Strazzled! โ˜น

So strazzled – that’s stressed + frazzled – right now!

I just came back from the dentist, so a quarter of my face is numb. It’s 6:40 and I won’t be “unfrozen” (anaesthetic wears off) for another three hours. My mom had a great meal planned – tomato scrambled eggs with edamame, cabbage with krill, and corn and scallion saute – but I won’t be eating it tonight. Or tomorrow night! I’m volunteering for the school talent show, and apparently I have to be there from 3:00 to 10:00, or whenever it’s over! The show ends at 9:30. How do my classmates LIVE without eating home-cooked Mom Meals? I can’t even think about it.

I also have emails to respond to, homework to finish, tests to study for, and summer things to organize…

GAH.

So I opened up my blog, and here I am… typing this up. This is gonna be a quickie post because I will be getting math help at 7:00!

Anyways, here are some of the meals I’ve had lately, in no particular order. I hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Raisin bread French toast (egg + cinnamon + milk) with almond buttah on top. No maple syrup at home – the horror. This was eaten dry!

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Banana oatmeal topped with granola.

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Mom Dinner – fried rice, chicken + onion saute, wintermelon, and mushrooms + scallions.

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Fried rice (this was with shrimp and scallops) is SO good!

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More oatmeal: this time with banana on top, and maple syrup. This was a fantastic bowl!

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Lunchtime! Quinoa salad with feta cheese, mixed greens, sundried tomatoes, and leftover butternut squash. Also had an orange and some peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s.ย I always eat my peanut butter pretzels for a snack in English class.
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Curry for dinner. This was a rushed dinner because I had to go to a hospital orientation – eaten at 4:30, natch! I love curry, and of course I had seconds.

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More French toast…?!

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Curry leftovers – this was gross. We putย leftovers in the steamer (one from Taiwan), with some quinoa on the side. This looked and tasted like hospital food. Bleh! I think I’ll be scared of coconut curry for a while…

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That’s it for now. I’m still not in a good mood. Did you know that the teachers will be going on strike AGAIN next week? We had Wednesday (yesterday) off, but I was volunteering all day at a local art school. I can’t believe that school will be closed again next Thursday. This is ridiculous! Apparently the bargaining isn’t getting anywhere either. It sucks that students + parents are caught in the middle, or “held hostage by the government” according to this morning’s news anchor.

Two bad days, coming up… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Green Peanut Butter Milkshake + Lately

Hi!

It’s 9:00AM now, and my mom and I should be getting ready to go to the Farmer’s Market, as we do every Sunday – but it’s POURING outside. The market is starting up now, and I hope the vendors brought their tents! Sadly, Silverhill Orchards, one of my favourite vendors (BEST peaches and apples, ever) isn’t here this season! I sure hope he’s going to be back in the summer. His cherries and strawberries were amazing.

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^That’s my doggie, Arnie. This is my first time sharing photos of him, but I think I will do this more often! I love taking pictures of him. ๐Ÿ™‚ Arnie is four now, turning five in August. Have we really had him for over four years?! Crazy! He’s still a puppy to me.

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This weekend went by really quickly, but I got a lot of tasks doneย – including math practice for my test tomorrow. Solving logarithmic equations aren’t that bad. I actually like math! I do need to do a bit more math tonight, though.
I also finished my Leadership project. It’s a HUGE tri-fold poster, filled with write-ups about all of my volunteer work. It’s also studded with photos and souvenirs, like little art projects. I’m so proud of it. Both sides of the tri-fold are stuffed to the max with bordered paragraphs and pictures. It’s great! I can’t wait to show people at the Leadership gallery next week.

And check this out! It’s a meal plan for this week, but it’s so general.
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My mom and I know that we want to include lots of egg dishes for dinner, so we’re planning to have chive eggs, tomato eggs, and even shrimp eggs. I love any Chinese dish that has eggs in it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesterday, Mom and Dad went to Costco without me (waaa! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ) and they bought goat cheese. I tried some yesterday, with dungeness crab ravioli. More on that in a sec! They also purchased 3 cartons of Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. I cooked my oatmeal in it this morning, and it was really good. Sweet and a little nutty, but without the vanilla taste of Blue Diamond almond milk. Unfortunately, it also contains guar gum and some other thickeners, which I’m not crazy about. But methinks that the awesome taste + lower calories + being organic can make up for that.
I sort of got off-topic. Anyways, we’re also planning to cook coconut curry with a NEW curry spice mix that was made locally. I’m really excited for that! I also want to have chickpeas at the end of this week, because I haven’t had them for a while. Easy to cook, creamy yet firm texture, super yummy, versatile, and loaded with fat-free protein… go chickpeas!

