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My Culprit Weekends! (Food Cheating Days! with pics...)

Monday, July 01, 2013

I love food - the good and the "Bad"! Whenever my husband and I are on vacations, we like to try new food - so tracking is an estimate at best in these cases ...

Since our trip to Houston (beginning of April), we had many weekend socials (needed - it was allowing me to get a little bit of time off among extra long working week days). And my estimated food tracking was telling me that I was way over top in many occasions! I don't have any regret and I don't really feel bad about it though because emotionally I had too much stress to start adding more trying to keep up with meeting food goals ... Ok, I could have skipped the binging episodes! But overall, since the Championship at the end of May, my body was telling me that I needed a break.

So here is a quick look at some of the few meals I tried during the last month!

Jeff and I went twice to Toronto. Just for day trips (it is about 90 min drive from home) and meeting with friends for an afternoon.

The first time, we were there because Maggie had an anime convention... (She likes dressing up in costume and meeting with friends who share the same interest!)... She spend a lot of time making her costumes, but I don't mind- she is busy, crafty and quite talented with her art, and that gets her to read the novel too - which is something great for a kid who struggled in school not so long ago because of dyslexia!... Here she is as "Prussia"!

So, after dropping her to Anime North, we went downtown and walked around the Chinatown, had a foot massage (Nice!!!) and hang around Kensington street market where we had a big breakfast... (can't recall the restaurant 's name)

I was really hungry! I ate most of my plate: Stuffed Crepe with feta and spinach, white rice and guacamole - this was the best part of it!

I like spending afternoon with my hubby... and just looking around... you never know what to expect...

The second time, we were there for the Italian festival, meeting a couple of friends. At first, I did not really want to go, but it turned out to be a very good afternoon. I bought myself a cute dress, we had a fun time walking through the festival street and we had dinner at Caplansky's Delicatessen on College street. I wanted to try that place for a while - we saw it on the Food Network Channel on one of the show (You gotta eat there)! I like watching that channel especially the shows like the Food trucks and Dine and Diners... I get some recipe inspirations and when we travel somewhere, I do a quick search on the website to identify some cool spots to try and taste the food that we have seen on TV!

Our meals were very tasty and not DIET friendly! That is why you don't track something like this -and some of my friends would call it a cheating day!

Jeff had a 10 oz smoked meat loaf: fresh ground beef and our famous smoked meat seared top and bottom, topped with tangy tomato sauce, served with veggies and mashed potatoes...

... and I tried one of their special meals - a knish : puff pastry stuffed with smoked meat, potato and spices, served with smoked meat gravy!

If you are a smoked meat lover and are planning a culprit meal; when in Toronto, you gotta try this place. See the full menu at: www.caplanskys.com/menu

After these episodes, a trip to Ottawa (for business) where Maggie and I had to eat out for 3 days and I trip to Quebec city to celebrate my oldest graduation from HS (Next blog!) , I hit the RESET Goals (including food goals) at the beginning of last week.

I also tried a few new recipes...

Maggie really wanted to try to make potato cakes (we saw it on one of the show!)...
It turned out not so bad. One is almost a light meal in itself, nice with a salad...

I turn steaks leftover into nice individual flatbread pizza the next day...
(toppings: steak, tomatoes, corn, onion, cilantro and avocado) I love this!!!

Finally, last week Maggie wanted to bake... so we made a Hummingbird Lemon Cake (it actually makes two 9 inches cakes)... Not all from scratch but it is a healthier version than following the suggested recipe from the box (total of 182 cal per serving and less than 2 gr of fat!). It is really good afternoon snack with tea -
Recipe link at: recipes.sparkpeople.com/

A tip! I save one of the cake and turn it into a "weekend treat" or Food celebration" if you know what I mean!
After cutting one of the cake in half (horizontal side), I prepared a light vanilla pudding and dressed it up... (pudding in the middle and over top). Here is the final result, with kiwi and pineapple to decorate.


This serving is 225 cal with 2 gr of fat... and it is delicious!

The best part is: I can track it (all on sparkrecipe) and it is a very nice treat -all accounted for, so I know I can enjoy it and be on track still!

So far, I am on my 9th days of "In range Streak"... I will keep it going.
The challenge is not so much when I am at home, the challenge of keeping my streak going when we are eating out and/or when I have to go on temporary duties.

Happy Canada Day my Spark Canadian Friends... and Happy 4th July coming up to my US Friends... I will have a special meal and I will be on track! Wohooo!!!!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Such a fun post! You and your hubby are cute:)

    The food looks amazing and I love your positive attitude!
    1721 days ago
    You are so creative! I love how you decorated with the fruit and pudding. It looked too pretty to eat.

    Tonight we are having lemon chicken and asparagus with watermelon for dessert. Easy and simple!
    1723 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    WOW! The food looks good, especially that cake you made(I need to check out that recipe).

    Sounds like you & your family had a wonderful time!
    1723 days ago
    So happy you're having wonderful times with your family...very important!!! You sound very happy...that makes me feel great!

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    1724 days ago
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