What’s In My Fridge – BBQ Edition!

Good morning everyone!

Today I am going to give you a peek inside my fridge. Much like my peek inside my pantry post, I will be showing you what’s in my fridge, in particular, what’s left in my fridge from the BBQ we hosted over the Canada Day long weekend.

Let’s jump in, shall we!?


Top Row:

Cherries, grapes, cantaloupe, San Pellegrino (for those who did not want to drink), leftover turkey burgers (in a container), kombucha, French vanilla creamer (which we have had in the fridge since Mother’s Day… To be honest it needs to be thrown out because we never use it but #lazy), jars with salad dressing, Greek yogurt

Snack Drawer:

Veggie pepperoni, cheese, red onion, some chopped up tomato slices, hummus, pea sprouts

Middle Row:
Okay this is where it gets crazy lol
Two dozen eggs, two cupcakes that were leftover, salsa, hollyhock dressing in a jar, chia seeds, two containers of feta cheese (because someone thought we were out of feta), strawberries, spinach dip, a bowl of broccoli pasta salad, watermelon, and I think we had almond milk back there too.

Bottom Row:

Farm fresh turkey! Ryan used the meat grinder attachment on our Kitchen Aid mixer & now we have ground turkey in the freezer. Beer, Rocky Creek Rose, Oyster Bay white wine, a container with lettuce and burger toppings, bottom container with mushrooms.

Veggie drawer:

Garlic scapes, orange peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, tomatoes, beets, carrots

And the space where another veggie drawer should be (LOL):

Box of mixed salad greens, a ginormous bag of spinach that literally looks like a pillow


Alright, folks! That’s everything. We also have a big cooler full of beer leftover (still, I know), but beer isn’t my jam so Ryan will have to drink that. Woe is him, hey? I would love to do a grocery haul video for you guys one of these days, so stay tuned!

Leanfit Complete Green Protein Review + Smoothie RECIPE!

 

Good morning!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have been testing out a protein powder for a little over a week now. I wanted to give you guys a review of how I am liking it so far, how I’ve been using it, and a new smoothie recipe that includes this protein powder.

First off, I want to say that you do not need supplements in your diet every single day. For me, this is something I use to enhance my smoothies, as I believe it is important to include some kind of protein in a smoothie if you are using it for a meal replacement. Smoothies are an excellent way to get in a ton of fruits & veggies all in one swoop, but you can use protein powder in a post-workout shake mixed with water or milk of your choice if you are not a fan of “liquid meals.” That being said, I am quite happy with this protein powder and how it has been making me feel over the last week and a bit, so let’s get into it!

I picked this up from Costco for $39.99. It is a 1.02kg container and includes 34 servings. This breaks down to $1.17 per serving. I picked up the vanilla bean flavour, though it also comes in chocolate. Leanfit Complete Green protein powder is a plant based protein powder that is GMO free, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. It contains 20% of your daily fibre intake and is perfect for those who are vegetarian and vegan, or those who may have allergies to things like soy, dairy, and gluten. I was drawn to this because I felt like whey protein did not agree with my stomach and made me feel heavy and bloated after drinking a whey protein shake (yes, the isolate whey, too!).

This contains a blend of pea, hemp, flaxseed, brown ride, and chia seed protein. It is sweetened with stevia and does not contain any weird fillers or ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Bonus: it only contains 1 gram of sugar and has 19 grams of protein per serving. It contains essential amino acids to aid in muscle recovery and repair, and also has 100mg of potassium and 35% of your daily iron intake in one scoop (which is a 30g serving).

 

 

So, how have I been using it?

The first time I used this protein powder was in a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and almond butter. This was like a blueberry dessert bowl! It was super tasty, but I also wanted to try it blended into a smoothie. I must say, the smoothie is my favourite way to use it! Last week I had a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast, and I felt satiated until lunch time rolled around at work.

Here is my go-to smoothie recipe:

 

 

Vanilla Berry Protein Smoothie:

1 1/2 cashew (or almond) milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp spirulina/chlorella (optional: I buy mine as a blend)
1 tsp maca powder (also optional but is good for balancing hormones & increasing energy naturally)
1 tbsp chia seeds (for healthy fats and fibre)
1 scoop Leanfit Complete Green plant-based protein powder in vanilla bean
As much spinach and greens as you can fit!

Blend, blend, blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

If you are in the market for a plant-based protein powder, I would highly recommend this one. Next I would like to try the chocolate flavour and see how it compares. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate? Again, I found this at my local Costco but I’m sure you can find it online : )


What is YOUR favourite protein powder? Any that I should try?

Long Weekend Blooms + Sunshine

 

Hi everyone!

So, you know how in yesterday’s post I was talking about my love for fresh flowers and that I can’t have TOO many in the house because of Ryan’s allergies? Well. We had a BBQ at our house on Sunday night where we hosted about 15 people, and our thoughtful friends and family brought more flowers for me! I say me because Ryan is more of a, “sure, grab me a beer!” kinda guy as opposed to, “Oh, those flowers are beautiful!”

Regardless, I for one am super excited about all the blooms in our home right now! My sister said it was a bit of a jungle, but… I can’t help it. I’m not about to turn them away!

