Sunday, 5 August 2012

Long Weekend Hike: Mount Saint Piran

We hiked Mount Saint Piran yesterday (2649 m elevation).

It was about 13 km round trip with 920 m elevation gain.  It took us about 6 hours (including lots of breaks and a stop at the Lake Agnes Tea House on the way back).

The views at the summit were spectacular - as good as you'll get in the Canadian Rockies.  Highly recommended.


Looking down at Lake Louise


Baking Clean: Chocolate Protein Cake

I love baking, it makes me happy.  I find it hard to resist devouring tasting the batter, though, so I have resolved to sticking to guilt-free recipes only.

This is a similar recipe to the one I posted here for Pumpkin Protein Bars. Having made them both, I do prefer the Pumpkin ones (this recipe is denser, less moist and more cakey), but these are good if you need a little chocolate fix. I freeze these in individual servings and take them to work with me every day.



Chocolate Protein Cake
(modified from original recipe)




Ingredients:

1 cup Oat Flour
4 Egg Whites
2 scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (I use About Time brand)
1/3 cup Truvia or Ideal/Xylitol
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup (2 jars) Apple or Berry flavored Baby Food (can also use unsweetened applesauce)
3 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
1/2 cup Water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients (oat flower, protein powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa) together in a large bowl.

Mix wet ingredients (egg whites, Truvia/Ideal, Baby Food, Water) together in a medium sized bowl.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.

Line 8x8 Pyrex dish with parchment (trust me, it’s much easier to remove than spraying it with PAM) and add batter to dish.

Bake 25-30 minutes in oven (until knife comes out clean)

Makes 16 squares, serving size is 2 bars.

Note: It’s better to freeze these, but if not, they will stay fresh for about 4 days in the fridge. Don’t leave them on your counter or they will spoil within a day or two.

Try:  Topping with natural peanut butter or PB2.  I mean, is there any better combination than chocolate and peanut butter?

Thursday, 2 August 2012

August Resolution: Be Enough

I just realized that I totally forgot to make my monthly mantra for July!  Life gets so busy in the summer and I completely blanked.  So, this month I have to make my resolution extra special. 

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Source


It may seem ambiguous, but that’s why I like it.  “I am enough” can mean different things to different people.  And it can apply to many different facets of life.  For me, in the clean eating and fitness realm, over the last few months, I have been very motivated because of an upcoming wedding that I was a part of.  I wanted my arms to look toned in the gorgeous strapless bridesmaid dresses that we were wearing.  Mission accomplished, as far as I’m concerned.  Now that the wedding is over, my motivation is waning.   This month, I want to focus on getting motivation from within myself, to look good, to feel good and to be healthy.  For myself.  Not external events or pressure. 

Furthermore, it has become very apparent to me over the years that the only person you can truly rely on is yourself.  And I don’t mean to sound cynical, I still have an optimistic outlook on life, I just truly feel that happiness must come from within, or it is not true happiness.  So that is what I will concentrate on… being enough.