Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes {GF Recipe}

I’m almost always making protein filled pancakes.While they are very delicious, sometimes you just need a heartier pancake.

I am sharing with you one of my favorite oatmeal recipes that is perfect for your family’s Sunday morning breakfast. I usually make these for my fiancé and I on the weekends.

I like to prepare the batter over night (you made need to add just a smidge extra liquid in the morning) or wait about 30 minutes before cooking so the oats can absorb all the liquid. They are very nutritious and filling. 

These do still have protein powder, just not as much. If you want, you can even omit the protien powder* all together and just add another tablespoon of flour. Simple.

Feel free to double (or triple!) this batch for a bigger crowd or why not save some for later? These pancakes freeze well once cooked and last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Sunday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes (serves two)

  • 1 Cup GF [Quick] Oats
  • 2 Tbsps GF Flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 Tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder*
  • 1 tsp Stevia (or sugar of choice)
  • 1/2 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg, Whisked
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds (Optional)

Take first four dry ingredients and place into a bowl. Take the remaining ingredients and whisk together; add to dry ingredients and blend well. On a low-medium flame, cook pancake on stovetop.

Wait until pancake bottom is golden brown to flip and repeat cooking on other side. Remove from stove top and let cool, repeat til batter is done (makes about 4-5 pancakes).

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For a vegan take, check out my vegan oat waffles recipe here 😀

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Current Grocery Staples.

Good morning y’all!
I haven’t done a grocery haul in a while so today I am sharing some of my current kitchen staples. By no means do I eat 100% clean or 100% a certain way. I believe in an 80/20 balance and yes donuts are allowed.

After my weight loss, I found myself becoming a cardio addict, restricting certain foods and would go into binge mode. Though I had lost more then 80lbs, I was unhealthy. After over a year of being a binge eater, I found yoga.

Yoga helped me find that balance between mind, body and soul. I no longer felt the need to binge. I no longer felt the need to restrict foods from my diet. I simply ate when I was hungry, enjoyed cake and found my healthy balance.

Everything in moderation.

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Pantry Items: 

  • Bagel Slims
  • Instant Oatmeal (Plain)
  • Special K Protein Cereal
  • Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins
  • Chia Seeds
  • Jasmine Rice (Minute)
  • Olive Oil
  • Teddie’s Chunky All Natural Peanut Butter
  • Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • Sea Salt Popped Crisps
  • Luna Bars
  • Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate
  • Not Shown: Whole Wheat Pasta, Vanilla Protein Powder, Shakeology (Chocolate & Greenberry), Honey Braided Pretzel Twists, Raspberry Green Tea & Stevia.

Fridge, Freezer, etc.:

  • Ground Beef (90/10)
  • Morning Start Grillers Original Veggie Burgers
  • Garlic & Herb Cheese Wedges
  • Babybel Light Cheese
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Frozen Mango Chunks
  • Frozen Berries
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Greek Yogurt (Fage & Stonyfield)
  • [Light] Minute Maid Mango Passion Fruit Juice
  • Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • Vanilla Soy Milk
  • Not Shown: Electrolyte Smart Water, Thin & Trim Turkey Breast, Fat-Free Milk, Light String Cheese, Light Butter Spread & Hummus.

If I had to choose 5 things I can’t NOT have in the house is oats, berries, Greek yogurt, Babybel cheese and peanut butter.

Question: What about you? What are some of your kitchen staples?

Find a Healthy Balance (Pregnancy)

Today’s topic?

“Finding a healthy balance.”

This can apply to anyone, not just for those pregnant mamas out there. Why am I bring it up? Well, I think there comes a point in everyone’s “health” journey where you just want to give up or just can’t seem to stop eating 2 donuts a day.

For whatever the reason may be; stress, lack of progress, etc. It happens to the best of us; especially when pregnant.There is a little bean that is growing inside that puts your hormones out of whack. Things you loved to eat and do, you find that you don’t want them anymore. You are more tired and may find yourself more sore second trimester.

The first 11 weeks for me were brutal; all I wanted to eat was bagels, eggs and iced lime tea. I couldn’t stomach any veggies, fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, cheese, nuts & nut butter and so forth.I found that I couldn’t really workout much either.

