Friday Favs #2: PB Marshmallow Protein Pancakes

Happy Friday and 4th of July weekend!

Ever since I got my Cellucor order in the mail, I’ve been having fun with breakfast. Making it my favorite meal again and much higher in protein.I’ve even added it to this protein pancake recipe.

This week my all-time favorite has been some protein pancakes. These pancakes are a semi “spin off” my PB2 protein pancakes recipes, which you can check out here. Enjoy!Peanut Butter Marshmallow Protein Pancakes (one serving)

  • 2 Tbps of Flour (oat, wheat, or your choice)
  • 2 tsps Smooth, All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Scoop of Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey (or 1/4 cup protein powder of choice)
  • 1 Large Egg’s Egg White
  • 2-3 Tbsps of Liquid (use vanilla almond milk, soy, etc.)
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Packet of Stevia
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Toppings: Chia seeds, raspberries, maple syrup, etc!

Mix everything into a small bowl, except for the egg white and stevia. Be sure to add the liquid slow, depending on your desired pancake thickness. Whisk the egg white and stevia until nice whipped, then add to rest of ingredients. Let mixture sit for at least 5 minutes.

After, take 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: Do you get in a breakfast rut?

What’s been your go-to breakfast this summer?

I was in a big time cereal rut for about 3-4 months of my pregnancy. Now I am changing things up again ;)I’m linking up with Heather and Katie for Friday Favorites. Thanks for hosting ladies!

Thinking Out Loud #14: Bodybuilding = Motherhood

Good morning beautiful people <3Today is a gorgeous day in New England. It’s cool and sunny. I know it’s not going to last too long before 80 degree weather hits, so I am enjoying the moment.For today, I am sharing some thoughts – Thursday thoughts to be more specific.

The other day I was thinking about how bodybuilding prepared me for motherhood:

1. Bodybuilder’s Sleep = Baby’s Sleep: Both VERY important; one for muscle recovery, the other for brain development.
2. Counting Macros = Breastfeeding: Macros and Breast are best, but sometimes you can’t/ don’t want to anymore for what ever reason.
3. Society on Bodybuilding = Society on Motherhood: People will ALWAYS have something to say, tell you what you SHOULD be doing, how you’re doing it WRONG, etc.
4. 5 Weeks Out = 35 Weeks: Both have 5 Weeks left til the big day!
5. Bodybuilder Body = Post Baby Body: It takes time, work, dedication and most importantly, PATIENCE.

I know, I know, I am strange one but it was on my mind. What do you think fitness mamas?

Speaking of bodybuilding, I am continuing my “stock up” for after baby arrives. I found this organic vanilla Muscle Milk protein powder on sale at Target for $17.24. Not the best price per serving (about $1.44/serving) but I didn’t feel like making a giant order on Bodybuilding.com since they have sweet deals. I do need new tires on my car first. There is always next time, right?

Fear not, I do have a new protein pancake recipe coming at ya next week. Stay tuned :)I don’t think Bun-Bun is not amused that I keep bugging her. She’s just too cute!Oh, in case you missed it, I am loving THIS 20-Min. HIIT workout.

It’s low-med impact (you can nix lunges and deadlifts for a lower impact), gets you heart pumpin’ and 2 rounds = 20mins. If you have more time, try THREE.Dark chocolate is always nice post-workout. ;)I am linking up with Amanda today over at Running With Spoons, go check her out and thanks for hosting.Question: What’s your current favorite of the follow:

Protein powder, protein bar, workout and/or breakfast?!

Baby Gendron’s Nursery {35 Weeks}

Happy 35 Weeks! Weight Gain: 23lbs; started out at 162lbs.

Workouts: No more spin instructing as of 30 weeks.

Check out my article on health and safety of spinning during pregnancy here! Currently, my personal workouts are about 3-4 times a week; 

1-2 times of yoga, 1-2 times of strength training and walking (1-2 x’s). It’s pretty sweet to know I still have a little left muscle – no heavy lifting since November for me. 

If you missed my pregnancy health and fitness post, click here!

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Symptoms:

  • Migraines: Very minimal, maybe once a week and a pill or two needed.
  • Exhaustion: I definitely am getting more tired but no napping. I am still managing to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day (walk, yoga or strength training).
  • Nausea: Still around here and there.
  • Others: Lower back pain, groin pain, varicose veins enlarged and a slight waddle.Food Aversions: I’m finally back to my old ways of eating with the except of new/old foods I picked up during pregnancy like pasta, mashed potatoes, cucumbers, donuts, cereal, bananas to name a few.

Food Cravings: For the past few weeks it’s been:

  • Cereal (Special K & Fiber One)
  • Plums, Cherries & Bananas
  • Starbucks Iced Coffee w/ Soy Milk
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Buttermilk Donuts

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Maternity Clothes: I am now just wearing my large leggings, tank tops and dress with shorts underneath are my best friend.

Stretch Marks: My old weight loss stretch marks have stretched a but no new ones. Also have a few (very sore/ bruised) varicose veins on my right thigh. Still with my daily cocoa butter/ coconut oil slathering though!

Sleep: Sleep has been a struggle to get comfy and also she has been moving quite a lot.

