It may be my 22 birthday, but I still expect pancakes for breakfast! This year, they were healthy. I’m heading to gym in about ten minutes, making no excuses because it’s my birthday. I added protein and turned this breakfast into a fuel!
I can’t wait to make my healthy cupcakes today! (I don’t know if they will turn out, but I’m improvising) Don’t I always?
1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein
1 Extra Ripe Large Banana
2 Egg Whites
1 Tsp Dark Chocolate Chunks (Whole Foods) -because it’s my birthday. Whoops, just made an excuse and it’s not even noon yet!
-Stir in protein powder and dark chocolate chunks
-Cook like any other pancake! The protein powder makes them thick, unlike my other banana-egg pancake recipes!
Enjoy! & don’t forget to look out for my cupcake recipe later!
I just checked my pulse. I’m ALIVE. I have been so M.I.A with blogging, It’s driving me nuts. I’m experiencing some major withdrawals. As you know, Team Taralynn has finally launched. It has taken a lot out of me. Now that it has started, I can breath and let the other Captains take their roles! I am so proud of the six girls. They have been very dedicated to making the change and sharing their journeys for all to follow. I hope you find them as motivational as I.
I promise to focus more on my blog and posting recipes! I have a ton in my head that I can’t wait to take to the kitchen. The Team Taralynn girls are focusing on a cleanse right now. I’ve been helping them out with recipes. I made this smoothie to go with their day one and two of the cleanse provided by their nutritionist.
This smoothie can be consumed any day, cleanse or not! It’s full of nutrients to keep you full and energized. It’s full of protein for a high intensity work out!
The girls from Team Taralynn will be starting their journey toward a healthy lifestyle tomorrow. Our nutritionist and personal trainer have been hard at work creating a plan for each girl that fits their individual needs. We hope you can find these plans useful too. We provided a forum for you to stay connected to the girls and trainers.
To start off the three month plan, our nutritionist Hyuk, has put together cleanse. This cleanse will not leave your body tired or hungry at the end of the day. The cleanse will help rid the body of toxins and waste, kicking off your healthy lifestyle to a great start. The cleanse will last for seven days. Each girl will follow the cleanse, adding their own twist depending on their lifestyle needs. We want you to follow along as well. The phase one of the cleanse is posted up on Teamtaralynn.com
The girls will also be posting their workouts created by Courtney, our personal trainer.
Four Ingredient Scotcharoo Oatmeal : Healthy & Light (Ditch the Desserts for Breakfast)
When I was younger, my mom used to make scotcharoos for dessert every now and then. They were my favorite. If there were any left over from the night before, you better believe I was reaching for them for breakfast. Sounds pretty healthy right?
Thankfully, I know now that having dessert for breakfast is unacceptable. Well, maybe Christmas morning we can make an exception, but any other time it’s wrong. The “breakfast” foods out there advertised for kids such as: pop-tarts, donuts, cinnamon rolls, etc…are considered “desserts” in my book. I ate them every morning as a kid, and sometimes more servings than I should have. It definitely didn’t play in my favor.
If it’s something sweet you crave in the morning, then maybe try changing up your favorite dessert into a “breakfast food” or making a healthier version. Here is a recipe for scotcharoo oatmeal. I took ingredients from the dessert for flavor, ditching the:sugar, rice Krispies, corn syrup, and full fat peanut butter. This breakfast is much healthier than eating a scotcharoo for breakfast or a couple pop-tarts. You still feel satisfied and full. Add a couple egg whites or fruit and you have a well rounded breakfast!
This would be a perfect breakfast before a hard workout.
1 Serving Whole Grain Oats
1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chunks
1/2 Tbsp Butterscotch Chips
2 Tbsp Pb2 Powdered Peanut Butter
-Prepare oatmeal as directed on container. (Use Water)
-Mix in Pb2 Powder.
-Add dark chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.
-Dark chocolate has great health benefits like antioxidants. It’s a much better choice than milk chocolate.
Mix everything together!
This bowl of oatmeal smelled delicious. I made Jeremy close his eyes and tell me what he smelt. He thought I had made scotcharoos! Much better than those breakfast/energy bars and much more filling.
I just got home from a fun work out at the gym. I love Tuesday and Thursday classes. The instructor has so much energy and makes every minute fun. Doing a couple classes every week helps working out stay interesting. I never get bored.
