My Eats Yesterday…

Hey everyone, so as requested here are my eats for yesterday..I am not very exciting during the week so many of my meals are pretty repetitive. I wasn’t (and am not still) feeling very well towards the end of yesterday so my food choices are a little different then usual. I think I may post again to show you what I eat about 75% of the time(when I am not sick haha) if you would like..?(yes I am pretty boring actually..lol).  But because I took these semi-attractive photos to say the least I thought I might as well go ahead and share yesterdays eats with you. Maybe it will help to give you some alternate ideas to what you’d normally eat too…

Messy Counter..
My counter is never clean when I go to make a smoothie! haha. This one was peanut-butter banana since my freezer is overflowing with ripe frozen bananas. Not sure why I had the stevia out, this smoothie was plenty sweet enough on it’s own.
protein powder
Here’s the protein powder I use for smoothies, I took a picture as I scraped out my last scoop! Love this stuff! I highly recommend it.
banana peanut butter smoothie
And..the final product.
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For lunch I had one of my typical giant salads consisting of a ton of romaine lettuce, red pepper, green pepper, green/red onion, carrots, kidney beans, herbed goat cheese, black forest ham, 1 hard boiled egg, a little salt, pepper, basil & oregano topped with light italian dressing.

Snack Time Protein Bar!
For a snack this is also a bit different for me because I had a new protein bar I bought as a treat. I’d heard they were really good…
snack time protein bar close up
…and they are. Like eating an OH Henry bar! This one was Caramel Chocolate. I also had some usual carrots with 2 types of hummus(supremely spicy/roasted red pepper) and a cup of chia tea plus a cup of water!
Ribs
For dinner(note this is when I started to feel a little sick), I picked at 2 ribs my Mom made, they were good but sadly I could only eat a little.
sBeans I also had only about a spoonful of these amazing beans(again I wish I could have brought myself to eat more!).
smacaroni Lastly I also had a small bowl of my Mom’s delicious macaroni tuna salad.

greek yogurt bar
Later being a little hungry still due to my small dinner I stupidly had a strawberry healthy choice greek yogurt bar. It tasted great! But my stomach wasn’t too pleased with me later!
sBedtime snack
Before bed I usually have a big snack so instead I just had a small piece of my favourite whole wheat toast, some natural peanut butter and banana and a couple strawberries and carrots. Perfect comfort food to me!

So that’s my yesterday in a nutshell! Everything I ate was fit into my macros, although I think I may have eaten slightly less than normal due to my upset stomach. I also was not able to complete my workout but it’s best to listen to your body so I am not going to lose sleep over it..Anyways, hopefully I can share more of my meals with you and include some more exciting foods haha, but that’s it for now! 🙂

~Sam~

IIFYM Diet, Does it work?

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Hey guys! oh my gosh, It feels like it’s been forever since I have posted! I have just been so busy with school, friends and everything else that I haven’t had any time! I have felt so bad about not posting because I promised a new post on this like a week ago… Anyways I am glad to say I am finally getting around to it! I want to share with you guys the BEST “diet” more like lifestyle..on the planet!! I have never been happier with what I am eating and I have found such a perfect balance between health and enjoying life..it’s amazing so I want all of you to be able to find that balance as well! So..

Have you ever heard of IIFYM? If not..it stands for “If It Fits Your Macros”. You can probably research into the details of this because there are many forums explaining the topic further, but basically it means you can eat ANY foods as long as they fit into your macros for the day. This includes..ice cream, cookies, cakes, pizza etc. you name it! BUT, haha yes there is a catch. I am not telling you to go out like a crazy person and eat every piece of junk food in site. As well, you try eating at least 100g of protein in junk food like chips/cookies, it’s not easy! So instead, how this diet is suggested to be used is like so.. Read More!

High Protein/High Fibre Bagels???

Hey all! I just had to make a post about these amazing bagels I picked up the other day! The nutrition facts on them are outstanding! 10g fibre, 15g protein, 2g fat, 46g carbs & sugar only from fruit!
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If you have yet to try them I highly recommend them! They also come in garlic and herb and a “Squirrely” kind(nuts/seeds). They are huge! They are slightly lighter and fluffier then a regular bagel, almost like a croissant but they are so delicious lightly toasted with natural jam and light cream cheese! I had one for lunch today along with this giant salad.. Yum!

Veggies

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries & My Current Workout Split/Eating Habits

sweet fries tuna salad Sweet potato fries & a huge avocado tuna salad for dinner!

