Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

I’ve seen multiple recipes for protein pancakes on blogs, instagram, and pinterest lately. Spoonful of fit’s instagram finally convinced me to try them 😉 
I figured I can’t go wrong with chocolate, banana, and peanut butter!

The real test was trying them out on my husband- he loved them! 

1. Combine dry ingredients
2. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl
3. Add wet to dry and mix
4. Spray a hot pan with non stick spray
5. Spoon on to a hot pan/ griddle. Turn after 1- 11/2 minutes
6. Top with PB topping! 

The batter should be pretty thick. I scoop it onto a pan w/ a measuring cup and then spread it out a little. The topping is amazing! Again, I just kind of eyeball it for how much I’m trying to make.

This recipe makes about 6 medium size pancakes. The topping would be enough for one serving. Enjoy!  

Easy weeknight dinner: A healthier alternative to take out pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? This is one of my easy go-to meals for rushed weeknights. I based my crust recipe off of this one and made a few alterations.


You will need:


1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 C white flour 
1 T Italian seasonings
2 t garlic powder

1 C warm water
1 T yeast
1T olive oil
1 T honey

 and whatever toppings you’d like 

  1. Preheat oven to 450* 
  2. Put the yeast in the warm water. Add olive oil and honey. 
  3. Combine all dry ingredients. After the yeast has proofed for about 5 minutes, pour the wet into the dry ingredients. 
  4. Mix with a wooden spoon (I usually spray mine with pam) after the dough is combined knead for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Let the dough rest in a warm place for 20 minutes.  
  6. Roll out the dough, and top with desired toppings! Bake on a hot cookie sheet or pizza stone for 8 minutes.  (Tip:I have found that its easiest to roll the dough out on parchment paper or foil, and then place the paper/ foil on the hot cookie sheet- it’s much easier than trying the move the dough itself. )


Some toppings I have used:

low fat cheese
pasta sauce
pesto
tomatoes
peppers
pineapple
turkey sausage

Get creative! Serve with a side salad and you have a filling meal. This recipe makes 2 medium sized pizzas. It usually serves enough for dinner one night and then lunch the next day for my husband and I.

New Years Resolutions: Part 2

Now that the resolutions for 2013 have been made, how do you ensure that they aren’t broken by February? I have a few ideas to help you stick to your goals…..

1. Write it down! Write your goal in a place that you will see it. It doesn’t matter if that’s in your cell phone, your journal, or a list on your nightstand- but putting your goal into words will improve your chances of keeping it in the long term. After you write it down, read it on a regular basis!

2. Make a game plan. Come up with a few steps to make each of your goals more doable. Sometimes, when you have a huge goal in mind, focusing on how far you have to go can almost be counterproductive. Instead, put your focus on those small goals and reward yourself when you meet them.

3. Let other people know about your goals. It doesn’t matter who you tell, but letting them know and asking them to help you stay accountable will increase your chances of success.


A few of my health-related goals for the new year:

  • drink more water…at least 64 oz/ day. To accomplish this, I plan on filling up my water bottle at work a few times a day


  • work out at least 4 days per week. 2 days of cardio + abs, 2 days of strength….easy peasy


  • eat out once a week at most (and keep that meal pretty clean unless it’s a planned cheat)…this will involve more carefully planning weekend meals (when I am more prone to eat out)



Good luck! Make 2013 your year!
and remember…

photo via: here


Welcome!

After thinking about it for way too long, I finally decided to start a blog about something I am passionate about…health and wellness. I hope to be able to inspire people to make healthy changes in their life regardless of where they are at in their health journey! My health philosophy is that clean eating is best, but moderation is key. I hope you will join me here as I share favorite recipes, workouts, and what inspires me…..