Rungry: What I’ve Been Eating Lately {WIAW}

Rungry has been in full effect lately…well, more soccer-hungry than RUNgry but it’s all the same thing, ya know! Last night I managed a little 4k run on the treadmill when all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and relax. Seeing that I should be starting my 1/2 Marathon training now, I thought I should attempt another easy run. And that I did. I’ve started it but nothing concrete or set in stone.

What I’ve been eating lately? Well, LOTS!

 Post Soccer Eats: Blueberry / Pomegranate Smoothie, DQ Skor Ice Cream Cake/Pie, Salad and Watermelon. I seriously can’t get enough watermelon in my body. I eat it almost every day and sometimes twice a day, it’s a good thing my girls love it too!

PR Soccer Gunn Food

I’ve been on the road with work a little bit and we stopped at the coolest little cafe in Bear River, Nova Scotia. I would 100% make the drive down there (1.5 hours) just to go back to “Mrytle’s & Rosie’s Cafe”. We all order a burger; from left to right: Bacon, cheese and onion ring burger (mine); Philly Cheese burger and crap, I can’t remember the name of this burger. I know it had “a thousand salad dressing” on it, Melissa had it.

PR Mrytles & Rosie's Cafe WIAW

I’ve also been drinking lots and loving salads lately too:

PR Salads and drinks WIAW

Well, this wouldn’t be a good post without sharing what the girls eat sometimes. This is on soccer night, when I rush home from work, pick up the girls, make PB & J sandwiches and usually veggies or fruit and then we rush out the door to soccer.

PR Lilly Food WIAW

AND…..now I’m rungry all over again!

 Thanks Jen @ PeasandCrayons for continually hosting WIAW 🙂

What have you been eating lately? 

What’s your favourite summer treat?

Watermelon or Ice Cream?

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Energy Bits Review and Giveaway (US only)

I’ve had another opportunity to test out some Energy Bits! So sit back, relax (after you’ve workout of course) and enjoy…PS – giveaway to US peeps only…sorry fellow Canadians.

I was given the opportunity to try out Energy Bits before but I was pregnant back then and just not sure it was something I wanted to try while pregnant. So, my husband {vegan} tested them out before Cycling. He didn’t notice any benefits from taking them but didn’t rule them out for something that would benefit you pre-workout.

Then I got the opportunity to test them out this past month. I had a little sample pack that had around 65 bits in it. They suggest you take 30 bits before a workout for ultimate results. So, I did.

30 ENERGYbits

30 ENERGYbits

Oh man…I’m being completely honest…it was A LOT of pills to swallow. I can’t say I enjoyed the taste of them so it was really hard to keep taking more to get my 30 in. I felt like my runs were good after taking them (the two times I used them) but I didn’t feel like I had more energy during the runs because of the bits. However, I didn’t feel terrible during my two runs either.

Overall, I’m not sure it would be something I would use on a regular basis. The taste alone made it hard for me to swallow 30 of them…but I did it.

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Other reviews on Energy Bits:  I wanted to share with you a few bloggers that tried them.  Plus, I really respect these bloggers and value their opinions….plus they are Canadian Girls 😉

Elle from Eat, Run, Sail: Review # 1 and Review #2

Suzi at Confessions of a Fitness Instructor: Review 

Note: I was given product to review and these opinions are my own. Thank you Jonathan for the opportunity!

Now the fun stuff – click on the link below

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Have you ever tried Energy Bits?

What’s your go to food/drink before a run/workout?

Happy Hump Day!

Lately: What I Ate Wednesday

It’s been a long…LONG time since I wrote a WIAW post!!! I haven’t been posted the foods I’ve been eating because I really haven’t been taken any photos! It was getting to the point if I took a picture of my meal, Lilly would say “take a picture of mine too”…and I would, of course. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I took a little break.

Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is the master mind behind it all – she also has a little cutie on her hands 🙂

We’ve had some good eats lately:

Sai and I had a date night over Easter Weekend 🙂 So we hit up our favourite Halifax restaurant: The Wooden Monkey.

