Nutrition & Food, Recipes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Smoothie!

So I'm kind of obsessed with smoothies!  I was surfing the internet looking for a new recipe and found this awesome one on Edible Perspective!  The original recipe can be found here.  It tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie and is really filling to keep you satisfied until lunch!  You can drink it all… Continue reading Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Smoothie!

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Running, Training

#MotivateMe Monday: Upcoming race!

Hi everyone!  I hope Monday has been kind to you!  Today I am linking up with Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel to stay on track with my training for my upcoming trail race! This race will be my first ever trail race and I am getting super excited!  On Saturday this weekend I ran my first long run since I have… Continue reading #MotivateMe Monday: Upcoming race!

Nutrition & Food, Recipes

Cinnamon Granola

This awesome recipe was on my friend Megan’s blog!  I posted it here again to share!

Note: The more wet ingredients you use (esp. maple syrup and honey), the more clusters you will have in your granola. Add in more of either once you mix the original ingredients together.

– 6 pitted Medjool dates plus 1/4 cup of warm water

– 3 cups oats (I used quick oats that I had at home, but rolled oats may be better for you if you like bigger flakes)

– 1/2 cup raw almonds (or any nut/seed combo)

– 1 teaspoon whole flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon cinnamon

– 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

– 1 – 2 tablespoons maple syrup

– 1 – 2 tablespoons honey, plus more to drizzle

Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla, dried fruit, unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:photo 1

– Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

– Cut up your pitted dates and put them in a small bowl. Either add 1/4 cup of hot water from your tap or boil your kettle and then let it cool a bit before you measure out 1/4 cup and add it to the dates. Let this sit for 3-5 minutes. *NOTE: Dates are naturally sweet, so this is a substitute for any added sugar. If you don’t want to use dates, you can try using 1/4 cup warm honey – you will probably get lots of clusters.

–  In a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients (oats, flaxseeds, almonds). *Note: I didn’t have any slivered/chopped almonds so I just put some through my magic bullet to grind them down from their full size.

– Stir the dates in the water and add in the coconut oil (which will probably melt in this mixture because it is already warm), maple syrup, and optional vanilla.

– Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir well. You should have a slightly damp mixture with some clumps (dates).

– Lay this mixture out on your lined baking sheet and spread it around evenly with a spoon. At this time, you can drizzle more honey (or maple syrup) over your mixture if you wish.

– Bake for 15 minutes then mix the granola around on photothe baking sheet. The parts on the edges will cook faster, move these towards the middle. Bake for 10 more minutes and then stir again, moving the edges inward. You can also add more honey drizzle or cinnamon over the granola at these intervals.

– Return to oven for remaining 10 minutes and then let cool before your transfer this to a jar or tupperware container. *Note: Your kitchen will probably smell like a cinnamon-and-maple cloud of happiness.

breakfast with megan

I’m really into granola and granola-like cereals but they’re usually full of sugar so I decided to try to make my own. No sugar added, less fat than the store-bought kind, and still yummy! Give all the granola to meeeeee. Baking is also a de-stressor for me so I made this when I finished my essay yesterday. 4 more to go …

Note: The more wet ingredients you use (esp. maple syrup and honey), the more clusters you will have in your granola. Add in more of either once you mix the original ingredients together.

Ingredients:photo 4.PNG

– 6 pitted Medjool dates plus 1/4 cup of warm water

– 3 cups oats (I used quick oats that I had at home, but rolled oats may be better for you if you like bigger flakes)

– 1/2 cup raw almonds (or any nut/seed combo)

– 1 teaspoon whole flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon ground…

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Nutrition & Food

Friday Five: Foods you should try!

This week's Friday Five linkup is themed favourite spring foods.  I am joining Courtney, Cynthia and Mar for the Friday Five Linkup. The theme of this post is perfect considering Easter is just around the corner!  Here are my five favourite spring foods: 1) Deviled eggs Deviled eggs hold a special place in my heart in relation to Easter.  When I was little… Continue reading Friday Five: Foods you should try!

Fitness, Running

Wild Workout Wednesday: 10 Tips for your First Marathon!

Happy Wednesday! I am joining the girls at Wild Workout Wednesday to share my thoughts.  Be sure to check out Annemarie, Angelena Marie, Upala and Amber for lots more posts on fitness and health!  This week I thought I would talk about 10 things to know before your first marathon! Running your first marathon can… Continue reading Wild Workout Wednesday: 10 Tips for your First Marathon!

