Vegan Fitness With Nikki

A Sister-Blog to Cook With Nikki

Check out the new blog I’ve started for a project in my Interactive Marketing class!

We were asked to create a blog about something we’re passionate about on the Blogger website, and since I’ve already got this blog as my baby, I decided to do something somewhat related, but with a twist! It’s still new, and still in the works… But I really like the direction it’s going in! 🙂

It puts a primary focus on:

  • Vegan/vegetarian foods
  • Fitness related entries
  • Reviews on random products focused on fitness and vegetarian/vegan food
  • My own personal progress with P90x
  • And there will also be some recipes thrown in because it’s impossible for me to have a blog without that!

An Aspiring Vegetarian Takes The First Step

I’ve gone back and forth between being a vegetarian and an omnivore, with the longest stretch of vegetarianism being about 2 years. One thing I’ve noticed in the past five or six years is that when I eat meat, it’s really only because people around me are eating it/serving it to me. Also, whomever I happen to be dating at any given time usually happens to eat a lot of it, too. I’m not really one of those people who NEEDS to eat meat, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything if I don’t eat it. So I’ve decided that instead of doing that whole “well it’s being served, so I guess I’ll eat it” excuse, I’m going to give it my 100% this time around!

I also have other reasons why I no longer want to eat meat, such as it doesn’t make me feel good inside. In any way. The way it makes my stomach feel is just horrible; I feel lethargic and bloated when I eat meat. The way it makes my mind and heart feel when I stop pushing the thought out of my mind that the meat most of us eat is filled with disgusting crap and the animals are basically tortured, is just horrible. I don’t feel as though I have enough knowledge or willpower to become vegan any time in the near future, but I do know that I can at least keep meat off of my plate. I know that a lot of people, for some strange reason, get a little weird when they see that someone is deciding to no longer eat meat. I’ve never understood this, as what we all eat is our own personal choice. On that same note, I don’t like it when people are “preachy” and judgemental towards those who DO decide to eat meat.

So what is the point of me writing this in my recipe blog? Well, it’s my blog, and if I want to write about something… Well, gosh darn it, I will. 😉 Really though, it makes me feel more motivated to write it “out here” in the internet world, because it gives me a strange sense of accountability. Also, even though there are recipes in this blog that have meat in them, there will be no more recipes containing meat. Instead, I will be posting healthier recipes, and more recipes that are alternative versions of their meat-filled sisters. I’m not going to go back through old entries to edit things, because at that point in time, the recipe was what it was.

I’m pretty excited about this, because I’ve been very much into eating clean for a while… The addition of this makes me feel really good about what I’m going to be putting into my body, and gives me a lot of motivation in keeping with my fitness goals.

Well, that’s my thoughts for this evening. It’s late, and I have to be up at 5:00am. So goodnight for now, people on the internet!




Happy New Year!

Dear People Reading This,

I can’t believe it’s 2012 already!

Without going into detail, I’ve gotta say that 2011 was a year filled with good and bad. There were definitely memories made, tears shed, and laughs had. It was a year where I learned a lot about life, and about myself. As I’m sure many people did!
Here’s to hoping that 2012 is filled with good things for everyone! *raises glass*

Now that I’m settling into my new place, I’ll be posting entries a little more often! I don’t make resolutions for the new year, but if I DID make one, it would be to post more in this blog. Now that I’m back in Toronto, I’ll be wandering around the GTA a little more, posting more reviews, and letting all of you out there know about some hot little foodie gems hiding around this wonderful city. This new year feels like a fresh, new start. So in honour of that, I will also be making a few changes to the layout and feel of this blog! Check back soon to see! 🙂

For now, that’s all. I have a lot of spring cleaning to do… Wait, no. That doesn’t sound right… Winter cleaning? Hmm… I don’t know. Just cleaning. 😉 Then I’m going to head out to a few of my favourite spots in the downtown core! So until my next post, enjoy your day! 🙂

Love, Nikki

“Fat Tax” in Denmark – Interesting Article

Denmark has imposed a “fat tax” on fatty foods in an effort to convince Danes to
eat healthier. The tax is a complex one, in which rates will correspond with the
percentage of fat in a product. The value of the tax is about $3.00 for every
2.2 pounds of saturated fat.

