Food, Beautiful Food
Hello sweetums! How was everyone’s Thursday? I definitely can’t complain about my day! For a day that is usually packed with 6 hours of class non-stop, I was let out an entire hour early from class numero one and a half hour early from the last class of the day! Don’t you love when that happens? It made me even more confused about which day it was though; once again I am confused and thinking it is Friday?? Let’s face it, I have been messed up all week.
I am so grateful for everyone’s comments on last night’s post I even received a suggestion for a marinade that I will be trying very, very soon! I love being able to talk about food with all of you fellow food lovers out there Conversations really are endless when it comes to food…
So many things have to do with and revolve around food (not to mention all of my classes have to do with food). Isn’t it wonderful?
Food is so complex.
Conversations about food can range anywhere from favourite types, flavours, preparation methods, serving suggestions, nutritive value, and so on.
During the first half of my day, I learnt how to aid clients in making lifestyle changes regarding their nutrition. It is necessary that RD’s know how to create a meal plan or food goals that are possible for the client to achieve. The meal plan or goals implemented must involve the client and be congruent with their lifestyle and preferences.
During the last part of my day, I learnt about canning, blanching, and the purposes of each.
Both classes are Foods & Nutrition classes and involve some aspect of food, but at the same time are incredibly different from one another. Isn’t it fascinating how complex food actually is? And those were just a few examples!
Today, I wanted to talk about the beauty of food; a topic I find highly neglected when it comes to food
So many of us, myself included, get caught up in our daily routines and forget to actually appreciate the food going into our mouths What makes us appreciate food even more? It’s beauty! At least I think so…
Personally, I think food even tastes better when it is presented in a unique or eye-pleasing way Which is what inspired my breakfast this morning…
Instead of plopping some yogurt in a bowl, sprinkling some oats on top, and topping it off with a few farmer’s market fresh raspberries, I created this lovely little number
Of course any combination of fruit, yogurt, and granola is fab, but doesn’t presentation give it that extra something? Beautiful.
Raspberry & Yogurt Parfait
– 3/4 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 1 tsp sugar-free DaVinci white chocolate syrup
– 1/2 cup rolled oats
– 1 cup fresh raspberries
Layer all ingredients: yogurt, raspberries, oats, and so on…
Yes, this was definitely a beautiful breakfast, but the wine glass made it a little hard for me to scrape out every last smudge of yogurt with my finger But, I managed; of course.
The parfait, along with a plate of scrambled eggs, fuelled my morning workout My legs were jelly (and still are!) after this sweat sesh!
I warmed up with 2 –3 sets of 15 – 20 reps of leg extensions before starting the actual workout…
|Leg press (close)||3||10, 8, 6 (increasing weight)|
|Leg press (wide)||3||10, 8, 6 (increasing weight)|
|Stability ball plank w/ toe taps||3||12 each leg|
|Hack squat||3||12, 10, 8 (increasing weight)|
|Stability ball plank w/ knee tuck||3||12 each leg|
|Stability ball crunch||3||15|
|Leg extensions||3||10, 8, 6 (increasing weight)|
|Lateral bench hop overs||3||10 each side|
|V sit ups||3||15|
|Hip abduction machine||3||12, 10, 8 (increasing weight)|
This had me sweating If I don’t have enough time, I skip triset 4, but today I didn’t have class until 11:30, so I was able to do the entire workout. This workout was adapted from Naomi’s Quad Focused workout. It’s pretty much the exact same as the one she shared, but I changed an exercise or two and the number of reps/sets.
For the past month or so, I have been trying to consume whole foods after my workouts rather than a liquid meal such as my all time favourite go-to shake, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, milk, and a banana. I have been enjoying these types of post-workout meals much better (containing whole foods) than downing a shake within a few seconds. However, today I was feeling like a change and the luscious mango in my fridge was so tempting to make a shake with… I combined:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup almond milk
blended it all up and had my shake immediately after my workout. Unfortunately, it did nothing for me. It tasted fine, but I realized I missed having actual food, so from now on I know what I prefer and will continue with an actual meal after my workouts rather than a shake Shakes are nice if you are in a rush, travelling, etc. but since I have the time and am able to prepare an actual post-workout meal for myself I will continue to do so It’s funny how I used to love protein shakes last year, but now would rather have food after a workout
After my workout, I found myself roaming a mall… How did that happen? And where else was I, but the health food store! I had never been in this store before, but to my surprise I found a ton of my favourite things here, so now I know where to go when I run out of certain gluten free flours, grains, etc.
I have been on the search for whole wheat pastry flour all summer and was unsuccessful, until now
After spending oodles of time in here and creeping the cashiers out with my stealthy picture taking, I went over to the Dollar Store and purchased an umbrella for myself and a ton of decorations for the Homecoming float which is being decorated tomorrow!
Once again, my lunch filled my classroom with a wonderful aroma and all heads turned to see me chowing down on my chicken from last night, broccoli, and a mixture of roasted butternut squash and sweet potato Don’t worry, my classmates aren’t distracted from my chewing, it’s definitely the wonderful smells that are distracting I try to be very quiet while eating in class However, I may drop a spoon once in a while… Oops!
Supper was another beauty of a meal and it would be an absolute crime if I didn’t share it with you It was incredibly simple, so it’s really not even a recipe, but let’s just say it is
I used the scallopini and the marinade I shared with you last night, and created a mouth watering noodle bowl with a wonderful sauce
Now tell me that isn’t some beautiful food. I know, you can’t.
Spicy Almond Scallopini and Broccoli over Vermicelli
6 oz. scallopini (or meat of choice) marinated and cooked in my quick-stir fry sauce
1 cup broccoli, steamed
1 cup brown rice vermicelli
1/2 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp natural almond butter
Place noodles in a bowl
Mix in almond butter and milk
Top with vegetables and meat
Heat and serve
The sauce was extremely simple, but incredibly tasty! I definitely made sure that there were no remains once I was done with this meal
I hope I inspired all of you to take a longer look at your food tomorrow and the days to come Food is beautiful and should be appreciated every day
Food makes us beautiful, too! Which is what my post is about tomorrow…
What was the most beautiful thing you ate today?
Do you put time into the presentation of your meals?
Almond butter or peanut butter? Pick one!
Good night friends! I just realized it’s already after 10!