Outdoor Adventures, Running

#MotivateMe Monday: Race Season is upon us

Hi everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your Monday!  Today I decided to link up with Fitness Cheerleader and Running Rachel to talk about my training and stay motivated through this change in season! I am so excited that it is finally beginning to warm up and I can get outside to get consistent with my training… Continue reading #MotivateMe Monday: Race Season is upon us

Outdoor Adventures

100 Finds! A Week of Spring Geocaching

This past week I finally hit 100 finds!  After only geocaching for about 10 months I was super excited to make it to 100 finds.  Usually these finds come during a vacation exploring a new city or while out on the trails!  The 100th find came on a walk with my boyfriend near his home.… Continue reading 100 Finds! A Week of Spring Geocaching

Nutrition & Food, Recipes

Strawberry Nice-Cream

breakfast with megan

BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS ICE CREAM…

(more specifically, I needed a midnight snack)ncecrm2

Ingredients:

– 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

– 1/2 cup frozen mangoes/pineapple/peaches/etc.

– 1 full banana, cut into chunks and frozen

– 1/2 – 3/4 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

– 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if needed while blending)

– 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

– If you don’t have any frozen bananas, just cut one up into tiny chunks and put it in a Magic Bullet cup in the freezer for a few hours.

– After that/if you have frozen bananas handy, add all ingredients into a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.

– *Note: Magic Bullets can be kind of weak, ncecrm4so I let my frozen fruit sit (in the cup) on the counter for an hour before blending, then added the protein powder, lemon juice, and milk when I was ready to make it.

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Outdoor Adventures, Races

Polar Rush Obstacle Race: Race Recap!

I officially tackled my first obstacle race today and it was so much fun!  Ever since obstacle races have come around I thought it would be something my family and I would enjoy and we did!  We took part in the inaugural Polar Rush obstacle race not too far from our home! This race boasted… Continue reading Polar Rush Obstacle Race: Race Recap!

Fitness

Friday Five Linkup: Things I’m Loving!

This Friday I decided to join Courtney, Cynthia and Mar for my first Friday Five Linkup.  The theme of this post is spring and I am so excited that spring has finally arrived!  Here are some of the things I am loving right now: Running in the daylight.  I love that when I get up to do… Continue reading Friday Five Linkup: Things I’m Loving!

Nutrition & Food

WIAW: my first linkup post!

This week I decided I would join Peas and Crayons on the What I Ate Wednesday link up!  Turns out she has sent the link up over to Clean Eats, Fast Feets to host this week.  Today was the weirdest day in terms of eating patterns for me but I committed to doing this post so here… Continue reading WIAW: my first linkup post!

Nutrition & Food, Recipes

Lentil Salad to Spice up your Lunch!

I found this awesome recipe for Lentil Salad that my boyfriend and I decided we needed to try!  This recipe is vegan and contains lots of protein to keep you full for a long time.  It is best if you make it ahead and let it sit for a bit to soak up all of… Continue reading Lentil Salad to Spice up your Lunch!

Fitness, Workouts

Surfset Fitness Review: A wicked way to shake up your workout!

I had my fourth Surfset class tonight and I am officially in love!  I have tried three different types of the class and tonight was my favourite.  The Nourish members have been so nice and welcoming and I have loved getting to try these classes! The first class, Surfset Balance, was a slower paced class that… Continue reading Surfset Fitness Review: A wicked way to shake up your workout!

Fitness

Five ways to make the most of a fitness trial!

Today is the conclusion of my two week intro at the yoga studio in town.  It was an unlimited pass which I could use to try any or all of the classes they offer.  I brought my sister along today for my last class! I signed up for this because there were a few different… Continue reading Five ways to make the most of a fitness trial!

Nutrition & Food

Jumping on the “Lunch Bowl” Band wagon!

I had to jump on the band-wagon and make my own "bowl" for lunch.  This was a great way to use up leftovers and create a dish filled with whatever flavours I felt like for lunch.  In my bowl I included: Cottage cheese Dried cranberries Royal gala apples Kale Feta cheese Red onion Quinoa Cucumber… Continue reading Jumping on the “Lunch Bowl” Band wagon!