Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes

Hey ya’ll! I have survived yet another day of Insanity. I think today may have been the most intense one since there were no little breaks in between the intervals of exercise. I was sweating and panting, but I did it. 5 days in. A million more to go, no just 55, but I can do it! Gotta dig deeper as my friend Shaun T says. He kills me. Anyways I am sharing my flourless chocolate blueberry pancake recipe with ya’ll today since I promised I would yesterday.

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Chocolate Blueberry Flourless Pancakes

1 banana (preferably a very ripe one)
1/2 c of liquid egg whites
1 c of blueberries
1 packet of 20 calorie hot cocoa powder
a sprinkle of chocolate chips

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1. Slice banana into small slices and place into a mixing bowl. Then get a spoon or knife to mash it up. You want the banana mixture to be thoroughly mashed in the bowl. Try to get as little banana chunks as possible. You want it to be a creamy smooth texture.

2. Then add in the egg whites. Be careful because when I first attempted this recipe with egg whites I put way too many in the mixture, which was an epic fail since it was too liquidy. Maybe start with 1/4 c and add as needed.

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3. Next you want to add in the hot cocoa. Mix it until the entire mixture in the bowl is brown with the chocolate.

4. Then you can throw in the blueberries. If you want you can add in the chocolate chips here, but I waited until I had the pancake batter on the pan to add the chocolate chips.

5. Spray a pan with non-stick spray and heat to medium-low heat.

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6. Use a 1/3 c to scoop out the batter and place onto the pan. My pan was large enough to fit three pancakes on at a time. I then sprinkled two or three mini chocolate chips in eat one. Wait until bubbles appear in the batter and the edges firm up then flip the pancake. Cook until lightly browned on both sides.

7. Then if you want you can take some extra blueberries, microwave them, add in a few drops of water, and smash them to make a blueberry compote for the topping. If not use some sugar free syrup as a healthy topping.

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These pancakes are so delicious and healthy. You know how I love to eat me some pancakes! I ended up making 8 pancakes from the recipe, so that was a first. Typically it makes 4-5 large sized pancakes. This recipe is such a healthy alternative to regular pancakes plus you are getting some good nutrients from the banana base of the recipe. I still enjoy pancakes with flour, but when you want a rest from all the flour or you want to enjoy pancakes more than one day a week then this is the recipe for you.

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When I had these for breakfast, I was a happy and healthy camper for the day. Go out and make these immediately. I’m definitely going to be whipping up all kind of creations with the basic flourless pancake recipe. Blackforest, almond joy, samoa, lemon poppyseed, and anything else I can think of to throw in the bowl. This is why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! You can have tons of various combinations of things to eat and they are all so tasty and delicious. Boosting that metabolism the right way!

Have you ever had flourless pancakes?
What do you like on top of your pancakes?

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WIAW the Art of the Party

Hey ya’ll! We are halfway through the week. Exciting. Today is the first day I woke up and was not sore. Success. I’m on my 4th day of Insanity and 2nd day of Hip Hop Abs. Shaun T does both of these workouts and it is quite funny to see the difference between him in both of them. In Hip Hop Abs he is super cheesy and hilarious while in Insanity he is super intense and motivating. I gotta love those workout videos. I think I like them because I can do them on my time and get an intense workout. I really hate the whole idea of driving to the gym, etc etc. Anyways today is my favorite day of the week, What I ate Wednesday. Thanks Jenn for hosting such a fantastic day every single week! Today mine has a special theme, ART. I love art and Austin is surrounded by art as you will see throughout my post.

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In Austin there is this really cool place called Hope Garden (although the name may have been changed) where graffiti artists can come and express themselves on the walls of this place. There is this huge castle behind all the walls too, so I think the name may have something to do with a castle. This was one of my favorite pieces at the place. I took my best friend when she was in town from Boston and it was cool seeing so much artwork in one space. I love graffiti to be honest. I really don’t think it should be illegal if it is like this or Banksy style.

