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The Chobani has Arrived

I love Greek yogurt.

I love the thick and creamy consistency (it’s so much more thick than regular yogurt), I love that it has two to three times the amount of protein as regular yogurt for about the same amount of calories, and I love how filling it is.

I eat it nearly every day around 10:30am for my mid-morning snack, and it keeps my hunger monster in check until lunchtime. I also use plain Greek yogurt in any recipe that calls for sour cream.

Here in Canada, we do not have the biggest Greek yogurt selection, although I will say that it has gotten better. When I first discovered Greek yogurt, I could only find Liberté in grocery stores, and even that was hit and miss. I usually could only get the plain, or sometimes vanilla.

(I just Googled Liberté Vanilla Greek yogurt, and three of the pictures in the first two lines of Google images were from my own blog. Weird.)

Note about Liberté – I really like it, but at $5.50 for the tub pictured above, it’s expensive.

Anyway, not long after I embarked on my Greek yogurt adventure, PC jumped on the bandwagon and started making their own.

It’s cheaper than Liberté. I don’t find it to be quite as good (except the 2% kind – that stuff is dynamite), but I do like it. Plain, honey, and the flavoured kinds (mango, strawberry, blueberry) are the best, in my humble opinion. The vanilla one tastes like dirty bum to me.

I can always find PC Greek yog in the grocery store I shop in (Superstore), even if Liberté is out, so I like that it is readily available.

And lately I have been noticing Fage and Oikos making an appearance on our Canadian shelves! I have tried both, and they’re okay…comparable to PC and Liberté, but not as cheap as PC.

Since I have started reading blogs though, it has become quite apparent that I am missing out in the Greek yogurt department.

We Canadians have been apparently missing the alleged God of Greek yogurt.

We don’t have Chobani.

All the American healthy-living blogs I drop by seem to absolutely rave on about Chobani and how amazing it is. It is rare to go one day without hearing about how awesome it is, and how it must be made of unicorn tears, and will make you look like a supermodel, and is heaven in a plastic cup, and I’m going to post a million pictures of me and my Chobani and make all you Canadians jealous, and you haven’t experienced Greek yogurt if you haven’t tried Chobani, blah Chobani blah.

Yeah yeah, rave on, rave on. You got me, I’m jealous.

So I had never tried Chobani. I know, your American mouths are probably wide open in shock right now, since Chobani is so rampant on your grocery store shelves and your entire country seems to be overflowing with the 30 flavours of Chobani available to you (that is my view from here, anyway). But yep it’s true. I am a Chobani virgin.

Or I was. Until yesterday.

Look what arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon!

YES! Free samples from the beautiful people at Chobani, to celebrate CHOBANI COMING TO CANADA. Finally, FINALLY I get to taste what all the hype is about!

I immediately busted open the peach, because I looove peach yogurt and have never tried peach yogurt – Greek edition.

I expected to be disappointed. I had heard so much about this yogurt that I did not think it was possible for it to live up to my expectations. I was wrong. It was thick and creamy and delicious. I have since tried the black cherry and strawberry flavours, and they are both awesome as well.

Where have you been all my life Chobani?!

Oh right, not in Canada.

Except it is now! At a Loblaws/Superstore near you!

Well probably not near you. You can check out the store locator on the Chobani Canada website, but so far these creamy tubs of deliciousness are only available in Mississauga, and one location in Etobicoke.

This is bad news for me as I typically do not go west of highway 400, and because Mississauga confuses me. But I do plan to bribe my coworker who lives there to pick these up for me.

And I’m hoping they come to Toronto soon!

Update: Emily from Chobani informed me in the comments that Chobani is also available in Toronto, Scarborough and Ajax. Excellent.

Note: Chobani is not paying me for this review, but they did send me free samples of Greek yogurt and I assume the trade-off is that I talk about them. All opinions expressed in this post are from my own brain.

But they also sent me a pretty sweet recycled lunch bag…

And I can be easily bribed, so you should probably take everything I’ve said with a grain of salt.

