Friday, 22 June 2012

Fitness Friday

I try to make a new playlist once a month so I have something new and fresh to work out too.  The current one was made for cardio, but I also use it for weights, abs, in my car, in my kitchen and pretty much anywhere I go.  Song #3 "Skrillex - Summit"  kicks me into a whole new world when Im working out.

If your looking for some new upbeat songs try some of these guys out:

Playlist: June2012

1. Calvin Harris ft Neyo - Lets Go
2. Matrix & Futurebound ft Luke Bingham - All I know
3. Skrillex ft Ellie Goulding - Summit
4. Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
5. Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out (Benny Benassi Remix)
6. Example - Midnight Run (Funkagenda Remix)
7. Zoe Badwi - Release me (Dj Anselmo Energy Boot Mix)

I also have a few rap/hip hop songs thrown in to switch up the beat a little bit:

Drake ft Lil Wayne - The Motto
Childish Gambino - Break
Drake ft Christ Brown - Yamaha Mama
Drake - Headlines

Check out other great blogs

Blog Hops Everyday and A Mommy's Blog Design Friday Blog Hop

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad

It doesn't get much easier then this one!  This low cal recipe takes minutes to make and tastes delicious plated next to any bbq'd meats or a burger.

Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad:
4 med sized tomatos
1 med english cucumber
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp sugar
2 tsp fresh chopped basil (or 1 tsp dried)
Salt and pepper

Mix oil, vinegar and sugar together in mixing bowl.
Slice tomatoes and cucumbers to desired size and put in the bowl with the oil mixture and stir.
Add chopped basil, salt and pepper and put in fridge to keep cold (serve after 10 mins or whenever you are hungry)

Nutritional info:
Makes 4 servings
Calories: 58
Fat: 1.6g
Fiber: 1.9g
Carbs: 9.4

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Truly Organic Foods Review

Being a vegetarian a lot of the foods I eat on a daily basis are the same.  A lot of the companies that provide organic, gluten free or vegan foods also pump out the same products as each other and rarely come out with anything mind blowing.  I received a package from Truly Organic Foods a few months back.  I was expecting a small package but they went all out and spoiled me with a variety of wonderful foods.  I was going to write out everything individually but since everything was amazing I started to sound repetitive.  Almost everything is gluten free, vegan, raw and organic which for me means love at first sight (or taste for that matter).

I'll start that I received this package right before heading to work so I brought it with me.  My co-workers all wanted to dig in when I opened the box.  We all share food at work so it wasn't right for me to say no.  We all sat there and snacked on stuff and then said our opinions on it.  Im sorry if anyone from my work reads this but the Raw Almonds, and the Giddy Yoyo organic vegan chocolate bar I received found a hiding place in my purse because they were SOOOOO good I didn't want to share.  The chocolate tasted so pure and the texture of the almonds was almost meaty.  Such a difference then the bulk ones I usually buy at the store.  With all the products I recieved I, and everyone else I let share, could tell that there was no added stuff, it was all real food and everything tasted wonderful.  The nuts, the salad booster, the rawtella (like nutella but 5000x better) ... everything tasted incredible!

Ive had the same protein for years and I was getting sick after I would have my shake so I also got a taste of the Sunwarrior chocolate vegan powder which was hands down the best shake Ive had in my life.  It has a earthy and nutty taste, and with the chocolate it blends so well I drank it so slow so the taste would last.  I also tried the hemp vegan protein and it is delicious.  Theres no artificial flavours, its very earthy and mixes well with yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit and almond milk for a great breakfast shake.  No bloating after like other shakes I've had.

Chia seeds.  Something I had heard about but never tried.  Now I have them in my cereal, in my shakes, salads, soups etc.  They are amazing little seeds.  Not much of a taste but these little guys keep you full for longer as well as balance your blood sugar, give you energy along with many more health benefits.

This was the hardest review Ive done because there was so much goodness in the package I received that day.  There wasn't anything that I didn't want more of.  To check out these products and way more click the link below:

Sunday, 10 June 2012

What Can $20 Buy These days?

Taking a casual stroll through Real Canadian Superstore today I thought maybe I should replace some of my fav tanks that I wear for working out.  If I've had them for a number of years and they have no shape, faded colour and have deodorant stains its time to chuck those bad boys.

Ive recently moved and am now learning how to budget.  I saw a sign that said clearance.  Just my style...if its full price I probably won't buy it...
I love black shorts and I love tank tops.  So for just under $12 I got myself just that.  Tomorrows gym gear:

While browsing I also noticed some brightly coloured tanks with matching boxer type bottoms.  Heck, why not.  For $2.94 each I purchased myself new pi's.  After any long day or warm day it feels good to put on something light and bright :)

Im so happy with my 4 new wardrobe items for under $20!!!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Weekend Giveaways/Hops

Good weekend to you all :)
Much deserved break from the work life for some of us... and others, its just another friday - sunday.  Either way I hope every one enjoys their weekend.

The first giveaway is by my sister who has recently started her blog up again.
Open to anyone in Canada and USA :)  Show her some love and hit the follow button too ;)

Little Piggies Three Giveaway

Now a Blog Hop Til You Drop:
This is my favourite way to find new blogs and make new blogger friends!

Blog Hop Til You Drop

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

Chunky beefsteak tomatoes stuffed with corn, egg and cheese?
This makes a perfect low calorie side dish for summer bbq's or a healthy meal all year round and its easy to make.

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes:

4 large beef steak tomatoes
1/2 Cup corn kernels (if frozen thaw them first)
2 teaspoons chives (or thin diced onion)
4 eggs
Salt & Pepper
1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
red pepper flakes

Pre Heat oven to 350.  Line a baking pan (9inch) with wax/parchment paper.

1.  With a serrated knife slice off the top of the tomato and gently scoop out the insides with a spoon.  You don't want to break through the skin of the tomato.
2.  Season tomato with salt and pepper and place in the baking dish.
3.  Divide corn and chives or onion up between the 4 tomatoes.
4.  Break an egg over each tomato then sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parm

Bake until egg is set.  45-50 min.  Let sit for a few mins before you dig in :)

***Tip: For lower calorie option don't use a full egg just use the egg white.  I tried that with one of the eggs and it tasted great :)
They also sit well over night in the fridge and taste just as good for lunch the next day.

Nutritional info:
4 servings
Calories:  167
Carbs:  16.3g
Protein:  11.5g