I definitely worked up and appetite after class, so I heated up leftovers. A couple days ago I showed you the bag of vegetables I bought at Costco. That is what is in the picture above. I baked them with my salmon last night with a little vegetable broth and garlic powder.
Last night after the gym, Jeremy and I whipped up a mean dish. Actually it was quick and nothing too special about it. We were craving Italian, so we baked up a spaghetti squash and used Whole Food’s 365 Day roasted vegetable spaghetti squash. I know it’s not true Italian, but it is a great replacement.
Jeremy is not a huge salmon eater, so I made salmon for me. For him, we made a healthy meatball!
1/2 Cup Ground Turkey
1/2 Cup Lean Ground Beef
2 Servings Onion Soup Mix
1 Tsp Fresh Chopped Chives
1/8 Tsp Pepper
1 Egg White
3 Tbsp Black Beans
1 Tsp Minced Garlic
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Mash together. (Like meatloaf)
Roll into tbsp sized meatballs.
Place on greased baking sheet
Bake 15-18 minutes.
I baked a spaghetti squash with it. Cut it into fourths, place on baking sheet. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
Makes 21 tbsp sized meatballs!
Nutrition: 21 Calories, .6g Fat, 2g Carbs, 2g Protein
Yesterday, Jeremy and I made a trip to Costco. We usually grab the usual. I always skip the produce section. I’ve always been faithful to the grocery store, but yesterday I decided to check it out. I was shocked how much money I saved by buying their bulk options.
If you have the opportunity to buy in bulk, I’d highly recommend it.
I eat blueberries almost everyday. I add them to my: salads, smoothies, yogurt or cereal. My local grocery store sells 6 oz of blueberries for $4.99. I found a 24 oz case of blueberries for $5.99 at Costco.
The local grocery store sells Gala Apples $2.49 per lb. I found a case of 12 gala apples for $7.29. The entire case was around 4 lbs, so I saved $2.67.
I found a 18 oz package of blackberries for $3.99. My mouth dropped when I saw this. My local grocery store sells 6 oz package of blackberries for $5.00. I usually never buy them because of the price.
Jeremy pointed this one out to me. We eat a lot of stir-fry. After buying tons of vegetables and cutting them up, we spend over $20 on those grocery trips. This entire stir-fry bag came o $7.49. This will most likely last us all week. I am also excited about the time I will save on cutting up vegetables.
It’s so hard to find watermelon this time of year, but apparently not at Costco. My local grocery store only sells sliced watermelon for around $4.00 for 1/4 of a melon. This melon only came to $6.00.
Strawberries, another wallet breaker. I eat strawberries everyday too. This was a 32 oz container for only $3.00…really! Only $3.00. None of the strawberries were rotten, old or bad! They were huge and taste delicious. I usually spend $4.99 for a 10 oz package at my local grocery store.
I also eat a lot of cantaloupe. My local grocery store sells them $2.99 per melon. Costo sold 3 melons for $6.00. Another huge saving.
I like to make fruit and protein smoothies. I usually buy bags of frozen fruit at the store. Those bags are pricey and hardly contain any fruit, just full of air. This bag was super heavy and loaded in all kinds of fruits that I use for smoothies. If I were to buy and cut up all those fruits, I’d spend over $20.00 for sure. This bag was only $10.00.
The weather is amazing here in Georgia. The sun is out and the temperature is finally above 50. Instead of driving to the gym, I went on a 3 mile run outside. To be honest, after running on a treadmill for so long, I forgot how much I dislike running outside. There are not too many running paths here, so stopping at cross walks throws me off. I also have trouble with keeping a steady pace, which the treadmill helps me do. I just need to get out and do it more often, then maybe I’ll learn to love it again.
Before I took off for my run, I had a light breakfast.
Finally, the first recipe I have ever made in a crock pot. My parents bought me a new crock pot for Christmas. I may have hinted that I needed one. I’m all about preparing food in advance, it saves so much time.
Making soup seemed like the perfect thing to do, especially because of the four days of rainy weather. I expected more from you, Georgia! I tried Olive Garden’s Minestrone a couple years ago. I was immediately hooked. I wanted to challenge myself to create a recipe for minestrone that was just as good.
There are tons of minestrone recipes out on the web. I couldn’t decide which one to make. I took the traditional minestrone ingredients and put a twist on everything to make the recipe my own. I am so glad I did because according to my taste buds, my recipe beat Olive Garden’s. My boyfriend agreed.
