Friday Faves!

Hey guys!! Hope you’re having a great Friday!! 😀

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If you’re new to the blog (hello!!) or are a reader but suffer from chronic memory-loss like me, then you should know that every Friday I post my Friday Faves!! So here are today’s favourites…

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1. Double Oatmeal Raisin Cookie oatmeal…

Oatmeal topped with a crumbled oatmeal raisin cookie and more raisins 🙂

It is perfectly normal (and highly recommended) to include cookies in your breakfast by the way, especially delicious Happy Herbivore ones you made. Little tip there.

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2. The reading-on-the-elliptical trick.DSC07290

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I don’t remember how I ever managed to last on this machine before discovering this. (And FYI, if you are looking to increase your speed in the 5k or 10k, this book is AMAZING!) Anyway, Friday cross-training was a lunch-hour special: 30 mins elliptical, 15 mins spin bike and weights.

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3. Getting started on my March Goals! I am going to be looking around a pretty high-end Virgin Active gym soon and I can’t WAIT to check it out!! Open-mouthed smile1999

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I also did two YogaDownload classes (Yoga for Strength and Yoga for Runners).images

It felt SO good to stretch out! My hamstrings were SO tight!!

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4. Chocolate chips straight up.DSC07295

Little drops of heaven.

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5. Using the (remaining) chocolate chips in some Friday Baking Fun!DSC07300

Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

These bad boys are moist and delicious, and yet are healthy! Made with spelt flour, sweetened with agave and can be oil-free too!

(Make 5-6 large muffins, depending on how much ‘batter tasting’ you do)

  • 1 cup wholegrain spelt flour + 1/4 cup all-purpose/plain flour (you can use all spelt if you prefer, or a different flour)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp wheatgerm or bran
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp oil or unsweetened applesauce (I used 1T applesauce+2T melted vegan butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick or use liners.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together except the chocolate chips. Then add the wet and chips and stir in.
  3. Bake for about 10 mins, depending on your oven (my speedy one only took 7!) and then remove, transfer to a cooling rack, and ENJOY!!

Seriously, these are amazing. So sweet and delicious…mmm…. DSC07297

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6. Broccoli. My favourite veggie. I ate a whole head of it.broccoli-recipes-1b

I actually do eat some things other than chocolate and oatmeal, despite what it tends to look like on here! Smile with tongue outAnd you know when my birthday is now, so I expect THIS:i_love_broccoli_tshirt-p235733568416413736adc0r_325

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That hint was very subtle I know. Subtlety is one of my strong points. As is modesty apparently! Winking smile

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What are some of your Friday Favourites? Share with me PLEASE!!

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What is your favourite veggie? Mine is broccoli! I love spinach too…and squash…and mushrooms…man I love veggies!! Smile

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And if you could get a T-Shirt saying “I love…*something*”, what would that something be? I think the broccoli one is pretty cool personally!

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I might go and wash my hair now and fulfil another of my March Goals…be proud people! Smile with tongue out

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Have a great weekend friends!!

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My inner geek

Hey friends!! Hope you had a rockin’ Wednesday!! *Edit: This is yesterday’s post! My internet was down last night so I couldn’t publish it!!*

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Breakfast this morning involved something totally new: bulgur. Inspired by Katie’s breakfast bulgur, I thought I’d try something different! I’m really trying to experiment with my brekkies this week, and I’m loving it! Open-mouthed smile

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Topped with black cherry fruit spread and sultanas

Brekkie Bulgur ‘Rice Pudding’ (inspired by Katie’s recipe)

Serves 1. Tastes like pudding.

  • 1/3 cup prepared bulgur wheat (see Katie’s tutorial for a great how-to)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
  • 2 tbsp (soy) yoghurt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Combine the cooked bulgur with the applesauce and milk in a saucepan and heat on low, stirring occasionally like you would oatmeal.
  2. Once the bulgur has absorbed most/all of the liquid and reached desired texture, remove from heat.
  3. Stir in yoghurt, transfer to a bowl, add spices and toppings/mix-ins and enjoy!!

Nutritional Info (excluding toppings/mix-ins): Calories 241, Fat 2.2g, Fibre 9.9g, Protein 8.7g

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This is amazing!! Tastes like rice pudding and is so filling! All stirred in:

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RICE PUDDING!!

