Category: Lifting

Vegan Pizza Oh Yeah! 

It is possible to enjoy pizza as a vegan and you can top it with as many veggies as you like ! 

I made mine right from scratch ( I know right) like I’m talking dough and everything ! 

Here is how it went down 

Dough 

1 cup whole wheat flour 

1 pkg of Pizza yeast 

1.5 tsp of sugar 

3/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup hot water 

3 tbsp of oil 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until dough forms . Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic . 

Roll out on a floured surface then place on a greased pizza pan . 

  
Add pizza sauce or marinara to the pizza and add Italian seasoning and garlic powder ( amount to your liking) 

  
Add whatever veggies you like , tonight I kept it simple and added mushrooms and tomatoes. Then added on some nutritional yeast . 

  
Top pizza with Daiya “cheese” . I used both cheddar and pepper jack flavor tonight ! 

   
 

Cook in a 375 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes or until dough is cooked. Broil on high for 5 minutes . 

   
 

Yumm freaking Oh ! 

Who needs take out ! 

Vega Chunky Monkey Mocha Protein Overnight Oats

This breakfast has combined all my most favorite things ! 

I’m all about the easy peasy lifestyle and since fully giving up eggs for breakfast I need a hearty substitute and this fits the bill. Overnight Oats are so easy to prep and you can grab and go eat them . Here’s how this one came together . 

Take a large mason jar or mug ( I like my Vega Mug ) 

Add large flake oats to fill about 1/4 of the jar 

  Then add 1 tbsp of PB2 or a tbsp of nut butter 

  Add 1 scoop of Vega Mocha Protein powder  

 then add 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa , sliced bananas and top with almond milk or any non dairy milk 

  Stir and Put lid on container and let sit overnight in refrigerator . In the morning stir and top with coconut whip ! 

  

Yummo ! 

#FuelYourBetter 

Vega Mocha Protein Banana Loaf 

I’m no baker , never claimed to be but darn it all – I can make Banana Loaf . My good friends over at Vega sent me some Mocha protein and I had to get creating ! 

I have made a most epic smoothie with it and you can find the recipe here Mocha Coconut Frappe . 

Today I noticed some seriously ripe bananas on my counter and I knew what to do , so here it is 

Mocha Protein Banana Loaf 

4 ripe bananas 

2 scoops Vega Mocha Protein 

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp of baking soda and powder 

1 tbsp vanilla

1/2 cup of sugar or sugar substitute 

2 cups of whole wheat flour

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 

Chopped walnuts 

  

Step one  

 

Mash bananas , add applesauce , add protein , add cocoa 

Step two  

Add powder , add soda , vanilla , then add sugar and flour .  

Step three Add milk and nuts and stir . Coat a loaf pan with Pam and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees . 

Step four- let cool , slice and eat with peanut butter ( that’s how I like it ) 

   

 

If I run less races , am I still a runner? 

I am an avid Twitter , Facebook and Instagram follower , all social media actually . I follow tons of runners , running accounts and elites . It sometimes depresses me , all these people who run races every weekend , are they “more of a runner” than me? You see Canada was a complete Winter Hell this year and the last patch of snow in my yard just melted this weekend . I had to treadmill all winter long , I still trained , I still ran . There were no winter races and actually we are 4 months into 2015 and I have yet to run one still . I always thought that if I wanted to be considered a runner by the running community – I actually had to run races . 

My first Scheduled race isn’t until May at the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. I’m nowhere near ready but I have never thought of winning a race or even placing , my goal at any race is to just cross the damn line – upright . I have become very comfortable running in sloth mode because I just love being outside . I realize running races is super fun and awesome , but so is actually just running and being you . I’m not fast , I’m not an elite – I’m just a 44 year old mom who escapes on those runs . If not running a million races a year makes me less of a runner then so be it , I don’t need medals to justify my ability to be a runner . All I need is solo time on the trails and pavement, the sun in my face and letting my brain wander – that what’s makes me a runner . 

