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!!

Exciting times #3

Okay, so if you didn’t realise already, I get excited a lot. Over every little thing. I put this constant high down to the sugar intake (DATES, I’m talking to you!), and clearly I get excited very easily- see my other two excitement posts for proof! Smile with tongue out So, seven exciting things for today!!

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Excitement: I am no longer a crunchy virgin.DSC06431

Before this morning, I had never had crunchy peanut butter before. If you think that’s weird, pre-blogging, I had never even had nut-butter before!

Well I gave away my flower in style. (Friends reference #1001!)

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PB+J banana oatmeal

Excitement: COCONUT BUTTER!!

Artisana raw organic coconut butter

 

Amazing reader Angie from the US read my moans about lack of coconut butter in the UK and sent me some! Angie, seriously, we are now BFF’s.

Not only did Angie send me coconut butter, but she also threw in these too:

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Clif all-natural high protein+fibre Crunch chocolate chip granola bars

Granola?! Chocolate Chips?! Seriously girl, you know me so well!! Open-mouthed smile

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Excitement: A ‘gym regular’. I overheard one of the guys at the gym in the weights area (where the good treadmills are!) say “Oh look, it’s crazy runner girl again!”. HA they don’t know the half of it…DSC05971

Excitement: The Best Speed Run Ever! A speed interval run totally kicked my butt today! I was literally dripping sweat, and so red I thought my face might explode. I looked unbelievably attractive still obviously, but I thought I’d save you the sight anyway…

1 min @ 8.6mph
1 min @ 8.7mph
1 min @ 8.8 mph
2 min @ cooldown pace

Repeated for about 40 mins  + a 5 min warm up and cool down. I was totally motivated by Paula!

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(Excuse the blurry picture-running does not make for quality photos!)

Paula Radcliffe is actually my heroine. If you are mad and don’t know who she is, she holds the world record for the fastest women’s marathon time, at 2:15:25!! Surprised smile 

Anyway, I’ve just started reading her autobiography, and it’s so good! Every time I needed a bit of inspiration on the ‘mill, I just looked over and saw her face and was inspired. I know, I know, I’m lame!!

I finished up with a few mins on the elliptical reading the book using Janae’s life-saving hairband trick.DSC06449

Excitement: A free Trek bar. DSC06447

Health store people are just too nice. I love them.

Excitement: A delicious dinner.

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‘Cheezy’ quinoa stuffed mushrooms with tempeh, more ‘cheezy’ quinoa, and cherry toms.

‘Cheeze’ sauce

  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast flakes
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • Spices for flavouring (optional)
  1. Mix the dry ingredients (except spices) together in a small pan. Add the water and cook over medium heat, whisking, until it thickens and bubbles.
  2. Cook for a minute more, or until desired thickness is reached.
  3. Remove from the heat and add margarine. Stir until the margarine has melted in. Add spices if desired (I added paprika for some spiciness).

This sauce is great! Makes about 2 cups worth, is high in protein, and leftovers keep well in the fridge. I just made a serving of quinoa too, mixed in 1/2 cup of ‘cheeze’ sauce, put into some destalked large mushrooms, and grilled for 5 mins. Delish! Smile

Excitement: More chocolate pudding.DSC06408

The second time in the last three days that I’ve had Katelyn’s amazing mousse. I love me some raw chocolate mousse…holy yummo.

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Tomorrow I’m going to be having some fun with my coconut butter, and sharing a healthy, five ingredient cookie recipe! Open-mouthed smile

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So, what exciting things happened to you today or this weekend? I gave you seven exciting things from today, so share with me some pretty please!

And do you have a role model/idol you look up to? Paula is totally mine! My dream is to meet her someday…or maybe even run with her! I think I’d be able to keep up for about a minute though before passing out with exhaustion, but I’d appreciate those 60 seconds a lot!!

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Hope you’re having a great week friends!!

P.S. The treats from Angie have inspired me- does anyone want to do an American-Brit foodie swap? It would be fun! I can offer basically anything you’ve seen on here, like Trek/Nakd/9 bars, etc. If you’re interested email me 🙂

 

Attack of the Snack Monster and FAQ’s!

