Saturday, April 25, 2009

by my calculations this post is worth 14,000 words.

Feeling tons better. Unfortunately that also means I have a ton of 'splainin to do re:food. So I'm going to be brief and make this a photo post, with lots of captions.

I love my dad for coming and getting me... there is nothing that home could do that I couldnt do myself, but something about having your parents give you a big hug and send you to bed, and knowing they're two floors up should you really need someone to rub your back while you hug the loo makes it all so much better.

Photo 1: Snack yesterday: leftover breakfast, cold and just like that. Was pretty much like custard. Only less sweet.
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Photo 2: Snack afterwards: about 1/4 cup of organic nuts (actually, a bit more cus I cheated.)
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Photo 3: just over 1/2lb organic strawberries
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Photo 4: Still munchin... rice crisps with pumpkin nut butter and sugar free jam. Add 4 unphotographed. Or was it five.
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Photo 5: Raw organic zucchini spaggetti with Neal Bothers organic pasta sauce, some of my homemade chickpeas (they're mostly hidden) and--the culprit--a sprinkle of parmesan. Seriously, this sprinkle was really really small: it was a friend being nice. This particular gift included food poisoning. Lesson learnt: parmesan=evil. Rennet-free or not.
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Photo 6: Yogurt, frozen berries, and some sweetener. Pre-hurling. Most of the last two came back up, to be honest.
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TODAY!!!
I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed at my parents--I did the crossword, chatted with my dad, went and bought groceries, AND took a shower before breakfast (which ended up being around 9:30am) OH! And I weighed myself as I stepped out of the shower (so my hair was wet, though I towelled off well) 135.6lbs, 21.4% body fat--that's 5.6lbs to go, 2-3% body fat (Getting JUST under 20 isn't good enough because my scale will fluctuate within 4%.. I'll be satisfied the day I read 18% though.. which I concede might not be this summer.. or ever, but damn it if I wont try.)

Photo 7:My haul, for $43 (click to read what you're seeing, if you want to know, I wrote it on flickr to save space here.)
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Photo 8: I got all these organic bananas for 0.79 cents. You say gross.
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Photo 9: I say YUM! (I actually used the mushed one, just cut off the really bad parts, especially what had been exposed.
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Photo 10: Cut up and ready for the freezer--to be used however I want: as an ultra sweet snack, with nut butter or chocolate, melted into oats, baked, you name it I got it! After 2 hrs or so I transfer them into a ziplock freezer bag for storage, this just keeps them from being one big clump!
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I had half of the olives, a dozen or so honey mandarins, a rice cake, some organic peanut butter (my parents had no other nut butter! I know its not anti-candida, but I'm trying) and some of the orange marmalade for breakfast. Oh, and some yogurt, nuts, goji berries, and pomegranate seeds. Yum!

Photo 11: Look how small the honey mandarins are!! awwwwwww! I ate one with the skin and its so thin its fine, but I rather it off. Its kinda nice how labor intensive they are, means its hard to overeat, haha. The mini pieces are sooooo cuuuuute. Lol.
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Photo 12: And the yogurt.
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Photo 13: Took some of these from my mom (traded it for 1/2 the box of mandarins--literally transported it in the box, so volume for volume!) These will be awesome for soup and cooking rice, which I never really did before gluten-free to be honest... But I'm also eating a lot better in general now, like more stuff from scratch than most of the year, so yes.
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Photo 14: Finally. Dinner.

I made baked falafel with what's left of my chickpeas (recipe at end) I spooned out 3 tbsp or so of the baba ganoosh (15cal/tbsp!), served 1/4 avocado mashed with lemon and red pepper flakes, and a single rice crisp, a bunch of cut up veg, and what was left of the olives. Delish. That with some carbonated water--I need SOMETHING to sub for my diet colas.

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Oven Baked Falafel
makes 8-12. I made 10: each about 60Cal: 1g Fat, 0g Sugar, 2g Fiber, 3g Protein

2 c. chickpeas, cooked or from a can
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
juice of 1/4 lemon (about 1 tbsp)
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease tray.
pulse chickpeas, or mush them by hand, coarsely.
add in cilantro, onion, garlic, tahini, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and baking powder and mix well.
add in the lemon and mix well.

roll into circles, ping-pong ball sized give or take, and lay out on tray. Flatten with your fingers, avoiding having them be too cracked, and bake for 20 minutes or so.. flipping half way.