Gender: It’s a girl; Samantha Julia <3

Baby’s Nursery: Our apartment is a large one-bedroom and is large enough to have 1/3 of it designated for Baby Samantha’s nursery. I plan on getting a night stand or bookshelf for where that outlet is, not sure yet!The crib bed set/decor is the “Avery Collection” by Wendy Bellissimo; I’m in love with it!It’s girly, yet neutral enough not to clash with out room decor or furniture. We even have a storage room, which allows us to have more room in the dresser, closet and bedroom.  Baby Items Purchased: A few things: extra bed sheets, crib liner and a sweater.Also a couple of cute, long sleeve outfits for around 9 months since we didn’t have much fall/winter clothing for going out. We spotted a garage sale down the road and found a couple of “like new” toys with working batteries at $1.00 a piece! Looking Forward To: Meeting Samantha! Now that baby shower, moving, crib set up and apartment organization is out of the way, we just need to sit back and wait for August 4th (give or take)!

Question: Are you a fan of garage sales or thrift shops?

Any cool items you’ve found at one?

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{For all things pregnancy related; click here!}

MIMM #32: Last “Single Lady” Adventures

Why hello!

Last Monday was my 27th marvelous birthday. For a Father’s Day/ birthday celebration, Patrick and I headed to New York for a marvelous little road trip. Our adventure landed us at a Yankee game. We enjoyed a fun muggy rain-delayed baseball game.It’s the last time I can really travel before Samantha comes and also my last birthday before being a mom and married!My mom had fun practicing Grandma with marvelous Bun-Bun.While I was a beach bum for a little bit.And my brother, Chris got me some birthday goodies – I’m stocking up for my hospital bag and post-baby!We had such a nice and relaxing time in New York, it was much needed!

When we arrived back, I came home to a marvelous package. This is my favorite Cellucor flavor.This week, the blog shall return to its regularly scheduled program.  Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM and hope everyone has a wonderful last week of June.

Question: Ever tried Cellucor whey protein?

What’s YOUR favorite protein powder?

Sunday Funday Day HIIT!

It’s Sunday, so it calls for a Total Body HIIT!

Now that I am almost 35 Weeks pregnant, I really don’t have much energy nor the ability to do crazy workouts.

However, this 20-Minute HIIT workout helps me get my cardio and strength training on. I used 5lbs weights for this, but feel free to use whatever you’d like.

For this workout there are FIVE rounds; each round has two exercises performed for 60 seconds EACH! Repeat all five rounds twice for a 20-Minute heart pumping workout.

Feel free to rest in between rounds (I maybe rested for 10-15 seconds, if needed). Remember to warm-up and cool down after. And… GO!

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Happy Sunday :)

For more HIIT and other workouts, click HERE!

MIMM #31: 27th & Beyond!

Happy birthday to me :)

I am a whole 27 years old today and I like to say it’s my last “single lady” birthday because my 28th, I will be married and with baby Samantha.
That’s a lot!
Marvelous <3 27 is going to be a very marvelous year for sure. Mmmm the marvelous smell of summer. And pizza at the park! Yesterday, we had a Father’s Day/ my birthday dinner with my in-laws. He’s going to be the best dad <3 We went to Not Your Average Joe’s and I had a turkey burger.Tomorrow we are headed to the marvelous NYC for a Yankees vs. Phillies game/ mini getaway.

I get to continue birthday celebration with my family. Means more cake and I can’t say no to more cake ;) Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM and hope everyone enjoys the week and happy Summer!

Question: Ever been to Not Your Average Joe’s? What’s your favorite summer scent?

Friday Favorites #1: Pregnancy Edition

Happy Friday my friends! (have you seen the new header?) :)

Or for me, it really isn’t “Friday” persay but, I do have a fun Friday Favorites post for y’all today – “the pregnancy edition.”

I decided to update y’all on EIGHT of my current favorite workouts, snacks, etc. during the Third Trimester.

Up until 27/28 weeks, I was doing spin 1-2x’s a week, yoga (1-2x’s) and strength training (1-2x’s).Now I do a lot more walking (3x’s a week), yoga (1-2x’s) and maybe one strength training routine or Barre class.

Favorite YouTube Yoga Quickie: Tone It Up’s Bikini Yoga.

Favorite YouTube Workout: During the second trimester, I was loving the Kettletoning from TIU. I still love it! I modify and skip most of the abs (and just repeat some of the arms/ lower body exercises in the video). I use a 10lbs Kettlebell and sometimes 5lb weights, if needed.Favorite Workout Quickie: My Kettlebell Torch routine!

Favorite Protein Bar: Luna Bars. I just love them and the extra bit of iron.Favorite Protein’d Snack: Greek yogurt. I’ve been in berry flavor mode ;)Favorite Sweet Snack: I’ve been on a plum and banana kick for quick sweet goodness.Favorite Healthy Fat: Chunky Peanut Butter. I’ve been in need of them chunks! Favorite Workout Bra: My D’s are currently loving this Danskin Now fitted bar in XL from Wal-Mart.  I’m linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites today. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!Question: What are some of your current favorites for one or two of the categories above?