Chia Seeds

Blueberries!

Morning! Man, I was dreading coming to work today just because the weekend was so fun and definitely not long enough. The best way to ease myself into a Monday is to start the day off right with pancakes, which is exactly what I did this morning. When I was in NJ over the weekend, my dad took me to a blueberry farm where they grow, pick, and package the blueberries for distribution. You can go to the farm and buy the already picked blueberries for really cheap. We split a flat, which is 12 pints of blueberries, and it was $15 total. So, I got 6 packages of blueberries for $7.50, or $1.25 each! Fresh, delicious, plump blueberries for cheap!? Yes, please! You’ll be seeing a lot of them over the next week or so.

I made the basic chiacake recipe with:

  • 2 tbsp flax seed pancake and waffle mix (1 pt)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
  • 3 tbsp light soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1 cup blueberries (1 pt)

I added the blueberries to the pancakes as soon as I poured the batter into the pan.

This recipe made 3 good sized blueberry pancakes.

I took the rest of the cup of blueberries and microwaved them for 1 minute total which made them get all melty and pop into a delicious blueberry syrup.

This made the perfect topping for the blueberry pancakes!

Soooo good.

These pancakes had just 4 points, syrup and all! I think I’ll be making more of this 1 ingredient syrup, which could be great chilled in a yogurt parfait or as an oatmeal topper.

What is your favorite way to use blueberries? I need some ideas so I can make it through these before they go bad!

Happy first day of summer!

CSA!

Good morning and happy almost-Friday! Today is off to a great start because I went to pick up my CSA this morning and it looks great this week. In case you didn’t know, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and translates to getting a box of fresh, local produce every week. Farms have a certain number of shares (farm shares) that can be purchased by the public, and this allows them to get their cash flow started early and allows them to get to know the people eating their food. As a consumer, there are tons of benefits because you get seasonal fresh produce, packed with nutrients and you know where you food is coming from. Also, you don’t get to pick what you get (like you do at a Farmer’s Market) so it forces you to try new things that you might not otherwise, which always excites me.

I signed up for the CSA a few months ago and have been looking forward to it starting ever since. I was pretty disappointed when the first week was during my time in OKC, and then last week my friend picked it up for me and it didn’t look THAT good. In fact, we haven’t even used most of the produce we got last week, but today was a new day and a new box of veggies! I set out to pick it up at 9am because its right by my house and I wanted to get first pick of the veggies and also not have them sitting in an unairconditioned room all day (which I suspect was part of the problem from last week) so I set out before work to go find the veggies.

There were tons of boxes stacked up in the room, and so I just picked out the two I was getting (one for me, and one for my friend Amber because we’re splitting a full share). One box is a half-share, and two are a full-share, so Amber and I are splitting a full share. Here’s what the box looked like:

And spread out on my counter…

This week my share had:

  • 3 heads of broccoli
  • collard greens (lots)
  • yellow squash
  • red leaf lettuce
  • a baby cilantro plant
  • beets with tops

I am really happy with this week’s share and am excited to start eating it.. tonight! I’ve never had farm fresh broccoli and I love broccoli, so that’s one of the things I’m looking forward to the most.

Breakfast today was true Overnight Oats (as in I actually made them last night for once!) and added craisins overnight. I got the ideal from Nicole because she put raisins in her overnight oats, so I decided to give it a go with craisins, and it tasted SO good! The craisins/raisins soak up a lot of the liquid so they plump up and add a nice flavor/texture to the mix. The bowl was interesting enough on its own that I didn’t even add any toppings and I’m feeling really satisfied.

In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (1.5 pts)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 2 tbsp cherry craisins (1 pt)
  • 2/3 cup light soy milk (1 pt)

If you like overnight oats and haven’t ever tried adding raisins or craisins to it, DO IT! It’s so good.

Question: Have you ever done a CSA or is that something you’d be interested in? What was your experience like if you did it, and if not, what would you look forward to the most about it?

Alive and Well

Hello! Sorry I’ve disappeared yet again for a few days, but I promise I’m alive and well. This weekend was SO fun and incredible, celebrating my best friend’s bachelorette. What happens in AC stays in AC for the most part, but I thought I’d share a few pictures with you!

