Healthy Stuffed Pancake Recipe

Woah ok so I am totally on this pancake bender right now…I can’t get enough so I’ve been trying some new things out and I think you’re going to love this! 

In case you haven’t seen my recent pancake posts, I’ve tried a lot of healthy varieties lately (go here and here) but I think I honed in my on fav!

On to Pancake Heaven:

I started out with my “icing” on the side…then got an idea…

PANCAKE RECIPE:
1 scoop of Banana Nut Bread protein powder (I get it here:Bodybuilding.com)
1/4 cup of egg whites
3 tbs of Almond Milk (or whatever milk you use)
1tsp of cinnamon (I tend to go a lil crazy with the cinnamon! love it!)
1tsp of nutmeg
-Mix all together in bowl or blender.

Optional mash 1/4 of a banana to mix in. 
Make like regular pancakes! 

STACK EM UP! 

FILLING:

Now to make the stacked deliciousness…You’ll want to make my “icing” Get a small container of 0% Fat Greek Yogurt and mix in either 1 Packet of Stevia or Truvia OR 3/4 Scoop of the protein powder of your choice. I like Whipped Vanilla or the Banana Nut Bread. Mix and layer in between each pancake. TO DIE FOR!!!!!

My boyfriend can eat pretty much whatever he wants and still look amazing…I however do not bounce back so quickly. He was teasing me with sweet treats…but honestly I WIN because this was healthy/heavenly…and he was totally jealous! To good to share!! haha
The only thing that would have made it better is if we had fruit to put on top!

If you want to try some other things I was thinking that layering a little peanut butter and slices of banana would taste amazing. Nutella has a lot of sugar but if you are working hard, it might be a delicious reward one morning.

OR!! Instead of stacking baby pancakes like I did….you can make ONE big one…Mix 1 Tbsp Nut Butter (almond, PB, your choice) plus 2 Tbsp greek yogurt and a packet of Stevia. Throw in a dash of dark chocolate chips…put filling in your pancake and roll it up like a burrito. Ummm yea that sounds mouth watering. 
LOL! too hilarious not to share. I’ve def felt like this before!!! 
You’re beautiful =) 

Date at the park with my babies
Morning Cardio through our beautiful neighborhood 

Banana Protein Pancakes

Banana Protein Pancakes

 

1 scoop of Vanilla protein powder (I like BSN Dessert)
1/4 cup of egg whites
3 tbs of Almond Milk (or whatever milk you use)
1tsp of cinnamon (I tend to go a lil crazy with the cinnamon! love it!)
1tsp of nutmeg
-Mix all together in bowl, mash 1/4 of a banana to mix in. Make like regular pancakes! Add peanut butter and slices of banana to top it off!


Get a little wild and crazy- try other fruits like blueberries. You could also top with almond butter or something like greek yogurt mixed with stevia or vanilla protein powder 


Greek Yogurt Parfait


Breakfast foods are my favorite! Is is any easy option you can grab and requires little prep!

-1/2 cup oatmeal, raw (I like old fashioned)
-1/2 cup non fat Greek Yogurt
-1/2 Apple
-1/2 Cup Strawberries
-1/4 Cup Blueberries
-1 tbsp flaxseeds

Cut your apple & strawberries into bite size pieces. Place oatmeal and Greek yogurt into bowl, add cut fruit and blueberries and simply sprinkle flaxseeds over top. This can be made and eaten right away or it’s super duper yummy if you let it sit in the refrigerator so oats can soften.

Easy and out the door!

Of course you can switch up the fruit and make it to your taste. If you have a little more time, I was thinking….How delicious would it be to blend banana and the greek yogurt with a little peanut butter?!?!?!

Happy eating!

Breakfast- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

The smell of cinnamon is intoxicating! It makes your whole house feel warm and cozy! I was craving a little comfort food this morning so instead of plain old oatmeal, I made Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

Chop Apples (I prefer Granny Smith! Here I just used 1 HUGE apple)
Put in Saucepan on Medium Heat
Add Cinnamon (I just throw it in there)
Heat apples, stirring occasionally. Mix in 1/2 C Almond Milk.
When apples are soft, add in 2 C Oatmeal

**Optional- if you need yours a little sweeter, add in Stevia or Truvia. I like the plain apple cinnamon taste**


Serve with Eggs!
Lots of Sea Gulls today!
Date Night =)


Filet, Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Veggies
Boys will be boys 

How to Get a Nice Butt

 Ever wonder how girls get those cute little tight butts? They just make every outfit look cuter and you just feel good about yourself. My butt and thighs were definitely my least favorite part of my body- It’s funny looking back because in high school I actually did the whole hoodie around the waist move to hide my hugggeee booty…but now I’m proud to show it off. 
The cool thing about working out…there is a workout for every personality and booty part. You can tone, tighten, and strengthen just about everything and find a way to do it that you actually enjoy! Shocking I know ๐Ÿ˜‰

 For starters, you need to eat right! To get the absolute best results- you need to fuel your body. Ever hear “you can’t out train a bad diet” or “abs are made in the kitchen”? Guess what? It’s true! 

Just do it! I’m watching you!

Eat your breakfast people! This is usually where people who aren’t serious about results will start to give excuses. Remember, every excuse is a choice to fail! It might take a little bit of planning and prep- not only is it worth it…but you’ll find that it actually saves you time and stress. You can focus on more important things. 
If you are crazy busy, you need to get a meal replacement shake that you can grab on the go. My pick? Shakeology– quick, easy and by far the healthiest meal of the day. Don’t take my word for it…check out the facts and nutrition label. 

