Well hey there friends!

How are ya today? Firstly, let me start this post by saying I feel old today. It happens to be my birthday and I’m officially 24. Bahhh where did 23 go?? Tonight I’ve got a fun dinner planned with some of my girlfriends, and there are a few more birthday celebrations in the works later this month. I promise you’ll hear all about them! Oh, and there’s also a little giveaway coming up tomorrow, so be sure to stick around for that! 😉

Tuesday totally crept up on me this week but don’t you worry because I’ve got 2 great new things to tell you about!

1. Recipe of the Week. Ok, I know this is the third fish recipe I’ve featured in the past 4 months, but seeing as today is my birthday, you’ll just have to bear with me. (I promise to post something that is at least vegetarian next week!) One of my favourite dishes to order at restaurants is seared ahi tuna. I don’t tend to order simple things (and never pasta) because I could just as easily make them at home. Ahi tuna is something I don’t really trust myself to do properly without killing myself due to some sort of raw fish poisoning. Having said that, last week Sobey’s had small tuna steaks on sale and I figured I’d try cooking one myself.

black and white tuna ingredients

I love the cool textured ook that sesame seeds give when used as a crust, and I figured they’d be perfect for my tuna. I started by brushing the steak with egg white, then dipping it in a big pile of black and white sesame seeds.

coating tuna in sesame seeds 1

coating tuna in sesame seeds

The next step was to put the coated tuna in a cast iron griddle pan, then let the oven broiler work its magic for about 3-4 mins on each side. I broiled mine for 4, and as you can see, there’s no a whole lot of pink going on inside the  tuna. Next more, I wouldn’t cook it for more than 3 minutes.

tuna under broiler in griddle pan

After slicing it into strips and whisking up a very quick dipping sauce…

sliced sesame seed crusted tuna

you’ve got some amazingly tasty Black and White Tuna.

Black and White Tuna

The fact that I’m still alive to tell this tale just goes to show that this was nowhere near as intimidating than I once thought, and since I adore tuna so much, I’ll be making it much more frequently in the future. There’s canned tuna which is pretty good, then there’s THIS tuna, which is GREAT.

Black and White Tuna

I think you should make it and see for yourself. 😉

Black and White Tuna

2. Perfect Fit protein powder from the Tone It Up ladies. When we were in Vancouver this past weekend, Lauren brought me a little prezzie. She knows I’m always up for trying new healthy foods with clean ingredients, so it was definitely an appropriate gift!

Perfect Fit Vanilla Protein Powder

That’s Perfect Fit protein, a product developed by Karena and Katrina, otherwise known as the Tone It Up ladies. If you’re not familiar, Karena and Katrina are super inspirational women who post workouts, recipes, and a ton of motivational tips on their website. Perfect Fit is a certified vegan, raw, organic, sugar-free, fat-free, allergen-free (among other great things) protein powder made with only 5 ingredients:

  • Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein
  • Organic Vanilla Flavour
  • Organic Guar Gum (Thickener/Stabilizer)
  • Organic Stevia (Sweetener)
  • Sea Salt (Flavour Enhancer)

Squeaky clean, wouldn’t you say? Here’s a look at the stats:

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When I got back from Vancouver, I was craving green smoothies and green juice harrrrrrd. I knew exactly how I was going to test out one of my Perfect Protein pouches, and it involved my Vitamix and a whole load of greens!

Into my blender went:

  • 2 massive handfuls of fresh spinach
  • about 1/2 cup mixed frozen greens (kale, chard, dandelion greens)
  • 1 packet (1 serving) of Perfect Fit vanilla protein powder
  • a sliced fresh peach
  • about 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of maca root powder
  • 1/2 tsp wheatgrass powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (for thickening)
  • water
  • ice

Smoothie ingredients in the Vitamix

I was so pumped for this supersmoothie that I could barely contain my excitement. This is the girl that drinks at least 1 green smoothie daily, and I hadn’t had one for 4 days!!!

Peach

Upon first glance, the protein powder looked pretty chalky so I was a bit skeptical of its taste. However, after blending everything together and adding enough ice to get it to a good, thick, consistency, I really enjoyed it. It didn’t seem quite as sweet as my usual protein powders (which are not vegan or raw, as this one is) and had a bit of a different vanilla flavour compared to what I’m used to (which is Promasil), but neither of these were bad things. The stevia in the powder and the fruit I added provided enough sweetness and masked the taste of the stronger greens.

Perfect Fit peach and berry smoothie

I’m not sure if I’d like this protein powder mixed with just water, but in a smoothie, it’s pretty darn good. If whey or dairy-based protein products upset your stomach, I’d recommend giving this one a go. Brown rice protein is easier for most people to digest than dairy, so if bloating is an issue for you after drinking smoothies, this could be a good solution to get rid of a puffy belly!

Perfect Fit peach and berry smoothie

So tell me…

  • What’s your favourite vegan-friendly protein powder?
  • Do you trust yourself to cook rare fish or meats, or do you save those sorts of meals for restaurant chefs to cook for you?

Alrighty friends, I hope you have a great day, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a LOVEly giveaway! 😉