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Life is funny…

5 Aug

If you’re like me before I started my own blog, you read other people’s blogs, and hear them talk about how much blogging has changed your life, and think things like “oh sure,” “that’s nice,” “sounds good.” But when you start your own blog, you get it.HLS badge

Take for example, my upcoming trip to the Healthy Living Summit (which I am SO excited about by the way…in 2 weeks I will be there)! I went out on a limb, asked 2 bloggers I didn’t know to go with me, and was all set to go with Donna. I met up with her in person a couple times, and now have a blog buddy who lives just over a half hour away…sweet!

But….long story short, passport issues forced Donna to cancel her trip! Sad smile While this was (and is) a MAJOR bummer, I have found someone else to make the trip with me. It’s crazy how this blog has put me in touch with people from my past. All my posts publicize on facebook, so I never know who reads. Well, Katie, my best friend from childhood/early high school, who I have been mostly out of touch with for several years and is now a dietician, has become quite  the avid reader. She had left comments on the blog a couple of times, so I contacted her to see if she wanted to catch up and go out for dinner – right around the same time the Donna drama was going down (Donna, love ya girl and DO NOT in any way think you’re a drama queen…it just sounds fun to say).

I went out on a limb AGAIN and asked my friend Katie to go with me, and after consideration, she said yes! So I have a HLS partner in crime once again! And she even liked my new idea to stop in Hershey, Pennsylvania on the way back (yes, I know it’s sort of ironic to stop in Chocolatetown USA on the way back from the Healthy Living Summit).

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Katie and I still got together for dinner this week. We went to one of my FAVOURITE local restaurants (okay, we don’t have all that many to choose from), The Blue Elephant. It is a restaurant the specializes in Thai food and pub fare. Another thing I LOVE about the Blue Elephant is they really make an effort to feature local produce, and have a different featured local menu each month.

Now, you wouldn’t expect a restaurant specializing in pub fare and Thai food to have a lot of healthy choices, would you? But surprisingly, the Blue Elephant does. I went with my standard – lunch in a bowl (even though it was supper. For lunch I get the half order ‘cause it’s HUGE). For lunch in a bowl, you choose your meat – chicken or pork. You choose your starch – noodles or rice. And you choose your level of spiciness. I went with what I almost do – chicken, noodles, medium. It’s just a BIG bowl of soup, seasoned with Thai spices, the meat and starch and LOADS of veggies. A total healthy eating SCORE for restaurant fare, if you ask me. It was delicious as usual.

Speaking of Donna, everyone’s favourite Happy Blonde, she nominated me for the blogger fun that is “7 links” earlier this week. If you, like me, don’t know what that is, here are the goal and the rules:

The Goal:

To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of old, but not forgotten, blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

The Rules:

1. Blogger is nominated to participate.
2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links–1 link for each category.
3. Blogger nominates 5 more bloggers to participate.

So, here goes!

Most Beautiful

Oh Happy Day! Ok, so compared to a lot of the tear-jerking, emotional posts out there, this might not be at the top. But it does tell the story of why I ran a marathon, and shares the joy of new growth in the garden, so those things are beautiful to me.

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Q and As for Summer This was the day my stats went through the roof. While I’d like to say it was all because of me, a very large part of it was that this was the day I was featured in my local paper…yeah, that might have been why. Still a good post though!

Most Controversial

I don’t consider myself highly controversial, but I would say my recent post In a Funk generated a lot of buzz (thank you once again to all of you who commented/facebooked or emailed positive feedback, it meant a lot). It was controversial to me, because I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to get that real or raw about issues I was facing, but I decided it was worth it in my efforts to “keep it real” (hopefully it was).

Most Helpful

My Favourite Things: Winter Fruits and Veggies Edition. Sorry, I know it’s not in season right now (but don’t forget this one come December!). But this is where I first told you all about my love for kale chips (and several of you have since told me you’ve tried them). I also shared a lot of my favourite ways to use ingredients I love but that might not be so familiar to you all. I love doing these favourite things posts (I should get on that soon!).

