Monday MMM MMM

20130610-145721.jpg
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Fast though, wasn’t it? Seems to me like it was over in the blink of an eye. But, who am I kidding, I’m a teacher, and with the summer off, every day feels like a weekend day! I still enjoy the actual weekend, if only just the principle of it….

Saturday night, the husband and I put the kiddos to bed and played a little pool out in the garage, and for some reason, he brought up having pancakes for breakfast. Now, pancakes are something I gave up a long time ago. The term “Bisquick” doesn’t exactly exist in my diet vocabulary anymore, if you know what I mean. And yet, the idea of once again eating a plateful of delicious, warm pancakes was very enticing. I’m ashamed to admit that I actually dreamed about pancakes that night, and as you can imagine, I woke up a determined dieter to uncover a way to have healthy, clean pancakes.

I scoured Pinterest for a little bit, searching for that perfect pancake recipe, but couldn’t find something that really met all my requirements. I felt a little discouraged, until I realized the recipe had been right under my nose the entire time. And enter the perfect clean eating oatmeal pancake.

I found this recipe on a bag of oat flour I had stored in the back of my pantry that I had purchased to make my own protein bars. I tweaked it a bit, because what is a recipe without tweaking? These little pancakes came out delicious, satisfied my pancake craving, and ended the hunt for a clean pancake recipe. Perhaps it may end yours, too!

Clean Oatmeal Pancakes

Makes 25 pancakes

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup oats
3/4 cup oat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 packets Truvia
2 eggs, whites and yolks separated into different bowls
1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:
1. In a medium saucepan, heat milk to boiling. Add oats and stir, let sit 5 minutes.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix oat flour, baking soda, salt and Truvia.
3. Add oatmeal and milk mixture to mixing bowl and stir.
4. In a small bowl, combine egg yolks and olive oil. Add to mixing bowl.
5. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until frothy and add to mixing bowl.
6. If batter is too thick, add milk until desired consistency is reached.
7. Using a tablespoon, drop batter onto a greased skillet. Cook until bubbles form on top, and flip to cook other side. You can also use a 1/4 cup to measure batter to make larger pancakes.

Nutrition Information (per 1 pancake)
38 calories
1.5 g fat
4.5 g carbs
1.5 g protein

20130610-153307.jpg
Aren’t they just adorable little things!

Top these however you want: honey, syrup, peanut butter, fresh fruit, etc.

These clean pancakes are also 3-year old approved, so you really can’t go wrong!

20130610-153535.jpg
Have fun eating clean!

Advertisements

Perfectly CHOCOLATE Protein Smoothie

Good Saturday morning! My kiddos woke me up just at the crack of 6 this morning. With both of them being so young, it’ll make for quite a long day! But, no worries. They keep me active and happy.

To wake up and get going this morning, I decided to make my incredibly delicious protein smoothie. Nothing starts off the day better than a healthy, filling smoothie, in my opinion. And this one takes the cake quite literally – it tastes just like chocolate cake! Now I know I’ve got your attention! Cake for breakfast? Well, yes! You can have your cake and drink it, too!

First things first: gotta gather your ingredients. My hubby always makes fun if me when I start whipping the things out I need to make this smoothie. “So many things!” he always claims. I disagree, but you can be the judge of that.

20130608-074051.jpg
Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet Truvia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
8 ice cubes

Let’s get started!

First, measure out your cottage cheese and add it to your blender.

20130608-074557.jpg
I know what you’re thinking. Cottage cheese in a smoothie? Hey, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! It actually doesn’t add any real flavor but instead thickens a smoothie up like no one’s business and adds a whole lot of protein. Can’t stomach cottage cheese? Okay, okay, you can replace it with a 1/2 cup of yogurt (go Greek!) but your end result won’t be as thick. Just sayin’.

Next, add a scoop of protein powder.

20130608-074937.jpg
I love Muscle Tech Whey Protein. Very delicious and has 20 grams of protein per serving. But you can use whatever you’ve got. I’ve used other powders, even Shakeology, and you still get a quality smoothie. (PS, if you do use chocolate Shakeology, don’t add the cocoa powder later, for obvious reasons…) Moving right along.

Add 1 tbsp ground flax seed.

20130608-075410.jpg
This is really optional. You don’t taste it at all but I like the added texture it gives. And of course all the benefits of flax seed!

Now measure out 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder.

20130608-075557.jpg
Why unsweetened? Well, we’re trying to make this smoothie as clean as possible. Could you use sweetened? Sure. I never have. But I bet it would be marvelous.

Now, add in a packet of Truvia, or any other sweetener you like.

20130608-075751.jpg

Measure 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. You guessed it, throw it in the blender. That’s the best place for it.

20130608-075850.jpg

Add 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

20130608-080007.jpg
Any brand is ok. Though I’m using Silk here, I actually prefer Almond Breeze. It all depends on you and your preferences. You could also substitute any other milk you have here if you’d like.

Finally, throw 8 ice cubes into that blender of yours!

20130608-080217.jpg
This is important: you need 8. Not 9, not 7, 8. Are you hearing me? 8! I don’t know why, but 8 is the magic number here. Trust me. Just use 8.

Now that you’ve got everything thrown in your blender (see, that wasn’t too many ingredients, was it? Or maybe it was. Just do me a favor and don’t tell my husband he’s right. It’ll go to his head and we don’t need that) it’s time to do some blending.

