Things I’m Loving “Monday” 4 (Tuesday)

Hey all!

It’s been a hectic past few days and weekend, so I didn’t have time to post my things I’m loving segment yesterday, but here it is!

First of all a recap of my last few days – it was a gorgeous weekend with amazing weather! I got a chance to go to the beach, hang out with friends, family biking, and had new pet visits with my friends brand new kittens (so cute!) Yesterday was a crazy looooong day at work. Meetings after meetings pretty much, and my sickness (talkin’ an elephant standing on my head) did not help whatsoever. Then my night consisted of lesson plans for my wellness programming in the school board. WOW! But not I am feeling a bit more organized and relieved.

I can also take this time to share with you my favourite workout of the weekend! 6x6Workout_thumb

This is again thanks to the wonderful PBFINGERS blog! If you take a look under her workouts tab there are plenty of routines that are good to give a try. I like this one because you can challenge yourself and get what you put into it. The hardest part for me was actually the push ups, I need to work on those!

Now let’ s get to the things I’m loving…. 🙂

  • Catching up with old friends and laughing your toosh off

Who doesn’t love this?? By random chance, my elementary school best friend messaged me on Facebook and it turned into a conversation with another one of my old friends, Laura, this went on for over an hour and we just reminisced together over old times and traveled down memory lane. It was actually the best timing too because I was having a rough day. It’s crazy how reaffirming connections and your relationships with others can re-instill your feeling of purpose and love in your life! If you’re ever having a rough day just give an old friend, new friend, family member a call! It will make a HUGE difference.

  • Free stuff!

I am the Queen of free things. I love free stuff. But I especially love free things that actually will bring purpose into my life. My work team had a community showcase over the weekend where I was able to collect multiple wellness tools that I will use! I’m talkin water bottles, snacks, vegan soap, new agenda, and there were also a number of free draws to enter! Fun stuff!

  • The fact that the PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE IS BACK! 🙂

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I do not even need to explain nor justify my happiness for this… Pumpkin everyday!

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  • Baby kittens!

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These are the cute kittens my friend just got! They have yet to be named. They’re sister kittens, anyone have name ideas?

  • Cauliflower crust pizza recipe

Pizza in general is amazing, we all know that. But putting a healthy spin on it is always good and makes us feel better about the indulgence. I found this recipe which actually wasn’t too difficult and turned out so deliciously! The hardest part I found was actually grating the cauliflower. If you have a good blender (which unfortunately I don’t) it would make it much easier I’m sure!

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Ingredients:
1 cup raw, grated (or chopped in food processor) cauliflower*
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
(may add other Italian spices as desired–such as dried or fresh basil)
Any other desired toppings

Directions

Makes 4, 1-slice servings. Can be doubled for a larger pizza

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or use parchment paper. (Optional: Use coconut oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before laying dough onto baking surface. Increases calories but I like health benefits of coconut oil. Some in this forum may not appreciate using this oil.)

In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg, mozzarella and all desired spices. Press evenly on baking pan or pizza stone.

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (up to 20 minutes if you double the recipe). You may turn over once if desired.

Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese. (Get creative and top with chopped apples and cheese or your own combinations of whatever you like on a pizza. Some examples to choose from are jack cheese, onion, fresh or dried tomatoes, artichokes, shredded/cooked chicken, turkey pepperoni, pineapple, mushrooms, marinara sauce, bell peppers, whatever peppers you like, fresh mushrooms, fresh basil…your imagination is the limit.)

Place under broiler, on high heat, until cheese is melted.

Reheats nicely and can still be held in the hand, even the next day. (If you don’t press “dough” too thin, make small rounds and add enough egg to hold together.)

Pizza crusts can be frozen after the initial baking and used later.

*If using frozen cauliflower, prepare according to package directions. After cooked and slightly cooled, shred cauliflower with a cheese grater, (or grater blade on food processor) and then measure for the recipe. (An “unpacked/loose” cup.) Be sure to drain WELL.

Guestimate~Approximately 2 1/4 cups of 1″ cauliflower would grate into one cup of grated (or riced) cauliflower.

For lower calories, substitute two egg whites for whole egg and low or no fat mozzarella cheese.

Don’t spread this too thin or it will fall apart; if it’s too thick, it’s doughy in the middle.

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!

Saturdays call for new breakfast recipes!

Saturday’s are for smiles, sleeping in and simply great food!

I love to take my time on Saturday mornings and enjoy some slow and stress-free time (usually).
This morning after waking up and taking my pup for a nice little walk around the neighbourhood, I decided to take a crack at a new breakfast recipe!
Not going to lie, I have quite the sweet tooth and most often crave CARBS in the morning, so naturally I would choose a recipe that satisfied this need. Of course my breakfast choice is always still made sure to be a healthy one too! After all that is the most important factor!

looks delish!
looks delish!

So, today’s breakfast menu was:

Peanut butter & banana oatmeal, topped with walnuts, cranberries and cinnamon

SOOOO delicious! And so easy. It’s literally made with just those ingredients plopped all into a bowl and mixed up. But here’s exactly the method that I followed:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp PB2 powder (But of course you can use natural peanut butter as well)
1/2 banana
1/2 cup plain oats
1/3 cup of plain vanilla yogurt (to make everything mix together better)
1 Tbsp cranberries
2 Tbsp walnuts
dash of cinnamon (I like to use this ingredient LIBERALLY, and it’s amazing for your health!)

Directions:

– Lay out all the ingredients needed
– Put half of your yogurt on the bottom, then 1/4 oats, 1/4 banana, 1 Tbsp PB2 into your bowl
– Put a second layer of the remaining amount of your ingredients in the same order – yogurt, 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 banana, 1 Tbsp PB2
– Mix it all up nice a good
– Top off the bowl with your walnuts, cranberries and cinnamon
– DIG IN and ENJOY 🙂

Tell me what you think of the recipe if you give it a try!

It’s especially a good breakfast for when you’re planning on hitting the road for a run later on or going to the gym because it’s giving your body those healthy carbohydrates it needs to energize yourself through the activity. I find that eating something like this beforehand makes a huge difference because it’s a lot more easily digestible compared to having a high protein breakfast (less cramps and indigestion!)