We all wore LBD (little black dresses) and some got the memo for neon shoes! 🙂 This was us about to get on the elevator to dinner. We went to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in the Borgata, which was incredible. Here we all are at the dinner table:

Here’s me with the Bachelorette:

Me rocking my bachelorette pin:

And then at the end of the night at the club.

Photos stop there.

It was soooo much fun and really great to be reunited with all of my college friends. It had been over a year since we were all together… far too long! As far as trying to be healthy on the trip, I sort of let it go because I think it’s important to let go and have fun for certain special occasions, like a bachelorette party for one of your best friends. I ate healthy during the day on the way to Altantic City, having a Egg White flatbread from Dunkin Donuts and plenty of iced coffee. Lunch was a salad from the food court with spinach, mozzarella, avocado, and chickpeas, and then dinner was lots of bread and pasta to have a good base for a night of drinking and fun.

I got back pretty late on Sunday, and then yesterday was at an offsite event for work all day, so I wasn’t by a computer at all to blog and check in. I am back to normal now though, and recommitting myself to hardcore healthiness until the wedding so that I can look and feel my best in my bridesmaid dress. This morning was boring but much needed frozen berry oats:

These had:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (1.5 pts)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup light soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (1 pt)

It’s funny how it can be so refreshing to go back to your normal routine once you have a crazy weekend of traveling and going out. Even though I have this breakfast quite frequently, I was so happy when I was putting it together this morning and even happier when I was eating it. I didn’t bring a lunch today so I’m going to have to run out and get something, but I plan to be back on track with eating, cooking, and exercise, starting today.

Have you ever been to a bachelorette/bachelor party or did you have one if you’re already married? What did you do?  If you’re not yet married, what do you think you’d want to do for it?

Chocolate Banana Frosting

Good morning and TGIF! I am soooo ready for the weekend, just have to get through today! Last night was really fun at the reception, but I didn’t end up doing THAT well with not drinking/healthy eating, though I didn’t bomb it either. It really helps not eating meat because they passed around a bunch of hors d’oeuvre that had meat on them, so I easily passed those up. I had two jumbo cocktail shrimp and two mini crab cakes from the passed appetizers. To drink, I had two glasses of Malbec and two vodka sodas, a bit more than I was intending. After the reception was over, a few of us finished our last drink at the bar and the waitress brought over some cheese and bread. I didn’t snap a picture, but there was some blue cheese, brie cheese, and a semi soft white cheese that I’m not sure what it was. It was all delicious and a nice treat!

This morning I woke up and was craving one thing… pancakes! Chiacakes to be exact. I altered the recipe slightly to make it a little less pointy, and had 3 perfect pancakes with chocolate banana frosting!

Into the batter went:

  • 2 tbsp flax pancake mix (1 pt)
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
  • 1/4 cup light soy milk (.5 pts)

So 3.5 points for 3 pancakes!

Then, to make the frosting, I heated up 1/2 small banana (1 pt) with 2 tbsp soy milk for 30 seconds in the microwave.

The bananas got soft, so I mashed them with a knife and added 1/2 tsp cocoa powder (0 pts). It turned into a thick chocolatey banana frosting. If you wanted it to be thinner, you can add a bit more milk, but I liked it thick! I spread some on each on the chia cakes, and got ready to feast on a delicious breakfast.

Soooooo good. I haven’t had pancakes in a while, so these really hit the spot! This frosting can be used for a lot of things, and it’s just 1 pt for all of it! Yum. So the total breakfast was 4.5 points, and super filling. I want more only because they were so good, not because I’m still hungry.

What are you looking forward to most this weekend? I have a bachelorette tomorrow night in Atlantic City. One of my best friends is getting married in less than two months, so we’re going all out to celebrate!

Frozen Berry Oatmeal

Morning! Today is hoootttttt outside, even before 9am. They are saying its going to get up into the 80s so a walk outdoors at lunch time is going to be completely necessary. Breakfast today wasn’t terribly exciting, but it was delicious. I had cold oats, but this time topped them with frozen Very Cherry Blend from Trader Joe’s. It has cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, and a cup has 90 calories, no fat, and 5 grams of fiber, so 1 pt.

