De-Stressing April

Is it April already? My brain and my calendar are telling me yes, but my eyes (and, apparently, the weather gods of Waterloo) are saying NO.

I can’t believe we’re into the spring and have highs of ZERO with about 15 cm of snow outside. Exactly what I wanted during finals season. πŸ˜₯

Gratefulness, Cindy, gratefulness!

On a much happier note, Saturday + Sunday were my first days of yoga teacher training. You’ve seen me do yoga before, and maybe you read my big spiel about why I want to become a yoga instructor – but now it’s actually REAL.

From 9:00 to 4:00 every other weekend with Waterloo’s yoga QUEEN, Asia Nelson, the mastermind behind Pranalife Yoga. And I finally got to wear that blue-green T-shirt that I got a couple weeks ago! Wearing my favourite colour makes me so happy.

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We did some legal stuff, contracts, and agreements, and spent some time doing a standing sequence on Sunday. We’ve also been discussing a LOT of anatomy, which is good review since I’m taking a couple anatomy courses right now. You’d think that Asia was a Kinesiology major by the way she describes anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. Wow!

Only downside was my sore butt sit bones ischial tuberosities after sitting on the hard studio floor for 6 hours. I kept on shifting from my knees to my butt and sitting in all different positions on the pillow. It was kind of like sitting through 3 elementary school assemblies in a row! We did get to take walks/mini naps during break times, though. πŸ™‚

And we had to take the classic traditional first-day selfie. No idea how this lady managed to fit 20 people into one shot. She’s a goddess, I tell you.

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Sometimes I feel like I’ve been absolutely everywhere, but that is probably the biggest lie I’ve ever told myself. Have you tried using My Travel Map on Facebook? Really opened my eyes – the world is MASSIVE and there is so much more that I have to see!

I’ve been to Disneyworld and Disneyland in California and Florida (as a kiddo) and lived in Taiwan and China for a couple weeks. Two summers ago, I lived in Quebec and spent last summer with my sister in FranceΒ (BEST. SUMMER. EVER). We’ve also visited the lovely Sunshine CoastΒ before I moved to Waterloo, Ontario.Β This summer I’ll be able to add to this map because I will be living in Nepal!

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Delicious, dessert-like oatmealΒ (my love) – recipe coming in just a couple scrolls. Is this divine or what?

Breakfast for dinner really hits the spot sometimes. Two mediocre whole wheat thins (bleh, I like “thicker” carbs), reheated sweet potatoes, and a super cheesy spinach and mushroom omelet.

Here’s that oatmeal recipe! Pear, dates, and coconut milk make an exquisite combination that is quite fancy in my opinion! Chia and flax are totally optional, so leave ’em out if you don’t have them. Salt is a must, in my opinion because it enhances the natural oat-y flavour and makes the sweetness of cinnamon and vanilla pop.


Coconut Pear Oatmeal

Serves 1
INGREDIENTS
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 date chopped small
  • 1 scoop coconut milk, optional
  • 1/2 pear, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp chia
  • 1 tsp flax
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine oats, almond milk, chopped date, salt, chia, flax, and cinnamon in a pot over medium heat. Cook until thickened.
  2. Stir in pear cubes and coconut milk.
  3. Cook until desired consistency.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Serve with toppings!

For some reason, some chocolate banana bars appeared on top of my oats! I have no idea how they got there, but they didn’t last long πŸ˜‰

Fresh lasagna… from the freezer. Totally good.Β I don’t think there’s anything better than a microwave dinner that you KNOW is good for you – even though it’s made with cheese, carbs, and layers of deliciousness. Steamed broccoli and parmesan is my new favourite side.

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Baked oatmeal, a spin off of THIS HEAVENLY BANANA BAKED OATMEAL RECIPE (sorry for the caps – just too excited about it!) with bananas, with blueberries – devoured on a busy morning. Tastes like a big muffin. πŸ™‚

Quick but nutritious lunch that involved butternut squash soup and more of those plain whole wheat thin buns topped with egg, spinach, and cheddar.

