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Hey guys! Hope you had a great weekend!

The weather was beautiful here so we spent a lot of time outside.

Friday I had my baby shower! The girls from work wanted to wait until Jett was born to throw me a party and it was so nice to see everyone! It was such a treat to interact with people that can actually talk back 😉

Jett and I got so many amazing thoughtful gifts ♥

[I wish they made that dress in my size!]

After everyone left I hung out with Jett while Andrew made supper. 

Buddah burger with Vegenaise, mustard, pickles, tomato and lettuce, yam with salsa and feta and caesar salad with lots of avocado

Saturday morning we took Jett and Beasley for a nice long walk along the river.

As Jett is getting older she is getting so much more alert and doesn’t like to be strapped down in her stroller. The past three walks we have had to take her out and carry her. She just likes to look at everything! 

We spent the day shopping yesterday [Andrew needed new clothes] and went and visited with his parents and nephew Jaxon. When we got home Andrew made the most delicious supper! Andrew usually makes supper because Jett usually wants to eat as soon as she smells food 😉

ezekiel wrap with tomato paste + spices, sautéed fennel and yellow peppers, crumbled Field Roast smoked apple sage veggie sausage and grated goat cheese and a salad with spring greens, roasted pecans, cranberries, avocado and fennel and peppers with balsamic dressing 

I’ve been eating the same smoothie for breakfast all week. Today was no exception:

I found the recipe on The Green Lean Bean and added strawberries like Lauren did. I looove the coconut water and goji berries in this! 

After breakfast we headed to our Bradley Method class reunion! There were 9 couples in our class and now that everyone has had their babies we decided to get together and have a potluck brunch and a play date 🙂

Prego before pic:

After baby pic:

There were five girls and four boys. Eight natural births and one c-section. Nine healthy, happy babies 🙂

[Jett’s skirt kept riding up so we just let her hang out in her diaper]

After the reunion we came home and Jett and I had a looong nap. Best.feeling.ever. I woke up feeling completely refreshed – naps don’t happen here very often – and HUNGRY! Thankfully we brought home leftovers from the potluck:

quinoa mac n’ cheese with red pepper and broccoli, mixed greens with avocado, feta and balsamic dressing

And a raw chocolate macaroon for dessert ♥

 

It is definitely time for bed! Night!

Paije xo 

Tell me…

Something about your weekend! Did you do anything fun? Eat anything delicious?? Fill me in 🙂

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Hey lovebugs!!

Hope you’re having an incredible week 😀

I am working my last night shift tonight and then I’m off for 4 days! I can’t wait!!

Who’s participating in What I Ate Wednesday?? I am!! Holla Jen!!

Breakfast:

To say that I am only slightly obsessed with Ashley’s banana cornbread bake would be an understatement. I’ve eaten it 5 days in a row now!! It is that good. Oatmeal who?

Topped with a layer of homemade vanilla pecan butter. Can’t.get.enough. This keeps me full for like 4.5 hrs! Supreme.

Snack:

Huge bowl of cantaloupe. Soo fresh and delicious.

Lunch: 

My dad was in the city yesterday (awesome!!) and my mom had sent along some quinoa salad for me! She knows me soo well 🙂

Baby romaine, quinoa salad, chickpeas, avocado and a big blob of hummus. I’m DEFINITELY going to have this again today 😉

Snack:

I made another batch of vanilla macaroons for my parents. Not before sneaking a couple for me though. Duh.

I love these blond bad boys. They’re slightly crunchy on the outside, soft and yummy on the inside. 

x3

Dinner:

Was taken to work so please excuse the fancy shmancy bowls.

Kale salad massaged with a dressing of oil, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, cumin and salt, chopped pickles, green peppers and hemp hearts. 

I ❤ massaged kale.

Insert 3 brown rice cakes and a ton of hummus.

Snack:

Because I work 12 hr shifts I make sure to bring tons of food so I don’t starve! I try to eat something every 2-3 hrs to keep my belly happy and to keep me awake 😀

Grapes

Banana

Appple

Orange

with some more vanilla pecan nut butter for dippage

Breakfast:

One good thing about working a night shift is the opportunity to have breakfast again! I love having the x2.

This may not look like much now, but after 4 minutes in the microwave it turns into an quinoa apple pie ish breakfast delight. 

It’s Leanne’s 5 minute Apple Quinoa Flake Bake and you should make it now! Tastes amazing and seriously takes only 5 minutes. Winning! 

That’s about does it! I’m off for a quick run and then it’s back to work!! 

Love & hugs,

Paije xoxo

Qs: Tell me something you ate yesterday! 

Hey guys!

Did you have a good weekend?

I did the work thing but now I’m on dayssss off!!!!


So you might be wondering about the title of my post. Well let me explain.

I am such a curious person. I love seeing what’s in people’s fridge’s, cupboards, purses, etc. I always like to know what food people are eating, what products they use/like or what kind of things they carry with them on a daily basis. Anyone else weird like me??