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I have been slacking off a bit with my blog due to the fact that I am trying to get my own eating habits and workouts in check. I think I’ve finally got it figured out! So..I have been trying to gain weight for a while but I have a hard time putting it on(high metabolism!). So lately I have started to count calories again for a bit just to make sure I am getting enough each day because it’s very important to me to not under eat! I have also stopped almost any form of cardio. The only cardio I am doing is 20 minutes of steady running on the treadmill (5.0-5.5mph) one day a week. It’s working really well! I love weight training so this works well for me. My current 5 day split + cardio is:

  • Monday – Chest + Back + Abs + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Tuesday – Biceps + Triceps + Shoulders + Calfs
  • Wednesday – Quadriceps + Hamstrings + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Thursday – Chest + Back + Abs + Calfs
  • Friday – OFF
  • Saturday – Biceps + Triceps + Shoulders + TVA(Planks for 1:30, 1 min, 50sec, 30sec with a small rest in-between each)
  • Sunday – 20 min run(Treadmill)
My schedule seems a little weird because I have friday off then I workout saturday but that’s just because Friday always seems to be my busiest night haha. Anyways so my diet has changed, I take in about 1700-1750 calories a day at the moment but I am planning on increasing it as I increase the weight I am lifting. But so far it’s working since in a week I have measured myself multiple times on an empty stomach and I’ve gained about 0.7 pounds. That’s pretty good for a week. I am getting stronger too I have noticed. My new workouts are a lot more demanding and last anywhere from 30min-1 hour. Although I still recommend my past workouts (10-20min) for anyone! They really are great! But I am more focussed on putting on muscle mass at the moment so I am trying to steer away from my old more cardio based workouts for now. So overall I am just trying to eat more, lift more and worry less about every little detail. I feel much happier with where I am at!
P.S: ALL MY WORKOUTS ARE STILL DONE AT HOME. No gym for me 😉
Ready for my next post? I will be discussing “IIFYM” and my personal views on it as well as my current macros and a more in-depth view of my diet. Stay posted!
~Sam~

BEST New Healthy Treats!

best protein barnewPeanut Butter Chocolate Protein bar
I just wanted to share this amazing protein bar with all of you guys! It was honestly one of the best tasting ones I have had in a long time! It’s like eating dessert…If you are looking for a new one to try I highly recommend these. It’s tastes like a peanut butter chocolate bar!

skinny cow pb

Next up is the new chocolate peanut butter skinny cow ice cream sandwiches. These are to die for! They are just so decadent and delicious, they definitely satisfy any sweet craving! They are only 150 calories a bar. They are high in sugar but are perfect for a pre/post workout snack ;).

What are your favourite healthy treats? Please share!!

Strawberry-Banana Protein Ice cream!

Strawberry Banana Icecream
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Okay soo, today I felt like a nice thick shake that I could eat with my new adorable spoon! It turned out more like ice cream then a shake and it was very filling and delicious! The recipe makes 2 servings or one HUGE glass! It’s super high protein and not just because of protein powder…keep reading if you want the recipe! Take me to the recipe!

Bodybuilding Meal Examples

Just a few examples to give you an idea of what I eat and to help you if your stuck!

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bodybuilding meal example fruit bowl

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1 cup greek yogurt with 1/4 cup quick oats, 2-3 drops stevia sweetener, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 7-12 almonds crushed, chopped pineapple and strawberries. Mix! (I like to let the oats sit in the fridge with the greek yogurt for a little before adding the toppings).

Bodybuilding Meal Example Dinner
Bodybuilding Meal Examples Dinner

1 cup romaine lettuce, 1/4 of a large tomato chopped, 1/4 of a large avocado chopped, 4oz lean ground beef with taco seasoning, 1/2 an elzekiel wrap (heated in the microwave), a few chili pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, 1 chopped green onion, 2 tbsp fresh salsa, 2tbsp greek yogurt. Optional sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Mix! (Serve with the meat hot!).

Bodybuilding Meal Example Lunch
Simple 1/2 cup plain shredded chicken breast with a little salt/pepper(I use canned for this because it flakes nicely and is moist). 1/2 cup peas, 1/2 cup cooked brown rice and 1/2-1 tbsp reduced sodium soya sauce, chopped green onion and a little pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Caramel Banana Nut Proats!

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Okay I have literally nothing to say right now other than…this bowl was like drifting on a sweet cloud of sugary goodness..yet somehow it is healthy. The homemade caramel sauce is what makes this dish. I hope you love it like I did! P.S Proats=Protein Oats for those of you who don’t know :)… Take me to the recipe!

Cinnabun Proats!

Hey! Sorry for not posting sooner, I have been keeping busy with a new workout program and lots of homework haha 🙂 But thankfully it’s the weekend and that means sleeping in and new recipes! Wahoo. Anyways here’s a recipe to start off your weekend! I will also be posting a caramel banana nut oatmeal recipe that is out of this world very shortly so look out for that too!

Cinnabun Oatmeal

Ingredients:
1/3 scoop dry quick oats
11g or 1/3 scoop trutein cinnabun protein powder (or vanilla protein powder, but I highly recommend trutein!)
2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1 tbsp water
1/2 a mashed ripe banana
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
optional: 1 drop stevia sweetener (or another sweetener to taste, I found I didn’t need it since my protein powder was already sweet enough with the banana).
1/2 tsp cinnamon
10-12 crushed almonds
20g raisins (around 1-2 tbsp)
Drizzle of sugar-free syrup or real maple syrup

Directions: Combine oats, almond milk and water in a bowl and microwave for 2 min(more or less depending on your microwave but you don’t want the oats too runny). Once cooked add your protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, banana & half or all the raisins(I like to keep some to top it with!). Stir to combine and top with almonds/raisins/additional cinnamon and syrup. Enjoy!