I dry fried the ones I was right about to eat to just brown them. They weren't the crispy deep-fried falafel you're used to, but they sure were amazing. Mmm.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Food Poisoning

I was going to post a bunch of yummy healthy eats etc. But I have really bad food poisoning. Like wake up thinking your world is upsidedown, miss the gym type bad. My parents believed in letting me cry it out when I had nightmares as a kid, in order to toughen up... my dad is on his way to come get me. That's how bad.

Blog tomorrow.

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Self Reflection: What I've found Works, and My Ideas as to Why

Here's some trends I found:

1. Setting the tone: morning repause. For me its the shower that makes me wait for breakfast: it's awesome because it sets the tone for my day. If you're the sort that can sit patiently and wait without having to do something, I highly recommend it.. if not: meditate, shower, do the crossword--anything to make your body wait until you're ready to feed it. And then nourish it, well. The point is not to deprave yourself but to set the tone for the day. You are boss. You will eat when you want to eat. Your body can and will wait and it will be worth it because you will treat it well, and you will nourish it, but you won't let it take control. It also lets me more accurately gage how hungry I am... cus at 6am I'm kinda groggy and just let my body go on autopilot when I eat.. which can easily mean 600-1000 calories in one go.

2. Exercise. Increased endorphins, boosted metabolism, a feeling of satisfaction, self-worth, toning and again: control. I told you to jog for 20 minutes so you will jog for 20 minutes, body. Again; not about abusing your body, but about working with it. Coaxing it into doing what you know is good for it. Sometimes it will be happy to go, and sometimes it will be cranky. You need to listen to it as you would listen to anyone you need to care for--but in the end you're in control. Maybe your body really can't do the run today.. ok, we'll speed walk 15 minutes, do some muscle work, and call it a day. It's ok body, you tried. It works the other way too--maybe your body wants to run for two hour straight, but you know if you did that you'd be out for a day or two and would rather not. Who'se in control here?

3. Pep talk and the mirror: avoiding the scale. The days when I look in the mirror and tell myself "you my love are hot." and avoid that scale the way I should--those are the days I do best. Those are the days I don't feel like I need to punish myself but reward myself. I control my diet, I don't overeat, and I nourish my body and I feel like a goddess. I feel like I've got it, and I'm rewarding my body for how well it functions, for how much I love it, by giving it good healthy (tasty) food and the exercise, love and attention it needs. Love is not about SPOILING--you don't give your child endless fudgsicles becuase you love them, you give them organic produce and healthy foods because you want them to be as healthy and happy as possible. You deserve the same.

Crock Pot Oats

So this morning I woke up to steel cut oats and oat bran cooking away in my room. Honestly, rather than smell enticing, it was kind of.. strange? Last night I put 1/4c. steel cut oats, 1/4c. oat bran and about 2-3 cups of water, plus a few tablespoons of erithyrol (before I decided I wanted to cut down on it), and half a stick of cinnamon and a drop of vanilla. I turned it on low and left it alone--to cook on low from about midnight last night to about 7:30am this morning, and then to be on "warm" until 8:30am (yes, ME, i waited until 8:30am. That's insane.)

While I was waiting for breakfast time I took a shower, blowdried my hair, took down some laundry from my room and put it in the wash and then folded my laundry that was hanging (yay avoiding the drying machine!) I then went and cleaned the kitchen.

Let me take a moment to talk about this kitchen. With 12 girls living here permanently, and another 18 who have the key to the house and use it as a home away from home, it gets absolutely filthy. The worst are the out of house girls to be honest--they make messes and go home to mom and dad and just leave them for us. They don't mean to--they just dont SEE it. I realized when I moved out how often I did that at home pre-independence. I had always thought my parents were insane when they complained about my mess--turns out they were RIGHT. You just don't realize how annoying it is to want to use a pan but someone else left it to "clean up later" until you move out. That being said, there are a handful of girls who live in this house that are 20 to 24 year old children. Sigh.