2 Cups Frozen Peas (Defrosted)
3 Small Yellow Summer Squash
1 Cup Snapped Green Beans
2 Medium Zucchini
5 Medium Celery Stalks
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Cup Baby Carrots or 2 Large Carrots
1 Large White Onion
1 Tbsp Extra Light Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1/8 Cup Fresh Oregano
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 Tsp Parsley
2 Cans Reduced Sodium Kidney Beans
1 Can White Kidney Beans
2 Cans Died Tomatoes (Basil, Garlic, Oregano)
2 Boxes Organic Vegetable Broth
2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar (My secret Ingredient)
-Rinse green beans.
-Cut the ends off and dispose.
-Chop the green beans into thirds.
-Peel and dice onion.
-Cut off ends and dice.
-Rinse Carrots and dice.
-Dice summer squash.
-Rinse bell pepper.
-Remove the bell pepper’s seeds and dice.
-Cut each zucchini into fourths.
-Add all ingredients to a large bowl and set aside.
-Open all cans
I used Emeril’s organic vegetable broth because I thought it had the best flavor, but there are tons of other brands you can find and choose from.
-Rinse beans to strainer and rinse.
-Add: vegetables, tomatoes and beans to crock pot.
-Mix in : chopped oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, brown sugar, minced garlic, broth and combine well.
-Turn crock pot on high, and cover.
-Cook 5-6 hours.
-When ready to serve turn crock pot to low.
This recipe makes 32 servings. It’s incredibly low calorie. It’s just made up of: broth, vegetables and seasonings! It’s loaded in nutrients and a perfect way to fit in those veggies through out the day. I recommend this soup to the “veggie haters.” This might change your mind about eating vegetables and help you create a taste.
I added my soup to a large container in my refrigerator. Jeremy and I have been eating it for the past couple days. It only gets better and better as it marinates in the broth.
For re-heating, I just use the stove top.
Olive Garden’s is more than twice the calories and the sodium is sky high. Also, do we know what is put into their soup? I like to know what I’m putting into my mouth. After my New Year’s resolution started, I find myself wanting to cook everything instead of dining out.
I never realized how important it is to make your own soup. Most brands or restaurants are full of MSG and over 800 mg of sodium! This soup is guilt free, I never feel bad for going back for another bowl, or three. I topped mine with a couple croutons last night, and it was the perfect touch.
If you are super hungry, this and a salad is ideal! You’ll be stuffed in no time. Now, if only I could make Olive Garden’s lemon cake healthy…
I am thinking about whipping this one up for the super bowl, or maybe I’ll try to create a low calorie chili. Maybe a vegetarian chili! This crock pot is so convenient I can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long. (Thanks, mom and dad)
If you have any healthy crock pot recipes, please share!
Green Protein Shake with a Side of : Strawberries, Eggs, Apples and PB2 for Lunch!
Instead of typing up this post, I should be fitting in a nap. But let’s get real, that never happens. I hate sleeping the day away. I’ll resort to coffee instead. This morning I took a body sculpting class. I’ll be honest, I was pretty sluggish during the class, struggling to finish. I was in a hurry to leave the house, so I didn’t have the chance to eat anything before I left. I had a couple eggs three hours before, but that didn’t help. I guess this is why it’s important to fit the fuel in.
When I got home, I made lunch. I fixed a plate with: 1 honeycrisp apple, 1/2 cup strawberries halves 2 hard boiled eggs and a serving of PB2 powdered peanut butter.
Then for my protein fix, I blended up a green protein smoothie.
Blueberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie! The Perfect Pre/Post Workout Boost!
Lately, I have been a gym junkie. That is why it’s important for me to keep my body fueled and full of healthy nutrients. I make sure to snack 30 minute before the gym and 30 minutes after.
I don’t snack on junk or anything random. I make sure what I take in is healthy and contains protein and a little dose of carbs. This morning before the gym, I had 2 hard boiled eggs, blueberries and 1/2 an apple.
After the gym, I blended together a healthy protein smoothie. This helps me stay energized through out the day and controls my appetite.
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein (Purchased at Wholefoods)
1 Packet Stevia
1/2 Small Banana
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1 Cup Ice
Sliced Almonds for Garnishing
Throw all ingredients into a blender and turn it on high! Add it to a cup and garnish!