By the way, Ms. Boddez, if you’re reading this, keep reading! That green monster smoothie is coming, I promise! ๐Ÿ˜›

So… here are the meals I’ve been enjoying lately.

 

Breakfasts

I had cereal one morning after our Whole Foods trip. These were on discount, and they weren’t that bad. The Whole O’s were gluten-free, and they were a bit too crunchy. I think Cheerios are better, especially when you consider the price! The Panda Puffs, which I’d stupidly expected to taste like Reese’s, were really crunchy, too.

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The ingredients and nutrition facts if you’re interested:

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My bowl – topped with strawbs and sliced banana.

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Grilled almond butter and banana sandwich, pan-fried in coconut oil. These sandwiches are too good, and they’re gone way too quickly!

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Oatmeal topped with yogurt and sliced peach (yes, there’s oatmeal under there!). The first peach of 2014 for me! It was not a good one. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Sprinkled with chia seeds and eaten with a big scoop of almond butter.

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Oatmeal in a jar is one of my favourite breakfasts. Basically, when you have an almost-empty jar, you dump your hot oats inside. Watch the nut butter meeeeeeeeelt and get all yummy. Then top it with sliced banana, granola, and whatevah else. It’s delicious, and… it’s fun to eat breakfast out of an almond butter jar.

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Pancakes for me! Remember the pancake pile-up I posted? Here are more p-cakes! These were made with a mashed banana and flax. See that pancake pile-up post for more deets on exactly how I make my pancakes!

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Lunches

Whole Foods big chicken + arugula sandwich with mixed green salad + strawberries and poppy seed dressing, and a nice orange for dessert.

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Pretty much the same thing, but with some Trader Joe’s peanut butter pretzels and a chopped kiwi.

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No sandwich this time! Same salad, this time with sliced toasted almonds. More pretzels. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Quinoa, corn, and spinach stir-fry topped with Costco rotisserie chicken drumstick and thigh (no skin).

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I put lots of lemon and black pepper on this. So yum! Rotisserie chicken is so convenient, and the dark meat parts are incredibly juicy. Mmmm!

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Dinners

This dinner was incredible! Steamed eggs with krill, braised ginger mahi mahi with scallions, and tofu stir-fry with chives from our backyard. Sprinkled with sesame seeds and served on white rice. See this post for another great Mom Meal that involves one of my favourite herbs: Chinese garlic chives.

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Really, really good. My mom’s cooking is seriously the best. Be jealous!

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Same tofu + chive stir-fry, this time with noodles and spinach, plus a fried egg.

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This was a pretty disappointing dinner: egg fried rice with chopped broccolette and steamed broccoli. One Mom Meal I didn’t like!

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This meal was made by me… which is why it sucked.

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Lemon and brown sugar chicken, which was supposed to taste like sesame chicken. It didn’t. And there’s also some Israeli couscous from Trader Joe’s, which I cooked in WAY too much lemon juice. It was SO sour – my mom took one bite and gagged! Then she composted the rest. Roasted garlic broccoli was a little too oily. Bad dinner!

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Good dinner by Mom! This was beef + broccoli, tomato scrambled eggs, and some tofu with ground pork. I only ate the tofu.

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Seconds, of course!

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I had leftovers the next night. Microwaved for a minute and a half, this tasted like it was just-cooked.

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Tomato scrambled eggs are SO good on white rice… the tomato-ey mush makes a creamy sauce that seeps into every crevice in the rice. It’s amazing!

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Spicy tofu is yummers, too. Hmmm, which picture is better? I used both because I couldn’t decide. I think the tablecloth makes this meal so photogenic. :mrgreen:

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Whole Foods Trip #1:

^my next WF trip will be on my next post – this one has too many photos already!

