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Clean Eating Challenge: Day 19

Saturday, June 9
Day 19

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast: Green Smoothie #9 – This morning I changed things up a little and added some kale to my smoothie rather than the usual baby spinach. I’m not exactly sure what I think about it yet….it definitely didn’t blend up as well as the spinach, and taste-wise, I found it to be pretty overwhelming. I’m thinking 2 cups might be a little much??

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Ingredients:
2 cups kale
1 cup almond milk
1 cup Europe’s Best Frozen Mixed Berries
2 tbsp peanut butter

It was actually pretty good, but i’m a bit of a texture freak so the little kale chucks were a little distracting!

Morning Snack – Veggies and Hummus

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Lunch – Grilled Chicken Breast Burger with Tomato and Lettuce on a Whole Wheat bun and 2 Eat Clean Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Afternoon Snack – Eat Clean Guacamole and Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and a Corona. We were at my brother-in-laws cottage for the day/night…who can resist a corona at the cottage!

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Dinner – Pork Tenderloin, Asparagus and Corn on the Cob

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Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
7 hours

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 17

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Day 17

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast– seeing as I have been a little laid up this week, I didn’t make it to the grocery store yet to replenish my Green Smoothie ingredients. So, I went back to my old favourite, Eat Clean Oatmeal Pancake with Fresh Blueberries.

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Lunch – today was the last day of Ryan’s Gymnastics class so Lisa, her mom Sharron, and I went out for lunch with the kids. We went to Sgt. Peppers. The menu didn’t have many clean options, so I went went a Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry. I was actually really good!

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Afternoon Snack – the last two Eat Clean Caramel Coconut Chewy Bars – straight out if the freezer! Yummo!

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Dinner – I totally did not feel like eating…or cooking for that matter, so we headed to the grocery store for some fresh ingredients and dinner was a smoothie…Green Smoothie # 7 – Peanut Butter and Banana. This one is definitely my favourite so far!

Ingredients:
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp ground flax seed

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Water Consupmtion:
5 glasses – not great…will focus more on that tomorrow.

Sleep:
7.5 hours…no wake- ups! Woohoo!

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 15

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Day 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast – Green Smoothie #5Mixed Berry Banana…again! A little tweaking = delicious!

Ingredients:
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup PC Organics Unsweetened Almond Beverage
1 cup Europe’s Finest Frozen Mixed Berries
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp chia seeds

Morning Snack- the last 2 (finally) Eat Clean Chocolate Walnut Brownies! I’m definitely going to make these again, but will either either freeze half right away, or make sure I have lots of people to share with!

Lunch – Today I had a lunch date with my friend Melissa and her little guy Dawson. We met at a little restaurant down near Fairy Lake called Cachet…the food was amazing!

I enjoyed a Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans (with added Chicken) and Melissa had a Turkey Club on a Croissant with a side Caesar Salad.

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And here is a picture of Melissa with her son Dawson (left) and Tanner. So cute!

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Afternoon Snack – Pear and Almond Clusters

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Dinner – Eat Clean Chicken Quesadilla Casserole– This recipe is another one from Eat Clean Classic Comfort Foods 1012. This recipe was quick and easy to make, but didn’t turn out very ‘casserole-ish’. Maybe it was just mine, but it just fell apart and basically ended up being a pile of beans and corn with some chicken tossed in. There was very little cheese, and since it was only sprinkled on top towards the end of cooking, it didn’t help at all in keeping it together. It did taste pretty good, but overall, I was a little disappointed. This might be the first Clean Eating recipe that I probably won’t make again…well, at least not without changing it up a bit!

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Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
7.5 hours, up once for about 15 minutes to feed Tanner.

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 14

Well it’s been two weeks since I started my 40 Day Clean Eating Challenge. I needed a little motivation, and something to hold me accountable for my eating, and I can honestly say, it’s working. Documenting my clean eating journey has definitely made me consider what I’ve been eating, has forced me to cook dinner (something I really don’t enjoy doing), and even caused me to give up Chai Latte (most most favourite warm drink ever)!

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Monday, June 4
Day 14

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast – Green Smoothie #4 – Mixed Berry and Banana – Not a bad smoothie, but a little bitter.

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup Europe’s Beat Frozen Mixed Berries
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 banana
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp chia seeds

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Morning Snack – 1 Eat Clean Chocolate Walnut Brownie

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Lunch – leftover Eat Clean Spicy Sausage Hash Brown Pie

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Dinner – leftover Eat Clean Buffalo Chicken Wrap and Salad

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Evening Snack – Eat Clean Caramel Pudding Cake

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Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
8 quality hours…no walking up 🙂

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 13

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Sunday, June 3
Day 13

Breakfast – Green Smoothie #3 – Banana-Berry – I totally thought this smoothie would be awesome…but it was actually kinda boring! Not sure what to add to jazz it up a little, but it definitely needs a little something….

