Wendy’s Frosty Taste-A-Like Protein Shake

Happy Fri-yay!!!

Here to share a fun recipe with you all.

I’m sure you have all had a Wendy’s chocolate frosty on an occasion or two (I know I have) But…we all know they aren’t the best for our health.

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy a protein and nutrition packed version that gives you a boost of energy instead of a sugar spike and unhealthy crash?

That’s what I have here for you today!

What you will need

  • Sunwarrior plant based protein powder ( I used vanilla but chocolate would be great too) SO IMPORTANT. This is the BEST protein powder I have ever tasted. It is not chalky, gritty nor does it have whey in it which hurts my tummy!
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup of water (or instead of almond milk just sub 2 cups of cold water)
  • 2 tbsps of PB & Me powdered peanut butter (Low calorie, high in protein and vegan)
  • 1 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 2 small frozen bananas (ripe)
  • Ice
  • Optional add ins: pitted dates (1 or 2) cacao nibs or anything that you fancy!

Blend blend blend and enjoy!

Raw Reset Day 2/5 – Food+Caffeine Withdrawal

Happy Tuesday!

Day two out of five of my raw reset challenge is coming to a close. I have been experiencing some body aches/pains and a headache. I typically only get headaches when I stop consuming caffeine for any period of time so this makes sense. I had the headache last night and a little bit tonight as well. Just trying to consume lots of water to drown it out.

Breakfast

I enjoyed 2-3 cups of the most delicious blueberries along with 1 tbsp each of hemp and chia seeds. I also had a nice large mango.

Lola and I went on a longer 45-50 minute walk today and it was so great because it felt like a Spring day outside. It was very mild and sunny. After the walk I felt ready to be productive and I could feel the happy endorphins rushing through the veins. If I could give you only one weightloss tip or “life” tip in general it would be to get out a walk at least once every day. It really helps to boost the mood, your productivity, overcome fatigue and obviously helps with weightloss as well 🙂

Snack

Today I snacked on 2 tbsp of raw pumpkin seeds and 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds.

Late Lunch

Lunch was a Sunwarrior Protein Shake

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 scoops of the Mocha meal replacement protein powder
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • cacao powder
  • water
  • ice

Snack

Raw date ball with a chai tea and almond milk

These really pack a punch! I take one out of the freezer and allow to thaw just for a little bit before I eat it. They go really well with a warm drink.

Dinner

Dinner today was an extra large salad

  • Lots of broccoli slaw
  • Spinach
  • Raw peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Cashew Dressing
  • Thai peanut dressing

Ended the night with a movie via Disney Plus (Home alone) and a blood glucose check at 6.1 – still very happy with this (2 hours after the date ball, tea and XL salad) It might have been a bit higher than last night due to the date ball 🙂 My aim is usually to stay between 4.5-7.5. I don’t typically share my values but I will so that you can see that my levels have not increased on a high fruit/carb diet.

I meant to post this last night but fell asleep! So good morning if you are reading this 🙂

Cozy Autumn Oats

Hello everyone!

Hope you are doing well.

I put together a pretty simple breakfast for Brent and myself yesterday and thought you would all love it too. This is dairy free and incredibly filling. It can also be made gluten free if you find those fancy pants gluten free oats 😉 The reason I like to add steel cut oats into the mix is that steel cut oats do not seem to spike my blood sugar as much as your regular quick cooking oats do. Therefore I mix the two when I can. This is the perfect start to your day, especially with the colder weather creeping back in.

Cozy Autumn Oats

Serves 2-3

Ingredients – what you will need

1 cup Quick cooking oats

1 cup Steel cut oats

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 cups water

2 Pears

1 Large apple or 2 smaller apples

1 heaping tbsp cinnamon

half heaping tbsp nut meg

pinch of cinnamon/nutmeg in the oats while cooking

pinch of pink salt

1-2 tbsp pure/high quality maple syrup

Cooking Instructions

Start by cutting up your fruit into bite sized pieces and add to a sauce pan along with the cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Cook on low/medium and allow it to simmer while stirring occassionally. The longer you cook this the more it will reduce down – so feel free to do this for as long as you like. I enjoyed it chunky on top of and throughout my oats.