We started with soup: Indian curry soup. A little hot for me, but I loved it! Iย think I had 1/4 of this?

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Then we had a sandwich. Chicken, pesto, arugula, and brie on ciabatta. Really good, but not my favourite. I still like the turkey apple brie and the big chicken + arugula.

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Hot bar time! Me at Whole Foods = Piggie. Yes, I ate this bowl (minus a couple bites from Mom). After half of the sandwich. And the soup. :O

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The best part was the blueberry French toast, which I got just for fun. It was topped with little marinated berries, yogurt, and some granola. It was like dessert! I loved ending my meal with it.

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Whole Foods Trip #2:

If you’ve been scrolling all this way just to see my all-time favourite smoothie, then… you rock. ๐Ÿ˜›

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I’ll just make it short: green smoothies are practically liquid green gold. Loaded with nutrients and packed with protein, this is practically a multivitamin. It’s also super easy to make and takes mere minutes to whip up. Plus, it keeps me full for HOURS. Try it for breakfast with a slice of toast or some fruit. I guarantee you’ll be full until lunch! Best of all, this green smoothie tastes like a straight up peanut butter milkshake. Any spinach taste is 100% GONE, totally hidden by the creamy, sweet banana and rich, slightly salty PB. So don’t let the green-ness scare you – I promise this will NOT taste like grass! …ew.

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If you like bananas and peanut butter, you’ll die for this!

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The night before you plan on eating this, peel and slice a banana, then freeze it. Did you know that bananas contain tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – and can help battle depression? They also regulate blood sugar (ie. your mood!) and prevent cramps. Because they’re also loaded with fiber, they’ll keep you full and soothe your digestive tract. Oh yeah, and they’re super sweet without any fake sugar. I like ripe bananas because they’re so sweet – the ones with brown spots are the best for smoothies/oatmeal.

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Start by rinsing your spinach. You’ll need about two handfuls. I usually use two large handfuls – if you use too much, you might taste it. I’d stick to three handfuls max! I like Earthbound Farms and Organic Girl baby spinach. I buy them from Wal-Mart and Superstore. Dry ’em up.

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Put frozen banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter in the blender. You can also use almond butter or sunflower butter (any nut butter would be great). Nut butters are high in protein and healthy monounsaturated fat, which is heart-healthy.

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Now, add a big blob of yogurt (I like Greek Gods honey yogurt), a big pinch of cinnamon, and about a teaspoon of flax. I go crazy for cinnamon – I usually add 1/4 of a teaspoon, but I like things super cinnamon-y. You can also add a drizzle of honey here, especially if your yogurt is unsweetened. Why not try coconut yogurt for a coconut-banana-peanut butter smoothie?! OH, and there’s no Greek yogurt in these pics simply because I ate it all the night before… oops. :mrgreen:

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Greek yogurt is much higher in protein than regular yogurt, and flax is packed with omega-3 (AKA healthy fat). I’ve tried this without the yogurt, too, and it still works perfectly. Cinnamon is also a natural antioxidant, plus it’s also said to lower blood sugar. Some people claim it revs up your metabolism, too – therefore burning more fat – but I just like the taste!

Plop the spinach on top, pour in some milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk – USVAB, but any milk would work), and get blending! Blend until there are no more flecks of spinach. Then you’re done! Pour this heavenly liquid into a tall glass, add a straw, and drink up.

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It tastes oh-so-decadent, but it’s loaded with good-for-you, wholesome ingredients. A green smoothie is also one of my favourite ways to energize after school. It’s a great pre/post-workout snack. If you can’t finish a full serving (I often can’t), cut the ingredients in half! Simply freeze half a banana, use one handful of spinach, etc. Easy peasy. The only hard part is washing the blender… thanks Mom. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Whew! That was a really long post. Did I mention I have a logarithms test tomorrow? Thanks for reading, and bye for now!

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY!
Have you tried green smoothies? Do you like them?

Goat Cheese + Avocado Toast, and MORE Good News!

