But First…….a small soliloquy about letting go.
One of the very first lessons I learned in Pilates was about letting go. We have muscles, that over time, have built up a memory to hold on because the other muscle that is supposed to be doing to work won’t or can’t. It can create imbalance and sometimes lead to injury over time. The muscle that holds on so tightly will, at some point, run out of strength to hold on any longer.
Life is no different. Our hearts are no different. Holding on to things that no longer serve you will lead to injury. Apparently I’ve been earning my masters degree in letting go over the last two years. Its hard. Everyone’s capacity to hold on is different. Some can go decades holding on. Some can go only days. Some muscles are stronger than others, but eventually they have to let go. What I learned, was that letting go doesn’t mean not caring anymore. Not loving. Or feeling you have to be indifferent to the situation. Its actually the opposite. Its accepting. Its accepting where you are, what you’re given and work with it. Letting go of how you thought it should be. Letting go of what you wanted, to accept that what you need is more important. It sucks ass, right?? I know. I’m working at it everyday too. One day at a time to keep digging that ditch to where you feel like you don’t have to hold on so tight. Accept and let go to move on.
Ok. That’s done.
So we have an Elf on the Shelf. Its a racket. It was given to the kids as a gift. Sometimes I wish the Elf had never made it to the shelf. Acceptance. It’s in our lives now. Anyway, I’m about as good at remembering to move the elf everyday, as my dishwasher is at cleaning the caked on almond butter off the knives. However, a good idea was given to me the other day which had him sitting in the whisk beater of the stand mixer. I had some pumpkin puree, so the elf and I quickly got to work. We made the pumpkin muffins from Smitten Kitchen. Its one of the kids’ favorite morning treats. If you don’t already know about Deb and Smitten Kitchen go check it out. Love everything about her site. Naturally this was a big hit!
The great thing about making the kids happy, is that I had left over pumpkin. One of my favorite treats in the morning, is pumpkin protein pancakes! MMMMM! If you haven’t already heard about Kodiak Cakes….you’ll be happy to know that they are the best thing ever. So many things you can do with this awesome cake mix. I can whip up wholesome, protein packed goodness in a matter of minutes!
The Kodiak Cake mix has a fairly neutral flavor base, like a traditional pancake, so it makes adding whatever flavor you want really easy. You can also add in different flavored protein powders to make them really interesting. I’ve added a vanilla, cinnamon bun and chocolate protein to them.
I’ll show you my top two; pumpkin and vanilla cinnamon.
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
- 53g Kodiak Power Cake Mix
- 46g liquid egg whites
- 40g pumpkin puree
- sprinkle cinnamon to taste
Weigh each ingredient separately into a bowl (making sure to tare your scale in between each ingredient). Stir all ingredients together until mixed thoroughly. Spray skillet or pan with non stick spray (I use a coconut oil spray). Cook until done! (I topped these with Josephs Sugar free maple syrup)
Vanilla Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
- 53g Kodiak Power Cake Mix
- 25g NLA for Her Vanilla Cupcake protein powder
- 3 fl oz Almond Milk
- Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Weigh each ingredient separately into a bowl (making sure to tare your scale in between each ingredient). Stir all ingredients together until mixed thoroughly. Spray skillet or pan with non stick spray (I use a coconut oil spray). Cook until done!
Ok, so since I track my food based on the macronutrients, this is what each one looks like:
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (with sugar free syrup):
264 Calories, 38g of Carbs, 4g of Fat, 20g of Protein, 540mg sodium, 5g sugar
Vanilla Cinnamon Protein Pancakes:
304 Calories, 33g Carbs, 6g of Fat, 28g of Protein, 562mg sodium, 3g sugar
On this mornings Vanilla Cinnamon pancakes, I added a topping of Greek Yogurt with sugar free syrup and cinnamon. OMG……heaven!
The addition of the Greek yogurt and syrup changed the macros a bit:
350 Calories, 37g of carbs, 7g fat, 34g of protein, 584mg sodium, 5g sugar
Not bad!! Such a delicious, filling breakfast. Perfect for the pre-workout meal to fuel your body to help make that workout as strong as possible!
There is no way you will ever feel like you are missing out on pancakes ever again. You could even make a large batch to freeze and store. Ready to pull out of the freezer for a breakfast on the go! Love that! They even sell this mix at my local Costco now. So dash out and get yourself some cakes…..your cakes will thank you.
LET GO of the notion you need to starve to be fit. LET GO of the notion that eating healthy needs to be boring. LET GO of how you thought your fitness journey “should” go. It will not go as you planned. At least not everyday. LET GO of where you’re starting. Instead accept it and know you want something new. LET GO of the fact it make take you a while to get to where you want to be. Accept that fact and just start. You’ll be one day closer to your goal.