PB2 Protein Pancakes (Recipe)

Good afternoon y’all :)

Even though I may be too “late” for #pancakeSunday, I though I’d share these with you anyway. I bought some PB2 this week and decided to make a variation of my protein pancakes with it.These pancakes have 17g of protein per serving, but if you’d like to bring it up to around 24g, you can just sub the PB2 for an extra tablespoon of protein powder. I used Genisoy natural soy protein shake powder for these, but your choice of protein powder would work too; vanilla or chocolate maybe?I can’t wait to get my sample of Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl to make these (but with plain oats). I’ll let you know when I make them. But for now, enjoy!PB2 Protein Pancakes (makes one serving)

  • 1 Packet of Sugar-Free Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (or use 1/3 cup of plain instant oats)
  • 1 Tbsp of PB2 (plain or try some chocolate)
  • 1 Tbsp of Protein Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg’s Egg White
  • 3-4 Tbsps of Liquid (Use water, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, etc.)
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Toppings: Chia seeds, raspberries, maple syrup, etc!

Mix everything well into a small bowl, except for the egg white. What I like to do is let this sit overnight and then add the egg to the mixture in the morning before I cook it.

I find that it cooks better but if you are pressed for time, let it sit for at least 5-10minutes. After, take the pancake mixture and add in the egg white. Take a pan, spray it with non-stick cooking spray and turn the stove on to a low-medium heat.

Cook each side for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and top with what your heart desires!

Question: What’s your favorite kind of pancakes? Regular, chocolate chip or maybe pumpkin pancakes?!

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WIAW #109: 50 Shade of “Grey”

 Good morning and happy WIAW! 

If you are new to this delicious food party, go check out all the details at Peas and Crayons. Thanks Jenn for hosting, enjoy! Now, let’s being the day with a pre-gym selfie, shall we? Check out my new pullover from Wal-Mart. I am absolutely in love. Oh and in case you didn’t notice from any of my previous pictures with workout clothes, my favorite color is grey. I also have a grey-white pullover too that I wore to the AAAI/ISMA conferece, but I’m really loving this one more. Plus it has thumbholes, well they both do. It’s just a bonus that needs to be addressed.Sunday afternoon, I went to the gym to knock out a cardio session before work. I made sure to prep and three of my meals.

I also picked up a Vega chocolate protein smoothie packet for post-workout fuel. I have been doing much better with keeping up with meal prepping. And cooking up delicious meals for lunch/dinner. Here is some ground chicken with broccoli and grape tomatoes seasoned with Mrs. Dash original. I ordered a Quest bar sampler from Quest Nutrition last week. They had a special for $3.98 and free shipping for two. So I got my current favs; Double Chocolate Chunk and Banana Nut Muffin.I like to have the banana nut muffin for breakfast or my usual oats, chia seeds and not-berries. I have plenty of apples from apple picking to enjoy. Coffee on the side, of course. As for other snacks [that are not Quest bars, apples, thinkThin bars or Chobani] berries, PB2 and a glass of light soy milk are some go to’s as well.For the rest of the evening I am going to relax and prepare for work but before I go, check out this moon from the other night. So beautiful! Question: Are you on top of your meal prepping game? Or do you like to just play it by ear?

 


Apple Picking, Pumpkins and a Hidden Park

Good morning everyone.

Yesterday the manfriend and I enjoyed a lovely day of apple picking, pumpkin carving and relaxation. We went to Brooksby Farm to go apple picking. This was my first time apple picking and I had a blast. Peach picking was my first picking of any. Before our adventure we ate some of their own apple cider dounts. My, oh my! My current favorite apples are golden delicious and I only found one good one. I just ate it for breakfast this morning and it was just right.We even found some apples growing oddly close together. As we kept wandering the farm (maybe a bit too far), we found a pumpkin patch and snagged one these bad boys for carving later. Before we left the farm, we hung out with this guy for a bit. Our stash.I looked for parks in the area because truthfully, I never explored Danvers for a park. I had been to parks in Salem, Rockport and Gloucester. We found Endicott Park, which was only five whole minutes from my house and it’s beautiful. We took our pumpkin and began the carve prep. Look familiar? None other then Jack Skellington himself as a tribute to Fall approach. We put a candle inside, lit it up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Question: What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I love the pumpkins, the pumpkin EVERYTHING, temperature and the changing of the leaves.


“CPC” – My Three Staples

“CPC” aka My THREE Staples; Chocolate, peanut butter and coffee :)

Who says you can’t start you day with a quick dark chocolate mousse topped with blueberries and peanut butter? Whoever is crazy for sure. I also had some almond amaretto Teeccino caffeine-free herbal coffee to pair along. I tried their vanilla nut before but this flavor was delicious. Definitely a new favorite.After, I picked up a few snacks for work and for the manfriend. He loves the thinkThin lean protein and fiber line. I just love anything peanut butter related.I may have had some more Teeccino during my overnight shift.And might have picked up a Starbucks soy latte with toffee nut (1 pump) and sugar-free vanilla (2 pumps). Best combo ever. I also redeemed my free food item and got a spinach and feta wrap for the post overnight munchies.Like I mentioned before, I am trying to limit my caffeine intake and Teeccino is perfect for that. Yesterday the only caffeine source was the latte which contains about 75mg. It wasn’t easy the first week but now that it’s been about two weeks, I don’t really have any withdrawal symptoms like I did in the beginning.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good cup of coffee, just happens to be decaf now. On a side note, decaf is more acidic so be careful if you have acid/ bile reflux like I do. Taking a daily macrobiotic helps tremendously.

