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!

Protein Pancakes Recipe

Protein Pancakes!


Ingredients:


8 Egg Whites Beaten until Fluffy
1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese
1 1/2 Scoop Protein

1/2 Cup Oatmeal uncooked
1/4 Cup Wheat Germ
1/4 Cup Ground Flax seed
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a food processor( except egg whites ) and blend until uniform. Usually only takes a couple of minutes.
Pour Blended ingredients into a bowl and add Egg whites
Fold until blended
Spray a small amount of olive oil & Cook both sides on Griddle until browned

 



Enjoy!


Variations:
If you want to spice it up a little, try adding 1/4 tsp vanilla to your batter! You can also add 1 Tbsp Flax Meal. Experiment with the protein powder- you can also try using Chocolate flavor if you’re feeling frisky.


Toppings:

Top with Maple Syrup (I go for the REAL DEAL) just keep your portions in check! 1 Tbsp is enough for me. 

You can also opt for sugar free maple syrup, honey, fruit, yogurt (I like Plain 0% greek yogurt mixed with Stevia), chopped walnuts, or nut butters (I like almond butter!) 


Get creative!


Comment below if you have tried this or share another awesome recipe!


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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 

Whipped Banana Toast and Body Beast

We are officially ending the first week of Body Beast and I’m a little surprised to say that I love it. I doubt that Sagi is trying to be funny, but the workouts are hilarious. 
“The beast” gives the guys in the workout a hard time, ex: “Did your mommy write you a permission slip.” “You’re lifting like Barbie” It cracks me UP! I’ve said this time and time before…for me to workout, it has to be FUN! and while the atmosphere in the workout is def a man’s world…Sagi provides enough levity to keep me smiling throughout the grueling 50 min workouts.  

The workouts actually go by really fast! I am constantly pausing because unlike P90X, Sagi doesn’t mess around between sets. You go from one immediately onto the next. This is going to be AWESOME when I have the workouts down pat. After doing P90X for awhile, I found myself fast forwarding thru Tony Horton’s long talking spells. I love him…but speed it up! 


 To keep the floor clean, we are using Power Blocks instead of having weights all over the place.  I have to pause a lot to switch out the weight- but I like the fact that they are compact!

This week I had an idea to change breakfast up a little bit. I adapted the Whipped Banana Oatmeal recipe to come up with a Banana “Sauce” for our toast. 
I heated the Almond milk and sliced bananas on medium heat. Added a little Agave Nectar (or you could use syrup, honey) and cinnamon. Stirred until it looked like apple sauce.
Pour over Whole wheat toast and enjoy!

We ate ours like banana sandwiches! Delish! 

Spa Day Sunday

When you start your week out right, Monday isn’t so scary! I’m so glad I got back to my Sunday spa routine because I gotta tell ya…I jumped out of bed this morning. 
This of course was partly due to the fact that I was so relaxed yesterday that I was ready for bed by 930p lol
The boyfriend was pretty relaxed as well- he always thinks my beauty things are silly…until he tries them. If you don’t already have a sleep mask…get one asap. They are amazing- especially if you travel a lot or get headaches. 

I love love love getting new beauty goodies so I made a trip over to Sally’s Beauty yesterday and picked up a new clay mask, hair product and always have to get one new nail polish =)

FACE:
Occasionally, I’m embarrassed to say…I fall asleep with my makeup on. Even one night completely clogs my pores and you know it’s bad when your man mentions something about it to you! Eeeeek! I was in DESPERATE need of a pore cleansing! My pick of the week- Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque.
It was about $6-7 at Sally’s

It says it absorbs excess oil, rinses away blackheads and minimizes the appearance of pores. I left it on for about 20 minutes until it was dry but I read reviews about people leaving it on overnight and having amazing results. It had an amazing smell and a nice cooling sensation. It was a little tingly- it was like a could feel my pores being cleaned out.
The Result: Loved it! My skin felt great and the BF commented on what a difference it made. You KNOW it’s good when your man wants you to put it on him next lol
UPDATE: Jay let me put the mask on him!! Check it out!



HAIR:
Next on my list- Repair my dry/damaged hair. I thought I’d give Aphogee’s Keratin 2 minute Re-constructor a whirl
Wash hair and then work 1/2 ounce evenly through hair. Leave on for 2-5 minutes. If you want maximum penetration, you can cover your hair with a warm towel or shower cap. I opted not to…just because.
The Result: To be determined. I felt like my hair was silky, softer and it air dried straight! That never happens. I can’t really tell if it made that much of a difference. It says to use Weekly so I’m going to try again next week. It does smell pretty yummy as well.


