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Friday Fitness week 8 – My 8 Favorite Snacks!

If you’re like my husband, you don’t think about food until the late afternoon (weirdo) and when you do, it’s a gut filling meal. If you’re like me, you’d prefer to snack through out the day never being full and rarely being hungry. I’m not sure which is the healthier of the two, I suppose it’s preference or some sort of a balance. Either way, today we’re going to review some of my go-to snacks.

Some of these were my favorite before I cut out animal products, but although I don’t consume them now I still wanted to mention them in case you could benefit from a new idea!

1. Nut butter and Plants!

Everyone loves the good ol’ apples and peanut butter or the Ants-on-a-log from kindergarten (celery, Pb and raisins), but why leave out the rest of the garden? I love to blanch broccoli and cauliflower to dip or raw zucchini, carrots, and more! Have a sweet tooth? Try any berry (especially frozen blueberries) or my favorite, sliced bananas with nut-butter and freeze them!

(If you’re watching fat or calorie intake, mix normal peanut butter with Pb2)

2. Cottage cheese and Salsa Dip!

Exactly what it sounds like! Mix the two and use for a protein based salsa dip (rather than nacho cheese). Dip with raw veggies, whole grain crackers or eat with a spoon!

3. Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast!

Nutritional yeast is a hidden gem in the vegan world. Packed with B vitamins and other minerals, this beneficial bundle of flakes can be added to salads, soups, dips, or in this case, popcorn! I dry pop my own kernels then lightly dust with coconut oil and sprinkle with Himalayan salt and Nutritional yeast. Add a glass of wine and you’ve got dinner! (Guilty smile here)

4. Homemade Spinach Dip!

Forget the mayonnaise, creme cheese and other pointless calories… throw together some Greek yogurt, avocado and wilted spinach with your favorite seasonings and viola, dip!

5. Guacamole!

I know, I know… it’s fattening and high in calories blah blah blah but it’s one of those superfoods we spoke about in the last post! It’s packed full of all the good stuff that supports a healthy body along with a buttery texture that really satisfies the mouth hunger mentioned in Mindful Eating. If the nutrition facts still scare you, load it up with scrumptious fillers like puréed spinach, tomatoes, peppers, onions, jicama.. add whatever you love to bulk up the serving size.

6. Angelic Eggs! (verses deviled)

When I was fit-cray cray I avoided deviled eggs at all cost, yolk and mayonnaise, no way, not in this mouth! I missed the handy quick snack so traded in some of the traditional ingredients for healthier options. My go-to was Greek yogurt or cottage cheese but now without dairy, I use avocado, mustard and WATER! Yep, when you’re recipe is a little dry, no need to blob on more mayo, just add a splash of water and it’ll moisten it up enough for eating!

7. Frozen Yogurt Dots!

Super easy and tasty. Grab your favorite yogurt, Greek or full fat, flavored or not (I used plain then flavored with protein powder or honey). Put it on a plastic baggy then cut the tip off, squeeze dots onto a tray and freeze. Once frozen, scrape them off and enjoy!

8. Homemade popsicles!

I LOVE frozen treats so this dandy is one of my staples during the hot months. You have control of what goes inside so why not pack it full of nutritious ingredients?! I often mesh some sort of nut milk with vegan protein powder. To make it even more creamy, I’ll blend in a banana, nut butter, chia seeds or avocado. You the fruity type? Put some mango, yogurt and coconut together… craving mint chocolate chip? Add mint extract and cocao nibs! No matter what your taste buds are seeking, just throw your goodies in a blender, purée it until it’s smooth and then fill up the molds. By dessert time you’ll have a feel-good popsicle to savor!

So there you have it, 8 ideas to fill the snack space while keeping your health in mind.

I’m not going to go into any detail this week on the physical challenges of our Friday Fitness so I’ll leave it up to you to review the past weeks and keep it up!

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It wasn’t just the package

I’ve found a new item to add to my quirky list of edibles. It’s been around for ages and finally has found it’s way to me! I wasn’t told about it nor did I read about it in some Dr. Doozy list of “top miracle health products nobody has ever heard of”.  I was walking the isles of the local Massy (a popular chain grocery store here) snooping like I do, when something caught my eye. 

Take a look at that package… I’ve never seen seaweed look like this before! (Make sure you read the previous sentence with a high pitched sarcastic tone).

STEP 1: Stare at the package again… for the instructions.

Rinse and soak 


STEP 3: Remove from the fridge and hold it up to the light. Inspect the curious looking monster in the container that you’re supposedly going to eat.

