Archive for October, 2010

October 28th, 2010

Weekend Routines

Saturday morning is my favourite day of the week. This is because it is one of the few days in the week in that Alan and I get to have a sleepy, lazy morning together. I’m always up and out of bed at 6:30am during the week and up early on Sundays for a long run. Alan works varied hours throughout the week so usually, Saturday mornings are the only mornings we have together.

When I first made Alan breakfast in bed I told myself that I wouldn’t do it ALL the time because then he’d come to expect it! *gasp* The horror! But after a while I realized that I really enjoyed creeping out of bed and trying hard to not bang around the kitchen (our bedroom is just off the side of the kitchen) and coming up with a yummy breakfast! Now? We enjoy almost every Saturday morning munching on breakfast and slurping coffee in bed, stretching our legs and chatting about life until waaaay late in the morning. Normally I cook us up something we don’t have during the week so it’s usually either pancakes or french toast!

This recipe for protein pancakes is one I made last weekend. It’s a slightly denser pancake due to the protein powder (I’m just using up the free tub of whey powder my Mom gave me) but I’ve also added vegan options in brackets! I have used a variation of this recipe for almost all of the pancakes I have made so far, every week is something new!

Do you have weekend routines? What’s your favourite?

Protein Pancakes

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  • 1 1/2c all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4c milk of your choice
  • 1 egg (or 1tbsp ground flax to 3tbsp water for vegan egg replacement but it does make a denser pancake)
  • 3tbsp butter (or Earth Balance), melted

Mix all dry goods together in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. Make a well in the centre and add wet ingredients. Mix together and spoon onto a lightly greased, pre-heated skillet on medium heat until browned on both sides.

Makes 8 smallish servings.

Topping suggestions: Peanut butter (my fav), maple syrup, shredded coconut, berries, slice bananas, pomegranate seeds, lightly flavoured yogurt.

Nutritional Stats (using whey powder, 1% cows milk, egg and butter) 166 calories, 5.9g fat (3.2g sat. fat), 535mg sodium, 107mg potassium, 21.9g of carbs, 1.3g fibre, 4.1g sugar, 6.6g protein

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Fat Talk

In light of a recent article from another biased “author” of a certain magazine, I know there are a LOT of people out there who probably have been experiencing a lot of internal fat talk. What is fat talk? It’s the act of putting yourself or others down due to being overweight (whatever your perception of “overweight” is). I used to do this a LOT when I was overweight. I used to think I wasn’t worth anything simply because I was overweight. Two years ago, I was revelling in the first long term success I had at weight loss attempts and started putting not only my past self down but OTHERS down as well for being overweight. Once I realized how appalling I was becoming, I nipped that in the bud pretty quick.

I now realize that my worth isn’t determined by what I look like. My worth is determined by how I carry myself, my actions and how I chose to speak to others. I don’t need to put others down to build my confidence. I found confidence within myself, not superficially.

Do I still engage in fat talk? Of course! I’m not perfect, I spent my whole life putting myself down for being overweight, it’s not going to go away overnight! So on those occasions when it happens, here are a few techniques I use to nip it in the bud and get on with my day!

Stop immediately. – Whatever negative thing you just said, stop immediately. Don’t feed it, don’t analyze it, just stop and go back to what you were doing.

Be positive. – Whether you just said, follow it up with positive statements. Be it a motto or a list of compliments focus on the positive as fat talk is inherently negative.

Be realistic. – What are you comparing yourself (or others) against? Most of it is societal “norms” which are actually media norms. Few of us are built to be a size 2, some of us will never see single digits. It doesn’t matter. What you see in the media is a gross distortion of the truth. With air-brushing, photoshopping and contorted images, nothing you see in a magazine is real. Do you really want to be comparing against something that isn’t real? It doesn’t make sense!

Be understanding. – This goes for yourself as well as others. If you’re in the middle of losing weight, not trying to lose weight or having a hard time beginning to lose weight, recognize that it isn’t easy and that just because you DO lose weight, it doesn’t mean that you’ll become any better a person than you are now. You are uniquely you, right here, right now, and that is beautiful! You deserve good things regardless of size. For many overweight people, their weight is NOT the issue, it’s a SYMPTOM, it means something is wrong. Be understanding of this. You don’t judge a person for having the sniffles when they have a cold, do you?

All in all, just remember that if you’d be appalled hearing a ten year old say it, why are YOU saying it? Your weight does NOT determine your worth, your weight does not determine another’s worth. Your weight is just that, your weight. No more, no less.


Do you engage in fat talk? What do you do to stop it?

October 25th, 2010

A Winning Combination

I have to say, I cannot wait until Daylight Savings Time! By the time dinner is all made up it’s now dark or nearing dark and that equals yellowy orange photos! Blech! Not cool!

Last night I decided to try my hand at another Indian dish. No, I haven’t given up on my coconut curry , I’ve just given it a break so that Alan and I don’t get utterly sick of curry! But I had a craving and have had my eye on Emily’s Indian naan pizza with homemade paneer cheese so I thought it would be a great time to try it!

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I followed her directions to a T and everything turned out! I was a little worried about the paneer as I have never made cheese at home and I couldn’t find any whole milk so I bought homogenized milk instead but guess what?!

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We got cheese! This was so easy to make! Just boil milk, add some lemon juice, stir until it curdles, drain out the whey and press for several hours. Instant cheese! It has a very subtle flavour with a bit of lemon in it, it was lovely!

I even got crazy and made the naan by scratch as well and too Emily’s cue to add cilantro and garlic to the dough!

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Once the naan was ready Alan and I got to work on the sauces. While I was cooking up the Spicy Spinach Curry Sauce , Alan was busy making the Indian Garam Masala Pizza Sauce! When all was said and done, we had a fantastic Indian meal!

I topped the spinach one with eggplant and paneer.

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Alan topped his with mushrooms, red pepper and paneer.

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This meal was incredible! Yes it took a while to make and I do think my naan was a bit too dense but it was all fantastic! Alan and I “Mmm’d” the entire time we were eating it! I thought the spinach sauce was great but the garam masala sauce was to die for! Alan did a fantastic job of making it! It was slightly spicy with a bit of sweetness to it, the spinach was creamy (due to the coconut milk) and with a curried bite to it!

While in the middle of cooking last night I realized just how well Alan and I work together. I had taken my computer and put both recipes up in different tabs and we carved out our own niches in the kitchen! Normally I don’t like other people being in my kitchen but not with Alan. There are some couples who just can’t work well together but somehow Alan and I are amazing when we work together. Whether it’s cooking, building something or just teaming up on a video game, we somehow know how to make it work! I remember last year we decided to make dinner for some friends and one of them remarked how soothing it was to watch us cook together!

I think it’s due to a combination of trust, delegating without being stubborn and I do think some intuition, we just seem to know what to do.

It’s funny how we can work really well with some people but with others it’s just best to go it alone! :)


What’s your favourite time-consuming recipe? Link to posts if you can!

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