Vegan Squash & Lentil Burritos

On the journey to bettering myself, I’ve made some serious discoveries—for instance: my favourite food used to be pizza, and now… it’s burritos. Deep, I know. Anyway, this is a quick recipe I adapted to bring for lunch to work this week.

That’s it. That’s all you need to know, that and these are super portable and delicious.

Vegan Butternut Squash & Lentil Burritos – makes 4-5 burritos
(adapted from Oh She Glows)

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1.5 cups cooked brown rice (.5 cup uncooked)
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup dried brown lentils

1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder

5 large or extra large whole wheat tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper if you’re lazy and hate washing dishes (like me) but you live your life and do you. Put the cubed squash on the sheet, drizzle with olive oil. and toss with your hands to coat. Season with salt and pepper, and then toss again. Bake for 40 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Rinse the dry lentils and then put them in a sauce pan with plenty of water, salt it, and bring to a boil until lentils soft, 30 minutes or so. Drain when finished and set aside3. Cook rice if you don’t have some leftover already. If you can’t cook rice I don’t have time to help you, probably google it. I love you but seriously—basics before burritos.

    4. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add oil, onion, and minced garlic. Sautee until soft and fragrant. Add in spices, and stir so the spices toast but don’t burn.

    5. Add chopped red pepper, lentils, and cooked rice and sautee for 10 more minutes.

    6. Remove squash from the oven, add to the pan, and stir until evenly distributed and combined. (Original recipe says 1.5 cups, but I just went and did the whole thing).

    7.  Warm your wraps very slightly in the oven to keep them pliant and stretchy. Fill each one with a loose 1.5 cups of filling, and then execute your best burrito wrapping skills (which are hopefully better than mine).

    8. Finished burritos can be wrapped in foil to be reheated in the oven, taken for lunches (soooo portable) or unceremoniously  de-veganed and covered in cheese, sour cream, and salsa, and then inhaled like a sacrifice.

Sorry For Talking About Poop

I know that I’ve achieved a true friendship with someone when we can talk about poop on the regs. My sister Kacy and I have frequent text exchanges about out digestive struggles (#shittalk), and for good reason:

Poop is EVERYTHING. 

If reading that made you squirm, you can click away now, but I hope you won’t. You probably need to hear this.

For the past few weeks I’ve had a plateau of weight loss. Slightly frustrating, but since I’ve been focusing on healthy routine over numerical results, I just kept moving forward, getting my runs and strength in, shovelling (mostly) healthy food into my face.

Today the change finally came. Not only did I have a great weigh in this morning, finally crushing back the weight loss barrier, but right after, I had a great poo. A poo I had been waiting for for WEEKS. LIFE AFFIRMING POO. There’s potential that tomorrow, I could step on the scale and see a new low, kind of poo. It was award-winning. basically. Congratulations to me and my butt.

The long story short of this is that sometimes you have to forget about numbers and focus on taking care of yourself: take care of your mental health, mind your digestive health, and keep moving. The results will all come and fall in line!

Also, here have some bonus, my sister @saccharine.lemon‘s tips for keeping things moving smooooothly:

#1. Add a tablespoon of ground flax to a glass of water 10 minutes before meals
#2. Dried prunes/dates/figs are your friend, try for a few a day
#3. If you’re struggling, try limiting dairy
#4. Try food pairing (look this up, I have no time to explain the ins and outs)
#5. Try probiotics (kefir is a good option!)
#6. Try for variety! Your body likes to keep things fresh!

 

The Fitspo Dumpster #1

Becoming inspired to get fit > fitspo.

For the uninitiated, fitspo is what happened when the internet age collided with motivational cards and posters trying to encourage people into moving their booties. You see a lot #fitspo posts on Instagram, and while some of them are fun and effective, enlightening or thought provoking, there is also a LOT downright stupidity running rampant out there, wearing the disguise of being enlightening and encouraging.

Recently I collected a bunch of my worst favourites, and now, I present this beautiful #fitspotrash for you. Let’s go dumpster diving.

“I Wish I Was Dead”

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Okay so… are you doing deadlifts or dying? Or having an existential crisis? Have you discovered that bicep curls are the key to living forever through high-key machismo and military font? WHAT HAPPENS ON THE 15th REP?!?!?!?

“I WILL BEAT HER”

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Did anyone else get a jaw drop at this!? The first line of this one reads like a manifesto for domestic violence. I can’t fathom the rest of it—I’m too busy marvelling at how tone deaf it is, while ALSO staring at the way they laid the font out specifically to show off the gleaming belly button.

Your “Inner Fatty” is Probably Cooler Than You

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For the record, I am the sort of evil bitch who starts missing my cupcake when I’m still EATING it and I haven’t even finished the last bite.

