Eat Your Dessert!
Hey there! How are all of my lovely readers today!? I hope your Tuesday was as fab and fun-filled as mine was We all know my love for Tuesdays!
Even though I am partial for Tuesdays, this one was especially fabulous I received really exciting news, created two new tasty treats, and had a wonderful workout This all took place before 9:00 am this morning, but the rest of my day followed the trend of pure awesomeness
I was really productive homework wise, my Food Science lab was cool (we did some experiments with various vegetables), and now I am enjoying my dinner as I blog and watch Friends on TV! Reruns obviously, but it’s been forever since I have actually seen it on TV, so I just had to watch it. Friends was my all-time favourite TV show as I was growing up (I had the biggest crush on Joey!)
I knew it was going to be a wonderful day when, for the first time in a long time, I saw this peaking out behind the trees…
Yes! It’s the sun! Recognize it? I didn’t. It’s been incredibly dreary and dark here lately.
My day may have also turned out as awesome as it did due to the amazing breakfast I created for myself Anyone up for having dessert for breakfast!?
This recipe requires a teenie bit of prep work the night before, but hey, you do it for overnight oats, so I’m sure you can find the time if you want a little dessert for breakfast, right!?
Ladies and gents, I present to you…
Apple Crisp and Protein Ice Cream! Sounds irresistible, doesn’t it!?
Apple Crisp and Protein Ice Cream
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Begin the night before by combining yogurt and protein powder. Mix and place in freezer over night. In the morning, run container that you froze the yogurt in under hot water for several minutes until the frozen yogurt easily slides out of container. Meanwhile, boil/bake apples sprinkled with cinnamon and cook oats stove top according to package directions.
Top your ice cream with the hot apples and hot oatmeal! Indulge! I also added a lump of almond butter for the ultimate dessert breakfast of life
This meal gave me so much energy (either because it was so incredibly delicious or because of it being a nutritious and well-rounded meal, I think both!) which allowed me to bust out an amazing back and bi workout! It isn’t the same workout that I shared with you guys previously because I wanted to make sure I incorporated narrow grip pull ups in my routine. The trainer I worked with last week informed me that it is a great idea to implement narrow grip pull ups and wide grip pull ups into your routine if you want to improve your back and biceps strength. I definitely want to gain back muscle (I think back muscle is incredibly attractive and important for beautiful posture!), so I decided to take her advice and do a routine with those two exercises included Another piece of advice she offered me was to begin with pull ups, so I can perform the exercise with the least assistance and get the best workout possible
This is the workout I did today
(It was adapted from Jill’s Simple Back and Biceps Workout)
|Close Grip Pull Ups||4||6|
|Wide Grip Pull Ups||4||10|
|Bent Over Single Arm DB Row||3||10|
|Wide Grip Lat Pull Down||3||10|
|Hanging Leg Raises||3||Failure|
I moved fast, resting 1 minute after I completed a full circuit. In total this routine took me approximately 30 – 35 minutes and my arms were complete jellified
I developed a brand spankin’ new PWO meal for myself this morning and fell in love. I am pretty sure this is my new favourite thing on the planet and I don’t even have a picture to share with you all !Even though there is no picture, I am assuming you all will have trust in me and give this recipe a shot
Sweet Potato Pudding
1 baked sweet potato
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (cinnamon flavoured would be amazing with this, too!)
Blend sweet potato and banana together into puree (I used my Magic Bullet and added water as needed). Combine sweet potato and banana puree with yogurt and protein powder. Consume after your workout for the perfect PWO meal
I’ll try to take a picture for you guys tomorrow because I am definitely enjoying this again tomorrow! It was that good I have a feeling Alex is going to like this one?
Well that’s all I have for recipes for you guys today, but I do have some exciting news and thoughts to share before I leave you for the night
So I only have one piece of exciting news to share with you all, but trust me, it’s really exciting It may not be a huge deal for you, but it sure brought a smile to my face and had me walking tall and proud for the entire day
Since I am in the Foods & Nutrition program, I have to apply for an internship in the middle of my forth year which will then be completed in my fifth year. Internship acceptance heavily relies on amount of experience the applicant has; therefore, I have been working hard each summer with am RD back home on student projects that she has created for me. Last year, I developed a Gluten Free Product Guide for Celiac patients in my hometown. My guide was published into booklet form and is used by many of the patients living with the disease
This year, I focused on dairy free milks and compared their nutritive value. A booklet is being made, once again, for patients interested in comparing nutrients found in different dairy free milks.
During the school year last year, I did some volunteering, but nothing too significant. The largest project that I tackled last year was helping the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada, which was founded in London, ON., with raising money for transition homes. It was an amazing project to be a part of and plan to continue volunteering with the foundation
This year, I was planning on waiting until second term to do volunteering since my first term is very hectic, but then a position was presented to me that I couldn’t turn down
There was a position available for a student to create a blog for the London Home Economics Association (LHEA)! The student would be given the opportunity to develop a blog for the association and be able to work along side a Foods & Nutrition professor who is very involved with the program, community work, and LHEA. I was very intrigued by this volunteering opportunity and, despite my previous plans, applied! Today I found out I landed the position and will meet with the professor tomorrow! I am really excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to my meeting tomorrow
I have been thinking a lot about my training program lately. I have been doing a lot of research on different workout splits, exercises, etc. I definitely want to gain muscle and do not want to over train. In some peoples opinion, training your lower body and upper body two times a week is most beneficial, but in other peoples opinion, targeting certain muscle groups (what I am currently doing) provides best results. Through much deciphering, I think it’s all your own opinion. Since I love what I am doing right now, I will stick with it. I am going to continue with my 5 day split, but remember, since I am focusing on certain muscle groups each workout, my workouts hardly take 45 minutes to complete.
I emailed my trainer for advice and insight. She suggested I stick with focusing on certain muscle groups rather than 2 upper body workouts and 2 lower. I am happy I emailed her and was provided with such helpful feed back. She said by training specific muscle groups I will avoid overtraining which is something I definitely do not want to do! If I overtrain, I will not see the results I want.
The back and bi workout I did today will be the routine I follow each Tuesday. I will be doing back and biceps on Tuesdays (the beginning of my weekly workout routine) since I want to work hard on gaining back muscle and strength. It is beneficial to start your workout week (when you are the strongest) with the workout that you need to work the most at. I want to improve my pull ups, so I decided to start with back and bi’s
If I do not see gains, I will start upping my calories which is another component when it comes to seeing gains (a very important component!) I have not done cardio for a week which will also help me with gaining muscle
As for tomorrow, my workout will be quad focused (squats!) If it changes from this workout, I will update you tomorrow, but I really like that workout, so we will see what happens
Thanks for listening!
Something to try:
When performing bicep curls (using a barbell or cable), focus on the negative (the downward motion) Concentrate on descending slowly. This method is great way to implement intensity into your workout!
Have you used negatives in your training routine before?
Do you do any type of volunteering? If so, what do you do?
Tell me something exciting!