Time Is Not On My Side

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 8, 2009

Is anyone else’s day all out of whack today? Gosh, I can’t believe it is 5:30 already! I feel like I am just getting in the working groove.

I honestly don’t even remember what I did today! lol. I did make it to the gym, which was great because the weather is so gloomy out and I was in one of those moods where I just wanted to stay inside. I am really glad I went though, it always put a little pep to my step so to speak. :)

I was feeling a bit tired today so I just went at an easier pace and didn’t push myself too much.  before the gym I had a small bowl of Spelt Cereal + AB.

The Workout:

  • Elliptical: resistance 10, Incline 12
  • Duration: 40 mins.
  • Max Heart rate: 165 bpm
  • Avg Heart Rate: 154 bpm
  • Feel the burn: 355 kcals

I love these quick, no non-sense workouts! I am there and back within an hour. The only thing I hate is having to drive 10 mins. each way just for the gym. I really miss the convenience of my treadmill. Soon enough I guess! After the gym I had an apple and 2 carrots.


Savoury Tomato and Spinach Quinoa


We still haven’t made it to get groceries yet (will be doing that in a couple hours) so the pickings were slim yet again today. I am getting so sick of the lack of choices the past few days!

I put my thinking cap on and came up with something really delicious though!

The inspiration that I found deep in the lazy suz’


I thought, ok I need to make a healthy sauce to mix with the Quinoa!

I looked in the fridge: Soy yogurt (unsweetened), Almond Breeze, 1/3 Avocado, homemade hummus, baby organic spinach.

Sure, why not, I thought!


The contents of the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup tomato paste (unsalted)
  • handful baby organic spinach, sauteed
  • 1 Tbsp hummus
  • 1 Tbsp soy yogurt (plain, unsweetened)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Almond Breeze to thin out
  • 1/3 avocado, mashed

Directions: Cook Quinoa for about 12-14 mins in almost equal parts (1 cup Quinoa + 1.25 cups water) until light and fluffy. Sautee Baby spinach a few mins. Mix spinach into sauce and heat up in microwave. Spread sauce over bed of grains. Top with fresh black pepper and season to taste.


The sauce was amazing!! The soy yogurt and avocado really toned down the somewhat tart tomato paste (remember it was unsalted), resulting in a creamy and savoury sauce. The Almond milk gave it a slighty nutty flavour that went well with the quinoa. All and all this sauce was a keeper! Quick and easy, what could be better? Of course you can substitute the soy yogurt with regular plain yogurt and the Almond milk with cow’s milk.


I had it with 2 organic carrots (yes, I am very much getting sick of carrots this week!! Groceries where are you?)


Here is the nutritional profile for the whole meal (including 1/2 cup Quinoa). This does not count the carrots.


Pretty rocking, eh? 7 grams of healthy fats (avocado mostly), 11 grams protein, 9 grams fibre- and look 29% of iron! Women tend to be low in iron so this meal gives you 1/3 of your daily needs. More if you use more quinoa. I would suggest using about 3/4-1 cup of it (unless you are trying to fit into a wedding dress in 1 week’s time!) :)

Look who got up to no good:


We’ll just call him the reno man! I will be glad to have my family room back I tell ya. Although that won’t be for a while because we need pot lights put in and all that jazz before we can even paint.



Oh I forgot to mention, last night I almost gave in and had sugar! I was not feeling good last night for some reason (headache and tiredness) and I was craving sugar around 10pm. I thought about it and was going to reach for a handful of chocolate chips when I remembered that I had frozen pineapple chunks in the freezer. They are super sweet. A handful of those and I was good to go! Oh and a handful of raisins too. ;) That was the closest I have come to giving in. It must have been the headache because my body felt like it needed a quick pick me up. Luckily the pineapple worked.

I was thinking about this today at the gym…

If you could live off of one meal the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mine would probably be wraps. I love wraps. There are so many ways you can eat them too. A close second would be penny candy. :D

Off to work on Glo Bakery recipes…!

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VeggieGirl March 8, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I’m BEYOND out-of-whack today – damn time-change!!

