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PB&J Protein Pancake

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PB&J Protein Pancake

This is a new twist on my Paleo Protein Pancake, and for that matter a new twist on PB&J.

I’m always looking for new, creative breakfast ideas.  It’s really important to add variety to your meals so your metabolism can stay on its toes.  That being said, when you’re not eating grains, dairy, and sugar, it limits your breakfast options.

Enter my new PB&J pancake.  Packed with protein this breakfast keeps me full for hours.  It’s the perfect post-workout fuel to get my day going.

 

PB&J Protein Pancake

3 egg whites

1 scoop protein powder (I like Vital Proteins)

2 tbsp powdered peanut butter

2 tbsp almond milk

2 tbsp strawberry jam

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl
  2. In a non-stick pan spray a little coconut oil spray or a tspn of coconut oil
  3. Pour the pancake batter into the pan
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, until sides are golden brown and bubbling slightly
  5. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes
  6. Top as you please! I covered mine in extra strawberry jam!

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Double Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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Double Chocolate Chip Smoothie

When I say I am obsessed with this smoothie, it’s like the understatement of the year.  I actually can’t get sick of it.  I’ve had it very day for…well, a lot of days.  It’s tastes so decadent and really keeps me full all morning.

I think chocolate is the best way to start any day, especially if you don’t have to feel guilty about it, right?!

 

Double Chocolate Chip Smoothie

 

1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I like Vega Clean)

2 tbsp Cacao Powder

1 tsp Cacao Nibs

1/3 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Cup Frozen Spinach

1 Cup Almond Milk

Optional toppings: shredded coconut, cacao nibs, hemp hearts, goji berries, etc.

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend until Smooth
  3. Top with optional toppings as desired

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Paleo Protein Pancake

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Paleo Protein Pancake

 

Who doesn’t love a giant, fluffy, pancake?  That question is OBVIOUSLYrhetorical because everyone loves pancakes! 

I’ve recently been on a quest to find a protein-packed, post-workout breakfast. It’s not easy finding nutrient dense, high protein foods, that won’t break the calorie bank!  Also, as I mentioned in my post about Sports Nutrition, we have a 30-minute window to properly refuel after a workout, and maximize results.  I love this pancake recipe because not only is it nutrient dense without a ton of calories, but it also is very easy to make/can be made ahead of time so no worries with that 30-minute window.

If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast and the perfect workout recovery meal, look no further than protein pancakes.  And let me tell you, there is no better motivation to get through another round of burpees like pancakes!!     

Paleo Protein Pancake

½ banana

3 egg whites

1 scoop protein powder (I use Vega Clean Vanilla)

  1. With the back of a fork, mash the banana
  2. Add the egg whites and protein powder and whisk together until combined
  3. Coat a pan with coconut oil or use a nonstick pan
  4. On medium low heat, cook the pancake 2-3 minutes.  When little bubbles start to form around the edges and the color changes slightly, flip the pancake
  5. Cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes and serv

 

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Quinoa "Rice" Pudding

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Quinoa "Rice" Pudding

I was recently watching the movie ‘Hitch’ and two of the characters were enjoying decadent rice puddings at NYC’s famed dessert shop, Rice to Riches.  Instantly, I had a craving for rice pudding.  I needed it.  I convinced myself that the movie would no longer be enjoyable without it. 

Isn’t it funny the effect that simply seeing food can have on us?  Rice pudding would have never occurred to me had I not seen it in the movie.  Needless to say, I insisted we pause the movie, my boyfriend patiently waiting for me to somehow curb this craving for rice pudding.

Luckily I don’t live near Rice to Riches, so walking outside and getting myself the indulgent treat, was not an option.  Instead, I opted to make myself a much healthier and more nutrient rich version of this dessert, made with quinoa.

This two-step recipe – yes you read that correctly, only two steps, takes 15 minutes!  Served hot or cold, this was the perfect quick comfort food that I was seeking.  Mission accomplished!


Quinoa “Rice” Pudding

½ cup quinoa

1 cup water

4 chopped dates

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp honey

¼ tsp salt


  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepot
  2. Bring to boil and cover.  Let cook for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed in quino 

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