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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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