Training and I’m feeling a little dippy

Wow the past 2 days have almost been an entire blur! I’ve been in ASIST training at work and it’s consisted of a lot of information jam-packed into 48 hours of intense hands on group work!

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For those who don’t know about ASIST, it stands for Assisted Suicide Intervention Skills Training. As I work in a school board as a wellness coach, a big part of my job has actually been counselling with students and that includes cases that unfortunately can reach this point where they are in need of serious supports.

I’m definitely happy that I completed the course and know that it will be 100% helpful to me in the future within my job. For anyone debating whether or not to complete this workshop, I would definitely recommend it! It included a lot of experiential hands-on group work and open discussion and role playing. The role playing can obviously be a tad bit awkward but you get past that!

For lunch we opted for a timmies run! Can never go wrong with that. I tried the new spicy thai chicken soup, and yuuum! I loved it. I found it so amazing because I absolutely adore coconut and it had just enough of coconut-y flavour! I will definitely be getting that again the next time that I need a quick lunch.

delicious coconuty thai goodness
delicious coconuty thai goodness

I didn’t end up doing my usual morning gym session before the workshop today because I’m heading to hot yoga in about half an hour, but yesterday I tried yet another new workout!

Have you heard of the Nike Training App?

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My friend recently introduced it to me and I’m giving it a rave review! I gave it a go yesterday because as we all know, I need to constantly switch up my gym routine otherwise I get bored as heck and just end up dreading going. This app is amazing because the amount of workouts is extensive! Soo many choices and variations. And it’s in a video format with step by step talking directions so you can put your phone down and just listen to them tell you what to do!

There’s workouts that target particular areas of the body, whole body, cardio-based, strength based, even marathon training specific workouts!!! Not only that, but it offers either a beginners, intermediate or advanced workouts sections. like JEEZE I can not express how much I am loving this app!!!!

Yesterday I did a core-targeted workout called ‘to the core’. It was all strength based moves to really get at those abs and my abs are actually HURTING today! I’m not even kidding you. And that has not happened to me in a while, so yes, I am thoroughly impressed.

Oh, did I mention it’s free?

Anyway, enough of that. Now on to fooooood.

I love food, yes this is no secret. And lately I’ve been really into dips. Dip with everything! Veggies, crackers, bread, fruit, anything. Two dips that I’ve been loving lately: cookie dough dessert dip (amazing) and my lightened up taco-dip (amazing x2). Both were a hit with my gal pals when we had our ladies night this week while we also consumed wine and made fun of the bachelor.

It’s a weekly ritual that I look thoroughly forward to!

So here are the recipes for you to try out (trust me you want to try these out).

Cookie dough dessert dip aka the easiest dip in the history of life

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Ingredients:

1 cup light coolwhip
1 cup cookie mix
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend together and TADAH! I told you, the world’s easiest dip. Serve this with apple slices, graham crackers, pear slices and grapes.

Lighted up taco dip

taco-dip

Ingredients

2 tablespoons light cream cheese
1 cup 0% sour cream
1 tsp taco seasoning
2 tablespoons light mayo
1/2 cup mild chunky salsa
shredded low fat cheddar cheese to spread over top

Directions:

1. Blend together softened cream cheese, sour cream and mayo until well mixed.
2. Mix in taco seasoning until fully blended.
3. Layer this mixture onto the bottom of a bowl or dip dish.
4. Spread the salsa over top of the mix as a second layer.
5. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top

Then you’re all done. Easy peasy yet again 🙂 I love these with any classic veggies and pita or tostitos ofcourse.

Bring either of these dips to a gathering and they’ll be a big hit!

Homemade pulled chicken stew

Hey friends!

Colt and I have really been utilizing our crock pot that we have lately. And so this morning I wanted to quickly share with you I slow cooker recipe we tried yesterday.

I loooove slow cooker recipes because you just plop it all in before work or at lunch time, and by dinner, tadah! A delicious warm meal all ready to eat. Easy or what?

Since we’d already made chili in our crock pot last week, and pulled pork before that, we opted for a stew! I was really not feeling a red meat meal, so we decided on a hearty pulled chicken stew.

chicken stew

Ingredients:

2-3 chicken breasts
all purpose flour (1/3 cup)
4 carrots chopped
3 celery stalks chopped
1/3 white onion chopped
3 potatoes cut into the size you’d like
3/4 carton of beef broth
paprika, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper to season as you would like

Directions:

– cook the chicken and onion over the stove and season the chicken with the spices to your preference
– when chicken is completely cooked through, shred it with a fork and transfer into a slow cooker with chopped carrots and celery and potatoes
– add in the broth and flour mixture and stir until it is a good liquid consistency
– add in more of the spices according to your liking
– cook on low for 4-6 hours (or more!)

