Whole Wheat Protein Pancakes

What do you do when you wake up at 7:30 on a Saturday, long before your jet-lagged husband? Head out for a peaceful run along the lake!

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The weather is perfect here today – 38 degrees and sunny! I didn’t wear my Garmin on this run, instead using Nike +. This allowed me to keep track of the run but only hear my pace each mile. Since I’m still working my way back after my cold and stomach illness, I didn’t want to stress over the pace. My average pace was 9:39 and I was smiling ear to ear by the end. The blue sky, sunshine and lake views were definitely the perfect way to start the day! Even better is the fact that I didn’t have to stop once during the run and felt really strong!

I headed directly into the kitchen when I got home, ready to whip up a breakfast of coffee, fruit and healthy pancakes. Inspired by a few different Pinterest recipes, I combined them to develop delicious, fluffy pancakes which were even better when paired with syrup and fresh fruit!  Thanks to the protein in the egg whites and Greek yogurt, these packed 18 grams of protein per serving and the healthy fat helped keep us full all morning! Be careful, since these are thick, yogurt based pancakes they need to be cooked at a lower temperature for longer period of time. But, if you take your time, they will turn out perfectly!

Whole Wheat Protein Pancakes

Whole Wheat Protein Pancakes (2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 oz Fage Total Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: Syrup & fresh fruit

Directions

  • Combine whole wheat flour and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl until combined
  • Add yogurt, egg whites, vanilla and cinnamon to dry mixture, stirring until well combined.
  • Let batter rest while you coat skillet with non-stick cooking spray, butter or oil and bring it to heat on stove over a medium-low to medium heat.
  • Pour batter into pan, making 5-6 small pancakes.
  • Allow batter to cook slowly, waiting a few minutes until you flip.
  • Cook for another few minutes, until golden brown and remove from heat.
  • Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Whole wheat protein pancakes 

What’s your favorite way to top your pancakes?

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Reset

Greetings from New York City where the current time is 9:51pm. My body feels and thinks it is 3:51am however since I’m still very much on Europe time after spending 13 days on that time zone. You know what’s really fun though? Flying out to the Pacific Northwest tomorrow at 6am so my body can be really, really confused.

Yup, by the time I land in New York City Friday evening, I will have logged 21,000 miles in less than a week. That is insane and hard to fathom. What’s even harder to fathom is having a super, strong PR worthy 10k race on Saturday morning during the New York Road Runner’s Oakley 10K.

Instead of throwing in the towel on this race, I’m doing the opposite and revving up my system for a great race by focusing on myself this week even though I’ll be traveling. This means plenty of sleep, back on the vitamin and supplement wagon, strong but efficient workouts, stretching, and smart eating and drinking choices. It won’t always be easy but I know that a PR will feel sweeter than any late nights or 3rd glasses of wine. You see that? I’m not being silly and saying no wine, I’m saying moderation.

Here’s how I started the reset process today in between a long work day and an evening filled with both fun and tedious errands including another shellac manicure, long line at the post office, dry cleaning, and meeting with the movers (!!!?!).

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Peach Protein Oats including 1/2 c rolled oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 1 scoop Designer Whey vanilla protein powder, water, and 2/3 c peaches.

Salad #1 for lunch including mixed greens, beets, red onions, grilled chicken, egg whites, apples, tomatoes, salt & pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

Speed workout on the treadmill is the perfect way to end a long day when torrential rains force me inside. Today I did 1/2 mile pick ups (6.2, 6.4, 6.2, 6.5, 6.2, 6.7) for a speedy 5k while jamming to Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ludacris, and Icona Pop.

Salad #2 for dinner including a large bowl of mixed greens, walnuts, tomatoes, grapes, strawberries, beets, red onions, egg, tomatoes, salt & pepper, 1/2 portion blue cheese, and light balsamic vinaigrette.

I also stuck guzzled over 64 ounces of water today and limited my caffeine to one cup of coffee around 3pm when my body and mind were both hitting a jet lag slump.

We’ll see if I can keep this up beginning tomorrow morning when I hope on a plane out west. Goal #1 is to drink at least 3 bottles of water during flight and baby my calf muscles with compression socks.

If you could fly anywhere tomorrow, free of charge, what would be your destination of choice? Mine would be New Zealand or Australia! Both countries have been top of our list for ages but are such a trek and quite expensive!

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Halfway Back to Reality

Yesterday, my views included cannons and brilliant blue ocean.IMG_1482IMG_1489

Today is my first day of work and working out in 2013. I’m halfway back to reality, spending the next few days down in Titusville, Florida to kick off Meghann’s wedding weekend!

Meghann picked me up at the airport last night around 8pm. It was so great to see her and the bridal glow that she is truly radiating right now! It’ll definitely be a crazy few days leading up to the wedding but I tried to remind her that it’s like this with every wedding and just how lucky she is to have all the support. It’s awesome to watch her mom, dad, siblings, family and friends help with every task!