A few people have sent me emails or left comments saying they’d love to try these oats, but never remember to put it together the night before. I actually almost NEVER make these the night before, just the morning of. I used to pack my lunches at night but recently out of pure laziness have started doing it in the mornings. I just add all the ingredients, mix it up, and in the end it sits for about an hour before I eat it from transporting it to work. I use slightly less liquid (the amount below) than if I were to make true overnight oats because there’s less time for the oats to soak up the liquid, but it turns out almost exactly the same if you do it the same day. So, bottom line, you don’t have to plan too far ahead to have these!

I know it doesn’t look that pretty, but it was awesome. The frozen berries were out of the freezer for about an hour so they softened up a bit and added a ton of flavor throughout the bowl.

Into the mix went:

  • 2 tbsp scottish oats (1 pt)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup light soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (1 pt)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1 cup frozen Very Cherry Blend (1pt)

One of the highlights of this breakfast for me was I got to eat it with a new spoon!

This picture doesn’t do justice to how cute and tiny this spoon is, but I had been on the hunt for little spoons for months! I first saw them on Kath’s blog, and I love the idea of eating with a tiny utensil because you get more bites. I found a set of 4 of these for 6.99 at HomeGoods.

One of the main struggles that I have with healthy eating is that I tend to inhale my food. I try to be mindful of it and slow myself down when I think about it, but my food is always gone relatively quickly. This spoon actually did help me slow down a bit, but the bowl was still gone pretty quickly.  I think if I ate slower I would eat less and be more successful at getting to my goal weight.

Some tricks I’ve heard about slowing yourself down are:

  1. Put your fork/spoon down between bites
  2. Drink water between bites
  3. Use chopsticks to eat

Do you have any other tips for slowing down? What is the thing you struggle with the most in terms of healthy eating?

Goal Update

Good morning! I am still catching up on getting back into the swing of things after this business trip like woah. I did unpack and go grocery shopping, but I have been soooo exhausted that today I just turned my alarm off and went back to sleep. I never do that! Snooze, yes, but off? No. So I think I need to go to bed extra early tonight so I can get an extra hour of sleep and hopefully wake up easier tomorrow.

Even though I’m not doing that great with my goals (largely from traveling to OKC for 6 days/5 nights), I wanted to do a check in now we are over a week into June. Here is a list of the goals and my progress on each of them.

1.) Drink more water. Half Check. I was drinking a lot of water during the first few days of June and into my trip, but then during the weekend my water consumption was slacking. I started back up again yesterday and have been getting in my 8+ glasses a day yesterday and today, and plan to stick with it.

2.) Be consistent with exercise. Half Check. I worked out twice during my trip, and then went back to Bikram yesterday. My goal is to get in 5 days of exercise a week if possible, but last week I got in only 2-3 because of traveling. I plan to make up for that starting this week and going forward.

3.) Get back to strength training. Check. I did free weights while in OKC for the first time in a while. My goal is strength training once a week, and I plan to do some more tonight since it’s rainy outside and not ideal for a run/bike ride outdoors.

4.) Go back to Weight Watchers Meetings. I’m giving myself until the end of June to get back to meetings so I still have more time on this one.

5.) Limit alcohol consumptionFail. I drank too much during my trip to OKC and have a reception and bachelorette coming up this week. To make up on this goal, my plan is to not drink any alcohol after Saturday night (the bachelorette) until July 4th/my birthday weekend. This should be totally doable. 🙂

6.) Count WW Points. Half Check. I was counting points before I left for OKC but not during my trip. I’m back to counting today, even though it’s my least favorite thing to do.

Did you set June goals? How are you doing on them so far? It’s not too late!

Breakfast today was nothing exciting but it was delicious.

Vegan Overnight Oats that had:

  • 1/3 cup oats (1.5 pts)
  • 1/2 cup light soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (1 pt)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1 Raisin Bran Vitatop (1 pt)

I also had an asian pear on the side.

I haven’t had one of these in forever so I was excited when I spotted them at the grocery store yesterday. They are soo good and 0 points! They are kind of a cross between an apple and a pear – sweet but crunchy. I love them!

Have you had any foods lately that you’d forgotten about/haven’t had in a long time?