Hello friends! Smile

I just got back from another BodyPump class! Love them!DSC05472

The results you get are very noticeable too- I’ve only been going once/twice a week for less than a month and I’m already lifting heavier weights and seeing a real difference! Open-mouthed smileCan’t wait to start my Tone Up challenge on Monday too, and it’s not too late to join me if you like! Smile

Breakfast was applesauce oatmeal (a new combo!)…DSC05671

…topped with granola (duh!):DSC05677

I love how oatmeal is so changeable! And I’ve almost finished my huge jar of PB, so I can’t wait for OIAJ! Open-mouthed smile 

The Snack Monster seriously attacked me today.

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Grilled large mushrooms filled with red pepper houmous

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Rice cakes, one topped with red pepper houmous, the other almond butter.

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Delicious Raw apricot and almond snack bar

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Honeydew melon and grapes

Cereal and coconut milk

So I fed him! Winking smile Nothing would satisfy the Snack Monster though…but everything tasted goood! You know, someone said to me today that it was a “good thing I exercised, otherwise I’d be so fat”! Not sure whether that was a compliment or not…!

Of course, I still had room for dinner though! I made a curried lentil and potato dish.DSC05668

Lentils are awesome! High in fibre, iron and protein! Open-mouthed smilePerfect post-workout food! As is this…

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Soya yoghurt and GRANOLA

 

Seriously, somebody stop me! Or at the very least check me into a Granola rehab! They surely must exist for ‘special’ people like me…!

Announcement: One of my ‘reader’s requests’ was a FAQ page. Now I feel a little…self-conscious/vain/egotistical(?) about making one, but it was a request, and I do love reading other’s FAQ pages, so please send me your questions! You can leave a comment below or email me your questions. I’ll answer (almost!) anything!

Coming up tomorrow is some baking, which I haven’t done in a few days, and so am getting withdrawal symptoms from (typical signs include constantly reading cookbooks, stockpiling ingredients, stalking food blogs, etc.)! There are some great recipes I have to try out! What is on your To-Make/Bake list? Mine is literally a mile-long and mostly recipes from other bloggers like Mama Pea and Oh She Glows! Smile with tongue out

TGIF tomorrow! I’m exhausted, don’t know about you! Bring on the weekend! Open-mouthed smile

Goodnight lovely readers, and don’t forget to ask away!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

And snow it certainly did!DSC04136

I opened my curtains to this sight this morning.DSC04137

Believe it or not, this was the best weather of the day! Soon after I snapped these photos, the heavens opened and the never-ending blizzard began!

Cold weather=warm breakfast—–> oatmeal!DSC04139

I used Mimi’s tip on mimicking the texture of stovetop oatmeal by stirring in a spoonful of extra oats after microwaving, and it really worked! The texture was much better!  Thanks Mimi! Smile

Travelling in the snow today was fun! Well, for me anyway! Smile with tongue out I walked everywhere, but my brother, who had to get the train, has been trying to get home for four hours now (his commute usually takes 30 mins), but still is not very near! My Asics did me proud, and kept me upright and my feet dry+warm:DSC04148

Sadly the weather was too severe for my planned 5-miler. My back-up plan was an aerobics class, but that was cancelled due to the weather too! I’ll have better luck tomorrow hopefully! Open-mouthed smile

For lunch, I wanted something warm and season-appropriate. So I peeled+cubed a large sweet potato tossed it in a teaspoon of cinnamon and roasted it, which really hit the spot! Served with this purchase from Whole Foods:DSC04150

This smoked tofu was so good! The sunflower seeds in it gave the texture a slight crunch, which was great! I think it may even beat the basil flavour…! It also came marked for easy cutting, specially for people like me who have issues with that sort of thing! Smile with tongue out I fried it for a few minutes to give it a slightly crispy texture, but I had some as it was and that was delicious too!DSC04152

I also filled a large flat mushroom with Pure dairy-free cream cheese, and grilled it for a few minutes. And burnt it a bit too! Of course, this just added to the yumminess in my opinion! Winking smile

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The tofu was so good that I ended up eating a lot of it whilst waiting for my sweet potato to roast. I may have had almost the whole pack…! Open-mouthed smile Also enjoyed pear with cinnamon:DSC04158

To warm me up during the afternoon, I had two cups of this Whole Foods buy:DSC04167

Enjoyed in my Emma mug SmileDSC04162

The scene from the back of my house was very beautiful and peaceful. Check out the thick layer of snow on my wall!DSC04159

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However, at the front of my house, there was complete and utter chaos. We live on the hill of a major road, and the snow was causing huge problems for the traffic once the snow started tipping down:DSC04140

There were abandoned cars (the one on the far left), cars that were scarily skidding straight down (the red one) and ones that were sliding backwards down the hill (one on the right). Buses and cars were abandoned at the top of the hill because it would be far too risky for them to try and make it down:

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Seeing as this was the state of the road, I’m not surprised!DSC04147

Still beautiful though SmileDSC04146

The people struggling in their cars must have gotten really annoyed at the girl snapping photos of their battle against the snow! Smile with tongue out

This kind of heavy snow is pretty rare where I live, which explains the chaos! How often do you get heavy snow where you live? Did you have any weather problems today?

