Ahhh, Friday, long time no see! It’s been a long week for me and having a cold and feeling run down hasn’t helped. But, regardless, I’m happy when Thursday’s roll around because they are busy and signal the end of the work week! So, because it’s Friday, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the week; please share any fun links to good articles, workouts, recipes, or your favorites from the week as well in the comments below!
So…On to the favorites! When it comes to food, I’m eyeing up Lindsay’s Blender Paleo Sticky Coffee Cake Muffins. They look so good! And in reading her post, I also learned a lot about if traditional coffee cakes contain coffee or not… (read on for the answer!)
On the food note, I was given the opportunity to make my own cereal thanks to Chris from Mix It!
Mix It, originally launched in Quebec a year ago and now expanding to the rest of Canada, offers healthy, customizable cereals delivered right to your door. I love local and national companies so I was very excited that they reached out to me, especially because I have oatmeal almost daily! Their website provides a fun, easy-to-follow format that allows you to create your own hot or cold cereal with a few clicks. It’s self-explanatory (I appreciate that!) and you can choose from different types of either pre-made cereals or you can create your own.
If creating your own, you start with a base cereal (oatmeal, quinoa or rice flakes, all bran, etc), add your dried fruits (dates, figs, mangoes, papayas), pick your nuts and seeds (pumpkin, sesame, chia seeds) and finish with your toppings (cinnamon, protein, organic dark chocolate popped quinoa, organic maple chunks, and more!). I was shocked at all the options – things I wouldn’t pick up on my own but have always wanted to try, or would only want in small amounts – check out the website and see for yourself!
They are now launching it to the rest of Canada and I’ll be trying another mix again.
I always have fun oatmeal toppings at home so I created a pretty basic mix that I could add anything to. Oh – and you get to pick the tube (like my little fall animals eating their warm oats! Thought it was a good transition into the new season when I’m warming up bowls of hot oats for breakfast!) AND title it yourself…I really liked that:
You can see what was in my mix: a base of organic rice and quinoa meal, cinnamon, hulled hemp seeds, pea protein isolate, dates and rice flour. Like I said, mine wasn’t too adventurous just starting out but I like it – there’s very little sugar and fat but it’s a great source of carbs with 7 g of protein per serving.
Mikey loved the idea of Mix It and looked on the website; he might create his own next. Thanks so much to Chris for the complimentary chance to try it out!
Here are some articles I’ve been enjoying around the web this week:
Shoe Fit has some solid stuff, like why you should pursue a certain look rather than a number on the scale if you have physique goals. Also, I really liked her post about willpower and how it’s not the answer to sustainable weight loss.
I really liked this no-nonsense, tough love, all truth video from Jeff at Athlean-X (language):
I finally visited Believe Fit in McKenzie Towne in Calgary and bought a few new clothes for a photoshoot soon. It’s definitely not one of those “show your stomach” or “hold a barbell and flex” kind of shoots – just some headshots and a chance to update my website with the awesome Jeremy Bokkens! I’m thankful for a fitness professional discount (helps so much!) and also scored a few sale times. Here’s what I got:
Lorna Jane catch me 7/8 tight: These fit so well (despite their longer length on my short legs!) and have a secure feeling; I love the pink accents, too!
Public Myth bamboo racerback tank: SO soft, so cute, and very flattering! (I’m wearing it in the photo above.)
Lorna Jane Muse Excel Tee: Comfortable and super light.
I thought I’d end with a question for you that I asked Kindal on our chat yesterday: If you could go anywhere for any fitness-focused vacation, where would you go and what would you do? I think I’d love to do an extended river kayaking trip in a warm weather spot! That or explore New Zealand via hiking, climbing and paddling, or climb in South America… There’s a lot on my fitness-focused vacation wish list. 😉 And you?!
And that concludes this Friday’s favorites post! Share some of your favorites with me and I hope you have an awesome weekend, friends! Live well & be well,