Post who’s success surprised you

I fit a whole state in the oven, the post where I showed you step-by-step when I made baked Alaska. I was just surprised at how many hits it got, especially since it isn’t really a “typical” healthy food (although you can make it with low fat cake and frozen yogurt and it’s not too bad). I guess you all just enjoyed looking and the process and results?!

Post that did not get the attention it deserved

I echo Donna’s sentiments on this one – I’m happy with any attention I get and truly enjoy writing all my posts, despite the numbers. However, I posted this one on Favourite Things: Healthy but not-so-whole foods on Canada Day (and if you were out celebrating our great nation, I bear no grudge that you weren’t inside reading my blog), so it didn’t get as many views, and I feel like it’s a really interesting topic that I would love to hear more feedback on.

Post you are most proud of

The Wynn Workout This is when I was on vacation and made the best of a bad situation and created my own KILLER workout consisting of running hotel stairs, body weight resistance exercises and swimming. I felt pretty hard core, and was proud of myself for McGuiver-ing up a workout. I am also proud of this post, because it showed me working up a sweat AND indulging in a major way on vacation – pretty much my constant battle (minus the vacation part).

Now for the nominations (drumroll, please!):

Errign’s Adventures

Read Eat Sweat

The Sometimes Healthy Living Blog

I’m not quite following the rules because a) I’m a rebel (but you already knew that), b)it’s quite late as I type this and c) several of my favourite blog buddies have already been nominated.

It took a bit of effort to dig those up, but it was fun – hope you enjoy reading them! Happy Friday friends!

Question: If you are a blogger, what crazy connection has blogging made in your life? If not, how have you re-connected with someone from your past in an unexpected way?

In a Funk

17 Jul

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This is my “in a funk face.” It’s also proof of my love for you guys and commitment to this blog and “keepin’ it real,” as it is a picture of me with no make-up, in my workout clothes, without having showered, over four hours after completing my Saturday morning Military Tone class (see, told you I was keepin’ it real ).

You may think from reading this blog, that life is always sunny here in HHH. I get up, work out, open my fridge and create delicious, healthy meals, and generally live a healthy, happy, satisfied life.

WRONG! Yesterday (which is today for me as I type this, since I always write my posts a day ahead….did that make sense?), I was in a serious funk. I was grumpy, insecure, and unmotivated in general. Here is one big reason why:

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The old “f word” (fat) and good ol’ body insecurity issues are rearing their ugly heads again…and it partially has to do with my upcoming trip to the Healthy Living Summit. Now, don’t get me wrong, I AM TOTALLY PUMPED about my trip, I just have to say that right up front. But, for a few days now, I’ve had this nagging insecurity. You see, although I’ve lost about 30 pounds and maintained that (more or less) for almost three years now, I don’t consider myself “skinny.” I mean, I’m in good shape, but I’m talking size 8/10 range, not ultra-thin or toned. And I find myself worrying, “what if I’m the biggest one there?”

Now, I KNOW that comparing myself others is setting myself up for insecurity, and won’t get me there. I know that a skinny body type is not in my genes (no pun intended), and that I’ll always have to work hard just to stay in good shape. And, normally, I’m ok with that. But we all have our fat days (or weeks), don’t we? And spending as much time as I do at the gym, envying those skinny girls, and reading all these amazing healthy living blogs and seeing people that look even better than I do (some even after having kids for crying out loud!) doesn’t always do wonders for my self esteem.

I’m trying to think positive thoughts, thinking about what I have accomplished, what my body can do, rather than what I wish it looked like, but it’s tough, I’m not gonna lie. I’ll get there, but it’s one step at a time.

