I’ve been keeping up with regular workouts and it has inspired me to really step up my game in terms of diet. I don’t have really bad eating habits but there’s definitely room for improvement.
I woke up this morning craving something sweet and remembered a recipe I recently found online about how to make healthier pancakes….and you only needed a few ingredients. Unfortunately I cannot remember the first source of the recipe but it’s the easiest dish I’ve ever made.
The recipe I originally found calls for 2 eggs and 1 banana….after doing tons of research (which is why I can’t remember where I first found the recipe), I noticed most people were able to create the pancakes with no problem. There were a few who complained that they came out too “eggy” or like super thin omelet. So to make them a little fluffier as well as for flavor and health, I added protein powder.
Here’s the recipe:
1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
Dash of cinnamon
Add bananas, eggs, protein powder and cinnamon to food processor, blend VERY well. Per some of the comments, making sure the banana is completely blended is the key to a good consistency. Set your heat on low medium. Spray pan with Canola Oil and pour disc the same as you would normal pancakes. I would advise not making them too big because this texture is not as “sturdy” as normal pancakes and they can easily break. With normal pancakes you will notice bubbles when it’s time to flip; with these they’ll just get a little opaque around the edges when it’s time to flip. Makes 8 pancakes.
Heat frozen berries in microwave or in saucepan and pour over top.
Now, to be honest these are not going to taste EXACTLY like pancakes but they are very good and healthier for you. What are some other healthy alternative receipes?
Salmon stuffed with Basil, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Although I rarely do it, because of my super hectic schedule, I actually enjoy cooking. A few years ago I went through a “Food Network” phase where I was obsessed with Giada and Barefoot Contessa. I would watch their shows and jot down the recipes as quickly as I could to recreate later. I’ve been a pescatarian for 7 years so almost any dish I saw that called for meat, I would try it with either fish or meat substitute (my favorite brand for that is MorningstarFarms).
One of the first recipes I tried was Chicken stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from an episode of Barefoot Contessa. After watching the episode I was certain I could recreate with Salmon because it’s a “sturdier” fish as opposed to tilapia or a similar “flaky” fish.
Ina’s recipe called for stuffing under the skin of the chicken breast so I decided to cut a slit down the side of the salmon to create a pocket.
4 4oz. cuts of salmon, skinless
2 tbsp pr piece of crumbled garlic-and-herb feta cheese
1 1/2 pr piece of sun-dried tomatoes halves
1 lg fresh basil leaf pr piece
Good olive oil
Montreal Chicken Seasoning
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with olive oil. Place the salmon on a sheet pan. Cut a slit about 3inch long and deep enough to get a good stuffing but not too deep to cut all the way through. Season both sides of salmon with Montreal Chicken Seasoning (or whatever seasoning you prefer). Stuff basil leaf flat so it’s sort a like a liner and won’t bunch when adding other ingredients. Next add feta cheese. Then add sun-dried tomato on top. Drizzle salmon with olive oil and bake for 12-15 min at 375 degrees F.
Here’s the link to the original recipe. She used goat cheese and I used feta this time…both cheeses are very good.
Although I’m no stranger to working out, I have certainly “fell off” and with my wedding only 4 months away I’m even more motivated to get back in the gym and work out. I’ve come to realize that I am definitely more motivated to do just about anything when I’m dressed in appropriate, cute attire so I decided I would purchase some basics to get me started. I also implemented an incentive, which allows me to purchase a new fitness item for every 8 weeks I attend the gym on a steady schedule. First incentive item will be the Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoe and if I’m a good girl, I’ll have these babies by my birthday, Feb 26th…wish me luck!
So here’s the loot:
Women’s Active by Old Navy Compression Capris $23: ALL of my current workout attire is mostly black so I got 2 pair of these, one in Raspberry Punch and the other in Carbon 3. I REALLY like the elasticized waistband that comes up just over that little pouch. There’s also a hidden coin pocket and it’s a quick-drying fabric, which is certainly ideal (no sweat stains). Great buy!
