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Snacky snacky….


Hope everyone is well! My day was a hodge podge of sorts–woke up late, grabbed coffee with a friend, picked out a recipe for a dinner party I’m throwing tomorrow, went grocery shopping….and then back to the grocer’s because I forgot one of my key ingredients! D’oh!

I started off my day with a yogurt bowl:

Yogurt Bowl

I used:

  • plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • handful of almonds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

It was full of chocolatey goodness! Then I met a friend for coffee–I had a large coffee from Tim Hortons with 2% milk. We had a great talk about reflecting on the past year and our goals for 2010.  After my multiple trips to the grocers, I was ready to try out the recipe I had selected for tomorrow’s dinner party:

Baked Pasta Casserole

The recipe is from 101 Cookbooks–a gorgeous site I happened to stumble on today. Apart from not being able to find medium sized shell pasta at the grocers and adding some shredded chicken breast, I followed the recipe as is. I substituted penne rigate for the shells:

Baked Casserole Pasta

This was a lovely baked pasta but not what I had in mind for tomorrow. I was looking for something with a little more moisture. My plan is to combine this recipe with Giada’s Chicken Tetrazzini recipe. My goal is to make a baked pasta that has a slightly creamy (but not heavy) consistency, has lots of veggies in it and a bit of shredded chicken breast. I can see the recipe in my head, you’ll see it here later tomorrow evening! 🙂

Gonna start working on tomorrow morning’s  announcement post!



ps. I finally got around to updating my Blog Roll! Please check it out–lots of great blogs there! 🙂


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How to get out of a funk

Ever feel like you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed? That certainly was the case with me today. First off, I overslept and ended up waking up at around 1pm–I actually still thought it was early morning when I woke up because the room was so dark. I pulled myself out of bed, clomped downstairs in my slippers and noticed that the whole main floor was dark. The clock on the wall said 1:13 pm. I head on over to my front door and this is what greets me:

Gloomy day

What a gloomy, gloomy day. I felt as if I had automatically woken up in a bad mood. I felt tired, my head hurt and I just felt like crawling back into bed. I knew that ultimately I would be better off just carrying on with my day, so I prepared my arsenal…


I started off with 3 glasses of water as I figured I was probably dehydrated. That didn’t seem to help. I then made a Green Monster out of 2 kale leaves, 1TB flaxseeds, 1/2 frozen banana, 1TB vanilla yogurt and 1.25 C 1% milk.  After taking a couple swigs of my Green Monster, I started to feel more alert.


Slowly, as I sat beside the fireplace in my living room, my headache faded away and I began to feel less fatigued. By the time I finished the last of my ceylon tea I felt much more like myself. I was able to convince myself to get dressed and head over to the gym.

I ended up doing 35 minutes on the treadmill–I walked at a 3.5 mph pace on an incline of 8-11, maintaining a HR of 150 bpm. I can’t tell you how much better I felt after my workout! This combination of water, Green Monsters, tea and exercise really did the trick and lifted me out of a very bad funk! I will definitely have to keep this in mind should this happen again.

On my way home, I ended up meeting up with a friend for coffee–just a regular coffee with some 2% milk. Once home, I inhaled an orange and began to prepare dinner:

Linguine with clams

I made spelt linguine with a baby clam sauce. This was delish! For the sauce I used: garlic, shallots, parsley, white wine, olive oil,  tomato sauce and 1 can of baby clams. I added in salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and oregano to taste. I don’t have any quantities as I didn’t measure anything other than the olive oil (1.5 tsp for 2 servings). To garnish, I sprinkled grated parmesean and added fresh parsley.  To finish, I had some mixed greens dressed in olive oil (1 tsp) and balsamic vinegar.

Mixed greens

So that’s my day. How do YOU get yourself out of a funk???

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