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I exercised my inner geek big time today. Well I am a geek, and usually embrace that. But today was geek-overload…

 

Geek Example #1: Obsessive running research. I am a running geek. I headed to the library and got a ton more books out on running.DSC07031

Knowledge is power people, knowledge is power…

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After breakfast and the library visit, I headed to the gym for my longer easier run of the week (6 miles @ 8 min/mile pace). Gym entertainment:DSC07033

iPod for plugging into the tread and watching Toy Story 3 on, then ‘Performance Nutrition for Runners’ book for the elliptical, using the good ol’ hairband trick:DSC06449

Geek alert. I always get funny looks doing that, but hey, at least I’m not stuck with watching reruns of Bargain Hunters on the gym TVs like everyone else! Smile with tongue out

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In true geek style, I put what I’d learned from the first few chapters of that book (which is AWESOME so far btw!) into practice at lunch with a ‘balanced’ meal:DSC07039

Veggies (broccoli+mushrooms): check. Carbs (spelt flakes): check. Protein (‘Cheezy scrambled tofu’ and more nutritional yeast in the spelt flakes): check.

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Dessert was Averie’s amazing ‘Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding’. DSC07047

I did a little happy dance at all the goodness there. GEEK.

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Not to mention it tasted SO yummy!!

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I then headed off to central London! Being a geek, I went to spend some quality time in Europe’s largest bookstore (Waterstone’s Piccadilly). I almost fainted when I saw the HUGE section of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks!

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About half of them!

 

EVERYTHING I had ever clicked ‘Add to Wishlist’ on Amazon was right there. Being a geek, I counted the vegan cookbooks. 31. New record.DSC07051

I couldn’t leave that section empty handed. Especially when I saw Lindsay’s book! I’ve been reading her blog forever, and I was reminded of it after seeing that Freya had bought it in her post yesterday. So I got it too!  DSC07066

It was this recipe that had me:

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Single-Serving Brownie?! Hell YES!

I then went to check out the running section. And fainted in awe. Hence no photo of that gloriousness! I did take a stack of books though and sat on the floor and read them, because I’d already spent all my money. WHAT a geek. And said geek WILL be returning on Friday to drool over the books some more!

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The Geek headed next to Whole Foods. Because The Geek can’t manage to not go there after 2 days apart apparently. Only THIS time it wasn’t for food, it was for the Sports Nutrition talk!DSC06952

It. Was. Brilliant.DSC07054

It was a lovely small  group of us (only 13!) in a little room with comfy chairs. Oh, and they provided food.

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A platter of fruit and a platter of veg. Only at a nutrition talk! 😛

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Got given a wrap too! 😀

And gave us some snack bars to take, like this one:DSC07053

Bonus points because they provided ‘doggy bags’ for us to take stuff home at the end. Guess who made it first to the food?DSC07061

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Shameless.

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Because I’m a geek, I took copious notes.DSC07069

Like I would want to miss anything important! I learned SO much (I NEED MORE SALT), and was totally inspired by the speaker! He did make one mistake though: he gave me his email address. Guess who I’m going to be bombarding with questions daily? Winking smile

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Okay, so some recipes coming up tomorrow! Think hummus people, think hummus. The Geek tried 5 batches to get it right, and grew many, many grey hairs. Worth it though Smile

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Are you a geek? Are you proud of your inner geek or do you hide it away? I’m proud to be a geek. I think it’s cool (<—GEEK!)

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What books are on your Wish List? I have SO many! Including Run FasterThe Thrive Diet, and Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar. Says a lot about me really! Smile with tongue out

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And did you notice a change to the recipe I posted? I posted the nutritional stats after an email I got requesting the calorie counts for my recipes. What do you think- stats or no stats? I’m not a calorie counter, but I appreciate that some people might want to know, and I do like knowing the protein and stuff…so I’m mixed!!

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Sorry for the ridiculously long post! The Geek needed to express herself eloquently! Smile with tongue outHave a great week friends!!

Giveaway winner and melodrama

Hey friends!! Hope you’ve had a great weekend! Smile

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First up today is the winner of my yoga giveaway! Thank y’all for entering by the way!

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True Random Number Generator: Result: 4 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

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That is…the amazing and lovely Keri over at Blue Eyed Runner!!

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Keri, on February 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm said: Edit Comment

Oooh love this giveaway! I love yoga, but should definitely be doing it more, so this would be great! Plus, it would be a fantastic bday present :)You are already on my blogroll. And I follow you on twitter!

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Not only did she win the giveaway, but it is also her birthday, and she got engaged too this weekend!!  Congrats Keri and Happy Birthday! Open-mouthed smile I’ll shoot the Yoga Download guys your email address and they’ll contact you, k?

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I am a pretty melodramatic person. Everything is either “AMAZING!!” or “THE END OF THE WORLD!!” Today, as with every day, there were a few panic situations

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Panic #1: Unplanned lie-in. This morning I ignored my alarm. I slept in until 8.30, which is super late for me!! So usually I have Pancake Sundays….