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For breakfast I had chocolate blueberry flourless pancakes. These were delicious. I made a blueberry compote for the topping. Such a good idea. I will definitely be sharing this recipe with you tomorrow. I ended up making two servings of it. That was probably because I used egg whites this time instead of just a regular egg. I probably would have had even more if I used a 1/4 c to scoop out the batter, but last minute I was like why not use a 1/3 cup. I made 8 pancakes total. I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow!

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Healthy snack alert! I made kale chips. I am obsessed with kale chips. Usually my roommate makes them and they are so crispy and delicious, so I thought why not create my own. I think I put too much kale on one pan, but they still came out crispy. I topped mine with nutritional yeast, Parmesan, and olive oil. Such a winning combination. Kale is really good for you, so I definitely recommend making these or making a salad of kale in order to get a large amount of nutrients.

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I was walking town lake in Austin when I saw this one. We were just about to go across a bridge to walk the other side of the lake when I noticed this. I love shoes, so obviously I had to snap a picture of this. I love that small little things like this are just hidden all around the city waiting for someone to discover it. I think it just makes us more unique. Keeping Austin weird.

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You know I had to throw a salad into the mix. This one has spinach leaves, veggie patch falafel, and slices of mushrooms that I stole from my brother. He wasn’t using them anymore, so I thought why not throw them in my salad. These falafel balls are amazing. They are from the same company that made the meatballs I used in my meatball sub recipe, so you should definitely check out all the products they have to offer. I swear vegetarians get the best frozen food products. Noms.

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My favorite banana truck has been open for a little while now for the new season, so I obviously had to go get me one of these bad boys. I just got a plain one. It had dark chocolate and was rolled in sprinkles. I follow them on instagram and they have specials occasionally, which I’ve been really wanting. One of them was called an Almond Joy. It had chocolate, caramel, coconut, and chopped almonds. It looked like a banana heaven on a stick. I can’t wait to check out what this week’s special is.

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This is what I am probably obsessed with most in life. Cauliflower crust pizza. Ever since I made it for the blog, I have been eating it non-stop. This has honey bbq sauce, sliced ham, pineapple, and low moisture mozzarella. It is so good. I think I cooked the crust perfectly this time. It was crisp and browned just the way it should be. The honey bbq may be the best sauce to put on the pizza. It is sweet yet tangy. It goes well with the citrus flavor of the pineapple and the saltiness of the sliced ham. This recipe is my best friend.

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This is an iconic graffiti in Austin besides the I love you sign. It says never give up and has pacman next to it. This is on town lake too. I think it is super cute and motivational especially for the runners and bikers that always go past it on the trail.

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Since summer is upon us, my mom and I decided to get some fresh fish. Halibut is our favorite and it was on sale at Central Market, so we were like why not? We also ended up buying a spicy soy glaze for the fish. It wasn’t spicy at all and had just the right amount of flavor. The halibut was meaty and cooked perfectly. The meat just flaked off as you dug your fork into it. I made a side of green beans for it. Yep, canned green beans. Can’t live without them.

I hope you all have a fantastic WIAW!

What do you think of graffiti? Is there a lot around you?
What is your favorite kind of art?

Chobani Blueberry Panackes

Hey ya’ll! It’s Sunday, so you know what that means. Not only do I have volleyball practice, but it is also my day of the week where I treat myself. I decided that I should treat myself with something healthy and delicious this morning. That is why I came up with the idea of pancakes using Chobani greek yogurt. What a good idea! This way I get protein, grains, fruit, and a dairy in my breakfast. Being a nutrition major, sometimes it is really hard to come up with a well balanced meal with all the necessities in it, but this time I definitely managed to do it (minus the veggies of course)!

photo(4)Chobani Blueberry Pancakes
1 package of Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt
1/2 c. of Whole Wheat Flour
3 tbsp of egg whites
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp fat free milk

photo(6)1. First you take all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder) and mix well in a bowl.

2. You then pour your liquid egg whites into the yogurt container and stir well.

photo(7)3. Once it is mixed, add the yogurt and egg white mixture into the bowl with the flour.

4. Then add in the rest of your liquid products, such as the vanilla and milk. Stir well.

photo(5)5. You will then have a light purple mixture. Heat a pan on medium-high heat and spray it with nonstick spray.

