Keeping It Cool

The heat has officially arrived! Nary a cloud in the sky today. I think at one point we reached a whopping 33 degrees Celsius here. From 15 to 33 in a matter of days – no easing into summer this year. And it’s only supposed to be hotter tomorrow.

Needless to say, heating up the kitchen to cook up a bowl of oatmeal was NOT an option this morning. Good thing I like smoothies.

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Hands down my favourite Vega Shake & Go Smoothie concoction to date.

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A great way to start the day cool and hydrated.

Speaking of hydrating – I spent the rest of the morning downing glass of cold water like it was out of style, as I drummed up the motivation (via my Twitter peeps) to get out there and do something physical. I was tempted to go to the gym – hello, air conditioning – but figured a wander around the hills in my ‘hood in the heat was a better idea. I suited up, slapped on the SPF 30, and went out for a sweaty hour + walk. The only thing on my mind when I got home was how fast I could get in the shower.

Once I was feeling somewhat human again, I made some lunch. Which, sadly, involved the use of the oven. I know, I know, I should have chosen better.

It started with a TLAP sandwichTempeh-Lettuce-Avocado-Pickle. Oh yeah.

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Toasted Silver Hills sprouted grain bread spread with mayo and dijon mustard, then filled with tempeh bacon, avocado, sweet pickles, and spinach. Seriously delicious. I must find tempeh bacon in Metro Vancouver and stock up. Anyone know where I can get some?

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I also had half of a white nectarine. Ignore the dodgy slicing job.

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And…kale chips. That’s where the whole oven thing came in.

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I could probably eat this sandwich a few times a week and be happy. The combination of the smoky maple tempeh, creamy avocado, and sweet/salty pickles is awesome. Try it – you’ll like it.

Knowing that I was soon going to have to get dressed for work (in black dress pants and a button up white collared shirt, with a tie), I had a cool snack to prevent overheating in the car on the way there.

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Cocoa Banana Tofudding

makes four 1/2 cup servings

  • 1 pkg (349 g) Mori-Nu Firm Silken Tofu
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup milk, dairy or non (I used Silk True Almond)
  • 1 – 2 tbsp agave or other sweetener (optional)

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  1. Place all ingredients in blender/food processor/bowl and blend with your preferred bledning device. Immersion blenders work great. Sweeten with agave to desired sweetness (will depend on your taste and the ripeness of your banana). Chill for a few hours, or eat right away.

I went a little fancy and topped mine with some whipped cream and Barlean’s Chocolate Raspberry Omega Swirl.

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I bet if you served this to even the pickiest eater, they would have no clue it’s made with tofu. I also think it would make a great breakfast, topped with granola. Hmmm…perhaps tomorrow? 😉

So, like I said, I had to work this evening. Even though our grocery store is air conditioned, I was still warm in there. Plus it was insanely busy. That’s what happens when it’s hot out and no one wants to cook – they all pick up something ready to eat on the way home. Can’t say I blame them really. I sure wouldn’t be firing up the stove to roast a chicken when I can get one from the store all ready to go.

I also packed a nice, cool dinner, featuring a wrap.

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Whole wheat flax tortilla, ham, turkey, jalapeno havarti, cucumber, lettuce, mayo, dijon.

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Carrot sticks and caramelized onion hummus.

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At least I didn’t have to heat up the oven to make this meal.

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When I left work, it was still freakin’ hot – my car said 25 degrees C, and it was just after 10 pm. Ugh. I could not get changed out of my work clothes and into a pair of shorts fast enough. Good thing I had the perfect snack to help cool me off.

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Frozen red grapes. I know, not exactly a new thing, but somewhat of a revelation to me. I prepped a whole bunch of these yesterday, but I have feeling they’ll be gone quick. Hopefully grapes go on sale so I can freeze a big batch. Such a great frosty sweet treat to have around.

Alrighty – time for this blogger to get some shut eye. I’m determined to wake up early so I can get a little workout in before the heat gets ridiculous. Plus I have a blogger date in the afternoon. Should be a good day!

PS – Help me out on my search for a good fitness program!

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11 Comments on “Keeping It Cool”

  1. July 8, 2010 at 4:51 am #

    your tofudding looks absolutely decadent. and i’m american so i’m a little rusty on my celsius to farenheit conversions, but i hope it cools down soon! there’s a heat wave here in missouri too and it is MISERABLE. humidity + my hair? think Monica from Friends and you’ll have an idea

  2. July 8, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    I’ve just copied the pudding recipe. I copy a lot of recipes and never end up making them, but I’m hoping to get to this, it looks so good, and I’ve been on an ice cream kick I need to get off of.

  3. July 8, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    I’m going to have to try BOTH the TLAP sandwich and that pudding! I finally bought tempeh but now I have to suck it up and eat it. Have fun on your blogger date 🙂

  4. July 8, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    The tempeh sandwich looks so good- I need to recreate it. I haven’t seen tempeh bacon anywhere here but I will let you know if I do. I have never tried freezing grapes before, but I can never finish a bag before they go bad so I should give it a try!

  5. July 8, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    You brought tofudding back!!!

  6. highonhealthy
    July 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    TOFUDDING?! That looks heavenly.. and I’m sending the recipe to myself and capitalizing the subject line so that I absolutely do not forget to make it. The TLAP sandwich also looks really good but unfortunately my grocery store has NO tempeh. Actually, I don’t think any of the grocery stores within an hour even have it.

  7. July 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Whoa. LOVE the sound of that TLAP sandwich. All my favorites in one bite!

  8. July 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    Your photo of the sandwich reminds me how much I love avocado on mine. I have yet to try tofu in pudding. It looks great!

  9. July 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Tempeehh sandwich with avocado!! My favoriiite! And awesome job on going out for a run on a hot day, bet it felt amazing – even without the air conditioned gym 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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