What I Ate Wednesday

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Hi friends! How is December treating you?

Have you checked out my giveaway for a package of The Simply Bar’s most popular flavours and two bags of their Simply Protein Chips? It’s still on until this coming Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 midnight!

I haven’t had the chance to link up with Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday in a while, but I’m back.

What I Ate Wednesday Healthy Holiday Recipes

Breakfast: (sorry – no picture) English muffin with butter and smoked Gouda, hard-boiled egg, coffee with 1% milk (I decided it’s time to return to 1%, with the amounts of coffee I’m drinking lately – blame it on essays and exams)

Lunch: leftover mix – roasted tomato soup with butternut squash gnocchi (both found in the freezer and tossed together) shared with the little Mr.

Snack: spicy hummus + carrots, nonfat yogurt and the fantastic homemade granola Candice made and sent me in my latest Foodie Penpals package.

PM treat: hot chocolate (also from my Foodie Penpal package)

Dinner: Umm, this is random, but avocado and smoked Gouda sandwich on homemade spelt bread, cucumber, hardboiled egg, and french fries…

I can’t believe I had a bread success with this recipe. Perfectly dense, German-style bread (although a little bland).

Glasses of water so far: 3 (FAIL!) – I need a constant reminder to hydrate myself. Strangely, I keep offering my son his sippy cup with water, so why not for myself? It’s a mystery. Please let me know, if you have any H2O tips.

I’m usually fine in the summer, but now that it’s cold outside, I just don’t feel like it. Maybe a nice hot herbal tea instead of plain old tap water? This reminds me of the fantastic Mighty Leaf teas from the coffee shop I used to work at a few years ago – I might have to invest in one of those again (they are pricey!). Mighty Leaf Green Tea Tropical = soooo fruity and delicious and green tea has all the goodness of anitoxidants and helping weight loss, plus a little caffeine to boost.

Anyways, I digress. If you’re interested in more What I Ate Wednesday posts, make sure to check out Peas & Crayons.

I’m off to decorate the apartment and listen to Christmas songs study for an upcoming exam.

Do you have fun eats to share lately? Leave a comment! 

And don’t forget the giveaway!!! :)

Striving for Balance

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Hi friends, how are you?

I am busy, busy, busy! Essays are submitted but exams are coming up soon. Studying + taking care of the little guy are a crazy combo.

The sad thing is, when I’m stressed, healthy eating just flies out the window. In addition to all else that’s going on, I get so overwhelmed with having to plan out meals, grocery shopping (without a car), peeling, chopping, cooking, assembling, you name it. Lately, I can often be found eating dinner by myself because of our weird schedules, so I don’t even feel like setting the table properly.

It’s so easy for busy people, to get trapped in junk food routines and the resulting cravings of even more of that stuff. It makes me feel terrible (literally, I don’t feel good – bad skin, moodiness, fatigue, etc) and I sometimes need to remind myself of the importance of balance, even though I fall off the wagon sometimes.

Long story short, here are some of my personal strategies to ensure a balanced diet during stressful times:

1. The slow cooker is your very, very good friend! Spicy Black Bean Soup is not only high in protein and fibre, but the spice will warm you up on a cold and rainy day. Another favourite of mine is Rendang Beef Curry and Roasted Tomato Soup. It also works well to make big batches of food to stock in your freezer.

2. Layer your veggies: I often end up scooping my dinner on top of a handful of ready-to-eat, washed greens. I love the hot/cold combo and I can customize it any way I want. Works well with leftovers!

3. Pay for convenience: I’ll admit it – even though I love seasonal produce fresh from the farmers market, packaged, pre-washed and chopped veggies, fruit, and salads are all great to have in your fridge, when the least thing you want to do is peel and chop. With prepared veggies, all you have to do is throw them into a dish and you are good to go. Whole Foods hot bar is pretty steep, price-wise, but can be worth every penny if it saves you from having to stand in the kitchen for hours. I also love their oven-ready quiches (just heat and eat) with a big side salad and their spring rolls.

4. Compromise: If you do end up getting takeout, try to go for something other than burger or pizza. Subway is a favourite of mine, because I can load on the veggies and skip the mayo and sodium-loaded deli meats. When opting for frozen food, try to go for a thin crust pizza (I love McCain ultrathin spinach pizza. It’s lower in calories than a regular crust frozen pizza - 610 calories for one pizza). :)

5. Cheat: Even when I’m on an all-time best, when it comes to eating mindful and balanced, I always allow myself a treat. For me personally, it works better to eat a small piece of chocolate (or drink a hot chocolate…) when I crave it, instead of depriving myself from it. If I do the latter, it will most likely backfire and I end up eating the whole bar. But some people actually do prefer a more rigorous diet regime, so obviously pick what works for you. 

That’s it, no scientific background here, these are just my personal, tested tips and tricks to make sure my family eats healthy during busy times. Although not everything might work for you, I hope you find some of it useful. If you have any other tips to share, I’d love to hear back from you! Feel free to contact me or leave a comment, with your time-saving strategies for a balanced diet.

Now if I’d only find the time to catch a yoga class!


What? It’s Already Holiday Season?

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Hi friends, how are ya?

Life is crayzay over here: Writing essays, chasing a toddler around, going on the hunt for food (I’m living on junk convenience food lately), battling a cold and the usual daily shenanigans.

I also still have this big guy to work something out with:

He was supposed to go as Jack’o'Lantern on Halloween, but never made it. ;)

Pumpkin Pie Brownie coming up on the horizon.

For now, I just have to work on my last essay before exam season starts and then I am DONE! Can you believe it? This girl is finally getting her degree!

In other news: It’s Thanksgiving in the US today and this means it’s only 1 month until Christmas! If you’re already getting into the Christmas Spirit, feel free to check out last year’s Christmas Food.


Swedish Christmas Ham

Swedish Christmas Dishes

German Mulled Wine

Your turn: What is your favourite Holiday Food? Any fun or uniquie ideas that you want to share? Feel free to leave a comment, I love hearing about your tips and tricks and try new recipes!

If you’ll excuse me, I now have to go and be very, very thankful for my son, who played and entertained himself while I just had to take a few moments and stare at my laptop screen without having to think. I hope this semester is over soon, because this mama needs a break!