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.

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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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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?

Thinking Out Loud #14: Summer Vibes

Where has the week gone?

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. PiYo anyone?This week has been wonderful. From celebrating our anniversary. Having our 38 Week check-up. To some sweet packages. Plenty of smoothies have also been enjoyed. And lots of bunny funnies in between.Today I am linking up with Amanda for Thinking out Loud. Thanks for hosting!Question: What’s on your mind? Any weekend plans?

WIAW #127: Anniversary Sweets.

Good morning y’all!

Today, I am linking up with Jenn today for WIAW.It’s an extra special one because yesterday was Patrick’s & I’s anniversary. We had such a lovely day and delicious eats, so let’s get to it, shall we?Breakfast: I had a banana before I did the Lower Fix from the 21 Day Fix, after I refueled with some chocolate Shakeology mixed with strawberries, unsweetened coconut milk, water and tons of ice!Brunch: We went to a little dinner near our house for brunch. I had a mean craving for French toast and blueberries.Snack #1: After brunch, we dived into some cake.And a bit of the brownie truffles I made him.Snack #2: I munched on some pretzels and before my 38 week appointment, we stopped at Starbucks.We stopped at Salem Willows after the appointment for some arcade fun.Snack #3: And some fried dough balls with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Dinner: After the Willows, we ordered a pizza and watched a movie.It was nice to spend the entire day together on such a beautiful day. Love you Patrick to the moon and back <3

Question: French toast or pancakes?

Chocolate or vanilla cake?

MIMM #35: Yoga & Coffee Break.

Hello friends.

This weekend was filled with lots of yoga reading, Starbucks, relaxing and a dinner with the in-laws. What better place to read then the marvelous Starbucks.And some marvelous sweet greens on the way out?For dinner, went to downtown Lowell.And found this restaurant called Cobblestones. I must say it was quite marvelous, skinny baked fries always get me.It reminded me of the Franklin Cafe in Gloucester. Remember that place? So that’s my weekend in a nutshell. I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday, thanks for hosting!For those who are interested, I have a FREE challenge group happening on Facebook July 27th called “21 Days of Fitness.” It’s going to be a fun 21 days of accountability, fitness, nutrition and more.There will be a giveaway too. If you want in on the group, email me at NutritiouslySweet@gmail.com with your Facebook name – only a few spots left!

Question: How’s your summer going? Any exciting plans for the week ahead?