Vegan Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

  This meal came together in about 4 minutes and I’m not going to lie , it was freaking delish! There is exactly 4 ingredients to make it and it also makes a great snack . 

You will need a package of this 

  

Simply heat up in some coconut oil over a low temp for about 1-2 minutes per side 

  

Grab some romaine leaves , top with kale , sprouts and what ever fillings you like , add the tempeh and drizzle with balsamic vinegar . 

  

Roll up and eat ! 

Easy peasy ! 

Vega Sport Mocha Coconut Frappe – Fuel Your Better

Training is Hard ! 

Recovery is Easy ! 

When you recover with plant based nutrients your body thanks you ! I 100% fuel my body with all things Vega Sport  

 this protein is plant based with 25g of complete protein people! It also has 5,000 mg of BCAA’s . 

Now most of the time I like to straight up shoot this back mixed with just water – but sometimes I like to get all fancy too . Today this happened ! 

  Here is what went into it 

  

Vega Mocha Sport protein

Ice

Unsweetened coconut

Ground flaxseed

1 tbsp instant coffee

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa 

Unsweetend almond milk 

Topped with coconut whip 

Whip it all up in a blender , go to My Instagram Page to view a video demo ! 

Who needs those fancy dancy  $8 coffee shop frappacinos when you can have all this goodness at home ! 

My training runs have only gotten better because I perform at my very best fueled by plants ! 

#FuelYourBetter 

#VegaSport 

Vegan “Fish” Tacos 

I’m a skeptical faux meat eater and have not found a lot that I enjoy but this product is Ah Maz Ing ! 

  I cooked these as per package directions , in the oven last night and had a traditional “fish” and chip meal . 

I had leftovers today and so wanted to make a fish taco . 

So I did ! 

I just reheated the leftovers in a pan with some coconut oil to crisp them up . Then layered them on a whole wheat tortilla with lettuce , avocado and tartar sauce ( mix veganaise and relish) ! 

  So freaking good ! Quick and easy lunch for one! 

  

Omg – I am running a 50 miler ! 

I did it , I signed up and I am going for it ! 

Let’s back track a bit , last night I was on Twitter asking about this race and I received so many amazing responses from people who have run a NorthFace Endurance Challenge . I was becoming so interested in this and I had to research it more . 

Then , the super awesome people over at NorthFace Endurance Challenge reached out to me , asking me to represent them and become a Blog Ambassador for them . Deal Signed!!! 

I immediately signed up for the  NorthFace Endurance Challenge  50 Miler and I am now 100% committed to this . 

This is where we will be spending our summer vacay , at the beautiful Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood . 

Now here is the best part , you can come spend the weekend with me too because I have a PROMO CODE ! I can save you 15% off the registration fee by going to this site Race Registration filling out the info for whatever race distance you choose and then enter the following code D30DMON15 

Easy peasy and there is lots of time to train for this race so let’s do it together m lord knows I will need y’all out there telling me to get my butt in gear because I am not DNF’ing this race . 

See you out there friends 

Do what makes you happy !

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I’m struggling right now with a big decision that affects both my personal and professional life .
I am taking this time to take a step back and look at what it is that makes me happy .
A career is great if you are 100% satisfied in it , you work hard and you are successful . But – does the money in the bank determine that as well ?
At what point do we realize that having a successful career isn’t at all about the $ figure ?
I currently do very well at my job but when I look at my time spent , loss of family time , hours put in am I really doing ok?

I am going to be making a Huge decision in the next week or so and the #1 reason for it – passion . What am I passionate about ? What is my motivation? What drives me?
I’m taking this time to reevaluate life in general and making changes that affect who I am and not what I make. Will I be earning what I earn now – No Way but is this why we work hard , simply to build bank accounts and have things .
I have things , I am happy but I need change and change is good .

It’s time to make my job more about my passion than money in the bank .

Stay tuned

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