Monday, May 27, 2013

Foodie Filled Weekend & My First MiMM!

Morning Loveys!

I don't normally do blog posts in the morning, but since I'm on vacation I figure.. why not? :)


For all of my US readers, happy day off! I love having long weekends... I think it's something I look forward to most in the summer. That and vacations. Yep. Loving staying in bed right now sipping on my coffee :). I was doing some blog reading this morning and a bunch of blogs I read participate in a link up every Monday called Marvellous in my Monday which is hosted by the lovely Katie over at Healthy Diva Eats so I decided to join in for the first time today!





Did you get up to anything exciting this weekend?


Our weekend was very low key but still good times! On Saturday afternoon we went for a small walk downtown (I LOVE walking... I probably get somewhat annoying with how much I always just want to go for a walk) and then we thought about going to the Blue Jays game... then we thought maybe we'd go to this chicken wing place instead because we had tasted their wings but have never actually visited. The restaurants name is Drums & Flats. It's such a cute little place and they have some of the best chicken wings I've ever had.




I only ordered 1 pound to take home because I knew if I got more to eat "later"... I would literally do just that... EAT them later. So to help keep my waistline where it is (or get smaller. Just not bigger!) I opted for 1 order to just eat and be done. I ordered what is called their "Hog Ranch" type. I mixed the wings, so I got both Drums & Flats (you have the option of picking one or the other as well) and had them prepared in their famous "double dipped" type. So basically they brush on a sauce and grill them on the BBQ, then they brush them AGAIN in a different sauce and broil them in the oven or something (I can't remember the exact science behind it) but you end up getting a bunch of different flavours in your wings. Mine was ranch with real chunks of bacon bits. So basically the 1 pound I ordered was basically like 2 pounds because of the extra bacon. Oy vey. HOWEVER they were SO GOOD and I was so full after eating them. I don't think I ended up having dinner that night. Lol.


Later that night I got C to watch a movie with me. Normally we watch a movie that is probably more on the "guy type" of movies. I LOVE girlie movies. I love chick flicks. I love romance movies. I love musicals. I'm basically the most cheesy when it comes to the types of movies I like. Have I ever confessed that I used to own The Lizzie McGuire movie on VHS and since I no longer have a VCR, I recently purchased it on DVD off eBay? I also own Enchanted... which is a half real, half cartoon love story. I don't think I've ever met anyone with as cheesy of a movie preference as me. If you can relate, please comment below so I know I'm not alone :). ANYWAYS... I just wasn't in the mood for a fast paced, action filled movie, but I also didn't know WHAT it was I wanted to watch. So after about 10 minutes of CB naming off movies in our DVD cabinet, I finally said YES to the movie :)...




YES! MAMMA MIA!! I had a brief stint where I literally obsessed with ABBA music. And why not? They're songs are amazeballs. Needless to say, I was in all of my glory watching AND singing along to this movie while watching CB looking like this:




I'm just joking. He only looked like that at the part where the huge group of men bust out into a choreographed dance in their speedo's and flippers. He did good putting up with me singing and loving every minute of this movie haha. This was obviously a major highlight of my weekend. 

Yesterday I really focused on what I was consuming because for most of the weekend I didn't really make the best choices in terms of food. So for breakfast I started off with a couple of ounces of Kombucha and a Berry protein shake.


I just want to say that I haven't had protein powder in a while. Mostly because I've been too lazy to go out and grab another bag however I had a sample pack of vanilla protein that I put in this shake. It's not my normal Sun Warrior protein but it was protein none the less and I wanted some protein in my breakfast since I had gone for a run in the morning (hello gorgeous weather). After finishing it though, and this might be too much information, but I was gassy ALL DAY. I wasn't bloated per se.. but just gassy in general. What the heck!? It just goes to show that you really have to be careful when it comes to what you consume because even protein powder, which most people never second guess, is FULL of chemicals and awful things for you. I wrote an article on "What's In Your Protein" a while back and wanted to mention some of my findings for you!

There are a lot of artificial sweeteners in protein powder, and of most concern is aspartame. When human’s consume this chemical, it is broken down in our body and converted into formaldehyde which is a toxic preservative.Aspartame can cause nerve damage in the brain, eyes and the nerve cells that control body movement. (source)

a lot of different protein supplements are loaded with different heavy metals. According to findings at ConsumerReports.org many of the popular protein supplements contain anywhere from 0.6iu – 16.9iu of Arsenic, 1.6iu – 5.6iu of Cadmium, 1iu – 13.5iu of Lead and 0.2iu – 1.1iu of Mercury. Too much arsenic can cause blurred vision, constipation, cough, darkening of the skin, dry eyes/mouth/skin, nosebleeds, swelling, edema, chest pain, weight gain and more symptoms which can be read about here.

Crazy right? I thought so too. So if you're the type that loves a protein shake after a serious lifting session, please make sure you're using raw, organic protein. My favourite (and Tosca Reno's favourite) is Sun Warrior Raw Protein, I like Vanilla! You can click on the Raw Elements badge on the side of my blog because they sell Sun Warrior in Canada. Use the code "sarahohm" for 10% off! :)

So to finish of my day in food yesterday.... I bought my first watermelon of the summer!! I love watermelon SO MUCH I almost ate the whole thing yesterday. I also really love how pretty pink watermelon is! 


Mmmm. I ate that whole bowl like nobody's business. Then I spent the rest of the day peeing. :).