My life saver! Get it here

If you need some help with meal planning, here is an example week from my good friend Melanie. She always has awesome stuff on her blog —->>  http://melaniemitro.blogspot.com/ 

Now, down to business! 


The workout: Stairs

I personally like to workout in the comfort of my own home- but Santa Monica is so beautiful that I’m obligated to get outside and enjoy it =) It’s summer so it’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with a FREE workout routine!

Why Run Stairs?
Besides the fact that it’s totally free- running the stairs is amazing for your body because you are working your largest muscle groups, you are working on your breathing, it’s a great cardio workout and a great way to clear your mind.

So what do I have to do?
First things first- find some stairs! It could be at a school, office, gym, etc…We picked the Santa Monica Stairs. These things are a beast! The first time I attempted them, I made it up and down twice. Thought I was going to dieeee. It was crazy intense- but just like everything else…it gets easier with time and practice.
Next, grab a friend or some tunes. I need something or someone to keep my mind preoccupied lol It makes it go a lot faster! When you’re having fun and grooving- you won’t want to stop!

Stretch It Out

I like to jog over to the stairs to warm up my muscles- then you want to take 3-5 minutes to stretch it out. Make sure you get your calves, guadricep, and hamstrings. If all of this is crazy foreign mumbo gumbo, check out this article on stretching from ABC of Fitness. They even include lil pics to show you.

Down to Business
Hop to it! Get started but make sure you go slow at first. Pace yourself- you want to start by getting your heart rate up and the blood flowing. Take nice deep breathes. Once you start to warm up, you can increase your speed. Make sure your shoes are tied! (I’m paranoid about that!)  I always have to stop to think about my breathing- you want to fill your LUNGS not your tummy. Take deep breathes but contract your abs and focus on filling your lungs. 
Use your whole body- engage all of your muscles, not just the legs. Use your arms to help with the movement- keep those elbows in and shoulders down!
Don’t go buckwild your first time- you will be sore tomorrow…and probably the next day lol When you are working at such a high intensity- drink tons of water and it really helps to have a recovery drink to repair your muscles. My go to- P90X Results and Recovery. Tastes like a creamsicle =)

 Tone and Tighten
Once you’ve worked your tail off, you can start your cool down. You’re doing to do this for about 5 minutes.This is where you really want to focus on controlled movements. Think about the muscles you are working and then engage them. 
Take two steps at a time to stretch your booty. This takes more effort to raise your feet to the next level. Increase the intensity raising your back leg with a little kick before you bring it up to the next step. 
Tighten and squeeze the booty!
Cool Down & Stretching
Bring your heart rate down. You can down this by simply walking around for a few minutes. Once you feel like your heart rate has come down enough- you can repeat the sequence of stretching you did to start. Keep breathing! Inhale. Exhale. 

You are amazing! Now celebrate with your friends!!! 
Take in the amazing scenery wherever you are- express gratitude for your incredible body and abilities. You are now even stronger than you were!

As you get better- you can run more rounds, run faster (try timing yourself), race your friends, increase the frequency that you go running. But remember to start small!
Even celebs run stairs! Check out Nicole Murphy! She’s 45!

If exercising outside is not an option or you like to have more structure and be told exactly what to do- you need to check out my absolute favorite workout program of all time…Brazil Butt Lift

In other news- I love to shop so I just have to share some of my finds! Of course I love Ikea for everything involving storage and organization! I got these awesome little bins for under the sink. 

Out of sight, out of mind 
The mess is contained!

 Then onto my next project- I kept seeing these cute “beach that way” signs on people’s houses so of course I had to have one. I checked out Etsy, but everything was kinda pricey for just a little sign.
I found this little guy at Micheal’s for $1.49! I slapped on some paint and $4 later had my own cute little beach sign!

The painting and crafty fun didn’t stop there…I found little initials and this awesome star. I’m on a blue/green kick right now so I had to paint them. It serves as a cute little decorating AND a reminder for my goal….10 Star Beachbody Diamond Coach. I want to help bring 6 people home this year from their jobs and help them do Beachbody full time like I do=)

 I’m pretty sure TJ Maxx will be the death of me. I went in there just to look and of course walked out $100 later. I did score these cute throw pillows and the best/softest throw blanket ever. Blankets are a MUST around the house- I am ALWAYS cold!!

And lastely, I have to mention my newest addition to the Bombshell family! I am so excited for her to get started!!! She’s doing the Ultimate Reset. I have no doubt that not only will she reach her goals but she’ll inspire others to take action. Proud to have her on my team!


One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

I am a FREAK for ice cream- I swear I have an unhealthy addiction to it. Every flavor is my favorite! It’s that one food I can never pass up or say no to. I think I have a problem…. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Today I had a craving so instead of adding my banana to my morning oatmeal, I thought I’d try something new! 
I’ve seen this Banana Ice cream recipe floating around on a few blogs here and there- I even posted about it once before but have never experienced the amazing-ness of it….until now….


Ohhhh mmmmm Geeee guys, Seriously. This is a MUST make. If you like whipped cream…you need to try this.


You only need ONE ingredient….BANANA!


Ok so here is the scoop:


Grab a banana (or two if you dont want to share!)
Peel
Slice
Freeze for 1-2 hours (or more)
Blend or throw in food processor (scrape sides when needed)
Keep blending! I did about 5 minutes


That’s it!


I chose to add a dash of Almond milk and a pinch of PB2 
just because I wanted it creamy and a lil peanutty =) 
Add sliced almonds and sprinkle with chocolate shakeology for presentation and chocolaty goodness!

Keep blending! It goes from this…to total creaminess!



It has that soft ice cream consistency that I love- I always leave my ice cream out for 5-10 min before I eat it because I love when it’s soft. Soupy is gross, but this is perfect.