Monthly Archives: February 2012

Circus school

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I can’t believe that the weekend is over. I am not used to having so many activities on the weekend so I am assuming it will be hard to start my intense work week tomorrow. At the end of it, no questions that it was well worth it.

If you ever have a chance to spend some time in a circus school, go for it. It is so much fun. Even thou I felt a little bit anxious about it (I’m definitely passed the stage of ignorance mistaken for courage), the trainers are there all the time so there is no real worries.

We went to Stoney Creek circus school on Saturday afternoon. They split 60 people into 5 groups and we walked from station to station trying different things. First we tried jumping on a trampoline. It’s pretty hard. One of the first things you learn is how to properly fall – your body naturally wants to fall forward when you actually need to land sitting straight (Dandasana). Next we moved into a trapezes and I love it. It was one of the acrobatics that I always wanted to try. This circus school offers pole dancing and I felt almost embarrassed that I just couldn’t climb on the pole.  But  I think all the guys were even more shocked that someone was asking them to try pole dancing;). We also tried tumbling walking and aerials where you learn how to swing, suspend, spin in the air. It requires lots of upper body strength but it’s very exciting. So over all if I ever decide to start a new career in circus I will definitely choose acrobatics in the air. Here are some pictures, take a look:

…and I am done.

xoxo

Izabela

 

 

How about homemade Halva?

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I have delayed the post with the Valentine’s dessert recipe simple because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for Tom.
Days like Valentines require more thought and attention then I would normally put into for an after dinner dessert. And despite the fact that he loves halva, it really bothers me that it is so loaded with the unnecessary ingredients. Every time we are in our grocery store he would buy it and then he wakes up during the night to eat it until it’s done. Do I need to mention his upset stomach in the morning…
So I thought to give it a try..

Honestly I think it’s quite a success. I was not sure how to keep the consistency but I froze it and it was all good.

Healthier  Halva

½ cup sesame seeds (toasted on the pan for a few minutes)
2tbsp of raw Tahini
a pinch of Celtic sea salt
and 1-2 tbsp of honey
raw pistachios

Blend everything together in a food processor. You would need to stop from time to time to scrape down the sides and mix the seeds until it’s well grounded. Shape it into squares and freeze it.
By the time he came home it was waiting for him.

I am pretty excited about this weekend. Lots of happening for us. My yoga studio invited us to a staff party in a circus school tomorrow. I can’t wait to try some acrobatics on the trampoline. Well, if only I have some skills to do so;)
On Sunday we are leaving for Niagara Falls for the night.

And how do you celebrate your Family Weekend?

xoxo

Izabela

Carrot Chocolate Protein Cakes

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Since I am spending most of my time on physical activities I am very concern about my protein intake. As I am not a meat eater I have to combine some kind of the vegan protein with greens at lunch or dinner. It’s harder to justify your sweet tooth cravings without any health benefits. So here is another option for you: can be your breakfast ( place it on top of my oats, or eat it like pancakes with jam or syrup ), snack in between your meals (packed it in you bag for a sweet break) or a sweet addition for your afternoon coffee.
Carrot Chocolate Protein Cakes

½ cup oat/almond flour
½ spoon of chocolate protein powder
1 ripe banana (mashed)
1 grated carrot
3 egg whites
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla

*in addition chocolate chips if more sweetness is desired (such as Stevia).
I am already thinking about adding some nut butter next time;)

Using a tablespoon scoop batter onto parchment paper or a greased baking sheet. Bake 20 min in 400F. Enjoy.

xoxo

Izabela

 

The Weekender

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I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend. Although I can not complain, still I am constantly jealous how my dog’s life looks like

For most of you it was all about the super bowl, for me it was more just an excuse to try some of the recipes. Thanks to Megan I made some delicious Vegan Nacho Cheez Its on Friday night – it turned out great. I can not eat corn so finally I could enjoy the nachos flavor in these “chips”.

After my Saturday class we decided to visit downtown Toronto and Kensington Market. This place is incredible to check out the newest vegan trends and foods that I can not find anywhere close to me.“Quinoa Crunchies Chocolate” from GoGo Quinoa. Can’t wait to add them to my morning oats-yum;). Besides all the products are cheaper so I stock myself with Kombucha drink and Salba grains (not sure how to use it yet).
Since the current winter in Canada feels like Spring time we walked around a bit and finally finished the day in “Hot Beans”; a vegan restaurant. Yummy huge TVP burrito for me.

Yeah, I ate it all by myself;) and I loved it.
and TVP tacos for Tom.

On Sunday morning I almost cried when my food processor decide to died… Now I am panicking how am I going to survive my week without it. Well, I guess I am on a mission to find a new one this week;(

The only time when I actually watched the Super Bowl was at the half time Madonna show. After I got all hyped up with her yoga moves. I went upstairs to practice and finished my day.

Happy Monday everyone!!!

Izabela