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Tracking nutrition

13 Feb

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Oh to be a cat! Life would be so simple…

But as an athlete and a vegetarian, life isn’t as simple. You need to make sure that the food you are eating is making a healthy and useful contribution to the overall function of your body. There is so much food one must eat in the course of a day to maximize health and performance during a workout/training session.

I’ve recently started tracking my food on MyFitnessPal to see where I could improve. I also wanted some accountability. I know no one is watching over my account but you never know who may stumble upon my food log. I know, bizarre irrationality but hey, it works! Anyway, you can friend me on MyFitnessPal here if you have an account and if you don’t, you can still see my food log.

Now that’s over with, one source of nutrition I’ve been struggling with is protein. I keep craving sweets and I’m pretty sure it’s caused by a lack of protein. I had made Peanut Butter Protein Balls that I found on Desserts with Benefits blog. I loved them! I hid them from Mark so they were my little secret. Eventually he found them in the freezer. Anyway, I decided to try something new this week. I came across Recovery Rice Crispies on Pinterest and thought I’d give them a try. Mine did not turn out as firm or thick as the picture, but it’s tasty anyway. I’ll keep them in the freezer and that’ll keep everything together. Here is the recipe if you don’t want to be directed to another page.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Crispies
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Plain Oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 scoop 100% Whey Protein Powder (any flavour, I used chocolate)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325 F, spraying a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray.
Melt the butter and honey over the stove. Add vanilla. As you add the whey protein, keep whisking the mixture as you would to make an alfredo sauce.
Add the mixture to the pan. I drizzled some extra honey on top for extra “glue.”
Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes or until crisp.
Let cool then slice and serve.

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Officially part of the community

17 Aug

According to Mark, now that we have library cards, we are officially part of the Milton community. And I would have to agree with him. We visited the library last night and registered for library cards.

Mark hung around the magazines and I perused through almost all of the shelves and different departments. It’s a brand new library, very modern with new equipment. There is a lot of seating space and the furniture is clean. The children’s section is very exciting with a lot of attractions for children whereas the teens and adult sections aren’t as captivating. Clearly, their main focus is drawing children into the library. But they may be forgetting to keep teens and adults coming through those doors. Anyway, I digress… This was our haul from the library

Mark took out some magazines and I have the books. I’ve got a long train and plane ride next week so I’m sure they will keep me entertained.

On a lighter, I made a silly mistake last night. I bought glass jars from the Dollar Store for flour, rice, sugar, etc. As I was filling them, I noticed I had two bags of whole wheat flour. So I added one bag and then the second bag. As it was pouring into the jar I thought to myself: “Hmm, this flour is darker and isn’t sliding out of the bag as easily…oh uh.” That is when I realized the first bag of “flour” was in fact whey protein.

I felt bad throwing out the flour and protein so Mark just said: “Just scoop out the flour.” And that’s what I did. So we may have some protein enriched flour and some whole wheat protein. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

I’m gearing up for a 26km run tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be perfect: 21C, sunny and low humidity. Hopefully I can finish my audiobook version of Anna Karenina and move onto Oryk and Crake.