Healthy Breakfast… Wholesome Whole Food Pancake with Berries

So today I made pancakes. Well I made two types of pancakes. Ones for my kiddos. I will link to the recipe that I use for pancakes. Pancakes I make for my kiddos.

Then I made a protein packed pancake that does not have added sugar, till I added a little bit of local honey.

These were so good. Usually protein pancakes tend to be a little dense and these look like they will be but they are not. Pssstt… the secret is the baking powder.

I ground up rolled oats in my blender to make my own oatmeal flour.

The only sugars in this are natural sugars. Yay for whole foods.

Recipe: Wholesome Whole Food Pancake with Berries
(yields 2.5 servings, or about 2 pancakes per person)

Ingredients:

  1. 2 bananas smashed
  2. 1.5 cups of rolled oats, that you blend in your blender to make a flour
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/4 tsp of salt
  5. 2 tsp of baking powder
  6. Berries that you like, or other fruit
  7. Honey to taste
  8. 1 tsp of vanilla
  9. 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  10. 1 cup or 140 grams of berries

Directions:

  1. Grind up the the oats, pour into a big bowl, add salt and baking powder.
  2. On the side of the bowl smash the two peeled bananas till they are are about 95% smashed.
  3. Add two eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix it all together.
  4. In a hot pan, use a pan spray, and add some batter to the pan. You will have to spread this out on your own. It will be thick and want to stay in one clump. The more you spread out, the faster it will cook. Cook till the inside of the pancake is just finished.
  5. Cut up and wash fruit you want to add to your pancakes.
  6. Stack some pancakes, add fruit, and drizzle with honey.

Calories/Stats: This is for one serving with the mixed berries added, but not the honey
Calories 363, Fat 7.7 g, Fiber 8.7 g, Carbs 63.5 g, Salt 275.3 mg, Protein 11.6 g

Got a little artsy with my photo. I am not a photographer so yeah. The sunlight through the fruit and honey was pretty.

If you have read this far, thanks for reading. I hope you have a fantastic week, and keep up making good changes for you and your family.

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Healthy Snack or Dessert…Chocolate Chia Pudding

Looking for a healthy snack or dessert, or if you are me you will eat it for lunch, instead of lunch, cause it is easy and you can just grab it and go. Looking for that chocolate fix. That time when you just want something a little chocolaty, but full of vitamins, fiber and protein. Try this out. Also this is vegetarian, gluten free, and can be vegan if you leave the honey out and replace it with another sweetener.

Chia seeds are amazing…

If you have never had chia seeds before they are an ancient seed, used by the Aztecs and the Mayans. They a jam packed with nutrients, and are simply amazing despite their diminutive size.

“A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains :

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.
  • They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2.”

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds#section1

If you want to read up more about them see the link above. There is a lot to love about these tiny power packed seeds. They are high in fiber, contain omega 3 fatty acids (so if you don’t or won’t eat fish, they are a great alternative source), and plant based protein. I will leave you to read about them if you want. On to the recipe.

Chocolate Chia Pudding
yield: two servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup or 6 oz of Almond milk (you can use, soy, coconut, or even dairy if you want)
  • 2 tbs or 1.4 oz of Honey (or to taste, also if vegan, you can use stevia to taste)
  • 2 tsp or 2 cap full of vanilla ( you can use any extract you like, I often change it up, sometimes adding Kirsh just for a cherry flavor, or Calvados)
  • 4 tbs or 2 oz of chia seeds
  • 2 tbs or 0.66 oz of unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder (note: I use a heaping tbs, cause I like chocolate)
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • Fruit that you like. (e.g. Berries, apples, oranges, etc.)
  • Mini dark chocolate chips for garnish

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the wet ingredients first
  2. Add the dry and stir till all of cocoa powder is incorporated.
  3. Let set for 15 minutes, then stir again.
  4. Cover with lid and let refrigerate for at least 4 hours. This is great to do overnight.
  5. After set, serve with garnish and fruit.

Calories/Stats

Calories 274, Fat 13.1 g, Fiber 14.5 g, Carbs 40.3 g, Sodium 141.9 mg,
Protein 6.8 g

I also make a version that is a Chai Chia pudding. Try saying that five times.

You have to add the Chai spices to the mix.

1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of ground ginger
1/4 tsp of ground cardamom
1/8 tsp of ground cloves

Let me know if you are interested in any of my other versions. Thanks for reading.

Tasty Taco night… Better than Take away Tacos

Who needs take away when you can make beautiful tacos at home? Remember fitness is a way of life, a journey. So learning how to cook well for yourself is very helpful, and you don’t have to rely on take away.

I am a professional chef, and have a Culinary degree, with a specialization in Baking and Pastry.

This is what I make for my family at home. We love taco night and my kiddos love to eat my tacos. Currently my son and daughter are asking for another taco. He ate three already. I would say that is a good sign. These are all whole foods, and things I know where they came from.

The recipe includes the Pico De Gallo, and ground beef mixture. I have noticed that I have readers from all over the world so I will try to add appropriate measurements where I can to help you out. Some may wonder what a Pico De Gallo is, it is similar to a salsa, however, it is not as liquid and sauce like as a salsa. Pico De Gallo is also very fresh and you can add what you like to it.

I set up a taco bar, and let the kiddos decide what they want on their tacos. They both request all of the toppings. I love that my kiddos will eat lots of veg. Starting good habits early will carry them through life. That is the hope at least.


