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!

Leisurely Morning

Good morning and happy Monday! ūüôā¬†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.

Chocolate Chunk Pancakes

Morning! I think this morning would have been a really rough start to my day had it not been for the breakfast that got me out of bed.¬†It’s gloomy, hot, humid, and going to thunderstorm on and off all day. Not to mention the weekend can to an abrupt end and somehow its already Monday morning! Only one thing would do… pancakes!

Into the mix went:

I let it sit while I packed my lunch, and then heated up a pan. Last time I made them I used 2 tbsp milk and 3 tbsp egg whites, but the ratio I used today worked a little better, so this is what I’ll stick with going forward. The pancakes were perfect. I ended up adding 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chunks to each of the two pancakes while they were in the pan:

And the texture of the pancakes was fluffy and delicious! The chocolate chunks got all melty since they were hot in the pan and I topped the them with 1 tbsp Crofter’s Asia and 1/2 a sliced banana.

There were literally chocolate chunks in every bite.

SO good. I think had it not been for these pancakes I wouldn’t be quite so cheerful this morning. Whatever it takes, right?

I’m a busy bee at work today. Be back after lunch!

PB&J Pancakes

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. ūüôā

That was a great way to start off my Friday. Hope yours is good so far, too!

Pancake Heaven

Morning! I hope your week is off to a good start… mine is! I got to take my time getting into work today because I am working late tonight, so I woke up and decided to do the Shred Level 1. Jillian Michaels is not pleasant to wake up to, but I was very happy when it was over. I love how its only 20 minutes so its easy to squeeze in and it kicks my butt. It’s really the only strength training I’ve been doing lately, so I have to step it up because I’ve only been using 3 pound dumbbells. I know that sounds SO light and easy, but I promise you it is still very hard with the 3 lb weights. There are a few moves where I wish I had a little bit heavier weights though, so next time I have a chance I’ll pick up some 5 lb dumbbells.

Is it sad that what gets me through my workout is thinking about what I will eat after I’m done? You don’t know have to answer that, I already know. ūüôā Today I dreamed up some pancakes during my workout, and got to making them immediately after I was done. I’ve been using this mix:

Its sort of random that I’ve been using gluten free… I just found this all natural mix at Target on sale so I bought it. I don’t think it tastes that different from regular pancake/waffle mix, its just a little sweet. I decided to experiment a little bit and made the batter with:

  • 1/4 cup of pancake mix
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup light soy milk
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (I used AllWhites)

It turned out great! Adding the rolled oats added a nice texture to the pancakes and this recipe made 2 good sized ones. The batter seemed a little on the thin side when I first mixed everything together so I was a little nervous, but it thickened while standing when I was waiting for the pan to heat up.  They came out great and I finished them off with some delicious toppings.

On top I put:

  • 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 small sliced banana
  • small handful of dried cherries (from the bulk bins!)

Amazing! I love experimenting with things and not going exactly by the box. Adding the oats and changing the ratio of liquid a bit made these have an awesome texture and added some whole grains. They were heavenly!

I’m off to work for a few hours and then heading back to the¬†conference¬†hotel in the afternoon. I should be back on my regular blogging schedule starting today. Happy Monday!

Back in the District

Hi! I just got back to DC and am happy to be home and relaxing for a few hours before going to sleep! I ended up sleeping in really late today (~10:30am) so had no time for the gym because we had to run to the grocery store and then over to my boyfriends mom house to whip up brunch. We ended up staying up later than planned last night, so I didn’t blame myself for sleeping in.. plus, its Sunday and I ran 10 miles yesterday sooo…

For brunch, we decided to make blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, grits, bacon & sausage (not for me), and some fruit. We picked up this awesome pancake and waffle mix

It made really fluffy pancakes, and all we had to do was add water or milk (we used 1/2 and 1/2 and it worked great). I want to try to find this mix at a grocery store around here. I hadn’t had pancakes in so long!

We also got Hodson Mill’s corn grits

Which was also super easy to put together. Just add water, a little butter, and some salt and they are ready in 5 minutes. Here was our spread:

Pancakes (some with fresh blueberries, some plain), cantaloupe and strawberries, bacon/sausage, scrambled eggs, and in the pot you can barely see:

The grits! Here was my plate:

One big blueberry pancake, some fruit, a little scrambled eggs, and a little grits. I also picked up a Chobani strawberry at the grocery store and put it on the pancake and ate the rest out of the cup… my first time trying the Strawberry and I really liked it. I went back for some more fruit an hour or two after but that plate really filled me up! We ended up staying for a few hours just chatting and laying low, and then before we knew it it was 5pm and time to get on the road. Visiting family for a weekend always goes by so fast, doesn’t it?

I had the rest of the dried fruit from yesterday, and some crunchy rice snacks we picked up from the grocery store in the car. We also got some drinks for the road (Sugar-Free Rockstar energy drink and a bottle of water for me) and made awesome time on the way home, even though we hit some traffic. The Droid has an awesome navigation feature where it tracks traffic and tells you how long it will take you to get to your destination factoring in traffic. It shows you where the traffic is and when it’ll be over, so being aware of the traffic pattern made it much more tolerable.

Now we’re home and just ordered some Chinese food… gonna lay low and watch some TV. I’ll check in later. Hope you had an awesome weekend and are recharged and ready for tomorrow!