June Goals

Wow. How is it already June 1? I can barely believe its 2010, much less halfway into it! Time fliiiies.

So I got my bridesmaid dress for the August wedding I am in yesterday and it doesn’t fit. I still have over 2 months so I know it will be fine, but I think I have been a little too lax with my diet and exercise lately, and have been slipping into maintenance mode even though I need to still be in lose mode. I mentioned this last night, but today is a new month, and the start to a new regime. I am really going to refocus and do my best to get to my goal weight by the August 7th wedding so that I can look and feel my best that day (not to mention stop paying $40 a month!).

In order to be at my goal weight, I need to lose around 10 pounds, 12 based on what the scale said this morning. I’m pretty sure thats partly from just being bloated from eating too much this weekend and not working out, so I’ll check again tomorrow morning and I’m sure it’ll be less. That said, I’ll probably need to lose about 10 more pounds, which I think is totally do-able if I just make a few changes. I want to keep eating a lot of whole foods and the same types of things I was eating before, I just want to eat a little less, and have lighter toppings on oatmeal/yogurt/salads.

I’ve decided that I am going to set some goals for the month of June to help me achieve my broader goal of getting to goal weight. I’m putting them out there so I will stick with them and plan to do a mid-month and end of month check in, and then set new goals for the month of July. Here goes:

1.) Drink more water. I have been majorly slipping in this department and water is so good for me, not to mention sometimes you can think you’re hungry when you’re really just thirsty. 8+ cups a day.

2.) Be consistent with exercise. Goal of working out 5x per week, which includes running at least once a week. Even on rest days, I want to do a little bit of activity like push ups and sit ups in the morning or bed.

3.) Get back to strength training. I need to strength train at least once a week because I’ve basically stopped doing it all together. Strength training is so important to building lean muscle mass so that you burn more calories at rest.

4.) Go back to Weight Watchers Meetings – I’m still paying for it, but haven’t been since April or May… I don’t even know the last time I went to weigh in. I need to just face the official scale and go so that I can get myself back on track (and get the benefits I’m paying for!)

5.) Limit alcohol consumption – I’ve been drinking a lot more than usual lately, which is a lot of empty calories, plus I make such bad decisions when drinking (hello 3am unblogged pizza on Friday night). I have the Bachelorette Party coming up June 12th in Atlantic City, but other than that, I don’t want to do any crazy drinking during the month of June. A drink here or there is fine, but no more getting tipsy frequently/overdoing it.

6.) Count WW Points. Ugh. This is my least favorite one, but it’s what I really need to do. I can’t promise I’ll be religious about it, but I do plan to try to estimate meals and cut back on unnecessary add-ins for meals that make them too pointy. I think it’s good to come back to points when I go into weight-loss mode, but I am happy to know that I can still maintain my weight (as I have since January) without counting points.

OK so now that I put those out there I am feeling better. I CAN do this. I know it.

Breakfast today started off on the right foot with a bowl of cold oats.

Into the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup oats (2 pts)
  • 2/3 cup skim milk (1 pt)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (1 pt)
  • Raisin Bran Vitatop (1pt)

This bowl was really satisfying for just 5 points. I think the chia seeds really do make a big difference in fullness, but I didn’t use the protein powder so we’ll see how it holds me over. I have a lot of stuff to do to get ready for my business trip today – so I’ll be back after lunch!

Do you set monthly goals for yourself? What are your goals for June? If you don’t set monthly goals, is there a reason? I don’t normally set monthly goals and partly its because I feel like I already do a lot for my health and fitness, so to set goals on top of what I already do can feel like a little much. that said, when I don’t set goals I find that I can go a bit off track, as has been the case lately. We’ll see how June goes but I’m feeling good about it, and feeling like these goals are going to help me keep my eyes on the prize!

Yoga Pose May

Good morning and happy Friday! I am SO excited for the 3 day weekend that lies ahead, even though I have no concrete plans.

Tina and Kate are hosting a blog-wide challenge called Yoga Pose May where each day a few bloggers feature a different pose, and today is my day! The idea behind it is that readers of all different blogs may be inspired to give yoga a try.

