Protein Powder Pancakes

I made an impulse buy this week…

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I’ve tried a few protein powders over the last couple months because they show up occasionally in recipes on the blogs that I follow, and it seems like it could be a good way to get more protein in my diet. TO BE CLEAR: I’ve been thinking of the protein powder as a way to add a little more punch to my meals and not as a ‘meal replacement’ the way protein shakes are sometimes used. Since I bought the whole container, I now need to find/create recipes to use it in! My first attempt was protein pancakes this morning. I got the original inspiration for this recipe from Happy Being Healthy.

Here is my own version of protein pancakes (full recipe below)…

First, combine 1/3 cup oats with 1 teaspoon ground flax:

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Add in one scoop chocolate protein powder and one whole egg:

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Add 1/3 cup cottage cheese and stir to combine:

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The mixture was very lumpy – if you wanted a smoother pancake you could put the mixture in a food processor or blender. I poured the batter onto the skillet as two pancakes. I waited about three minutes and the flipped…

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As you can see, flipping pancakes has never been my forte. Nonetheless, they turned out pretty nicely shaped in the end. I served them with walnut butter, a banana, and a splash an undisclosed amount of maple syrup:

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I liked these pancakes a lot! The protein powder gave them a slightly bitter flavor, but they definitely filled me up. I want to try a few other ingredient combinations, but I am definitely keeping this recipe on file for future use!

Ingredients
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon ground flax
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Tera's Whey)
- 1 whole egg
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese
Method
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. 
Pour batter onto skillet as two large pancakes.Cook 3-4 minutes on each side. 
Serve with nut butter, fruit, and syrup of choice!

Treadmill Run and DELISH Breakfast

Remember the snow yesterday? This is what it looked like this morning:

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I snapped that pick while heading to the gym for some NROLFW Stage 3. The area of focus for today’s workout was definitely the back, and I felt a little sore after. I also did a quick treadmill run. I did a variation of Fitness NYC’s 3s and 5s treadmill challenge. Since I’m trying not to run more than 3 miles at a time until my knee/IT band issue is fixed, I had to modify the workout a bit. Here is what I did:

set treadmill at 1% incline
time (mins)          speed
0-3                          6.0
3-6                          6.5
6-7                          7.5
7-8                          6.0
8-9                          7.5
9-12                        6.7
12-15                      6.1
15-18                      6.7
18-19                      7.5
19-20                     6.0
20-21                     7.5
21-22                     6.0
22-23                     7.5
23-26                     7.0
26-27                     6.5
27-28                     7.0
28-29                      6.5
29-30                     6.0

The run ended up being 3.3 miles. Whoops. 🙂

After the gym, I had THE MOST DELICIOUS BREAKFAST EVER. You absolutely must make these two recipes immediately:

1. caramelized bananas
2. couscous breakfast bake

Then you must combine them (and smear with nut butter, obviously) and enjoy this:

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Soooo good.

Snow + Warm Bananas

The weather here in Minneapolis took a dramatic turn towards ‘winter wonderland’ today. This was the view at 2:00pm after only about 20 minutes of snow:

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…and one hour later it looked like this:

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There is so much snow now! Maybe this will facilitate some cross-country skiing next weekend. 🙂

Obviously, a cold snowy day calls for something warm and delicious. Given how much I adore bananas, they were the ingredient of choice. I mixed two sliced bananas with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil:

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Arranged on a greased baking tray:

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Cooked in the oven at 375° for 30 minutes.

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mmmm, look at that caramelization! I will be including this in my breakfast tomorrow for sure.

Go Bananas!!

I was surprised at all the banana comments I received after yesterday’s banana-related post. As a result, I started thinking about why bananas are so great.

Top 3 Reasons Bananas Rule
1.
they are CHEAP – definitely the most inexpensive fruit
2. they are versatile – sweet, savory, meal, snack, you get the idea
3. they are fun to eat

exhibit A

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For all you other banana lovers out there, here are some suggestions for how to use this fabulous fruit:

Breakfast

Sandwiches/Wraps

  • pb (& j) with banana
  • pb & honey with banana (this is especially good grilled!

Snacks/Sweets

  • sliced banana with peanut butter and cinnamon
  • plain from the peel
  • soft serve banana ‘ice cream’
  • blended with ice and milk for a smoothie (optional add-ins: cocoa, peanut butter, blueberries, etc.)
  • eat frozen chunks for a snack in warm weather (warning: make sure you peel and cut the banana into small chunks BEFORE freezing!)
  • caramelized bananas

Moral of the story: EAT MORE BANANAS!!

Where are the Bananas?!?!

This morning I threw together a quick breakfast before heading to work. In the mix: a few spoonfuls cottage cheese, 1/2 cup kashi go lean, 1/4 cup trail mix, coconut milk, sliced apple. Yum!

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I packed up my lunch and snack to bring to work with me for the day:

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yes, those are chocolates next to my apple 🙂

This is probably my #1 healthy eating rule: always bring a healthy lunch and snack to work! If I don’t bring good food to the office – or I bring too little food – then I end up finding my way back to cookies and candy in the break room all day.

First thing on my agenda for the day was to pick up some stuff at Costco. On the shopping list:
– toilet paper
– contact solution
– apples
– bananas
– spinach

Finding the bananas took me about 30 minutes. Although I’m a big Costco fan, one big drawback to the store is that there is absolutely zero signage and the location of regular products is constantly changing. The bananas are typically kept with the rest of the produce, but today they were nowhere to be found! I searched all over and was just about to give when a miracle happened. What appeared in front of my but a…

the motherload

the motherload

…banana cart! This led me straight to the source. They moved the bananas into the cooler section by the yogurts. Weird?