WIAW: some days are just meant to go like this

Wednesday already.  It’s also day five of no running and I must say that I’ve had enough of this little thing called “rest”.  My leg is feeling a bit better and I am going to attempt a run tomorrow and see how it goes.  Cross your fingers for me!  Now before we get into the WIAW fun, let’s talk a little bit of business.

1.  Last week I shared some fun promos/giveaways that were going on and there are two more that I want to tell you about.  Heather from Thought Blossoms is offering free shipping until August 22 with the code SUMMERSHIP.  I have a few of her pieces and love them.  I’ve got two of her active bracelets that I’m obsessed with and wear the “Just Run/YFGT (<- you’ve freaking got this)” one to all of my races.  The circle necklace you see in my sidebar picture is also from Thought Blossoms.  I guess you can say I kind of like Heather and the things she makes! 😉


2.  Mizuno Canada is giving away an Impermalite Performance Shell Jacket on their Facebook page.  All you have to do is comment on the photo of Michelle Clarke wearing the jacket for your chance to win.  Easy peasy.  I have one of the jackets and love it, especially for fall weather.

3.  SeaWheeze needs VOLUNTEERS.  My friend Alejandra is working in Vancouver right now busting her booty to organize this race.  They are looking for race marshals so if you want to be part of the fun, email me at theathletarian@gmail.com and I’ll forward your info to the Lululemon peeps.

Okay now let’s talk food aka WIAW.

I said I was going to get back into food prep mode and treat my body a little better even though eating anything kind of makes me feel like I’m going to die these days, healthy or not.  Yesterday I started off with the Morning Glory Smoothie from the OSG Cookbook and it came out amazing.  Off to a good start, right?


Snack time came around and I’ve been loving the OSG Chia Power Muffins (which were supposed to be donuts but I don’t have a donut pan yet).  I either eat them plain or with a smudge of Earth Balance.  They are dense, super tasty and keep me going until lunch time.

chia muffin

Now if you ever just make one thing from the OSG cookbook please let it be the Perfected Chickpea Salad (I know I’m mentioning this book a lot but I swear I’m not getting paid to do so, nor do I know Angela personally…I just really love her recipes).  Guys.  THIS RECIPE.  I can’t even.  It is so flavourful and easy to make (does involve a bit of chopping though).  I made a huge batch on Sunday and it was already done by yesterday.  I was literally eating it by the spoonful every time I opened the fridge.  Put it on toasted pumpernickel and oh em gee.  Tastebud heaven.  A side of baked sweet potato fries always makes things extra delicious, yes?


Edited to add: the chickpea salad recipe calls for vegan mayo but I used hummus instead and it worked out great.  I also omitted the garlic (hummus had enough garlic flavour) and the dill (which was optional).

Okay so you see how healthy I was all day?  It kind of went downhill from the late afternoon onward but some days are just meant to go like this, right?  I went downtown to try out the infamous Bang Bang Ice Cream Bakery and oh my word.  If you are from Toronto you must stop everything you are doing and go right this instant because…


That you see there is cinnamon toast ice cream sandwiched between a peanut butter cookie.  They have so many different ice cream and cookie flavours which is kind of overwhelming but just gives you an excuse to eat more than one (not that I did that or anything…) or go back every day until you try them all.  The lineup is usually insane on weeknights or weekends but if you go in the middle of a weekday, you’re good.  Now go.

I was supposed to go to a movie with my cousins at night but it didn’t work out so we just stayed in and ordered a pizza instead.  I’m sure you all know what takeout pizza looks like so I’ll spare your eyes from looking at yet another picture of pizza on here.

I’d say it was a good day.  A lot of morning nutrients, a lot of afternoon and evening fun.

Hope you have a great day!

If every weekend could be like this…

Holy.  This weekend was BU-SY.  Busy in a good way — like the ‘I kind of want to do it all over again’ kind of busy.  Angela and Jessica (who both live about an hour away) had been planning on coming to Toronto for a birthday on Saturday night so we made plans to get together during the day to catch up and eat.  Obviously.  Robyn was in on the fun as well as my friend Annie who I met though the blog (HI ANNIE!) and was here visiting from Ottawa.

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I bet you can guess where we went.  I ordered the clubhouse wrap with a side of fries and it made for a very happy me.