Women’s Active by Old Navy Jackets $35: Made of the same fabric as the Capri pants, this jacket is ideal for coming and going and the fabric won’t chafe. It’s a great fit and it also has 2 zippered pockets and little thumbholes to keep your hands warm. I got this one in Carbon 2.
Women’s Active by Old Navy GoDRY Graphic Tanks $15: Typically I like the very fitted workout tank tops but because it’s been quite some time since I’ve been to the gym (sucks in belly), I decided to get a couple of loose fitting tops. I got two of these tanks, one in Light Gray (Live. Learn. Burn.) and one in Carbon (Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You.).
4pk Multi Color Socks $7: Not sure why these aren’t on the Old Navy website but they should be. All of my current workout socks are black and I decided to get colorful socks to spruce things up a bit…it’s the little things!
Under Armour Men’s ColdGear Combine Training Tech Gloves $35: One of the most important items I purchased was a new pair of workout gloves. My current gloves are completely split open between the thumb and index finger…which is kind of cool because I’ve been able to slip my index finger out and keep up with my workout on my iPhone but not really cool cause they look a hot mess. I chose these gloves because they have the touchscreen fingertips and because they have the no-slip grip pattern. I got these in Black/Solar.
So here’s to a New Year…and hopefully a New FIT ME
Care to share any good fitness buys?
In an effort to eat better I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try the fairly new food phenomenon: Salad in Jar. I really enjoy salads but hate taking the time (that I don’t have) to prepare them. I first saw Salad in a Jar on Pinterest and thought it was genius…I can prepare a weeks worth of salad in one evening!
I googled the phrase and found tons of sites that explained how to do it and the items you would need: mason jars and the Food Saver sealer kit. The Food Saver sealer kit is $130. I wasn’t prepared to make that investment only to find out I was going through a temporary “salad phase” and this sealer would sit and collect dust once I got over it.
After further research I found a video about how to use the Food Saver wide mouth jar sealer ($6) and a Ziplock air removal pump, a manual device available at most any grocery store and retails for about $5 to seal the jars.
Next, I set out on the hunt for mason jars and find out that they are sold seasonally in stores. So I went online and ordered a case of wide mouth quart jars from Amazon.com, they arrived within a week. I also ordered the Food Saver wide mouth jar sealer that I saw in the video.
The process is REALLY simple: select your favorite salad ingredients, layer and seal. The most important thing to remember is to add your salad dressing FIRST and then add a layer of hearty ingredients such as cucumbers, mushrooms etc. The lettuce/spinach should NEVER touch the salad dressing.
In my salad, I used cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, craisins, spinach and red leaf lettuce. I made the salad dressing:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp honey mustard
½ tsp minced garlic
Dash of lime juice
Dash of sea salt
I’ve shared the video showing how to use the jar sealer and the manual pump as well as pics from my first batch of Salad in a Jar. Any good recipes to share?
Click the pic for YouTube Video of jar sealer and manual pump seal process
My work station
The finished product
The New Year can spark the desire to purge and start fresh…often times we direct these efforts to our living spaces but forget about our bodies. I was first introduced to Colon Hydrotherapy several years ago and did a series of 6 sessions over a 6-week period. A series of 6 is recommended for first timers or those who haven’t been in a long time.
A few weeks ago, I started a series of 6 at Hadiya Wellness and my experience has been incredible. This location utilizes an open gravity bed, which I prefer over evacuation tube and the staff was very professional.
One of the changes I noticed immediately was my energy level; I often hit the 3pm slump like most people so I never really thought much of it…until now. Over the last several weeks I notice I have much more energy and I haven’t experienced my usual midday slump. And then of course there is the natural weight loss in the stomach area, which is great.
A lot of people are often reluctant to try this type of service due to the sensitive nature of the process but I assure you the experience is not nearly as weird as one might think. I highly recommend it! Here are some photos of the equipment…
The Gravity Bed: Your head goes above the purple glove and your feet are elevated in the opposite direction. The brown cabinet houses the water pump system
An up close of the tube that dispensing the water; it’s very small about the circumference of a pen
The clear pipe that allows you to see whats being extracted which is important
Have you tried Colon Hydrotherapy or have any specific questions about the experience?