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Protein Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes

5 Oct

Hello again! I know I’ve been quiet for some time now- I’d like to say it’s going to get better but with work, my new school schedule, and the baby due next month… I’m just going to be realistic and say I plan to keep posting for fun/as I can but unfortunately can’t make the blog a priority right now. I do post regularly on Instagram and Twitter so you can always follow me on there!

This morning was my Saturday so I took advantage and made Protein Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes. Last year I posted Pumpkin French Toast but pancakes just sounded better this morning. I combined two recipes I found and played with ratios a little bit, one is Jamie Eason‘s and the other is from Dashing Dish.

This recipe makes about 3 servings.

You’ll need:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1.25 C oats (*I did 1C oats with 1/4 C almond flour)
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
  • 2 egg whites, 1 egg
  • 1-1.5 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice (stevia, ideal, coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  1. Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth
  2. Let batter sit (it will thicken a bit as it sits) while you heat up a lightly greased griddle on the stove over medium heat
  3. Scoop approx. 1/4 C of batter onto griddle/pancake and cook until you see bubbles in the middle- flip and cook on other side (approx. 3-5 min/side)

**I only used 1 tbsp of coconut palm sugar and then used pure maple syrup to top/sweeten.

Picture from Jamie Eason's LiveFit Recipe

Picture from Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Recipe

Clean Bulking

20 Jul

I found out Friday I have not gained any weight over the past month and my total weight gain for the pregnancy is about half what it should be. Oops.

I’m sure there are people out there thinking that I shouldn’t be complaining or that they wish that was their problem. And I get that. But here’s the thing; not weighing enough can be as harmful in pregnancy as gaining too much weight– to be fair, mainly if it starts effecting baby’s growth. For now, they’re re-adjusting my work schedule so I can get on a regular sleep routine, giving me weight goals to meet and checking on baby’s growth in another week or so. My doctor never made me feel stressed or like I’m doing something wrong and really took a team approach for how to increase my weight without just adding junk into my diet.

So, how am I going to add on weight?

I’ve already switched to little/low impact cardio and am focusing on body resistance and light weight training… so that part’s different than when actually bulking.

I also had two wonderful cheat days this weekend for my birthday that included gluten free pasta, brownies, Mexican food, french toast, cookies and more cookies. Despite a decent hike Saturday and short workout yesterday, by the end of two days this is how I felt:

bulk_king While it was fun for a day to eat whatever I wanted and I think the normal sleep schedule will be the biggest help; I’m now on the hunt to add in healthy higher calorie snacks each day.

Here is my list so far:

(thanks to everyone who already added suggestions)

  • Cheese sticks
  • Almonds/nuts
  • Nut butter– peanut butter, almond butter
  • Greek Yogurt– no more non-fat
  • Adding in a protein shake
  • A little extra oil while cooking

And to be honest, I still have some cookies and brownies left over 😉 What are some clean snacks you could add to the list?

**For the record, baby is moving like crazy and I’m confident a normal sleep schedule and some extra protein shakes will fix the weight fairly quickly.

Reality Check

10 Jul

Well, I’ve made it over halfway! I’ll be 22 weeks this weekend and am still doing my best to stay active and healthy throughout the pregnancy. I’ll admit sometimes my workouts are hit and miss. Days like yesterday, by the time I was done cleaning the house my back hurt so badly there was no way I was going to be able to workout. So I made a healthy dinner, stretched out and called it a day. Everyone has different goals for their pregnancy, just like everyone has different goals for their fitness. Right now my goal is all about balance. I admit, I’m not eating 100% clean or hitting 100% of my workouts but if there is a fitness silver lining, it’s that I’m learning to listen to my body.

On an exciting note…we are super excited to say that we are expecting a baby boy! Baby Vincent is still on track to make his appearance mid-November.

I know, most of you can’t relate to the pregnancy specific posts so I thought I’d highlight my top 3 lessons I’m learning during this pregnancy that translate into everyday fitness…

1. Listen to your body, sometimes rest is the best thing you can do to reach your goals. Just be careful not to use it as an excuse.

2. Stop competing with other people’s pictures. Being motivated by other people is one thing, but when you start getting down on yourself because you aren’t where they are, it’s counter-productive. I’ve been having a very hard time with this one. If you Google “Fit Pregnancy”, you find tons of pictures of mamas-to-be who still look toned and have amazing muscle mass. It’s hard for me to remember that 9 out of 10 times those women make a living out of staying in shape. Just keep perspective while looking a “Fitspiration” photos.

3. Decide what your goals are and what you’re willing to do to accomplish them. I could still look like one of those photos but it isn’t worth it to me or safe for the baby. I’m having a hard enough time keeping up with rotating 12 hour shifts (night shift is kicking my butt), keeping the house clean, and trying to see family and friends… I’m not willing to make the sacrifices I’d need to at this point. So my goals are to maintain a balance and stay generally fit while pregnant. I still get in 3-4  workouts each week, they just aren’t as intense.

