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All-You-Can-Eat Sushi WIAW

Hooray for What I Ate Wednesday!

For my WIAW today, I want to highlight my adventures in sushi last night.

I think I should preface this by mentioning that there are few things in life I enjoy more than a GOOD all-you-cat-eat sushi restaurant (some are not the greatest quality, and obviously those do not tickle my tastebuds as much as the really good ones do).

But last night the sushi was a’flowin’ and the sushi was a’goooood.

I hit up Aji Sai in Thornhill with my Bestie Lisa, her mom Diane, her cousins Katie and Vanessa, and her Auntie Kim.  Yep, it was a big fam party and I definitely crashed it.  Anything for sushi, my friends (what, I was invited).

Lisa and I with her Mommers

I love Lisa’s fam.  I have known them since I was like 10, so I consider them an extension of my own fam :).

We went to absolute town with the menu and ordered a LOT of sushi.

I warmed my belly up with a green tea and miso soup…

Both are non-negotiable order items for me.  I lurrrve them, and they prep my tummy for what’s to come.

Next up was the good stuff.

Come to Mama

And nope, that is not all.

Vanessa & the Giant Plate of Deliciousness

Obviously I loaded up my plate several times…

One of my Many Sushi Plates

I also snagged some yummy shrimp and yam tempura.  I have serious love bursts for this stuff.

Tempura Goodness

And then there was dessert… It’s included, obviously you have to go all out at these places.

I <3 Dessert

A fried banana with vanilla ice cream.  There is nothing like de-healthifying a healthy banana.  Holy yumballs is all I have to say about that.

Ahh I love sushi.  So yummy.  It is a good thing I don’t do this all the time though, or I would be about 300 million pounds.  Probably worth it though…

I am considering this week an extension of my vacation anyway ;).

I had such a great little dinner date with my very bestest and friends.

N'dawww, Besties

Afterwards we dropped by Lisa’s cousin Katie’s condo to hang out for a bit, and to visit with her adorable pugs.

Little Puggy

They are so cute and mischievous.  I totally want a pug now.  I loved how they were down with snuggling, ’cause I’ll snuggle anything with legs if it’ll let me.

Group Shot with the Pugs

I had the ultimate pleasure of meeting the little guys last summer when they were still just babies.

Baby Pugs

I loved them then and I love them even more now.

We were actually dogsitting for Ando’s sister Catherine last night, so I headed by there after to help Alejandrew take care of this little monster.

Bentley, Waiting for his Treat

He’s pretty cute too.  He definitely slept in the bed with us, under the covers between us.  So funny.

I want a dog!!!

I guess I’ll just have to settle for these two cheeky cats for now…

Dexter & Winnie

I do love them a little 😉

Happy WIAW friends!

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Some WIAW Action

Gird your loins my friends, it’s time for…

(and thank you to Peas & Crayons for being the brains behind this beautiful eating operation)

Not gonna lie, my eats were pretty stellar today.

First up!

Smoothie-Licious

Breakfast was a portable cup of delicious smoothie that included frozen strawberries, a frozen banana, fresh pineapple, and about a cup of almond milk (plus a little xanthan gum for thickening).

Portable Yumminess

I took this baby to-go, as I had a long car ride ahead.

Downtown Toronto

At least traffic was light!  I headed downtown to meet my coworker Liz, before carpooling to Brock University in St. Catharines.  We have a coaches conference coming up there in the spring so we were just doing a little site visit.

And that is where I scored my lunch.

Big Ol' Stir Fry

A giant chicken stir fry, and the cafeteria had one of those circular grills, so you pick out all your ingredients and they stir fry it in front of you.  Love those.  Why couldn’t my school have one of those?!

Our conference coordinator at the university treated us to lunch, which was a nice surprise.  She really knows the way to my heart and is currently in the running for my favourite person (in the conference coordinating category ;))

It may have been dinner that truly stole the show for me today though…

Quinoa Goodness

Protein-packed quinoa stirfry (I’ll put the recipe up at the end of this post).

