing I mentioned from the farmers market, with 3 strawberries, some artichoke hearts and some pan-roasted almonds for crunch. 
 Mid afternoon snack were a few Triscuit crackers with ALMOND BUTTER people! Not Peanut Butter!!! :) 
 Yes, wine...and a few chips. A few "fell out of the bag" when I gave my daughter some today. 
 Ok...this was a recipe I had wanted to try for a while. It was pretty good, although a few modifications were done. The recipe can be found here:
I bought some pre-cut vegetables for it and added chicken. I also added cilantro and to the sauce I used sesame oil instead of vegetable oil, and some rice vinegar. 

But the MAIN EVENT in the dish was spaghetti squash! Admittedly I have never tried it before and it was delicious! I saved some plain squash so I could try it various ways over the next few days. But honestly, something I will be doing time and time again. It's awesome. How did I not try this sooner??? Let me know if you guys have discovered other great ways to eat it. 
 Sprinkled a bit of some Epicure "Sesame Crunch" on the top...
 Second helping. YUM!

EDIT: Addition of this bad boy for a snack last night after posting....

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