Meatless Monday Review: Hugo's chocolate brownie sundae

hugo vegan brownie sundae review

Sometimes I am your typical girl, I like a good dessert. Doesn’t happen very often but when I splurge I splurge with style. Last month I had a weekend training that left me pretty wasted, so time to go out for dinner and get my splurge on. As we were at Hugo’s I decided to opt for the Chocolate Brownie Sundae, vegan style!

hugo vegan brownie sundae review

All for me???

 

Yep, this is VEGAN! 100% dairy free. They have a few vegan options for dessert and some that are vegetarian normally, like this sundae, can be made vegan with the omission of the dairy ice cream and the substitution of raspberry sorbet. We’ve tried the brownie and while we LOVE that brownie, the sundae is a far better value.

hugo vegan brownie sundae review

Hahahaha of course I’m finishing it!

 

Normally I’d share this with Bob but as he’s on a major health kick this year I had this to myself… the question was would I finish it? Well it was fantastically yummy. It was tough but I made it through…

hugo vegan brownie sundae review

Told ya! All gone!

If you’ve tried the sundae at Hugo’s let me know your opinion in the comments :)

Grocery Shopping

Menu planning definitely helps! Not only is it easier to come home and have a plan of action for dinner but it’s fun as we have something different daily and try new things. This week I tried to make a vegan shepherd’s pie, made curry and tostada salad (like natural cafe)… it’s pushing me out of my box to COOK and not rely on pre-made meals, which is a good thing.

Feb 16th Trader Joes= $7.49

  • Bagels
  • Vegan Mozzarella
  • Pop Chips

 

 

Feb 17th Trader Joes= $85.36

  • 4 large Apples
  • 15 bananas
  • Guacamole
  • Almond milk
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Tofurkey Slices
  • Vegan Mozzarella
  • Olive oil wraps
  • frozen peas
  • hummus
  • 3x coconut water
  • OJ
  • Tahini
  • Maple syrup
  • Clif builder bar
  • Clif bar
  • organic peanut butter
  • pinto beans
  • black beans cuban style
  • canned corn
  • bagels
  • choc bar
  • 4lb potatoes
  • dates
  • 3 lemons
  • cucumber
  • romaine lettuce hearts
  • 2 boxes mushrooms
  • organic baby greens
  • organic baby kale
  • pepper
  • iceberg lettuce

So I went over budget again this week, damnit! This week I hit $92.85 which was less than last week but I’m getting there. Having a menu plan for the week definitely helps bigtime but this week was a little off as we ate out twice in the evening just due to having a weird work schedule and we had an arcade game to pick up which made making dinner problematic. Thankfully I had a lot of food to last me through the whole week and only had to go shopping today (and blew the budget again!). When I get back from my yoga training weekend I’m gonna knuckle down on the budget.

Grand it.

w/e 20th Feb = $92.85

w/e 13th Feb = $95.09

w/e 6th Feb = $88.99

w/e 30th Jan = 104.39

w/e 23rd Jan = $122.55

w/e 16th Jan = $88.04

w/e 9th Jan = $69.53 

Weekly Budget = $90.20**

Yearly Total = $661.44

Balance = -$30.64

 

**Figures based on USDA cost of food reports**

 

Household Chores and weight loss

 

household chores and weight loss

 

 

One of the things I hear all the time from people I coach is “I don’t have time” whether it’s to hit the gym for a workout, get out for a run or just include more physical activity into their day. However studies show that we are LESS active as a nation, the average women now spends 2 1/2 hours a day watching TV double that of women in 1965. Conversely in 1965 the average woman spent 2 1/2 hours cleaned her house, compared more recently to the 1 1/2 hours spent doing household chores. So our sedentary time watching TV has doubled, while our time spent being physically active doing chores has reduced by a third. While there are other factors that contribute to obesity and weight issues the reduction in daily physical activity is definitely a contributing factor.