Now let me start with this… I have only very recently started doing yoga. Before the last few months, I only was running or working out in the gym with the stationary bike, elliptical, and weights. While this helped me to lose most of my weight, I really wanted to start trying new things. I consider myself to be one of the least flexible people I know and was sooooo hesistant to try yoga, I can’t even explain it. I started doing some On Demand videos on ExerciseTV of different beginners yoga because I wanted to figure some things out on my own before venturing to a studio. Then, after a few weeks of doing random videos, I decided to give Bikram a try. You can read about my first experience here. That was April 28th – one month ago yesterday! (Thank you blog for helping me know that) Since then, I’ve become sort of obsessed with it and love going to Bikram and seeing myself get better at the postures each time I go. It’s small victories like being able to hold the Bow posture for the whole 40 seconds yesterday (first time I could do that!) that makes me want to go back for more.

Moving along, my pose for today is Eagle Pose, which I think is one of the more challenging poses to get right. There are several different varieties of this pose depending on which practice of yoga you are doing, but I walked through the Bikram way because that’s all I know! I had my friend Amber from last night do it along side me so you could see the difference between someone who has been practicing for 10 years (AMBER) and someone who’s been practicing for one month (guess who).

Step One is to cross your right arm under your left arm.

If that’s enough, you can stay there.

Step two is to have your palms facing each other while keeping your elbows crossed.

We interlocked our fingers because its easier to hold that way, but eventually you want your palms to line up against each other exactly, and have the tips of your fingers below your nose.

Step three is to keep your arms like this, and bend at the knees.

Step Four is to bring the same leg as the bottom elbow go over the opposite leg. So, when you have your left elbow under your right elbow, you want to move your left leg over your right leg. When you reverse the posture and have your right elbow under your left elbow, you want your right leg over your left. Make sense?

It’s kind of hard to see, but my left foot (I’m on the right) is right next to my calf, but you really want to move your toes around your calf so they’re peeking out the other side. Ambers toes are much more behind her calf and if the picture was at a better angle you’d probably see her toes peeking out. The important thing is to point your toes/leg in the direction you want it to go. Each time you practice, your leg/foot will move a little deeper into the posture and with consistent practice, you’ll eventually get completely into the posture. I’ll definitely post a follow up shot once/if my body has changed enough that I can do this posture fully and my toes are peeking out, too! PS: Check out the gorgeous scenery in the background! We took these photos last night at our picnic while the sun was setting. 🙂

So, bottom line, give yoga a try!! There are sooo many different types of yoga, so it’s good to experiment with different practices so you can find one that’s right for you. Many studios offer intro specials where your first class or week is free, or offer discounted intro weeks. Sample out different studios so you can find one that’s a good fit with your body and your fitness goals! The thing that really convinced me to take on yoga was that there are three pilars of fitness: cardio (which I’m in great shape with), Strength (Decent but needs work) and Flexibility (needs a lot of work). It’s also an awesome change of pace from our busy everyday lives, especially for someone like me who can be a little spastic at times… 😉

Now, onto breakfast! Nothing new, but I just love eating these Vegan Overnight Oats.

Into the mix:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 sliced banana, on top

So good but not terribly exciting, I know. 🙂

What is your favorite type of yoga practice? If you’ve not yet tried yoga, which kind would you be interested in trying? What’s your favorite pose/posture if you have one? I like Bikram but only because that’s the only practice I’ve tried. I plan to venture out a little bit once my package is up that I just purchased at my Bikram studio. My favorite posture in Bikram is the Bow Pose but I’m still working on it, and my favorite non Bikram pose is downward dog, because it just feels so good to stretch out!

Fittest City

Good morning and happy hump day! I had the worst time falling asleep last night. We were out and about until around 10:30 and then had to make a few trips up from the car so didn’t really settle down until almost 11:30. I always need some time to decompress, so by the time I got in bed it was 12:30 or so and I don’t think I fell asleep until 1! The past few days I’ve woken up before my alarm, but today my alarm brought me out of such a deep place in my sleep. For a second my eyes opened and I had no idea what was going on, and then I realized it was time to get up. Sad story.

Putting my lunch together today was really strange. Usually I have an idea of what I feel like and go with it, but today I couldn’t figure out what I wanted for breakfast OR for lunch, probably just because I was sleepy/cranky. A coffee is in order for sure! The biggest redeeming quality about today is that its supposed to get close to 90Âș and sunny and clear alll day. 90 is a little hot for my taste but I’ll take sunny over the rainy and chilly its been since the weekend any day.

