Hey friends! Happy Wednesday. It is definitely a happy Wednesday for me since it is the first time since the weekend that I’m finally feeling better. You see, after my last post on Friday where I mentioned I was feeling better, that darn bug hit me again. I had a sore throat for a few days and my  tummy was even upset for a bit. Thankfully that all seems to have passed and I am back to feeling like my usual self! This couldn’t have come at a better time because Steve and I fly out to Winnipeg this Friday for my cousin’s bat mitzvah!



I love Life brand products…why pay more?



So yes, I have been laying low and just trying to get lots of sleep. Yesterday I got in an awesome workout…and right after I didn’t feel so hot. But hey, the workout was killer and it felt really good to get moving again.



It didn’t hurt that I had new workout shorts to wear. Love Under Armour


My appetite was pretty finicky while I wasn’t feeling well. All I wanted yesterday was a grilled cheese when I got home. I don’t remember the last time I had one and just couldn’t get it off my mind. Steve is the grilled cheese master. I don’t know what it is but his grilled cheese always turns out sooooo much better than mine. He doesn’t use a ton of butter or anything like that he just cooks it slowly (I have no patience apparently). So yesterday when he got home from the gym he lovingly made me a grilled cheese. It was divine. So good that I forgot to snap a picture – oops! So here’s a pic of soup and salad from the day before that I did remember to take.




I have been having at least a salad a day. Now that spring is finally here I’m craving salad again. I love the crunchy refreshingness (sure, we’ll make that a word) that they offer. It also helps that I have some nice feta cheese to top those bad boys with. I truly believe that cheese makes most food better. If for some reason I’m trying to watch my intake I opt for sharper cheeses like aged cheddar, feta and blue cheese where a little goes a long way. I also love just a bit of grated parmesan on pretty much anything and everything. I make no apologies for my love of cheese.


In other food news, does everyone love bulk barn as much as I do? I absolutely love that place and it’s easy for me to walk in with the intention of spending $20 and double it without even trying.




When I was younger I thought bulk barn only had candy. The reason being is that my mom would take us there before we went to the drive in (speaking of which, I cannot wait to go again this summer!) to get some little bags of candy to enjoy while we watched a double header. It wasn’t until I was at university that I realized the awesomeness that is bulk barn.



If you eat a lot of rice, quinoa, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, oats, dried fruit, nut butter, spices etc etc then bulk barn is the perfect place to stock up on your favourites. You save money because nothing is pre-packaged and you can get as much or as little as you’d like. To store all the goodies you’ll be bringing home you’ll want some tuperware or canisters to store everything in. I got the majority of our smaller containers at the dollar store in a variety of sizes and some of them are just old containers that had no use anymore. Fun tip, the metal Tazo tea containers work nicely and look great.


Bulk barn is great if you’ve been wanting to try something new but don’t want to commit to getting a large container of it. You can get enough to just sample it and decide if you want to get more later. They also offer a great selection of gluten free products – everything from flour, pancake mixes, cookies, energy bars and sweets.


Here are some of my favourite things to stock up on:



  • Grains
    • Oats
    • Couscous
    • Quinoa
    • Amaranth
    • Rice
  • Pasta
    • They have lots of brown rice pasta and normal pasta in all kinds of fun shapes and sizes
  • Nuts (if they’re on sale, if not they’re usually cheaper at Costco)
  • Dried Fruit (I like adding them to oats/steeped tea)
    • Apples
    • Cranberries
    • Mulberries
  • Tea/coffee
  • Sweetener
    • Sucralose
    • Xylitol
    • Brown Rice Syrup
    • Agave (I don’t use it, but they have it)
    • Stevia
  • Flax Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Guar Gum
  • Spices – They have a lot of blends like Cajun and tex-mex that don’t have any salt added plus all the usual spices and some exotic ones that can be harder to find
  • Dextrose – For post workout shakes
  • Almond flour
  • Dog treats for Tyson like natural rawhide and pig ears
  • Nutritional yeast
  • They also carry a bunch of cool packaged food items that you may not be able to find at other stores


Steve always gets a little nervous when I tell him I’m making a bulk barn trip because he knows that I will usually get something that’s not on our list, but I’ve been trying to be better since we’re watching our grocery budget. If you’re making a trip there soon be sure to check their website first, they put coupons up there quite regularly (they have one now for $3 off if you spend $10 or more)


I’ll share some pictures of my pantry soon because I get asked a lot of questions about things I keep on hand. I’ve done a post on it in the past but it’s time for a new one. Since I was sick I didn’t have time to film the workout I wanted to but if you’re looking for a quick lower body HIIT blast try this out:



booty tabata



Want some tabata music to rock out to so you don’t have to look at a stop watch?





Get Sweaty!

Bulk Barn Love
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5 thoughts on “Bulk Barn Love

    • May 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Parmesan is just so easy to add to everything…mmmmmm. It sounds like you’re going to have sooooo much fun in Birmingham and I am totally jealous!

  • May 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Just wondering what macros you are following in order to build muscle or would recommend? Does this change when also trying to minimize fat/lean out? Thanks for the help Tam

    • May 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Hey Tam. Everyone is totally in different in what works for them in terms of building muscle. When I’m trying to build I definitely have more carbs in my diet than I do at other times. Right now I’m carb backloading, which I wrote about here and am not counting exact macros as I’ve figured out my approximate carb range. I would recommend following a 40/40/20 or 40/30/30 split in favour of carbs (carbs/protein/fat). Also make sure you’re lifting 3-5 days a week. If you’re trying to stay lean while putting on muscle add in some HIIT throughout the week. Whenever I’m trying to lean out – which I will be next week! – I follow carb cycling (high and low carb days). Essentially the plan I’m on now is carb cycling, but I’ll be changing it up a little bit.

      I hope that helps somewhat. If you have any other questions or want clarification on anything just email me! chelsey@powerhousefitfoodie.com I’d be happy to help 🙂

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