Month: September 2013

Coconut Vanilla Protein Pancakes

BREAKFAST….It’s my favorite meal of the day. Sadly, this poor meal does not get enough credit or appreciation from its fans. I mean, we spend anywhere from 7-8 hours sleeping….shouldn’t we celebrate the very first meal we have after our food hiatus? I think so! So here it is, a celebratory post about pancakes. These are not your ordinary pancakes…they’re packed full of protein, metabolism boosters and FLAVOR! Yes, you can have all 3 things in a recipe 🙂

One thing that I strongly recommend you use for the creation of this recipe is a food processor. It mixes the ingredients to perfection and gives the pancakes the perfect consistency! 

Without further delay…..here is the recipe:

2 tbsp spelt flour
2 tbsp almond meal
3 tbsp protein powder (I used Trader Joe’s Vanilla Protein)
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
1 egg white
4 tbsp almond milk

 

instructions:

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Then add wet ingredients and stir together.  Heat a pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour 2 tbsp of batter to form each pancake.  Cook a few minutes. Once it starts to bubble on top, flip and cook an additional minute or two.  You’ll get exactly 4 pancakes if you measure (and use a spatula to scrape the bowl).

Serve with you toppings of choice.  One delish way to serve it is with some extra coconut and a maple syrup/yogurt combo (2-3 tbsp greek yogurt + 1 tbsp maple syrup + water to thin it out).  YUM.

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Fall, finally

It is the season that I eagerly await all year long: Fall. After spending my first summer living in Orange County, I am so very relieved as the tourists slip away and the weather gets dreamier with each moment. The sun has shifted in the sky, creating a beautiful, luminous glow through the tree’s leaves and the stores are full of autumn decor!  Fall brings so much…festivities, dinner parties & cocktails cider, beautiful colors and most of all, tradition. I am a huge advocate of traditions in our household, and although it’s just my husband, me and my two little pups, there is nothing more special than making memories. I crave it. I live for it. We have been talking, lately, about our future traditions for our family and how they will capture who we are. I love the idea of camping together, going Christmas-caroling as a family and spending holiday eves snuggled up, reading our favorite books. Since we do not have kids yet, we started two new traditions last year, in our new hometown, that really speak to who we are right now…..

1) Our 1st Annual Themed-Halloween Party

2) Pumpkin Carving night in, with my niece and nephew

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Both traditions turned out to be hugely successful, and we are so excited to re-create these events again this year!

Last year, we hosted a “Madmen” themed Halloween party & it was a hit! The outfits, the vintage cocktails and the music were all on point, and I must say that our friends really know how to bring their A-game when it comes to theme parties. Side note: Who knew Gibson’s were so delicious?!

Stay tuned for this year’s  Halloween theme! It’s going to be epic.

I hope everyone is enjoying the first glimpses of the most enjoyable season!