TGIF! ๐Ÿ™‚

Actually, as I mentioned in my last post (which, by the way, you should look at, because THOSE. PANCAKES.), this week has just flown by. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of May already – less than a MONTH until school is out! My summer is pretty much planned out: summer school (Physics 12), {hopefully} researching medical science/working on a science fair project with a UBC professor/doctor, volunteering at a local art camp, studying for SATS, baking, blogging, and going for walks in the sun. I’m not really excited for the summer school part, but I’m sure everything else will be a BLAST.

Like I mentioned in the last post, I’ve been re-loading pictures onto the old posts (the photos were deleted, remember?). Here are the newly-fixed posts. If the headline interests you, click on the blue link! It will take you to another tab.

Easy, quick, and healthy lunch ideas
Amazing Whole Foods hot bar + sandwich + desserts
Coconutty strawberry pancake stack
Really good Mom Meal: Braised Ribs + Broccoli + Egg Dinner
Dessert for breakfast: creamy chocolate peanut butter oatmeal
Maple-soy salmon with edamame and butternut squash, Chinese chicken salad with sesame dressing + Trader Joe’s Shopping List
Seafood fried rice… covered in cheese?!
The story of apple pie oatmeal: a failure
Amazing weekend: pancakes, oatmeal, sushi, dessert, stir-fries, and leftovers for lunch!
One of my #1 favourite Mom Meals EVER: taro chicken stir-fry, steamed eggs, sauteed broccolette on rice

Seriously. Click. I just spent three hours fixing up the darn pictures. So time consuming, but worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So… I’ve got a goodie for you today.

It’s creamy.
It’s crispy.
It’s cheesy.
It’s crunchy.

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It’s goat cheese + avocado toast with a fried egg on top!

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Okay, it’s sort of a rip off of my cheesy avocado toast (better photos), which I’ve been making FOREVER (no photos ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ).

And it’s SO easy to make, not to mention healthy, filling, and super quick. I’ll show you how!

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Start with a slice of bread, halved bun, whatevs. I used a halved focaccia bun from the local bakery. It’s studded with all kinds of Italian herbs, and POPPYSEEDS, which are super addictive. I highly recommend using a high-quality, herby bread. I’m sure ciabatta or French baguette would taste great, too. Just steer clear of those flimsy Dempsters white bread slices. Anyways, toast it up!

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Mash an avocado. If you’re using a big one, half will be enough. But I like to buy small avocados so I don’t have to be wasteful (no doubt half of it will be sitting in the fridge, turning brown on the edges, before I can think of another use). So, mash it up and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Lots of lemon juice for me – I love lemon flava. You can also season it here with salt/pepper/garlic powder/red pepper flakes, but I used a few grinds of black pepper only.

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Arrange some mixed greens, spinach, or arugula on the avocado. Mmmm, arugula. I use mixed greens here, but arugula is definitely my favourite green!

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Plop a fried egg on top. I like my yolks extra runny! Sorry for the dark photos – I really wanted a bite.

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Dot the fried egg with big hunks of goat cheese. I got some yummy goat cheese medallions from Trader Joe’s. Goat cheese is really, really different from creamy mozza and sharp cheddar. My mom says goat cheese tastes more “raw”. It’s not really milky, either – I think it’s kind of like a ‘fermented’ sour cream cheese?

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Sprinkle with black pepper. I added some red pepper flakes for heat because I was feeling spice-ay. I usually hate spicy food, so I think I did this mostly for aesthetic appeal. ๐Ÿ˜‰ DONE! What was that, like, 10 minutes?!

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Dig in!

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Runny yolk is life. As you can see, I start by picking it up with my hands, but then… I can’t resist the temptation of breaking the yolk. Knife and fork to the rescue!

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This is so, so good.

Creamy, herby, salty, crispy, fresh, and made with minimal yet flavourful ingredients. Enjoy this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

I guess, if you wanted to make this lower-calorie, eliminate the goat cheese and add extra greens… but why would you?! It’s already an open-faced sammie – we’re already ditching half of the bun. Woot! Plus, the cheese makes it so tangy-good.

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^ or with your math homework. This cheesy toast makes logarithms not-too-bad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a GREAT weekend!

Pancake Pileup + Good News!

