Swimming win, muffin fail

Hey everyone! How were your weekends? Mine wasn’t too exciting – no crazy college parties or nights downtown – but two full days of relaxing is exactly what I needed! Here’s what I got up to this weekend:

On Friday I tried a totally new workout to me: swimming! I don’t think I’ve swam laps since I took my Bronze Cross as a teenager – I hated those timed swims so much! But I’ve been toying with the idea of giving it a try, so I last week I finally went out and got myself a new Nike bathing suit. Just to make sure I didn’t forget anything, I packed up all my gear the night before: bathing suit, towel, hair brush, shower stuff, and warm clothes for the walk home.

I wasn’t sure what a good starting point would be so I set myself a goal of 750 m, but I ended up doing 1100 m! I felt amazing, although I was totally exhausted and my eyes stung like crazy from the chlorine. Note to self: buy goggles!!!

Saturday morning I started my day with pumpkin and banana oatmeal. It never gets old!

Pumpkin banana oatmeal

Later on in the day I visited the Western Fair Farmers Market. I picked up some sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, fall raspberries (sooo good!), local deli turkey, and farm fresh free run eggs.

Western Fair farmers market

When I got home I tried baking muffins from my Moosewood Restaurant Low Fat Favourites cookbook, but they got burnt on the bottom. My roommate and I have come to the conclusion that our oven is really wonky and way overcooks everything!

Burnt muffins

Sunday morning I made this absolutely delicious banana flax oatmeal topped with raspberries from the market, banana, granola, cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut, and soy nut butter.

A few hours later I went on a 3 mile run. Sometimes I fly through my runs with a smile on my face, but this was definitely NOT one of those runs. I really had to push myself to get through it.

For dinner that day I roasted up a ton of veggies! I had acorn squash with cinnamon, baby red potatoes tossed with olive oil and herbs, sweet sesame tofu, and Brussels sprouts.

Sweet sesame tofu
Serves 1

– 1/3 block of tofu (~125 g) cut into cubes
– 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
– 1.5 tsp sesame oil
– 4 tsp maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then whisk together the marinade ingredients in a shallow bowl. Marinate the tofu cubes for about 20 minutes, flipping to making sure every side gets coated. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil and bake the tofu cubes for 25-30 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

This is my favourite baked tofu recipe! I love the hint of sweetness from the maple syrup.

What did you do this weekend?

Do you like swimming as a workout?


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12 Responses to Swimming win, muffin fail

  1. I love to swim as a workout! It is my favourite source for cardio :)

  2. LOVE that tofu!! i practically never swim!! no pools near me!

  3. I used to swim in high school and every once in a while I like to get back in the pool :)

  4. I swam forever and haven't since January. I am kind of itching to get back into the pool, though! I can't imagine not having goggles, though! OUCH!

  5. Swimming would be a great mix-up of cardio for me, but I just don't like it… :-(I love your roasted fall dinner; I've got soup on the stove now and it feels like fall!

  6. You did 1100 meters without goggles? Girl congrats. Also that's crazy. I think my eyes would fall out of my head.

  7. I've tried swimming as a workout but I get exhausted! I can last an hour at the gym but like 15 minutes in the pool doing constant laps wears me out!

  8. I do not like swimming one bit!! I can't believe you did it without goggles. That would be so difficult for me! I can handle pool running, but swimming isn't my thing.Muffin failures make me so sad. I have that cookbook, but I completely forgot about it! I'll have to open it up and check out the recipes again. I like the spinach rice ball recipe!

  9. Roasted veggie dinners are definitely the best thing about fall :)

  10. I would love to learn how to swim better…right now it's what's holding me back from trying a triathlon. Congrats on getting into it again!

  11. Your oats are always so pretty! I love the wavy bowl that was in the first picture. I haven't been swimming in forever, but I know its an awesome workout! Your tofu recipe looks delish too, would never have paired it with maple syrup but is looks and sounds amazing!

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