6. Use a 1/3 measuring cup (or 1/4 or an icecream scoop) and scoop out some mixture to place on the pan (should make 4-5 large pancakes).

7. Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the wet side and flip over.

8. Cook until lightly browned on both sides.

photo(2)Ta da! Now you have a delicious batch of pancakes. You really can’t even tell that these pancakes have Greek yogurt in them. The only way I know is because of the blue color and the blueberry flavor that they have. If you wanted to make them extra-blueberrylicious you could have added fresh blueberries into the mixture. I unfortunately was using all my blueberries for another recipe (will share later on), so I had to go without them. Sad, I know.

photoSomehow my finger got in this picture. Oh well, it still looks scrumptious. I can’t go without having any fruit in my breakfast, so I decided to slice up a banana to go along with the pancakes. It also provides for a nice, pretty plate to look at. I did destroy it when I ate it though and nothing was left but a a few little crumbs.

photo(1)A plate of perfection! Well I hope everyone is having a good Sunday. The best way to start your day off is always with a good breakfast. It helps your metabolism and it keeps you from being grumpy later (the second part is just from personal experience). Now I get to go plan volleyball practice, work on my research paper, and study for an exam in Nutrition Education and Counseling!

Pancakes Without Flour?!

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday, which is my favorite day of the week for obvious reasons. I don’t have class on Fridays. Thank god. I deserve it as a fifth year senior! Also Thursday means celebrate. Tonight I’m having homemade enchiladas and some ice cold margaritas. My roommate and I know how to throw down on a Thursday night. Last Thursday night we made vegan chocolate cupcakes – scrumptious!

Anyways today I’m posting about pancakes. Flourless pancakes. Yes, you heard me. No flour. Just two ingredient pancakes. I creep on Pinterest on a regular basis, so I saw this idea a lot on various boards.

DSC02723This looks absolutely disgusting, I know. When I was first mixing it I was like oh god this is going to be a hot mess. I wasn’t even sure if this was going to be edible. I was convinced that it was going to turn into an omelet or something since one of the two ingredients was an egg.

DSC02724When I poured the batter onto the pan from a 1/4 cup then things started to look. Okay, these somewhat are starting to resemble pancakes. Do they have a weird color? Yes. Do they look super runny? Yes. Are the typical bubbles appearing? YES. That means it is a success, at least in appearance wise. As I was flipping and turning them, the pancakes became soft and browned on each side like a normal pancake does.

DSC02729One mashed banana and one egg stirred together led to this beautiful plate of fluffiness. Yes, they look like real pancakes. They also tasted like real pancakes. It was incredible. Pinterest definitely knows its stuff when it comes to recipes. I’m glad I have discovered this recipe because I can’t wait to turn it into crazy typical Lindsay recipes like my other pancake ones that have flour in them.

DSC02730Flourless Pancakes:

1 Banana
1 egg

1. Mash banana into a small mixing bowl until there are no chunks.
2. Add in one egg.
3. Mix well until there is a liquidy smooth consistency.4. Measure out 1/4 c. at at time onto a pan.
5. Wait until the top of the pancake bubbles then flip over until lightly browned on both sides.
6. Serve with whatever toppings you desire (I put bananas, chocolate chips, and syrup on mine).

DSC02731Seriously this is my new favorite recipe. Probably not, but it is definitely healthy and really easy to make. If you want to make more, you can just double the recipe. Also another healthy option would be to switch out the entire egg and just place in 4 egg whites. I can’t wait to get creative in the kitchen with these bad boys.

DSC02728Sorry for overloading ya’ll with pancake photos. I’m just in love with them. It is ridiculous. I actually took about 10 photos of the pancakes, so ya’ll are lucky that I’m only showing you this many. I hope ya’ll have a fantastic weekend. I know mine is going to be filled with tons of stuff. Tomorrow we are celebrating my cousin’s birthday, then Saturday is mother’s birthday, and Sunday I have volleyball tryouts for my Maccabi Volleyball team. I’m so excited!

Have ya’ll ever had flourless pancakes?
If so, what do you think of them? Any cool recipes using them?

