Weekends = Pancakes

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What are weekends good for besides making pancakes?

Okay, well, weekends are certainly good for a lot of things, but experimenting with pancake recipes definitely tops my list! I did some experimenting of my own yesterday morning and developed a pretty delicious concoction that’s easy to recreate…even when you’re short on time on a weekday morning!

Greek yogurt pancakes with spiced apples
Greek yogurt pancakes with spiced apples
Serves 3

  • 6 oz. greek yogurt (I used part vanilla, part plain Chobani.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c. oat flour (or other flour of choice)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • A few shakes of cinnamon
  1. Preheat a griddle or large pan and spray with cooking spray (or coconut oil).
  2. In a bowl, combine your greek yogurt, egg, oat flour, and baking soda. Combine until well mixed. (Batter will be thick.)
  3. Drop batter on to heated griddle (or pan). Flip once, and remove once cooked through.
  4. In a small bowl, combine your chopped apple and shake cinnamon over top. Place in microwave for 45 seconds.
  5. Divide spiced apples evenly over pancakes. Top pancakes with nut butter, maple syrup, or seeds of choice. Enjoy!

How to level up this recipe:

  • For added fiber and protein, add in one tablespoon of flax seed to the batter.

How to level down this recipe:

  • Use regular white flour instead of oat flour.

How was your weekend? Did you experiment with any good recipes? I’ll be back later this week with a recap of a fun wedding I had the opportunity to attend this weekend and another good recipe or two!

Fit Friday Finds: Spirit of the Marathon

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What a week it’s been! As you may have noticed, I’ve been pretty M.I.A. all week — unfortunately, I woke up last Friday with a little sore throat that ended up in a full-blown respiratory infection ūüė¶ It definitely hasn’t been a fun week, but I finally got back to work today and (fingers crossed) things are looking up! I’m praying for full healing by the end of the weekend.

I’m pumped to check back in with all of you, and I’m bringing back an old favorite: Fit Friday Finds!

Fit Friday

 

My husband and I have been long-time fans of Netflix, but I always just used it to waste time catch up on my favorite TV shows — I never knew about the wealth of movies and documentaries hidden in that little app!

After seeing everyone talk about Spirit of the Marathon 2 a few weeks ago, I found out that you can watch “Spirit of the Marathon” on Netflix. It took me about 0.9 seconds to find it and push play!

Spirit of the Marathon follows six runners taking on the Chicago Marathon. Some are elites; others are running their very first marathon. The documentary chronicles their training, race day, and all of the ups and downs that goes with it!

Whether you’re a veteran marathon, contemplating your first 26.2, or just an avid part of the running community, this is a must-watch! It’s so inspirational, and after completing my first marathon, I could identify with all of the emotions the runners displayed and talked about throughout the film.

Out here on the East Coast, it’s a pretty rainy Friday, so this may be the perfect thing to put in your Netflix queue for the evening! May I suggest enjoying it alongside a yummy pizza, like a gluten-free almond flour pizza¬†or a balsamic glazed white pizza?

Dates worth remembering

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Doesn’t everyone love a good date? One that’s so good you know you’ll never forget it? One that’s perfectly sweet from start to finish? One that’s pure deliciousness in every bite?

Choco-Almond Date Mini-Balls

Oh wait, you didn’t think I was talking about a¬†romantic date, did you?

Choco-almond date mini-balls

In my foodie heart, my only date worth remembering is Medijool. (Okay, that’s not completely true; I’ve had some pretty good romantic dates, but that’s not what we’re talking about today…)

These mini date balls are pure deliciousness… I recently fell in love with Larabars, but I didn’t fall in love with the price tag ($1.79 for a single bar? Yikes!) So, as per usual, I set out to make my own!¬†I based my recipe on this one from Chocolate Covered Katie and made a big batch to enjoy as pre-workout snacks for this week.

Chocolate Almond Nut Balls

Chocolate Almond Nut Mini-Balls
Makes 12 mini balls

  • 2/3 c. pitted dates
  • 1/8 c. raw almonds
  • 1/8 c. roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Mix on high until well blended. (Mine took about three minutes).
  2. Remove and roll into small balls. Enjoy!

A grown-up PB & J: WIAW edition

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It’s Wednesday! And, you foodies know what that means…(If you don’t, then head to Peas & Crayons for the scoop!)

I hate to admit this, but I went through a phase in high school where I ate PB & J for lunch. Every. Single. Day.

And, no, I’m not talking about having natural peanut butter and homemade strawberry jam on a whole wheat bread.

I’m talking processed white bread, peanut butter that was far from natural, and grape jelly with lots of added sugar. I may or may not have enjoyed this with a Choco Taco on the side. (P.S. I miraculously never gained weight during this sugar-laden time of my life. Thank goodness!)

But, anyways, I still love the taste of PB & J. What I don’t love is refined sugars, processed ingredients, and empty starches. That’s why I’ve started to create my own “grown-up” concocotions of PB & J…first, my healthy PB & (Strawberry) J bowl and now this…

PB & J oatmeal

 

It’s¬†Healthy PB & J Oatmeal! Here’s what’s in the mix (one serving)…

  • 1/4 c. steel cut oats, cooked (Or use 1/2 c. regular oats)
  • Splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. natural strawberry jam
  • Additions: hemp seeds + flax seeds
  1. In a bowl, combine oats and milk. Microwave for 1:10.
  2. Top with strawberries, jam, peanut butter, and any extra additions. Enjoy!

