Recipes

Protein Pancakes & Balsamic Glaze

Eat like you love your body today!  Happy Valentines Day to everyone!!  Whether you are celebrating with you special one or your little kiddos like me you will likely have a choice of healthy versus not so healthy today.

I chose a healthier option today to show my body the love rather tear it up with too much sugar and fat.  Instead of topping the pancakes with chocolate syrup I opted for a delish balsamic glaze, yummy sweet and a little tangy!!

Our celebratory breakfast was Protein Pancakes with mixed berries and a Balsamic Glaze.

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Protein Pancakes

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology

2 T low fat cottage cheese

2 egg whites

2 tsp unsweetened almond milk

dash cinnamon & cloves

 

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Scoop small portions onto hot non stick griddle and cook approx 2 minutes per side.

Balsamic Glaze

1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Bring to a boil over medium heat in a small not stick pot, reduce to simmer.  Allow to simmer approx 10 minutes, checking and swirling in pot.  As the liquid evaporates it will become thicker.  Remove from heat and let cool.  As it sits it will become thicker.

 

Top pancakes with mixed berries (sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) and balsamic glaze.

 

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My Journey

Two a Days

Today I am starting a plan to try to shed as much body fat as I can over the next 4wks. My last Bod Pod appt I was 26.6%, that was 3 wks ago.  I am guesstimating over the last 3wks of cutting cycle I probably dropped another 1.5%, so I am estimating I am at 25% right now.  I would ideally like to be at 20% or lower when I start my strength training for Strong Woman competition, then it won’t be such a bitter pill to swallow when my calorie intake jumps up to 2400-2600 calories on training days.  Over the next 4 wks  I am trying to diminish the loss of the lean muscle mass at the same time that I am dropping body fat, kind of a double edge sword.  My days are going to start with a weight program and be heavy carb loaded to diminish muscle breakdown as much as possible and end my days with HIIT Cardio.  I set my macros to be 40% Carb,  40% Protein, 20% over the course of a day.  Heavier carb meals will be earlier in the day to help diminish muscle breakdown and fatigue along with maintaining energy levels for afternoon cardio.  My daily goal for caloric intake is 1850, all clean!  I am also going to try to eliminate as many of the natural sugars I have a hard time letting go of, my bananas and berries.  A typical daily menu will be:

Breakfast:  eggs and oatmeal for breakfast

Strength Workout

Snack 1: a post workout smoothie (Shakeology)

Lunch: Fish and quinoa or brown rice with veggies

Snack 2: Rice cake w/Almond Butter

Cardio Workout

Dinner: Chicken Breast, Spinach salad, Broccoli or sweet potato

Snack 3: Greek Yogurt

I will likely have very little variation over the course of the next 4 wks to this menu, once I find what works and is easy I stick with it.  I will try to prep the chicken, quinoa, and brown rice so they are ready and I just have to heat up.  This has been the key to clean eating in our household.  If you spend a little time each week prepping the items that take the longest to prepare you are much more likely to avoid the over processed frozen or packaged meals.

Off to press play on Back and Bis this morning with some T25 Alpha Cardio later today.

Train hard eat clean