Apparently, I only took pictures of my food – silly me. I had a “root beer”, lamb burger with mint goats cheese and carrot/cumin soup. Yum!

I also ate out for lunch last week at The Port Pub: Mushroom and goats cheese Panini and salad.

Eatin' Out!

Eatin’ Out!

A few other eats we had:

Top left: Coconut yogurt with granola, banana and strawberries.

Top Right: Fresh summer salad I made for a Pot Luck (recipe to come)

Bottom Left: Asparagus, summer salad, sweet potatoes and salmon – cooked on the BBQ.

Bottom Right: Heaven! Kidding…the girls loot from their day care Easter Egg hunt!!!

Yum Yum

Yum Yum

 

That’s what I’ve been fueling my body with these days. And now the honest truth…I am hungry ALL THE TIME! Seriously, it’s worse then when I was pregnant with both girls. I’m running 20-30km a week and can’t get enough food in me. What’s a girl to do?

What have you been eating lately?

Do you take pictures of your food when at a restaurant ? Do you feel weird, like I do?

Runners: are you hungry ALL THE TIME?

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Meal Planning Week 6, 7 and 8!

Since I never did a “How It Went” post for week 6 – here it is …. along with my Week 7 &  upcoming Week 8.

Week #6 Sunday: Eggs, bacon and toast! Monday: Mexican Bake.Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan and pasta.Wednesday: Olive Garden Soup  Thursday: Mini-Pizza’s Friday: Breakfast for dinner – pancakes and fruit. Saturday: Was Hilary’s family party so we ate there and snacked once we got home. The week was bang-on.

Week #7: I didn’t meal plan! Whoops! Now, this didn’t happen intentionally but I just didn’t do it and felt fine about not planning out the week. Sai was home so most nights he made his own meal and I took something out of the freezer! Yes, I STILL have food in there to it…way too much.

Week #8 (upcoming): 

Sunday: Salmon, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas and corn.

Monday: Grilled Cheese as per request by Lilly. I’m not feeling the Grilled Cheese so I’m going to have Russian Chicken (I gotta empty the freezer).

Tuesday (Christmas Eve): Vegan Waffles for the girls as they are going to eat early (5 pm) and then we can have them for breakfast Christmas morning! Sai and I are going to eat later 7:30 pm – maybe Chili from last week and some vegan appetizers.

Wednesday: Christmas Dinner – Turkey (something vegan for Sai), veggies galore and if we are lucky, pie for desert…I have no clue when I’m going to pull all this together but we’ll see!

Thursday: Leftovers!

Friday: Pork chops and Salad. Sounds boring…hummmmmm, maybe beans, rice, sweet potatoes in a wrap.

Saturday: unplanned and will go with the flow today 🙂

That’s my plan but I’m feeling this week I might change it up last-minute, we’ll see. The good things is that I have a plan and don’t have to come up with a meal.

Do you grocery shop with meals in mind or just what food you think you need?

What’s the best / worst day to do your grocery shopping? 

Do you bring your kids or go solo ? {It’s so much easier without my girls}

 

 

 

Meal Planning Week #5 ~ How It Really Went and Week #6

Last Monday I started back to work and boy was it a busy week. Between Hilary’s 1st Birthday, our family’s new Canadian citizen, Sai’s birthday and then me being on the road for two days, it was a week of eating meals from the freezer that I made.

Week #5 looked and went a little something like this:

Sunday: All Things Red Soup for Sai, Russian Chicken with Rice for everyone else.

Monday: On the road with family – Chicken, brocoli casserole – so good! Thanks Mom 🙂

Tuesday: Sweet Chili for Sai and I, Lilly had Grilled Cheese – keep it simple.

Wednesday: Chicken a-la-King with Rice for me and Mini Pizza’s for Lilly.

Thursday: Mexican Penne Bake (Not what was planned but everyone was happy).

Friday: Changed to Grilled Cheese and Veggies – I was exhausted after the week and traveling so I went simple and kept everyone happy.

