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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Question: What is better than chocolate and peanut butter?

Answer: Nothing. Nothing is better than chocolate and peanut butter. It’s pretty much the best food combination ever invented. Ever.
I realize that protein pancakes have been around forever and I am a little late jumping on the protein pancake bandwagon, but it seems like I’m that way with many things. The important thing is that I have finally discovered the goodness that is protein pancakes.

I was always worried that they would taste too “eggy”, but they don’t. I have made them with oats and without oats and neither version tastes too eggy, although I prefer the version with oats.

I decided to experiment a bit in the kitchen this morning and came up with a delicious chocolate peanut butter protein pancake recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes     Serves: 1


  • 1/4 cups oats (I used Quaker Oats Perfect Portions)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • approx. 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used one packet of Cellucor chocolate protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp. PB2


  1. Mix oats and water in a bowl. Microwave approx. 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in egg whites, protein powder, and PB2.
  3. Cook on a hot pan for approx. 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Calories (without toppings): 229 calories     Protein: 30 grams

I topped my pancakes with organic blue agave maple syrup and blueberries.

Today’s Workout

  • Women on Weights Class – 45 minutes (core and legs)

I pretty sure my legs are dead. After doing BodyPump two days in a row and working on legs in women on weights class today, I can no longer move my legs.

Post workout, I had my last cookies and cream Quest bar.

I have to stop by GNC and pick some more of these up. I also want to get a few of the cookie dough flavor, but last time I was there, they weren’t in stock.


Yesterday for lunch, I used up some tilapia taco mix that I had from Whole Foods.

It was so delicious that I was still thinking about tacos today. Luckily, I had the ingredients at home to whip up my own fish tacos.

I used Mahi Mahi, red and green pepper, red onions, and Mrs. Dash salt free taco seasoning. I topped the tacos with mango salsa from Whole Foods. The salsa is really good, but so spicy. I try to pick around the hot peppers.

Mexican food is my all time favorite. I could eat it every single day.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What food could you eat every day and not get sick of it? I could eat tacos and chocolate :)
  • Favorite food combo? Mine is chocolate and pb and bagelwiches with jelly.



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Gluten Free Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes

Yesterday, I started the 28-day Grain Brain Challenge. Basically, it’s gluten-free, lower carb diet, low sugar eating. I say lower carb because I am definitely eating a lot less carbs than I used too, but I wouldn’t exactly call it low-carb. Just lower carb :)

I went to Whole Foods and the regular grocery store over the weekend to pick up some food items. I was excited because I found a recipe for gluten-free pumpkin muffins and gluten-free pancakes using almond flour/meal.

I didn’t buy the almond flour at Whole Foods because it was so expensive and I’ve seen it at our local grocery store for less. So, I stopped at the grocery store to pick it up and it was sold out. Oh, well. So, I went to another grocery store and they didn’t even carry it.

Yesterday morning, I went to Target to get almond flour, and they were also sold out. I  was just getting aggregated by this point. Three stores and no almond flour?!

I finally found almond flour at a different Target last night. I used it in a pancake recipe this morning.

Some of the things I picked up at the store:

  • Udi’s gluten-free bread
  • chunky peanut butter
  • pumpkin seeds
  • almond and pecans
  • flaxseed
  • canned pumpkin
  • romaine lettuce
  • baby greens
  • celery
  • green pepper
  • cucumber
  • broccoli
  • zucchini
  • gluten-free pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Muenster cheese
  • eggs
  • baking powder and baking soda
  • organic olive oil cooking spray
  • flakers – flax seed “crackers”

Yesterday wasn’t too hard – my meals seem smaller, so I think I am going to have to eat more smaller meals or bigger snacks so that I don’t get hungry.

I had one piece of Udi’s gluten-free bread for breakfast with peanut butter and egg whites. I have never had gluten-free bread before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was delicious! I could see myself eating this on a normal basis…I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.


Something that was not good? The flackers.


The first bite I tried wasn’t too bad. I poured some out onto a plate with some sliced cheese and tried to eat them. I couldn’t. I can’t even describe the taste, but it was bad. Sorry flackers. I had to throw my plate away. But this point I was pretty hungry and needed something quick to eat, so I grabbed celery sticks with chunky peanut butter.


I think I am going to have to get some more food because I was a little hungry yesterday.


Since I was able to find the almond flour yesterday, I made almond flour pecan pumpkin pancakes this morning for breakfast.


Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes – Makes approx. 6-8 small/medium pancakes


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp. crushed pecans
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup almond milk



  1. Mix together almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and pecans in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, and almond milk.
  3. Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  4. Pour batter on a hot skillet and cook 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. Add your favorite topping – peanut butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit – and enjoy!

This was my first time having almond flour and while I found the texture to be a bit different than regular pancakes, I still thought they were good. I topped mine with peanut butter but I think they’d be much better with maple syrup!


Today’s Workout

  • Stretching – 10 minutes
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

I debated going to Butts and Guts this morning because of my hip/quad pain but I really miss that class, so I went and just took it a little easier than normal. According to my heart rate monitor, I still burned 522 calories. Not bad!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Did you workout today?
  • Have you ever had almond flour?
  • Pancakes, waffles, or French toast? I think I would pick French toast!




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More Pancakes, More Working Out, and More Salad

As promised, I had pumpkin pancakes again this morning. What can I say? They’re delicious. However, this morning I decided to change them up a bit and add peanut butter.

What’s better than pumpkin, peanut butter, and chocolate? Nothing.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t really taste the peanut butter all that much. I probably added too small of an amount, but I didn’t want the calorie count too high. So, I decided that next time, I’ll add the peanut butter to the top of the pancakes rather than mix in into the batter.

They were still delicious though.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.5 miles treadmill
  • BodyPump – 30 minutes

I had to leave BodyPump early this morning because I had a dentist appointment at 10 am. No cavities, thank you very much. And I got a new purple toothbrush. I lead an exciting life, I know.

After the dentist, I ran a few errands. I went to the store and got a birthday card for my grandparent’s 75th birthdays! Their party is tomorrow, so we will be in Wisconsin all day.

Then, I stopped at the doctor to pick up a prescription and to make flu shot appointments for the kids. Somehow I got suckered into making flu shot appointments for Danny and me too. Gah. I hate shots. Especially shots that make you feel like you’ve been punched in the arm. But I figured since the kids have to get them, I should set a good example and get one too. That’s dumb. I’m the mom. I should be able to do what I want.

After the doctor, I went to Mariano’s and made a salad for lunch. I have been on such a salad kick lately. That probably explains why I went to Saladworks two days in a row. But I wanted Danny to try it out because I liked it so much. He got a southwest type salad and he wasn’t all that impressed with it. Jeesh. I guess that’s not too surprising since he didn’t even know what a vegetable was before he met me.

Whatever. I still like Saladworks.

I topped my Mariano’s salad with veggies, crab, a few noodles, and some fruit.

I got some chocolate covered cranberries for dessert.

For the record, cranberries are better than raisins.

While, I was at Mariano’s, I decided to be a good mom and get Jacob his favorite meal for dinner – lasagna and sourdough bread.

Maybe you’re wondering why I didn’t get Jaden his favorite meal? It’s because Jaden hates all foods except chocolate chip pancakes.

The kids probably won’t eat the mashed potatoes or the potato pancake that came with the lasagna, but it was $6 for the lasagna itself or $6 for the lasagna with two sides. Hmmm…wonder what I should do?

And now I’ll probably be forced to eat that delicious yummy looking potato pancake because no one else will. The sacrifices us moms make.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you get a flu shot?
  • When was the last time you went to the dentist?
  • Any plans this weekend?
  • Raisins or cranberries…or chocolate?


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Running Outside

It is a beautiful Sunday here in Chicagoland. The weather is perfect and gorgeous. I can’t wait for spring to get here!

The day started out right with some whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes.


I made Jaden’s pancake in the shape of a “j”. I think he ate four bites of it before declaring that it wasn’t a real “j” because it wasn’t crossed at the top. Geesh, all that hard “j” making work for nothing.

Today the kids went to Chuck E. Cheese with Grandma, so Danny and I decided that it was the perfect day to run outside. I haven’t run outside in months! The weather was so beautiful, there was no way I couldn’t run outside. Before we left, I used the calf stretcher, foam roller, rolled my foot over a golf ball, and used the balance board.

Danny and I went to the outdoor circular trail that I usually run on during the spring and summer. I was able to jog/run about two miles without stopping, except to run to my car really quick to grab my water cup. I walked the last mile, completing a little over 3 miles.

