MIMM #37: Marvelous, Lately

Happy Monday friends :-D

Today, I am sharing some things I am finding marvelous lately [like this tea]. And these marvelous pancakes. Did you see them yesterday?Some of my favorite snacks lately.How about this marvelous find?This morning, I have my 40Week appointment. 

I am beyond ready to meet Samantha and start mommy life, as you can see.I am linking up with Katie for Marvelous in My Monday, thanks for hosting :-DQuestion: Any marvelous things you’ve spotted lately?

Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes {GF Recipe}

I’m almost always making protein filled pancakes.While they are very delicious, sometimes you just need a heartier pancake.

I am sharing with you one of my favorite oatmeal recipes that is perfect for your family’s Sunday morning breakfast. I usually make these for my fiancé and I on the weekends.

I like to prepare the batter over night (you made need to add just a smidge extra liquid in the morning) or wait about 30 minutes before cooking so the oats can absorb all the liquid. They are very nutritious and filling. 

These do still have protein powder, just not as much. If you want, you can even omit the protien powder* all together and just add another tablespoon of flour. Simple.

Feel free to double (or triple!) this batch for a bigger crowd or why not save some for later? These pancakes freeze well once cooked and last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes (serves two)

  • 1 Cup GF [Quick] Oats
  • 2 Tbsps GF Flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1 tsp Stevia (or sugar of choice)
  • 1/2 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg, Whisked
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds (Optional)

Take first four dry ingredients and place into a bowl. Take the remaining ingredients and whisk together; add to dry ingredients and blend well. On a low-medium flame, cook pancake on stovetop.

Wait until pancake bottom is golden brown to flip and repeat cooking on other side. Remove from stove top and let cool, repeat til batter is done (makes about 4-5 pancakes).

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For a vegan take, check out my vegan oat waffles recipe here :-D

August – {Nutritiously Sweet}

It’s a new month.August means summer is almost over. I have to say, I am quite happy about that. It means pregnancy is almost done and in the Fall I can resume “normal life.” Well not entirely as I will have a new role under my belt – Mommy.

That being said, I am making some slight changes to Nutritiously Sweet for the month of August and then September, expect to see new things! Changes are in the works, so stay tuned.

For now, while trying to figure out balancing life with a newborn, posts will not be as frequent but will follow this particular order:

Monday’s: Marvelous in My Monday {MIMM}

Tuesday’s: Off {or Baby related post}

Wednesday’s: Food related-  {WIAW post, recipe, grocery haul, etc.}

Thursday’s: Off {or Thinking out Loud”}

Friday’sOff

Saturday’s: Fitness/ Health – {Fitness tip, workout, playlist, etc.}

Sunday’s: Off

As a tidbit, I’d check the blog on Monday’s and Thursday’s – they’ll definitely be a post to check out both days, either from that day or day before. You can also subscribe to Nutritiously Sweet for email updates!

NEW LAYOUT officially begins Monday, August 3rd.

If anyone has any posts requests, please feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email at NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com

Have a great weekend :-D

Chocolate Chia Protein Superfood Pancakes {Recipe}

I made these a couple of weeks ago and you won’t believe how amazing and decadent these babies are.

Behold chocolate chia protein superfood pancakes using Shakeology.

Why did I start using Shakeology? Not going to lie, I was skeptical and saw it as a new fad. But after trying it out for a couple of weeks, I fell in love.Not only does it taste great, it offers so much goodness like nutrients, vitamins, proteins, minerals, probiotics, digestive ezymes and more! My tummy has never felt better and I haven’t needed to take my daily probiotic, since it’s *ehem* helping me stay regular.

Where have you been all my life?Chocolate Chia Protein Superfood Pancakes (serves one)

  • 1 Serving Chocolate Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsps Flour (wheat, oat, glutenfree – your choice)
  • 1 tsp All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia
  • 1 Egg White (whisked)
  • Dash of Sea Salt

Place everything in a bowl an add 3-5 Tbsps of water til desired pancake consistency is reached. Cook like a pancake and eat!

Question: How do YOU feel about chocolate for breakfast?

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Want to try Shakeology? Check it out here

Baby Gendron {36-38 Weeks}

Happy 39 Weeks :-DLet’s recap weeks 36-38:

Weight Gain: 27lbs; started out at 162lbs.

