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September 2014

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PB-Choco-Banana Protein Smoothie

Posted in Breakfast Recipes, Drink Recipes, Fitness, Food & Fitness.

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I’m not much of a smoothie person, really. I find them time-consuming and messy to make and generally I like eating solid foods. I’ll save the liquid diet for when I’m 89 and my teeth fall out, thanks. However, I make an exception sometimes. Mostly when I am craving something like ice cream or chocolate and don’t have the room for the extra macros of the “real deal”. So I invented this triple-threat craving crusher: the Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled, although I shouldn’t have to tell you that!)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Kaizen Naturals)
  • 1 cup/250mL unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 1/2 tbsp of peanut butter (or a full tbsp if you like to live dangerously)
  • a bunch of ice (I like lots so it comes out with an almost ice-cream like texture, and kinda chunky. Mostly chunky because I have a crappy blender. But it tastes good!)
  • Optional: 2 tsp of cocoa powder for an extra-chocolatey taste! Did I say optional? Ummm yeah. You should do that.

Macros: 310 kcal, 33 carbs, 9 fat, 28 protein, 4 fibre

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Blend it up and enjoy! Perfect for a post-workout treat on a hot summer day! If you use frozen banana, it will come out thicker like a milkshake. If not, more liquidey and easier to drink. Totally up to you, I like it either way. Let me know if you try it!



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Wednesday

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Awesome Online Wedding Planning Resources

Posted in Wedding, Wedding Planning.

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I have a confession. Before I got engaged, I looked at wedding planning sites. I know, right, groundbreaking information… But for me, it was. I never even thought about planning a wedding before I met my now-fiancé. At all, ever, never. It just wasn’t something that occupied my mind, I didn’t see any point in thinking about it because I a) assumed I would be single forever, b) was okay with that, and c) thought weddings were stupid. I still don’t give a shit about most wedding things and am trying to remain a Bridechilla (aka the opposite of a Bridezilla!), but I have to admit planning a fun party is pretty damn… fun.

Online Wedding Planning Resources

I’m a big Internet nerd. Like, I’m all over it. Everything I want to do in life, I look it up online first. I look at it as a walking encyclopedia. Anything that keeps me from having physical paper in my house is my friend. So, naturally, when it comes to planning a wedding, I turned to my old friend the interwebz.

Awesome Online Wedding Planning Resources

WeddingWire – This is a great all-around site. I am currently using their Budget, Checklist, Guest List and Inspiration Boards to plan my wedding. Although its more helpful aspects (vendor recommendations, events, etc) are aimed at the American market, I still find it quite useful up here in Canada-land.

TheKnot.com – A classic. You must have heard of this one, right? I like that they have different sites for different stages (next up: The Nest, The Bump!) and it’s all one big community that lasts long after your wedding, so that’s nice. Great for ideas, although does border on the overly-expensive annoying-type weddings, I find.

Weddingbee.com – This is a great blog-style site that gives you a peek into the wedding planning process of some (mostly) women, aka “Bees”. I love the personal insights provided and the honest debates and conversations that come up. Puts a real human side on wedding planning for me! (Other than the obvious humans involved, us, duh. :P)

Local buy/swap groups on Facebook – A new trend? Like those bidding sites but for wedding stuff! You can nab some sweet deals for sure! To find one in your area, search Facebook Groups for “(insert city) wedding swap”, or “wedding bidding”, “wedding sale”, “wedding shop”, etc.

Local bridal event bloggers, like vancitybride.com – I love VancityBride.com because I’m in Vancouver (although her posts are super awesome and you should read them anyway!). If you’re near a major city, chances are there’s at least one person blogging about the wedding industry in your area. I love this site because it runs down and reviews venues, photographers, bakeries, bridal salons, etc etc etc… all those people who make your day special. It’s so nice to have a locally-focused site on the topic!

Well, I hope those were useful for you. Are you currently planning a wedding? What has been your biggest challenge with it so far? (Mine: BUDGET! BAH! Champagne lifestyle on a beer budget for sure…!)



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Monday

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Chocolate Berry Protein Smoothie

Posted in Drink Recipes, Food & Fitness.

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I’m really into smoothies lately. Not sure why, I didn’t used to be a big fan. I always felt a little guilty about running my (very loud and terrible) blender in my paper-thin-wall apartment. But now I’ve moved and no one lives next to me yet soooooooo….

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This is a really easy protein smoothie recipe. But tasty! And super cold and refreshing on a nice hot day or after a killer workout.

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Chocolate Berry Protein Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder (I like to use Kaizen Natural Whey Isolate with berry smoothies)
  • a bunch of ice (two handfuls?)