Mmmm, so yummy!

Here’s what the rest of my day looked like…(Trust me, they’re not as pretty. The rest of my eats were all on-the-go!)

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11:45 a.m. –> apple

WIAW6.18_lunch12:40 p.m. –> Mini turkey burger topped with TJ’s reduced-guilt guacamole + lettuce + white onion on quinoa flax bread from Whole Foods (it’s amazing) + baby carrots on the side

WIAW6.18_snack4:00 p.m. –> 3 oz. plain 0% CHO + 3 oz. plain 2% Mango CHO topped with sliced almonds, puffed wheat, and oats

WIAW6.18_dinner6:00 p.m. –> Roasted sweet potatoes + roasted brussel sprouts + watermelon (It was a very colorful — and tasty — dinner!)

Unpictured: 2 Hershey Kisses while at a meeting + my nighttime snack (1 banana, warmed in the microwave, with 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter, 2 tbsp. oat bran, and a splash of milk)

 

 

 

Get a leg up

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Now that I’m finished with my marathon and my half marathon is a few months away, I’m kind of in workout “limbo” and focusing on creating and doing some of my own workouts! I definitely neglected serious weight training while working towards my marathon, so it’s nice to get back to some focused weight training as summer rolls around.

Last week, I came up with a few new workouts, including this leg workout. I love circuit-type workouts that help keep everything moving and your heart rate up! I added in some plyometrics (squat jumps, jumping lunges, box jumps) for an additional challenge.

20-25-30 leg workout

 

What are your favorite circuit workouts? What’s your current fitness challenge?¬†

A perfect Saturday morning!

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My Saturday started off by “sleeping in” (yes, I consider 7:03 sleeping in now…), putting on my running shoes, and setting out for a leisurely Saturday morning run. The weather was absolutely beautiful, so I decided to go sans-iPod which ended being an awesome choice! Four miles = done before 8 a.m.!

Running June

 

I showered, whipped up some apple pie pancakes, and then headed out with my friend Leslie for a morning of food shopping! We started off at Whole Foods and then made our way to a local Farmer’s Market, which I was really excited for but it ended up being a big fail in the produce world. (Everything ended up being super expensive — no good!) We finished with a trip to Trader Joe’s where I stocked up on a lot of my typical favorites.

I got home around 12:30, made a quick lunch, and then did some major food prep for the rest of the day — and I have some exciting new recipes to share with you later next week! However, first I want to share a recipe that I’ve been holding on to for a while, and it is a good one…

Vegetable Crab Soup…and as good as it is, it’s quite difficult to photograph well!

Vegetable crab soup

 

Remember when I did some major food prep and promised you the recipe for vegetable crab soup? Well I’m making good on that promise!


Healthy vegetable crab soup
Serves 8

  • 1 qt. tomato juice
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 can cream of mushroom (OR 1 cup chopped mushrooms + 2 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt)
  • 1 large bag soup vegetables
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Old Bay to taste
  • 1 can crab (I used Phillips)
  • 1 8 oz. package flaked crab
  1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours. Enjoy! (Alternatively, you can combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook on stove until heated through.)

I love this recipe because it’s simple, packed with veggies, and makes a ton! I actually froze half of it to enjoy at another time.

How to level up this recipe:

  • Add additional vegetables (I often throw in a bag and a half of vegetables instead of just a single bag.)
  • This can pack a lot of sodium though, so use as many no salt added or reduced sodium ingredients as possible.

How to level down this recipe:

  • If you don’t like certain soup vegetables, feel free to add in whatever vegetables you¬†do like.

 

 

A very berry WIAW!

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What’s the best part of summer? The berries!

Okay, well, I”m sure there’s many other things as well, but as a foodie, I’m all about the berries, and today’s What I Ate Wednesday is a testament to that. Not part of the WIAW trend yet? Head over to Peas & Crayons to see what it’s all about! This week’s eats come from yesterday…

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Breakfast: (You saw this yesterday!) 1/2 c. oats, 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/3 scoop vanilla protein powder, natural crunchy PB, strawberries and blueberries

Morning snack: Pink lady apple

Lunch: 1/4 c. quinoa with chicken and bean crockpot “chili” + baby carrots on the side

Afternoon snack: 3 oz. plain greek yogurt + 3 oz. black cherry CHO with puffed wheat and oats mixed in (I am loving these mason jars for my yogurt!)

And, then came dinner…

I was planning on photographing a yummy pasta dish that came together fairly quickly yesterday, but it just so happened that my side dish stole the show. I mean, if you put this together, would you be able to resist photographing this plate of summery, clean eating deliciousness?

Spinach strawberry feta salad

 

Fresh spinach, sweet strawberries, crunchy walnuts, a dusting of feta…

 

Spinach strawberry feta salad

 

I’d love to share the “recipe” per say, but does anyone really measure salad ingredients? Here’s what was in the mix:

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • Chopped strawberries
  • Small handful of walnuts
  • Sprinkle of feta
  • Trader Joe’s fat-free balsamic¬†vinaigrette¬†dressing

What’s your favorite part of summer? What’s your favorite “summer” food?