Morning!! I am so happy that today is Friday. Last weekend I felt like it went way too quickly, and needed one more day. I was so looking forward to this weekend, and now its almost here! No grand plans for the weekend, just relaxing and hopefully some more Bikram. I found an Intro special at Bikram Yoga Dupont where you get one week unlimited for $20 for first time students. I plan to go with a friend tomorrow, and the studio is pretty convenient to work, so I’m going to try to go to the 6pm class as much as I can next week after work.
I’m not feeling sore at all today, which is surprising. Last night my back and my hips were a bit sore, so I ended up taking some advil. I was expecting to wake up hurting today, but luckily woke up feeling great. I am going to take the day off from working out today, though, since I’ve had three intense days in a row (9 miles biking + the shred and then two nights of Bikram).
This mornings breakfast was special, especially for a workday. I had throw together some overnight oats last night, but added some weird flavors and was feeling really hesistant about eating them. I tasted them this morning and wasn’t into them at all, so I threw them out. I hate to waste but they weren’t very good and I always need to have a satisfying breakfast. I was trying to figure out what to make and I looked in my cabinet and saw this:
I had been sent this a while ago but never got around to trying it, so today seemed like the perfect day for pancakes! One thing that bothers me about pancake and waffle mixes (most of them anyways) is that it doesn’t have the ratios for 1-2 servings a lot of the times. The serving size here is 3 tbsp, and the only recipe is for 1 cup of mix, so to try to figure out the conversions was beyond me. It ended up being a good thing though because I experimented a bit and made some delicious Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes!
Into the mix:
- 3 tbsp Pancake & Waffle Mix
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- 2 tbsp almond milk
- 3 tbsp egg whites (or whites from 1 large egg)
I let that sit for a few minutes while the pan heated up and it made 2 nice sized pancakes. I topped them with 1 tbsp Better N Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp Crofters Asia, and 1 tbsp dark chocolate chunks.
These were AMAZING and tasted just as good as they look. I really like this pancake & waffle mix because the texture is really interesting with the milled flax throughout the whole wheat mix. In retrospect, I would have put the chocolate chips into the pancakes themselves so they were melted throughout, but they did melt a bit from the heat of the pancakes. Healthy chocolate chip pancakes?? Yes, please! It’s so great when you make things at home because you can control just what goes into them. Even though this felt like a ton of dark chocolate chunks, it was only 1 tbsp, which is just 70 calories. To read on some of the benefits of dark chocolate, check out this page.
I have mixed feelings about Better N’ Peanut Butter. I haven’t used it in so long, but I found the jar in my fridge and decided to give it a try. It only has 100 calories in 2 tbsp which is nice, but it doesn’t taste like regular peanut butter to me. It’s a lot sweeter, so I think using it as a topping for something like this is ideal. I still love my almond butter a lot more though. 🙂
That was a great way to start off my Friday. Hope yours is good so far, too!