I’m also in one of those “I’m sick of being the “healthy” one” moods. You know what I mean, right? Like you would just kill to eat something absolutely decadent, and looking at the new Burgers, Fries and Shakes by Bobby Flay book your mom got you makes you drool, but at the same time just makes you angry?! And after eating lunch yesterday, I was still hungry, but tried to ignore it, and satisfy my hunger with a mini cucumber and some baby carrots…I think you can guess how well that worked! Smile with tongue out

That leads me to a confession: I am ignoring my own advice for surviving a IMG_2201summer potluck.  Today I have our worship team pool party/potluck and I am bringing a deliciously, decadent treat, a Paula Deen recipe (does that give you a clue? Winking smile), with my own spin on it of course: Peanut Butter Chocolate Gooey Butter Cakes with M&Ms (if you dare to make them, follow my recipe for Nutella Gooey Butter cakes, swap the Nutella out for PB, and top with 1 cup mini M&Ms). I LOVE to bake, LOVE peanut butter and chocolate, and sometimes just get tired of bringing the token “healthy” option, you know what I mean? (although I am also planning to bring cherries and watermelon). And, yes, there was serious bowl and knife-licking going on, I won’t lie. Given the frame of mine I’ve been in (although hopefully I will have improved by today), I’m not sure I’ll be in the mood to make healthier choices, but I’ll keep you posted.

I’m also just annoyed with technology in general this week. My printer stopped working (which I have been expecting, it IS 6 years old), but it did so RIGHT AFTER I bought a new cartridge Angry smile…..grrrr. And my computer is much slower than I would like, but I don’t think I can justify getting a new one.

Being in a bad mood is such a waste of a perfect summer Saturday. There are a million things I could be doing, and/or things to get done, but the grumpiness was just dragging me down to the point where I wanted to do something, but at the same time didn’t feel like doing anything, anyone been there before?

So, here is my “de-funking” action plan (I will update you tomorrow as to how it worked, along with how the potluck went):

  • get my feelings out by typing this post (if you’re still reading, thanks for listening…you guys are MUCH cheaper than therapy)
  • listen to good music on itunes while typing
  • have a nice soak in the tub while reading about Will and Kate’s trip to Canada, then get dressed in one of my favourite outfits to make me feel good
  • give myself a pedicure to cover up my “freaky running toenail” (don’t ask)
  • pray…always gets me in a better frame of mind
  • think grateful thoughts

So, on the “grateful thoughts” note, and before I go, since this is a food blog, I’ll share with you two snacks I ate Friday (it was a weird eating day, since I was about, then had a super-late lunch and was gone over the dinner hour again, so more snacks than normal) that were really tasty, so I am grateful for that!

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Pre-dinner snack: roasted garlic scapes topped with spritzes of my fancy truffle balsamic vinegar and two slices of ham, spread with a wedge of Laughing Cow light and lemon-dill mustard and wrapped around garden-fresh arugula. It was delicious, and I have to admit, I felt pretty classy eating this snack.

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Late-night snack: one 100 calorie bag of kettle corn, 1/4 cup each chocolate Cheerios and Peanut Butter Puffins (SO GOOD! Seriously, how did I live without these things). This was one of those perfect sweet-meets-salty combinations (which you know I love)….will definitely do this again!

 

 

 

On another grateful note, I’m grateful to you, my readers, for sticking with me. I am a work in progress, and I really love having this blog as an outlet to say what I am really feeling (healthy or not). Truly, after writing this, I feel better already…so thank you! I will be back tomorrow to update you on the “de-funking process” and my success (or not) at today’s potluck, and maybe to share with you the tasty pizza I made on Friday.

What do you do to get yourself out of a funk?

6 months ago today….

8 Jul

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…I wrote this post, and began my blogging journey at Hungry Healthy Hilary (which began as Hungry Happy Healthy, but was changed due to URL availability).

I’d been an avid healthy living and food blog reader for a couple of years. I had even been encouraged to start a blog by a family member (I tried and gave up several years back). But on January 8 2011, I finally took the plunge.

I’ve read on other blogs how blogging has changed the blogger’s life, but you really can’t understand until you become a blogger yourself and become part of this amazing community.