 

So bright and summery : ) Yeah, so Sunday we were in BBQ prep mode getting everything ready. We had tons of food – chips, fruit like grapes, fresh cherries & strawberries, crackers and hummus, French bread with spinach dip, a broccoli pasta salad, a vegan Caesar salad, turkey burgers & veggie burgers. Oh, and dessert was cupcakes and fudgesicles. To say everyone left with a full belly would be an understatement. Ryan and I love hosting things at our house. A) because it is our house and we don’t have to leave and B) it makes us happy to see our friends and family so happy! There’s something about everyone being together that makes my heart smile. Oh my gosh. I sound like my mother.

Another bouquet of pretty flowers from our friends at Manna Farm! My mom and dad brought their pup Marley over, so Nala was happy to have another four-legged friend to play with – plus tons of humans to keep her occupied! Our company stayed until about 11pm, then we cleaned up, watched a bit of TV and hit the hey. It was a jam-packed day outside with friends, and I loved every bit of it!

Oh, I also loved that I woke up at my alarm (which I set for 8:00am) yesterday, went to the bathroom (because you needed to know that) and proceeded to lay back down and sleep in until 10:41AM! Holy crap. I felt like the whole day was over by the time I rolled out of bed. And let me just say – I was not hungover or drinking a lot on Sunday. I guess my body just needed the rest!

My sister had slept over Sunday night, so she was busy making Ryan and I breakfast yesterday morning before she had to head off to work. When she left, and while Ryan was getting his haircut, I went out and squeezed in the easy 5 miles that my marathon training plan called for. It was hot, sweaty, but I was happy! Once I stretched and showered, I downed a smoothie (that I will be sharing with you all on Thursday!) and we packed the dog up to go for a hike. Yep, busy day full of activities!

We headed to Mt Tzouhalem, and Nala absolutely LOVED running off-leash with her cousins. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon, and we grabbed a couple cold drinks at Starbucks after. Why not, right?

Beauty day for a hike!

Aaaand then this happened. We were lounging on the couch, anticipating a quiet night in watching TV and overall being lazy, and Ryan was Googling Kitchen Aid mixers. When this man finds a deal, he does NOT want to wait even one second before jumping on it. So, away we went to Walmart, then Canadian Tire, then Best Buy to see what the prices were like. We ended up scoring this on super sale at Best Buy, so look forward to lots of recipes coming your way this summer made in this bad boy!

I think that about recaps the whole weekend for ya! I have another post coming to you this week about what’s in my fridge! I received great feedback on my what’s in my pantry post, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t already. Until then, I will chat with ya tomorrow on the podcast!

Canada Day 150!

 

Hey everyone! Happy Monday. Who else is excited to have the day off today? This girl is, and this girl needs it after a fun filled weekend!

I wanted to do a bit of a recap of what we got up to on Saturday for Canada’s 150th birthday. If you didn’t know already, I live on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. Although I am intrigued by all the other amazing countries and places to visit around the world, Canada will forever be my home and I could not imagine living anywhere else. We truly are so lucky here!

I kicked off the Canada Day morning with a run. Saturdays are still my long run days with my new training plan, and it called for 12 miles.

 

I took it nice and easy at a 9:51/mile pace. My hamstrings and quads were still sore from Wednesday’s hill run and Thursday’s run, plus long runs are meant for distance and time on your feet, not necessarily for speed, SO taking it slow sounded like the best plan for me. I was extra patriotic and wore red during this run. No, not just my red face! After my run I stretched, foam rolled, and even tried the ol’ “legs up the wall” trick which is supposed to help with recovery. I am happy to report that come Sunday morning, my legs weren’t really sore at all. Maybe there is something magical about that trick!

Of course, Nala has been LOVING the summer weather. Any chance she gets, she wants to be outside. She will either play in the back yard, or find a shady spot and flop down for a little afternoon nap. We have also been going for early morning walks on the trail which I know she loves!

 

 

After doing some clean up around the house, we made our way to the farmer’s market for a few more veggies and to see what the local vendors had. I scored a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers that is the new centerpiece on our dining room table. Having fresh flowers in the house makes me so happy! Plus, you can’t go wrong when they are five bucks. I mean, do you have two bouquets? If I could have flowers all around the house, I totally would. However, I think Ryan’s allergies would NOT be a fan of that.

 

After the farmer’s market, we made our way back home to get ready for a camp fire. My parents were camping at a local beach resort, so we decided to bring Nala down and visit for the evening. Of course, I left my phone on the charger and as we were driving towards the campsite I realized that  I did not have it. So, unfortunately I have no pictures of that, but trust me when I say it was a fun time! Nala loved playing with their dog Marley (although I’m not sure if that feeling is mutual, because Marley is about 4-5 years older than Nala), and we had BBQ chicken and s’mores – gotta have s’mores while you’re camping! We ended up staying for about 6 hours, so I was definitely tired when we got home. What’s that saying? “At the end of the day, your hands and feet should be dirty and eyes sparkling.” Yep, that was me! It was a fulfilling day and yeah, my feet were definitely dirty from kicking up dust!


Yesterday night we had a BBQ with friends and family – more on that tomorrow, but I hope you all had a great long weekend! Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians, and Happy 4th of July to all my American readers out there! See ya tomorrow : )