“You’re Supposed To Be In Australia!” and The Cure for Embarrassment

I have officially had a romantic comedy movie moment. It was a series of choices that I made this morning that got me to a certain thirty second interaction at Starbucks and evidently one of my most awkward moments as of late.

Below is a play-by-play:

1) I went to my gym and had an amazing workout. I spent a lot of time with kettlebells, the prowler and finished with twenty minutes of stretching with a foam roller. I felt quite accomplished afterwards! Note: This is not where it all fell off but I need to start at the beginning

2) I showered at the gym-this is a rare occurrence but I did not want to go outside all sweaty in two degree weather

3) I realized that I forgot my bra and I only had my grimy sports bra and I did not under any circumstances want to put that TaTa Tamer back on! I decided to go without it. Now you may see where this is going…

4) My girl friend offered me a ride home so I threw my bag and jacket in the backseat and climbed in to the passenger seat. My hair was a damp mess, I was still flushed from my workout and I’m makeupless. Note: I am a hot mess

5) We decided we needed coffee so off to Starbucks! We decided to run in and grab some coffee. Note: I have completely forgotten that I am not wearing a bra at this point-only a hoodie-and leave my jacket in the car.

6) I grab my coffee and make my way over to the condiment stand when I hear a familiar voice that I have not heard in over a year

7) I start to tremble and I look up to see my him…the one who moved halfway around the world and I was confident that I would not have to ever see him again. We make eye contact. Oh no, this is going to be bad.

8) He says “Hi” and instead of saying something normal I say “You’re supposed to be in AUSTRALIA!” This was an out of body experience that had me screaming at myself in my head! Stupid, stupid, stupid!

9) I turn the colour of a tomato just in time for him to smile (that stupid amazing smile) and say “Nice to see you too.”

10) I mumbled something incoherent and then rush back to the car.

We broke up almost two years ago and I am so proud of where I am at right now; I have a career, I have great friends and family. But, there is just something horribly wonderful about that smile and those green eyes. I think we all have one of those people, the ones that leave you weak in the knees and you hate them for it. But I am a big girl and I can handle it!

Lessons learned for today:

1) Wear a bra at all times

2) Chocolate helps heal all woes-including embarrassment-The Almond Joy Bites below help with this

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Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

The winter is bitter here in Toronto and sometimes all I want to do is curl up and order in. It was a sad day when I had to add peanuts to my sensitivities especially because I LOVE Thai food.One thing that I have to be careful with my allergies is takeout-especially Thai food as peanuts and soy can creep their way in there. Growing up I was not a fan of fresh ginger. I liked it in gingersnap cookies and that was about it but now I cannot get enough of it and this dish satisfies two things: takeout Thai and my love for ginger.

Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet. Those are the four aspects of most Thai dishes and this bison dish does not disappoint! You could use a variety of different protein: ground chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, or ground pork. Just make sure that it is freshly ground and that it is a high quality meat-I use Beretta, Cumbraes, or Rowe Farms.

This is great served with kale, roasted cauliflower, or if you eat grains-warm brown rice or quinoa.
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Grab the recipe after the jump!

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A Not So Proper English Trifle

Not So Proper English Trifle
Tis the season to indulge! Sugar, big dinners and drinks! While they are all well and good the feelings afterwards is not. This breakfast/dessert bowl is part of my attempt to not over-indulge this season. I will allow myself some treats (like this one) but it is full of the Triple F’s (healthy fibre, fats, and fruit)! It reminds me of the proper English Trifle that my Grandmother likes to make for Christmas dinner; layers of Grand Marnier laced whipped cream, sponge cake, mandarin oranges, custard, raspberries and chocolate shavings. I used to look forward to it as a kid and delight in shoving my face full of it. That was before I learned of my allergies and long before I cared what I put in my body.

This recipe calls for coconut cream which is the fat of coconut milk. What I like to do is keep a tin of coconut milk in my refrigerator at all times. The fat solidifies on the top and I can easily scoop it out and use it in recipes like this and then I can use the milk for coffee or tea. It is extremely versatile and you can add basically any flavouring to it-try cocoa powder it’s the bomb!

This is seriously the easiest thing to make and it feels silly to post a recipe but it is available after the jump!

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4 Things

Here are four things that I am loving this week!

1. Cocomama Foods: Orange Cranberry Quinoa

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I know, it’s technically not Paleo but I eat quinoa once a week. This is cozy and warm and perfect for on the go! It’s gluten free, dairy free, soy free and it is sweetened naturally-so much better than those scary instant oatmeal packs!

2. Last Rep: Clean and Jerky from Beretta

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Just beef jerky-100% organic and nitrate free. My post gym go to and it’s delicious! I also love the fact that it’s local to the Toronto Area.

3. Kale Kickers from benourished

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Again, a local product! I like the Spicy Lime-they have a great kick and are seriously addictive! Normally I would make my own but my oven kicked the bucket recently and I have yet to get it fixed so these will have to do!

