Posts tagged ‘Overnight Oats’

July 26th, 2010

Changing It Up

Have I ever told you that I get migraines? No? Well, I do. I do and they suck. Big time. I had my first one when I was 13 and have had them a handful of times a year since. There was a two year hiatus that coincided when I first stopped eating meat but my theory that it was meat related went out the window when I got two in one week.

Anyway, I only bring this up because yesterday I got one as soon as I sat down to order dinner at a pub. Alan and I had planned a nice dinner and movie and as soon as I started looking at the menu I started seeing my tell-tale sign: a halo. It’s sort of like when you look at the sun and then look away and you see spots but then it becomes circular so I can see inside and around the circle but where the circle is I can’t see a darned thing. It’s highly distressing. But last night I became stubborn, I really wanted a nice dinner and go see a movie. So Alan become my hero! That fabulous man ran all the way to the drugstore, bought me some meds, ran all the way back to the pub to give them to me, then ran all the way to the theatre to get our tickets (lest they be sold out) and then ran all the way back to the pub where his dinner was waiting. My hero.

I popped the pills (the only time I don’t think twice about popping pills is when a migraine is involved) and by the time we were quarter way into the movie it was gone. *phew*

If you’re wondering (and even if you’re not), we saw Inception and if you haven’t seen it, go! NOW! I LOVE Christopher Nolan, I think he is one of the few filmmakers/screenwriters who creates original, thought-provoking and real dialogue. He’s also one of the few filmmakers not to rely solely upon CGI which is why the zero-gravity scenes in Inception are amazing!

Anyway! This weekend I also made “Linda’s Ginger Chicken” from How It All Vegan!

For my first major recipe from this book, I’m impressed! Basically, the “chicken” is just gluten flour and water that’s kneaded and chopped up. Then I marinated the heck out of it and cooked it. It was really tasty! However, next time I’d probably lay off the amount of ginger it calls for, it was a LOT and I know it’s called “ginger” chicken for a reason, it was a bit too gingery. But I made a double batch of the “chicken” so I think I’ll play around with it and see what I can create!

Breakfast today was a large batch of overnight oats to satisfy my hunger from yesterdays 14k run!

  • 1/2c rolled oats
  • 1/2 greek yogurt
  • 1/2 vanilla soy milk
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tbsp macadamia cashew butter
  • 1.5tbsp chia seeds
  • Toppings were: half a large banana, four sliced strawberries, a blob of coconut butter

D-freakin’-licious!

I still have more of my project to work on so dinner needed to be quick and easy. And funny, for a while I had no idea what I wanted and was drawing a blank for veggies, I came out with a star-studded veggie dinner!

Portobello Burger with Avocado & Sweet Potato

All I did was brush a portobello mushroom with a bit of EVOO on both sides and grill it for about 10mins (flipping half way through). I added it to a sandwich thin along with some feta (it’s under the tomato, on top of the mushroom), tomato, onion, avocado with 60 pepper hummus and sundried tomato pesto. I heated up a sweet potato and slathered some coconut butter on it (one of my favourite combinations!)! It was super tasty, super filling and I wish I made two!

As a bit of snack later on I pulled out the first recipe I’ve made with my dehydrator!

Kale Chips!

I got the recipe from Raw Food Talk and thought I’d give it a try. It took 24 hours to dehydrate and stank up the basement all day but in the end they’re not too bad! I probably wouldn’t make them all the time but it’s a fabulously healthy snack and will be bringing some in with me for lunch tomorrow!

I’m not turning into a Raw Foodie but I do love experimenting with different types of food and do agree with a lot of aspects of raw food philosophies. A LOT of nutrients are lost in the cooking process so when you eat raw you’re eating the nutrients you were meant to eat. I also know first hand just how great I feel after I eat a predominately raw food day. It’s great for the skin and easier on the digestive system! You’ll probably see a lot more raw food recipes in the future!

Varying your food intake is really important. Eating the same food every day can cause nutrient deficiencies which can potentially cause problems down the road. To make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs, change it up a bit! And the easiest way to do this is to explore and try new food! Besides, you might find something you absolutely love that you would never have known about had you not decided to give it a shot!

When it comes to food, are you a creature of habit or do you like to change it up?

June 25th, 2010

The G-I-Can’t-Wait-For-This-To-Be-Over-20 Summit

This morning’s breakfast was so boring that I’m going to show you yesterday’s breakfast instead as I got home laaaate from school and just needed my bed.

Chocolate-Peanut Banana Butter Overnight Oats

Oh yes I did.

  • 1/2c rolled oats
  • 1/2c natural plain yogurt
  • 1/2c vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • unsweetened coconut flakes

It didn’t turn out as rich as you’d think but it turned out great for a morning of oats. I made a bigger batch again because I find that it holds me over longer than 1/3c so for long days I may do this on school days more.

And you’ll never guess what I found today?!

I have been looking EVERYWHERE for these and I thought they were only at Whole Foods and I’m nowhere near a Whole Foods but it turns out I can get them at the nutrition store right across from work! They only had flavoured in the small and then plain in a large carton so I grabbed a small to try. I would LOVE to use this in place of Gatorade on my runs. I know they don’t serve these during races but the less manufactured crap I can put into my body the better.

My review of this? I wasn’t impressed with the berry flavour but I like the light coconut flavour. It wasn’t heavy, it was cool and refreshing and with 40mg of sodium and more potassium than TWO bananas, I think I’ll grab a carton of the plain and try it out. It’s a bit expensive so I don’t think I’ll be using it all the time but I’m so happy to know where I can get some!

Dinner was quick and easy as I have a bunch of things to do, one being to get about 90% of my project done so I’m not frantic about it when I get back.

I just grilled up a veggie burger – not healthy at all – topped with sundried tomato pesto, a sweet potato with baba ganoush and some asparagus (getting as much asparagus into us before they go out of season!).

This weekend in Toronto, if you haven’t heard already, the G20 Summit is being held. In my strong opinion it’s a ridiculous waste of money what they’ve done to the city spending over a BILLION dollars of our tax money including a “fake lake” costing $57,000 that’s not even permanent. The government has blocked off a huge perimetre around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and has even placed SNIPERS on the buildings surrounding the centre. And just today I found out that a supposed “secret” law was passed that allows police officers, until June 28th, to arrest ANYONE who doesn’t answer their questions about seeing ID or what they’re doing in the area. Of course, who knows how true that is. How many businesses are losing money this weekend because of this? The entire downtown core is shut down all weekend, many businesses are serving the bare minimum because security won’t allow produce trucks to enter into the area. People are getting accosted by both security/police and protestors alike. Canada is a HUGE country with TONS of open land and they chose downtown TORONTO?!

*calms down*

Thankfully, I leave the city tomorrow for the weekend! I have a wedding to go to and am excited to attend (even if I have to go solo as Alan’s busy preparing for the opening of his theatre). Ever have family friends that are so close that you call them Aunt and Uncle? Well, I do, and their son, Kerry, whom I’ve known all my live-long days is getting married! I have yet to meet the bride, Courtney as I haven’t seen Kerry in years but I hear she’s an awesome woman! I’m looking forward to getting all gussied up and see two people in love say their “I do’s”.

I promise to blog before I leave tomorrow morning though and then have a great recap on Sunday!

Todays Tip: When you’re going out of town but still want to get some exercise in, Google local gyms and call to see how much a day pass will be. If you’re a runner, plan your route in advance (useĀ www.mapmyrun.com), make the route easy, make sure it’s safe to run there and have fun with it! On Sunday I get to run in my hometown and I’m SO excited to run along the beach!