We were both starving so dinner was at a Mediterranean restaurant near the airport. While neither of us had ever been there the Yelp reviews were true and it was inexpensive and delicious! After very few fruits and vegetables the past week I was craving a salad in a huge way! Their salad with chicken was so filling that I brought half of it home today for leftovers.

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After going to bed earlier than I have in the past week, we woke up this morning ready to enjoy a few miles together. Anytime I go without a workout for more than a day or two I get nervous and anxious. What if my body has forgotten how to run. What if a pushup is no longer possible. Therefore, one of my tricks, whether a placebo or not, is to baby step my way back into working out and healthy eating to ensure that I’ll enjoy it. A heart crushing workout is the last thing I wanted today. Running together, chatting about the wedding with Maddie tagging along at our sides was the perfect way to enjoy a 3.6 mile run that has me ready for an even longer run tomorrow.

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After our run we enjoyed breakfast together, compliments of her father, before I hunkered down in her brother’s childhood room. IMG_1506

I’m working remotely today, which is the perfect way to transition back into the work world. Views of her family’s front yard, warmth streaming through the windows, a sparkling seltzer, and some soft music has made this quite a nice morning among multiple conference calls.

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I’ll be posting a few more St. Croix updates in between my daily posts recapping the house that we stayed at, our overall view of St. Croix, and tips for planning a group vacation with friends or family.

How do you transition back to working out after a few days away?

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A Glimpse Inside Our Vermont Vacation

I can’t believe it’s already Christmas Eve! We’ve had such a wonderful time here so far but the time is flying! This is the first day I’m not skiing, instead spending my morning with my mom and sister in law baking Christmas cookies! I have a few different posts I’ll be doing today, one about last night’s sleigh ride and another the workouts we’ve done so far.

A Glimpse Inside Our Vermont VacationBut, for right now, I thought it’d be fun to give you glimpse inside the snow globe, aka what we’ve been doing each day.

Breakfast The past few days are some of the busiest ski days of the season since Vermont received fresh powder and there are so many families up here for the holidays. Therefore, each morning our alarm clock went off at 6:45. After getting dressed, before hitting the slopes, we’ve eaten a protein filled breakfast at home that will hold us through four hours of skiing. My usual breakfast has been a bowl of 0% Chobani, blueberries, raspberries, banana, and Bab-A-Louis Bakery granola.

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The weather each day has been around 20 degrees on the mountain and therefore I’ve dressed warmly to ensure I enjoy myself. The last thing you want to be when skiing is cold!

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Here is what I wore each day, which takes advantage of my favorite winter running gear as well! Up at the top of the mountain the temperature dropped to a wind chill of 5 degrees!

I was warm and toasty until yesterday around noon when the temperature plummeted and the winds started gusting. But overall, this gear was perfect for four days of Vermont skiing! As you can tell, most of this is pretty inexpensive or dual purposed winter running gear. Since Bo and I only ski a total of 4-6 days a season each year we haven’t invested in anything beyond ski socks, pants, jackets, and goggles. I think the next thing I’d invest in is either a helmet or boots.

Stratton Mountain  As always, we had a blast skiing Stratton this year. It’s about 15 minutes from my family’s home so while it’s further away than Bromley, the conditions are about 10x better. Most of our visit they had at least 4 different lifts open and over 40 something trails. Each person in our group, whether skiing greens, blues, or black diamond trails was happy with the options available even though the windy conditions limited some of the lifts. I love that Stratton offers multiple green and blue runs from the top of the mountain versus just blacks. Our group had a great time riding the lift or gondola up the mountain together, taking in the sights and watching people take on the moguls under the lift. This was also the first year that I felt comfortable enough as a skier to go down blue and green runs by myself versus having lesson. That in itself made me thrilled to be out there!

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The snow capped trees reminded us of something out of a Dr. Seuss book they looked so unreal!

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Lunch

We’ve skied each day from 8am-12:45, making it home by 1:15 for lunch with the whole family. It’s been an easy way to save some money this trip while also taking advantage of delicious leftovers and catching up with everyone. I’m trying to enjoy a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the day so each evening I can enjoy a few glasses of wine and delicious dinner. This is one of the ways I find balance while on vacation, especially when I know that in a few short days I’ll be on a beach in St. Croix!

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Afternoon Adventures

Each afternoon my mom and dad have driven into Manchester or to a nearby town to explore and see the sights together. Grafton was the cutest of the towns we visited, decorated in fresh white snow and holiday decorations!

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I love this historic home’s decorations including a traditional fruit wreath and the lamp post with a warm hospitality greeting of pineapple, ribbons, and greens.

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