Thinking Out Loud #18: Last Week Happenings

Whoa it’s been what, 10 days? This little pumpkin has been keeping me busy and work too. Speaking of pumpkin… donuts anyone? My mom came this past weekend to visit, it was so nice to see her!We had a nice time and enjoyed a quick trip to the farm. How funny a goat named after her dad? ūüėÄI can’t wait til Samantha is old enough to enjoy the animals. Speaking of enjoying… coffee anyone?Lots have been needed with my busy schedule.¬†And quick breakfasts/ snacks. I’m opting for these now as a healthier option to these. #CookieMonster ūüėČThose are some random things on my mind,¬†what’s on yours? Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking out LOUD Thursdays.

Question: Have you tried Kashi’s soft baked cookies?

What’s your favorite pumpkin treat? Donuts and fudge are on my top list!

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 fianc√© 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 ūüėÄ

Friday Favs #2: PB Marshmallow Protein Pancakes

Happy Friday and 4th of July weekend!

Ever since I got my Cellucor order in the mail, I’ve been having fun with breakfast. Making it my favorite meal again and much higher in protein.I’ve even added it to this protein pancake recipe.

This week my all-time favorite has been some protein pancakes. These pancakes are a semi “spin off” my PB2 protein pancakes recipes, which you can check out here. Enjoy!Peanut Butter Marshmallow Protein Pancakes (one serving)

  • 2 Tbps of Flour (oat, wheat,¬†or your choice)
  • 2 tsps Smooth, All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Scoop¬†of Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey (or 1/4 cup protein powder of choice)
  • 1 Large Egg‚Äôs Egg White
  • 2-3 Tbsps of Liquid (use vanilla almond milk, soy, etc.)
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Packet of Stevia
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • Toppings: Chia seeds, raspberries, maple syrup, etc!

Mix everything into a small bowl, except for the egg white and stevia. Be sure to add the liquid slow, depending on your desired pancake thickness. Whisk the egg white and stevia until nice whipped, then add to rest of ingredients. Let mixture sit for at least 5 minutes.

After, take 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: Do you get in a breakfast rut?

What’s been your go-to breakfast this summer?

I was in a big time cereal rut for about 3-4 months of my pregnancy. Now I am changing things up again ūüėČI’m linking up with Heather and Katie for Friday Favorites. Thanks for hosting ladies!

MIMM #24: Good Vibes & Eats!

Good M[IMM]onday morning!This week was absolutely marvelous; Between getting good workouts… Hearing Samantha’s heartbeat,¬†some good eats…And treats! Of course, marvelous snacks both sweet… and salty! Marvelous is kettlebells. Did you miss my Kettlebell Total Body torch workout from this weekend? Click here!¬†Thanks Katie for hosting Marvelous in My Monday!¬†I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend ūüôā

Question:¬†What’s¬†something marvelous from¬†your week?

Have you tried any of the Ben & Jerry’s core ice creams?

WIAW #123: A Day Off!

Happy Wednesday!

I was finally “off” yesterday. When I say off, I mean no obligations and I can do whatever I want. Some days off I have errands or get called in for work. That isn’t a day off to me.¬†Now on to this food-filled post.

Breakfast: Bowl of steelcut oats, blueberries, chia seeds and a small half-caff latte. I also had egg whites and a banana shortly after, since I got hungry.Snacks #1: Fiber One honey clusters, skim milk and H20.Pre-Lunch: A few Triscuits, Stonyfield organic Greek yogurt and a reduced fat string cheese. Snack #2: #FreeConeDay! Spectacular Speculoos Cookie ice cream and mango sorbet.Lunch: Grilled porkchop w/ baked beans, half a turkey and Swiss sandwich and strawberries.Snack #3: Smoothie in recycled cup! Vanilla protein, banana, strawberries and flax. Dinner: Lean beef burger with Swiss and organic ketchup on half a whole wheat bun and mini pretzels on the side.I munched on some more pretzels after dinner and then headed to bed to relax. It was a productive, yet relaxing day off. Hope everyone has an awesome hump day. Thanks Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Question: Did you participate in #FreeConeDay?

Have you tried Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Butter before?

MIMM #21: Easter Weekend Goodies!

Happy Monday my friends!

This weekend was a busy one. I seem to always say this week or weekend was busy. Friday, I moved out of my Northshore apartment and headed up to New Hampshire for Easter weekend. Before leaving, I had a coffee date with my friend.

Mmmm to a hot toasted almond mocha latte.I also had my last official day at one of my spin locations. I will still remain a sub until May. Marvelous is cookies. Spring/ Easter cookies to be more specific. My mom came up Saturday afternoon for Easter weekend to visit. Ice cream is always in order ūüėȬ†Latley, I’ve been doing more at home workouts to stay active since I don’t have a “gym” membership. Check out these two yoga toning workouts here and here! For Easter Sunday, the in-laws had a nice dinner.And Pat bought me some chocolates. Noms ‚̧Things should start to slow down this week after work tomorrow. I am excited for an off day on Wednesday. Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM!

I hope everyone has a great¬†week and had a lovely holiday weekend. ūüôā