I hate housework with passion, for me it’s pure drudgery, so I blast out a podcast or put on music and just get it done as quick as I can. My feelings on housework are summed up in the image below….
household chores and weight lossIt is NOT my idea of a good time. Honestly I don’t know many women that will say they enjoy housework… ok maybe my mother does. She’s always doing some cleaning or other. The good news is that housework DOES burn calories! Vacuuming and mopping floors can burn around 200 calories per hour, and chores like dusting can burn around 150 calories per hour. For easy chores like ironing expect a drop in the burn to around 110 calories. Just pottering around the kitchen doing chores like emptying and loading the dishwasher, or cooking can burn 150 calories an hour.

household chores and weight loss

 

Some more intense chores are going to burn more calories, like shoveling snow (for those on the East coast right now). Expect a burn of around 200 calories for a 30 minutes session of snow shoveling. However it’s important to note that while there is a good calorie burn this will only help weight loss when combined with a clean healthy eating plan. 

household chores and weight loss

If you are already pretty active in the housework area then bump up the intensity to reduce the time you are doing the chores. This not only helps increase the calories but reduces the time so you can spend it doing other things like walking the dogs, taking the kids to the park, hitting the gym for a group fitness class or hitting the pavement for a run.

If you have any questions on housework and weight loss please leave a comment below, or check out my youtube video. Remember I post weekly videos regarding health and fitness, workouts, nutrition and more, so subscribe to to my youtube channel for the latest updates. 

Meatless Monday Review: So Delicious CocoWhip

SO Delicious cocowhip review

 

Over the holidays we had our Tofurkey Roast which this year we got from Whole Foods and opted for the ‘feast’. Which included the roast, savory gravy, wishstix and organic chocolate cake. These were a bargain over the holidays under $20 and though it ‘serves 6′ let me just tell ya that the roast might serve 6 but there is NOT enough gravy for 6 people. The wishstix are kinda pointless too, we gave ours to the dogs.

SO Delicious cocowhip review workoutwithdi tofurkey feast

 

Now I like vegan chocolate cake as much as the next girl, but this is the holidays and that cake needed some ooomph so searching round whole foods for a dessert topping I find this is the frozen aisle. Call it a coconut alternative to cool whip! Dairy free, soy free, verified non-gmo, certified gluten free and certified vegan. Why not? It practically begged me to take it home to try.

SO Delicious cocowhip review

 

There are no trans fats, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. This isn’t something I’d have everyday… but like I said Holidays and special occasions. Plus I LOVE coconut flavored things so this was gonna be a hit right? 

 

SO Delicious cocowhip review

 

Before we get into taste let’s just say a WTF for the serving size… TWO tablespoons? Who uses two tablespoons? Thankfully that’s only 30 calories (half of which are fat) but seriously a ‘real’ serving is more like three to four times that amount, so no way I was getting 22 servings from this container. An HONEST servings per container would probably be around eight to ten, so plan accordingly.

 

SO Delicious cocowhip review

Directions were to thaw for 4 hours in refrigerator. Once opened it would last for 10 days and CAN be refrozen. I missed that part originally and ended up eating this for a week straight with fruit and other items as I thought I had to use it in a few days like regular dairy cream. Next time READ the directions Di! Again as you can see more than two tablespoons here:-

SO Delicious cocowhip review

It had the consistency of whipped cream or cool whip, and it tasted like cool whip but with a coconut flavor to it. It was actually really good, too good. I enjoyed it thoroughly on Thanksgiving, and for days afterwards when I had it with fruit. It went really well with sliced bananas!!! In all I really liked it, and would definitely buy it again for special occasions.

SO Delicious cocowhip review

 

Grocery Shopping

I got straight back on the menu planning bandwagon and have to say it’s awesome. While I’m not super strict with it I will say it removes any headaches from the “what’s for dinner” question every night. I actually have started to ENJOY cooking!!! I’ve even started experimenting in the kitchen, and whilst there are a few disasters there are a few successes too.

Feb 9th Trader Joes= $95.09

  • Organic Rice cakes
  • Peppermint tea
  • Frozen peas
  • BBQ pop chips
  • Indian paneer tikka masala
  • Vegan Indian tikka masala
  • frozen organic corn
  • frozen broccoli
  • sweet potato fries
  • frozen falafel
  • frozen blueberries
  • coconut water x3
  • Clif bar regular
  • Clif builder bar x3
  • pinto beans
  • organic ketchup
  • meatless burgers
  • flour tortillas
  • olive oil wraps
  • pita bread
  • black beans
  • cuban style black beans
  • dijon mustard
  • quinoa organic red
  • brown rice fusilli
  • dates
  • apples x5
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 3 lemons
  • 4lb organic yukon gold potatoes
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 2lb clementines
  • 14 bananas
  • iceberg lettuce
  • mushrooms 8oz
  • squash 1.5lb
  • organic romaine hearts