BODY: Baking Soda Body Scrub. My sister has been telling me about this for awhile…and I just never got around to trying it until now…
Baking Soda as an exfloliant/body scrub

So I looked up a ton a “recipes” for this online. You can add scents, essential oils, olive oil, coconut, etc…but for simplicity’s sake I went with the good ole fashioned Baking Soda plus water. 3 parts baking soda, one part water = body scrub.

Rub this all over your body, rinse. Doesn’t get much simpler than that!

The Result: I like. It’s cheap, green, and easy. You miss out on sudsy fun, but that’s a small price to pay. 
I waited until I was completely dry before putting on any lotion because I wanted to see if it actually made my skin any softer, and I think it did! 
I’ll prob be more careful next time because I got Baking Soda everywhere when I was rinsing it off lol Good thing it’s also a great bathroom cleaner.
Is there anything Baking Soda can’t do?



Onto Breakfast! Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal and Eggs!
I’m not exactly sure when my love affair with cinnamon started but I lovee it so much. It makes the whole house smell warm and cozy!

Why I love this recipe:

it’s super easy, it’s healthy, it’s a great alternative to cereal and boring breakfast options

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Milk
1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 banana, thinly sliced

Directions:

Heat Almond Milk (or water) in a small saucepan. Add thinly sliced banana and cinnamon. Keep pan over heat and stir for approximately five minutes until the bananas dissolve. I like my oats to be hearty and a little dry so I add them last. Stir, pour oatmeal into a bowl and if you’re feeling frisky, add almond and banana slices.

Reading on a Sunday is a MUST! My Top recommendation right now- The Greatest Miracle in the World.
Wow, wow, wow is all I am gonna say. Make sure this book makes it on your list!  One of my ultimate joys in life- curl up in a good reading chair by the window with a super comfy throw blanket, a great book, and a delicious smelling house. Thank you to my gorgeous friend Donna for the most amazing candle ever!!

The Sunday night festivities didn’t end there… I was sooooo excited to make popcorn! We opted for the over the stove popper thingy. So exciting! It was like a mini adventure. We settled in on the couch with our popcorn to cuddle. Perfection ❤

So here we are…Monday again! Time to get my booty into gear! But first…I must decide which color?! Orange or blue!
Along with Body Beast, we’ve been running through the beautiful Santa Monica neighborhood. I need some new kicks because sadly, mine are getting worn out! They recommend using them for only 500 miles (typically about 6 months or less!!) Booo!!

Almond Crusted Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries and Jamie Eason’s Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread

I love my food processor!! Ok, so I probably didn’t NEED to use it today…but hey…I paid a lot for that thing. I want to get my moneys worth!
Originally I was going to stick with something simple…but I got the itch to make something yummy. 

On the menu tonight:

  • Almond Crusted Chicken
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Jamie Eason’s Cinnamon Swirl Protein bread!


Almond Crusted Chicken

1 egg white

3 teaspoons water
6 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped (I threw mine in the food processor)
Sea Salt and pepper to taste
One bowl for eggs, one for almonds & then a dish for baking it in

Directions

1. Whisk egg white, water, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Dip the chicken breast into the egg mixture and then in almonds.
Chicken before I put them it in the oven
From here you have options…
1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and lightly coat with unrefined coconut oil. Sautee chicken on one side over medium heat for 3 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until cooked through
OR
2. Bake in glass dish at 350 degrees until cooked through for approx 15 minutes (this is what I did)
Sweet Potato Fries or Chips!


Sweet Potatoes (I made 3)
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Seasonings (optional) I used Cajun Seasoning on 1 pan
Directions:
1. Set the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Peel the potato or leave the skin on -Note: the skin has nutrition benefits. I peeled them this time…just because lol

3. Cut taters in half, then cut into little fries. 


4. In a bowl I mixed 1/4 C olive oil, pepper, salt, and seasonings. Throw your “fries” in there and mix it all around until they are nice and covered.


5. Spread out on pan- make sure they are not touching or they will “sweat” Ewww! If you like them more crispy and avoid soggy fries…do yourself a favor and make sure they don’t touch. 

6. Bake for 15 minutes. Resist the urge to mess with them. After 15 min you are free to take them out and flip them. Bake for another 10 min.

Noooowwww time for the GOOD stuff!!


Jamie Eason’s Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread from Bodybuilding.com


She has an AWESOME video that explains how to make it on the site!