Anyway, this house has house chores that rotate once a week. The kitchen gets done twice a week: Thursdy by midnight and Sunday by midnight, the rest (bathrooms, hallways, living room, basement, garbage) get done once a week. If you dont do it on time, someone else can do it for you and you owe them $10. I have done the kitchen virtually every Thursday and Sunday... because I love having a clean kitchen. I also enjoy doing the 2nd floor bathroom (the floor I live on) for similar reasons. The only time I dont do it is if somoene did it on time, which usually only happens if I got exasperated on Tuesday or Wednesday and did everyone's dishes just to get to the sink. Lately I've been doing them almost daily, sometimes twice daily--a certain 24 year old has been especially proliferous at using copious amounts of dishes. I guess the last thing I want to say about this is that last Thursday, when I did the kitchen? Turns out my roommate had gotten a one day extension that I didn't see. She FLIPPED OUT ON ME, and rather than just *talk* to me, which heavens forbid she grace me with her voice, she wrote it like a madwoman all over the chore list. I had to reply "oh wow. Sorry didn't see that. No need to be upset; happy birthday your chore is done." I recieved no reply after that. But she's gone. Deep breaths.

As for my oatmeal, which I was promised would me creamy and lovely from being slow cooked like that... Oh, it was creamy alright--it was a thick rich cream and it was about 2-3 cups worth of it!
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I couldn't finish it at all, I had to put almost half of it in the fridge!
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

It's still today?

Wow.. I'm exhausted. I read over my blog from day one just now (inspired by a comment by Hillary on my first post, that made me realize that even under two weeks I've deviated from my plans--reading through my own posts helped me reflect so much on what works, what doesn't: what makes me feel GOOD and what makes me feel like crap. What triggers good days and what triggers out of control-ness.)

I'll write my findings tomorrow morning perhaps? I'm exhausted and I need to sleep. I spent the day cleaning up my room (decided that one week or not, it was inappropriate fo me to be living in a room that looked like an empty storage area--my ex-roommate was kind enough to leave me a monster garbage back full of.. garbage, I'd assume, and tons of little garbage pieces all over the floor (you know, broken cardboard pieces, paper, nail clippings, that sort of lot.) I was at first just going to spot vacuum so I grabbed the little handheld dirt buster from the hallway's closet, and ended up doing my entire room and then dusting everything as well (14' by 16'? Not sure, but its big--it was roomy even with two living here) I then rearranged my furniture and so forth. Oh how lovely. I can type and work at my computer, fully open my windows, do yoga, my hair, makeup, crockpot.. I know I mentioned this before but I suppose when its all neat and clean its like doing it at a higher LEVEL.

I then packed up my car (my dad drove it downtown today, for me) with all the stuff I wont really need in the next week.

I had a snack of a few rice thins with avocado and pumpkin seed butter (an interesting, but good combo).
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When the chickpeas were done they were a creamy DELIGHT. Oh, I couldnt help it--I had to have a cup right then and there, with a squeeze of lemon and a bit of tahini. Oh my goodness. My dad will be happy when I make these for him--chickpeas are a family love (the town we're from only knows of three beans essentially; chickpeas, canelinni, and lentils.. so we care a LOT about them.)

I decided to have a somewhat early lunch, at around 11:40, since I couldn't resist the chickpeas. I cut up a nice salad and drizzled it with a dressing made with a tad of pumpkin nut butter, some lemon, some balsamic vinegar, and some spices, salt, and pepper. It wasn't a bad dressing, though maybe a little too simple for me. I remembered late that vinegar is a no for the anti-candida thing. Again; not sure how closely I'm going to follow that for now. I think eliminating sucrose, added sugars, and gluten is a good start for now. Taking things step by step isn't a bad thing!
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For dessert I cut up 1/2 lb of strawberries, and whipped up a chocolate dip for them--a tsp or two of protein powder, a few tsp of cocoa powder, some sweetener, and some water. It was delicious!!!!!! Mmmmm.
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While my lunch was so nice and healthy, for some reason I ended up binging 'dinner' at four... my afternoon spiralled down from there to be honest. I drove my stuff to my parents and ended up eating maybe a pound of strawberries.. all the time I had quite a headache. I realized at one point today I'd used an awful lot of this erythritol sweetener.. pure sugar gives me headaches like this, and it would seem erythritol is no better. I'll use it in extreme moderation from here on in, and in any baking I may do (with alternative flours of course, which Ricki has just told me her upcoming book; Sweet Freedom, features!!)

I did at least go to the gym, and while my body was screaming "no, just let me go comatose" I coaxed it into doing the usual 40 minutes (I broke it into four tens) and am glad I did.. tomorrow will be a better day.