4. Sleepy Bear (aka Sleepy Time Tea)

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I picked up a box of this the other day and immediately it brought me back to when I was three and my Mum would make it for me before bed. Sleepy Bear Tea, as I called it, is curl up in a ball good!

Rainbow Wraps!

For some weird reason I was starving tonight. Ravenous. I-could-eat-an-entire-cow type of hungry. Now that I think about it, I only really grazed throughout the day as it was pretty hot outside and when I am warm I don’t want to eat much.

After my run I wanted some spicy and veggie filled but something that would still have a kick of protein as well. I had a ton of veggies in my fridge and since I am heading to NYC on Wednesday I figured that I should clear out as much as possible before then.

I present to you…Rainbow Wraps.


They are ridiculously easy! They are light and fresh; perfect for hot summer nights.

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Rainbow Wraps

Makes 2

Ingredients

2 large romaine leaves

1/2 C baby kale, chopped

1/2 mango, diced

1 tsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1/4 avocado, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 red pepper, diced

1/2 cucumber, diced

12 shrimp, devined and tails removed

1/2 C pineapple juice

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 C lime juice

1/2 tsp smoked chipotle pepper

Directions

1. In a small dish combine together the pineapple juice, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, smoked chipotle pepper, lime juice, and cumin. Cover and refrigerate for at leas 30 minutes.

2. For the guacamole mixture: in a small bowl mash together the avocado, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice and set aside.

3. In another small bowl combine the kale, peppers, cucumber, and mango and set aside

4. On a grill or over medium heat in a cast iron skillet cook shrimp until pink (about 4 minutes)

5. Assemble the wraps: Smear the guacamole mixture on a romaine leaf, top with the rainbow slaw and then finish off with the shrimp

6. Eat and enjoy!

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Meal Prep Sunday

It is an excuse that I hear a lot “I am too busy to eat healthy” that cannot be farther from the truth! All it takes is a little planning, some tupperware and an hour. It is simple and you’ll have at least four meals.

No more excuses.

I like to go to my local farmer’s market on Sunday mornings and stock up on fresh local produce, meats, and eggs and then wander home and cook for an hour. I was fortunate enough to pick up garlic scapes, salmon, chicken, broccoli, and asparagus.

I am not to post any recipes along with this because it is very simple to cook a chicken breast and steam broccoli. This is meant purely as inspiration!

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It is just so simple! I like to draw little hearts on the eggs that are hardboiled and store them all together. Not only is it convenient, it is also cute and makes me smile when I look at them!

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It’s Good To Be Back Again

Well it happened.

I took a break from blogging. That is a lie. I was in a funk and  I had writer’s block- a horrible 3-month long bout of it but I am oh-so-happy to back at it!

A lot of changes have happened over the last three months. I accepted a promotion at work and I have been working like crazy because of it. However, I absolutely LOVE my job and the consistent challenges that it presents so I really would not have it any other way!

The second change is that I am moving! While it is not far (it’s actually within walking distance from my current apartment) it will be my “very first big girl all by myself no need for a roommate or boyfriend I can decorate it anyway I want apartment!” Needless to say I have spent many hours scouring Pinterest for decorating inspiration and organization ideas. I am impulsive and I have been packing my apartment since February 28th the day after I found out that I got my new apartment. I have been purging and getting rid of a lot but I still feel like there is so much to do! And as I sit amid my boxes and the remaining few odds and ends (really, what box am I supposed to put the one CD that I own or lightbulbs?) I cannot help but feel overwhelmed! But the excitement of fresh paint, new bedding, and setting up my first completely Paleo kitchen outweighs the anxiety that I am feeling. I also feel so incredibly accomplished to have the ability to be able to afford my own place!

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I need to go back to packing/cleaning/and a run but I wanted to leave you with this picture of Murdoch who is experiencing anxiety over moving-I caught him tossing his dragon in to a box this morning. Adorable! I cannot wait to get in to my kitchen to start whipping up some new recipes that I have been working on!

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Head Up. Heart Strong.

I have come to realize that we all have bad days, weeks, months but it if we choose our attitude then we can change it. I had a crappy weekend but after hanging out with my oh-so-wise Mum I realized that I can choose my attitude and the situation will start to look up! Head up and heart strong is the way. She knows me like the back of her hand (as much as I hate to admit it) and Sunday night I received a text message that went like this:

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She knows that if I don’t keep busy then my mind wanders. I attacked most of this list and a lot more. I found receipts in my desk that were more than two years old! After completing the purge of basically my entire apartment I felt a lot better!

It might not be a bad night that has you down. Perhaps you fell off of your training schedule and suddenly a week has gone by and it seems so much harder to go for your run or lift. You may blame yourself. But life happens. Just get right back in to it! After all, your body will not change by simply thinking about working out (that would be fantastic!) it will change by hard work! Or maybe you ate an entire pint of ice cream or a sleeve of Oreos. Yes, a great workout does not outweigh a bad diet but a binge once in awhile is not going to destroy all that you have worked for (I am by no means advocating binge eating I am simply giving an example). Start the next day with a glass of water, some green tea and eat as clean as you can for the next few days.