Happy Sunday everyone :)


Luck of the Frog [+"Crepe" Recipe]

It’s Friday, Friday!Or in my case, it’s my “Sunday night” as I am currently working the overnight. Remember how I said my work schedule was a bit stressful? I spoke to my this week boss and I managed to fix it to eliminate the majority of the stress.

The other night I saw a little frog hopping outside my apartment while I was heading up the stairs. In can y’all don’t know I love frogs. For me they are a sign of good luck.

When I went to check the mail right after, I received a letter I have been needing very much and it came at the perfect time. The man upstairs is watching out for me in more ways then one.

My brother Matty began another semester of college. It’s hard not to feel part mom when your little brother is your roommate. I have seen him grow from a shy kid in December to a more responsible young man today. I have a feeling we will be seeing the next Bill Gates graduate soon.

I also went to my six week post-op doctor’s appointment and guess what? I am very healthy and the lifestyle changes I made are paying off. What were some of those changes I was recommend?

  1. A daily vitamin and omega 3’s (for my eyes) was needed.
  2. It was also recommended that I lay off bodybuilding. Bodybuilding just wasn’t a good fit for my body and made some things worse including my back, nutritional issues (due to my deficiencies), etc.
  3. Limit caffeine. I had about 450mg per day and it was just doing more harm. So I limited it to less then 200mg. It hasn’t been easy but now I can have less then 100mg and be okay. I mostly stick to decaf but if I am out and about, I’ll grab a small iced soy latte at Starbucks where one shot of espresso has 75mg of caffeine.
  4. Sleep? Self explanatory. It is needed.
  5. Overworking? Same as above. Now that my boss allowed me to change my schedule a bit, I can sleep better. Never been happier to get sleep.

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Now on to this “crepe” recipe. This may look weird and it isn’t exactly a recipe saver, but I was craving a pancake and decided to whip up something with what I had on hand.

So I made a gluten-free almond butter & chocolate chia protein crepe with blueberries and a sugar-free chocolate fudge sauce from a few things. That’s a tongue twister there ain’t it?

As for the macros? 25g Carbs/ 20g Protein/ 8g Fat on average. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Almond Butter & Chocolate Chia Protein Crepes

  1. 1/4 Cup Oats
  2. 1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter
  3. 1 tsp of Chia Seeds
  4. 3 oz. Plain Greek Yogurt
  5. 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  6. 2 Packets of Stevia
  7. 2 Tbsps of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  8. 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (or Chocolate Protein Powder)
  9. 1 Egg White
  10. Dash of Sea Salt
  11. 2 tsps of Baking Powder

Put all the ingredients in a blender, blend and cook like a crepe/ skinny pancake. Place some almond butter and extra berries inside, roll up then top however your heart desires. The sugar-free chocolate sauce that I made was just 1/2 Tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 Tbsp sugarfree maple syrup. Dig in and eat!

Question: What’s a recipe you made out of random things in your house? What was it and was it good?


WIAW #108: Current Eats

Happy Wednesday everyone!

It’s time for another WIAW post. If you are new to the WIAW party, don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons for the delicious details. Enjoy!In case you missed it, last week I did a post on my currently fitness routine and eating. Let’s take you through today’s eats.

Breakfast starts with a little bit of protein and carbs.

We have chocolate “proatmeal;” chocolate protein powder, oats, chia seeds, almond milk, blueberries and a little bit of that peanut butter goodness.Mid-morning fruit; raspberries!After work, I came home and munched on most of this 2% Fage. For lunch, I had a second helping of “proatmeal.” This time with blackberries and the rest of the 2% Fage Greek yogurt added to the mix. Normally I have chicken, veggies and quinoa but today I was feeling oatmeal-y.Pre-dinner snackage? Banana nut muffin Questie!For dinner I had [leftover] grilled chicken, black beans and broccoli. It’s been quite some time that I had black beans and they were delicious as I remembered.The leftovers came from the manfriend’s family. They made dinner and invited me over this week and it was such a nice evening with them.And for dessert? This baby that I found at the supermarket. Best tasting thing! I swear to you it tasted like pumpkin pie filling. #PumpkinEVERYTHING! Question: Have you spotted the pumpkin spice Chobani Greek Yogurt?


Halibut State Point Park

This Labor Day weekend, the manfriend and I went to Halibut State Point Park to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. This was my first week back to working fulltime after not having worked since mid July due to my surgery. It was a bit stressful, but hopefully this week I can get back to it better. Going from zero work days to five is a big jump! Baby steps though, right?

He picked me up from work on Sunday and brought me a bunches of goodies. I swear, he knows me so well.Halibut State Point Park is one big quarry.With lots o’ rocks, of course.We also went to downtown Rockport. And enjoyed some icecream. You know what I got? Pumpkin of course. #pumpkinEVERYTHING! And also went to grab some grub at the Ninety-Nine.No day begins or ends without some delicious coffee. Pumpkin spice anyone?Now that I had a little relaxing weekend, I am ready to tackle this work week.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! Question: What’s your favorite “pumpkin’d” treat? I am going to have to go with pumpkin lattes, icecream and fudge. Yeah.


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