Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Protein Pick Me Up!

I'm still in uni - done soon, thank goodness, but I'm still chuggin' away at it! Anyways, I've frequently found that when I come home from classes, I need a boost. Same goes for Tom when he gets home from work; in desperate need of a boost!

So, I always try to keep our lunches and dinners protein-packed, especially since we're back on the health-fueled road! Easy to make, with 30g protein in one serving, here's the deliciousness:

After-Class Lunch or Dinner Pick-Me-Up
500g Soyganics Smoked Tofu (find at Sobey's), diced
200g shrimp, peeled (I use pre-cooked, but if you use raw, make sure to cook them first!)
1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup broccoli florets
7 - 8 small, white button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup peas (frozen is fine)
1 stalk green onion, chopped
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp yellow curry powder
1/4 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp ground rosemary
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

canola oil

In stovetop pot, pour quinoa and 3/4 cup water. Bring to boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.

Place canola oil in large stovetop skillet or pan over medium heat. Place tofu in pan and stir, cooking for about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add cauliflower and broccoli, and let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peas and mushrooms, and stir (if you are using frozen peas, stir until the ice has melted off of them). Add spices, stir until thoroughly combined, and let sit for 5 - 7 minutes until fragrant. Add to quinoa and stir. Sprinkle green onions over top and serve.


(C)Katherine Wittman


Monday, September 14, 2015

Make Every Morning Count

One thing I've learned in my "quest" to become healthier is that every single thing you put in your mouth counts. Now, obviously one cheat meal won't be the end of everything, but getting into the habit of even one big cheat meal a week can really derail you... especially if you're like me and your willpower isn't that strong!

I can't eat a big breakfast - it makes me feel sick. So, I'm usually limited to egg whites with some seasoning, but it isn't enough to get me through the day until lunch (with school and work my schedule is tight). When my friend Stacey introduced me to smoothie bowls, I was pumped! So, now, because I'm usually on the go, I drink my breakfast along with my egg whites.
(C)Katherine Wittman

This beauty has 10g protein, 9g fibre, just over 50% daily recommended Vitamin C intake, and a whole lotta taste!

Cherry-Banana Breakfast Smoothie
1 cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 cup no sugar added frozen dark cherries
1 banana
1 tsp flaxmeal
1 tsp chia seeds
3 tbsp vegan yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
handful of kale, chard, or collard greens

Place all ingredients in blender, food processor, or NutriBullet. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!