Things have been really crazy lately, even more so than usual but I’m making some real positive changes, growing my business, expanding my network and also my impact potential To keep my energy up, I need to get lots of exercise and so I’m like a whirlwind when I get busy because I boost my energy by increasing my workouts, but with constant energy exertion soon comes exhaustion, which is what happened to me mentally, emotionally, spiritually but what really stopped me is when my body began to break down physically. I have only recently become vegan, and to be honest, it is difficult and I’m not 100% perfect all the time but I try my best and I have to forgive myself for slipping up or eating something not completely vegan-clean because my health comes first, and I need to give my body what it needs. Sometimes that’s food, but even more important is rest and recovery time a.k.a. meditation, relaxation or sleep.
Here’s a little update since I’ve been way to busy to post, but I recently discovered that I’m not invincible, and gave myself a minor injury to my shoulder about 3 weeks in my acro class. I recently started going to cirque-ability and got placed in the intermediate acro, which equates to me being in a class with people nearly half my age. About three weeks ago I was doing a dive cartwheel, jumped over a blockade about 3/4 metres high and landed on my shoulder wrong and felt and heard a bit of a crunch. Not good. I shifted something and it’s taken about 3 weeks to stretch it out an bring it back to normal. On top of that, I’m hula hooping, taking ballroom and salsa performance classes and recently added some west coast swing into the mix. As well, I’m going full throttle with my Kindred Spirits initiative and am building my Angela Argentina brand, organizing events, meet-ups, networking and trying to maintain a healthy balance, which is not exactly possible but I keep things going in a sort of lifestyle juggle.
Getting enough protein isn’t hard as a vegan, but getting the right types of protein which are essential to the body’s optimal operation are. I find that being and/or eating vegan is a kind of science experiment as you have to try to find a balance in the foods that you eat to provide the body with what it needs. Especially if you’re active like I am and constantly on-the-go, let’s face it, society isn’t exactly designed to be vegan-friendly, and if it is, it comes at a premium. As I’m constantly pressed for time. I really enjoy quick foods that are healthy and easy to bring with you somewhere or eat on-the-go. Protein or granola-style bars are a good-to item to help save money from buying them at the store, and also an excellent way to ensure good quality ingredients, healthy quantities and reduces packaging waste if packed and stored properly. I also like them because they’re easy to make and they’re delicious. Let’s be real… the real reason we want to eat anything.
I gave my first stretch and flexibility class last night at Women on the Move and it was a success! Everybody had fun, I got some pictures, feedback in my guestbook and began my journey down this new and exciting path. As someone who’s passionate about sustainability, healthy lifestyle choices and diet and nutrition I want to incorporate as many of these aspects into the work I share with others. I try to look for short cuts to make healthy living easier and more enjoyable, it’s a talent and a passion and I want to inspire others to be and live healthier too. So for my first class I created a mix that I call the Post-Fitness Protein Fix. I shared it with my stretch & flexibility class and after with my fellow dancers at Dance Life and the bars were enjoyed by everyone who tried them. However, having tried them, I think they could have been just a little more delicious and I admit I didn’t have all the ingredients I would have liked to include so I’m making some changes when posting the recipe here. Speaking of recipe, let’s move on to that now shall we?
Post-Fitness Protein Fix
- 1 1/2 cup cooked organic quinoa
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup golden flax seeds
- 6 vegan graham crackers (found them at the Bulk Barn)
- 1-3 tablespoons cinnamon (to personal preference, I’d start off with less and add more if you think it needs it)
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts (just a trail mix I had with almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, walnuts) *adding bits of dried fruit is optional too
- 2 scoops Usana Nutrimeal Free (vegan, vanilla flavoured) *I’ve tried other powders and this is the best for texture and flavour
- 1/2 cup coconut shavings
- 1 – 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- Mix dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl
- Add maple syrup to dry ingredients . Mix well.
- Line a baking tin with waxed paper and press mixture until it is compact and flat.
- Cut into bars and serve. Best stored in fridge however if you just don’t make the almond milk mixture you can add more maple syrup (1 1/4 cup) and it will be fine store at room temperature too.
Thanks for reading and enjoy! I’d love to hear your thoughts, feedback, changes or suggestions so please feel free to comment below.