Now, off to set my crockpot for tomorrow's breakfast--steel cut oats. Tomorrow my dad is taking me to Fresh for lunch again

I still have that headache. :(

8 Things Meme

Well yesterday my crockpot dinner was only slightly upset by a thoughtful housemate turning off my appliance I must have accidentally left on. Sigh. My roommate moved out yesterday so that means I get my own room! You'll notice my photos are now in my room and not in the dining room--I didn't feel comfortable being in the room with her. (She made it VERY clear she didn't like me.)

Not only is everything spread out, my windows can now fully open, I can study and eat in my room, my yoga mat is spread on the floor, and I can crockpot in here too!! Too bad I need to be out by May 1st so it wont last super long. I am moving to the basement apartment at my parents though, so that's nice too. This just gets the added bonus of no parents coming and nagging. ;)

Anyway, yesterday was super clean. I went grocery shopping with my mum at The Big Carrot; a Toronto healthfood store, and Vanilla was on sale (yay!) as was.. almost anything else I bought. Here's my haul, minus a sweet potato hiding at the bottom of my napsack. Wierd though; they didn't have Stevia. My options were Xylitol and Erythritol. Both sugar alcohols, so not ok for anti-candida, but for my purposes (natural, sugar free) I'm ok. I bought the Erythritol based one, which isn't as sweet as sugar and its noticable, but I don't mind. I bought pumpkin seed butter because not only is it significantly higher protein than most, but the cashew butter I believe could be the source of this nasal congestion I've been having. I'll finish it up, but I think I'm done with cashew butter for a bit. Maranatha Natural raw almond butter was on sale (3.50ish instead of 6ish!) but I don't like regular almond butter (boohiss.. sorry.) and was afraid to waste that much almond butter should I not like the raw version.

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I had dinner as planned and later in the evening as a snack I had a piece or two of sweet potato my friend made, some rice crackers with pumpkin butter and cashew butter, and about a dozen grapes and two strawberries... oh and some Hot Chocolate! I'm keeping fruit intake low to cut down on sugar, but I'm not eliminating it since I don't know if I even believe I have a candida "issue." I elimited Splenda from my diet though. None with my tea, none with my muesli, none with my hot chocolate, no diet soda. *Proud*

This morning I had between 1/2 and 3/4 cup muesli (all that was left in the bag, since I got it from the bulk bin at Noah's), four grapes sliced up to sweeten it, some ground sprouted flax seed, and some Earl Grey tea with almond milk. mmm.

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Oh and the chickpeas I cooked overnight look lovely and I tried one and its so much creamier than any I've ever cooked from dry before. Going to leave it on for a few more hours just to really get it tender!

Here's a meme I found online, I rather like it!

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
1. Field work
2. Travelling with work
3. Visiting my grandparents in September
4. Visiting California in November
5. Having my own room in my own place, in September.
6. Summer fun
7. Summer FOOD :D
8. Graduate School!

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Ate 100% vegan, nearly 100% gluten-free (my muesli might have been processed in such a way that there would be traces.), controlled yummy, yummy portions.
2. Bought a crockpot for $10!
3. Met up with a very nice boy for coffee
4. Got asked out by said boy. (said ok!)
5. Started to learn how to cook with a crockpot.
6. Bought a sleeping bag for the field
7. Bought groceries at The Big Carrot with my mum!
8. Hung out with Shannon and agreed to make falafel today.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
1. Digest soy!!! (I’m not upset about the dairy really.)
2. Speak Mandarin and/or Cantonese (my mum does… I wish I had learnt!)
3. Have people actually understand why eating meat is so bad.
4. Find a way to feed the world. And educate the world. And love the world.
5. Scuba dive. (Certified, its just been a long time!)
6. Run outdoors without getting shin splints!
7. Eat nonstop and look like Jessica Alba. (Anybody? No? Damn.)
8. Research for the rest of my life (working on it!)