**If I could live off of one meal the rest of my life, it would be this (scroll down in post):



Wiggs (The Beholder) March 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I totally agree – this time change has my body completely confused!

If I could live on one meal for the rest of my life, it would be Grammy Noodles. Only my grandmother can make them, though many women in my family have tried. They’re basically just twisty pasta with butter and salt…but for some reason, only Grammy is able to make them taste just right!

A close second would be my fave quinoa salad (isn’t quinoa the best? Apparently it’s good with cinnamon and sugar too, but I’m not brave enough to try it yet): http://iamthebeholder.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/quinoa-camole/


bobbi March 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Hello Lovely! Love the new layout, you have inspired me to update mine :) I also made your green monster today and feautred it on my blog, I LOVED it…I could so eat this for breakfast, now I understand why you love them so much :)

If i could live on one meal it would be grilled cheese and tomotoe soup, I think…lol


Emily March 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Yes! My day had been completely out of whack due to the time change. Its gonna take some getting used to I think. But I love the fact that it is 730 right now and it is still completely light outside :)


gliding calm March 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm

first of all that quinoa meal looks DELISH!

AND secondly, here is a copy of my reply to your comment on my post:

Angela: Check out this post here ( http://glidingcalm.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/i-was-this-close-to-buying-whole-foods-hot-bar/ ) for an answer to your tempeh Q. It is DELICIOUS!!


Sally March 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm

The time change has me all confused, too.

I have a question about your CFW. I know you’re trying to cut back on sugar, but I’m curious about the rationale of having a handful of pineapple + a handful of raisins instead of some chocolate chips. Wouldn’t it be likely that the chocolate chips would have less sugar? I know that one is fruit sugar and the other is added sugar, but in the end, isn’t it all just sugar?


Yasmin March 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Mine would be wraps too…I love the different varieties. Maybe that’s why my blog is itsawrapteacher.blogspot.com! I eat them every day!


Kaneil, balanceisbest March 8, 2009 at 9:55 pm

My day = flew by way too fast!

Favorite meal? I really don’t know if I can decide…but I honestly don’t think I could live without fruit. All of my mom’s cajun dishes are perfect, so I would probably take any of them (if nutritional facts don’t count :) )

Kaneil, balanceisbest


Amisha March 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Hi Angela,

Since you are looking for a low impact workout, why dont you consider walking on your treadmill at a high incline? Sometimes when I dont feel like running I do this and I get almost as good of a workout depending on the incline. Plus it works the booty muscles! :-)


Haleigh March 8, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Your lunch looks amazing! I am definitely off today, I wasn’t hungry for dinner until 8:30!!


Meaghen March 8, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I had quinoa for the first time this week and really liked it. I hear it is a really good wheat free alternative to oatmeal and is an awesome super food for vegetarians because it’s such a good grain and has awesome protein to it. I will defintely be trying your recipe and making quinoa a regular in my diet!


carolinebee March 9, 2009 at 12:27 am

short and sweet due to my time “whackness” today :D YOU, the dress, the site, the FOOD = ALL amazing and beautiful!! You totally rock Ang!


Marianne March 9, 2009 at 2:14 am

I would so live off of sushi. You can have so many different varieties, and include all sorts of healthy ingredients from all the food groups, so you’d be set. Plus, sushi is just freakin’ awesome :D


Michelle Hisae March 9, 2009 at 6:57 am

I could totally live off salads – does that count? There are so many options!


nicole March 9, 2009 at 8:28 am

hi angela
i just have to say…. i freaking LOVE your bolg!!
you really rock my world… i know this probably sounds ridiculous but it is true!!
i discovered osg about 2 weeks ago… and since then i tried my own almond butter (awesome!) and today is my first day of my CFW!!! i still can’t believe it myself!!
you are such an inspiration for me (to me?!) on my way to an entirely healthy lifestyle!!
thank you sooo much!!
sunny and lovely greetings from switzerland (on this note.. sorry for my mistakes… ;) )
ps: i think i could live off of salads… i really love how creative you can get with them! ^. ^


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