If you told me six months ago that I would be planning a 9 hour road trip to a Blogging Conference with someone I had never met (Donna) and have made a friend halfway across the country (Katie), I don’t know if I would have believed you….but I am SO glad that both things are true! I look forward to many more months and years of HHH and the amazing connections that come out of it. And of course, a HUGE thank-you to you, my readers, for for reading all of my ramblings. Without you, I’d just be talking to myself. Knowing that I inspire or help you even just a little makes what I do worthwhile.

Happy 6 months, HHH!

IMG_2018In honour of my blog birthday, I’m sharing the cake recipe that I made for my mom’s birthday on Wednesday. I made a chocolate cappuccino cake. The idea came from this PC Blue Menu Vanilla Latte cold drink mix I bought last summer, and have only used once or twice. While the stuff is good, I’ve come to the conclusion that for the same (or less) calories, I can make a cold coffee-ish drink that I like just as much (if not better). So what to do with the mix? Put it in a cake filling, naturally!

For the chocolate cake, I took an old WW recipe from the oldie-but-goodie All Things Sweet book I’ve mentioned before. Even though it was a light recipe, it had 2 cups of sugar, which seemed like a lot to me, so I reduced the sugar to one cup and used 3/4 cup Splenda…tasted fine to me. I also used plain yogurt instead of sour cream (‘cause that’s what I had), and baked 3 thin layers instead of 2 regular-sized ones (I wanted lots of room for that filling). Below is the recipe as I made it (I didn’t take a pic of the cake ingredients ‘cause I was living on the edge and feeling rebellious…crazy, I know).

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The filling was just a variation of the stuff that I made for my grandma’s birthday rhubarb angel food cake, only I used the latte mix instead of Splenda, and added vanilla extract and cinnamon at the end (those two were last minute additions, as I thought that the filling just lacked something, hence why they have their own photo). Please note that the quantities listed are as I would plan to make it. In actuality, it was slightly less  than 1/2 cup yogurt and slightly more than 2 cups Cool Whip, as I was in a “I-want-to-use-it-up-and-not-put-away-any-extra-or-open-a-new-container” kind of mood when I made the filling. Winking smile

Chocolate Cappucino Cake (cake recipe adapted from Weight Watchers: All Things Sweet)

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Cooking spray

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup Splenda

10 tablespoons light margarine (recipe calls for softened light butter, which I find difficult to find, I used the light Becel margarine in a tub – it turned out fine)

3/4 cup egg substitute

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt (or sour cream)

3/4 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling

1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup fat-free cream cheese, softened

2 cups fat-free Cool Whip

2/3 cup PC Blue Menu Vanilla Latte Instant Drink Mix (although I’m sure any brand of instant vanilla cappuccino/latte mix would work)

A splash of vanilla extract

A couple dashes cinnamon

Optional: cocoa powder to dust and fresh strawberries to decorate (I also think chocolate shavings and/or chocolate-coated espresso beans would be lovely)

Preheat oven to 350. Coat  3 (8 inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; set aside.

Beat sugar, Splenda and butter/margarine until well-blended (by hand or with a mixer – you choose. I did by hand). Gradually add egg substitute; beat well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Gently stir in boiling water and vanilla.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 21 minutes (if you know me, you know I don’t like to be exact in my kitchen timing or alarm clock setting, so you can bake for a nice round number, but proceed at your own risk – you’ve been warned), or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10-15 minutes in pans on a wire rack, then turn cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.

To make filling, combine softened cream cheese and yogurt with a spatula, stir in the latte mix. Gently fold in Cool Whip, then the vanilla and cinnamon.

To assemble, put one layer on a cake plate and evenly spread with filling. Repeat with remaining two layers. If desired, dust with cocoa powder and garnish with berries. Store cake covered in the refrigerator. ***Cut with a serrated (bread) knife – after a few hours in the fridge, it cuts beautifully.