8 Shows I Watch: (I don’t watch ANY regularily, but these are ones I have watched and would care to catch up on or watch a ton of!)
1. Battle Star Galactica
2. Star Trek
3. Iron Chef America
4. Ugly Betty
5. Top Chef
6. Friends
7. Undergrads
8. Fashion Runway Canada

8 People I’m Tagging:

1. Kath, from Kath Eats Real Food
2. Ruth, from Plentiful Plants
3. Krista, from Krista's Kravings
4. Hillary, from Healthy Girl Cooking
5. Ricki, from Diet Dessert n Dogs
6. Celine, from Have Cake Will Travel
7. Katie, from Chocolate Covered Katie
8. Hannah, from Bittersweet

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Healthy Eating Begins

This morning rather than toast and margarine, or anything of the like, I had 1/2 cup unsweetened organic muesli (Stephano's Bakery) and almond milk. I also had about 2 tsp of cashew butter and 1-2 tsp of flax seed. So full--it put me right back to sleep till 10am!!! (That's RIDICULOUS for me. That means I slept about 2-6 and then 8-10... so six hours. This makes me happy!)
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I quickly got ready and ran to the gym. Not to work out though--to buy my very own crockpot!! Someone who works in the same building as the U of T gym I go to had listed a 1.4L crockpot on craigslist for $10. Brand spanking new! It was a gift from her sister, but her boyfriend had a big one and she moved in with him right after she got the gift. Works for me!!
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This is perfect, I'll be able to cook steel cut oats overnight, and.. other.. food. Well its the right size, so yeah yeah!

I sauteed a few cloves of garlic and two onions in olive oil and mixed it with frozen corn, frozen broccoli, very well rinsed canned chickpeas, and some organic roasted garlic pasta sauce (zero sugar! Just organic goodness. Honestly this is my favourite pasta sauce, it just happens to be healthy.)

I left it to sit, and am excited for dinner. For lunch I just had what was left of the pasta sauce and chickpeas (about a cup of each) mixed up and wolfed down. Along with about 2 tbsp of guacamole from last night. I'm STUFFED. But I feel great. :)

HAPPY EARTH DAY BY THE WAY!!

Out with the old and in with the new...

I just threw out the last few pieces of bread I had, what was left of my muffins and scones. The carrot bread I'll save for my little brother; he'll like it. I'm throwing out my margarine too. While this sounds wasteful, for what its worth I found two perfectly good avocados in the organics bin while throwing that stuff out and rescued them (I live in a house of 12, if I havent mentioned, and people are *really* wasteful) and made guacamole--at least I'll have something to spread instead of margarine!

But yes, the why: all this talk of eating well but honestly, what am I doing? I'm eating more carbs than ever, whole wheat or not, slathering on margarine, so on and so forth.

I need to eat more veggies. I want to moderate my sugar intake (though I will still eat fruit: I considered the anti-candida diet but I'm aiming for overall health more than simply anti-candida..) I want to avoid anything rather processed, including splenda. (Yes Amanda, you have to give up Splenda.) I have some left which I'll use sparingly (no more than one packet a day Amanda, do you hear me?!) and I will not buy more this summer. Do you hear me?! No more. (Gulp. It's my crutch and I know it..) Diet cola is going with that.

I need to eat more beans; so long as my body will allow it (I also don't know if I mentioned: soy is something my body will only accept in extreme moderation, beans aren't as bad but they too need monitorig). I need to watch my gluten intake (though again: I don't need to eliminate it; while I'll avoid wheat and seitan, I'll still eat oatmeal.)

The earth gives us so much, let's see if I can appreciate it.. and what better time than in the summer, when nature is virtually throwing it at me.

It's just 10 weeks or so. Get over it!

Wish me luck. ;_;

(Note: I write avoid for most. I'm not allergic to any of these things and so if once in a while I have a treat I'll live. But I need to start viewing it as a treat, and stop viewing it as a staple.)

edit: I hated how waseful I was being, and then decided instead to donate my food to the house rather than just toss it. At least now it has a chance to be consumed.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Carrot Loaf

I've been really upset at the fact the only carrot bread recipes I can find are for carrot CAKE, just in a loaf form. The amount of carrot is always rather sad and I just felt it wasn't enough: why couldn't we just sub carrot for the other liquids, like we do in banana bread?! I realized then it has a lot to do with the fact grated carrot is nothing like banana puree... but what about carrot puree? I steamed 3 large carrots for 25 minutes till they were nice and soft and blended them in a blender with some of the liquid left in the pot.

I then decided to come up with a recipe for carrot bread. It's still sweet the way banana bread would be, but its distinctively NOT cake. If you had told me even a year ago that I'd be baking this much, and coming up with all of the recipes myself, I would have laughed very very hard.

