Soooo… it’s been a minute since I’ve put fingers to keys and actually wrote a blog post. The end of 2018 was challenging. It was hard. Not to say it was horrible, I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but it was a mix of physical setbacks and holiday obligations, sprinkled with a bit of family drama. Everyone is healthy now and we all survived, but it was touch and go for a bit.
It started when my back went out right before Halloween. Now, I’ve known since the age of 19 when I gracefully fell down a flight of cement steps and popped multiple discs out of whack that I don’t have the worlds best back. A mixture of getting the short end of the genetic stick (I was told I was born with less fluid in my discs) and being a little overweight has given my 38 year old back a run for it’s money.
But since I have been working out regularly and eating better, I haven’t had an issue for 2 years! Seeing and feeling the results of my discipline has given me the encouragement to stay the course… except when I throw my back out putting on pants. Yup, I was taken down trying to put on pants while strongly encouraging (read: shouting “hurry up and get dressed” down the hallway) at my 5 year old to put on his own cloths.
Luckily, I was able to bounce back relatively quickly, but it still started the disruption that ended up turning into a backslide of sorts into bad behaviors. I couldn’t go to the gym for a few weeks, so I ate my feelings and I drank too much wine, which in retrospect wasn’t the greatest of reactions but… life, am I right?
I was relieved that it was a new year as my body and life was craving the routine and a fresh start. I have been cleaning and purging the house like an episode of Hoarders! AND I have gotten back to working out and eating better, which my back is thankful for. I even have the kids helping by getting them to organize their craft supplies, games, puzzles, dinosaurs, etc. It helps that we had a semblance of structure to go back to, but if you don’t, do not panic. Start in one area, maybe the bookshelf, and go through it for “keepers”, “donate”, and “throw away”. I’m telling you, even one area being organized will help you feel better!
As for the healthy eating side, I am aiming to maintain my macros at a 40%ish protein, 30%ish carbs and 20% fats. This means getting creating with my protein and veggies… my go-to’s lately are roasted broccoli, baked chicken thighs, and because it’s been cold, chili and chicken fajita soup. But I have really been craving carbs, which can be tricky when you are trying to up your protein. I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE pancakes. You can eat them traditionally with maple syrup, or to-go breakfast roll-ups with a little almond butter and apple slices or wrapped around a turkey breakfast sausage! Because if you are anything like me, mornings can be crazy and breakfast usually is eaten in the car on the way to school!
So I have been searching for the best Protein Pancakes and really have tried them all. I usually go to the Trim Healthy Momma pancakes I’ve posted before, but didn’t have the cottage cheese. And, I wanted more protein in them so I could bump up the macros.
Well, this morning I put together a recipe that everyone loved that is super high protein and low in fat. You could totally add a little banana to the blender or maybe use chocolate protein powder… taste the batter, you may need more sweetener as we don’t like our pancakes overly sweet. Please leave a comment below if you make them, I’d love to hear your thoughts…
So here’s to a new year and another chance to better myself… as I tell my kids, even adults should learn and get better every day. Happy New Year everyone!
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups egg whites
- 3 scoops Iced Cinnamon AfterBurn (or any Whey protein)
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 TBSP Baking Powder
- 1/2 – 1 TBSP Stevia
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- 1 TBSP Vanilla extract
In a high speed blender, crush oats until it turns into oat flour. Add remaining ingredients and blend for 4-5 minutes, stopping to scrape sides. Let the batter sit for a few minutes. Pour about 1/4 cup batter on griddle and cook over medium high heat for about 2 minutes a side. Makes 24 medium size pancakes.
Serving for me was 3 pancakes with a tsp butter and a little maple syrup drizzled. SOOOO filling! This is the base recipe, but you could totally jazz it up any way you would like by adding nuts, banana, different extracts, etc. And these make so many that you are meal prepping fast breakfast options for before the gym. With all the carbs, protein and little fat you need to fuel your workout.
Comment below if you vary any of this, I’d love to hear different options!
Nutritional info per 3 pancakes (without the butter and syrup):
Fat: 2.2 g Carbs: 18.7 g Protein: 21.2 g Sugars: 2.1g Fiber: 2.5g Cholesterol: 22.9mg Sodium: 131.5mg