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IMG_2021Side note about putting this cake in the fridge. Since our fridge was full of birthday supper food (which I will potentially share in upcoming posts), I had to take the cake out to our extra garage fridge. Since it was on a tall, covered, footed cake plate, I needed to remove a shelf from the fridge. However, my car was too far forward, so I had to go grab my keys and back up a bit. First attempt, not far enough. Second attempt, I could just barely get the shelf out, but in the process of doing so, knocked out a glass jar of maraschino cherries and it broke on the garage floor! Sad smile You can bet that was a treat to clean up! I just thought you’d enjoy one of the many kitchen mishaps in the life of a food blogger.Winking smile

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This question is mainly for my fellow bloggers (although anyone can put in their two cents): How has blogging changed your life?

Oh, and HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!

Berried Treasure

2 Jul

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I picked these today. All of them. By myself. It only took me 35 minutes and cost $12.87! If you have the time (and don’t have a bad back), picking your own strawberries is TOTALLY worth your while. Most of these guys are destined for the freezer….so as you’re reading this I’m probably washing, hulling and freezing.

EXCITING NEWS! Remember my trip to Philadelphia in August to go to the Healthy Living Summit? Well, click on over to their home page, you might see someone you recognize! Winking smile On their facebook page, the HLS was looking for newbies and conference veterans to feature, so I emailed to say I was interested, got a reply asking me to answer some questions and submit a photo and VOILA…there I am on the homepage!

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And how was Buffalo, you may ask? Wonderful! Full food re-cap to come tomorrow or Monday….but for now, I’ll just show you a photo of the bad boy my mom and I shared at the Cheesecake Factory. Ohh….it was SO GOOD and absolutely worth every calorie.

Hope everyone is having a great long weekend so far (both Canadian and American readers)….I’m planning some good grillin’ tonight…hope you are too!

Why I almost burnt the quinoa…

8 Jun

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So I got home Monday night around 7:30 after a full but wonderful day. I was making the deliciousness that you see above for a pre-race healthy carbo-load meal (more on that in a sec) (and race recap will come tomorrow), and, as the title says, I almost burnt the quinoa. Why, you ask? Well, I was a little preoccupied. With what, you ask? Well, if you follow Donna over at Love, Run & Travel, you might already know the answer….Winking smile

…I WAS REGISTERING FOR THE HEALTHY LIVING SUMMIT!!!!!!!!!

So I read all about the HLS on Tina’s blog, Carrots ‘n Cake, last summer, and thought it sounded pretty cool. That’s back before HHH was born, before I was a blogger myself. I saw the registration announced on Meals ‘n Miles and was thinking that I really wanted to go. But I didn’t want to go alone – it would be cheaper to have one (or two) people to share a room with.

I went out on a limb and emailed two of my fellow Canadian health/food bloggers that I “know” (even though I’ve never met either one face to face) and Donna emailed back within the hour saying that she was totally in!

So tickets went on sale Monday at 8 pm. There are only 200 tickets, and apparently last year they sold out in 20 minutes, so I was sitting at my computer, obsessively hitting refresh, and manically texting Donna…it was a bit stressful, not gonna lie. After FINALLY getting to the registration page, I completed all my login info and was paying, and there is a weird extra security code on my card that only applies to some sites, and I didn’t know what it was, and the BMO site said I couldn’t recover it. “Ok. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.” I told myself. I made a quick decision, grabbed my mom’s credit card, paid with that, and immediately paid her back. Phew, that was a close one, but I’M IN! …and so is Donna!

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this event! I think it will be such a fun trip, a great city to explore, and an awesome opportunity to increase my blogging knowledge, get new food/exercise ideas, and do some serious blog networking…can’t wait!