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Carrot Loaf
makes 8-10 slices. For 8 (thick slices) is approximately 135 Calories, 4g Fat, 22g Carbs, 230mg sodium, 2g Sugar*, 2.5g Fiber, 4.5g Protein.

INGREDIENTS:
wet:
1 1/2 cup carrot puree
1/4 cup liquid egg white
2 tbsp cashew butter**
1 tbsp oil***
1 tsp pure lemon juice

dry:
3/4 cup w.w. flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sweetener*
1/2 cup grated carrot (squeeze out excess moisture with hands)

spices:
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice

INSTRUCTIONS:
Grease a loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350*F

Mix the wet ingredients without the grated carrot.

Mix/sift the dry ingredients in a seperate bowl with the spices.

Mix the dry into the wet until fully incorporated, fold in the grated carrot quickly and pour into loaf pan, put in oven and bake for 50 minutes until toothpick comes out dry.

Let cool completely before removing from the pan.

*Assuming zero-calorie sweetener.
**You can sub with any other nut butter or 1 tbsp oil. Calories will not change but fat/sugar/protein might.
***I recommend rapeseed (canola) or soybean oil for health reasons. Refined coconut oil would taste lovely, just make sure to avoid semi-refined for baking.

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While baking I had the cantaloupe, two small pieces of rye with cashew butter, and the batter left on the spatula. Once it was ready I couldn't resist and had an early-ish lunch at 11:15am.. I had two slices, one with margarine and one with cashew butter. Yummm. I had some lovely "harmony" tea, which is a fruity green tea blend (Toronto has a lot of tea shops) to accompany it.

Early Riser: BSI News!

This morning I got up rather early... I cleaned my stuff out of the dresser my roommate and I shared, as she's moving on Wednesday, and organized it a little bit--though I'm moving soon too.

I went downstairs and put steel-cut oats on the boil. 1/4 cup steel cut oats, about 1/4 cup raisins, 1 stick of cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla.. I also stirred in/snacked on about a tablespoon of cashew butter. While waiting for it to cook, as it takes a good while, I cut up another canteloupe ($1.80 and oh so delicious, I couldn't refuse..) and had the skins again, and a little bit to snack on. I drank two cups of Earl Grey while waiting for my oats. Finally, they were ready (at 7am):

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Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. My Sinless Lemon Granita won this week's BSI Challenge!!! I'm so excited, pleased, and flattered. This week's BSI Challenge is hosted by To Be the Whole Package and the secret ingredient is ALMONDS! At first I wasn't sure what to do, but then I remembered just how diverse an ingredient almonds are in Spain, and it came to me. You'll have to wait and see what I make, but this one's going to hit close to home. I hope I make my family proud. ;)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pulled Pork?!

No silly! It's pulled jackfruit! And gosh how stupid I was to not make this sooner.
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This was my dinner--I had the first half of the cantaloupe for a snack. (I also had some frozen SUUUPER ripe banana and a little less than a tsp of cashew nut butter after, mmm... buying bananas that are sold on clearance for being too ripe and freezing them is divine. And cashew nut butter is yummy!)

Jackfruit is amazing. This tasted so good--very spicy though! (I made the BBQ sauce myself! Just vinegar, spices, hickory flavouring and some ketchup) It's

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Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich Filling
makes two small sandwiches, or one larger one. calories will depent on your sauce, but an entire can of jackfruit itself is 80Cal.
1 can young green jackfruit in WATER** (I bought Chaokoh brand)
1/2 cup BBQ sauce; homemade, storebought, you name it.

Drain the jackfruit, rinse if you like.
Cook near your lowest setting for an hour, stirring occasionally, until sauce is absorbed/evaporated for the most part.
Let it sit for at least an hour, refridgerate if leaving for longer... most find that jackfruit has an acidic taste but this seems to get rid of it.

When you're making your sandwich, nuke it or heat it on the stovetop while toasting your buns/bread and condimenting them up. Compile and serve. Yummm.
**NOT syrup!!

Much Better!

Today was shower-in-the-morning, eat-appropriate-portions, meet-my-dad-for-lunch, buy-real-nut-butter-for-a-steal, good. :D Despite the rain.