Grand total for this week is $$95.09 which wasn’t too far over budget. I admit that I didn’t need the indian frozen ready meals but I wanted to try out the vegan one (paneer for Bob who is vegetarian not vegan) and so I was happy to see them in the chiller at our Trader Joes.  Not something I’d have weekly but honestly it was fortunate that I got them because I wasn’t feeling too good Saturday afternoon and they were super handy to heat in the microwave without any fuss. I’ll be reviewing those soon! Everything else was for the week ahead and honestly we’ve done pretty well this week. Eating at home saves money, but having the menu plans saves my sanity. Definitely recommend it.

w/e 13th Feb = $95.09

w/e 6th Feb = $88.99

w/e 30th Jan = 104.39

w/e 23rd Jan = $122.55

w/e 16th Jan = $88.04

w/e 9th Jan = $69.53 

Weekly Budget = $90.20**

Yearly Total = $568.59

Balance = -$27.99

 

**Figures based on USDA cost of food reports**

One little word 2015: LIGHT - defining, intentions and realizations

 

I’m a little late joining in the One Little Word Challenge, but as Ali says “there is now perfect way to tackle the process”. I admit I’ve been hesitant to start the project this year as it means setting some boundaries of what I want to share publicly and what I want to keep to myself. This year will truly be one of personal  emotional growth rather than previous years focus on business, health, work, etc. So I finally got around to making my pages for Januarys prompt. I’ve decided to go digital for this . . . click here to read more about One little word 2015: LIGHT – defining, intentions and realizations

Gardening for physical activity & weight loss

This week I posted the above photo to social media saying “digging in the dirt, the original total body workout”, think about  it – so true. While we won’t remember the times of hard manual labor just to eat gardening truly is a total body workout, and it’s good for weight loss. After I posted the photo my friend Jessica sent me this:

I mean really? Think about it! I can honestly say that the first time I get out in the gardening in the New Year I FEEL it the next day. How . . . click here to read more about Gardening for physical activity & weight loss

A love inspired spinning playlist for Valentine's Day

It’s the season of love hearts, chocolates and flowers which means it’s time for a new spinning playlist! Though this playlist could be used for running, hitting the gym, gardening or having a dance around your kitchen *ahem*. This playlist is a rehash of one I made last year but never got around to posting, because I suck. Ok maybe I don’t totally suck, but I kept saying I’d post playlists regularly and never got around to it, bad blogger! So here is the new updated valentine, love, relationship inspired playlist. Remember it isn’t all lovey dovey . . . click here to read more about A love inspired spinning playlist for Valentine’s Day

Meatless Monday: Vegan Jam sponge pudding recipe

After Januarys success of getting back on track with menu planning I decided the goal for February would be COOKING more. So I planned some homemade meals, including some deserts! As deserts tend to be a last minute thing in our house one staple we fall back on is an easy microwave sponge pudding my mum used to make when we got our first microwave. As I’ve veganized it I figured I’d share the recipe, and just in time for Valentines Day! You’re welcome. Remember this is a treat, not an everyday occurrence.

Vegan Jam Sponge Pudding . . . click here to read more about Meatless Monday: Vegan Jam sponge pudding recipe

Project Life 2014 - playing catch up for weeks 47 -52

Woweeee it’s been a couple of MONTHS now since I posted a project life page. As I mentioned in a previous post though, things seem to be settling down a little for me and I’m getting into a great schedule with the help of my planner (more on that soon). This post is purely dedicated to catching up on project life from our England trip to the end of the 2014!

This week crossed the divide of getting back from England so there is a photo or two from there, including one of the . . . click here to read more about Project Life 2014 – playing catch up for weeks 47 -52

Blogging: find your values, be you times two

I lost my mojo in December/January. We all through a natural ebb and flow but  December for me was a transition into a period of setting new goals, which means re-evaluating where I am at. In November before we went on vacation to England I sat down and had a good look at this blog and the direction it was taking and I honestly wasn’t happy with it. I’d done product promotions and ads in the past and decided to dive more into paid ads and follow the money which meant that I ended up advertising products on my blog . . . click here to read more about Blogging: find your values, be you times two

Physical Activity & Health - how to walk your way to better health

I took a two month break from posting workout videos because honestly I got a little burned out, but recently I found myself wanting to start again. Perhaps not focusing on a weekly workout challenge but including fitness or exercise related topics, technique videos, etc. Also giving myself a free pass to skip a week or two when I need to so I avoid burnout again!

So this week I wanted to talk about physical activity and HEALTH. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of physical activity a week (along with 2 resistance training . . . click here to read more about Physical Activity & Health – how to walk your way to better health