Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Yarn Along Wednesday: Knitlandia, Sweater Knitting, and Healthy Recipe Sharing

Hello Friends

I hope you are all doing well. I have been busy knitting up the front part of the sweater lately since I finished the back piece. I am looking forward to getting to the neckline which will be the part of the front piece which is really different from the back piece. I have also been knitting up swatches in different stitches for my Stitchy Saturday posts.
I have been reading Knitlandia by Clara Parkes. I just started reading it, and I can already tell that I will really enjoy it. I can't wait to read about all of her travels and knitting along the way.  Have any of you read it before? I am reading it on my Toronto Library account, they are affiliated with Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks so you can actually borrow books online which I find so convenient.

Knitlandia and front piece of sweater
I started the Cityline Weight Loss Challenge in January. It is a very popular weight loss challenge in the Greater Toronto Area. It is lead by Dr. Joey Shulman, who is a nutritionist and an author. I love the program so far I have been eating way healthier than before and really focusing on what I am eating. I have been drinking more green tea and herbal teas at night which is so calming. I like to drink the teas while I am knitting my sweater and watching tv. I really love some of the dishes I started making while on the plan. What I love about this plan is that it is not focused on calories but on the quality of the foods you eat that promote a balance in your blood sugar levels so you don't reach for things that will cause you to gain weight. I have also just finished reading Joey Shylman's book called "The Metabolism Boosting Diet" which offers so much more information about why we are eating certain foods and avoiding others.  I highly recommend this diet if you want to lose weight in a healthy way and also want to have more energy and feel better which is also what I have achieved from starting this diet.I will be sharing my weight loss journey with you when I am finished with before and after photos. Below are some of the recipes I have tried from I will include recipes below and links to where I found the recipes. The photos are all taken by me.

Chicken Pesto and roasted brussel sprouts (dinner) 
Pesto chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts
  • 4 oz. piece of chicken
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts, halved
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pre heat oven to 350F. Top chicken with pesto and tomatoes and coat Brussels sprouts with olive oil and sea salt.  Put everything in oven for 15-20 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink inside and brussels sprouts have softened.
GF = gluten free
recipe from Cityline
Greek Quinoa Salad (lunch)
 Greek Quinoa Salad
Serves 1
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup green peppers
  • ¼ cup cucumbers
  • 7 black olives
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 hard boiled egg, sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon feta cheese
Add cooked quinoa into large bowl and add in peppers, cucumbers, and olives. In small bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon juice and oregano and add into large bowl. Mix everything together and top with egg and sprinkle with cheese.
Recipe from Cityline

Open-faced turkey and avocado sandwich (lunch)

Open-faced turkey and avocado sandwich 

  • 1 slice of sprouted grain toast
  • 4 oz. of nitrate-free turkey slices
  • Lettuce, tomato slices
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • 1 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard

Recipe from Cityline

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and let me know in the comments below if you would like me to share more healthy recipes I find.

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  1. I loved Knitlandia....and then there was that time at TNNA that I almost hugged her because she looks exactly like another designer friend of mine, lol! I love the recipes, thanks for sharing.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading Knitlandia. That's funny! it would be interesting to talk to her, it seems like she has a lot of stories. You're very welcome! thank you for visiting

  2. I read Knitlandia. Some parts were a little slow, but overall I liked it.

    I will DEFINITELY be trying that chicken recipe. We don't have a grill right now, so any chicken that can be done in the oven is GREAT!

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    2. That's good you liked reading Knitlandia overall. I agree it was a little slow at the beginning, now it is picking up. I loved her story about when she went to La Lana and met Luisa. Glad you like the chicken recipe I really love that one. The pesto is delicious on top of the chicken, and I love the brussels sprouts on the side with salt and olive oil. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Im always up for healthy recipes! yes yes yes

    1. Great! hope there was one in the post you liked :) I will post more that I find and want to share with you.

  4. Great knitting and great recipes. Have a wonderful weekend.


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