20130608-080542.jpg
I blend on low until most of the ice is chopped up, then switch it to high and let it do it’s thing. With my specific blender, I know I’m getting close to finished when I can hear it slowing down. The smoothie just gets so dang thick that I’m guessing its harder to blend. Trust me, you’ll know when you’re there.

20130608-080756.jpg
Oh yeah, looking good, baby.

Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

20130608-080848.jpg
This recipe fills up my 28 oz Blender bottle.

Perfectly CHOCOLATE Protein Smoothie
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet Truvia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
8 ice cubes
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth!

Nutrition Information:
295 calories
7.5 g fat
27 g carbs
36 g protein

I hope you enjoy!

20130608-081452.jpg

Have You Met My Friend Chalene?

Okay, I’ll admit, I don’t KNOW her know her. But when you work out with someone daily… Well, not WITH bit with.

20130607-064315.jpg
Even though I don’t know her, I feel like I do. Every time I pop in a DVD of Turbofire or ChaLEAN Extreme and push play, she’s right there with me giving me the motivation I need to push harder or give it that much more. I look forward to hearing her words of encouragement, and while I hate her during the tough parts of the workout, I love her when I’m done.

She’s quite literally the reason I have the body I’ve got today. 9 months postpartum and I wouldn’t think it if I hadn’t given birth myself!

20130607-071327.jpg

I guess it wasn’t ALL thanks to Chalene, but I couldn’t have done it without her!

Check her out! And if you’ve never seen Turbofire or CLX, check those out, too!

*I’ve been gone so long, but plan on posting regularly again. Woohoo!

CLX-Day 4

Okay guys, I mentioned yesterday that I’m doing ChaLEAN Extreme for my workout program now. So far, so good! I wanted to keep you guys updated on my progress with it, so I’ll try to weigh in on the subject daily after my workout.

Lets play catch up real quick…

Day 1 I attempted Burn Circuit 1 with the resistance bands that came with the program. And I absolutely hated it! I couldn’t get the right resistance, the damn bands kept sliding off my feet and smacking me on the leg, and I was incredibly frustrated that everyone else save 1 chick on the video was using free weights. So… I bitched and moaned to the hubby and he bought me a late birthday present:

20130318-124107.jpg
That’s right, Bowflex Selectech weights! They each go to 45 lbs and are so worth the money if you work out at home like I do. Plus, we got a free weight bench that you can kinda see in the background. Pretty sweet!

Day 2 was a rest day. I wasn’t sore or anything from Day 1 but I still rested like my calendar said.

Day 3 was Burn Circuit 2 and I was really excited to test out the new free weights. Worked like a charm, too! Way better than the resistance bands, and I was able to really challenge myself to fail by the 12th rep. The verdict? Today I’m so SORE! My shoulders and back are on fire, and my poor hamstrings are tight! I’m definitely a believer now and can’t wait to see how weight lifting will change my body shape.

On deck for tonight is Burn Intervals and Ab Burner. I literally can’t wait, I’m so excited! I’m assuming it’s a cardio workout, so that’s right up my alley.

On another note, I noticed my hands are already getting blisters from the weights, and that’s after only 1 day using them! Anyone else out there have this problem? How do you combat it? Gloves?

Getting back to it!

Let me start out by saying that I have really missed writing this blog, and if you’ve stuck with me through the weeks of my not posting a word, well you’re just awesome! And now some good news: I should be back! Yes, I’m still student teaching (at a 9th grade campus, yikes!) but the worst of it is all over now and I should have a bit of free time to devote to me. Which is good, because self-reflection is the absolute center of my weight-loss journey!

Let’s see, where to begin?

I’ll start with my success so far, because that’s the most exciting thing! When I started my journey 5 weeks postpartum, I weighed in at around 215 lbs. 5 months of serious Turbofire sweat later, I’m proud to say that I weigh in at 175 lbs! Have a look!

20130317-191110.jpg

20130317-191118.jpg

20130317-191130.jpg

20130317-192923.jpg

I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished this past 5 months. I’m literally 10 pounds away from reaching my pre-pregnancy weight, something that took me a year and a half with my 1st child. I’m attributing it to my knowledge and drive: I’m better prepared to lose weight because I have all the tools available AND I’ve got a goal in mind.

Speaking of having a goal…

20130317-191503.jpg
^The gorgeous Jamie Eason. She has become my role model, fitness-wise. That’s my goal. I want a body like a fitness model. Something I can feel incredibly confident in. Something I can flex when I want to look tough or something I can show off when I want to feel sexy. I want it to be completely obvious that I work out, and that I work out hard.

And, to reach this, I’ve done my homework. I’m following Jamie Eason’s bodybuilding diet and began ChaLEAN Extreme 3 days ago. Heavy lifting paired with a clean diet should lead to me to the results I want, or at least get me started! I’m really excited to see my body changing with weight lifting, so definitely be on the lookout for my progress pics! I must say this: I’m really used to cardio and cardio only. So lifting weights will be a challenge for me, but I’m ready and willing to give it all I’ve got!

Goals! Love ’em! Here are mine: 1) lose 20 pounds by May 10th (graduation day!), 2) work on the muscles for July 9th (anniversary and Las Vegas vacation!) That last one’s a little broad, but that’s ok. The way it works out, I’ll be finishing up the ChaLEAN Extreme program July 7th, so I should have at least a nice muscle tone by then.

Okay, that’s enough for now. My little one is crying (bedtime soon!) so I’ll check in tomorrow!

20130317-192759.jpg
She’s getting big!

Have a great week!