Saturday: Philly Cheese Steak – so good! This might be my new favourite. Poor Lilly did not want to eat it however my quick thinking sister told her it was “fancy pizza”. So gobbled it up!

We were pretty bang on for the meals last week. Win for me! This week looks like this:

Week #6

Sunday: Eggs, bacon and toast! I’ve been wanting bacon for a few weeks now…and it was good but not awesome. Always buy bacon from your local meat market – you will never be disappointed.

Monday: Mexican Bake (left overs)

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan and pasta.

Wednesday: Olive Garden Soup  So simple to make and freezes really well!

Thursday: Mini-Pizza’s. I’m on the road all day so something simple.

Friday: Breakfast for dinner – pancakes and fruit. This might change but at least I have an idea of what I could make.

Saturday: We are having a family birthday party for Hilary in Halifax since all of my family lives there. A fun weekend  with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, a few cousins and friends. I’m sure cake will be on the menu…actually it is…as it’s the only thing I was asked to bring – besides the girls 😉

Any favourite eats this weekend?

Holiday baking? Yes or No?

Favourite last-minute meal?

Meal Planning Week #5

Even though the Fall into Fitness Challenge is almost done, I am going to continue to meal plan for the remainder of the year. The big reason I wanted to start meal planning four weeks ago is because I return to work today! Yup, today’s the big day…back to work. Mixed feelings.

I chose my meals each week with plans of freezing a little of every meal so this week wouldn’t be a stressful week meal wise. Week #5 looks a little something like this:

Sunday: All Things Red Soup for Sai, Russian Chicken with Rice for everyone else. 

Monday: On the road with family….not eating out but at my parents.

Tuesday: Sweet Chili for everyone. (Make rice for Wed.)

Wednesday: Chicken a-la-King with Rice and veggies.

Thursday: Grilled Cheese and Veggies. (I’m traveling this day for work so I’m keeping it easy)

Friday: Mini Pizza’s.

Saturday: Home made Philly cheese Steak sandwiches. I have to get the recipe from my sister still…but I have a few days 🙂

Today’s my last day to get a workout in for the Fall into Fitness Challenge. So I packed my bag with all my running gear and plan/hope to get out for a 20-30 minute run at lunch time.

What are your meal plans for the week?

Do you ever freeze meals to have later?

Do you workout at lunch time when working?

Meal Planning Week #4 – How It Really Went

It’s been four full weeks since I started meal planning and I have to say, I like it. Though I don’t always stick to the plan, I have an idea of what we can eat throughout the week (what’s in the house), how much time I have to make a meal (or not). I love not having to come up with a meal last-minute.

This is what last week looked like:

Sunday: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie. It was really good but I realised it’s not my favourite meal.

Monday: Meatless Monday leftovers: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie or All Things Red Soup. Successful night 🙂

Tuesday: Sweet Chili. Lilly and I made it together in the morning and put it in the slow cooker. I love slow cookers.

Wednesday: Salmon, baked sweet potato and veggies. Didn’t happen….we ordered out Fish n’ Chips. Best decision ever.

Thursday: Mini Pizzas. Lilly and I made mini pizzas … Hilary had her first “pizza”. She thought it was pretty good and then decided she didn’t want anymore. 

Mommy’s pizza’s, Big L’s pizzas (right) and Little H’s toast pizza (left)…missing Daddy’s vegan pizza.

family pizza

Friday: Vegan Waffles. I totally forgot this was on the menu, ha! I made the salmon, baked sweet potato and veggies.

Saturday: Hilary’s Birthday PARTY!!! We basically ate from 3:30 – 5:45 the following food: cheese, crackers, veggies with dip, fruit, pb & j roll ups…a little cake too 🙂

A pretty successful week! I’m planning today for the upcoming week and things are looking like it might be an easy food week!

Any good eats this last week or weekend?

Kid birthday parties: morning or afternoon?

Anyone start their Christmas/Holiday baking?