By the way, I loved reading your responses to yesterday’s post, and agree with all your points and comments. I emailed the reader to ask her to read the post and your comments to see what she makes of it, so thanks for weighing in! Smile

Exciting package delivery!

I don’t know about you, but I still get childishly excited when the post arrives. Especially when there’s a package for me! Open-mouthed smileDSC03847

Tearing straight into it…any guesses?DSC03848

It’s this!DSC03850

Michael Pollen’s ‘In Defence of Food’. After hearing many rave reviews of this book, I decided to order it and see what the fuss was about myself! I have a huge interest in this kind of thing, so I can’t wait to dive right in! And of course I’ll give you a lovely book review when I’m done! Smile

Another surprise this morning was some natural light, believe it or not! I feel like I’ve been living in darkness for ages, so when a bit of natural light comes, I hurry with the food so it can be appreciated!DSC03846

Aah, light! It soon went again though, and I returned back to my world of artificial light. Sad smile This bowl of delicious creamy simple oats (1 cup oats+wheatbran, a sprinkle of oatbran, 1 cup soya milk and a handful of raisins) warmed and cheered me up though!

On today’s agenda was making granola! I love granola, but hate how much sugar is added to shop-bought varieties! That’s also what I love about dried apricots- they’re one of the few dried fruits that usually never have any added sugar! Open-mouthed smile

Coconut, Apricot and Almond Granola (adapted from Sound Eats)

  • 2 cups (jumbo) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted flaked almonds
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons tropical (or orange) juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or agave
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil (I used melted vegan spread)
  • Desiccated coconut (optional- I used approximately 3 Tablespoons)
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  2. Combine the oats, almonds, apricots and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in all of the liquids until all the oats are evenly coated.
  3. Spread out the granola on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake granola for 15 minutes. Take the granola out and turn it, then bake an additional 10 minutes. (It won’t be very hard- the granola will continue to harden after you remove it from the oven).

I remember it taking me ages to find rolled oats when I first bought these, but you can get them almost anywhere now! They are great for baking, so much better than normal oats!DSC03859

The original recipe called for nutmeg instead of cinnamon, but I didn’t  have any. Regardless, I’m definitely a cinnamon girl anyway, so would have added this King of Spices anyway! Smile with tongue outDSC03860

All mixed together:DSC03854

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Unfortunately, I over baked mine a bit, as I have a fan-assisted oven, so you have to judge by how much to reduce time/temperature. And apparently I didn’t judge very well! But anyway, it still turned out delicious:DSC03862

Filled a whole tub! This’ll last me a while! I had some sprinkled on the remains of my soya yoghurt as an afternoon snack:DSC03874

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Very tasty, and brilliant with yogurt! Smile

Lunch was light, as I had basically been snacking throughout the day-mainly on this moreish granola! Smile with tongue out I had spinach and cheese stuffed mushrooms, which make a great light lunch or snack, depending on how hungry you are! Basically, you take a large flat mushroom (or two, in my case), and destalk:

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Take about a handful of fresh spinach, and chop roughly:DSC03864

Stuff the mushroom with the spinach. Grate some cheese, and then sprinkle on top. Then place on a grill pan and grill on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until ready.DSC03868DSC03866

Voila!DSC03869

Before lunch, I tackled the cardio section of Nell McAndrew’s Ultimate Challenge again, which is definitely my favourite workout DVD at the moment:DSC03322

Did about 40 mins, which was still a challenge! I’ve actually yet to do the whole thing from start to finish, mainly because it’s about an hour and a half long! Smile with tongue out

So have you read ‘In Defence of Food’, and if so, what did you think? I’m also thinking of reading ‘The End of Overeating’ by David Kessler, so if you’ve read that, I’d love to hear what you thought of it! And do you use workout DVDs? If so what are your favourites?

Have a great evening! Open-mouthed smile