Boil for 20 min and strain. This is when the recipes can vary a bit.  My minimal research shows that some of the more popular dishes are sweet and aim towards a pudding desert-like substance. I’m going to make a veggie cake(ish) creation, so bare with me.

STEP 5: Blend it up with enough water until there are no lumpy plant chunks. Note, it expands during this process! 


Put this mess aside and bring out your other ingredients.  Here’s what I’m playing with today: butternut squash, sweet potato, egg, coconut milk, kale, vanilla, turmeric, ginger, ground flax seeds, cayenne pepper, himalayan salt and a splash of palm sugar. 

I have no measurements for you as I generally just pinch here, dash that, pour more and finish with a shoulder shrug.  I suppose if I master a phenomenal flavor, I’ll then post a proper recipe.  



STEP 7: Combine everything together with no method to the madness.  Just shove the ingredients in a blender and let ‘er rip!


Realize you forgot to preheat your oven and rush over to get it started. Then lightly oil a baking dish and poor in the mixture.


STEP 9: Bake until you can stick and remove a clean toothpick from the center.  If you’re like me, this is when you should crank up the heat to brown the edges a bit more. 

Final step is to remove the strange looking green cake-like dish and let it cool.  You don’t have to worry about anyone sneaking a bite because well, look at it.  


If you choose to eat it warm out of the oven, I suggest pouring a bit of coconut milk (or your milk of choice) over the top and eating it like a pudding.  You can see the texture of the warm version in the top photo.  

If you put it in the fridge, the seamoss will set up and turn the dish into more of a brownie texture (in the bottom picture).   

A few other of my favorite edibles can be seen in Coconut and cashew, yes please and My favorite Cambodian dish.  Cheers to the open road, new flavors and a creative kitchen!


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6 hour bus ride from Guayaquil to Canoa!

Usually on the bus rides I take 10-30 photos and choose 5 to show you. This trip was only 6 hours, but provided what I think is some quality pictures to give a good idea of the typical towns in betweeen the major cities.

This is the inside of the Guayaquil main bus terminal followed by the outside as we take off for the coast.




The complimentary program starts off with North American wrestling (not olympic, but the men in makeup and tights kind) voiced over in Spanish. This is being competed with the Latin music blaring from the drivers seat, not to mention the woman on the phone behind me that seems extremely determined to get her point across.


Please keep in mind, all of these “bus” photos were taken through a dirty window while flying through windy roads. Instead of choosing only the quality photos, I’m going with the quality content instead. You get the drift.

In the exact order they were taken, here is 6 hours wrapped up in a photo tour.






Just Ignore my finger in this one, as I moved quickly when the priceless donkey standing on the side of the building caught my eye. Do you see him?


The little mobile cart is the primary source of taxi rides around the smaller villages.


Take notice to the non motorized cycle with cart that’s to the right of the motorized taxi buggie. This little getup is used to move just about anything that you would typically put in a wheel barrow. So far, I’ve mostly seen bulk of fruit and veggies or construction supplies.


The cylce carts also fill in for the vendors as their booth. I think it’s brilliant! You load up, ride to where you want to work, park and open up for business. Obviously today was next to a truck full of eggs…a lot of them!


More random shots along the way in the order they were taken.












As I’ve mentioned before, when the bus stops (for a whole 3 seconds) to pick up or drop off new passengers it usually adopts a salesman with food, drink or a “special promotion” for a random item.

Today has been vitamins, bread, gum, ice-cream and this lovely girl. Apparently everything she was saying was hilarious because the once sober sounding passengers are now laughing after every punch line she drops.



She passed out these necklaces that was in support of the local school. I accepted the offer for a whopping $1, knowing that I could gift it to an unexpecting little girl along my journey. Win-win!


More photos as we near the location of my first week in Ecuador.









I wonder if he gets better cell reception on the top deck.



Another stop fills the empty seat next to me with a new friend that lives in the city where Ill be volunteering in a few weeks! She only speaks Spanish so the hour conversation was quality practice for me. She was also a helpful comfort when telling me to get off the bus, “¡su parada está aquí!”. Muchas gracias Rocio!


Im finally here in the beach town of Conoa. I get the keys to my room just in time to unpack and grab a quick bite before the sunset. Check out details of Hotel Macondo here. It’s amazing what I get for $9 a day. The second photo is of my balcony with a hammock… After the bus ride, that just encourages a deep breath and a smile!



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