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)

Ingredients:

  • 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
Directions:
  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)!

Have a HAPPY FRIDAY! :D