Blendy blend it all up together!

Macros: 225 kcal, 19 carbs, 6 fat, 26 protein, 6 fibre

 



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Sunday

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August 2014

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Lemon Garlic Monterey Jack Chicken

Posted in Food & Fitness, Main Course Recipes.

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Not gonna lie, sometimes I am not the best cook. Sometimes I find it too time-consuming, or difficult, or I just feel lazy, or whatever. However, sometimes I am struck by a stroke of kitchen genius (madness?) and decide to invent something without being sure of how it’s going to turn out… Then I watch my fiance’s face closely to see if my new creation is a success, or if it Should Never Be Talked About Again™. Last night, I invented an easy dinner recipe success (hooray!) that I like to call: Lemon Garlic Monterey Jack Chicken!

Lemon Garlic Monterey Jack Chicken

The key is to put the cheese on top of the chicken breasts about 5 minutes before they are done baking. Then it melts all over it in an ooey-gooey way without burning and being gross. Yum. Super easy dinner for busy nights! Pair with some green beans and wild rice, or other veggies, and you’ve got a gourmet meal on a like, Tuesday. You’re welcome.

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Lemon Garlic Monterey Jack Chicken
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Fresh chicken boobs (up to you how many)
  2. Minced garlic
  3. Lemon Pepper Mrs. Dash seasoning
  4. Black pepper
  5. Oregano
  6. Sliced Monterey Jack cheese (like these yummy Cracker Barrel ones!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Rinse and pat dry your chicken boobs, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Rub a bit of minced garlic on each chicken breast, as per my stellar photo example above. Then sprinkle the chicken breasts with Lemon Pepper Mrs. Dash seasoning, black pepper and oregano (don't be afraid to go all out!).
  3. Bake for approx. 30 minutes (times vary depending on size of chicken breasts used!). About 5 minutes before they are done, cover each chicken breast with half a slice of Cracker Barrel Monterey Jack cheese slices.
  4. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Ding! Enjoy!
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Thursday

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August 2014

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How I Popped the Question to My Bridesmaids

Posted in DIY Ideas, My Life, Real Life, Wedding, Wedding Planning.

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Get ready for some Pinterest-worthy wedding-related vomit! Okay, okay, I joke. But if you know me, you know that I generally turn my nose up in disgust at the typical girly “gushy” wedding-related things. I am not what you would call a girly-girl about that kind of stuff. Sure, I love clothes, shoes, makeup and when my hair is having a good day like the next girl, but lace and ribbons and bows and poofy dresses are not my thing.

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Photo by Illustrations & Things on Etsy

However, getting caught up in the rollercoaster ride that is wedding planning (and trust me, it’s got definite ups and downs!) has brought out a bit more of a girly side to me than even I realized I had. Looking back now, I can laugh when I was discussing centrepiece ideas with my fiance a few weeks ago and told him how the idea I had in mine, if he liked it, I could do on a budget of a few hundred bucks (pretty darn good in the wedding world). He thought that was pricy and said, “Do we even need centrepieces?” And of course like any girl on the verge of becoming a bridezilla, I looked at him like he grew two heads and exclaimed, “Well, why don’t we just cancel the whole thing then!” and huffed. Oh wow. See? Wedding planning does mess with your head. (I’m happy to say I instantly realized I was over-reacting and now we laugh about it.)

So, feeling this “more girly” vibe, I decided to “propose” to my bridesmaids in what I think is a simple, but pretty cute way. Sure I could’ve just called them up and said, “Hey, girl, so like, wanna stand beside me when I like, totally get married or what?” while picking pieces of jalapeno chips out of my teeth, but I decided to try my hand at being a bit crafty and creative.

Note that when I say “crafty and creative” what I actually mean is that I bought pre-made cards off Etsy. But they look crafty and creative. I just had to put them in an envelope. Score one for the wants-to-be-nice-but-I’m-kinda-lazy girl!

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I ended up buying these awesome cards from local Vancouver shop Illustrations & Things. The epitome of laziness probably is buying something online that’s already located in the same city as you. *facepalm* I also picked up a few cute infinity bracelets to add to the card when asking them to help me with “my forever”. CUE THE CHEESE! In any case, I’m super happy with my cards and hope that my bridesmaids liked my heartfelt handwritten messages and were able to overlook my lack of hands-on scrapbookey card-crafting magic. (Thanks, Etsy.)

I guess they did, because they all said yes. :) Can’t wait to have those nearest and dearest to me with me on the big day and throughout these next 11 months leading up to it.



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