Workouts: Yoga, 21 Day Fix and strength training until 38 weeks, 3-4 times a week. Now it’s just stretching and walking.

{For pregnancy health and fitness, click here}

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Symptoms:

  • Migraines: All the time, but I am managing them pretty well.
  • Exhaustion: I definitely am getting more tired and have napped at least 2-3 times in the week. I do still managing to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day.
  • Nausea: All the time too :(
  • Others: Lower back pain, groin pain, varicose veins enlarged, swollen and painful.
  • Food Aversions: None, just constantly hungry every hour.

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

  • “Protein Oatmeal”
  • Pretzels & Cheese (Babybel, Laughing Cow, etc.)
  • Bananas, Blackberries and Raspberries
  • Starbucks Iced Coffee w/ Soy Milk
  • Plain Cake Donuts

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Maternity Clothes: Still wearing my large leggings, tank tops and lately some of Pat’s shirts.

Stretch Marks: My old weight loss stretch marks have stretched a bit more but no new ones. Also have a few very bruised varicose veins on my right leg. Still with my daily cocoa butter!

Sleep: Sleep has been a struggle to get comfy between contractions and constant bathroom runs.

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

Baby’s Nursery: All set up and waiting for her!

Baby Items Purchased: Nothing new except this long sleeve onsie. I couldn’t resist, it was cute and on sale.

Looking Forward To: Meeting our baby girl and not having this big belly. Since she dropped (and hangs on right side), my right leg has a ton of pressure. The varicose veins are swollen and painful, making it difficult to walk or move, which is not fun

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{For all things pregnancy related; click here}

MIMM #36: “Day In The Life”

Happy Sunday friends!

It’s been a while since I posted a “Day in the Life of” postFriday’s were supposed to be designated for these posts but I also did mention it would be a day off or Friday Favorites.

Since having my last day of work almost two weeks ago, I decided to share what I do now in a typical day on leave. I plan to resume work [part-time] August 29th and instruct starting mid-September.

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4:00am: Samantha’s kicking wakes me up and she gives me the “bladder good morning hug.” After, I head back to bed.

7:30am: Officially wake up, brush my teeth and get ready to start my day.

8:00am: Breakfast! I’ve been on an “proatmeal” kick.8:30am: While finishing up, I read up on Yoga. I am starting a Yoga Teacher Training through Aura Wellness for my Vinyasa certification. It’s been two years that I have been putting it off… think now is a good time.

9:45am: Snack time!

10:30am: Stretch! Workouts have officially stopped during week 38, so it’s walking and stretching for this mommy-to-be.11:15am: Shower and get ready to head out for a few errands. 

12:00pm: Marvelous is a Starbucks stop. 2:00pm: I ended up at Subway for lunch and had a turkey, Swiss, cucumber, tomato and spinach on honey oat bread. I also had pretzels and a plum on side.

3:00pm: Come back home, do some laundry and torture play with Bun-Bun.5:30pm: Get started on dinner for Pat and I.

5:45pm: Smoothie break!6:00pm: Finished dinner and cleaning up kitchen. Time to relax with Netflix and wait for Pat to get home.

8:30pm: Pat comes home, we eat dinner and relax for the rest of the night.

10:00pm: Bedtime :)

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I’m linking up with Katie for an early MIMM, thanks for hosting! Hope everyone has a wonderful week :-D

Question: What do you typically do on YOUR days off?

Greek Yogurt & Chia Power Smoothie!

If there was a smoothie that gave me POWER post workout, I’d have to say it was this one.

Behold the Greek yogurt & chia power smoothie.

It has everything: protein, healthy fats (and a little omega 3’s), a little carbs, electrolytes.Ingredients {Serves One}

  • 1 Non-Fat Container of Plain Greek Yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 oz. Coconut Water (plain or flavored)
  • 2 oz. [Regular] Water
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-2 Packets of Stevia (depending on your desired sweetness)
  • Handful of Ice
  • Scoop of Glutamine (optional)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (optional)

Place everything into a blender and mix well.

Drink and enjoy the Greek yogurt, chia and goodness boost!

Question: What’s your favorite smoothie combos?