After organizing my life, rearranging my bedroom, washing a not so enthusiastic Murdoch, and checking the majority of my Mum’s list, I was famished. Last week it was +14ºC in Toronto now it’s a balmy -15ºC. My father would go on about global warming…I simply call it Canada. I wanted curry. Something to tuck in and keep warm. I settled on vindaloo. Vindaloo is a spicier curry originating from Goa, it has tons of fresh ginger, vinegar, and spice; the result is slightly tangy, spicy and sweet.

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I like to make my curry paste from scratch. It tastes better and I know for a fact that it has not come in contact with any gluten. I use a recipe based on Jamie Oliver’s but if time is an issue then use a bottled brand like Patak’s. I paired it with coconut “rice” and it was perfect! Be sure that use coconut cream for this rice and not coconut milk as it will make it too runny and the flavour will not be as strong. Get the recipe after the jump!

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It Wasn’t Me, It Was Vodka.

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Yesterday I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I felt like I was Alexander in the children’s book Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, only I did not wake up with gum in my hair, trip over a skateboard or accidently drop my sweater under running water. Instead, I woke up with a groggy head,  tripped over Murdoch and twisted my ankle, and I hurt someone that I care about and I cannot take it back. And like Alexander, I wanted nothing more than to move to Australia.

If I could, I would like to say that the mistakes that I made on Friday night were not me. It was vodka. Like the text messages that were sent from my phone-all vodka not me! It was a going away party for a friend of mine and vodka and I became good friends. And I made one of those mistakes where you want to chew off your own arm for being such an idiot. But I am going to blame vodka for now and immediately break up with him as vodka brings relatively nothing to the table except for a headache, heartache, and stomachache.

Yesterday all I wanted my Mum, a hot bath, and my best friend Matt. I did not want to eat anything; not because of a hangover but because of how awful I felt about the whole situation. When 8 o’clock rolled around I started to feel a little hungry. I wanted soup, something to stick to my bones and make me feel warm like a hug. I had been thinking about making this soup for awhile, it is based off of a soup that I had before going Paleo. It was a corn chowder but since corn is off my foods list and sweet potatoes are one of my true veggie loves I decided to make it with them. Not to mention the bright orange colour helped to cheer me up a bit.

I love oysters and the smoked ones in this soup is what brings it all together. Before you turn your nose up at the idea-try it and you’ll see what I mean. The smokiness of the oysters blends so well with the spicy adobo peppers in the soup and the sweetness of the potato and the crispy salty bacon tops it all off! It definitely fills you up and gives you warm fuzzy feelings-something that I definitely needed yesterday.

I realized when I was eating the last spoonful that in Australia bad days also exist and I cannot change the poor choices that I made, I cannot take back the fact that I hurt someone that I care about, nor can I foresee what is yet to come. I must live in the present because that is all I can do at the moment.

If you are also having a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day then you may want to try this soup. Actually, you may want to to try it regardless. It is pretty amazing. Check out the recipe after the jump.

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Springlust

In the dead of winter it’s often easy to loose sight of the fact that in three months it will be Spring and soon after that Summer! I am a Summer baby and love the heat and sunshine more than anything and this past weekend in Toronto temperatures soared to a balmy 14ºC! So I spent the majority of my weekend outside and yesterday as I walking by one of my favourite clothing stores and saw a floral dress inside I immediately made a detour inside. I nearly squealed with excitement (it’s a good thing that they know me there or I would have looked even more crazy) there were dozens of sweaters in soft lemon yellow and robin’s egg blue, floral pants and buttercream coloured jeggings. Not to mention the dresses in creams, pomegranates and mint. I had to restrain myself and I made sure that I DID NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TRY ANYTHING ON! I am trying to be good…we will see how long that lasts.

This is what I am loving right now. The sweater is a beautiful colour and reminds me of spring. I adore maxi skirts and maxi dresses for one main reason-I am pale and my legs never tan so the length of the maxi covers them up nicely! I love Chanel Chance partly because my Grandmother bought it for me and she has worn Chanel Nº5 for as long as I can remember and because I love the light fragrance. Josie Maran has some of the nicest beauty products out there and I love her commitment to environmental sustainability as all packaging is recyclable and not tested on animals. Furthermore the coverage of her tinted moisturizer is perfect! Korres is also another one of my favourites and I keep a pack of these in my gym bag and beside my bed to remove any grime! This little pyramid ring is darling and I love it! It comes directly from Etsy and is made by Stefanie Sheehan, it comes in gold as well!

Summerlust

So officially-in January-my Spring/Summer countdown has begun. Which also means my workouts are now intensified. I cannot wait until it is warm enough to run outside again! Until then I will be concentrating on my indoor workouts, specifically this January Abs Workout. This is a beast and it will have you hurting! But believe me friends it is worth it! I did the whole circuit twice and it takes about 30 minutes…fast and simple! All you need is a mat and weight! This digs deep in to your core and awakens muscles that decided to hibernate for the winter! Do this workout 3-4 times a week (or every day if you’re feeling aggressive) and by summer you’ll be looking at some sweet abs!

January Ab Workout