So, did everyone have a fantabulous Sunday? I hope so! Hopefully you had some nice weather to enjoy as well!
When I first woke up this morning it was gloomy and raining…which later turned into gloomier and pouring, but after a few hours the sun peaked out and I was able to enjoy another run outside! I ran 2.5 miles in about 22 minutes and then did 20 minutes of ab work since I am waaaaaay too sore after my
beating workout with Jackie yesterday to even think about picking up a dumbbell! Ahhh, my shoulders hurt so good!
For breakfast this morning, I whipped up a batch of what else…pancakes! It seemed that the rain sucked all of my creative juices out this morning, so I turned to the ever talented Katie for some pancake inspiration. I knew when I first saw her Red Velvet Pancakes a few weeks ago that I would have to try them for myself. What better way to perk up a gloomy rainy day than a plate of pillowy chocolate?
I followed Katie’s recipe exactly only adding in 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder and using one tablespoon of cocoa powder instead of two. I whipped up a quick cream cheese spread as my filling/topping and topped the whole thing with some grated semi-sweet chocolate.
Quick Cream Cheese Spread:
- 3 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
- 4 drops vanilla cream stevia drops
- a splash of vanilla extract
- enough milk to achieve desired consistency (I used unsweetened almond milk)
Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy.
I added about 8 drops of vanilla cream stevia drops to the batter and it provided just the right amount of sweetness to the pancakes! I’ve yet to have a recipe of Katie’s disappoint so I wasn’t surprised by the deliciousness of these babies!
After my run, I decided to further the testing of my collard greens to see if they deserve to replace my lovely spinach in the future. Let me introduce to you, the newest green smoothie on the block!
Collard Greens Monster: (serves 1)
- 2 handfuls chopped collard greens
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (I used PB&Co White Chocolate Wonderful)
Blend, blend, blend!
Wha? Do I have something on my face?
Verdict? Good, but definitely not my spinach! It was one of those smoothies that grows on you. At first, all I tasted was the bite of the collards, but after a few sips, it was smoother and sweeter.
For dinner tonight, I chose a different way to get some green. Before the “spinach incident” at Sam’s yesterday, I managed to snag a 3lb bag of broccoli! Hmm, wonder what THEY would taste like in a smoothie??
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go partake in the crunching of some fantastic homemade cereal. It’s ok, Mama told me to!
What’s your favorite cereal?
Mine is definitely Quaker Oatmeal Squares, but I don’t buy them often since 1 box only lasts a few days around me! Oops!