CSNN Bound

What an exciting week! I had a meeting with the manager from the CSNN Kelowna Branch, which happens to be 3 blocks from my house, about attending their program in the fall. For those of you who don’t know, CSNN stands for Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and I’ve been accepted into their Registered Holistic Nutrition program! I’m beaming with excitement. I’ve researched a ton of different schools that offer a wide range of certificates and programs but I think this one by far takes the cake. Obviously a cake made from coconut flour, honey, a cocoa  😉
Years ago I remember showing interest in the program and having brochures sent to me and seriously questioned whether I wanted to go back to school, and never did anything about it. I’m even more thrilled I will be attending classes on campus versus distance learning, and I know it will be beneficial to learn from expertised professionals. One of the instructors is a Naturopathic Doctor! So cool. Plus it will keep me on track vs forcing myself to do modules at home, and I will meet a few people as well, since I’m still so new to Kelowna! I will still attempt to work full time hours at the hospital, so here’s to hoping I make it through the year in one piece.

For dinner that night my boyfriend made a quick and easy pulled chicken, and he was even amazed at how clean it was! He started off by frying chicken in a little bit of water and seasoning, meanwhile, in a pot he let orange juice, and chipotle peppers simmer, later adding the chicken to the pot to finish cooking. These breasts fell apart afterwards with a punch of flavour and moisture, we will definitely be adding this to our taco line up alongside his infamous pulled pork! Mr. Non-paleo used the chicken in a quesadilla, which might I add looked delicious and brought me back to the good old days when chicken nuggets and quesadillas were restaurant go-to’s of mine. I on the other hand, made a chicken fajita salad. It included spinach, grilled peppers and onions, pulled chicken, homemade guacamole, and fresh cilantro.

The next morning I made a one egg and half cup egg white omelette, and was obviously still craving that mexican feel. The base includes spinach and a roma tomato, I then added the leftover grilled peppers and onions, and topped it with fresh green onions, tomato, more guacamole, and salsa! And of course made a matcha tea alongside. I haven’t had coffee now for a week maybe? Nothing against coffee; I have my first day shift tomorrow in a few weeks and you can bet I’ll be stepping up my Americano game. I just have really been enjoying Matcha tea, and green teas in general. Saving coffee for those special days!

  

 

I’ve been attending yoga classes at Karma Yoga, as it is literally half a block a way, and been loving it! As far as Hot Yoga goes, I only have tried Moksha, so this has been an eye opening experience and has really expanded my level of practice. They also offer TRX and kettlebell classes, so I tried one of them! However, I was surprised when it was done in the same studio that offers hot yoga, and yes, it was still done in a hot environment! We did low intensity TRX circuits, and near the end I was drenched as if I did a hot yoga class. We did tons of squats, lunges, planks, and upper body exercises targeting biceps, triceps, and shoulders, and lots of stretches. Post workout I made a protein shake. Okay it was ice cream basically. There’s just something about eating it with a spoon vs out of a cup? We are currently out of our usual Costco protein (definitely the cheapest value and it’s overall pretty healthy! Low in lactose and gluten free), but I bought a few of these Vega packets so I tried one out. Not even kidding this was SO yummy. I just added one packet of Vega Coconut Almond, which as far as I’m concerned is the best flavour; a handful of spinach, ice, and almond milk! That’s it! Oh and maybe 1/4 tsp of xanath gum to add thickness. I topped with walnuts and cacao nibs as usual.

 

Finally it was dinner time. I made zoodles for the first time since living here. I was a fan but the boyfriend was not-he prefers spaghetti squash. I also usually cook these using Against All Grain’s technique of “sweating” out the zucchini on paper towel in the oven, but this time I tried steaming them. I think it worked out well! But I made the mistake of leaving them steaming after turning the stove off, and clearly didn’t realize they would keep cooking. #blametheblonde. My boyfriend made a pesto sauce with basil from our herb garden, olive oil, fresh parmesan, and pine nuts. One day I’ll have him trained to measure things… I marinated the chicken in some olive oil, fresh garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper. After those were barbecued up, we plated the pasta and topped with fresh cherry tomatoes. I think marzano tomatoes would have been a better choice, but those are seriously hard to find. This is one of my favorite meals by far, anything pesto actually, lets be honest.

 

Still experimenting on here, hoping to add a recipes tab, workout tips, a wine tab with recommended vineyards to visit in the Okanagan, and more! But for now I’ll keep blabbing on and on about food.

Cheers!

Happy mini Friday <3

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