Pico De Gallo Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion small dice
  • 2 small tomatoes diced or about 25 heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 seeded jalapeno
  • 1/2 lemon juiced or a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs or Euro 1/2 oz of cilantro chopped – (if you don’t like cilantro leave it out)

Directions:

Dice onions, dice tomatoes, small dice the jalapeno, add all ingredients to bowl. Squeeze lemon over your clean fingers to catch the lemon pips. You want to make sure to add lemon or lime as the acid really will brighten the flavors of your Pico.

Ground Meat Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb or Euro 454 g of ground beef or I also like ground turkey
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 tbs or Euro 1/4 oz ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp or Euro 1/4 oz paprika
  • 1/2 tsp or Euro 1/8 oz of cayenne pepper or ground chipotle pepper (add more if you like spicier)
  • 1/2 cup or Euro 4 oz Beef stock or Turkey stock or Vegetable stock to taste
  • 1/2 seeded small diced jalapeno
  • oil enough to coat bottom of pan
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Dice the onion and saute on med/high till soft and caramelized, add meat, while it is cooking add spices on top. Brown the meat and cook till thoroughly done. Drain extra fat from pan, and add stock. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

Tips:

  • I take corn tortillas and toast them over the open gas flame on my stove.
  • You can add more ingredients to the meat mixture. Granulated/Ground garlic, Cilantro, and ground coriander.

The following is the stats for one taco:

Calories 143, Fat 5.6g, Fiber 1.9g, Carbs 13.3g, Sodium 209.1mg,

Protein 9.6 g

Healthy Lunch…Tuna Avocado Salad…

Healthy lunches… even when you don’t feel like eating. I have days where I am busy, and can’t/don’t think I have time to eat. I have days were I am just not that hungry. However, I know if I don’t eat I will be hangry later, and may make bad decisions. So its best for me to eat something healthy and protein rich instead. It seems to help and I can then make better decisions. I also know that I am working out a great day 5 to 6 days a week.

Today I am going to go run a 25 minute HIIT run, and then do a superset weight lifting workout.



“A superset is a form of strength training in which you move quickly from one exercise to a separate exercise without taking a break for rest in between the two exercises. ”

https://www.verywellfit.com/what-is-a-superset-3120397

The above article is a good quick read if you are interested in supersets. This is the workout I plan on doing.

Workout:

25 minute HIIT run on the treadmill cause we are inundated with snow

  • Stretch, and 3 minute warm up
  • Run for 1 minute at fastest I can run
  • Run for 1 minute at a steady pace but not slowly
  • Repeat above for 6 minutes
  • Run at steady state for 4 minutes
  • Run for 1 minute at fastest I can run
  • Run for 1 minute at a steady pace but not slowly
  • Repeat above for 3 minutes
  • Run at a steady state for 7 minutes
  • Cool down jog for 2 minutes

Weight lifting:

  • Full Squats: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlifts: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Bench Press: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Bent-Over Rows: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Barbell Curls: 3 Sets x 10 Reps
  • Single leg Dips: 3 Sets x 10 Reps
  • Abdominal Work (Leg Raises, Decline Crunches)
  • Full Squats: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlifts: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Bench Press: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Bent-Over Rows: 4 Sets x 8 Reps
  • Barbell Curls: 3 Sets x 10 Reps
  • Single leg Dips: 3 Sets x 10 Reps
  • Abdominal Work (Leg Raises, Decline Crunches)

Tuna Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1 packet of Starkist Tuna Creations
  • 40 g of Sour cream or 2 tbs
  • 10 g of Mayo or 1 tsp
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, or about 1 cup

Directions:

Mix tuna, sourcream and mayo. Salt and pepper to taste, slice tomatoes and cut open avocado.

Calories 495, Fat 36.9g, Fiber 15.1g, Carbs 27.1g, Sodium 447.5mg, Protein 19.6g

I hope you enjoy and have a great day. Thank you for reading. I am off to the gym to get my workout in now.

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My results:

I completed the full 25 minute HIIT run.

Weight lifting: I increased the reps and recorded the weight. Will up the weights next workout.

  • Full Squats: 4 Sets x 10 Reps 40lb
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlifts: 4 Sets x 10 Reps 40lbs
  • Bench Press: 4 Sets x 10 Reps 40 lbs
  • Tripod Bent-Over Rows: 4 Sets x 10 Reps 20 lbs
  • Barbell Curls: 3 Sets x 10 Reps 20lbs
  • Single leg Dips: 3 Sets x 10 Reps
  • Abdominal Work (Leg Raises, Decline Crunches)
Not glamourus photo after workout.

Breakfast during a snow storm…eating healthy no matter what the weather.

Alright its cold outside, and we are having a winter snow storm here. Being snowed in is no reason to not eat well. Some people get snowed in and just throw their hands up and eat anything. Believe me it is tempting to just make some cinnamon rolls and coffee. Wrapped up in my electric blanket… But I had to stay strong. =)

This protein packed avocado toast was my breakfast. It is so tasty and filling.

I have here two pieced of whole grain toast. Two eggs I cooked, 1/2 of an avocado, and about 12 slices of cucumber.

Protein packed avocado toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 12 slices of cucumber or about 33 grams
  • 2 slices of whole grain toast
  • 1/2 tsp of oil to cook eggs in

Direction:

Cook eggs, slice veggies, and toast bread. Assemble with avocado first, it will glue things together, then cucumber, and place a fried egg over top. Enjoy!

Calories472, Fat30.4g, Fiber12.2g, Carbs34.9g, Sodium428.2mg, Protein20.5g