What I Ate Wednesday

Man, oh man. It is time for another What I ate Wednesday post thanks to the amazing Jenn over at Peas & Crayons. This has been a crazy week for me. I finally have started back in school. FINAL YEAR. Yes, this will be my second senior year. I’m just glad I still have more time to figure out things for my post-undergraduate life such as, finally deciding to get my masters in sports nutrition, where I’m going to apply for grad school and RD internship, and random goals for myself. Blah blah blah. Okay, I’ll get to the food pictures.

I am back to enjoying pancakes in the morning! Lately I’ve been trying to eat completely gluten free (Obviously someone didn’t get the memo while in Boston), so when I found out that Bisquick has made a gluten free pancake and waffle mix I grabbed it off the shelves to sample. It is actually pretty good. Being typical Lindsay, I have to spice it up by making creative pancakes, so I threw in some pumpkin, chocolate chips, and banana slices to complete the meal. Only 1/3 c of the powder makes about 5-6 pancakes, so it is pretty impressive and low calorie.

How that I’m back in school, I have to start planning my meals and packing my lunch ahead of time. On Tuesdays, I have class from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. It is definitely going to be a long day on Tuesdays, but with packing a healthy filling lunch I know I will be able to get through it all.

For my Tuesday lunch this week, I had a tofu stir fry with broccoli, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. It was all served on top of brown rice. For a side I had a sliced granny smith apple. This meal definitely held me over until I finished Advanced Food Science and headed back to my apartment.

For snack I’ve been munching on these amazingly low calorie sugar free chocolate pumpkin muffins. I will definitely be sharing the recipe in the next week are so, but these things are DELICIOUS. I like to heat mine up in the microwave for about 20 seconds, and it tastes like it just came out of the oven.

I seriously love my roommate. She is such a great person and has a heart of gold. She made some salad (she makes yummy healthy food all the time), and shared some with me. It had spinach leaves, little organic blueberries, pine nuts, and some other things I can’t remember. It was really good and just makes me love her even more that she appreciates healthy food and nutrition.

I’m trying to clean out my pantry right now, so I can make room for a Whole Foods and Central Market run this weekend. That means that I am eating a lot of whole wheat pasta. Oh that isn’t gluten-free. My stomach isn’t a fan, but I just keep telling myself “Whole Foods, Whole Foods, I’m doing it for Whole Foods”. I mix in a little broccoli, garlic, and sometimes some tomato sauce (just not in this picture). Due to the fiber in the pasta and the broccoli, I’m pretty full for a while.

Night Time snack 1: Some cinnamon roll pudding with gluten free chocolate chips, banana slices, and a ripped up chocolate pumpkin muffin. Oh man this sweet treat is definitely the way to go when you are trying to satisfy that late night sweet tooth. This snack has actually inspired me to make some epic desserts in the near future, so stay tuned for a good recipe in the next week or so.

Night Snack 2: Yes, I get the munchies at night time and need to eat like everything. This snack is a Oikos strawberry greek yogurt, 20 calorie cocoa powder, gluten free chocolate chips, and strawberry slices. Seeing a trend here? I like chocolate and pudding like things. This snack is really good. I was hesitant about adding the cocoa powder, but I saw it on another blog somewhere and wanted to try it. It was like a chocolate covered strawberry. You could taste both flavors.

Since school is back in session, I will now be sharing some fashion with ya’ll. I love clothing, so this is a fun outlet for me. I’m wearing a strapless polka dot dress from Shop 344, a black cardigan from Nordstroms, and a necklace & belt from Forever 21. I forgot to show my shoes, which were slightly wedged black glitter gladiator sandals from Steve Madden.

Hope everyone has had a fantastic week so far and Happy Humpday!

Do you pack your lunch for school or work?
What kind of things do you put in it?

WIAW #4: The Breakfast Club

Hey ya’ll! It is that awesome time of the week: What I ate Wednesday. Shout out to Jenn for hosting such an awesome blog link up party online. While everyone else is having epic Wednesdays, I’m sitting around my apartment all day waiting for the energy company to come hook up the gas. Yeah, no fun. Luckily I have my computer, books, and my roommate’s cat to keep me entertained. Let’s get to the good stuff. Today I’m doing a post all about breakfast. Seeing as it is my favorite meal of the day, I thought it was appropriate. However, I’m also going to give you a little nutrition lesson too.