As you can read, I took a shower before eating breakfast at 7am.. I just had a scone and a muffin (working through them) and the skins of a cantaloupe plus a bit that couldn't fit in the tupperware. That with some tea and almond milk made for a satisfying breakfast. (I snuck in a few raisins while waiting for the water to boil too, to be honest ;))

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Around 12:45 I went with my dad to Fresh, which is just around the corner from me. I got their simple salad and added grilled sweet potato and heart of palm--which I hadn't had since Costa Rica. My dad had the soup and salad and let me try his soup (East African sweet potato and yellow split pea) and have a quarter of his pita with some hummus. It was delicious. I was a little hungry while I was sitting there, but made a note that I would have a snack when I got home, of some fruit or something. Luckily as I got up and walked nextdoor to the health food store my hunger subsided and I just became satisfied. Best feeling ever. I used to eat like that, till I was just a bit hungry, knowing that the moment I walked a bit I'd be fine. Need to get back to doing that!

I had brought my glass jar and bought some organic cashew butter in bulk. SIXTY ONE CENTS. Seriously!!! I'd never tried cashew butter before because a small itty bitty jar of it is like, 8 dollars... this is organic, at least locally ground (though I seriously doubt the cashews are local :P), and just as good. Perfect! Mmmm. I tried a bit with my finger when I was putting it away--so much better than that calorie free crap. Nut butter is nut butter: just eat it for what it is and don't try to get around it.
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It was pouring out though, and I got soaked on my way home. Then I realized the tea I'd bought on sale hadn't been discounted on my receipt, so back I trudged to get my $2 (for tea? worth it. Besides I live around the corner..)

Soaked:
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OH! And someone on craigslist is selling me a slowcooker for $10. :D Very excited.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

What a gross feeling.

You know what? Days without exercise and a shower in the morning suck.

I overate breakfast and lunch because of my lack of shower, and I lacked a shower because I didnt go to the gym, and I didn't go to the gym because of stupid shin splints I've had for a few days. *mutter*

But here's what I had for lunch (it was delicious):

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egg white sandwich with tomato and mayo. Cooking egg whites for sandwiches is so easy, just pour some liquid white into a cup, microwave for a minute, and bam! I slice them so that they're even heights (and therefore eat a bit right hten and there) and there you go!

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I wont describe everything I ate because I didn't keep track. It was a miserable day and I overeate, I promise.

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Oh, and I went to get peanut butter and this caught my eye: calorie free, vegan, so on and so forth... It was four dollars so I thought hmmmm!... more like bleeeh. What a waste of money: maybe mixed well into something it'd be good but as a spread, I'd rather my bread plain. Really curbs your appetite though! (At least that?)

BSI Challenge: When Life Gives you Lemons...

I am excited to announce I have joined the Blogger Secret Ingredient Challenge! I was looking for something exactly like this and happened to see it on Krista's blog (or was it Ruth's?)

Either way, I jumped right on the bandwagon with this week's challenge: Lemons!
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First I made High Protein, Low-Fat Lemon Scones. They unfortunately were chewier than I'd hoped, but wonderfully lemony and almost like a flat muffin treat. I will definately work on the recipe to make it less moist and chewy.

I then decided to up my entry by adding Sinless Lemon Granita.

(Photographed was my breakfast, well.. two scones.. and my midmorning snack was two small pieces of dark rye, an egg white, a bowl of natural popcorn, and an apple.)


High Protein, Low-Fat Lemon Scones:

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six scones, each approximately 115Cal, 9g protein; 1g fat)
No recipe yet, as I want to tweak it, but ingredients are: whole wheat flour, fat free yogurt, vegetarian protein powder, zero-calorie sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, liquid egg white, lemon zest.

Sinless Lemon Granita (served with fresh strawberries):
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this one is too easy, fast, and to taste for true measurements. I'll tell you how I did it but feel free to make more or less, sweeter or not as you like!

1.5 peeled, quartered, and frozen lemons
2 tbsp non-calorie sweetener
1/8 c. liquid (lemonade would of course work lovely here)
optional: frozen blueberries would add a wonderful flavor!
optional: fresh fruit, such as strawberries

In a blender blend the lemons and sweetener. You'll need to stop and move things from the side. Add some liquid as needed to make the right texture. Serve immediately. Especially good with fresh fruit, to take some of the bite off!

Today is going to be a good day--I have a super easy mini-recipe for lunch too, so stay tuned!