Meanwhile add your oats, almond milk, pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, water and salt to a sauce pan and stir continuously on low/medium heat until super thick and creamy

Serve your oats in two bowls, top with the warm fruit and a little more maple syrup and cinnamon on top if you wish! Yum! This actually was divided into 3 meals as Brent could not finish all of his! Yep…that’s how filling it was.

Stir, stir, stir, until super thick and creamy. Yum.

Let me know if you try it 😉

New Month New Challenge

Hello everyone!

Still feeling a little under the weather with a cold and cough but hey ho!Writing to you today because I have cooked up a new idea for the up coming month of October and I couldn’t be more excited!

Halloween bullet journal theme for October, monthly welcome cover page by @paperlemons

I felt great after the Medical Medium 3.6.9 liver cleanse and realize I really need to continually work on including a ton of fruits and veggies as a large part of my diet while striving to keep the fats low and Medical medium teaches us to do that with his wonderful books and recipes.

I have decided that for the month of October, however challenging it may be, that I am going to try one new recipe per day from my Medical Medium book collection. These recipes could be anything from breakfasts to snacks, lunch or dinner. Instead of sharing with you my weekly “what I eat posts” for the month of October instead, I will share with you each day what recipe I picked, how it tastes, how I rate it and what the benefits of the ingredients are healthwise.

So just to recap:

Why Am I doing this: To inspire myself to continually make fruits and veggies as a large part of my meals and nourishment for the days. To continue to reduce my A1C and balance my blood glucose levels naturally and to minimize my PCOS symptoms even further than I already have.

For How long: Every day in October

What I am i hoping to gain? Knowledge of new recipes that I can continually include in my healthy eating “bank”, continue to support healthy blood glucose balance and healthy weight loss, healthy hormone balance, keep the journey fresh, new and exciting as to not get bored.

Potential Pros: Knowledge of new recipes, nutrient dense, different fruits and veggies each day = more vitamins and minerals, healthier A1C, more energy, clear skin, weight loss, feel happier and more positive about my choices.

Potential Cons: Could get expensive getting the ingredients for a new recipe each day, time management, potential days where we will be outside of the home and travelling, not being able to find certain ingredients, more work as far as dishes/housework etc.

Can’t wait to share with you this challenge – feel free to follow along and join in too 🙂

Food & Exercise Journal – August 26-Sept 1 – Lazy Days, Weight Check in, Life changes, School and more!

Hello everyone! Happy back to school day if you or your kidlets are heading back today!

Well this past week has been kind of a lazy one for me. For one reason or another (excuses such as…having my period, unpacking from our trip, family events) I seemed to have taken a bit of a break from my daily exercise and so really must get back into the swing of things! I am acknowledging that I have made excuses for myself feeling lazy.

Monday August 26th

Still in Port Elgin on holidays, loving the outdoors and slowing down a bit. Enjoying some good food along the way.

Breakfast: Udis gluten free toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with a bit of earth balance butter.

Snack: left over baked potato and veggies with hummus

Lunch: Veggie roll sushi with wasabi and pickled ginger

Dinner: My dad treated us to pizza. Of course I got the spicy pineapple (daiya cheese and yves meat free ham) from New Orleans Pizza. So good!

Tuesday August 27th

Back to reality – back home today!

We wanted to visit the Keady market today but it was raining so decided against it. Instead we took a drive by the lake – got breakfast (not pictured) and just sat and enjoyed the gloomy scenery.

Breakfast: Tim Hortons Plant based sausage, lettuce and tomato biscuit with hash brown and coffee. I ordered my coffee black and used some soy creamer when I got back.

Lunch: Before heading home I ate this little microwave meal I picked up a few days earlier (just to have something on hand that was convenient) This is the Gardein orange beefless bowl. It was spicy and quite delicious!

