This has been such a busy week but incredibly needed. My girlfriend and fellow graduate Carolina flew in to Kelowna on Tuesday and I’ve been keeping her busy and making sure she gets the best Kelowna experience!
On Tuesday we went for a quick walk after settling in. I was planning on going for a run before picking her up from the airport… but due to a last minute decision to attend Aerosmith (such a great experience!) I really wasn’t feeling all the great the next morning…and yes there was wine involved…
Tuesday night was absolutely just… ahhhmazing. I registered Carolina and I for a Yoga and Wine Reception event held at Cedar Creek Winery. I guess every Tuesday night they hold this event, but it usually sells out. Not sure how I got tickets but am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to do chaturangas while watching the sunset. After an hour of relaxing yoga with a view of Lake Okanagan, and some essential oils that literally took me to a new blissful state never experienced, we enjoyed a nice light dinner and a glass of Cedar Creek Rose. Wine + yoga with my best friend. Love it. Apparently a bunch of the vineyards hold these events so I’m definitely going to look into these! There are also a ton of community yoga classes held all over Kelowna, on beaches and parks and such that just ask for a donation. As much as I love hot yoga, it was a great experience just flowing through the movements, and focusing more on being present rather than feeling uncomfortable in a hot and dark room. Nothing against hot yoga though, still one of my favs!
Wednesday morning, we were up bright and early to hike up Knox Mountain. I tried out my new Matcha tea, which by the way is incredible and I’ve been drinking a cup of Matcha everyday! It just feels so cleansing and detoxifying. I made a Chocolate Mint Matcha smoothie for us prior to our hike, it was creamy and delicious and pumped us full of energy!
- 1 tsp matcha tea
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 2 T mint (i used chocolate mint from our herb garden)
- 1 cup almond milk
In the future, I would definitely throw a banana in there to add sweetness and texture, but nonetheless it tasted fantastic. Will definitely be adding this to my menu during the week.
My boyfriend was heading to Pemberton music festival Thursday morning so we made a spaghetti squash and bolgnese paired with a beautiful red wine from Road 13.
The next few days consisted of a few runs, lots of beach, and drinks with some girlfriends that I’ve met since moving here. It was a healthy balance of activity/relaxation/food/wine, and I couldn’t have asked for a better week off. I felt throughout this whole trip I ate completely intuitively, without thinking about eating intuitively, do you know what I mean? I also spent a lot of time in a bathing suit and absolutely loved every second of it. The sun basking down on me while reading on the beach covered in oil (and an appropriate amount of SPF) is honestly one of my favourite things in the world. Vitamin D for the win! My girlfriend is off to Edmonton in the morning, so tonight is a whole lot of sushi, japanase tea, and watching Crazy, Stupid, Love, and wearing pjs at 5pm. Couldn’t be happier.
Back to work tomorrow, and trying to decide if I want to start studying Holistic Nutrition! It’s been a passion of mine for years, and I always find an excuse not to enroll. Decisions, decisions…