(I had just gotten back from the gym, hence the sweatiness and the bad hair going on in that pic.)

I do really love Greek yogurt though. And Chobani really is good. I am already a big fan! If it ends up in a store near me, I’ll probably be buying it all the time!

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Use What You Have

Hello and also Salut!

I am feeling pret-tyyyy much back to normal today, and my appetite seems to have returned in full force. All day today it was snack attack after snack attack.

My healthy chicken sandwich and carrot sticks for lunch left me wanting a little somethin’ more, so I followed that up with a little soup supplement action from Druxy’s. I then ate an apple crumble VitaTop for dessert, but I still wanted more so I broke into my afternoon snack early (an apple), and continued to snack my way through the afternoon.

My snacks were all pretty healthy (minus the cookies I ate when I got home), but man, I was insatiable!

I have to say though, my mid-morning snack today was quite filling and is quickly becoming a new fave of mine.

Morning Snackage

Vanilla Greek yogurt topped with a mix of frozen berries. Now that it is well into fall, fresh berries are expensive little buggers, so I have been passing them up and opting for frozen instead. Maybe this snack isn’t groundbreaking, but this is new to me and I am loving frozen berries with the yogurt. I put them on top of the yog in the morning and then when they thaw and you stir them up they make the entire yogurt all berrily delicious.

Dinner

The theme of tonight’s dinner was use what you have. I didn’t really meal plan the last time I went grocery shopping and I didn’t pick up a lot of “dinner foods”. This is not good because now I am scrambling at dinner time to find something to make, which can lead to me abandoning making dinner altogether and picking up fast food, and I try to stay away from that.

Originally my plan when I got home was to quickly grab my gym clothes, hit up the gym for about 45 minutes, grab something from the grocery store that would be quick to make, and then head back home to make dinner.

But when I got home I was starving, and I didn’t want to wait to eat dinner, I wanted dinner and I wanted it soon.

I scrounged around in our cupboards and found a can of tuna. That was all the inspiration I needed. I was making tuna casserole.

I have never made tuna casserole before (my bestie Lisa makes a mean tuna casserole), so I googled around for some recipes but I didn’t find any that included the ingredients I wanted to use. I also wanted it to be healthier than the typical tuna casserole. I basically just ended up throwing a bunch of shtuff together and hoping for the best.

Tuna Casserole

Gone are the days of natural lighting (til April…)

It was not the best tuna casserole I have ever eaten, I will say that, but it was still pretty darn good, and it was quick and easy, so that is always a win in my books!

Now I am off to the gym! I’m hoping to put in some romantic time with the arc trainer.

Here is my tuna casserole recipe.

Tuna and Vegetable Casserole

Ingredients

  • half a bag of whole wheat egg noodles (you could use regular as well)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 can low-fat cream of celery soup (mushroom would be good too, but celery was what I had)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 3/4 cup water (you could use milk, but I only had almond milk and, well, blech)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning mix (maybe a tablespoon?)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Boil the pasta until done, drain, then transfer to large bowl (or back into the pot)
  4. Add in onion, celery, carrot, and tuna; toss to combine.
  5. In another smaller bowl, mix together soup and water until smooth.
  6. Pour the soup mix into the pasta bowl and add breadcrumbs, Mrs. Dash seasoning and black pepper; toss until combined.
  7. Transfer mixture to baking dish.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes. Top with cheese if desired and bake for another 3-4 minutes (I left the cheese out – I know, what was I thinking?!)

It has a lot of steps, but I promise they are easy.

Have a great night!

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Pumpkin Pie Yogurt and a PDR

Bonjour mes amies!

So for the past couple of days I have felt a little funky. Not sick, and not depressed, but just not quite like myself. Just a bit off. I doubt anyone noticed, and I can only describe it as having kind of a foggy brain. Do you ever feel like that, like you’re functioning in a cloud?

I thought maybe it was because I was tired from the weekend, so I went to bed early last night hoping that I would feel back to normal. I was a-okay this morning, but after lunch the cloud set in. I felt unproductive and just slow at doing things.