Hi! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’re having a great week. I can’t believe it’s Thursday already – one more day until the weekend. This week just flew by for me! I think it’s because we had Monday off (Victoria Day). Can we have that every week?

As you know from this post, all of my blog’s photos have disappeared. Fortunately, I’ve been digging around my computer’s recycle bin to find them, and I’ve fixed a couple posts! It took me an hour last night to upload and match each photo to the right post, but it was so worth it. I can’t stand reading blogs without pictures.

Unfortunately, there are some posts that I just can NOT find the photos for. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
Here I’ve linked you up to the re-done posts, with re-uploaded photos! (in no particular order)

Pancakes, beef stir-fry, noodles, homemade cranberry orange cake, baked banana oatmeal, salad, awesome ravioli

My number-one, all-time favourite, best ever blueberry muffin oatmeal

Lots of inspirational food photos from around the ‘net (okay, this post was AFTER the pics disappeared, but still!)

Pancakes, cheesy egg + avocado toast (Mmmm, this looks really good right now!), muffin on yogurt with berries (so does this! Wish I had a muffin.), and a Mom Meal with fried basa and veggies. Plus a sweet Chinese brownie cake for dessert!

Overnight oatmeal + Trip to America: Trader Joe’s and Olive Garden pasta lunch!

Pancakes, sushi, TJs brownie, salmon + squash, salad, Chinese noodle soup, more salad, and curry!

Food court food: stir-fry and Qoola (yogurt bar – check out my toppings overload!)

Lemon yogurt cake, amazing Mom Meal with braised chicken and stir-fry, berry oatmeal, goat cheese + berry + pecan salad, and more oatmeal

Mother’s Day: homemade pizza and yogurt-muffin-berry dessert

So there you have ’em! For the even earlier posts, I’m still working on reuploading the pictures. You’ll see them soon – when I’m done, I’ll link you up again.

Now… are you ready to drool over some pancakes?!

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Yes, I know I post pancakes on pretty much EVERY post, but that’s because I have them every week. Since I have so many pancake photos in my Blog folder on my desktop, I thought I would share them with you all at once.

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Why do I like pancakes so much? Easy-peasy – they look irresistable, they’re so quick to make (they take me about 20 minutes, decorating and all), taste HEAVENLY, and I don’t feel like I’m committing a “health crime” either. These are hearty, whole-grain, and bulked up with yogurt and fruit. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with an egg + yogurt + whole wheat flour + baking soda. I don’t know why some people think pancakes have to be a failure in the health department. As long as you don’t drown them in butter and syrup, they should be fine! Oh, and I cook my pancakes in coconut oil. It doesn’t add much flavour, but I feel a lot better about using it, as opposed to butter. Plus, it doesn’t burn as quickly as butter – coconut oil has a very high smoke point.

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I also like to add mashed banana to the batter. It really bulks up the pancakes, and makes them so sweet without added sugar. Bananas also make the texture really, really tender. But watch out – you have to use a really ripe banana! Without those beautiful black spots, your pancakes won’t be as sweet. I hate green-tipped bananas! I also throw in some flax, chia, shredded coconut, and Greek yogurt blobs that taste AMAZING on the doughy p-cakes.

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Oh, and we can’t forget about nut butter! I think the reason I like pancakes so much is because four/five pancakes = four/five blobs of nut butter. Peanut, almond, sunflower, and Barney Butter – ALL for breakfast? On the same plate? Yes – SOLD!

By the way, that photo above is one of my favourite pancake photos of all time. Check out how round those p-cakes are! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, that’s FIVE different nut butters: Barney Butter (almond), natural almond butter, salted caramel peanut butter (OMG YES), regular peanut butter, and sunflower seed butter. I have no favourites – love ’em all equally.

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And I have no idea why I have two photos of scrambled eggs. On this day, I had them simply scrambled with cubed cheddar and topped with black pepper.

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Here, they’re scrambled with shredded spinach (warning: it waters down the eggs, even if you add cheese) and pepper. Banana-berry smoothie on the side.