I was lucky if I got in two good workouts and that’s only because I was teaching the class. Once 15 weeks came around, I began to feel more like myself. I found that I was craving my normal “clean eats” and not so much of the bagels and donuts. I found that I wanted to get up and workout. I also learned that I can’t be too hard on myself, after all I am growing a human. Life is about progress, not perfection and I think it’s important to revisit that ideal. So how am I finding a healthy balance during my pregnancy? Well, here are just a few tips and remember they can apply to anyone.

  1. Make small goals for EACH week. I made a calendar (that I will keep using past lent) to keep myself accountable. Right now my goals are: get in at least 2 servings of veggies per week (they still make me gag), practice yoga/mediation at least twice a week, get at least 2 good cardio workouts (my spin classes) and 2 weight training session per week. After I complete one, I do a little drawing (or the workouts I log on my Gmail calendar) and I can visually see progress. In my mind I rather workout 5 times a week, but I know right now that isn’t realistic. If I get in 3 good cardio workouts one week, it feels even better because I set a small goal first.
  2. Practice 80/20: Whether you are on a weight loss journey or trying to stay “healthy,” remember it’s okay to have a piece of cake. One slice isn’t going to make you gain 5lbs, just like burning 500 calories isn’t going to make you magically have six pack. Be sure that 80% of the time you are staying on point, exercising and eating well. That other 20% you can leave for make a small handfull of M&Ms or extra steak for dinner. 😉
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. As I mentioned before, your life is a journey, not a destination. Keep in mind that progress is moving forward. Sure right now I am not going to see abs for a while, but I know that as long as I keep a healthy balance and stay active, postpartum I will be able to get that body back and see “that type” of progress.

Is every day going to be perfect? No, of course not. There will be those nights where all I want is pizza or donuts for breakfast. The key is to find your healthy balance and be proud when you make better choices.

This morning, for example, I really wanted a donut. But I chugged a glass of water, made some oats and decaf and enjoyed it slowly. And you know what? Donut craving is gone… for now anyways ;). Baby steps y’all!

I am off to NYC bright and early tomorrow so today will be about packing, teaching my last spin class til Thursday and getting in some yoga. Hope y’all have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂

MIMM #7: Love Your Body

Y’all know that I have a passion for body building. But ever since my back injury from May, then surgery in July, I just haven’t been able to get back into it full force. Sure I enjoy lifting, but marvelous is doing it on my own terms. I’ve been focused on “goal setting” for my body ever since I started my weight loss journey in 2009, that I haven’t just spent time enjoying the body I created. I’m sure there are some of you out there that can relate?What I mean is simply just being at maintenance and enjoying life as it comes. Last week I upped my macros to maintenance and granted it hasn’t been easy to get that many carbs in (240g).

Some days I hit it, some days I hit better with protein.

But I am trying to change my relationship with food and trying to enjoy it. I’m not saying I’m going on full binges, but if I want some Van’s gluten-free pancakes or ice cream, I’ll indulge. And it’s not that I didn’t before, I just tried to fit everything in my “day-calories-macros-healthyness-weightloss-lifestyle.

Marvelous is using a bit of IIFYM, which has eased my mind from just eating chicken breasts and egg whites, though I do enjoy both!Instead of crazy meal prepping, I get to spend time doing other things I love like yoga, blogging or playing with the bunny. Don’t get me wrong, I like me some meal prepping, but it’s not something that I want on my mind 24/7 because I, personally can start thinking that way. It’s all about balance and finding what works for YOU. Just remember to love yourself [and your body] because if you don’t, then who else will?Have a great Monday and enjoy the rest of the week. As always, thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous In My Monday 🙂 Question: How do you find balance in your life?

Protein, Protein and MORE Protein

I have to admit, I’ve been pretty good with getting my protein in.

But pretty bad when it comes to carbs. I find that when my protein is on point, my carbs are too low and vice versa. The past couple of days have been better and I am quite proud of myself.  

Speaking of protein, did you see my two new protein truffle flavors for the fall? Go check them out asap!Any who, I went to North Shore Nutrition Corner this week and picked up some Quest goodies and got a few free samples from Metabolic Nutrition.