Another thing that perked me up was reading Shape magazine on the metro into work. It had an article about the top 10 fittest cities in the US, and guess which was number one!?

  1. Washington, DC (YAY!!!)
  2. Boston
  3. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  4. Seattle
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. Denver
  7. Sacramento, California
  8. San Fransisco
  9. Hartford, Connecticut
  10. Austin, Texas

GO DC!! Woohoo. 🙂 This list was put together by Shape magazine in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine. They looked at the 50 largest cities in the country and assessed them in 30 areas, including personal health indicators (such as how often residents exercise, smoke, and eat their fruits & veggies) and the rates of chronic health issues. It also looked at community/environmental factors like the number of parks, trails, farmer’s markets, pools, rec centers, etc. You can check out the whole listing at americanfitnessindex.org if you don’t see your city on there.

Now, onto breakfast! I always see on Kath’s blog how she puts muffins on top of oatmeal and it always looks so good, but I never really have muffins laying around. Today though, as I was browsing around my kitchen trying to figure out what to make, I saw that I have some Vitatops left in my freezer – perfect compromise!

This bowl of Vegan Overnight Oats had:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana nut vitatop
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Soooo good. I microwaved the vitatop which dried it out a little bit, so next time I would toast it and be more patient while it got warm. 🙂 It was still delicious though and made a great, new-to-me topping for the oats.

Question: What’s your favorite oatmeal and/or yogurt topping?

Have an awesome day!!

Leisurely Morning

Good morning and happy Monday! 🙂 I actually have had quite a long morning (for me). I left my phone in my car yesterday after returning from errands, and didn’t realize until we were ready for bed that I didn’t have it. It was much too late to go to the car to get it, so I asked Wil (about 5 times) if he would set his alarm for me and make sure I woke up. I get really worried I’ll sleep in without an alarm (duh) and really only trust myself (barely, at that) to set the alarm right.

So, my eyes opened at 6am and I was worried it was really late so I jumped out of bed and ran into the kitchen to check the time. I’m the type of person where, once I’m up and moving around, going back to sleep is nearly impossible, though I did get back in bed for another 30 minutes or so. I got out of bed (for good) at 6:30, went and got my phone, and decided to have a leisurely morning. I am feeling really, really sore today (probably worse than yesterday) but they always say day 2 after an intense workout can be the best. I wanted to stretch out and loosen up a bit,  so I turned on ExerciseTV on Demand to see what was there. AM Yoga was missing so I looked around for something else that looked light, easy, and stretchy, and settled on Yoga for Beginners with Shiva Rea. It was a 25 minutes yoga flow series with lots of downward dogs, warrior 2s, cobras, and some other postures that I don’t know the names of. It was a little bit harder than I was expecting (I definitely broke a sweat!) but felt so good to stretch out my sore muscles and move around a bit.

After taking my time getting ready, I decided to make chiacakes! I had been craving them since Friday and finally got around to making them today. Into the mix went:

  • 3 tbsp pancake & waffle mix
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 3 tbsp egg whites
  • 3 tbsp almond milk

I let that sit while I through together lunch, and then used the skillet with nonstick spray to make 4 little chiacakes.

I topped them with a sliced banana, and 1 tbsp real maple syrup. SO good.

I haven’t had real maple syrup since… I can’t even remember when, and have had it on my list to buy for so long, but its just so expensive! I finally found some at Whole Foods (weird that I found it cheapest there!) for $4.99 (most places it was 7.99 – 13.99+ for a small bottle) so I took the plunge. 1 tbsp has 50 calories and sooo much flavor, so it was totally worth it. Definitely made these chiacakes a bit special.

Though I don’t think I’ll make shooting out of bed at 6am a habit, it was really nice to get to take my time this morning and do some yoga before work! I even got to watch the Today Show while chowing down on breakfast, which is something I miss, so maybe I’ll get up a bit earlier on weekday mornings so I can take my time. Maybe.

Also, Liz, who hosted the workout party on Saturday, posted a cute picture of the group, check it out here.

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