I love quinoa more and more each time I eat it.  It has totally replaced rice for me, and it just has a good healthy taste.  With every bite I get the feeling that I am eating something that is so absolutely good for me, and I love it.  Of course it helps that it is tasty.

I Love You, Quinoa

Friends, if you are on the fence about trying quinoa because it has kind of a weird appearance, just buck up and do it.  You will not regret it.  It is fast becoming my favourite easy meal.

I am off to hit the pavement for a run (didn’t happen this morning, whoooops!)  I will see you cheeky minxes later!

Here is the recipe:

Protein-Packed Quinoa Stirfry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can any kind beans, rinsed (I used a bean medley that included chick peas, kidney beans and white beans)
  • 1 can green beans, rinsed (you could also use fresh, but I only had canned)
  • half a large red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup salsa

Directions

1. In a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray (I used olive oil spray, or you could just use a couple teaspoons of oil), add your gaaaahlic and onion.  Cook on low for about 6-8 minutes until translucent.

2. Add both cans of beans, stir, and continue to cook until the beans are warm.

Beannnnnnns

3. Add in the cooked quinoa, stir.

4. Add in the salsa, and stir it alllll together.

Annnnd, deliciousness is born 😉

Stay full, my friends 🙂

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Hurrah for WIAW!!!

Hello food lovahs!

It is What I Ate Wednesday!  Since I thoroughly enjoyed participating last week, I have decided to do it up again.

Woo!

My eating today was slightly more random than last Wednesday, as I attended a small event at work this afternoon that threw a minor wrench into my healthy eats.  Not that I am complaining, it was fun!  But you know what happens to me at events…I’m a food table hoverer, fo’ sho’.

Shmanyways, let’s get to it.

B-reakfast.

Oaty and YUMMY

Oatmeal!  And my fave combo of banana, peanut butter, and honey.  It has been a while since I’ve enjoyed any oaty goodness lately, and I’ve missed it.  Hit ze spot.

Mid-morning Snackage

Yogity Yogity

Liberté vanilla Greek yogurt + Enjoy Life granola + blubes.  Yummers.

I would just like to take un momento and mention that although I like Liberté and PC Greek yogurt, more options in Canada would be awesome.  WHY can we not get Chobani, Oikos, or Fage?  Seriously uncool.  Seriously.

Lunch Time

If you like me on Facebook (and why would you not?!? :)), you may have seen my post about how excited I was for lunch.  All morning long, all I could think about was this:

Love My Lunch!

Toasted whole wheat bagel topped with goat cheese and raspberry jelly (halves not combined so this lunch lasts longer ;)), and cherry tomatoes on the side.  I can not get enough of goat cheese.  It is crazy to think that I used to not like it… These days I die for it!

Post-Lunch Snack

GrrrrrAPES!

Afternoon Snacks

One of the other sport organizations in my building was having a little “Midweek Midway” action in their office this afternoon, with various games you could participate in while also learning about upcoming events and workshops they had going on.  A few of my coworkers and I went down to check it out, and all my little sporty pals were there, so it was pretty fun hanging out and chatting with them.

The games were pretty fun!

Game Time

Golf and basketball (to the right, but hiding).

More Games

War (you got poker chips to play this game, and I lost all mine immediately.  I lost every hand :().

I spent a lot of time by the food table, and snagged popcorn, some chips, and an ice cream bar.

Event Snacks

I actually had about three of those little cups of popcorn.  So addicting!

At one point my boss came over to me and said that our new coworker Liz wasn’t sure where I was and thought I had left…but he told her that she must not know me very well yet, because there’s no way I would have left without hitting up the food table.  And then he said he looked over, and there I was, at the food table, snacking on an ice cream bar.  Funny.

And guess who won the How Many Candies Are In This Jar game?

How Many Candies Are In This Jar?

Oh yes, ME!  I guessed 78 and I was bang-on!  Craziness!  I won the jar of candy, which is currently residing in my office (with a few missing ;)).

The Midweek Midway broke up my day pretty well, and it was fun to get out of my own office, see everyone, and snackity-snack it up.  And WIN CANDY!