In an effort to lift the fog from my brain, when I got home from work today I immediately changed into my running clothes and headed out for a run.

It was perfect weather. Beautifully sunny, and about 20 degrees C (why couldn’t it have been this nice on Sunday?!). I felt good as soon as I started running, which is rare for me. I didn’t have to talk myself into it, or trick myself to keep going. I didn’t have to play “I WIN“, or fantasize about what I was going to eat for dinner. I just ran.

I was feeling good at the street I would usually turn at if I wanted to do 4k, so I kept going. And then I got to the street that I would turn at if I wanted to do 5k, and I was still feeling it, so I decided to just go with it.

I ended up running for 7 kilometres. That, my friends, is a personal distance record. I did it in about 45 minutes, and I only stopped running once at a traffic light. I never, ever thought I would be able to run that far.

I felt a million times better when I was done. My cloud lifted. I felt energized, even though I was fatigued. And best of all, I felt like I had accomplished something!

Schweaty.

You are just one workout away from a good mood. It is so, so true. I feel so much better now. What if I had just given in to the funk and laid around on the couch? I would probably feel worse. I am so happy I got out there, and then kept going.

Pumpkin Yogurt?

I would  just like to take a moment to highlight my mid-morning snack…

What is This?

Pumpkin pie yogurt. How gross does that look? It looks like baby food, or worse, I know this, but it was DELICIOUS. I actually may now be obsessed with pumpkin. How did I not eat it for 15 years?! I am craving it all the time now! I love it!

In my pumpkin yogurt is PC Honey Greek yogurt, a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin, a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and a bit of brown sugar. It needed something a little crunchy, like granola or nuts or something, but as-is, it was GOOD. I promise you. And it was ridiculously filling!

I’ve seen a ton of other bloggers doing the pumpkin yogurt thang, and I used to cringe when I saw it…but I am so glad I tried it out.

Off to do some weekday chores. Hurrah.

Have a great night!

Do you ever feel like you’re in a funk? How do you get out of it?

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Peanut, Peanut Butter…And Jelly

I am happy to report that I am feeling alllll betta.

I took ‘er easy last night and got tangled up in the sheets pretty early.  I guess I just needed a good night’s rest, because I woke up this morning feeling like myself again and ready for a good breakfast!

Breaky

I had a peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich on a toasted whole wheat sandwich thin, with some raspberries and pineapple on the side.

I'mma EAT YOU!

I love PB+J.  It reminds me of childhood.  And it reminds me of this:

Peanut, peanut butter…and JELLY!  I used to DIE for Sharon, Lois and Bram. They were my faves.

After lounging for a bit I hit up the ol’ grocery store to pick up this week’s eats.  There was ONE vanilla Liberté Greek yogurt left and I snagged it!

Score!

It was over a dollar more than the 20 tubs of PC plain Greek yogurt that were beside it, which should tell you something.  Ya better step it up PC.  Just sayin’.

After grocery shopping I went to the gym inside Superstore (again, it’s hard to find an excuse not to work out when you’re already there).  I was ready for a good cardio sesh since I haven’t done much active-wise since Wednesday’s BodyPump, and I haven’t ran at all this week!  I ran for 30 minutes on the treadmill, alternating between a 5.5 and 6.5 pace, and then did 5 minutes of walking at an 8.5 incline and 4.0 pace.  I then headed over to the arc trainer and did another 15 minutes of lighter cardio.  Not quite as intense as spinning, but I was still a schweaty beast afterwards, and feeling goooood.

When I got home, I was ready to eat again!  For lunch I made myself a lettuceless salad including broccoli slaw, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and a couple sliced baby carrots, with fat-free Italian dressing.

Veggie Packed

Alejandrew and I also ate a bunch of these bad boys while putting away the groceries…

Girl Guide Cookies!

I remember selling those babies back in my Girl Guide days ;).  The Girl Guides got me when I was leaving Superstore, and you know how I can’t resist cookies.  Girl Guide cookies are the best!  Especially the vanilla ones.  They are not going to last long around here.

