Up, Down and All Around (Weekly Highlights #12)

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Today I wanted to have an interesting blog post, something like my nutrition myth series (check it out here and here) or an overview of my weekend. I’ve been sitting in front on my laptop trying to write about SOMETHING for at least 30 minutes, until I decided to just go ahead and write a post without much of an idea of where I am going with it.

I’ll do a weekly highlights post to go over some of the recent things I have been loving, but truth is, my heart is not fully invested in highlighting my week because of recent events that left me feeling a little on the glum side.

On Friday I learnt that my family was giving Sasha away to another family, for many reasons that are not really relevant for me to go into. It happened quickly, I got the news on Friday and she was gone on Saturday. My reaction might have been a little on the pathetic side, I spent most of Friday evening crying my eyes out and most of Saturday staring at pictures of her (cue “I will always love you” by Whitney Houston for a dramatic effect).Sasha

Sasha was my little bundle of joy, an amazing dog who was so well trained and so loving, she loved any kind of attention and always wanted to play or cuddle. Getting over her leaving will take me a long time, and I will be staring at pictures of her for longer then I care to admit.Sasha

Sasha the Cockapoo

So on that note, let us take a moment to look back at this week and the things that were positive, shall we?

James’ Birthday

On the day of his birthday on Tuesday, we went to L’Gros Luxe, a really awesome restaurant bar that offers delicious food and awesome cocktails (26oz of beer for 7$ say whaat?!). We had fish tacos, roasted cauliflower with tahini dressing, fries and even fried cookie dough balls. L'Gros Luxe

Fried Cookie Dough Balls

This weekend we went to a bar to celebrate his birthday, it was a pretty awesome bar. They served drinks in pineapples and coconuts, so that was very cool. There were a lot of people who came out to see him, we must of been at least 20 people so it was definitely a good time.

This Pancake 
Banana Maple Pancake
One morning, I had the idea of turning a simple pancake into an amazing breakfast. I cooked up some bananas and topped it with some maple butter for an extra delicious breakfast.

I used Kate‘s Recipe for pancakes: 1/3 cup oats, 2 tbsp yogurt, 1 egg and 1/4 tsp of baking powder and cinnamon.

Vega Protein PowderVega Chocolate Protein Powder I never thought the day would come where I would buy protein powder. I don’t exactly think I need protein powder in my life, but I really wanted to try baking with it. 

Arman at the Big Man’s World uses protein powder in a lot of his recipes, and I could no longer resist, I needed to try it for myself.

I bought the Chocolate flavored protein powder by Vega and really love it. I’ve tried it in a smoothie with just water and a banana and it was great (although the taste of sugar free sweeteners will always bug me). I also made these grain free chocolate fudge protein cookies, which turned out to be quite delicious. My only complaint is that it seems that the recipe only makes one large cookie, so next time I would double it and make smaller cookies (the original recipe made about 5 small cookies).Chocolate Protein Cookies

Korean Food

James and I decided to go to a Korean Restaurant one day, and it was delicious! I had a bowl of Bibimbap, which had this delicious tasting rice, ground beef, some veggies and a runny egg.

Korean Food

I took this picture specifically for the quote on the wall, and of course, because James was in it!

Bibimbap

Pure deliciousness.

The Fastest Supper Ever

One night I made supper for James and I in record speed. This is a bok choy and sausage stuffed sweet potato with a white cheese sauce. The original recipe is from With Salt and Wit and uses kale, I love how fast it is to make and will definitely become a go-to recipe. The sweet potato is cooked in the microwave, which really amps up the speed factor of this meal.Bok Choy and Sausage Stuffed Sweet Potato

That’s it for me! Have a great weekend everyone.

Do you use protein powder? Which one is your favorite?

What is your go-to supper that is ready in record speed?

About the author

Stephanie Leduc

Stephanie - 22 years old - lover of food - Dietetics intern - Believes in a balanced lifestyle of health, fitness and a whole lot of sugar - dreamer and wanna be traveler

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