Posts Tagged by Tofu
|July 2, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
HEY friends!! Thank you for your sweet comments on yesterdays post!! I DEFINITELY missed you all so much!! Just so you know, I’m actually going away again in less than two weeks, but I’ll tell you all nearer the time
Ok, I’m guilty. I pride myself on vaguely having some diet variation and not having the exact same foods day in and day out. Well, breakfast was a fail in this respect. But in my defence, I definitely honoured my cravings:
Banana oatmeal, Alpro soya caramel pudding, crunchy PB and mango butter. AMAZING combo!! And actually because I’ve never had that combo before that TOTALLY counts as variation, right?!
I then had hours of music rehearsals to start the day (I have a concert tomorrow, one on Tuesday, and a National competition on Thursday- busy week!!) and then I came home to fuel up before hitting the gym:
Scrambled tofu (with nooch and spices), polenta and fresh tomatoes
…and again it kicked my butt!! LOVE IT!! I took it easier than normal on the exercises involving the lower body in preparation for tomorrow (you’ll see why in a sec ), and I also did 35 mins easy of elliptical+bike as a warm-up and cooldown. The book says you should refuel straight away with a protein shake, but I read that as banana soymilk apparently:
My head isn’t wonky in real life, but I was whipping my hair back and forth thanks to a certain song that came on the radio!
Tropical Protein Oatmeal! 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 scoop tropical protein powder, soy milk and mango butter! I am addicted to this stuff, and it’s nearly gone already!! SO darn good though!! And this was such a filling and delicious snack! Happy belly
Now I’m not normally a person who wears pink (I actually have no pink clothes I don’t think!) so why did I buy this?
Because tomorrow I will be running a RACE!! It’s a 10k Race For Life and I’ll be running it with my best friend. She knows how much this race and cause means to me since I ran it last year following my aunt’s diagnosis with breast cancer, and so signed up to do it to help raise money for Cancer Research! She’s such an amazing friend and it means the world to me.
I know the training for it hasn’t been easy for her, and this will be her first ever race (she started running just for it!!) so we’re just going to run it together and have FUN. And I can’t WAIT!
What was your breakfast today? Best ever!! Tomorrow I won’t be having my usual pancakes because of the race. Gotta have my usual pre-race ritual foods!
Latest fave foodie obsession? MANGO BUTTER, thanks to Lauren! It’s so almost gone, and there will be tears when that moment comes!
What was your first race like? It was a Cancer Research Run 10k, and it was one of the best days of my life! The crowd support was AMAZING too- it makes such a difference!!
|May 26, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
HEY friends, and Happy Thursday!! I want to thank you all SO MUCH for your kind words and personal experiences that you shared with me in the last post! It meant SO MUCH to me
First up, FOOD!! Today was a rest day for me, so I just did some yoga to stretch out, and I don’t know about you guys but I am always MUCH more hungry on rest days! I guess it all catches up with me! Bring it onnnn I say! Here are a few foodie pics from the last two days…
Banana oatbran pudding with goji berries, apricot jam and cashew-date butter.
A big ol’ salad with brocc, red pepper and sweetcorn, topped with a tofu-cheeze-hummus dressing. I just blended 2/3 block of silken tofu with water, nooch, hummus and salt/spices and it was AWESOME! Enjoyed for lunch with a baked sweet tater on the side
Apple with almond butter.
Apple with PB&Co Crunch Time! Best crunchy PB EVER!!
Red pepper with spicy Sabra hummus.
And these x1000 of course!
Okay, enough food!! I have tons more but this post would be SO long and I don’t want to bore you guys to death!
30 mins of High Cadence Speed Intervals and 30 mins HIITs= SWEAT!! Then I hit the weights for an Upper Body workout.
The Smiling Award!
2. Write 3 things you like about your looks.
3. Write 3 things you appreciate about your personality.
4. Write about something you find beautiful in other people (looks, personality – whatever)
5. Award as many other people as you like and let them know!
The smile had to involve nut butter of course
2. Three things I like about my appearance…
3. Three things I appreciate about my personality…
ONE: I like that I don’t care much what people think of me. The only person whose approval I need is God’s, so it’s okay for me to be slightly insane in public and do things like crazy-pose with foam rollers in the gym in front of people.
