Caramalized Banana Protein Pancakes

Holy Deliciousness…

These pancakes might be my new favorite breakfast. And they have 14 g of protein per pancake!

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This batter made 3 large pancakes! One was very filling!

1 1/2 cups of Bisquick(use the heart healthy one if you have it)

2/3 cup of Greek yogurt (Vanilla or plain will work)

3 egg whites

1/4 cup skim milk

2 large bananas

Chocolate chips optional

Mix the Bisquick, yogurt, and egg whites together. Slowly stir in the milk, to thin out the batter. (Use your judgement, if you need a little more milk, add a little more, it’s not going to hurt anything)

Cut up the bananas into 1/2 inch thick slices.

Pour the batter onto a lightly greased skillet on medium heat, then lay the banana slices into the batter on the skillet. (add a few chocolate chips now also, if desired)

When the bottom is done, lightly spritz the top of the pancake with cooking spray if you can. (It will help with lifting it when its done) Flip the pancake carefully and turn the heat down to low/ medium low and let it sit. Mine sat for 10 minutes on low. Lift the side of the pancake and check on the caramelization of the bananas every few minutes. When the bananas have browned a little, serve it up! No syrup needed!

If you are going to make a large batch of these, I would use 2 skillets, one to cook the bottom and one to let the bananas take the time they need to caramelize.

They do take a little longer than regular pancakes but, it’s so so worth it!

I enjoyed these with frozen blueberries and some delicious strawberries.

Quinoa Salsa / Salad

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This will make A TON of it, like 10 cups… It’s a lot… be warned.
3 cups of cooked quinoa (which is about a cup and a half dry)
3 large Tomatoes
1 Large cucumber
1 medium to large onion
2 ½ tbsp of minced garlic (adjust to your taste)
1 Dry Ranch Dressing Packet
¼ cup of olive oil
1/8 cup of apple cider or red wine vinegar
Crumbled Feta to put on the top of each serving
Chop up all the veggies to about the size you would for regular salsa. Mix in the cooked, cooled Quinoa.
Add the dry ranch dressing packet, oil, and vinegar and mix it all together.
Add feta right before serving.
Avocados can be added as well, mine just weren’t ripe yet. But I will be adding them once they are ripe.

Serve with Crackers, Tortilla Chips, Pretzels, or Lettuce cups.ImageImage

Chicken Burgers! Under 150 Calories!

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I used the grinder attachment for my Kitchen-aid Mixer and it worked SO great!

3 ground Chicken Breast  (I would guess it to be a little under 1.5 lbs)

1/2 Dry Ranch Dressing Packet

1 bunch of chopped green onions

1 tbsp of minced garlic.

Just patty them up like you would with any burger. Remember since the meat is so lean it renders almost no fat so you don’t need to overcompensate on them like you do with beef burgers.

I made them into 5 patties, and pan fried them. I just sprayed a little Pam in the pan and they didn’t stick at all!

I served them on buns with lettuce and guacamole. They were Delicious!

141 calories, 3 g carbs, 3 g fat, 28 g protein!

Half Marathon!

I’m signing up for another half marathon! It is the St. Louis Rock N Roll Half Marathon, which will be in October. So I have 17 weeks and 5 days left to train. I started yesterday, and it always seems like when I’m training everything in my life becomes clearer. The walks and jogs in the evenings clear my head and bring new ideas in constantly. I don’t know why I have such trouble keeping with it, for that benefit alone it’s worth it.

I realized I needed something to kick me into gear and get me back on a regular training program and this is it. One of my close friends is going to do it also(We’ve done one together before.) It should be a great race, and cool enough in October to not be miserable.

So YAAAY! 18 week training! Let’s do this!

Birthday Breakfast

So this morning I decided to make another fun breakfast for the kids and I. Since it was my birthday, I figured why not make birthday cake batter pancakes!
I’ve seen a couple different recipes online from pinterest and foodgawker. But I decided to just try to make my own.

It’s safe to say that the kids loved them!! By the time I was done cooking the 1 pancake I was making for myself they had already finished 2 each and were asking for more.

I made the first round and then adjusted the recipe to make them a little more “cake-battery.”

3/4 Cup of flour
1 1/4 cup of Yellow cake mix (I used the kind that rhymes with “Shmetty Smocker”)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
Sprinkles (as many or as few as you want)
1/2 cup of marshmallow fluff(not a necessary ingredient/ substitute 1 tbsp. of sugar if you want it a little sweeter)
Whisk all of it together and make them like you would make any other pancake.

Icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup marshmallow fluff
1Tbsp of milk
Whisk and drizzle over the pancakes and top with sprinkles
*I’m not a fan of powdered sugar icing so I actually just put a little bit of syrup on my one and it was delicious.

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“Delicious!!”

This morning I was trying to get a little more creative with breakfast, since we have time for more than cereal or pop-tarts. So I just figured pancakes will do.

I rarely make pancakes in the first place and they almost always have a few chocolate chips in them. I couldn’t find any so I started thinking about what I could do, to make them a little tastier.(without using syrup)

*Ding* Inspiration! Peanut Butter and Jelly toasties that my mom used to make us for lunch popped into my head for some reason. These sandwiches were one of my absolute favorite lunches and still are.

