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protein protein protein and a life lesson

2 May

photoTrust. It’s something we all battle with. Trusting, caring for and loving people. I know I have issues with it, not the caring for and loving part, but the trusting part. People come in and our of our lives for a reason. They either teach us something, take a piece of our heart with them, give us a life lesson, or leave us with a life lesson. At 30, I’ve had people come in and out of my life constantly, but learning to trust the next person is what is most important. OR even learning to re-trust the person that comes in and out.

I have a couple people that like to pop in and out of my life every couple months. I still am not 100% sure why, I assume its because I am awesome, but I never truly know. Hopefully they can figure out in what aspect they would like me in their lives. I know what I want, it’s their turn to figure out what they want.

But this is what life is all about, right? Trusting, loving, caring and growing. I don’t think it’s about our career paths, how much money we do or do not make, the clothes we own, the cars we drive, the mundane things that fill up our lives, but I think it’s about relationships and friendships. I know that when I grow old, I want my friends and family there by my side, not my school books, job, or material things. I want relationships. There are many people in my life who have yet to learn that, and I hope I can teach them how special humans can be. Or maybe how special I can be. I know that someday I’ll make someone happy, until then, I have to keep wadding through the mucky water to find that person.

But that goes without saying about friendships as well. I am VERY lucky for the friendships in my life, even if I only have 2-3 really close friends. We all sometimes take our friendships for granted. I’ve learned that a great deal lately as well. That sometimes, we need to step back and appreciate each other. Friends are important to me. I consider my friends my family since my family is all over the United States. We all are so constantly going after our dreams and what we want, we forget about the people that make that happen. The people that support us. I mean if I lived in my own personal dream, I’d own my farm to table children’s cooking school right now. BUT, that hasn’t happened yet. So I need to keep growing and dreaming and make sure the people that are growing with me are acknowledged, always. I am one of those people that wears my heart on my sleeve, so maybe you should too every once in awhile. So if you have time, and I know this isn’t my normal humorous post, take a second and tell someone how much you care about them, you’ll thank me later.

Completely unrelated, or maybe more related, I’m learning to love myself again. My body doesn’t like it though, that’s for sure. I’m definitely working out more, but we can’t change what our bodies want to do, or have control over it, but if we can take the reigns and eat healthy and workout, well, that’s half the battle, our body does the rest, and if you know me, as a Virgo, not having control over something drives me nuts. But, I’m learning to finally live with my curves, and the fact I have a booty….I mean this is the only body I’ll ever have. I’m working to make it the best it can be, but like most women, I need to accept it as it is as well. I’ll always be a short, petite, curvy, muscly girl, just the way life is. Genetics, damn those genetics. Haha!

Here’s where this recipe comes in.

In trying to eat healthy, I am trying to be more cognizant about the protein I put in my body. If any of you know me, you know that I am a veggie lover. Fruits and vegetables have always been my thing. And carbs…damn those carbs, but since I barely eat gluten anymore, if any, the carbs have pretty much ceased to exist. I found out I should, at 5 feet tall, 133 lbs, be getting 92 grams of protein a day! Well there’s no way I get that! So this breakfast is an easy, yummy, and good way to get it, and curb your sweet tooth a little bit! Enjoy! This is so super easy!

PROTEIN PANCAKE WITH PLAIN GREEK YOGURT AND BERRIES

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein. I use JAI performance plant power repair formula, it’s free of corn, yeast, wheat, soy, gluten, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. ARIA protein powder isn’t bad either and you can find that anywhere
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon organic, local honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • greek yogurt
  • nut butter of your choice
  • berries of your choice

Heat your skillet, I like to use a small skillet that is “pancake” sized, on medium/low heat. this pancake is fragile, so it could burn quickly on the bottom without the top cooking. Mash your banana REALLY good and mix it with your whisked eggs, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. In a bowl, scoop your protein powder, 1 large scoop or 2 small scoops, add your almond milk, and egg/banana/spice mixture. Now, if your mixture if too thick, add more almond milk until you get it to a thick, but still a little sloppy, pancake batter thickness.

Pour your “pancake” in your skillet. It will most likely fill the entire skillet, that’s why I use a small skillet. Once you see it bubble and the edges look cooked, flip it. NOTE: If it doesn’t flip and falls apart, that’s ok! That’s happened to me before, just starts mashing it all up in the pan like you make scrambled eggs, you’ll then have almost a banana bread-like tasting oatmeal that you can eat the same way!

Once it’s cooked, flip it on your plate, and top it with greek yogurt and berries! Yum! You can  eat this SO many ways. You could add raw cocoa powder and a little more honey to make a chocolately pancake for dessert, you could top it with PB&J, almond butter and more bananas….the options are endless and you are getting a ridiculous amount of protein! EAT UP, lovelies!

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