I also made sure to drink a lot of water all day long.

Watah

I read an article about sitting down all day and about how it is basically slowly killing you (I think I’ll talk more about this in another post) so I am trying to drink as much water as possible so I need to use the bathroom a LOT.

On my way home from work I felt like I needed a little pick-me-up, so I hit up the Timmy HoHo’s drive-thru and got one o’ these…

Iced Coffeeeee

Interestingly enough, the first time I tried iced coffee I thought it tasted like bacon…now I may be developing a slight addiction.  This iced coffee stuff is gooood.

Dinner

Sammy for Dins

Deli turket sammy with lettuce, tomato, hummus and mustard on honey-oat bread, with leftover corn on the cob, and extra tomato slices.  Extremely simple, and it did the trick.

Annnnnd dessert…

Creamy

The last of the Maple Crunch ice cream.  We are now all out.  Ohh well, I guess I have to try another kind!

Yeehaw and hurrah for WIAW!!!

Workout

My burn is feeling better, so I’m going for a RUN!!!!

Have an awesome evening!

What was the best thing you ate today?!

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WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday)

If you follow healthy living blogs, you may have seen “What I Ate Wednesday” (WIAW) posts, where bloggers post nearly everything they have eaten that day (on Wednesday, obv).

This is my first time participating in WIAW.  I usually post most of my main meals almost every day, but I have never posted everything I have eaten in an entire day, and I don’t usually post my snacks.  Probably because I eat a lot, and each of my posts would be a million years long.

At the risk of boring the pants off you non-food lovers (read yesterday’s post instead if you don’t get down like that), here is EVERYTHING I ate today.

First up, breakfast!

Smoothie-Smooth

This morning before work I blended myself a green monster smoothie that included:

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1.25 cups almond milk
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • pinch xanthan gum (to thicken)

Pretty yummy, though I think I prefer my smoothies to include just one type of berry.  I just used a mix that was in my freezer.

Around 10:30 my tummy started a rumblin’, so I headed into my work’s lunch/storage room to make myself my first snack of the day.

Morning Snack Attack

Liberté Vanilla Greek yogurt topped with blueberries and oatmeal.  I LOVE vanilla Greek yogurt, it tastes like dessert!  This hit ze spot and kept me full until lunch.  Which was this…

Lunch!

Definitely not the most attractive thing I ate today, after sitting in the fridge all night and morning, but this was leftover soft taco bake from yesterday that I topped with salsa.  It was actually pretty delicious.  A lot better than it looks.

(Don’t hate on my super attractive plate…those are the ones available in the lunchroom ;)).

That was really just a little sliver of taco bake, so I supplemented that with a homemade salad.

Lil' Bit o' Salad

Baby spinach, tomatoes and cucumber with sunflower seeds and Italian dressing.  Pretty good lunch!

Followed by a pretty lame dessert…

Fruit Snacks

Usually I prefer somethin’ a little more “desserty”.

My afternoon snack (around 3:00) was just an apple.  Usually I have PB with it, but I didn’t bring any with me today.  When I arrived home after work I was FAMISHED.  I was so hungry for some reason.  So before I hit up my gym’s 5:30 BodyPump I quickly made myself a second afternoon snack.

Second Afternoon Snack

A whole wheat tortilla smeared with a tablespoon of peanut butter wrapped around a banana.  Definitely helped to power me through a great workout!

After feeling the burn at the ‘Pump (and ohh I felt the burn) it was dinner time!

Dinna

A homemade pizza with PC multi-grain pizza crust topped with tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella cheese and turkey pepperoni, with steamed broccoli on the side (not nearly as good as the pizza).  I like to finish dinner feeling FULL, so this is where the veggies come in.  I can eat more without eating a zillion pieces of pizza.

And that is it for eats today! (so far ;))

I think this would be a pretty accurate snapshot of my every day eats.  Obviously I snack more on the weekends, and more (probably worse foods) if I am eating out.  And tons more if I am at some sort of event!  But day to day, that about sums it up.

My favourite meal of today was definitely my smoothie this morning!

What was the best thing you ate today?

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