More Comfort FOODS

**this is a reblog of an awesome popular blog from 2011 when we lived in Winnipeg**

 

Yesterday was freezing cold. I’m not talking about -20.C or even -30.C, here with the windchill it was a blistering -45.C!!! Being a stay-at-home mom and having the school 14 houses away, I could not with a conscious drive my kids to school….. alas, we walked (bundled up to the max!)… brrrrrrr. What you need to understand with a cold that COLD, is that it is really really hard to warm up after wards. You should also know that I’m the kind of person who hates (HATES!) being cold, I think it’s the worst torture around. Usually I’m wearing a sweater, slippers, and have a little heater going even when the house is a balmy 73.F!

anyways….

now that you know how cold it really was, and how much of a wimp I am you’ll understand why I wanted to turn my oven on and keep it that way all day! The only way I could do this was to bake and cook all day. Great timing too because I had been reading a bunch of blogs with amazing sounding treats on it that I just needed to try! Here it goes…..

Recipe #1 from iheartwellness is a wicked salt and vinegar guilt free tv munching snack!

Just as the site says: Mix together sunflower seeds, apple cider vinegar and sea salt!
I used 3 cups sunflower seeds,
3Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 3Tbsp of Sea Salt
Mix
Place in an oven for 250 (I turned it up to 325) and bake for 1-2 hours (stirring every 20 minutes).


I’m glad I did these first cause they were so delish to munch on while making the rest of my goodies!!

While snacking on these yummy treats, I was also making some AMAZING granola bars… This recipe is also from iheartwellness, On the site Kris makes them into ‘clusters’, but I ended up changing it up a bit , and adding / subtracting parts to suit my ingredients.Β  Here is what I did…

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup crushed walnuts
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1 cup cranberries

3 Tbsp Chia seeds
1tsp vanilla
1 cup melted coconut oil

Mix well together, put on cookie sheet and flatten. Place in freezer to set. While there make your chocolate sauce. I mixed together in a pot on the stove the following…

2 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
1 Tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Once the bars are set, take them out of the freezer, cut into desired sizes (bars or squares, etc), and drizzle still hot chocolate sauce. Put back into freezer to set chocolate and store in the fridge. Now, I’ve never made granola bars before, but these turned out so amazing, that even my hubby and kids were sneaking into the kitchen to wolf some more down!

So, I have now put away my cooled and flavoured sunflower seeds into a nice glass jar in the fridge. The bars are staying safe away from my fingers in a container in the fridge. And I’m starting to make some mint chocolate covered peanut butter balls. I found this recipe here on all day I dream about food so yum!!
I tweaked it a bit with half rice flour and half regular flour, and used a mint chocolate for some of them, and the rest I made chocolate with the cocoa powder….

Here is what they turned into..
This is the Chunky peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and flour mixed together (I used maple syrup instead of the sugar substitutes shes had listed) all rolled into cute little balls.

Put these into the freezer while you melt your chocolate….

Then dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate, and place back into the freezer to set. Store in the fridge if you have any left! Yum!!

Mine have little holes in the tops from the toothpicks I put in them to help me with dipping!

While I was making all these, I also made a few dozen (ok, 5 dozen), of my kids fav flour free totally chocolate and peanut butter cookies….

you can find the recipe here from last time, and made some yummy gluten and dairy free butter chicken for dinner!

and so, after all this, I was tired, and worn out, and full of chocolate…. but best of all,

I WASN’T COLD!!!!!!!
(and better yet, my fridge was full of yummy healthy treats for the rest of the week!)

Later!
T

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Roll into Lunch with these 2 new Rolls!

Getting bored of the same old Sandwiches & Salads? My kids sure are! Here’s an easy & yummy way of getting unstuck & still keep it Healthy!

ROLL #1.

This works best if you make extra Brown Rice the night before & have it cold & ready in the Fridge. I know most people say you need ‘sushi’ rice to make sushi, but it’s just not the case! When you’re ready grab your Nori sheet & Roller & add a bunch of Brown Rice. (mines a little yellow because I cooked it with Turmeric)

Make sure you get it all the way to the end or it won’t stay closed when you roll it.

Now there are a million ways to fill your Sushi. Cucumbers, Salsa, Lettuce, Hummus, Chard, Olives, Beans,Carrots, ANYTHING! Today I really wanted to just keep it SUPER SIMPLE! All I added was a bunch of Roasted RedPepper Miso.

I rolled this baby up, cut & ate it faster then a bat~outta~hell!!! πŸ™‚

Because this Brown Rice wasn’t ‘sushi’ rice, it wasn’t as sticky. But that didn’t bother me one bit. These babies are SO fast & easy to make, plus they taste delish & are healthy (depending on what you put in them).

ROLL #2

These Rolls were inspired by my Aunt who brought over some really cool Wraps (& some delish Trader Joe’s Almond Butter over on a trip here a few weeks ago)

These wraps are even simpler then the Sushi ones above.