Ingredients:
1/3 cup Ideal (Xylitol)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups oat flour (I made my own! I threw rolled oats in the food processor)

2 scoops vanilla whey protein (I used BSN Dessert- Whipped French Vanilla)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Ideal (Xylitol) or ¼ cup Stevia in the Raw
2 egg whites
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze)
1/3 cup or 1 4oz jar of baby food applesauce and ¼ cup low sugar vanilla yogurt (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8 X 8 inch Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.

Made my own Oat Flour =) 

From this…to oat flour. Put in food processor for a few min.

Protein Powder that I used- Whipped Vanilla YUMMMM

I used Truvia. I just ran to the store nearest to my house and they did’t have the bag…so I had to use the packets! lol 

In small bowl combine: (set aside)
1/3 cup Ideal (Xylitol)
2 tsp cinnamon

Combine Dry ingredients

 In a large bowl combine: (whisk together)

1 1/2 cups oat flour + 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Ideal (Xylitol) or ¼ cup Stevia in the Raw

In a medium bowl combine: (whisk together & add to lrg bowl)
2 egg whites
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze)
1/3 cup or 1 4oz jar of baby food applesauce and ¼ cup low sugar vanilla yogurt (optional)

I put the batter back in the food processor to mix. Honestly, I did it just to get more use outta the thing 😉

Pour a shallow layer of batter into the loaf pan (about 1/4 of the batter).

Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter & cinnamon/sugar on top.

Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Bake for 24 to 28 min. Let cool for 10 min. Bread will be dense.

The house smells soooo good

To make the “frosting” combine 1 container of 0% fat Greek Yogurt with 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. Mix!

Mmmmm!
Soooo tasty!!

I ate 1/3 of the pan!!! I couldn’t resist the cinnamon!! I’m soooo full! 

Little Sydney being a lazy bum lol 

Nutrition Facts:
Makes 16 squares
1 square = 55 calories, 1 g fat, 8 g carbs, 5 g protein

May in Review

Just sayin….

Woahhhh May is almost over? When did that happen? I feel very fortunate to have had the most AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, ASTONISHING, and BLESSED year of my life! I felt like reminiscing about the last month so here is a mini recap


Santa Monica Sunset =)
Friends don’t let friends skip workouts!
Hanging on the beach with some of the sweetest people I know 

Shopping! Ok WINDOW shopping 😉

Fit Club! Getting my sweat on with my pals!

Yea, you better watch out 😉

Beach day! We saw dolphins!
Boom!
Universal Studios
Beach! This will NEVER get old!
Ha! Love these!

I’m learning to stop and smell the roses more. You come back to life/work/family/friends refreshed and with a HUGE sense of gratitude and appreciation. 

Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices Low Carb Recipe

I LOVE PIZZA! Annndd one of the things I love most about pizza is there really is no way to make it wrong. You can add any topping…and make it on just about anything! I love portabella mushrooms as a “crust” or cauliflower! So why not zucchini?

Slice your zucchini up. Grill each piece for about 7-8 minutes until tender.If you want to get fancy, you can make a fun pattern with the grill marks =) 

Remove from grill, add your tomato sauce (or diced tomatoes with oregano), add toppings of your choice and throw back on the grill for another 7-8 min.until your cheese is melted.
Official Recipe:

–large zucchini slices, cut 3/4 inch thick (love my food processor for this!)
–olive oil, for lightly brushing both sides of pizza and oiling grill grate
–pizza sauce of your choice (Check the label- avoid anything with more than 6 grams of sugar)
–grated cheese 
–pizza toppings of your choice ( such as low-fat turkey pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms, , caramelized onions, sliced olives, sauteed bell peppers, or any other toppings you like on pizza.)


Oil the grill grates (I use a bit of oil on a paper towel), then preheat grill to medium-high. (If using a broiler, it should be reheated as well.)


Cut zucchini into thick slices about 3/4 inch thick.

Grill the zucchini 7-8 minutes, or until there are some grill marks and it’s starting to be tender. (If the zucchini has a side that’s slightly larger, grill that first so it will be the “top.”)

Remove zucchini from the grill. Add sauce, cheese, and other toppings as desired. (I spread each slice of zucchini with about 1 T red pizza sauce, then sprinkled each piece with a generous pinch of pizza cheese, added 4-5 slices of turkey pepperoni, and sprinkled over a tiny bit more cheese.)

Put loaded zucchini slices back on the grill and cook 7-8 minutes more with the grill lid closed. (Check them every few minutes to see when the cheese is melted and the toppings are lightly browned, especially if you’re using a broiler. If you have a gas grill where you can regulate the heat, I turned it to high when I put the pizza back on.)

Remove zucchini pizzas from grill and serve hot!


Want more recipe ideas? Here ya go!