Hello! I'm Stephanie, a 25-year-old wanderlust, writer and mermaid at heart.
 

S☀S is where I blog about my life, my travels and healthy, beautiful food. Magical things happen when you're snacking on sunshine — let me show you!
 

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Thanksgiving Meal Planning

Have you seen Shrek? Of course you have.  There’s a scene in the last movie where Fiona and Shrek have little ogrelets, and once the wee monsters are sleeping, Shrek looks to Fiona all seductively and says something along the lines of “I know what time it is. ;D ;D ;D” and which point she is all “;D” but then they both just absolutely pass. out. 

Well, that is a little bit like how R and I are feeling about Thanksgiving this year. He is in the throes of finishing up phase I of his Master’s of Engineering degree, and I am in the middle of cramming for my Chinese midterms, finishing up my application for grad school, and coordinating my immersion program in China this upcoming summer. When the question about what we were doing for Thanksgiving came up, we enthusiastically agreed to just enjoy our first weekend “off” together since August.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to forego our first Thanksgiving together, though! I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find some tasty-yet-easy recipes in keeping with the holiday theme. While there is a 50-50 chance that we will just end up popping down the street for dumplings, I’d like to think that my inner Martha will be up to making some of these treats. Stuffed butternut squash? Sage cornbread? Yes please.

I used to hate caramel apples, but our building was giving them out on Halloween, and I’m officially obsessed. (We may or may not have trick-or-treated more than our fair share, but there definitely aren’t any children in the building so I  don’t feel all that bad ^~) 

Chocolate Day Giveaway with Balance Bars!

Hello hello readers!

It’s been a shamefully long time, so I’m sneaking back to my blog under the shameless cover of two impossibly great things: chocolate and a giveaway.

As you all know from reading here, I’m all about enjoying a balance of my favourite indulgences and favourite healthy staples. I am always looking for the opportunity to sneak some chocolate into my daily regime, and as a young woman who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, I like to add in a little protein, too.

When I received an email from Balance Bar asking me if I’d give their chocolate protein bars a try in honour of Chocolate Day, I jumped at the opportunity.

Balance Bar

They sent me two different kinds to sample: double chocolate brownie, and chocolate craze. They both taste like treats, but they make me feel so much better than a chocolate bar ever could. Let me put on my holistic nutritionist hat for a second to tell you why:

Balance bars contain a balanced 40-30-30 breakdown of carbohydrates, protein and fat, which promotes slow glycemic response to help keep your blood sugar levels in a normal, stable range.

They’re a great snack, and I love eating them when I work out to sustain my energy and load my glycogen stores back up after a long run. The balanced macro content means that I don’t get hangry, either, like I would with a sugarbomb like a traditional chocolate bar.

Hangry Kitten

A hangry Stephanie is a completely different animal, so I’m sticking to these from now on when cravings hit. I love them, and I’m sure you’ll love them too. I’m so sure, actually, that I’m hosting a giveaway with Balance Bar so that you can try some of your very own!

Here’s what you need to do to win a sample box of double chocolate brownie and chocolate craze bars:

  • Leave me a comment here telling me your favourite ways to stay balanced.
  • Follow me on instagram, and leave a comment on my “giveaway” picture to let me know you have!

I’ll leave this open until November 3rd, when I’ll select a winner (because everybody needs a treat on a Monday.)

Ready? Go! ❤

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