This is one of the more interesting articles I’ve read in regards to a “fat tax”. I heard about this being in consideration a while ago, and thought it was an interesting idea… I know we all enjoy treats from time to time (sometimes more times than not), but this would be a great way to potentially curb people’s decisions on whether or not they purchase healthy foods. Can you imagine what it would be like if it were actually more expensive to buy the “cheap, easy, and unhealthy” foods that so many people buy? Can you imagine what it would be like if it were cheaper to  buy a bag of almonds instead of a bag of chocolate/candy?

A common excuse for why people don’t eat healthy is that it’s too damn expensive to do so. I like to argue this point with people, because since I started buying healthier foods, my grocery bills are quite lower… However; if there were a tax on foods that are unhealthy, potentially a tax high enough for people to truly notice the price difference (and a tax that was high enough to make the healthier options cheaper), then maybe North America wouldn’t have such a problem with obesity. I know people like their butter, and their burgers, and whatever else… But I believe this to be a great idea. I’m not saying that everyone who is larger in size should lose weight, but I do feel it’s a great idea to incentivize people to make the right decisions when it comes to eating for optimal health.

I wonder what everyone else thinks…

Click here to read the full article, or click the quote at the beginning of this post!

To My Blog

Dear Blog of Mine,

I am truly sorry I have been failing to pay attention to you. Life is hectic, and super busy with school and work. You have always been an outlet for my ramblings of food obsession, and I promise you that I will write in you VERY soon with some delicious recipes and beautiful pictures of food. 😉 Very soon…


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1 Year Blogoversary! A Whole Year Already… WOW!

Happy “Blogoversary” To My Blog!

I don’t do too many of these types of posts that don’t include a recipe, but this is special to me… 🙂

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What The Google, Foodie?

I love looking at the search engine terms that bring people to my blog in the stats section of WordPress. I’ve been a little shocked to see that some search engine terms match the titles of my blog posts verbatim {creepy, or cool?}, while I’ve seen some strange ones such as “drinking chocolate nikki”. {Yeah, that one really confuses me… 😉 I’m not chocolate, and you can’t drink me. Sorry…}

Sometimes, I wish I could contact the people who search for these things and ask them just what they were expecting to find…

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Happy Meaty-Beefy-Porky-Chickeny Grilling Season! Have You Met Your Burger?

This is not a “pro-vegetarian” or “pro-meat” post, nor is this a plea for one group to convert to the other.

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Hits & Misses: Crème Brûlée

I’ve had my fair share of misses when it comes to trying new things in the kitchen. {Those are “lessons learned”, right? 😉 } I don’t usually post when I’ve made a mistake on a recipe because I like to ignore the fact that I’m human {and not perfect 😉 }, but this may come in handy for people who are looking to attempt a crème brûlée at home as I did a month ago…
The only tip I have to offer is this:
DON’T make one unless you have a home-kitchen torch. This torch will allow you to properly and evenly caramelize the sugar that you sprinkle on top. The Complete Canadian Living Baking Book suggests that you can, however, use the broiler in your oven. {As do some other recipes.} Maybe it’s just because we don’t have a convection oven yet, but it just didn’t work for me at all. I kept an eye on them the whole time, and even tried switching the positions of the dishes part way through, but had no luck.

Visual: Parts of the top were actually burnt, while other parts hadn’t even started to caramelize. The ending result is something I am ashamed of, but feel it can still be useful.
Taste: not bad actually… Not bad at all. I still would never serve this to anyone… One thing though, I really like the flavour combination that I put together for the custard part. 🙂 I won’t post the recipe in this entry, however down the road I may share it. 😉 I’m thinking of a crème caramel with the same custard flavours that I used for this! 
I was debating posting a picture of this for fear of disturbing any of you that actually read this blog, but it’s necessary. I apologize in advance for any nightmares this may cause. {This picture is taken after I “tested” it…} 

Crème Brûlée

Yeah, not so pretty, is it… Regardless of the way it looked, both Joe and myself ate AND enjoyed them! 🙂 

I do plan on trying this again at some point in the future, but I will most definitely be using a kitchen torch… 

I’ve read on a few websites that you can pour a thin layer of brandy (or other hard liquor) over the sugared top of the pre-torched crème brûlée and light it on fire… Would it give a caramelized texture? Hmm… That would be a Crème Brulée Flambé… That would probably taste VERY good… Maybe I’ll try THAT instead! 🙂

Happy Earth Day! {2010}

This is the only Earth we’ve got, as far as we know right now. Every day should be considered “Earth Day”, but it’s not, so here’s my obligatory “Earth Day” entry.