Simply take your favorite Sandwich fillings (here we have Almond butter & Raspberry Jam). And….

You guessed it πŸ™‚

ROLL!!!

Pop these babies into your lunch (or your kids lunch). And away you go! Easy, Simple, Healthy! Add a Banana in there if you’re keen. Or make a salad wrap, Bean wrap, Hummus & Salsa wrap, the possiblilites are Endless!

What are your favorite Rolls to make? Have I inspired you to make anything yummy today?

Remember, It’s still May, & May’s Mantra is:

Everytime u eat it’s an opportunity to make yourself healthier or more ill. What will you Choose?

& Race Day Came!

Saturday night finally came, (the night before my FIRST EVER 10K) & I was filled with Running thoughts in my Brain (haha, pun intended), Butterflies in my Stomach (excited ones not nervous ones), Visions of an under 60 minute finish with my kids & hubby cheering me on, as well as a seriously horrid case of Sciatica in both legs. 😦 (the Sciatica hit me on Friday with a crazy vengeance & I had resorted to taking a few Advil’s a day to keep from crying my eyes out & ripping my legs off πŸ˜‰ )

Anyways. Onto Race Day!

We were going to wake up early (early for a Sunday) & make the 8am Ferry over to the Mainland, ease our way North to Parksville & stop in LadySmith for the best in the world Cinnamon Buns. But…. as it turned out there was no 8am ferry on Sundays! (there was a 9am ferry ~making us late for the start of the race, or a 7am ferry ~making us wake up extremely early). We had to wake up extra early (6am, Seriously???) Oh, & the Ladysmith Bakery was closed on Sunday…. Whaaaat??? My kids were not impressed!

But they were still SO supportive of me doing this & being able to be there to cheer me on! So 6am came & we all woke up with near the excitement of Christmas Morning (maybe that was just me?). Actually, little Ozzie was up before 6 with a big proud smile on πŸ™‚ Love my Boys!!

We all piled into the car & made it safely across to the Big Island.

The drive up was uneventful, the boys played their iPod & DS & I think I was in & out of a strange kind of high, still sleepy but so excited…. is there such a land? We made it to Nanaimo & stopped by Starbuck’s. (It’s a weird guilty pleasure). We had a small very un~healthy breakfast & I had a latte. A latte? Wtf? So weird!!

haha! (that little cup was a sample of their ‘blonde’ roast that we wanted to try). Having to take such an early Ferry gave us a lot (A LOT) of time to just hang out & chill.

Once we got to Parksville the boys dropped me off to get ready & they headed back a few blocks to check out a Car Show. Oh boys :)!! I still had over an hour to wait, so I headed to the Beach to sit & Meditate a little. It was a gorgeous day & so peaceful there. A great way to start Race Day.

Once I got my bib & changed into some shorts, it was time. The boys walked me to the Start/Finish line & had such big proud smiles even before I started! They were saying how much they loved me, how proud they were, & that they knew that I was going to ‘win’. πŸ™‚ (again, love my boys, all 3 of them *especially the one hiding behind the camera!).

I have to add, I was worried about my Sciatica acting up during the run, I had brought some Advil with me just in case, but after having that Coffee at Starbuck’s it didn’t seem to be bothering me πŸ™‚ Was coffee the Majikal answer?

I’m pretty sure I was all smiles too. I still wasn’t nervous, I was just waiting to have a ton of fun! That was my #1 goal, number 2 goal was to finish in under an hour. I’ve been running 8.5k on Salt Spring & was coming in around 56 minutes, but I knew the Messed~Up Crazy hills were slowing me down. I was confident πŸ˜‰

Count down. T minus 1 minute.

Ready?

GO!

Once we got settled into a few groups, I saw a girl with a Green shirt that seemed to have a great pace. I thought I would try to keep up with her. It was comfortable enough & I was happy. I wanted to stay between 5.2 & 5.6 minutes per km. Around the same time another girl with Bright Pink Shorts came around that seemed to have the same pace as me. I had to options now. Back & forth we went, all the while I’m sure I had a dorky smile πŸ™‚ haha!

I had heard a rumor that there was a hill near the beginning of the course. I saw it coming, but it was nothing like the Hills I was use to. I did fine! But just around that time I lost Pink shorts behind me & noticed that Green Shirt had taken off. I was on my own. No matter. The lovely lady on my MapMyRUN app was telling me that my desired pace was going fine. 1km. 2km. 3km. 4km. 5km. (I took my Vega Gel Pack).

When running at home, I usually stop by now for a little walk. I wanted to rest for a moment, but I didn’t want to get ‘stuck’ walking. 30 seconds seemed reasonable. I walked as fast as I could for half a minute. Took another gulp of my Vega Drink & took off again. I seemed to have more energy. Love! (I did this 30sec walk 3 or 4 times during the race & think I love it)

6km. 7km. 7.5km. 8km. 8.5km. This is now the longest I’ve EVER run. EVER. In my LIFE! I was beaming. (I was also HOT, the sun was out in full force & there was nearly no shade to be found)

By this time I had a crazy ‘runners high’ & was not listening to the MapMyRUN lady, & could barely hear Adele blaring what was now Running in the Deep. I had no idea how far I had yet to go. After the 8km point we had turned around & were on the same street just going the other way. I was pretty sure that there was just 1km left. That excited me so much that I started to sprint. Not sprint sprint, but I sure picked up the pace. I thought running faster for the last km would be fine. I had the energy still πŸ˜‰ . I ran & ran & ran. It felt great to push it, I was feeling it. It was hard, I was hot.