Oatmeal pizza cookie! Wait, what? Yes, you just read those three words in a sentence. And it turned out pretty well, so I’m gonna share the recipe with you.

The icing is definitely the best part (as for all cakes/cupcakes/bars), but the base is nutritious, flavourful, and easy to make. This was a fun breakfast because I love switching things up! Oh – and don’t miss the crushed nuts on top. Adds lots more texture!


Super simple and definitely one of those things that you can make many of, and then freeze!

Oatmeal Blueberry Breakfast Pizza Cookie

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 flax egg: 1 tbsp ground flax with 1.5 tbsp water, let sit for 5 mins
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp yogurt (I used Greek)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • pinch cinnamon
  • splash vanilla
  • maple syrup to taste
  • 1 banana
  • crushed nuts, berries, or any toppings you desire.
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheet with foil and sprinkle with oat flour.
  2. Make flax egg.
  3. Add maple, applesauce, and vanilla. Whisk well.
  4. Add cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add flour and mix. Roll into a ball. Wet your hands beforehand to prevent sticking.
  6. Press the dough ball into a circle.
  7. Bake for 18-ish minutes.
  8. While baking, mix yogurt, PB, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple for topping. Slice banana.
  9. Decorate pizza cookie with toppings.
  10. Enjoy!

Have a bite! The texture is a little hard to describe. It’s chewy, yet has crispiness and denseness. Like a real pizza or a tasty salad, it’s the toppings that make the “vehicle” so delicious. If you’re ever feeling brave, this is the recipe to try!

Hummus on pita with an omelet… again.

I don’t know how many times I have to eat curry in a month. You probably see photos of my curry in every post, whether that’s an indian curry or a Thai-style green/red curry.

Apple almond pancakes made another appearance. This is now one of the only recipes I use – super simple, absolutely delicious, and crazy healthy. The blueberry syrup is simply maple + frozen blueberries popped into the microwave until it becomes compote-like. And hemp hearts always add a bit of that magical look, right?

Inspired to practice some yoga at home when the sun was still out and it looked like spring!

And more on another day. I’m still working on holding my crow pose for a couple more breaths, and I hope to get my feet down on the wheel pose. That’s always a pose that I have to practice after lots of stretching – backbends, like Asia taught us, can be risky. Now I’ll definitely be more careful about this and ask myself WHY I want to do the wheel so badly. Am I gonna launch out of bed in a wheel shape? Would I grab something off the floor by bending backwards? No. So why risk injuring one of the most precious parts of the body – just because it looks cool and feels satisfying? Do I WANT to be able to do a perfect wheel or a flying compass – at the expense of needing a hip replacement or suffering from a slipped disk in the future? Is it worth it? I don’t know.

Sorry. Rant over.

Check this out! TOTALLY relevant for April, which happens to be de-stress month and the glorious month of final exams. Take a look at this infographic. Do you take naps? How do you feel about them? I personally don’t, because I know that a 20-minute nap will turn into a 2-hour nap, which will inevitably lead to me staying up even LATER that night.

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One more thing – Monday was our last day of classes! This selfie was taken with our beloved French teacher. I’m going to miss having her as my prof because she was always so enthusiastic and great at explaining + simplifying things. (PS: just realized she totally looks like a student. Leslie the French teacher is the one on the very left!)

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That’s it for today! Have a great week πŸ™‚

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14 thoughts on “De-Stressing April

  1. Hi Baby, I believe you had a great week! Yoga, cooking, baking, school, studying, hang out with friends, going to cafe wow , you are busier than me! And also talking on the phone with your sister! Thank you for keeping maymay a company.

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  2. “My sore butt sit bones ischial tuberosities”! LOL! I loved this so much XD you have no idea how important I think sleep is. Number one priority for everything! I’m also really excited to try the breakfast pizza cookie and the Thai curry!

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