Wanna see what’s in my purse?

It’s made by Matt & Nat, is made out of vegan leather and the lining is made out of 100% recycled bottles. I know I’m a recycle nerd. NBD.

And it’s got magnetic flap and a bunch of zip pockets which I love!

  • Marc Jacobs sunglasses
  • cell
  • Bath & Body Works lip glosses
  • bobby pins
  • Crazy Sexy Diet
  • gift card to Sunsera Salon from Andrew’s brother and sister-in-law
  • car keys
  • nail file
  • tampons
  • work card and token
  • Emergen-C
  • protein bar
  • Excel gum
  • wallet

This stuff {with the exception of the book, gift card and protein bar} is almost guaranteed to be in my purse at all times. I just started getting back into reading so the book is kinda a new thing.  It is SO INTERESTING so far.

I almost always have some food in my purse. YUMM!!

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Onto the food!

I made granola the other day. Yup and it’s already gone. Imaaagine that.

I modified Angela’s Chocolate Dessert Crunch Granola recipe.

  • 2 & 1/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (or whatever nuts you prefer) 1/2 cup hazelnuts, 1/4 cup chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp kosher salt, to taste (I used 3/4 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp brown rice syrup (this gives the clumpy factor) 1 tbsp brown rice syrup + 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 & 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 2 tbsp cocoa powder + 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick mat.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (oats, cocoa powder, salt, hazelnuts). In another smaller bowl, stir together the oil, brown rice syrup, applesauce and peanut butter. Heat in microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir well and stir in vanilla.

3. Add wet to dry and stir very well until oats are coated. Spread on baking sheet and bake at 325F for 20-25 minutes, flipping once half way through (it will be very sticky, not to worry!). Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 30 minutes before transferring into a container. I store mine in the fridge to keep the chocolate firm. Makes 6 cups.

Make sure to check out Angela’s post because she has the most amazing step-by-step instructions!!

I have been enjoying the granola by itself {it is sooo crazy addicting}, on top of yogurt

and mixed in with some peanut butter puffins, blueberries, hemp hearts and a big spoonful of pb.

Mixed kale, grapes and a sweet potato. Siiimpleton.

Veggie burger with grainy mustard and avocados, mixed kale and grapefruit.

Big chunk of pumpernickel bread, fried cabbage, quinoa salad and roasted asparagus.


Are you wondering who won my giveaway????

Andrew and I put numbers in a hat {his toque actually} and the winner is………


Kaila from the Healthy Helper!!

YAY!! Kaila shoot me an email {persuasivepaije@hotmail dot com} with your address and I will get your goods shipped off!!

Congratulations!!!!

I’ve already added a few more things to the box so you’ll have some surprises in there!! 😀

That’s all for me tonight, mmmkaaay?

Have a great Monday!!

Paije xoxo

Questions: Do you like the “You wanna see what’s in my…” post? Should I do more of these?? Do you want to play along? I would love to see what you keep in your purses/gym bags/fridges/whatever!!




 


 

Hi! How is everyone?? Hopefully you’re having a really good weekend. Mine has been going just fine. Did you celebrate Earth Hour tonight?? We sure did! We shut all of our lights off, took Beasley for a walk (his 2nd one today 😉 ) and then came home, lit some candles and shared the So Delicious coconut milk vanilla bean icecream I bought the other day.

This is my third year participating and it just warms my lame little heart how many people do this. The Sydney Opera House and the Great Pyramids of Giza even shut off their lights!

Our living room all lit up, missing the two boys

please don't mind the off center rug

What kind of things do you do to help the earth? We do small things everyday like use cold water to wash our clothes, use reusable grocery bags and sandwich bags, unplugging appliances when we aren’t using them, and recycling as much as possible! And in the summer we compost 🙂

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Backtracking to yesterday.

B-fast

Three egg whites, goat cheese, 1/4 of an avocado, chopped tomato, dill and an apple.

We had a popcorn night at work (cuz my new supervisor is so cool) and she brought her air popper, I brought some popcorn and another girl brought a bunch of popcorn seasonings. I OVERLOADED myself with delicious popcorn. It was crazy.

I only took one picture of what I took for lunch last night. I didn’t think you needed to see another bowl of potato salad or another wrap so I left them out. Andrew made a quesadilla and left me half to take to work. It was curry ish and awesome.

Work was busy busy busy last night!! Ugh. Sometimes I wish crime would take a vacay LOL. But then I guess I wouldn’t have a job, right? 😉

B-fast today was oatmeal with chia, raisons, blackberries, honey, quinoa maple cereal and almond milk. Weird, I know. I had a craving for all of those things and they tasted decee together.

and a smoothie

made with this

I knew we were having pizza at Andrew’s brother’s house tonight so I had a small meal so I wouldn’t go overboard once I got there. My brother dropped off some soup he made – butternut squash, pumpkin, carrots, cloves and curry – and DAMN! Sooo yummy!! I had it with a smear of goat cheese and whole wheat wrap.