Then I saw it.

There it was.

……………………

The 9km sign.

😦

I think I actually screeched my runners a bit. haha. Sure I slowed down a bit, but I didn’t stop.

I was out of water. I was hot. I knew it was almost over. I wanted to see my boys. For a split second I thought of texting Chris to tell him I was almost there.

Then I really saw it. The finish line. I was there! This time I really started to sprint, but by then my legs were pretty done so my sprint was kind of pathetic πŸ™‚

Tamara Lukie at 57:44

I did it!!!!

Goals:
#1~ have fun

CHECK

#2~ finish under 1 hour

CHECK

My kids were so proud of me! Callym even said he’d like to run a 10k with me next time! Gosh that little man makes me wanna push myself more & more each & every day!

After a cool down we had a little bite to eat. I had some Vega Restore Drink & small Bar, some Oranges & Snap Peas. I did not feel hungry. What I really wanted was the Vega Restore Smoothie (but I forgot to pick one up). We waited around for a while to see the times. I came forth in my age group, something to strive for next time for sure! We even watched some of the presentations afterwards, but I think we waited too long. I was starting to get hungry, & going from hot to chilled & back again wasn’t too fun either. We finally left & I picked up some Vega. YUM.

I need to add again, after the Run I was kind of waiting for the Sciatica to kick in again. To my Wonder & Amazement, it didn’t. Was it the Coffee? Had I run the Sciatica right outta my legs? I don’t know, but I am so SO grateful that it’s gone πŸ™‚

Being on the Big Island was a treat for us, so we hit the Mall, the boys had some Toys R Us cash & I wanted to see if Winners had Chia & Flax on sale πŸ™‚ . I was still feeling pretty fuzzy in the head & maybe a bit nauseous. 😦 Boo, Where was that runners high I had earlier?

It was now around 3pm. The race had finished 2 hours ago & the boys were getting hungry! We hit a place called Delicado’s in Nanaimo. It’s the BOMB for Mexican. I ordered my usual Spinach Burrito, but really felt like sleeping instead. I felt like I just couldn’t eat. It was at this time that I noticed Sukhi Muker’s status on FaceBook about getting 2 pizza’s after his Ironman. Hmmm, I thought. Maybe I should eat something substantial? So I took a bite. I could always bring it home if it really wasn’t what I needed. (thank you Sukhi!!)

Oh Dear Buddha……. This Burrito was making me feel AMAZING!!! Every Bite I took was filled with Energy & Love! I should have ordered two πŸ™‚ That was it, that was the problem. My body was slowly shutting down after all that heat & exhurtion because I wasn’t feeding it anything! duh! So I finished up & felt great. In fact, before we left town we stopped & got some SuperGreen Salad & Pasta Salad for me too. (A good lesson to remember for me here: Even though I had all the Vega Prepare, Sustain & Recover stuff, Eating Real Food to Help your Body Recover is way beyond anything else you can do!) Here you can see how Hungry I truly was, I took a bite of the plate πŸ˜‰

The rest of our trip was pretty un~eventful. We stopped by our old stomping grounds in SaltAir. The tide was low & the boys wanted to find some baby crabs.

We made it home & relaxed & cleaned up. I had a small glass of wine to celebrate & took some time to think about this 1/2 that I’m signed up for in June. I was really having second thoughts about it. 10k is great. It’s long enough to push but short enough to still be a lot of fun. 1/2 a Marathon is far. I mean A LOT further then 10, that’s for sure. I was thinking that I would switch my registration from the 1/2 to a 10. But after checking out the site I found out that my only options are a 5k or a 1/2……….

So I have to start practicing running further. But still having fun. I will do the 1/2, & I will finish it, but I will have fun. That is still my number 1 goal. FUN. (& this time I won’t wait so long to chow down on that Burrito!)

What have you learnt in your Runs that you can share with us newbies? Did you Relax or ‘Go Hard’ this weekend?

Tea’s on!

I love me a good mug of tea. Green Tea, Lavender Tea, PassionFlower Tea, Ginger Tea. You name it, & I’ll probably love it! I prefer Loose Tea to Tea Bags, I just have this feeling like it’s much more ‘Real’, not just ground up flakes. It’s also pretty cool to see all those leaves & petals floating around. Sight & Smell is all around better with Loose Tea.

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Cardboard Tea Box
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Inner Tea Bag
– Non-GMO tree cellulose, an industrial bi-product from the Pacific Northwest
– 100% Compostable
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