I can’t get peanut butter and cookies out of my head now, so I think I’m off to combine my cravings and make some peanut butter cookies!  My friend Dawn is having a girls’ night tonight and I want to bring a little somethin’ somethin’…

Enjoy your SATURDAY!!!

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Ch-Ch-Ch-CHIA

I don’t know if it was my abundance of energy from this morning’s green monster, or the absolutely gorgeous weather outside, but this afternoon I couldn’t wait to get outside and RUN!

I looked up a new route on MapMyRun (awesome website for runners, by the way), and it totaled about 5.4 km.  My legs (shins in particular) have been feeling a bit achy from previous runs this week, and I was actually a bit sore from BodyPump yesterday, but despite those things, I was really feeling it.  I completed my route in just under 40 minutes.

When I got back, I was craving a good snack.  I don’t usually post my snacks on here unless they’re different or unusual, and today’s definitely was!

Yogurt Bowl

Looks pretty same old same old, cup of Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, chopped strawberries and chia seeds.

Wait, chia seeds?

Yep, the same seeds that grow into chia pets!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

I am actually late getting on the chia seed bandwagon (as well as the green monster bandwagon), but the health benefits of chia seeds are kind of ridiculous.

Chia seeds have:

  • 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries
  • 5 grams of fibre per serving
  • 15 times more magnesium than broccoli
  • 2.5 times the protein in beans
  • SIX times the calcium in milk
  • 3 times the iron in spinach

(source)

Seedy

Sounds pretty awesome, oui?  Those little seeds pack quite a nutrient punch.  If you guys happen to follow other health blogs I’m sure you’ve seen these bad boys popping up all over the place.  They’re catching on!  And not one to be left out of a food loop, I snatched them up when I saw them in Bulk Barn the other day.

I am planning on incorporating them into lots of my meals, so hopefully this doesn’t start happening…

Chia Lindz

I think I’m probably safe…

Shmanyways, Happy St. Patty’s Day once again!  Enjoy a green beer for me!

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Da ‘Bucks

Tonight I had a catch-up and mustard session with Fran and Amy, two of my friends from college.

Amy, Fran, Moi

I also like to call them Framy.  It’s quicker and it gets the job done.  They like it ;).

We went to Starbucks for a drink and a chatfest.  I ordered a tall mint mocha frappuccino, which isn’t even on the menu, but I used to work at Chapters/Indigo (which has a Starbucks inside it), so I know my way around a ‘Bucks.

My drink was absolutely deeeeeelicious.  I wanted a cold drink in honour of it almost being spring and it was chocolately and minty and refreshing.  Yummy.

Da 'Bucks

No whip and fat-free (though not calorie-free).  I quickly slurped it up and wished it was never ending!

I had another fab run outside today.  40 minutes, about 5.5k.  Mostly flat, super sunny!  Same playlist as yesterday.

I also want to highlight my breakfast this morning, ’cause it was a good one!

Berries + PBPB

A yogurt bowl with plain Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, raspberries and a crumbled up peanut butter protein bar (PBPB :)).

More O' The Yumminess

These PBP bars are the jam.  I am having some serious troubs keeping away from them.  I wish they were made out of broccoli so I could eat an unlimited amount…

I have been getting some questions about plain Greek yogurt, and mainly, how do I get past that bitter taste of bum-oley?  (You can read why I now prefer Greek yogurt over regular yogurt here)

Well friends, it needs to be sweetened up!  I have to sweeten my plain up with honey.  I add at least a teaspoon of honey to one cup of yog and stir it around before adding my toppings.

Honey + Yog = Win

I try to buy vanilla if I can find it, but it’s sold out a lot.  Again, the troubles of being Canadian…we have such a limited Greek yogurt selection :(.  I see that PC has now come out with Greek yogurt (although, once again…often sold out), and I have a new tub of it sitting in my fridge that I will be trying out once my Liberté is all gone.  I’m anxious to see how it compares.

Anywhooz, I’m a tired tamale so I’m off to bed, but a question first:

What’s your favourite breakfast?!

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