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Cocoa oatmeal pancakes

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Pumpkin Spelt Pancakes

…but I woke up just half an hour before I had to leave for church!! So I instead had a lovely cereal bowl.

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Optimum cinnamon+blueberry flax cereal with strawbs and coconut milk

Panic #1 resolved: I had pancakes for dinner instead!DSC06407

Okay, those aren’t exactly pancakes buried beneath the tempeh, spinach and nooch. They’re socca (kinda like chickpea-flour pancakes), which I leaned about from Heather’s post. Darned tasty!

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Panic #2: Getting in a run. I had so much to do today, and fretted about not being able to fit in my tempo run. END OF THE WORLD.

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Panic #2 resolved: Thankfully, after church, I managed to get to the gym for a quick tempo run before lunch. (Fast mile in 7 min/mile pace, and warm-up and cool down miles in 8.20ish min/mile). And 20 mins on the elliptical too. Such a runner’s high! I LOVE ENDORPHINS!DSC06399

Panic #3: Lack of food essentials. I finished off my normal peanut butter on Friday OIAJ style, and had run out of all my other favourite foods! DSC06325

Serious panic ensued.

Panic #3 resolved: Running straight to the supermarket from the gym to stock up, looking like a schweaty tomato.

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It's ok, I did actually take the towel OFF my head before leaving the gym! 😛

Got ma essentials! We can all breathe easily now Smile

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Broccoli, crunchy PB, smooth PB and chocolate chips

Panic #4: The chocolate monster hit. I needed a yummy+ filling chocolate fix immediately. A few squares of chocolate just wasn’t going to cut it. Not even delicious raspberry dark chocolate…DSC06228DSC06288

Panic #4 resolved: Raw Chocolate Mousse. The gorgeous genius that is Chef Katelyn saved my life (are you getting the whole melodramatic thing yet? Smile with tongue out). I topped it with chocolate chips (duh!) and ate the whole thing.DSC06412

Katelyn, your recipe is amazing. Seriously. Girl, will you marry me? We can feast on this and vegan chocolate chip cookies every day. Sound good? Winking smile

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So are you melodramatic minnie, or a chilled chica? If you didn’t get the message already, I’m a tad melodramatic! Smile with tongue out

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And what ‘little’ things cause you to panic? What foods can’t you do without? Peanut butter, dark chocolate, fruit+veggies and oats. I think if I have all these things I could just about make it through life!

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Have a great week lovelies! Some savoury recipes for once coming at ya tomorrow!

Chocolaty Green Monster

Remember yesterday’s oatmeal/green monster breakfast dilemma? Well today was the turn of the Green Monster. Oh yes, it’s spinach time:spinach

My sweet tooth was raging this morning, and so I decided to put a chocolaty twist on my Green Monster this morning. Enter the Chocolaty Green Monster.

Chocolaty Green Monster

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup soya milk
  • 3-6 teaspoons cocoa powder, depending on how chocolaty you like it!
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • toppings of choice (I used Grape Nuts)

Alas though, I had no cocoa powder!! Surprised smile I know, I know! I searched all the cupboards, high and low, and the best replacement I could come up with was this:cadbury-highlights

Instant light hot chocolate powder! My mum loves this stuff, so we have a ton of it in the house. Wasn’t quite as good as cocoa powder, but is lighter and still gave the Green Monster a lovely chocolaty taste! Would still go with normal cocoa powder in the future though Smile with tongue out The finished product:DSC03780

Lovely and thick, just how I like it! And stirring in the Grape Nut topping gives it such a great crunchy texture! Smile

Mid-morning snack continued the chocolaty theme:DSC03785

A Cocoa Loco Nakd bar! My favourite flavour so far I think, but I have so many still to try!

Lunch was at my grandma’s house. She’s still not quite getting the whole vegetarian cooking thing yet…DSC03790

That was my main meal, that I managed to snap a quick picture of before she caught me! Smile with tongue out Yes, it is broccoli covered in masses of melted cheese! But aah well, there are always roasties!DSC03791

So for those of you who, like me, have specific dietary requirements, do people generally deal with that well when cooking for you? What’s the strangest/worst thing someone has made for you? The last time I was round my grandma’s, she served me a ready meal ‘Vegetarian Moussaka’, which would have been fine, except for the fact that she hadn’t cooked/defrosted it properly, so it was literally frozen solid in the middle! Smile with tongue out

Have a great evening everyone! Open-mouthed smile