I still managed to have 2 1/2 pieces of veggie pizza 🙂

Time for bed! Or time to have another snack?? Hahaha probably a little bit of both. See you guys tomorrow!!! BYYYYYYE!!

Paije xx

PS. The dreamy Michael Buble is on SNL tonight!!! ♥

Holla! IT’S FRIIIDAY!!! Awesome possum. I am up waaay too early and tonight is gonna be pretty painful! Haha but that’s nothing new. I had LOTS of eats yesterday aaaaaand…..drumroll please…..

I RAN FOR 10 MINUTES STRAIGHT!!!!

One whole mile! No stops! I know that might not be a big deal to most people, but I don’t think I’ve ever ran that long before. So proud 🙂 I felt so great after!! And I’m so looking forward to doing it again!

Now onto the foooods.

B-fast was a smoothie because I had a nail appointment and I had to mooooove.

I was lurking on the Living Harvest website and found this great smoothie recipe. I halved it.

Vanilla Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 tbsp Vanilla Spice protein powder

Blend it and drink it.

When I got home I decided to make some Quinoa Protein Muffins found here. All I did was change the flava of protein. (No idea why I’m so into protein powder right now. Anything to help me stay fuller longer!)

My muffins did not turn out as well as I was hoping. Mine crumbled so I stuck them together with cashew butter to have as a snack at work.

dry ingredients

wet ingredients + bubble

all togetha now

all fini

all the quinoay goodness

While these were cooking I went and did my run 😉 Oh and because I had made a tons of quinoa, I made some of Angela’s maple quinoa cereal. Check it out riiiiight here!. I have actually made this three times now and burnt it everytime!! This was my best attempt yet though, ha.

I haven’t actually had any of this yet, but Andrew had it for breakfast (with almond milk I think) and he said it was gooood. Win.

I took Bizzle for a long walk and it went by so quickly now that I have new songs on my ipod. I hadn’t changed the songs in 2 years!! Shameful, absolutely. But I rock out now 🙂

I had eggs for lunch! I am so addicted I have been licking my plate clean for the last three days. I mashed some blackberries instead of using jam this time and IT IS DA BOMB. I also finished up the rest of the stuffed focaccia inards (spinach, red pepper, pine nuts, feta, onion) and a piece of Squirrley bread.

I totally didn’t do Raw Food Long Change. Deferred success. So I made orange and white potato salad. Another win.

all ready to go

Sweet Potato Salad

Dressing:
3 tbsp plain organic yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp low fat mayo
squeeze of lemon juice
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp stoneground mustard
fresh dill
tiny bit of fresh grated ginger
hot sauce
salt and pepper

yams
potatoes
chives
pickles
red pepper
radishes
celery

Use as much of everything to taste.You can’t really mess this up 🙂

I made a wrap using the leftover veggies from supper the night before. I just added goat cheese and sprouts.

gobble gobble gobble

Blue Lagoon smoothie is next. Or purple lagoon. Whateves. Sooo good. Same recipe as before, just subbed in a cup of Saskatoon berries that we picked and froze in the summer. Now, please don’t judge the fact that it’s in a jar. I had no to-go cup. I tried to pretty the pic up 😉

Here is my lunchi all ready for my lunch kit

Oranges and the protein muffin with cashew butter make up the excess.

Look at what is in store for tomorrow!!! Caaan’t wait.

Hope you guys have a GREAT weekend! Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow. I am on days off in T-14 hrs!!!

Qs for you: I love love love potato and macaroni salad. Do you have a go to recipe that you love?? Any songs that you suggest I download? I was so used to having over 700 songs on my ipod and now i only have 30!! PLEASE HELP!!!

Bye monsters!!!!

Paije xx

Helloo!! Happy first day of spring! I’m all pictures and no talk today 😉 Hope you don’t mind.

first

1/3 cup oatmeal
2 tbsp chia seeds
2/3 cup almond milk
handful of blueberries
spoonful of cashew butter

Let sit in the fridge about 15 minutes before you demolish.

juicy shot

beets
carrots
parsley
celery
other stuff? (made by my brother)

second

veggie broth
baby potatoes
peas
carrots
parsley
oregano
other stuff? (made by my mom)

insert half a protein muffin with cashew butter and some fresh pineapple HERE

third

my plate

sesame oil
garlic
onions
carrots
celery
peppers
broccoli
TONS of freshly grated ginger
Braggs

steamed broccoli and asparagus, quinoa, salad

fourth

frozen bananas
chia seeds
cashew butter

SOO DREAMY. If you haven’t made this yet, please do it now. right now. 🙂

friends (sort of)

😦 My weekend is over tomorrow and am going back to the city
🙂 I GET TO SEE ANDREW

Sweeet dreams muffins!!

Paije xx

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