Morning and happy Tuesday! It’s gotten really chilly in DC and I am not loving it. Today is in the 50’s and is supposed to rain this afternoon/evening. Not ideal. I was planning on going for a ride or a run tonight, but I’ll have to play it by ear. I haven’t visited my gym in a long time, so maybe tonight is the night..
I slept like a rock last night – – asleep before 11 and until 7:45am, so almost 9 hours! I woke up and had one thing on my mind – – pancakes! As you’ve seen if you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, I have been experimenting with chia seeds a lot in the last week or so. Today, I added them to my pancakes and they made a huge difference in the texture, in a great way. The chia seeds soaked up a lot of liquid, so the batter was thick and fluffy, and the seeds themselves left an ever-so-slight crunch in the pancakes. I also went on the “sundae” breakfast theme from yesterday with the toppings, so this breakfast was amazing and almost made up for the weather. 🙂
For 3 small pancakes:
- 3 tbsp pancake mix (I use this kind which is awesome)
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- 2 tbsp egg whites
- 3 tbsp light soy milk
I mixed all those ingredients together and let it sit for 5 minutes while I put my lunch together. Then, I made it into 3 small pancakes instead of 2 bigger ones like I usually do (That had nothing to do with the fact that my bigger pan was dirty…) and I really like doing the 3 smaller ones. They cook faster and I just love having 3 pancakes instead of 2.
For toppings, I used:
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 4 strawberries, chopped
- 1 tbsp light hersheys syrup
These tasted just as delicious as they look! As I mentioned above, the texture the pancakes take on from adding the chia seeds is awesome. They get fluffier and a little chewy (in a good way) and take the toppings VERY well. You will definitely be seeing these again.. yum!
I found some interesting stats I thought I would share while reading the Washington Running Report (which you should sign up for if you’re in the DC region and a runner because its free and has a lot of race info and other interesting stuff).
Typical US Female Runner Demographics:
- Average Age: 38.6
- 61.9% Married
- 78.7% College Educated
Primary Motivation to Start Running:
- For Exercise: 25.3%
- Weight Concerns: 13.8%
Primary Motivation to Continue to Run:
- Staying in Shape: 75.5%
- Staying Healthy: 74.8%
- Relieving Stress: 62.4%
Interesting stuff! Be back later!