For the road: Stopped at The Pea Pod for one last hurrah – got their special weekly drink which happened to be a dairy free golden milk with an extra shot of espresso (yum) and we snacked on some fresh local cherry tomato.

Dinner: Sol original griller burger with all the fixins, ODough gluten free hamburger bun, cob of corn

Exercise: 20 minute walk with husband and Lola

Wednesday August 28th

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer and Udis plain bagel toasted with earth balance

Lunch: Veggie Sandwich

Snack: Lots of yummy melons we picked up while on holiday all grown locally

Dinner: Potato, veggie and chickpea curry

Thursday August 29th

Breakfast: Coffee with soy creamer, melon and blueberries

Snack: Unsweetened coconut yogurt with blueberries, chia seed and flaxseed

Lunch: Left over veggie curry

Dinner: Dr Pragers veggie burger with all the fixins on an O Dough

Friday August 30th

Breakfast: Udis gluten free bagel toasted with earth balance

Lunch: mixed green salad with chopped veggies and black beans

Snack: bowl of mixed melons

Dinner: Brown rice spaghetti cooked with peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic, green chillis and peanut sauce

It doesn’t look appealing but it was yummy!

Saturday August 31

Breakfast: Found a new style of the Odough product which I have been loving this summer. At Goodness me we found the 100 calorie ODough bagel thins which also happen to be gluten free vegan and no sugar added. They actually are pretty dang tasty. This morning I had one of the bagel thins with Hellmans vegan mayo and some of our garden tomato

Lunch: Had a big salad with regular green lettuce, spinach, red peppers, cucumber and mother raw dressing. I also had a bowl of left over peanut noddles cold.

Snack: Mango

Dinner: Morning star farms black bean chipolte burger (no bun) with a baked potato topped with cooked spinach, broccoli, nutritional yeast and tofutti sour cream.

It was such a beautiful late Summer day today. Spent time by the pool and got some much needed vitamin D!

Preparing my mind AND kitchen for liver rescue 3.6.9!

Sunday September first

No pictures taken today!

We spent most of the day at my sister in laws house for a birthday celebration for my father in law. For our contribution we brought a vegan potato salad (made with hellmans vegan mayo) along with a beautiful 3 bean salad which consisted of mixed beans, garden cucumber, parsley, dill and italian dressing.

I had a large plate of cooked mushrooms (instead of choosing a burger) mixed garden salad, 3 bean salad, potato salad and a large slice of a tomato. Dessert for me was 3 small brownies that my mother in law made and some strawberries. All in all it was a nice Sunday!

Weight Check In

Haven’t done this for awhile! It was kind of nice ignoring the scale for awhile and I guess it worked!

SW: 265 September 2018

SW at Day one of dietary changes journey 9 weeks ago: 250

CW: 234

So that’s 2 more pounds down since my last check in around 3 weeks ago 🙂

I don’t always want to focus JUST on weight loss. Truth is anything could happen today or tomorrow that might set me back in terms of weight loss. But the important thing is im changing the way I look at food and how I relate to it and life. I’m learning and doing what’s best for my body and that’s what it most important.

While any amount of weight loss is extremely difficult and we should applaud people for doing it for the right reasons (health) we should also applaud the growth and everything that goes along with that.

Here’s what has been changing for me along the way:

– mindset – acknowledging how I feel and not holding onto those feelings. This was a big obstacle for me. I worked on it. 
-living in the present with few worries
– food choices – improved. Choosing food that makes me feel good despite the opinions of others.
– looking forward to “go out and do” 
– new goals: registered in a holistic nutrition diploma program 
– able to walk longer 
– able to swim longer 
– sugar levels have decreased 
– digestion has improved 
– no more painful skin rash 
– greater knowledge of what’s going on inside my body as I got over my fear of blood testing 
– happier in hot and sunny weather. Before I would dread it because I sweat a lot 😂🤣

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Finally

My school books have arrived! EEEK

So looking forward to taking you all on this journey with me!

More to come <3