So I made small pancakes let them cool a little put a thin layer of peanut butter on one pancake, make sure its a thin layer, considering pb melts on warm pancakes and makes these little sandwiches even more slippery. Then put a little dollop of jelly in the middle of another pancake, put them together and you have “The best breakfast you have ever made, Miss Hayley”- via the 8-year-old, who might be the pickiest eater I have ever met in my life. Success!

This is a messy breakfast, definitely not something to take on the go. But was very easy, pretty quick, and uses things that you likely already have in your pantry.

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Welcome back, Life

Today I had a breakthrough.

Nothing remarkable happened…it was just as though, I woke up and realized “I only have one life.”  If we’re lucky we get 75 years or so on this earth. While I’m sure nothing will be able to compare to God’s unending life in heaven, I need to make the most out of my time here.  As with everything else in my life, this made me think of my mom and how she was cheated of 20 or so more years on this earth. I got mad, I got a little angry at God for taking her away from us, our amazing family and all the people that loved her. The anger quickly went away and I realized that her (and everyone else’s)  life was and is a gift. We aren’t promised 75 or 80 years with the people we love. Every day, every year that we are given is a gift from Him. He doesn’t HAVE to give this to us, He didn’t HAVE to give us His ONLY son to save us all. Every thing, every minute is a gift that he doesn’t have to give us… but He does, because not only does He love us, like a parent loves us, but He Likes us and wants us to be happy.      I hope that reads the way I meant it:/

Second Revelation of the day:

I’ve been battling my weight for years and years. While I’ve had excuses as to how I got this way… I’ve ran out of excuses as to why I’ve stayed this way. There are absolutely no good reasons why I shouldn’t buckle down finish this challenge that I started. AND maintain a healthy weight and life.

I’ve done pretty good so far, I’m down 37 lbs to date. I decided to take the holidays off, just maintain my weight and not worry about losing. I did well, I gained 2 lbs (in a month) and then once I got back on track I quickly lost 4 lbs in a week and then one more and then I just stopped. This week has been AWFUL. Tuesday things went downhill and stayed there. Because I’m doing this in a healthy way, of trying to eat right and exercise, it’s going to have ups and downs. I just really despise the “downs” it brings. Everyone has something different that works for them.  For me, if I deprive my body of having a cookie every day.  At the end of the week, I’m going to eat only cookies for dinner and that’s clearly not a good option. So, I might have one cookie every few days, so that I don’t go overboard. I know some people say “you can’t reward yourself with food” or cut sweets completely out of their diet. If that works for you, more power to you.  But please don’t preach to me that I’m somehow doing something wrong, just because you don’t do things the exact same way.

So let’s talk about goals.

Goal 1: lose another 15-20 lbs by mid April

Goal 2: lose an additional 35-40 lbs by Labor Day

Goal 3: love my body

Goal 4: Maintain, Maintain, Maintain

Next Topic!

Over the past 6 months or so I started online dating… As “modern” as it is, there is still a social stigma that goes along with it. I would be out to dinner with friends and see someone that I recognized from one of the dating sites and couldn’t help but laugh, because they are a total stranger to me… but I know their life story because I could read their dating profile online.  I very quickly realized that others could be doing that to me as well. Though I am not embarrassed that someone would know about me from my profile on a dating website, simply because my profile is basic and I don’t over share on it…I don’t want that anymore. I want to get to know someone face to face and not by reading about them online first. I want a story I can tell my kids about how I met their dad, that doesn’t begin with “Well, I was sitting at my desk in my room looking through hundreds of profiles online…”

I don’t regret it at all. Online dating helped me get back into the dating world, a place I hadn’t visited for Quite a while. Though, I needed that previous “non dating” time to find myself (as cliche as that sounds). It helped me realize what I do and what I don’t want out of a relationship. I have even made a few friends from this experience. The problem is meeting people… it’s not like I can meet someone at my job and the bar scene is just…yea, not going to happen. So I’m thinking about joining some groups in the area. Not only to meet someone to date, but just to make some new friends too. I know I want to find a bible study that I enjoy and have been looking at a few different churches in the area to do so.

I do everything online…I found my job online(Thank you again, God. It’s the best) I’ve been looking for a relationship, I talk to friends that I could pick up the phone and talk to, I shop, I read, I get lost in craft ideas on Pinterest that I have no intention of actually creating.  I do Everything online. I need to disconnect. Not in a “I’m deleting my facebook and not any answering emails” sort of way.  Just need to stop only living my life online, and start living my actual life.

So it’s just been a day of revelations and realizations. It also made me think about school, finishing a degree, and starting the path of the non-profit I want to begin. I went to the bookstore to get a jump on books about management and a business degree and actually met some really nice people there this evening. I don’t know if I will ever see them again… but it’s a start.

I hope getting all this out makes me continue to write, whether it’s on here or just in a journal.

I know this was kind of all over the place, but I had a lot of ground to cover!