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Annie managed to get an embarrassing but hilarious photo of all of us snapping shots of our meals.  For the sake of the blog, right?  Because everyone really cares about my clubhouse wrap.

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Robyn headed home and Annie headed over to a meeting so Angela, Jess and myself battled the cold and walked over to a nearby Lululemon in hopes of finding something we had to have but no such luck.  How does that even happen?  Three girls walk into Lululemon and walk out with nothing…  Sounds like some sort of a joke.

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It was weird saying “see you tomorrow” to the two of them because it’s very rare that they are ever in the city but we had plans to meet the next morning at The Running Room for the Toronto Yonge Street 10K Tune-Up Run.  Friends + Food + Running = a heavenly weekend.  If every weekend could be like this I would be a happy girl.  I woke up at 5:30am (on a SUNDAY) and sort of wanted to die but I had to get at least 8 miles in before meeting the group.  Phaedra wanted me to do at least 15 and I knew I wouldn’t do it after the group run so it really was my only choice.  I drove over to The Running Room, parked my car, and headed out while the sun was rising.  It was early and I was miserable but it was kinda nice at the same time.  I ran 4 miles out from the store and then the 4 miles back, meeting the group just in time to take some photos before heading out.  There was a HUGE turnout this year and everyone totally rocked their run.

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(P.S. I don’t curl my hair to go running…it was done from the day before and stayed all fancy even after sleeping on it)

We were only supposed to run 6ish miles but we went a little bit over and then I kept going to make it an even 7.  It was so cold and windy and to top it off, the route was extremely hilly.  At one point I just stopped and said “Is this real life?” and just stared at a giant hill for a few minutes before I started running again.  My legs were screaming and I ended up running solo for a good part of it but I’m okay with that.  I guess it was good preparation for this Sunday’s beastly Around the Bay 30K.

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Post-run, all of the race ambassadors/digital champions headed to The Pickle Barrel for some brunch and I fuelled up with Vega Recovery Accelerator and the Glow Bowl which was just quinoa with some fruit, veggies, and leafy things on top.  It was decent but my lunch from Fresh the day before was much better… :)

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Meeting all of the ambassadors was too much fun and I’m super excited to see everyone cross that finish line on April 13th.  COME RUN WITH US!

I finished off my weekend with a condo viewing where I fell in love but there was already an offer on it so I have a feeling it won’t be mine.  Sad story.  Then I went home and made Angela’s Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf which was SO MUCH WORK but SO worth it. I will probably eat it for lunch every single day this week.  That good.

Hope you all had the best weekend ever and are having a great start to your week!

Who likes chicken fingers?

Before we get into chicken fingers, I would love it if you voted for me (again)!  I promise this will be the last contest (for a long time) that I will bother you about!  All you have to do is click here and “like” the photo of my fridge as well as the XLR8 Fitness Facebook page.  If I win, I get a cooler to carry all my meals in.  The contest ends at 5pm today so lucky for you, there will not be five days of badgering like last time!!

Now onto the important stuff: food.  When I was younger all I wanted to eat was chicken fingers and fries.  There wasn’t even other options when it came to eating at a restaurant.  I didn’t need a menu.  Just chicken fingers and fries.  I quickly gave them up (probably in high school) when I realized how bad they are for you.  I stumbled across this recipe yesterday for crispy tofu strips and thought I’d make some modifications (based on what I had on hand) and give them a try!

tofu fingers :)

They were quite delicious, especially paired with salt and vinegar kale chips!

Crispy Tofu Strips (adapted from Oh She Glows)


  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • scant 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (for a kick of heat)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  1. Press tofu: Angela used books, I used bricks!  Rinse the tofu, wrap it in a couple of dishtowels, and put something heavy on it for about 20 minutes to get all the water out.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together (Angela used the spices for sweet potato fries but I mixed them all together with the oats for the tofu coating).
  3. Cut the tofu into strips, dip into egg whites and then into oat/spice mixture.
  4. Place tofu strips on a baking sheet and cook at 400F for 35 minutes (flipping once halfway through).

So easy.  So delicious.

Now go vote!  Then tell me what you always used to eat when you were younger!

Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter my Gymboss giveaway (winner will be announced tomorrow)!