Black Forest Oats Parfait

Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day because it gives you a healthy start to the day. Most people think that by skipping breakfast, they will be able to lose more weight. However this is actually a myth. Eating breakfast actually increases your metabolism, which in turn helps you lose weight quicker. Also, if you don’t eat breakfast by the time lunch rolls around you are hungrier and therefore more inclined to eat more food than you would have. This leads to more weight gain. Obviously the key point here is to eat breakfast, but there are also many other benefits that can be connected to eating breakfast.

Studies have shown that breakfast has a huge impact on cognitive function. Most studies have been done on school aged children showing that by eating breakfast they perform better on tests and in school. However this information can be used for adults too since our brains need fuel to function properly. Breakfast is also connected to concentration. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have an easier time focusing on the task at hand compared to those that do not consume a morning meal.

S’mores Oats

Another reason that breakfast is an important meal of the day is because of energy. By eating breakfast, we are supplying our bodies with nutrients and substance. From this, our body gets energy. When you sleep at night, the body goes through seven to eight hours without eating, so it is important to eat breakfast. Otherwise you will lack the energy needed to get through the day. No one wants bad grades or to get fired, so EAT Breakfast.

Pistachio Pancakes

A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to take long to make or be super fancy. All you need is plenty of fiber and a healthy source of protein. These are things that help you stay satisfied for a long period of time, provide a good amount of energy, and keep your metabolism going. For fiber, one can consume whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. For protein, there can be a variety of sources based on the diet. Obviously you can have meat, but other choices include beans (for vegans and vegetarians), eggs, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or tofu (I saw a great recipe at Jenn’s for Tofu french toast – definitely going to try it out soon).

The lesson is you need to eat breakfast. I find that breakfast is fun. Don’t worry. I will share all of these recipes pretty soon! I wouldn’t show you pictures without telling you how to make it. I hope everyone has an awesome Wednesday. I’m just hoping that the energy guy comes soon, so I can finish unpacking and doing stuff that I need to do.

What is your favorite breakfast?
Do you ever skip breakfast?

Breakfast and Boys

Hey ya’ll! I’m so happy it is the weekend. Although now every day will be like the weekend since I’m out of summer school. Onwards to finding a job, but until then I will be enjoying my summer break.

Since all I post is pancake recipes, ya’ll must think that is all I eat. I swear I eat other food. I do, however, have another pancake recipe for you. Haha. I can’t help it that I love my pancakes and record them more than other things.

Lemon Raspberry Pancakes
1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp lemon juice
1 packet stevia
3/4 c. raspberries
lemon zest
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp egg white substitutes

1. Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl.
2. Add in wet ingredients and stir well.
3. Mix in 1/2 c raspberries into the batter.
4. Pour batter onto pre-heated pan and wait to flip until bubbles appear on top.
5. Flip over and cook until lightly brown.
6. Smash with 1/4 c raspberries with a little of water and some raspberry jam to make a thick syrup to top the pancakes with.

These pancakes are delicious. If you are a fruit person then this is the way to go. It is just the perfect amount of sweet with a good amount of tartness.

I’m in Austin! So excited. This weekend is going to be pretty fun. Especially because I get to see some sexy men tonight….in the form of Magic Mike.
Do I really care what this movie is about? No. Do I even care if it is good quality? No. Do I care that there are tons of hot shirtless men on the screen? YES. I’m excited plus I’m going with two of my friends who I haven’t seen in forever, so it will be a good time.

Of course what is the first thing I do when I get to Austin? Go get a snowcone with my family.
I got cupcake. OMG. It was amazing. It tasted like liquid cupcake. It would have been even better with condensed cream on top. Oh well. Next time. My mom got the apple pie one, my younger brother got a horchata with cream, and we got a wild cherry to go (I know boring person). Ice Queens is going to be my new spot in town. I even have my own punch card with 4 punches on it. Winning.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend! I have volleyball practice tomorrow and I’m getting cat scans on Monday.

Do you have any big plans for the weekend?
Have you ever had something cupcake flavored?