TWO: I love that I’m a little obsessed about some things/people. Like Paula Radcliffe…
Those are just the open ones. 10 jars and 1 bucket. PB&Co White Chocolate Wonderful, Tahini butter,PB&Co Crunch Time, Cashew-Date butter, Almond butter, Smooth PB, Cashew butter, Hazelnut butter, PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams, Crunchy Sunflower Seed butter and Artisana coconut butter. There are also other unopened ones in my Nut Butter Cupboard, but lets not go there today. Gotta let the crazy out in small doses.
THREE: I love that I’m a hugger.
HAHA don’t you just LOVE my friend’s expression there?! I promise I’m not THAT bad at hugging!
4. Something I find beautiful in other people. Oh gosh this is HARD! I find so many things beautiful in other people! I love people who are genuine, caring, and positive! People who aren’t afraid to be themselves are beautiful too…but I think caring is the most beautiful thing. People who show kindness and selflessness are SO beautiful and you can always tell when someone has a kind heart
I have that stuck in my Bible actually to remind me to try to be more caring and conscientious, and I love it!
5. Tag other people and let them know. This is the bit I can never do!! You are ALL so beautiful to me, and I know this is cliché, but CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED! I’d better see this on your bloggies later, or else!!!
Something you like about your appearance? This isn’t being vain, it’s being self-loving, so tell me pleeeease!! If you don’t, I’ll reply with a list of things that I love about your appearance instead
One thing you love about your personality/something you find beautiful in other people?
Do you have a big nut butter collection, or a big stash of something? Aside from my slightly ridiculous nut butter collection, I also have a pretty impressive snack bar stash!
Love you all, have an AMAZING day!!
|May 17, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under What I...Wednesday|
I know I know, it’s Tuesday today, but it’s Wednesday in an hour (in London anyway! ) so let’s roll with it!
What I Ate Wednesday: Breakfast and Post-Workout Snack Edition!
I got asked to do more breakfast and post-workout snack pics, so here you go!
Today I had my beloved banana oatbran pudding, with raisins and almond buttah
1/2 block tofu, 1/2 scoop tropical protein powder, milk, xanthan gum, pineapple and strawbs. SO good! I then added lots of raw oats which you HAVE to do to your smoothies, cos it makes it all doughy and mmmm….
Random, but that’s what I was feeling!
Best eat today though?
HH’s single serving brownie with extra PB and choc chips. HEAVEN
What I Worked Wednesday- Abs Edition!
Today I have an AB workout for you! Seriously, it’s a toughie! I’ve linked to the moves in case you don’t know what they are
15 minute Ab/Core Workout
- 30 secs Toe-Touches (holding medicine ball/weights)
- 1 minute Up-Down Plank
- 1 minute Russian Twists (with medicine ball/weights, and switch sides after 30 seconds)
- 1 minute Bicycle Crunches (30 secs fast, 30 secs slow)
- 1 minute Around-The-World plank (<—-KILLER!)
- 30 secs rest/collapse
Repeat twice more!
Seriously, if your abs aren’t BURNING after this, then you’re either doing it wrong or you have abs of STEEL! I don’t work my abs/core much except for the abs track in BodyPump, so this reaaally hurt! Feel free to collapse afterwards like I did!
P.S. That’s a recycled photo. I didn’t do my ab workout in the park- people think I’m crazy enough as it is!
And today I went to my first ever Body Balance class! Going to a new class each month was one of my goals for 2011, and I think I’m on track! So far, I’ve done spin, BodyCombat, yoga, Triple Challenge and now BodyBalance!
I LOVED it, but there was an abs section…OUCH!! I was in pain from yesterday’s workout beforehand, but now it hurts to breathe haha!
Bicep curls with a 1kg pack of raisins. Curl, munch, repeat. Make that your next strength training workout and thank me later when you have guns to rival Jillian’s, because she doesn’t know about this killer move.
Overnight Oats or Hot Oats? Overnight oats are nice after a hot workout, but hot oats are just so filling…so hot oats!!