I’m not saying that once baby comes my goals won’t change again, I still very much want to compete in the future. It’s just not where I am right now. What about you? How are your fitness goals coming?

Juicy Oven Turkey Burgers

10 May

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and moms to be out there! I also want to say “you are amazing” to anyone who has lost a child or who has been unable to have a child. You are all awesome.

Hubby was gone today so I was left to my own devices for dinner. I decided on turkey burgers but I don’t have the patience to use our charcoal grill and didn’t want to spend a ton of time on dinner when it’s just for me. So, I skipped the fresh chopped veggies I usually put in and used the broiler in the oven. In about 20-30 min. I had delicious, juicy turkey burgers.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1.25 lbs lean ground turkey (get the 93%, not 99% if your diet allows)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 tbsp hot sauce (I use Frank’s)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Optional toppings: Fresh onion, lettuce or spinach, cheese… any of your favorites!

  1. With clean hands, combine all ingredients in medium mixing bowl
  2. Once turkey is well mixed, form 6 patties (about 3/4″ thick) and place on broiler tray (you could use a baking sheet with edges)
  3. Oven rack should be approx. 6″ from broiler
  4. With broiler on low, cook burgers approx. 8 min on each side
  5. Once burgers are golden brown and inside temp. has reached 165 degrees, remove from oven
  6. Place on lettuce wrap or bun and enjoy! **Gluten Free note: Pictured is Rudi’s GF Multigrain Bread, Udi’s makes GF buns but I find they’re usually too thick

Chicken and Sweet Potato Chili

2 May

Like most busy people, I love a good Crockpot meal.You can make a ton of food with the same amount of effort (or less) that it would take you to make a normal dinner.

Last night we celebrated hubby’s birthday a bit early and he wanted a simple dinner at home… which meant I had the time and excuse to try a new recipe 🙂 It was a rainy day yesterday so based off this Catz in the Kitchen recipe, I decided to try a slow cooker chicken chili. Per usual, I made some adjustments.

You’ll need:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless/boneless chicken breast
  • 1 (15 oz can) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (can sub water)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Optional toppings: Light Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Cilantro

  1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into approx. 1 inch squares
  2. Place 1 cup liquid at bottom of crockpot, layer in chicken and sweet potatoes
  3. Top with beans, tomatoes, garlic, and spices
  4. Cook on low for 2 hours, then add in fresh onions and pepper and cook on high for another 2 hours (you can just add it all in at the start and cook on low for 6 hours per original recipe)
  5. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred then add chicken back in and stir into other ingredients.
  6. Serve with favorite toppings and enjoy!

  

Protein Pumpkin French Toast

28 Mar

This morning I was craving french toast but knew I needed a lot more protein than that to stay in my macros for the day (and a lot less carbs the rest of the day). So I decided to make protein french toast. I’ve also been wanting pumpkin so I worked that in too!

You’ll need:

  • 1/4-1/2 C pumpkin
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1/4 C almond milk (I want to play with this amount)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Allspice and nutmeg to taste
  • 2-3 slices whole grain bread (I use Rudi’s multigrain, Ezekiel would be a great option)
  1. Whisk together the ingredients (other than the bread) and pour into shallow dish
  2. Dip bread in mixture, leave in a few seconds on each side to soak in the egg mixture
  3. Transfer onto a warm, lightly greased pan or griddle
  4. Flip the pieces while you cook until they are golden brown on both sides
I ate mine before I could take a picture... found this at Healthy Recipes Blog

I ate mine before I could take a picture… found this at Healthy Recipes Blog

Short and Sweet Workout Post

12 Jan

Today was not nearly as productive as I’d planned. I guess when I made my to-do list I didn’t really consider the fact that I worked last night and would need to sleep when I got home. This is why I don’t usually work nights 😉

I did manage to get a short workout in and I’ll be making butternut squash soup and apple cinnamon pork for dinner. I’m planning on playing with the recipe a bit but, here’s my basic apple spiced pork.

Upper body workout looked something like this…

Started with my physical therapy exercises

3 sets:

  • 12 lateral shoulder raises
  • 20 “cherry pickers” with weight
  • 20 leg raises

3 sets:

  • 12 bicep curls
  • 20 rear shoulder squeezes with resistance band

3 sets:

  • 20 skull crushers
  • 12 pilates roll ups

Was a shorter workout than I’d planned so I tried to do the super-sets as quickly as I could with good form. Then I stretched out and had a snack of almonds and fruit. What do you have planned to start off your week right? Meal prep? Workout schedule? What do you do to make sure you start out strong?

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