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

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

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?

Current Grocery Staples.

Good morning y’all!
I haven’t done a grocery haul in a while so today I am sharing some of my current kitchen staples. By no means do I eat 100% clean or 100% a certain way. I believe in an 80/20 balance and yes donuts are allowed.

After my weight loss, I found myself becoming a cardio addict, restricting certain foods and would go into binge mode. Though I had lost more then 80lbs, I was unhealthy. After over a year of being a binge eater, I found yoga.

Yoga helped me find that balance between mind, body and soul. I no longer felt the need to binge. I no longer felt the need to restrict foods from my diet. I simply ate when I was hungry, enjoyed cake and found my healthy balance.

Everything in moderation.

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Pantry Items: 

  • Bagel Slims
  • Instant Oatmeal (Plain)
  • Special K Protein Cereal
  • Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins
  • Chia Seeds
  • Jasmine Rice (Minute)
  • Olive Oil
  • Teddie’s Chunky All Natural Peanut Butter
  • Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • Sea Salt Popped Crisps
  • Luna Bars
  • Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate
  • Not Shown: Whole Wheat Pasta, Vanilla Protein Powder, Shakeology (Chocolate & Greenberry), Honey Braided Pretzel Twists, Raspberry Green Tea & Stevia.

Fridge, Freezer, etc.:

  • Ground Beef (90/10)
  • Morning Start Grillers Original Veggie Burgers
  • Garlic & Herb Cheese Wedges
  • Babybel Light Cheese
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Frozen Mango Chunks
  • Frozen Berries
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Greek Yogurt (Fage & Stonyfield)
  • [Light] Minute Maid Mango Passion Fruit Juice
  • Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • Vanilla Soy Milk
  • Not Shown: Electrolyte Smart Water, Thin & Trim Turkey Breast, Fat-Free Milk, Light String Cheese, Light Butter Spread & Hummus.

If I had to choose 5 things I can’t NOT have in the house is oats, berries, Greek yogurt, Babybel cheese and peanut butter.

Question: What about you? What are some of your kitchen staples?

WIAW #126: Protein’d.

If I may say, I’ve been doing a pretty good job during the past few weeks getting my protein in; 120g+!

This my number one struggle during this pregnancy. I’ll have good weeks at 110g+ of protein, then others maybe 85g. My body feels good getting in at least 110g.

My muscles are working overtime to support and make baby. For this What I Ate Wednesday, I’ll be showing you some of my protein’d up eats. Enjoy!

Breakfast: Going back to oats; 1 packet of sugar-free maple & brown sugar instant oats (I need the added iron), 1/2 scoop of peanut butter marshmallow Cellucor whey, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries & 2 tsps crunchy peanut butter.Snack #1: I made this smoothie last week, but I am enjoying it again. It’s delicious and refreshing post-workout.It’s a Cherry, Cherry-nilla Smothie: 1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Chobani Simply 100 Black Cherry Container, 1/3 Cup of Pitted Cherries, 1/2 of a Frozen Banana, 6oz. of Water, Handful of Ice & Blend!

Lunch: Now that I am at officially on “maternity leave,” lunches are quick. I like to do veggie burgers with fruit and pretzels.Snack #2: I’ve been hooked on the Luna Chocolate Salted Caramel protein bars. Perfect for running errands. Dinner: Subway sandwich. You can’t go wrong with lots of turkey, veggies all toasted up.Night Munchies: I had a little bit of everything; Trader Joe’s popcorn, light Swiss cheese wedge, grapes & some reduced-fat Wheat Thins! I’m linking up with Jenn for WIAW. Thanks for hosting! Question: What’s YOUR favorite protein filled snack?

MIMM#33: Random “4th-ness”

What a weekend!Starbucks anyone?This weekend I did have to work, but I requested to.I also enjoyed a marvelous BBQ dinner at the in-laws and saw this crazy cat.I ate some marvelous treats. Found some sweet deals – $4.49 for all 7 at Target.And had a little play time with Bun-Bun.Even a marvelous stroll in the park with my love <3That wrap up my little marvelous weekend. I have some special things in store for y’all this week (even a GIVEAWAY), so stay tuned. Thanks to the lovely Katie for hosting Marvelous in My Monday!

Question: How was YOUR 4th of July?