Cut Up and Deep Fried?

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This one almost gets away with it because the emojis mean that it’s laughing at itself. Unfortunately, like your loud uncle at every single large family gathering, it is laughing at itself because it genuinely thinks it is funny and not because it realizes it’s stupid.

That’s Not What Google Said

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You can’t beat the classics: this one can be found on tons of sites and accounts with different fonts and colours for every aesthetic except the one that understands the way the human body works, or the one that sees exercise as something other than self flagellation.

Banana, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Uh, bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter—BCPB, y’all.  If you’re not interested after that, there’s just nothing I can do to help you.

Banana, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Serves 1

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1/3 c. steel cut oats
10 g. chocolate protein powder (approximately 2 tbsp.)
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. chia seeds
Pinch of salt

1/2 c. unsweetened soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 medium banana, sliced
1 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter

1. Combine oats, protein powder, cocoa powder, chia seeds and salt in your container of choice! (I use a mason jar for #HipsterCred).
2. Add soy milk and vanilla, stirring to ensure even saturation
3. Add in sliced bananas and PB, stirring again.
4. Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight.
5. Stir up and enjoy!

Obvious S#@! You Already Know, Backed Up by Winter Running

#1. Take Baby Steps
Okay yes, duh: it’s logic. Start small and work towards bigger challenges. You don’t want to sign up for a 10K this coming weekend if you don’t feel confident about running around the block.  Winter running, also incorporates this literally, take small steps, actual baby ones.

The Cult of Running(tm) is filled with sleek, gazelle-like individuals who glide along pavement like it’s a conveyer belt and have calves of granite. I am not a member, but I know that even THEY have to slow down in the winter because it’s dangerous. On the snowiest, iciest days, I’m afraid a wider stride will send me crashing down to the ice, even in cleats.

So from the terror began the habit trotting along, and shortening my stride has helped me un-hunch my shoulders, improved my running posture, and helped me power through hills… which is a pretty dope tie in to the metaphor. Baby steps will get you up the mountain (and keep you from breaking any bones).

#2. Overprepare
Duh: it’s better to have too much ready to go than too little. Slightly less obvious? Trying to dress appropriately for a winter run is a complex math problem:

If it is -14 C outside but it is -22 with the windchill, blowing snow, and a sunny glare, but the body heats up 10 degrees on average during a run, how many layers of clothing should you put on for a 6 kilometre jaunt in order to keep your fingers and toes?

If I had taken up running earlier in high school I might have been less afraid of math after grappling with all of that BS. The answer is, layer up. Just be prepared for it to be COLD and if you’re too warm you can yank stuff off and carry it as you go. Overprepare!

#3. Hard Work Pays Off
Triple duh: running in snow can suck,  it’s like running in cold sand with the potential for an icy surprise at the center to send you sprawling across the pavement. It’s hard work, because it’s hard to get anywhere fast when you’re basically running on the bitterness of Canada’s natural treadmill.

But there’s an upside—what doesn’t shatter your bones or give you frostbite makes you stronger! There will come a day when the snow will melt. I know, it seems unending, and every time the sun dares to peek out, another foot of the white stuff feels likely to drop from on high…But it end. For the first time in weeks, the sidewalks here have been clear and moving from running in winter sand hell to straight pavement felt….almost….easy. The big e!

Now it’s not gonna feel like pixie dust forever, but there will be a few honeymoon runs where the sole hits nothing but the pavement and it’s such a confidence boost because of all the strength you got while slugging it out in the slush has come back to let you power on at full strength.

Peanut Butter and Date Overnight Oats

A little late for Valentines day, but get your love on with some dates!

This recipe is chewy, sweet, creamy, peanut-buttery and filling. With your morning cup of coffee, tea, or water, it’s a healthy, but indulgent way to fuel up. At 500 cals it might be a little spendy, but it’s the first meal of the day—so make room, people! #WorthIt.

Peanut Butter & Date Overnight Oats
Serves 1

1/2 c. soy milk (or milk of choice)
3 tbsp. plain full fat yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. steel cut oats
1/4 c. chopped, pitted dates
1/2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. all natural peanut butter
1 tbsp. chia seeds

1. Combine soy, yogurt, and vanilla in your container of choice! (Jar, bowl…whatever…)
2. Stir in oats, dates, and peanut butter, making sure everything is evenly distributed
3. Taste–if you want more sweetness, add the maple syrup (if not, -25 cals!)
4. Stir in chia seeds, cover container, and put in fridge overnight.
5. Enjoy!

Winter’s Bounty

Sometimes, you have to be excited about salad.

Sometimes you have to be excited about pictures of that salad, and make a blog post to show more than one.

This salad, Allison Day’s Winter Chopped Salad, is just that good, okay?

I think I finally understand arugula.