Give It Up For The Earth!

Happy Earth Day everyone! Well, okay, technically, Earth Day is over, but only because I’m such a night owl and don’t get around to posting until midnight. I hope everyone took some steps to help out our wonderful planet, and that hopefully you’ll continue them on for the rest of the year :)

Of course, we still have two days to recap here, so this post will be going waaaay back, to the day before Earth Day.

Wednesday

The day of my second final. Fortunately, this final wasn’t until noon, so I didn’t have to wake up at the ass crack of dawn to get to campus on time. Instead, I enjoyed a leisurely morning looking over my notes and sipping on some greens+ extra energy. But as it turns out, I failed to take a picture. Not so with breakfast!

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That would be a chopped gala apple, Kashi Flakes & Granola High Fibre cereal, Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal, and my favourite use for Greek yogurt – combined with peanut butter and maple syrup to make a thick, creamy frosting, perfect for just about anything. Yum!

I over estimated how long it would take to get out to campus, and ended up there almost a full hour before my exam. On my walk from the bus stop to the building, some kamikaze bird flew into the back of my head. Let me tell you – that hurt! I’m not sure if it was aiming for me or not, but seriously not cool. At least I didn’t get shat on, even if that’s supposed to be good luck.

Since my exam was really just another midterm for the course, it was only scheduled for 1.25 hours, and I was outta there just before 1 pm, with a tummy just begging for lunch. I decided to stop at Whole Foods and partake in the hot bar of delights.

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Clockwise from the cucumber: mac & cheese, rotisserie chicken, spinach pesto orzo salad, almond green beans, pakoras, samosa, brown rice with spilt pea masala, freakin’ awesome coleslaw, raw corn. Please ignore my shadow – did not choose my seating well for photography purposes.

Pair with a bottle of Guayaki Yerba Mate iced tea.

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Not only was lunch great tasting, but I was loving the renovations Whole Foods did to their eating area. Very inviting, plus they have free WiFi. If only I lived closer.

After my lunch, I took the obligatory stroll through the store, and didn’t leave empty handed.

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This would be 100 Mile Bread from A Bread Affair, a bakery in Langley, BC. I had first seen their breads at my local farmer’s market, and was excited to see they had products in Whole Foods now.

The 100 Mile Bread is made from local ingredients, including the grains (a rare find in these parts). Love the short and sweet list:IMG_6874

Check out the hazelnuts. Yum!

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I had to taste test a chunk when I got home.

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It was a great, hearty bread, slightly sweet from the blueberries, with the crunch of the hazelnuts. It would make a great breakfast/brunch bread.

I declared the rest of my day “studying free”, mostly because there was an important hockey game to watch that evening. But first, we had dinner.

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Butternut squash ravioli, mixed with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, and topped with parmesan.

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Along with a green side salad and garlic bread. Mmm, garlic bread.

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You better believe I had a second piece of garlic bread. Vampires were the least of my worries that night!

I’m glad I decided against studying that night, because man, that Canucks game was intense! Fortunately, my boys pulled through and we were victorious, tying up the series and 2 games a piece.

To celebrate their win, I had a cup of green tea, sweetened with some Western Sage creamed mint honey. The perfect honey for a cup of tea.

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(If you live in the Metro Vancouver area, you too could try out the honey – just enter my Wellness Show giveaway!)

I somehow wasted entirely too much time doing nothing of importance before getting into bed…well, late. Night owl, right here.

Thursday – Earth Day

Sleeping in? Check.

Daily glass of greens+ extra energy? Check.

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Breakfast, using up strawberries that were on their last legs? Check.

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That would be the end of the box of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch cereal with sliced strawberries & milk. Love how all the cereal dust makes it thick.

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Served up with the sports section in the newspaper? Check.

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Hockey fan, right here.

I made sure not to waste away my time before work, and to get out there and enjoy the sunshine, so I went for a great walk around the ‘hood. When I got back, I replenished with a glass of Happy Planet Clean Green organic green juice.

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The weather was just so nice, I took my psychology text outside to do my reading on the back deck. I even had to put on sunscreen, as I could feel my forehead heating up – and if you’ve seen any picutres of me, you’ll know just how pale I am (aka – I burn, not tan).

Alas, my sunbathing/studying eventually came to an end, when I figured it was time to eat my late lunch and get ready for work.

I toasted up some of that 100 Mile Bread, and spread on a little Artisana Cacao Bliss.

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Paired with a smoothie (frozen raspberries, spinach, avocado, coconut, Vega Sport Performance Vanilla Protein Powder, water), which refused to pose for any decent photos, but tasted great.

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Then I was ready for my short 4 hour shift at the store. It felt like I hadn’t been there in ages! It wasn’t too busy, so time went a little slowly, but I guess everyone was out enjoying the sunshine. Can’t blame them!

I grabbed a few things after work, then came home and put together an awesome dinner.

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The star of the show? Falafel!

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We picked up a big ol’ package of falafel when we were at Costco on the weekend, and I knew I needed to dig into them ASAP. And since I had whole wheat pitas and a wee bit of tzatziki left at home, I knew exactly what to do with them.

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On that whole wheat pita I layered Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus (on sale this week), baby spinach, falafels, cucumber, onion, avocado, tzatziki, and cheddar. It looks pretty full, but I was still able to fold the sides up and eat it without too much trouble.

On the side were carrot sticks.

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And more of those uber-ripe strawberries.

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How can you not love a meal like this? Fresh, delicious, colourful. Perfect!

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Playoff hockey sucked me in this evening when I should have studied, but it’s all good. I still have a few days to get that psychology info into my brain.

Later on, I was ready for a snack, mostly because mom had made cornbread muffins. And they are divine.

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With another mug of tea sweetened with that minty honey. This time I went with chamomile.

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And that, my friends, is all she wrote. Off to get some shut eye – more studying & hockey watching ahead! Night!

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8 Comments on “Give It Up For The Earth!”

  1. April 23, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    these pictures really make me hungry right now…perfect timing as I’ve been searching the net for tasty treats :-D

  2. April 23, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    I love bread with fruit and nuts! I recently had a cranberry/pumpkin seed bread and it was mouth watering, I’m sure this bread was nothing less of perfect!
    The striped ravioli is so cool! I’ve never seen that before.

  3. April 23, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    I still have yet to eat at WF”s hot bar! that 100 mile bread sounds awesome, I may have to pick up a loaf this weekend.

  4. April 23, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    i really love your blog! i just stumbled upon it and im so glad i did. i believe u live in vancouver? i think thats what i saw..? im from Victoria. i LOVE that honey!!! so good. ur food philosophy is similar to mine, and your food pics are OUT OF THIS WORLD! so yum! i’ll be checking back here for sure. xoxo have a great day!

  5. April 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    I want to eat everything in this post!!
    That hazelnut bread looks amazing, and I love the idea of adding avocado to a falafel sandwich.

  6. April 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    That 100 mile bread looks so heavenly! I think I may even take a stab at creating one meself, if only I were bread pro (someday, someday). All those pictures look so tasty, it’s 9:50pm here and now I stinkin’ crave a huge whole wheat pita sammich!!

    Have a fabulous weekend :D

  7. April 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    That honey does indeed sound like the perfect addition to some tea. And a bird in the head? Poor you…how random!! I’ve been eating those falafels all weekend. Love’em!

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