It has been an entire week since I have had the banana-egg pancakes! I was seriously having withdrawals. Maybe that was a little over dramatic, but I was craving some after my workout this morning. I finally fit my workout in early, I don’t plan on having another lousy late-night workout anytime soon. Even if I eat before going to the gym that late, I’m still too tired to focus. I did a express kick and express ab class today. Tonight, I am going in for a weight training session. Jeremy goes at night, so I like to go with him and focus on weights. If I have time I fit in a little cardio.
3 Egg Whites
1 Medium Banana
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1 Serving PB2.
In a mixing bowl: mash up banana. I usually cut mine into little slices, then mash it up with a fork.
Add three egg whites to the mashed banana and combine
Heat frying pan on medium high. Spray pan with cooking spray.
Pour half the mixture onto the frying pan, top with blueberries and cover.
Cook each side until golden brown. When you flip the pancake it needs to be really fast!
Top each pancake with 1 tbsp of PB2 powdered peanut butter.
Recipe Makes two pancakes.
Nutrition for one pancake (with blueberries and pb2)
I hate working out super late. I usually have no energy and all I want to do is hop in my pajamas and fall asleep. The last couple days, have been way off schedule for me. Monday through Friday, I work out in the mornings or afternoon. Yesterday Jeremy and I went to the gym at 9:30 pm. My workout was hard to get through. I wanted to quit every second. My eyes were drooping and I had a lack of motivation. Tonight around ten Jeremy and I went to the gym. I figured my workout would be fine and yesterday was just an off day. Tonight my workout was also lousy. I managed to run four miles, spend 20 minutes on the later and fit in a little strength training. I felt like I was trying ten times harder to push through than usual. After the past couple days struggling through my workouts, I have officially learned my lesson. I will make sure to work out before 6pm at night. I am just a day person. I go into rest mode after the sun goes down. Rest mode doesn’t make for a good workout. I can’t wait to get back in the gym tomorrow after lunch and kill it.
-A weight-loss plateau is when you are stuck at the same weight even though you are practicing a healthy diet and working out. Let’s just say you have been running two miles a day and eating the same diet. You lost fifteen pounds on that routine. This week you continued that routine, but the scale stayed the same. You did everything you were supposed to, but your weight hit a plateau. The more weight you lose, the higher chances are for hitting a plateau.
Why Do Plateaus Happen?
As you lose muscle from working out, your metabolism slows down. When you gain muscle your metabolism speeds up. As you lose weight, your body burns calories a lot slower, because it has less to feed. Your body is also smart, it knows when you are trying to take away from it. If you are constantly in fat burning mode it will fight against you making it more difficult for you to lose weight. You have to trick your body.
Plateaus are frustrating. They happen to almost everyone who is on a weight-loss journey. When I was on my journey I hit one almost every month. I once hit a plateau that lasted 45 days. I can’t explain how frustrating that was. I felt like my hard work was for nothing.
It is important not to get frustrated with plateaus. Finding motivation to push forward and not fall back into old habits is important. There are a bunch of different methods to escape them, but how do you know which one to choose?
I have tried just about every method. Some worked and some…a disaster.
Cut your calories and increase your workouts.
Increase your calories and increase your workouts.
Cut your calories and decrease your workouts.
Change your workout routine. Try new classes or focus on new muscles.
Don’t eat the same thing over and over.
Take a diet supplement.
Continue to eat healthy, but take a couple days off working out to allow your body to relax and your muscles to rebuild.
Have a cheat meal to increase your leptin levels, shocking your metabolism, causing it to speed up.
Relax. Find a way to relive your stress. Yoga a couple times a week can help relax your body and muscles.
Treat yourself. Depriving can cause stress and binge eating.
Cut out fruits.
Add strength training and weight lifting into your work out routine to speed up metabolism.
Calorie cycle. Don’t eat the same amount of calories everyday. Go up and down, but never under your recommended intake. If you go under, you will put your body in a starvation mode. That will seriously damage your body.
Stop weighing yourself. Focus on the measuring tape. Your scale may not be changing, but you may be losing inches.
Eat junk food after working out.
Be patient. It didn’t take you overnight to gain the unwanted weight. It won’t come off overnight either.
Eat three meals a day. Don’t snack.
Increase your water intake to speed your metabolism.
Eat more fiber.
Increase your social life activities. Going out and clearing your mind from a weight-loss plateau can help you relax and push forward.