Speaking of Donna, I was inspired by IMG_1676her “Healthified” Mint Chocolate Chip Soft Serve and decided to create my own version over the weekend. I’m not gonna lie, the idea of adding mint extract to the banana kind of weirded me out, but I decided to give it a go. Donna made a mint version with chopped chocolate. For my version, I did the basic method of banana soft serve, adding a touch of mint extract and a spoonful of cocoa. I proceeded as usual and came away with a DELICIOUS bowl of chocolate mint-y goodness. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fruity flavour of the usual soft serve concoctions I make, but sometimes you just need chocolate, you know? Winking smile

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Now onto the salad you saw above. I wanted to make something healthy as my pre-race lunch (the race was at 7, with a supper after, so I knew I’d only be eating a snack before, not supper), that had good carbs, but wouldn’t weigh me down. Enter quinoa! For the salad, I roasted some eggplant, onion, red pepper, mushroom and asparagus with salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon olive oil.

I combined the roasted veggies with fat-free Italian salad dressing, Dijon mustard, fresh basil and oregano, balsamic vinegar, one chopped canned artichoke, and more salt and pepper. After the roasting and cooking, it really didn’t take that long to put together. And of course, there was extra quinoa to use later on in the week. Smile Perfect flavour combo of the nutty quinoa, roasted veggies and fresh herbs.

So that’s my exciting news of the week!…and a lunch time salad to boot. Stay tuned for the details the weekend of August 19-21…I can’t wait to update you about the HLS!

Oh Happy Day!

6 Jun

Mondays do not make me the happiest. I’m sure most of you are right there with me (if you love Mondays, prove me wrong and tell me why). So, I thought I’d help start your (and my) weeks off on the right foot by sharing some recent happy happenings in the life of HHH.

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Happy Thing Number One: Tofu shirataki noodles are now available at a grocery store near me! Smile SmileSmileSmile A reader (thanks Jessie) told me she saw them at her local Sobey’s. I was working in Brantford on Wednesday, so I decided to stop at the Sobey’s there after work (we do have a Sobey’s in Simcoe, but the Brantford one is right on my way home). And lo and behold, there were my beloved noodles, right beside the tofu! I no longer have to drive to Whole Foods or Buffalo or order online to get my beloved noodles! Even better, at Sobey’s, the noodles were only $1.99, which I believe is 30 cents cheaper than I’ve ever seen. Score! I can’t really explain how happy this makes me (I know, I need a life). To celebrate, I made some Hungry Girl-fredo with roasted veggies on Saturday…yum!

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Happy Thing Number Two: Peas are sprouting in my garden! I showed you the beans yesterday, but was saving the peas for Monday. They were a bit slower to come up than the beans, and the sprouts are tiny, but they’re on their way. Funny side note: because I am a nerd with a French degree, I find it amusing sometimes to read the translations of things (like I said, I’m a nerd). So how do you say snow pea en français? No, it’s not “petit pois de neige.” It’s actually “des pois mange-tout”. Mange-tout means “eat all,” which actually makes perfect sense, because with snow peas, you eat the whole thing, shell and peas. Neat, huh? (It’s ok if you don’t think so, and are just shaking my head and thinking what a nerd am I and can’t believe you waste your time here, I am content in my nerd-dom).

Happy Thing Number Three: I may be going on an excited blog-related trip at the end of the summer with a fellow blogger (or two).  Nothing is confirmed yet though, so I don’t want so share until things are finalized, bur rest assured, I will share if and when I can.

IMG_1662Happy Thing Number Four: Saturday started with French Toast. Perfect weekend breakfast, if you ask me. It was my usual base, topped with 1/3 cup stewed rhubarb and 3/4 cup sliced fresh LOCAL strawberries! I was totally pumped when I saw them at the market on Thursday. It’s still early, so they were pricey (as in $5 for a quart) but SO worth it. They are so much sweeter and more delicious than the California ones! I finished it off with 3 tbsp light ricotta, mixed with Splenda and vanilla. Mmmm….great way to get the weekend started (if you agree, you can look forward to making this French toast next weekend…maybe strawberries will get cheaper by then). And doesn’t the strawberry rhubarb-ness (yes, I just said rhubarb-ness) look lovely on my cute pink bandana napkin?