Did you make any 2011 goals? How’re they going? Achieved some already woo! But really I’m just thankful I made the decision not to add ‘regularly wash hair’ to the list because I would’ve failed big time already.
Random Q: What is your weakest muscle group? Triceps. I don’t have any.
Have an AMAZING rest of the week friends!!
|April 30, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Month recap|
Helloooo lovelies!! Having a good weekend? Quick warning: This is the longest post in the history of the world, so get comfy!
By the way, I LOVED hearing your thoughts on commenting and and on my Friend’s Friday Faves yesterday! But, being me (aka brainless), I FORGOT a Friday Fave! But luckily for you that just means ANOTHER one for you today!
Little Bookworm’s Friday Fave:
Frozen hot chocolate + brownie?! That sounds like HEAVEN!! Thank you Little Bookworm for making me drool on my keyboard!
ALMOND BUTTER!! It has been ages, and so I tried it again spread on a microwave banana oat cake:
Oh. My. Muppets. I had TOTALLY forgotten how much I LOVE almond butter!
I had it in my breakfast:
I then had it as part of my lunch:
Apples and almond butter with tofu on toast. Tofu on toast ROCKS by the way!
I know you’re jealous of my photoshopping skills. And of the fact that I managed to score two bags of organic almonds for £2!!
It’s the end of April today. Okay, this may be stating the obvious for you, but I literally JUST realised this!! April has been a GREAT month for me, and has gone so fast!! Time flies when you’re having fun…
I went on my music tour to Germany and had a BRILLIANT time…
I posted everything I ate in a day and got some AMAZING responses…
I had my dreams come true when I got to meet and run with my idol Paula Radcliffe!!
And then 2 days later I met her again and got her autograph…
I ran a 5k race without racing (because of my injury) but still PR’d and loved it!!
And YOU FRIENDS have made this month an amazing one!! My readership has grown SO MUCH this month and I can’t thank you guys enough for all the support and lovely comments you leave me that make my day! LOVE YOU GUYS so much!!!
So this month is officially AWESOME APRIL!!
What have been YOUR April highlights? Tell me por favor!!
What’s your favourite nut butter? It’s now officially Cocoa-nut Almond Butter!!
Random Q: Favourite vegetable? Broccoli, hands down!! Followed by Brussels sprouts, spinach and squash
ENJOY the rest of your weekend friends!! Love y’all!!
|March 13, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Friday Favourites|
Thanks for all your responses so far to my giveaway post! Keep ‘em coming!! And a couple of you mentioned subscription problemos? Well I have a new plugin thingy (so technical…!) so if you had problems before, HOPEFULLY this one’ll work! Otherwise, I am totally clueless, and I’m sorry!
So yesterday I didn’t get to do my usual Friday Faves post! I’ll make up for that now with my Friday/Saturday Favourites!
1. A delicious breakfast! Kris’ Vanilla Coconut Breakfast pudding, only chocolatified…
I used chocolate soy milk instead, and boy this was gooood!! With a banana on top and PB on toast on the side, cos life just isn’t complete without a ton of carbs!
2. People being nice to the ‘special’ one. Went to a birthday partay last night, and there was a buffet (not so good for vegans generally!), BUT my lovely friend provided some vegan food!! In particular, this bean salad rocked.
Screw plates and hygiene. I’ll just eat it straight from the bowl thank you.
3. Positivity and perspective. I had an easy 8 miler planned today, but experienced a fair amount of side shin and Achilles pain, both of which are new to me!! So I stopped a few times to stretch out, and easy jogged a bit, but it didn’t go away. I decided in the end it was best not to risk it, and cut my run short.
And I thought my average pace of 7.55 min/mile was pretty good, especially in the circumstances! As soon as I got back, I stretched, and watched Friends with a bag of frozen sweetcorn on my shin. It WILL be fine. Positivity cures everything
Smoked tofu and broccoli sprinkled with nooch, and chocolate milk too of course!