These are some of my trial and errors when it comes to the weight loss plateau. It’s important to not give up. Try a couple different things. I’d love to hear your plateau tips too!
Friday Fit Treat! Dark Chocolate Chip Coconut PB2 Protein Yogurt!
I am really excited to share this quick protein fix with you all. Ever since I up’d my weight lighting workouts, I have developed a strong sweet tooth. If you are familiar with my blog, you know I already have a huge craving for sweets. Lately, it’s been out of control.
A couple days ago after my workout, I wanted something chocolaty and creamy. I needed a boost of protein as well. I started grabbing everything that would taste good in Greek yogurt.
After throwing it all together, I tried it. I had a big smile on my face because, I had managed to create a delicious treat without any sugar-free products. I knew you all would be proud of me. This is the perfect dessert if you want a fast protein fix and a sweet tooth killer. This is a perfect weekend treat instead of going for the ice cream tub or cookie jar.
I have already made it three times this week! I hope you all enjoy it as well.
1 Tbsp Whey Protein
6 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chunks
1 Tsp Organic Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
1 Tsp Raw Unsweetened Coconut
If the yogurt has a sour cream taste, add a packet of truvia or stevia.
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl, or to the container of yogurt. I am a messy mixer, so I used a larger bowl to combine.
You can put the yogurt back into the container and freeze for a Fro-Yo treat!
After receiving over 1,100 emails, we narrowed it down to six girls. The process was difficult because of all the heart-warming entries. In the upcoming weeks, Team Taralynn will be launched. Jamie, Sabrina, Jordan, Emilee, Gabby and Lindsey will be spot-lighted. The team will be provided with a workout routine and meal plan created by professionals.
Don’t worry, you can still participate!
You will have the chance to get to know them, and follow their journey to a healthy lifestyle. A forum will be available for discussion or for your own personal help. As you can see, the girls come from different backgrounds, thus will have different plans. You can pick the routine that fits you best and follow along. The nutritionist and personal trainer will offer help to anyone who needs it on the forums. The girls will be blogging their progress, recipes and workouts every single day on Team Taralynn. These girls will need your support and motivation during their journeys.
Thank you for your understanding that we could only feature six girls. If this is a success, and there is a desire for another team, I would love to do it!
For dinner last night I had: spaghetti squash, salmon, asparagus, steamed vegetables and 1 tbsp of organic honey barbecue sauce.
Preparing the vegetables was quick. I love using the steamer bags to cook my broccoli. For the asparagus, I baked them in the oven at 350 degrees for 14 minutes. I seasoned them with 1/2 tbsp of honey and 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds.
I only used two ingredients for the salmon: 1 tsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp low sodium organic soy sauce. I baked the salmon for 17 minutes on 350 degrees.
This was a quick healthy fix with plenty of left overs.
I had a huge sweet tooth last night after dinner. I didn’t want something too sugary or filling. I went through my kitchen trying to find something light and sweet. Earlier after working out, I had a rice cake with PB2. It was delicious, so I decided I’d have one for dessert too. As I was putting away the PB2 and rice cakes, the bag of dark chocolate chunks caught my eye. Mmm…why not? I added a tbsp on top. As I was putting away the dark chocolate, the pecans caught my eye. Mmm…why not? I added a tbsp on top! It was the perfect combination for dessert.
Healthy Week Preparation, Making Things a Little Bit Easier!
For the past couple weeks I found myself making the same dishes over and over again. Jeremy and I are hooked on roasted vegetables. I was making it a couple times a week. It’s hard work. When I’m really tired, it’s the last thing I want to do. It takes over an hour and a half to cook and prepare.
We like making large salads with our dinners. I like to add hard boiled eggs and cooked shrimp as a protein. He likes to add baked chicken. Baking chicken and boiling eggs adds an extra 30 minutes onto our dinner time.
Yesterday, I decided to make things easier for me this week. I bought all the ingredients for baked chicken and roasted vegetables. I made enough to last for dinner through out the week.
This is just a start to my new habit of preparing foods. I plan on cooking most of the meals on Sunday to save time. I just got a new crock pot for Christmas, so I’m sure that will come in handy when preparing meals.