Happy Thing Number Five: I’m running a race tomorrow! I can’t believe I haven’t told you guys about this before now, but better late than never. I’m running the 10 K Ancaster Old Mill Race for the second year in a row. Even better? My sister is meeting my at the finish line, and after the delicious catered dinner provided to me (the Ancaster Old Mill is a fine dining restaurant), we’re going for ice cream/fro yo! And not to get all sappy, but this race is sort of the one that “started it all” for me and in a way, lead to me running a marathon….

Last spring, when watching The Biggest Loser (guilty pleasure), I saw the contestants running a marathon. I always had in the back of my mind the goal of running a half marathon, and when I saw the contestants running, I thought, “if they can do it, there’s no reason why I can’t make it up to a half.” But I wanted to start small, so I googled 10 K races in my area, and that’s how I came up with the Mill Race. So I did it, completed it, felt great, the end (not actually).

A friend of mine (who is also a personal trainer and went to university on a rowing scholarship) did another 10 k race around the same time last year. Both of our races were through the same registration company, so somehow she found my result online. She was over at a clothing swap I held last June and told me she was training for a marathon in September, and asked if I had any interest in joining her.

I thought about it for a couple weeks (basically until the night before the fees were set to increase) and then decided to go for it. I could have just done the half, but something in me pushed me to go “all the way,” and I’m so glad I did. Such an amazing experience! And of course, I’ve done a half marathon since then too, so I did fulfill my original goal. Winking smile

So, for as long as I am able, I plan to run this race every year. And now, after a full and half marathon, 10 K seems like no big deal (how much things change in a year). Seriously though, I’ve barely trained at all, so we’ll see how I do. I’d like to improve on last year’s time, but we’ll see. Of course, I’ll let you know.

So those are my 6 happy things (plus a little running story for you) to kick off your week with a smile on your face. What happy happenings have you had lately?

Bits and Bites

23 Mar

This post is going to have a little of this, and a little of that…hence the name. First of all…remember my post in praise of quinoa? Well, a few days after I posted about all of my quinoa adventures (side note: don’t let quinoa sit in the fridge too long….I had to toss the last 1/2 cup or so on the weekend, it smelled kind of funky after a full week in the fridge :P), I received an email in my inbox from President’s Choice (one of the many food/cooking emails I subscribe to) all about quinoa. It has a link to 10 quinoa recipes that I thought I’d share with you. At the top of my list to try is the quinoa hotcakes, followed closely by the chocolate quinoa brownies….I’ll keep you posted as I try them.

Secondly, there is one item I didn’t mention in Monday’s post about cross-border shopping (I know I said I wasn’t going to include everything, but this one is too good to miss): tofu shirataki noodles! This is another food that Hungry Girl turned me on to (shocking, I know ;)). Now I have mentioned these before, but as much as I love them, I just can’t say enough about them. 🙂 They are a GREAT low-carb, low-calorie substitute for pasta…20 calories per serving, HELLO? Yes, they are a bit pricey…but so worth it. Now, I do still eat pasta (you’ve seen it on here before)…but sometimes you just want a huge bowl of noodles, plus something more on the side, (like chicken Parm 🙂 ), these guys fit the bill. They are available to order online in Canada, but, since I was there, why not avoid the shipping fees?

Thirdly (and most excitingly), I was nominated for a Stylish Blogger Award by Katie 😀 (thanks hun)! It was sort of funny, I was reading her post about being nominated and thought to myself, “that’s so cool, I wonder how I could get one.”…then I read on and found myself listed as one of her picks…I am so honoured! Katie and I were saying how it’s so cool how the blog world has connected the 2 of us who live many miles apart…one of the many reasons I love blogging! Anyways…back to the award….here are the rules (as posted by Katie….I’m taking her word that they’re correct):

1 – Thank and link back to the one who awarded you
2 – Share 7 things about yourself
3 – Pass the award on to some awesome blogs
4 – Contact said bloggers and let them know they are awesome

Here goes:

1. Thank you so much Katie…as I said above, I am honoured. Check out Katie’s healthy adventures (and follow the crockpot chronicles) at Real Food Katie’s Way.