The water fountains weren’t on yet, and I am the kind of person that needs water when I run. Since they weren’t on, I grabbed my hot pink to-go water cup from the car and left it behind a lamp-post, so I could grab a quick drink on my next lap. I finished up my second mile, dying for water, and as I approached the spot where I left my cup, I can see that it’s gone!

I thought that Danny maybe grabbed it, but when he lapped me (he’s fast), he didn’t have it. Then I was pissed that someone stole my water cup. It turns out that we saw some lady with it, and told her that it was my cup. I think that maybe she grabbed it, thinking that it was garbage, and didn’t want to leave it just sitting there. But really, who does that?! It’s a hard plastic, hot pink cup. It’s not like it’s some paper cup from a drive-thru. And she poured all my water out! Grr…At least I got my cup back.

After two miles, my calves were so tight and my Achilles tendons (I think) were killing me. I guess all that stretching and foam rolling didn’t help as much as I thought. That’s why I ended up walking the last mile.

After running, we went inside the building that’s there, and I saw this little set-up for the Dine and Dash 5k relay race!

I love that they have fake plastic food out. I’m pretty sure that the stuff that was supposed to be ice cream was actually cauliflower.

I am getting pretty excited for this race. I don’t think I will be able to run it very fast at all because of my calves, but I think it’ll be a lot of fun.

After picking up the kids from the second best place on earth, we went to Portillo’s for some post-run food. I had a garden salad with their house dressing, which is the best dressing I have ever had.

And we also shared a cheese fry. You can’t go to Portillo’s and not get fries. I’m pretty sure that it’s a law.

Well, I’m off to enjoy some more of this beautiful weather!

Questions of the day:

  • Did you do anything outside today?
  • Do you like french fries? I love them. I tried to give them up once, but it didn’t work. At all.
  •  Do you like running outside or on a treadmill?


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BodyPump x3


Last night I went to BodyPump for the third time this week. Holy smokes, is my body tired! But I knew that I wouldn’t be able to workout the next few days with Christmas coming up, so I decided to squeeze one more workout in last night.

I’ve been doing BodyPump since October and I have already seen more definition in my arms. I worked out in the gym for years and never saw definition in my arms, but three months of BodyPump has made a difference. It’s pretty cool. Now I just have to work on my lower half…

After my workout, I drank some chocolate milk for carbs and proteins for my sore muscles. Chocolate milk is actually a great post workout drink, better than water or sports drinks. You can read a great article from Fitness Magazine on the benefits of chocolate milk.


This morning, I made a big batch of chocolate chip pancakes for my son and me. I feel like I have a chocolate theme going on in my life. We ate a few pancakes and froze the rest for later.

Who says you can’t use a Halloween cup in December?!

Now we’re heading out to finish last-minute Christmas shopping and grocery shopping. Then later this afternoon, my son has a follow-up doctor appointment from his tonsil surgery. Luckily, he seemed to recover really fast from his surgery.

Only two more days until Christmas!

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You Ain’t Getting Nothing for Christmas

There will be no Body Pump class this morning. Sad, I know. The kid’s are off of school this week. And there is no way that I am paying $10 for the kid’s room – that’s more than the class costs.

I don’t remember ever getting a whole week off of school for Thanksgiving when I was a kid. Usually we just got Thursday and Friday off. I guess the teachers have conferences this week, so that’s why there’s no school.

I always make sure that I take the last conference time spot, if available. That way I don’t have to worry about rushing the conference. Usually 30 minutes is allotted for each parent and sometime I feel that the conference gets rushed because the teacher has to be ready for the next parent.

But if I take the last time spot, I can talk all I want and only having to worry about the teacher cussing me out because she just wants to go home, rather than having to cut the conference short because another parent is waiting.

I am hoping to squeeze in the Body Pump class tomorrow night since I can’t go during the day this week. We shall see because it’s a busy week with Thanksgiving coming up!

So, Danny got his car back from the mechanic yesterday. It was leaking gas, remember? Well, the mechanic tells Danny that he can’t find a gas leak anywhere and that will be $350, please.

I hate cars.

So, if you were expecting a Christmas present from me, you will be getting one Ricola cough drop as your present. Make it last.

For breakfast today, I made whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes.

Sadly, they didn’t have any pumpkin, but they were just as delicious.

Not to be outdone, my son decided that he also needed a picture of his pancakes after he had already eaten most of them. So, he took his pancakes outside to photographed too. I think I have a future blogger on my hands.

What is your favorite breakfast food?

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