Guilt Free Pancakes – Serves 2+

Hello, it’s me.  Hiatus is over and I’m back.  Oh, and Happy 2017!!!

Since late November I’ve been on a series of adventures which included a drive from Texas to California.  I survived the drive and honestly have a new appreciation for road trips especially those that include utilization of an RV (genius idea).  I think the key to any successful road trip is movement, food, hydration, and whomever you are with.  My trip spanned five days and each day was a new adventure.  The only one who didn’t really enjoy the road trip was my poor pup, Theodore Roosevelt III aka Teddy (#TRIIIthecav).

Day 1: Drove straight from the Alamo (San Antonio, Texas) to Santa Fe, New Mexico with a stop in Roswell to find aliens (failed but did find McDonalds), Day 2: Flagstaff, Arizona and dropped my pup off then went to see the Grand Canyon for sunset, Day 3: Phoenix, Arizona where epic friendships were solidified and many laughs were had, Day 4: Oxnard, California with a stop in Hollywood to hike the sign, and Day 5: Drove along route-1 aka the California coast all the way up to San Francisco with multiple photo and hike breaks especially around Big Sur.

pancakes

Now I’m settled and back in the kitchen per usual.  I love easy eats and this is a great staple on my weekends for brunch or during the week.  I absolutely love to pre-make these pancakes to have them ready for a ‘grab ‘n go’ type of post workout item or snack especially since they’re a great source of protein which helps maintain satiety.

Threw together a cool topping for the pancakes which included apple pears which are the new super fruit in my opinion.  They’re loaded with fiber, vitamins (specifically C and K), and minerals.  Therefore, if you have yet to try apple pears, just do it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder of choice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 apple-pear; diced
  • 6 blackberries; halved
  • oil of choice for the pan (I used coconut)
  • OPTIONAL: honey or syrup

Methodology:

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients but the fruit and optional items.  Stir well until homogeneous.
  2. Heat a frying with enough oil to moisten the surface well.
  3. Pour batter onto the pan to create 2-4 pancakes depending on the size desired.  Cook each side for 2-3 minutes and flip.  Add a final toss for each side of the pancake (20-30 seconds per side).
  4. Combine the fruit pieces then serve atop the pancakes with a drizzle of honey or syrup.
  5. Pair with a mimosa or two…

 

xxx – Sarah

Wellness Travel Essentials

If you’re anything like me – airports can be stressful when trying to stick to your meal plans or stay within a budget.  Let’s face it, $5.50-7.00+ for a 16-24 ounce water bottle is legit nuts.  Since air pressure can lead to migraines – I try to limit my sugar intake which would only aid and abet.   As a frequent flier fanatic, I’ve perfected my travel routine, and compiled some travel secrets that will help you to eat and drink like a champion.

  1. Reusable tumbler or water bottle (24 ounces+):  Most airports have begun to go green and offer water re-fill stations thus locate em and start walking!  This is a great way to save on expensive water purchases.
  2. Snack sandwich bags:  Great for portioning your food.  I always say – eat half on the departure trip and save the other half for the return trip.  These are some great items to toss/mix into sandwich bags:
    1. Beef or turkey jerky:  Great way to consume lean protein when on the road.  I opt for either the Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s brand of basic jerky.  I love the teriyaki versions but then that means more additives – so no.  Pick and choose your poison.
    2. Nuts:  I love pistachios that are shelled since they keep my fingers busy during the long flights.  Raw nuts are also a great option (almonds, cashews, pistachios, macadamia, etc.) if you’re doing work or want an easy munch.
    3. Plantain chips:  Great alternative to regular potato chips and are usually just seasoned with S&P – for these, I usually go to the bulk section of Whole Foods or buy the packaged version(s) from Trader Joe’s then re portion into a sandwich bag.
    4. Protein powder:  Pre-portion one full scoop for mixing later during the trip to help meet your protein needs if you are not a meat eater nor wanting to open up a can of stinky beans or fish.
  3. Protein bars:  I love nut/fruit bars especially those gluten and dairy-free.  When choosing bars opt for those above 5-7 grams of protein and less than 10 grams of sugar.  There are SO many out there but my favorites include: Kind and RXBAR.
  4. Sealed bag of cucumbers, basil, mint, or berries:  This is an easy way to make your plain water more ‘artisanal’ when on the road and not wanting to opt for powders such as Crystal Lite.

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Happy and Safe Travels Y’all!

xxx – Sarah