Vanilla Protein Pancakes

Vanilla Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter drizzle and Almond Slivers

I am always looking for new ways to spruce up pancakes and make them ‘healthier’. My roommate and I like to splurge for pancakes on Sunday mornings, and so it has become somewhat of a weekly tradition for us to have them. Usually I switch back and forth between my favorite: Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, or plain pancakesย (links to come soon!). Sometimes with protein powder, and sometimes without, and most of the times with the sugar cut down or substituted. I found these on another one of my pancake recipe hunts, and had seen the peanut butter and almond slivers on another site’s pancakes and just married the two! As you will soon taste, it is heaven.

Original recipe found here!

Ingredients

1 Scoop Vanilla Whey
1/2 Cup Oats (Blended โ€“ or 1/4 Cup Oat Flour)
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg White
1/4 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 TBSP Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or milk of choice)
3 TBSP Peanut Butter (more or less depending on preference)
Handful of Almond Slivers to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  • Blend oats in a blender or magic bullet. Stir dry ingredients together.
  • Add wet ingredients and mix well (batter will be thick).
  • Heat pan on medium heat.
  • Spray with nonstick spray and slowly spoon or ladle batter into pan. Cook time will vary. Mine took approximately 30 seconds – 1 minute, but I always look for the bubbles to form on top.
  • Melt peanut butter to a consistency similar to chocolate syrup.
  • Once pancakes are fully cooked, put on separate plate, and drizzle with melted peanut butter. Sprinkle with almond slivers to your liking.

*Note: I put the melted peanut butter into a sandwich bag and snipped a corner off to drizzle. Just be sure the hole is slightly bigger since peanut butter is thicker.

Yields 6-8 pancakes.

Enjoy!

Another Year Has Come and Gone

Happy 2017! Can you believe another year has already flown by?? It feels like just yesterday I wrote the Happy New Year 2016 post. I wanted to write an update on this past year and also talk about this year, with my plans and goals for the year.

2016 was a great year in many ways, but I still saw myself struggling. I did use the DDP workout for a few months, but slowly I started to move away from it. Maybe I didn’t use it consistently enough or worked hard enough while using it, but I saw very little progress with the program. It took me more than 6 months to breakdown and get a gym membership. I signed up on July 4th for a monthly subscription to a local gym. A friend of mine told me about an app she used called Lean Body from bodybuilders.com and recommended it to me. It gives you a nutrition plan and a 7 day, 12 week workout program to follow. I have now done this workout regimen 1 and a half times and am thoroughly enjoying it! It primarily does weight lifting, but has cardio thrown in 2-3 times a week. I didn’t follow the meal plan that is recommended in the app, butI did try a couple recipes that I will likely post here at a later date. And while I haven’t seen much weight loss yet, I have noticed an increase in my strength and stamina. I can now walk up a flight of stairs without breathing excessively once I reached the top. (It’s the little things!) I kept up with my recipes, and finding healthy meals and snacks, but there’s always room for plenty of new recipes and ideas. I found myself still struggling with weight loss in 2016 overall, however. So, let’s talk about ways to improve that in 2017!

Starting this year off has been okay, but it was definitely hard to get back in the groove of my workout regimen after the holidays. I’ve had a lot going on this month of January and have missed a few workouts then I would have normally but there is no time like the present to get back on track! One of my secret weapons to start shedding the weight this year will be… wait for it… sugar! My 2 biggest nemesis’s are sugar and me. Sugar for obvious reasons and me for being able to talk myself into sugar and out of workouts! So first thing first is to start cutting out processed sugar. Let’s be clear about something… I don’t keep sweets in the house and rarely do I bake anymore. Every once in a while for a holiday get together I will make something sweet, but I know if I keep it in the house, I will eat it… so I try and immediately get rid of sweets as soon as possible. With that being said, it’s very easy for me to get it at work, out and about or at friends houses. So, on top of saying goodbye to sugar, I also have to learn self control. It’s going to be a long year my friends! But I came in to this year with a more clear desire. A desire that is bigger than the ‘right now’. It’s the desire to see the bigger picture. I realized if I want to have children, how can I teach them proper, healthy eating if mommy is sneaking around eating all the things she forbids to keep in the house. I don’t want to teach my kids sugar is bad, I just want to teach them that there are better, healthier options out there to snack on and it all starts with me, and my habits and decisions.

This year, I am workingย on self control and cutting out processed sugar. This means learning to say no when I am craving ice cream or candy. It’s looking for other snacks that are healthier and more beneficial, such as protein snacks. Since the end of Christmas, I have kept a bowl of chocolate in the house. I look at the bowl and just think ‘no.’… ‘no, you can’t have any’ and so far I have done well. Sure, I have had a piece or two here and there, but there is still chocolate candy in that bowl and I haven’t devoured it. Progress! My workout regimen will stay the same, for at least a couple more months, until I decide to try a new program. I have just really enjoyed this one, and have been working on increasing weight vs reps. I am also trying to incorporate more cardio, by getting to the gym 3 times a week in the morning before work, and then doing my weight lifting after work in the evening. My goal this year is to lose 30 lbs, gain self control (and muscle!), and be able to climb 3 flights of stairs without losing my breath. As always, I will continue to post recipes and snacks. I have created a couple recipes this year and will be posting those shortly. Since I am no longer doing low carb meals, the recipes I post may have carbs in the form of rice, quinoa, potatoes, etc, but I always try to keep the carbs in check and veggies in at least 2 meals of my day. Happy New Year all; may this year fulfill all of you with your dreams and goals!