Ingredients:
1 banana
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup pc organics unsweetened almond beverage
2 cups spinach

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Morning Snack – Eat Clean Chocolate Walnut Brownie

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lunch – leftover Eat Clean Spicy Sausage Hash Brown Pie – I wasn’t too sure how this would taste as leftovers, but I actually think it tasted better today than yesterday!

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Afternoon Snack – Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and Guacamole – So yummy, actually had seconds!

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And then I had another brownie

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Dinner – Buffalo Chicken Wraps – Eat Clean Style
– Buffalo Chicken Wraps are a family favourite, but since we normally make them with store-bought chicken fingers and load them up with cheese and Ranch dressing, they really don’t fit into Clean Eating. Well, until today…when I made Eat Clean Chicken Fingers, used Whole Wheat Flax Tortilla Shells, and very little cheese. Pairing it with a tossed salad – made with fresh lettuce from our garden – with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing, it was healthy and delicious meal.
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Evening Snack(s) another 4 more Eat Clean Chocolate Walnut Brownies. Yep, I said FOUR! Holy pig!

So, after eating a total of SIX brownies today, I thought I’d check out just how bad it could have been…had I not been Eaton Clean. Here’s a comparison:

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The Eat Clean Brownies had almost half the total number of calories than the regular Chocolate Walnut Brownie of the same size. They also had half the carbs, twice the protein, and 1/4 less fat.

I’m totally a sweets girl, always have been, always will be. At least I know that by Eating Clean I am definitely eating healthier, even when it comes to sweet and treats.

I have no idea why, but I was super hungry today…maybe it was the disappointing smoothie I had for breakfast that left me wanting more, or maybe it had a bit to do with boredom and the fact that it was ANOTHER crappy day out, and we’ve pretty much been stuck inside for 3 days…who knows…but what I do know is that those brownies are D.E.L.I.C.O.U.S.! You should definitely try them!

Water Consumption:
11 glasses

Sleep:
4 hours. Tanner woke at 3 and I’ve been up ever since…maybe I was all those brownies! I definitely see a nap in my future!

How is your Clean Eating Challenge going?
Have you tried any new recipes you can share?

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 10

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Thursday, May 31
Day 10

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast – Plain Oatmeal Pancake with Fresh Strawberries

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Morning Snack – 2 Eat Clean Lucky Ginger Spice Cookies

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Lunch – leftover Pork Tenderloin with Snap Peas and Carrot Sticks

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Afternoon Snack – This afternoon I had a couple of girlfriends over from work, we sat out on the deck, caught up and enjoyed some clean snacks. Organic Blue Corn Tostitos with Fresh Guacamole and Veggies with Hummus

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Dinner – Eat Clean Deep Dish BBQ Chicken Pizza This was my first time making this recipe and it was a hit! It was quick, easy and delicious! We will definitely be having these again! Click here for the recipe.

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Evening Snack – 2 more Eat Clean Lucky Ginger Spice Cookies

All I Wanted was a Nap!

After a crappy nights sleep (I’m pretty sure I had about 15 minutes of sleep after getting up at 4:30 am to feed Tanner), 7:15 am came way too early. The alarm went off and I just could not drag my butt out of bed. Unfortunalety, with one kid banging on her door to get out of her room, and the other starting to fuss in bed, I had no choice 😦 So, I got up, got the kids dressed, fed Tanner, got Ryan breakfast, and droped her off at daycare. The whole time, all I could think about was having a nap. So, thats exactly what I did….well tried to do…Unfortunately, Tanner had other plans. After hanging in bed for a bit and realizing there was no way he was going to sleep, I got up again, got dressed and headed to the gym.

Today’s workout was 2 x 1 km interval training. After a 5 minute warm-up, I kranked the treadmill up to 7.0 and ran 1 km at a pace of 5:24/km. I then walked for 2 minutes and did it again. After a quick 5 minute cool down I was done. Yay! Now I can head home for a nap 🙂

Oh wait, I have get groceries 😦

After picking up groceries and a Starbucks chai latte, it was time to head home…maybe I can squeeze in a nap?? Nope, gotta feed Tanner.

At least I enjoyed my latte as I fed Tanner his bottle 🙂

Ooh, was that a yawn? I’m sure I just saw him rub his eyes….maybe we can both have a nap?

So, we headed upstairs in hopes of F.I.N.A.L.L.Y having a nap….

SUCCESS! Tanner and I slept for a good two hours. Man, did I ever need that!

Have you ever had one of those days…when all you want to do is nap, but it seems impossible? What did you do to survive?

Cause I’m pretty sure I never would have made it through the day without one!

With the fridge fully stocked, and me fully rested, it was time to make dinner before picking up Ryan. On the menu, Eat Clean Pasta Rolls with Turkey and Spinach.

With all the ingredients ready to go, it was time to get cooking!

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I must admit, this dish took a lot of time to prepare and cook – about a hour and a half. BUT…it was totally worth it! It was delicious!

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Doesn’t look quite as nice as the picture in the recipe…oh well! It was super yummy! And, even after using this meal as my ‘dinner sharesies’, I still have leftovers for a few lunches 🙂 I will definitely be making this one again!