Yesterday morning I tried out the butter pecan cookie protein in a protein pancake and wow it was amazing. I may have to get a full tub of this because it’s perfect for fall. I even mixed it into coffee this morning and it was even better.Oh and I even signed up for a free week trial from Boston North Fitness Center in Danvers. I needed a change of scenery and their gym has it all.

I’m pumped to try out their spin and yoga classes this week.Since I haven’t exactly followed my workout program to the fullest due to surgery, this week I did. I am sore in places I forgot existed.

But no excuses right? I know that a little soreness is a good thing to smile about; no pain, no gain!This weekend is going to be busy between work, training and I am going to see the Super Cross cycling race in Gloucester

Expect pictures and an exhausted Sabrina Sunday evening. Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend!

Question: Have you ever seen a cycling race or other kind of race?

WIAW #110: “Day In The Life Of”

It’s Wednesday…

 That means it’s time for a WIAW and as always, thanks Jenn for hosting! I’ll be sharing with you my eats from yesterday and also a sneak peak into my Tuesday by the hour. Now, lets get to it shall we?13493-wiawfallintogoodhabitsbutton4:10am: Wake up for work. I always have everything packed and ready, so all I need to do is brush my teeth, get dressed, grab my food, coffee and GO!4:30am: Leave for work.

5:15am: After I open up the gym and set it up for members, I feast! For breakfast I had  “proatmeal” mixed with chocolate protein powder, PB2, oats, nuts & seeds and topped blueberries and a smidge of peanut butter.6:00am: I prep stuff for work; this includes setting up and workout programs for clients and general upkeep of the gym.7:00am: Snack time!

9:00am: Since the gym is usually dead before yoga begins at 9:30am, I take a coffee break and read up on some blogs.

11:30am: Done for the day. Any clients are usually on the weekends, which makes those days a bit more exciting. Though, I am totally okay with a low-key day at work anytime.

12:00pm: I really needed a pair of jeans and I sweater so I ended up going to the mall after work. Check out this really pretty shirt, some shoes for walking through the park and the new Wild Madagascar Vanilla perfume from Bath & Body Works I picked up. 1:00pm: Got home, cleaned and made some lunch; chicken, broccoli, egg whites, tomatoes and 1/2 of a brown rice wrap!2:00pm: Second snack time.4:00pm: My Cellucor protein sample order came in the mail. The cinnamon swirl wasn’t too bad but my favorite is peanut butter marshmallow. 5:00pm: For the rest of the evening I watched Stephen King’s Storm of the Century and indulged on some chocolate and peanut butter protein truffles.Question: What was on your agenda this past Tuesday?

PB2 Protein Pancakes (Recipe)

Good afternoon y’all 🙂

Even though I may be too “late” for #pancakeSunday, I though I’d share these with you anyway. I bought some PB2 this week and decided to make a variation of my protein pancakes with it.These pancakes have 17g of protein per serving, but if you’d like to bring it up to around 24g, you can just sub the PB2 for an extra tablespoon of protein powder. I used Genisoy natural soy protein shake powder for these, but your choice of protein powder would work too; vanilla or chocolate maybe?I can’t wait to get my sample of Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl to make these (but with plain oats). I’ll let you know when I make them. But for now, enjoy!PB2 Protein Pancakes (makes one serving)

  • 1 Packet of Sugar-Free Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (or use 1/3 cup of plain instant oats)
  • 1 Tbsp of PB2 (plain or try some chocolate)
  • 1 Tbsp of Protein Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg’s Egg White
  • 3-4 Tbsps of Liquid (Use water, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, etc.)
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Toppings: Chia seeds, raspberries, maple syrup, etc!

Mix everything well into a small bowl, except for the egg white. What I like to do is let this sit overnight and then add the egg to the mixture in the morning before I cook it.

I find that it cooks better but if you are pressed for time, let it sit for at least 5-10minutes. After, take the pancake mixture and add in the egg white. Take a pan, spray it with non-stick cooking spray and turn the stove on to a low-medium heat.

Cook each side for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and top with what your heart desires!

Question: What’s your favorite kind of pancakes? Regular, chocolate chip or maybe pumpkin pancakes?!