Then enjoy!
We had ours in the cooker for about 6 hours and enjoyed it with some homemade biscuits. DELICIOUS!

Gooey Chickpea Brownies

Yup, you read that right! CHICKPEA brownies! 

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TAKE A LOOK AT THAT DOUGH 🙂

These things are delicious. I’m talkin’ eat the whole pan and not even feel bad type of delicious.

I tried out the recipe this morning to bring over to a friends and tested one out before I bring them over. It’s taking a lot of willpower to not consume any more of these things! So I know I Had to take 5 minutes to share the recipe with everyone before heading out for the evening!

chickpea brownie

OOEY GOOEY GOODNESS

I got this delectable recipe from a blog by Rachel Schultz.

Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
16 ounces chickpeas
2 teaspoons vanilla
¼ cup almond or peanut butter
1 egg
¼ cup oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
⅛ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour chickpeas and vanilla into blender or food processor.
Pulse for a few seconds most peas are broken up. Add almond butter and egg and pulse for a few more seconds.
Transfer to bowl and combine with oats, baking soda, baking poweder, salt, and brown sugar. At first, mixture may seem very thick, but it loosens quickly while stirring.
Fold in chocolate chips and transfer to a 9×9 baking dish. Baking for 45-55 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly and serve.

Enjoy trying not to devour these in one sitting!

4 Ingredient cookie

So I’m in the middle of my day at work right now, having a little bit of a break.

In the high school we are working on a kindness campaign to spread as much joy and happiness in the community and amongst the schools as possible. A part of this campaign is baking up a storm in the school’s kitchen with the junior high students and dispersing them amongst the classrooms with positive messages.

One particular baked good that we made turned out being one of my new favourites. And it’s SO simple to boot. It’s a 4-ingredient cookie (my kinda cookie!) So I thought I’d share the recipe. You likely have these ingredients in your cupboard already so don’t be afraid to go home and give these cookies a whirl, they’re good for sharing (and to consume on your own hehehe) Plus you shouldn’t feel guilty having a couple of these because they are uber clean and healthy. Perfect combination I’d say!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 4 tablespoons of peanut butter (I prefer all natural)
  • 1 tablespoon egg whites

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well blended together, use the mixture to form round cookie balls and place on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes
  • Let cool for 10 minutes or so
  • Eat them up! Or hide them away so they don’t magically disappear from family, friends, roommates..

Keep in mind you can also add anything else to the mix! Nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, it’s all up to you and your taste buds!

Yes, they are as good as they look.
Yes, they are as good as they look.

Eggplant pizza recipe – so good!

Hey ya’ll!

This week has been one of adjustment. Last week I had started to get pain under my right kneecap, turns out, I have runner’s knee (boo). Although it wasn’t completely inevitable, it’s upwards of 70% of runners that actually experience this at some point in their running careers, and all that I can do for myself right now is to take the time needed to fully recover and get back at it.
Similar to when tapering before a marathon or long race, lessening mileage can actually be psychologically very difficult to delve through. This is what’s kind of been happening with me. It is seriously tough to transition from running EVERYDAY for a few miles and at least one very long distance run a week to what seems like barely any running at all. I’ve taken this time to definitely up my cross-training however. I’ve been using the bike and elliptical a lot and although it’s keeping my endurance up, I definitely am missing the wondrous feeling that overwhelms me after a strong run. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is what my body needs in order to get back at the sport that I am so passionate about.

Now that I’ve covered and updated you on the running piece of my life, let me share with you another new recipe that i have tried recently that is to die for: eggplant pizza!
To many, the idea of eggplant might seem iffy – I felt this way before trying it – but it is absolutely declines AND a healthy alternative to regular carb heavy pizza. It’s not even a difficult recipe and can be whipped up in about 20-30 minutes!

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Here is the recipe for you to give it a try, PLEASE give it a try. I promise your satisfaction.

Ingredients:

1/2 medium eggplant, sliced
1/3 cup tomato sauce (or pizza sauce)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
garlic sauce to taste
a few sliced grape tomatoes and spinach to top

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Arrange eggplant slices on lightly oiled baking sheet
3. lightly salt/pepper slices to taste and then put baking sheet in the oven, leave in for 5 minutes
4. Flip the eggplant slices, put cheddar cheese on the slices, then place them back in the oven to bake for another 5 minutes (until cheese is melted)
5. Take slices out, put a dollop of tomato sauce or pizza sauce onto eggplant slices, along with any remaining cheese and the sliced grape tomatoes and spinach
6. Bake the slices for another 5-8 minutes

All done! Eat up and enjoy!

Let me know what you think of this recipe, especially if you give it a try!