OH! And yesterday at Loblaw's I was doing my normal peek-a-boo around the organic section of the grocery store and noticed that Nutritional Yeast was on sale! I picked up a container after seeing a few other bloggers rave about it, and decided to test it out for myself. I used it as a seasoning on some baked kale last night for dinner (along with some organic gluten-free pasta and raw, vegan rose pasta sauce!) and I have to admit, it was SO GOOD. 


I had Instagramed this photo and got some other recommendations on how to use nutritional yeast going forward! Using it on popcorn since it has a cheesy flavour and using it on baked cauliflower! Both amazing ideas that I will be testing out for sure. 

As you can see I had a foodie filled weekend and I loved it! Today I plan on going for a little walk to Liberty Village to go to the health food store there - Vibrant Lifestyle and pick up some goodies!

Also - have you noticed that my blog is taking more of a nutritional/foodie turn to it? Obviously I'm still IN LOVE with fitness and running, but I think for a month or so I want to focus on food and nutrition and see what the feedback is like! Please let me know what you think and anything you'd like me to cover (education vs. recipes, etc..).

Q: What was the highlight of your weekend? What was the best thing you ate?
Q: Have you tried nutritional yeast yet? How do you like it?

Happy Monday!

26 comments:

  1. Funniest thing... I JUST made Joshua watch the same movie at the beginning of last week! Ha Ha! He wasn't a fan, but he somehow managed to sit through it all :) Ha Ha! Props to our men.

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    1. Haha that is SO funny! Great minds think alike - no? :) Our men are the greatest for putting up with our hilarious movies! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. mmm i haven't bought my first watermelon of the summer yet - i need to!

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    1. You MUST - they're so juicy and delicious right now :)

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  3. I am so happy you joined in! Means so much when I have new beautiful friends joining in!! Thank you!

    Looks like you had a great weekend for sure! I never saw Mamma Mia, it would be hard for me to get Mike to watch it, haha! Kudos to you for getting your man to!

    Have a great day love!!

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    1. Thanks Katie! I'm excited to do it for the first time! You should definitely watch it, it's so entertaining. I wish it was my life. Living on an island in Greece and just bursting out into song and dance multiple times per day.. YES PLEASE! :)

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  4. I tried protein powder a couple weeks ago and felt awwwwful from it. Think it was because it was loaded up with chemicals like that and not organic. That kale looks awesome btw! Need to try nutritional yeast.

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    1. Yes, unless you buy a really good quality protein it can make you feel awful!! I've definitely had my experiences with that... You should pick up some yeast, it's totally good for you and you can basically put it on anything. Well.. that's a lie. I wouldn't put it on fruit probably. :)

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  5. I love Mama Mia! It has been far too long since I have seen it, though! And yay for watermelon. It's not officially Summertime until you have some tasty melon!

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    1. I totally agree!! And I think it's due for you to watch some Mamma Mia!! :)

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  6. I would be happy to come over and watch a chick flick with you any day of the week! I have to admit, I'm not your average 'girly girl', but when it comes to movies........I'm all about the cheesy ones!!
    Weird confession- nutritional yeast freaks me out!! I've read tons about it and and I know it's great for you and apparently great tasting as well--- but I just can't bring myself to eat it!!
    Bring on the nutrition talks!! Nutrition is one of the most overlooked aspects of health/fitness, which is terribly sad because proper nutrition it the cornerstone to fitness!!

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    1. Hahaha! What about it freaks you out so much? It's really good and you can't really even tell it's there! And thanks for the kind words about nutrition - I hope it goes over well!! :) xo

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  7. oh my gosh! the Lizzie McGuire movie is totally one of my faves too! I cant even tell you! im laughing so hard. I also am a huge fan of taking walks. one of my favorite things to do! I wish we were close we could take lots together!!

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    1. LOL we would both love that movie. It's so awesome. My favourite part is the ending performance... I had that song on my iPod for a while haha. So tacky, but I love it!

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    2. yesss!!! im also so smitten by Hilary duff and chad Michael murray in the Cinderella story! I just can't help it!! <3

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  8. Watermelons is the best! Seriously one of my favorite parts of summer. I could definitely eat an entire watermelon in one sitting and be one happy camper :)

    I looove nutritional yeast! It has such a delicious flavor, and it's "nutritional" stats are definitely an added bonus ;) I love it on pasta, in casseroles, and I've even mixed it into oatmeal along with pesto. Oh I should do that again!

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    1. Mmm those are all great ideas for nutritional yeast that I'll definitely keep in my mind! Mmm... watermelon.. camping... the perfect combo (even though you weren't referring to camping, watermelon makes me think of camping!)

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  9. I love watermelon! It's such a summery fruit.

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    1. Agreed! It's the definition of summer basically!

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  10. so nice to meet with you sarah and glad you joined MIMM. Looking forward to read more of your posts!

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    1. Thanks so much Dixya!! I'm glad to meet you as well! xoxoxo

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  11. If I have wings (hmm I can't remember the last time I had them)but, I love the dry rub ones. I'm not the saucy type ;)

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    1. Haha you're not saucy?! Could have fooled me ;) Juuuuust kidding. I like dry rub as well! I didn't expect them to be as saucy as they were! I don't eat them often either - they upset my stomach!

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  12. Those wings sound awesome, bacon bits on wings :)
    I also love Mamma Mia. I got to pick a movie over the weekend and I made hubby watch 'Cocktail' he wasn't too impressed especially as I know all the words and basically talk the script the whole way through!!

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    1. Hahaha - they were soooo good. I never thought about bacon bits on wings, but it's a brilliant combo! I love speaking the words through a movie - it's hilarious to me lol.

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  13. I was luck and got to take my mom to see Mamma Mia in Theater,,,the best one yet! Glad to see you on MIMM

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