They weren’t around for long sadly! So I tried to recreate them today, with a little twist…
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crunchy Granola Bars (adapted from this recipe)
Depending on what mix-in you use, these have no added sugar- just sweetened with agave. They are crunchy, delicious, and not overly sweet. These are filling and healthy, and make the perfect on-the-go snack!
(Makes 12 very large bars, or 24 squares)
- 4 cups quick cooking oats (I used half rolled oats)
- Generous 1/3 cup peanut butter, melted
- 2/3 cup agave nectar (or maple syrup, etc)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips/chopped chocolate/cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 180C/350°F. Spread oats on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Allow oats to cool to room temperature.
- Melt the peanut butter in the microwave (may not be necessary, depending on how drippy your nut butter is), and let cool.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spread mixture into a 9×13-inch baking tray that has been greased or lined, pressing down hard to compact it.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars, and ENJOY!!
I wolfed down those two big bars, and then passed out in a food coma.
What are some of your Friday/Saturday Faves? Your turn to share!!
What are your post-run/workout foods of choice? Chocolate milk always! And broccoli is another fave…and PB banana toast!
What is your favourite day of the week? I love Sundays and Fridays the best I think!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovelies!! And don’t forget to keep those affected by the earthquake in Japan in your thoughts and prayers, and to donate if you can!
|March 9, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
First up, just to let ya know that I was requested to put off my review+giveaway post for a bit, so I will be posting it on Friday instead! I’ll just keep you on tenterhooks until then!
Okay, so one thing you should know about me is that I am seriously lazy. I mean it. I think people assume that all active people aren’t lazy at all. But that’s definitely not true for me…
You might not think stovetop oatmeal is lazy, but literally all I did today was get up, put my oat bran + milk (too lazy to go on a banana hunt…) on top on the stovetop over the lowest heat and left it for 20 mins whilst I went back to bed. Then got up, threw on some clothes, ate breakfast and left.
Just so ya know, the words ‘make-up’ and ‘hairbrush’ are not part of my weekday morning vocabulary. I apologise in advance to any future husband of mine.
Lazy Lady Example #2: Not bothering to try to find my iTouch, which has been missing in my house for a few days. Ergo, a very tough treadmill speed workout. On the tread, I need ENTERTAINMENT. So I suffered through my 800m repeats by playing mind-games (I was being chased by spies), singing to myself (Glee soundtrack) and people-watching (the woman on the summit trainer talking to herself).
I also did a 30 min step class before that, which in hindsight wasn’t the best idea! Tired legs do not make for easier speed intervals!!
Leftover vegetably couscous, a stuffed grilled mushroom (stuffed with…er…couscous…) topped with vegan cheese, smoked tofu and spinach from frozen. Can’t beat a 5 minute meal!
I can’t imagine my life without dry shampoo. It is the best invention on the planet, and thankfully Santa knows me well and brought me a year’s supply at Christmas. Needless to say, my March goal of washing my hair more often still needs work…!
So are you lazy in any way? Honestly, if I listed every example, this post would never end!!
What is your favourite snack bar? Hard question I know!! That Clif PB bar is my current fave I think…
Do you have a go-to lazy meal? Leftovers, or a microwaved sweet tater and baked beans
Have a great week lovelies!!
|February 24, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
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!!*
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!
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
- Combine the cooked bulgur with the applesauce and milk in a saucepan and heat on low, stirring occasionally like you would oatmeal.
- Once the bulgur has absorbed most/all of the liquid and reached desired texture, remove from heat.
- 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
This is amazing!! Tastes like rice pudding and is so filling! All stirred in:
I exercised my inner geek big time today. Well I am a geek, and usually embrace that. But today was geek-overload…
Knowledge is power people, knowledge is power…
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:
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!
Veggies (broccoli+mushrooms): check. Carbs (spelt flakes): check. Protein (‘Cheezy scrambled tofu’ and more nutritional yeast in the spelt flakes): check.
I did a little happy dance at all the goodness there. GEEK.
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!
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!
It was this recipe that had me:
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!
It was a lovely small group of us (only 13!) in a little room with comfy chairs. Oh, and they provided food.
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?
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
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!)
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!!
Sorry for the ridiculously long post! The Geek needed to express herself eloquently! Have a great week friends!!