Monday MMM MMM

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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

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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!

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Have fun eating clean!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Add 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Oh yeah, looking good, baby.

Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!