I was watching a documentary the other day on eating whole foods. My new years resolution is all about eating whole and cutting out artificial ingredients. I know there will be times at restaurants or road trips where I’ll have eat what’s available. If I eat whole 90% of the time, I’ll be doing much better than I used to. This documentary said using olive oil was pointless. He roasted his vegetables with low sodium vegetable broth. I thought that was a good idea. It cut out half the calories in my roasted vegetables. I didn’t have to season them either, the vegetable broth gave them a great flavor. Eliminating the seasoning cut out the extra salt too. You can still season them if you wish.
5 Mini Purple Potatoes
4 Mini Honey Gold Potatoes
2 Large Yellow Bell Peppers
1/2 Box Low Sodium Vegetable Broth (Whole Foods)
3 Large Zucchini
3 Large Summer Squash
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
Cook in oven for 1 hour on 350 degrees. Stir every 15 minutes.
2 Tbsp Light Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
1/2 Cup Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
6 Boneless Chicken Breast
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray baking pan with cooking spray
Add chicken to pan.
Pour vegetable broth and honey mustard over chicken.
Bake 25 minutes.
I boiled about 18 large eggs for salads as well.
Place roasted vegetables and chicken into containers. Put the containers in the fridge.
Having a little bowl of fuel before I head to the gym. I hate working out on an empty stomach, but I also hate working out on a full stomach. I usually fill up a small bowl with healthy food to find my medium.
Today I am having: 1 small apple, 1/2 cup of grapes, 4 prunes, and honey blueberry yogurt. For the yogurt, I add 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp of honey, 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup of blueberries to a blender. It may seem like a lot of work, but if I want to lay off the sugar-free ingredients, work must be done.
2 sets - 20 push-ups.
3 sets - 30 Jumping Jacks.
15 minutes of intense stretches.
Focus on calorie burning: 200 on Ladder/200 on Treadmill. (under 45 minutes)
Fab Fit Friday: Super Bowl 2013 Healthy Chicken Drummies
Just when I thought I had control over the television, or more date nights with my boyfriend, football eases it’s way back into my life. Don’t get me wrong, I like football, but I’m way more interested in the Food Network or horrible reality shows. In just a few short weeks, my living room is going to be taken over by hungry men wearing hideous over-sized football jerseys.
I try to make the best of the testosterone roaming around my house. Cooking and Party planning, now that is my kind of entertainment. I thought It would be smart to start testing out foods ahead of time. I couldn’t think of anyone better than my boyfriend Jeremy to be my guinea pig. So a couple nights ago, I baked him my first super bowl recipe, crispy Parmesan flax seed chicken drummies.
Chicken drummies are a popular finger food at football parties. I didn’t want to leave them out because of how unhealthy they are, so I switched up the original recipe. No frying, flour or butter!
Verdict: Jeremy approved!
1 Large Egg (OR two egg whites)
3 Tbsp Parmesan (I recommend buying organic Parmesan to avoid MSG)
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
10 Fresh Chicken Drummies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
In a small mixing bowl combine: garlic powder, flaxseed and Parmesan.
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After my intense workout, I thought I deserved some delicious food! Those banana-egg pancakes just screamed my name! I put a little twist on these ones this morning!
Instead of using a full egg, I used three egg whites. I also added 1 scoop of protein powder. (bought at Whole Foods Market)
-I made the mistake of adding all the ingredients in before mashing the bananas. Don’t make this mistake. Mash the bananas first. I could have used a blender, but that seemed like too much extra work.
I added in 1 tbsp of Chia seeds to give the pancakes more protein, fiber and antioxidants.
-Turn your frying pan on medium-high
-Pour 1/2 the batter onto frying pan. Top with blueberries and cover.
-Cook each side until golden brown.
-Flipping may be the biggest challenge with this recipe. The key is to flip as fast as you can
-Instead of added syrup, I prepared a little PB2 powdered peanut butter for the top. I really enjoyed the flavor of the banana pancakes with the PB2. It surprisingly brought out the flavor in the blueberries. I only had sugar free syrup in the house, but I am getting rid of all of the sugar-free products for my New Year’s Resolution.
Jeremy and I stopped at Hy-Vee before leaving Iowa on our way back to Georgia. Hy-Vee is a grocery store that has a place to eat as well. There is a large buffet full of delicious foods. I chose to go with the salad and fruit. I took advantage of the delicious fruits and vegetables, piling them high on my plate.
My salad included:
Three Bean Salad
Sunflower Seeds, Un salted
When you are forced to go to the buffet style restaurants focus on filling up on the fruits and vegetables before diving into the “hot foods”