2. Okay….7 things about me….here goes:

  • 1. I have played the cello since I was 5, done 2 cello exams and 3 theory exams…which was enough to get me a high school credit…I don’t play nearly enough now these days…I need to get back at it before I forget how!
  • 2. As a high school graduation present, my mom took me to Italy and Austria. I got to spend my 18th birthday in Salzburg, Austria, on the Sound of Music Tour (that one was for you Katie, don’t be too jealous ;)).
  • 3. I consider myself an adventurous and healthy eater, except for the fish/seafood department….I don’t touch the stuff if I can help it!
  • 4. My sister and I love to watch re-runs of American Gladiators….not on though right now (if anyone knows a station, let me know).
  • 5. I rarely drink (there’s hardly any alcohol I like…except Bailey’s) and I have never been drunk.
  • 6. My favourite colour is pink, and has been for my entire life (my bedroom, my camera, cell phone, computer, one of my coats and much of my clothing is pink).
  • 7. I don’t drink coffee (I’ve made it 23 years, not starting now), but I love anything that’s coffee-flavoured, and really enjoy coffee-ish beverages (Starbucks lattes and frappucinos are at the top of my list…skinny, of course ;)).

….so there you have it, any surprises?

And now for my nominees (drumroll, please):

Just live laugh eat

Lettuce choose healthy

Carrots ‘n Cake

So there you have it…a nice random post for Wednesday. Happy Hump Day everyone! Do you have any favourite healthy/cooking blogs I should be reading? Let me know…I’m always on the hunt for more!

Beer and Butter Tarts

10 Mar

Exciting news! You may have noticed a new image in the side bar of my home page. I have joined Beer and Butter Tarts, which is, according to their website: “a food blog aggregator dedicated to the food and drink scene across Canada.” In my efforts to increase my readership, I am trying to increase my involvement in the online community, particularly with other like-minded bloggers. Beer and Butter Tarts posts headlines from various Canadian food blogs, so hopefully other Canadian foodies such as myself will stumble on my blog via B&B.

P.S….I may or may not have eaten a frozen mini butter tart I had in the freezer to celebrate…it only seemed right!

New Name

30 Jan

Look up! If you haven’t already, you’ll notice a change. hungryhappyhealthy.wordpress.com has become hungryhealthyhilary.com ! I made the big move and bought my own domain name!

Why the name change? For one thing, the domain name hungryhappyhealthy had already been purchased. Also, it was impossible to find me on google when you searched those terms. I wanted to go with something that was similar to my old name, so I thought that hungryhealthyhilary fit the bill – and you’ve got my name right in there.

Never fear if you’ve been telling friends about my blog (and I hope you have been) – any visits to the old address will be redirected to the new one. Other than the name, nothing else has changed. HHH will still offer the same tips and recipes that you’ve (hopefully) come to love over the last few weeks. I look forward to all the inspiration I have to share with you in the weeks, months and years to come!

New Features

16 Jan

So one week in, I’m still getting the hang of the blog world. I’ve made a few tweaks to HHH, and want to make sure you notice them.

I’ve added a Favourite Things Page. As I write new “Favourite Things” posts, I will add links to this page, so you’ll be able to see all of my favourite things on one spot.

Recipes Page Just like my favourite things, as I post new recipes, I will put the links on this page. So if you want to make something I’ve blogged about, or are just looking for inspiration, head on over to the Recipes page. The recipes are organized by category so you can find what you’re looking for.

Blog redesign. This may change again as I get more proficient on using wordpress and its add-ins. I figured out how to make a custom header (my picture and the raspberries) and I chose a different theme. I like the colours and layout of this theme, and I think it’s pretty easy to navigate.

What do you think of the additions and changes? Are there any other pages/categories/features you’d like to see? If you have any feedback, ideas, or suggestions; leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for following along – I hope you’re all enjoying reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them.