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Anyways, back to pancakes. Strangely, I don’t like my pancakes in a stack. It seems like they’re gone way too quickly! Say it takes one minute to eat one pancake (believe me, it takes WAY longer than that!). That means it takes four minutes for me to devour all four. But when they’re all piled up, they’re demolished in a minute. I like to enjoy my food over as much time as possible!

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Plus, when you spread the pancakes out, you get more surface area for NUT BUTTER! ๐Ÿ™‚

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By the way, chia seeds used to freak me out. I thought they looked like gross little bugs (I’m terrified of fruit flies!). Now, I think they look gorgeous on the yogurt blobs and pancakes. I love how they pop out in pictures, not to mention their “bubbly” taste and ridiculously impressive health benefits. Go chia!

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Another thing about pancakes: they keep me full for HOURS. There’s carbs and fiber from the whole wheat flour, plus an egg for protein, and flax/chia for healthy fat. On top, I put nut butters and yogurt, which are essentially protein,ย more satiatingย fat, and dairy (yogurt). And I’ll ALWAYS have either a banana or some berries (both = even better!), for a serving of fruit.

Let’s just ignore the fact that I also need a big squirt of maple syrup.

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Here’s to the best breakfast ever?! Pancakes are probably #1 in my book, but they BAREEEEEEELY beat oatmeal.

It’s 2:30 now – we had an early dismissal today, woohoo! – and I’m going to be baking something after I’m done my math homework tonight! I’m so excited to make lemon poppyseed muffins. Mom bought a new muffin tray and I’m really looking forward to making big, fluffy, lemony muffins. Bye for now, and stay tuned for another great post. Hint: it involves a blender and lots of green. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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^ love that picture. Okay, so… bye… again…

A Week of Inspiration

Hi!

How are you? I hope you’re having a great week – today is Victoria Day, which means no school. ๐Ÿ™‚
Mom and I spent the afternoon at Whole Foods! We had lunch there, of course, and I am stuffed. Big bowl at the hot bar + a sandwich, and then two sweet petite desserts AND samples. Totally satisfied – I don’t even think I’ll need dinner tonight!

Today I’m going to share some inspiring foodie photos from around the ‘net, and I hope you like them as much as I do. I’m SO ready for a week of healthy eating after indulging on frozen yogurt, food court stir-fries, and cheesecake. I actually started today with a big green smoothie (pictures will be coming up soon!) but the trip to Whole Foods set me back just a little. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

These healthy snacks sound really delicious. I’ve never had a plain hard boiled egg for a snack, and I actually haven’t had them for a while… I think it’s time to start cracking some eggs! #25 isย a bit of a stretch when it comes to “healthy snacks”… but I do think that a cup of chocolate milk would hit the spot after a workout.

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BTW, this isn’t my post – I don’t think I would spell “tomatoe”, “bananna”,ย “fetta”, or “chocolat”.

#spellingnazi

 

These two meals are doing a great job of reminding me what a healthy dinner should look like. I sometimes overload on Mom’s delicious meals of meaty stir-fries and white rice, but I like how these two dinner plates are nicely portioned out. They both look like 50% veggie and a lean protein. I think I would like some brown rice or quinoa with this dinner though!

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I can’t believe it’s almost summer – GRILLING SEASON! โค I’m on pins and needles for charred salmon. Oh, and peaches. And cherries. And strawberries on ice cream. *sigh*

 

This photo belongs to Simply Scratch – I think it was one of her recent lunches. Looks heavenly, no?! That’s grilled chicken breast, chopped tomatoes and orange bell pepper, sunflower seeds, and hard-boiled egg on spinach. I want to have this for lunch one day!

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No words to explain this rainbow of nutrition. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We bought grapes at Whole Foods today, and we’ve also got all kinds of delicate berries in the fridge. Can I just have a yogurt berry bowl for dinner?!

 

On a similar note, check out this fruit + dip bowl. I think that’s Nutella + Greek yogurt on the bottom left? Insane! What a great idea. I’ve done this with peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon before, but I think it would be just DECADENT with Nutella. Must try!

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Now, these four photos belong to one of my favourite bloggers, Garden of Vegan. Nope, she doesn’t eat animal products at all, but these four incredible meals don’t look like they’re missing anything. That smashed avocado on toast is making me drool, and I love how toasty sweet + salty that tofu looks. And then there’s that granola + yogurt bowl with English muffins? O-M-G. The lighting of these photos is perfection.

