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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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Ravine Vineyard

I don’t really have a lot to be stressed about in life right now. And yet, I am in fact stressed. It’s all small things, but between my job that seems to occupy more of my head space than it should, planning dinners for the week, fulfilling my duties as my friend’s maid of honour, finding time to do necessary chores like laundry, and going to physician appointments for my newly diagnosed tendonitis, I’m feeling the pressure.

But when I went to Niagara last weekend, that all seemed to melt away. It’s kind of hard to feel anything but carefree when you’re sitting on a breezy patio, looking out at a vineyard and sipping a glass of wine.

Ravine Vineyard

This scene took place at Ravine Vineyard, a quaint winery nestled in a residential area of St. David’s, Ontario. Mom and I stopped here for lunch following a morning of shopping at the outlets. After battling the deal-hungry crowds, the relaxing atmosphere of their patio was welcomed. As was their wine.

I had a 3 oz glass of their merlot. I’ve never seen 3 oz servings of wine offered before, but I love the idea of it so that you can try two or three different wines with a meal and still maintain your dignity by the end of it.

Ravine Vineyard

To start my mom and I both ordered the grilled and chilled vegetable salad with smoky tomato vinaigrette, brioche croutons, and Ontairo sheep’s feta. The flavours in this salad were the epitome of summer! Every August I get on this huge tomato, eggplant, and zucchini kick, so this dish was absolutely perfect.

Ravine Vineyard - Grilled Vegetable Salad

I followed it with the early summer vegetable risotto with shaved parmesan and truffle oil. It’s risottos like this one that make me realize how much I suck at making risotto. Mine tends to turn out sticky and mushy – but Ravine’s was slightly al dente with the perfect consistency!

Ravine Vineyard - Summer Vegetable Risotto

Mom’s main was also a winner. She had the daily soup special, which was cream of mushroom, served with a sour cream and chive muffin. It made me want to bake some savoury muffins at home. I’ll add that to my long list of things that probably won’t get done this century. I’ve been meaning to bake a cherry or blueberry crisp for weeks now and that still hasn’t happened!

Ravine Vineyard - Mushroom Soup and Chive Muffin

But anyways, that’s not worth stressing over. Instead I just want to chill out, relax, and smell the wine – er, roses. Good thing I have another winery trip planned for this weekend!

Ravine Vineyard

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Birthday week

Okay, actually it’s more like a birthday month! Between family dinners and nights out with friends, my 26th birthday has been stretched out longer than any birthday should. Or so JZ says. I’m of the belief that you should milk your birthdays all that you can! And I certainly have.

My birthday week (month) started midway through May with a dinner at Ancaster Mill with my parents, grandma, and JZ. The restaurant and its surroundings were jaw droppingly gorgeous! I felt almost like I was in Rivendell from Lord of the Rings (omg did I just outdork myself or what?). I had high hopes for the food, since it’s part of the same restaurant group as two of my other favourites: Spencers at the Waterfront and Bread Bar.  And luckily it didn’t disappoint.

Birthday dinner at Ancaster Mill

My baby kale and arugula salad with braised onions, pecorino, and pine nut crumble was delicious. And it just got better with my arctic char, Brussels sprouts, pearl onions, bacon, and soubise. I liked how the light fish was paired with more robust flavours! I finished off the meal with the sticky toffee, caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream. I don’t know why, but in the past year I’ve become obsessed with sticky toffee and order it whenever I see it on a menu. Unless of course there’s cheesecake on the menu. Because cheesecake. Duh.

The celebrations continued the following day with a birthday brunch with my extended family. We had an oddly matched menu:

birthday lunch

  • Arugula salad with grilled fresh apricots, toasted almonds, and goat cheese
  • Homemade mac & cheese
  • Make your own sandwiches with cold cuts and assorted cheeses
  • Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and dill on pumpernickel

The odd combination of foods is because it’s a tradition in my family to let the person with the birthday choose the menu. Both my cousin and I were celebrating – so she chose the mac & cheese and I chose the open faced smoked salmon  sandwiches and arugula salad. As mismatched as the menu may have been, it certainly hit the spot. The real highlight, however, was this peanut butter cheesecake with whipped marshmallow topping (we subbed in soy nut butter for the PB of course) – mega yummmmm!

Hop over to Friday and I was the birthday girl once more. We went out with a group of our friends to Radius in Hamilton. I just thought it was a restaurant, but it also has a bar/lounge on one side with a great atmosphere! We planned on just staying for dinner and then hopping ship, but we were having a good time we ended up staying there all night. I had the kale caesar salad and mushroom pappardelle, both of which I had no complaints about.

Smoked Turkey Sandwich - The Bauer Kitchen

On my real birthday on Monday the 25th my parents to Waterloo to have lunch with me and JZ. We decided to check out The Bauer Kitchen because I’d heard so many good things about it. Immediately the decor caught my eye – I loved its exposed brick walls and black metal accents! Is it weird that nice decor totally makes the food taste better for me? Because it does. Although, the food definitely did speak for itself. I had a smoked turkey sandwich with bacon jam, gouda, onion sprouts, thin apple slices, and aioli on homemade bread. I love this combination of flavours!

I was stuffed after this, but was sent out a surprise birthday dessert: flourless chocoalte cake with raw chocoalte sauce and cacao nibs. The texture of this was insane – it looked like a brownie, but the texture was so creamy! It was both light and rich at the same time, somehow. If anyone has a recipe for a cake that fits this description, please send it my way!

Chocolate Nemesis - The Bauer Kitchen

That concludes my birthday celebrations… for now. I still have one more night out with friends planned for early June if you can believe it. After that I think I’ll definitely be partied (and fooded) out!

How many times did you celebrate your last birthday? Am I just crazy?

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