What I Ate Wednesday: Dietitian Edition 2

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I feel like my posts are becoming fewer and farther in between these days! But I’ve had so much else going on this summer – day trips to visit friends, a bachelorette party, a wedding, dinners out, and taking care of JZ when he threw us for a loop and wound up in the hospital for a week with pneumonia (he’s on the mend now though!).

Needless to say, things like blogging have not been my biggest priority. Fitness has also taken a spot on the back burner – I think I’ve been to the gym maybe 3 times in the past month. But now that summer is slowly winding down (as much as I hate to say it…), life is slowing down too. I had the day off on Monday, so I went to GoodLife Fitness before breakfast for a chest and triceps workout followed by a good stretch. My goal is to make it to the gym two more times this week (now that I’ve said it, you guys have to hold me to it!).

When I got home, I showered and made breakfast: my kefir breakfast bowl topped with granola, blueberries, and goji berries. This is my favourite way to make “overnight oats” lately since you don’t even have to soak it overnight – it’s perfect after just sitting for 5 minutes. Also, kefir is a crazy good source of probiotics. I’m sure JZ is sick of hearing me talk about probiotics, as I’ve been making him eat them for weeks to try to counter the effects of his antibiotics. But at least now I have another outlet – I’m teaching a class on probiotic foods next month (did I mention I love my job?).

Cold soaked kefir oatmeal topped with granola, blueberries, and goji berrie

After breakfast I rushed around like a madwoman hitting up Bulk Barn and Sobeys to stock up on groceries for the week. I have been trying to minimize the grains in my pantry to just 2-3 types, but I am powerless before the bulk bins… the buckwheat groats and bulgur (okay, and maybe some cornmeal too) were just calling to me!

I made it home just in time to put everything away and rush out the door for the drive to London – my old stomping grounds. It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since I lived there! It was weird to see how the time had passed since I’ve been gone. New restaurants in place of old ones, different people walking the streets, old hangout spots gone.

But one of my favourite restaurants Garlic’s seems to have barely changed at all. The menu of course has changed, since they focus on using local and seasonal foods, but the quality of their food has not! I met up there with Sam for lunch before her flight back to Calgary later that evening. The last time I saw her was before she even moved to Calgary last fall, so we had lots to catch up on while breaking bread (literally).

garlics restaurant - bread

We ended up ordering the same dish: the pan seared salmon salad with local greens, organic quinoa, feta cheese, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, and truffle oil. The flavours in this were awesome and the salmon was cooked perfectly.

garlics restaurant - salmon quinoa salad

After lunch I stopped by Organic Works, the cafe where I used to work. They’ve stopped serving lunch and dinner and now just focus on their baked goods and refreshments – which seems to be working for them because they had some awesome new baked goods available (all safe for my nut allergies, and also vegan and gluten free too)! I couldn’t help myself and picked up a few new items like their raw cocoa brownie.

Organic Works Bakery bars

After doing a bit of damage at H&M (I’m obsessed with all the stripes right now!), I met up with one of my best friends for coffee at Starbucks before heading back to Waterloo. I was starving and lazy, so I contemplated just picking up takeout (yes, dietitians have their moments of weakness too), but when I tallied up how much money I had already spent at restaurants over the weekend, I decided to just stick to our planned dinner.

Luckily it took less than an hour before dinner was on the table: red pesto pasta with zucchini salad. I inhaled it too fast to take a picture, but I had a photoshoot with the leftovers the next morning (you know what that means: new recipe coming soon).

red pesto pasta

After doing some food prep and a load of laundry, I snacked on a few handfuls of this addictive nut free trail mix and then called it a night. And that wraps up my What I Ate Wednesday!

How do you fit in fitness when life is busy? Have you tried kefir?

This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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26 Responses to What I Ate Wednesday: Dietitian Edition 2

  1. Oh wow that pasta dish looks amazing- can’t wait for the recipe! When I can’t make it to the gym, I try to make an extra effort to fit exercise in my daily life. Even something as small as getting off the tube a stop or 2 earlier makes such a difference. Hope JZ is feeling better :)!

  2. I was just listening to a podcast about probiotics! I’m a huge fan of kefir & kombucha and I’ve even got my husband on the kombucha train! ;)

    Looks like a yummy day of eats! Happy WIAW, Chelsea!

  3. Pneumonia! How did that happen?! Your JZ is lucky he had you as a nurse. Not too many of them are concerned about countering the effects of medications. Good job! That red pesto sauce sounds delicious too! Looking forward to that recipe. :)

    • Chelsea

      We’re not too sure! The nurses at the hospital were saying that they’ve been seeing it more frequently in young people recently.

  4. Pneumonia – yikes! Glad to hear that JZ is doing better! And omg I miss the bulk barn! We haven´t seen anything similar yet while traveling (except for the giant bins of rice & beans in Central America haha). And that red pesto sauce looks yummy!!

  5. I love salmon and that dish looks incredible!

  6. “After doing a bit of damage at H&M (I’m obsessed with all the stripes right now!)”

    I bet you wore them with spots. Glad you got to see the Sprinkle. When are we hanging?

  7. Loving that salmon dish! It can be tough to keep up with blogging, but then again, life is the most important thing – you can’t blog about healthy living if you aren’t out living life :)

  8. I love kefir. It really makes a difference with my IBS.
    Summer always throws me off fitness-wise. It’s just hard to want to do it when there are so many other fun options. Now that I am back in school, it is much easier to get into a fitness routine.

    • Chelsea

      So true! It’s much easier to stick to a routine after the craziness of summer dies down. Although, I find it gets hard again to go to the gym in the winter when I just want to hibernate on my couch lol.

  9. I’m happy that we got the chance to meet up! Also, I was at Organic Works at like 3 – it would have been kind of hilarious if we ran into each other there. I got the cookie-dough stuffed brownie to take back to chef-friend and it was pretty fabulous.

    • Chelsea

      Hahaha that would have been funny! Ooh I’ll need to get that brownie next time. The raw cocoa brownie was super delicious – I think I might try to recreate it soon.

  10. Hello! i am so glad I stumbled upon your blog today!! your day of eats looks delicious – especially that salmon dish. yum!

  11. I go through phases where the gym gets put on the back burner as well, but I try not to stress about it too much since I know I’ll get back into it when things slow down. I figure as long as I’m keeping busy and moving around, I’m doing okay. Hope JZ feels 100% soon!

  12. What I great use for kefir! I’ve seen a few bloggers using this lately. I have got to take the plunge soon. Sending healing vibes to your JZ!

  13. It’s nice to see you again in the blog world, and I’m sorry to hear about Jay-Z although I’m glad he’s back on the mend.

    I go through gym phases too and to be totally honest I don’t work out nearly as much as others in our community. I’m good with it too because at the end of day I’m healthy and that’s all the matters.

    I have some cook new cookbooks you would love. I think of you every time I flip through them. Also, I’m making the Mediterranean Eggplant Salad you introduced me to for a family party today. I love that dish so I can’t thank you enough for recommending it.

    • Chelsea

      I’m glad to hear you say that because sometimes I feel like I don’t work out enough compared to other people in the blogging community lol.

      I’m glad that dish was a hit for you! I need to make it soon before the end of eggplant season.

  14. I just recently tried kefir – it was delicious! Presidents Choice has so many varieties for flavours.

    • Chelsea

      I’ve never tried the PC kind – I usually buy Liberte because that’s what brand Sobeys carries. I always buy plain so that I can add my own flavours, but now you’ve piqued my curiosity about the flavoured ones!

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