Are you eating clean?
What are your favourite eat clean recipes?

Three Things Thursday!

1. This week I signed up for The Jelly Bean Run with Run With Jess, my first (and second) ever virtual race 🙂

What’s a virtual race, you ask? Well, It’s running a specified distance (timed) without being present in the actual race location. Runs were to be done anytime during the week if April 1 to 8. There were 4 distance options: 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) or a 21k (13 mile) bike.

Since you could do more than one event, I chose to do both the 5k and 10k races. I did the 10k on Sunday (as part of mile 8 mile long run) in 1:05, and ran the 5k this morning as part of my hill training in 31:20.

Now, I just have to submit my times, and my race season has begun!

Have you ever done a virtual race?

I’m interested in hearing about others!

2. It’s time to start thinking about Race Day fuel. With only 6 or 7 long runs left before race day, I need to start figuring out how I’m going to keep my energy up throughout the half marathon. In the past I’ve tried Sport Beans and a few gels, neither of which sat very well in my stomach. I’m hoping to hit the The Running Room before this weeks long run and check out a few options.

What do you use to fuel your long runs and races?

3. This weeks Dinner Sharesies was another huge success! I ended up making Eat Clean Mediterranean Vegetable Bean and Feta Penne and in return I got super yummy Eat Clean Rosemary Chicken and Potato Salad, click here for the recipe.

Eat Clean Mediterranean Vegetable, Bean and Feta Penne

Eat Clean Rosemary Chicken Potato Salad

Not only does Dinner Sharesies mean I’m not eating the same thing for leftovers day after day, but it gives me a break from cooking dinner one night a week and has given my the chance try to things I haven’t had before. I will definitely be making the stuffed peppers and rosemary chicken and potato salad, they we’re both delicious! Thanks Kim!

Have you found a friend to do Dinner Sharesies with?

If not, you really should, it’s awesome!

I Just Ate a Days Worth of Calories…

IN ABOUT AN HOUR!!

No joke! Today hasn’t been he greatest food day for me from the start.

Breakfast was an oatmeal pancake (with chocolate chips) and a glass of skim milk.

My morning snack, before hitting the gym for my Skinny Jeans Workout, was an Eat Clean Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Square – which I whipped up this morning along with a pan of regular rice krispie squares (recipe to follow).

Lunch was a Turkey Chipotle Sandwich from Tim Horton’s.

Afternoon snack was another Eat Clean Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Square.

Dinner was half of a McCains Ultra Thin Crust Chicken and Red Pepper Pizza.

Really, up to that point it wasn’t too bad, but 8 o’clock hit and I was crazy hungry. It was all down hill from there!

I started out with a few PC Mini Chocolate Eggs, which quickly turned into a small up full – about 300 calories!

And ANOTHER Eat Clean Chocolate Hazelnut Crispy Square – about 180 calories

Then I had a bowl of Red Pepper and Garlic Tostitos – about 220 calories

And then another bowl….another 220 calories

With a can of Coke – another 140 calories!

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Yep, I’d say that’s close to a whole days calories in about an hour! Can you say DISGUSTING!!!

Back on track tomorrow….AGAIN!

Three Things Thursday…

1. My Fitness Pal – I absolutely LOVE this app! If you are at all interested in improving your health, then this app is for you! It is a diet and exercise log that has the most extensive database ever! It tracks your progress, allows you to connect with friends, and has a ‘news feed’ that highlights the accomplishments of you and your friends. It has a web component and you can sink it with Facebook and twitter. It’s available for iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry and the best part…it’s FREE!

Do you keep a diet and exercise log? What tool(s) do you use?

2. My Training Schedule – since stating the Skinny Jeans Challenge almost 2 weeks ago, my training schedule no longer has rest days, and I’m starting to feel it. My current training schedule looks like this:

Monday – 30 minute personal training session

Tuesday – Intensity workout – tempo/hills/speed/interval running

Wednesday – Cross Training -BodyAttack

Thursday – 4 mile run

Friday – 30 minute personal training session

Saturday – Long run

Sunday – Cross Training – BodyAttack

My original thought was that a 30 minute personal training session would not have much of an impact on my body and that I would be able to continue on as is…wow, was I wrong! After the first 3 sessions, I must admit that I have been sore for at least a day, more like two after each workout. This makes Tuesday’s hill and Wednesday’s cross training difficult, as well as Saturday’s long run following Friday’s workout. So, I need to figure out what I’m going to get rid of and how I’m going to hang in for 8 more weeks of marathons training.

Any suggestions?

3. It’s Me Time! – This Saturday I am leaving the kids at home with my husband (for the first time) and going Scrapbooking for the day. I can’t wait! I am looking forward to having some me time, hanging out with my sister and Scrapbooking. What makes it even better is that it’s a pot luck lunch…so many yummy things to eat! From what I’ve seen, the menu looks pretty good, I should be able to make some healthy choices. I’m bringing Skinny Coconut Cupcakes, Ryan and I will be baking them tomorrow afternoon so check out tomorrows post for more info 🙂 Here’s a little teaser!