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That’s it for now!ย I also fixed up my oatmeal page, so you should check that out as well! I had to dig through some reeeeeally old files to find the photos, but they’re back – wahoo!

So… thanks for reading, and I hope you visit again soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Late Lately

Hi everyone.

As you know from this post, all of my photos have been deleted. I’m trying to bounce back and leave the other posts the way they are (no pictures). But from now on, you’ll see lots and lots of pictures, I promise.

And I’m sure you’ve been wondering what I’ve eaten lately! Here we go!

Pancakes for breakfast. Made early, early in the morning with berries and banana. I’ll make a new “healthy pancake substitution” post, because the last one got zapped of all the photos. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Simply ze best.

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Topped with the usual – the best honey Greek yogurt, cha-cha-cha-chia seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut.

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Shh-meared generously with nut butter – here we have sunflower (I just typed snowflower, I have no idea why!) and peanut.

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Little bit of maple syrup for dippage. So good!

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I had to go to a first-aid recertification on this day, so I packed my lunch up to go. Leftover pancakes from breakfast, with almond butter smeared inside. Almond butter pancake sandwiches are to die for! Also had an orange and some peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s. They’re all natural, and I love how crunchy + flavourful they are. You can also see my water, phone, and tissues in here!

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Snacktime – fruity yogurt bowl with berries and honey-roasted pecans. I clearly can’t stop sprinkling chia on anything with berries or yogurt.

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Mon souper: beef and broccoli vegetable stir-fry. Yum! Sprinkled with tons of toasted sesame.

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Notice how my mom always goes above and beyond! Beef + broccoli? Nah – she’s all for carrots, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini.

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Served on the best fluffy white rice. Here’s Mom photographing my bowl!

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I had seconds, of course. :mrgreen:

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And maybe thirds…

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Another day, another dinner. Chicken broth with Chinese noodles, a fried egg (it’s hiding under the noodles!), spinach, and sauteed scallions. There might be some bok choy in here, too. Unfortunately Chinese noodle soup just isn’t my favourite. This was not a very good dinner.

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Remember that cranberry orange bread/cake I told you about? Voila!

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I actually thought it was a little too sweet and orange-y. I also added a bit too many dried cranberries. It was tasty, but I was disappointed nonetheless. I think it’s because my expectations were set too high after the muffins from Matchsticks blew my socks off.

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Yummy banana baked oats for breakfast another day! Comment below if you’re interested in a recipe. It’s one that I made up myself, and I’ve never looked back. So creamy, decadent, and a 100% healthy real-food breakfast.

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I love baked oats to death. After half was in my tummy, I added a big scoop of honey Greek yogurt and some almond cookie crumbles. Yeah, I went there. Cookie crumbles on oatmeal.

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Oh, and let’s not forget that cute little blob of peanut butter.

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Salad for lunch!

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The usual fixings – goat cheese, berries, nuts. Homemade balsamic dressing to toss the mess in.

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All stacked up!

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Snack – more yogurt with berries and chia. I told you, I HAVE to sprinkle chia on everything sweet!

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Dinner here is organic portobello mushroom ravioli (from Costco) and steamed broccoli. Sprinkled with a little parmesan, just to make the photos extra pretty. This dinner was plain and simple, but totally satisfying. The black pepper adds a ton with zero effort. Easy + quickie.

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The filling in this ravioli is killer. Creamy, flavourful, chewy from the mushrooms. 5 stars from me.

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Oh, how I’ve missed steamed broccoli! It almost becomes sweet? I just tossed a couple big trees into the ravioli pot in the last few minutes of cooking, and they came out perfectly tender and soft. I actually like mushy broccoli – shhhh, don’t tell anyone!

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That’s it for now. I’m actually getting excited to post again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess what? FARMER’S MARKET TOMORROW! I am so excited. Normal teens are probably sleeping after a night of concerts/movies/partying – but I’m up extra early to make oatmeal and scour the market for fresh, local produce.

Stay tuned for my next post. It’s gonna be a good one. Bye for now!