Foodie Friday

Okay can time slow down?! Another Friday! I am not sure I can even recall our week – total mom brain this week!

We had dance class, spent evenings in the backyard, played Go Fish (A’s favourite game these days), and bought some summer essentials – new goggles and beach towels!

Monday mornings are tough these days:

Playing in the yard after dance class:

And with A’s goggles on:

I picked up a Go Fish game for $1 last weekend at a charity garage sale and Avery loves it!

And I cannot forget my photo with the infamous Waskasoo – finally! The girls love this little guy!

Last week’s meal plan form Calluna Nutrition was almost too good to be true – easy, delicious and healthy recipes AND if I am being honest I kinda like being told what to eat all day – HA. Like I said anything to help my mom brain these days! So here goes week two – like last week all recipes are from my friend Heather at Calluna Nutrition.

Saturday – OUT

Sunday – Chicken, Broccoli, Cashew Stir- Fry

Monday – Cauliflower, Kale, Sausage Bowl

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup & toasted veggie sandwich

Wednesday – Fish Tacos with pineapple salsa

Thursday – Grilled Chicken with Spinach & Mushroom Pasta

Friday – Thai Turkey Burgers with Almond Carrot Slaw and sweet potato fries

Our weekend plans are a little up in the air, we might go to the zoo if the weather looks okay tomorrow, then Sunday looks like rain so Avey requested a library and SPCA visit that day!


Sugar Free Reset Chat

Last week I participated in a sugar free reset hosted by my friend Heather at Calluna Nutrition and wanted to share some learnings and thoughts around it.

I went into it hoping to gain some knowledge and new recipes, not so much for the sugar free part as I did not think my sugar consumption was high. Also for only $10 I could not go wrong when I gained a week’s worth of meals, my grocery list and more. I knew for only 5 days I should not struggle too much so signed up!

So what did I learn?

  • I consume way more sugar than I thought! A lot of it is fructose, not a horrible thing, but it made me more aware. Example – my typical morning smoothie was half a banana, half a cup of blueberries, protein, spinach, and original almond milk. But with simple switches my morning smoothie now has less sugar and more healthy fats and fibre to fill me up and keep me full by reducing the fruit, using unsweetened almond milk and adding avocado and chia seeds.
  • I like to snack a lot… more than I should and typically these snacks have sugar – fruit, Larabars, yogurt with fruit, baking. Again these are easy switches to not only watch my snacks but control them. I am a firm believer in eating every few hours and snacking but sometimes I found myself having say 2 afternoon snacks versus one that is more filling.
  • Protein, fibre and fat content are more important than calories – I mean I knew that but it was a good (constant) reminder.
  • I actually did not miss/crave much sugar. The biggest thing I missed was my morning coffee of regular almond milk and a splash of maple syrup – the only sugar I really did miss.
  • I missed bread. I am not a huge bread eater and try to have maybe 4 pieces a week – 2 on long run days – but missed those few pieces!
  • I can survive without the extra sugar and carbs! haha My fantic messages to Heather prior to these 5 days were probably funny to her as I was sure I might die without these things.

My main take-away for the 5 days was that I gained a huge sense of awareness when it came to not only my sugar intake but the combination of foods I was eating. To continue this habit I have signed up for a month of meal plans through Calluna Nutrition and so far we love it! I love to meal plan but taking this one thing off my plate and improving it so I can continue afterwards is already huge for us.



Weekend Snapshots

Once June hits I feel like the weeks fly by and know why – they are so busy sometimes! This weekend was pretty packed for us – just like the rest of June.

I got in a couple good runs – but with no photos! I ran 28 km between Friday & Sunday and feel great. Hoping the extra kms this race season helps me get at least one PR.

The girls and I played in the backyard Saturday, I got out the water guns for them which they loved! I had to keep chasing them out of the garden, but they did get away with raiding the strawberries!

We made a trip to the park – AND I finally remembered the sand toys! Mom win!

Four year old attitude first đŸ˜‰

Sunday after the 19km run we headed to our neighbourhood clean up and spring BBQ – I really love our neighbourhood! The girls ate too many treats, got their faces painted and played until they dropped.

Later we went on a family walk/bike ride – which turned into a walk and push bikes for me and Chad đŸ˜‰

And those are our weekend snapshots!


Foodie Friday

Happy Friday! I am pretty happy to see Friday, it was a long week and well the whole no sugar thing – which I will chat more about next week. But I can say the mental aspect to it is harder than anything and I really did not crave anything!

Highlights from our week included Chloe’s first dance class, which is the same Mommy & Me class Avery and I took just a few weeks after I had Chloe.

It went as good as it can (I think), she listened mostly and said she had fun.

I found some photos from the Mother’s Day fun run we did and could not stop laughing when I saw the photos:

Yes, that is Chloe on top of Avery – sigh – I had no idea!

Moving on to some meal planning talk. So I liked the meal plan from Heather at Calluna Nutrition so much I decided to stick with it for the next month. Not the no sugar part but a much more balanced meal plan than I have stuck to lately and something that makes me feel more accountable. Plus I need fresh supper ideas! I found all the suppers on the plan last week were simple, easy and delicious which was another factor in doing her month meal plan service.

Saturday – Green turkey burgers & kale salad – Foodie Crush

Sunday – Honey Lime Salmon & Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad – Together as a Family

Monday – Mexican Chicken Bowl – Calluna Nutrition meal plan

Tuesday – Chicken & Broccoli Slaw with peanut sauce – Calluna Nutrition meal plan

Wednesday – Halibut with Pesto & Roasted Broccoli – Calluna Nutrition meal plan

Thursday – Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad – Calluna Nutrition meal plan

Friday – BBQ ribs & smashed potatoes

We have a busy weekend ahead with visit with friends and family, a neighbourhood clean-up and BBQ and a 19km run!


Weekend Snapshots

A new format for sharing our weekends! I mentioned this before but I often use my blog as a diary to look back on what we were up to etc so that is why sharing my weekends is important around here. But saying that I don’t like typing every detail what we did nor does anyone want to read that! So instead I am going to share highlights of our weekends from now on.


I went with Avery on her morning field trip! We had a lot of fun – but it hard to imagine in just over three months she is starting Kindergarten!

I got in my long run for the week – 17km! In 28 degree heat it was not easy!

We took the girls to a park/fountain area for a picnic supper – they had a blast!


We packed up and headed out of town for the day/night for Chad’s cousins wedding reception. Avery was beyond excited to dress up and stay in a hotel.

Trying to get a good photo of the girls – HA!

It was a beautiful reception at the family farm:

By 10pm both girls were asleep so we headed back to the hotel for the night.


After our trip home we spent the afternoon going for a run then to the park:

Then I prepped for my Sugar-Free Rest this week! We have a crazy week so I had to get in all the prep I can to make life easier this week đŸ™‚