Runner Girl’s Clean Banana Bread Pancakes

Sometimes…runners have to get in the gym and pump iron. And work. And do work. And keep on keeping on. We grit our teeth and suck it up because we all just want to run. But every runner knows that he or she can’t just run and get by. Heck no. I have to do a certain strength routine every day and weight sessions twice a week. There’s so much to the mechanics of running, and that’s why I’ll put that up in a separate post πŸ˜‰

My workout today:

  • 30 minute elliptical session
  • 3×20 kettleball squats
  • 3×12 single leg deadlift
  • 3x 1 minute wall sits with stability ball between legs
  • 3×20 4 way straight-leg raises with 5 lb. ankle weights
  • 4x 1 minute planks
  • 3x 1 minute side planks each side
  • 3×20 mountain climbers with kettleball
  • 3×12 tricep kickbacks
  • 3×12 bicep curls
  • 3×15 stability ball hip extension
  • 3×20 stability ball tuck-ins (as Β I call them)
  • 3x failure Scorpion (feet on bench, in plank position, bring knee to chest, over to other arm, put leg back, repeat)

After a VERY good, hard workout this morning, I came home and couldn’t decide what kind of protein pancakes to make….then I remembered my famous banana bread and decided to make a banana bread pancake!!

Oh, and is it GOOD.

Sorry, but you guys have got to try this at home.

Clean Banana Bread PancakesΒ image

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp. milk OR 2 tbsp. applesauce
  • Water as desired for consistency
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 scoop vanilla soy protein isolate (or any vanilla whey protein powder)
  • Almost whole medium banana (leave a little to put slices on top!)
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt for filling

First, mash the banana with a fork (mine was not overly ripe, and it doesn’t have to be! Just has to be a ripe, yellow banana). Combine your dry ingredients first with the banana, then the water, milk or applesauce, vanilla extract. Once it all looks very well combined (will be some lumps from banana), then spray your pan and turn on stove to medium-high. Mine made around 4 small pancakes; make whatever size you would like.

As you stack the pancakes when you are all done, take a butter knife and spread a little bit of the Greek yogurt in between each one! Then on the top, add some sliced banana left over πŸ™‚

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Have a great Thursday!

xoxo

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Skinny PB Ginger Cookies

As promised, I had found TWO healthy peanut butter cookie recipes. So I am now posting that second one πŸ™‚ I like this cookie better because I am such a spice person! Anyone else this way? I love ginger cookies, pumpkin spice bread, pumpkin spice anything, cinnamon anything, etc. This is a nice fluffy cookie with peanut butter and a hint of ginger, and I added molasses! Only a teaspoon, but I think the molasses is kind of necessary πŸ™‚

Link to the cookies as created by chocolate covered Katie:

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/12/11/peanut-butter-gingerbread-chocolate-chunk-cookies/

Skinny PB Ginger Cookies

Look how pretty they are…don’t they look so light and fluffy??

Peanut Butter Gingerbread Cookies

(with optional choc. chips)

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or Sunbutter, almond butter, cashew butter)
  • 1/2-1 tsp powdered ginger (this all depends on how much you like your spices!)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (Katie uses Sucanat and says that it makes the cookies taste more similar to gingerbread, but I have never bought this before! Will have to try it)
  • 1 tbsp of sugar (OR 1 NuNaturals stevia packet, or add 1 extra tbsp of the sucanat)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp flour, I added an extra tablespoon, hers only calls for 3 (spelt, white, ww pastry, and gf all-purpose are all fine)
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 2-4 tbsp chocolate chunks, or chips, or broken-up chocolate bar (this is optional, I only added in a few!)
  • 2 tbsp milk or 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp. molasses, this is my personal addition and it helped the cookies taste more like gingerbread!
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Don’t preheat your oven yet because you will want to chill the dough first!!

Just like my other PB cookie recipe, mix your dry ingredients in a large or even medium-sized bowl: brown sugar (Sucanat), sugar, ginger, baking soda, flour, salt. Once this is all mixed very well, add the vanilla, milk or applesauce, peanut butter or nut butter, molasses, and the chocolate chips if you want them! Katie says to chill them at least 30 minutes in the fridge, but I just did the 10 minutes in the freezer and they turned out great πŸ™‚

Now preheat your oven to 350Β° and stick your dough in the freezer for 10 or fridge for 30 minutes. Lightly spray the cookie sheet and form balls out of the dough (makes 12-16 cookies depending on how you roll them). Bake for just 8 minutes! Again they will look underdone, but this is fine!! Leave them on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes and then remove.

Trust me, these are so good, and check out the nutrition facts on these little tastes of heaven!

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/pb-gingerbread-cookies-calories-and-nutrition-facts/

Enjoy your warm cookies on this bitter, cold day! Great to have with coffee in my personal opinion. Bundle up and stay healthy!

Skinny PB Ginger Cookies 2

First Blog Post and First Blog?!

January 1st, 2015. A lot of firsts for me today! I am officially publishing my first post, and I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am to join the blogging family πŸ™‚

But it looks hard, gosh does it look hard. How on earth will people find me under the thousands and thousands of other cool blogs? And I don’t have the money to just spend aimlessly to make my blog high-tech and super sophisticated.

However, with my fears aside, I know that I have a lot to share with you guys! I know that I can’t wait to share my workouts, motivation, recipes, and daily posts with you! I would love to be a trainer, so I hope to kind of live that through this if you all will let me πŸ™‚

At the same time, not everything on my blog will be all fitness/nutrition either. Which is the point of my blog. I want to write about life and running. I might vent about being a junior in college and how poor I am; I might share really thought-provoking posts. I might share ideas that just popped in my head, and I wanted to get them on here. The point is, I have so much to say, and I can’t wait to begin!

Let the New Year ring; I am ready for 2015.

Some things you should know about me besides running:

I love dogs, well my whole family loves dogs.

This is Meeko! He's only 2 and follows me around constantly :) The puppies need sweaters because Illinois is a frozen tundra, and they are little dogs...we can't have them freezing!
This is Meeko! He’s only 2 and follows me around constantly πŸ™‚ The puppies need sweaters because Illinois is a frozen tundra, and they are little dogs…we can’t have them freezing!
This is Scout, the older of my two Yorkies. He is almost 4 years old and is rocking a cheetah sweater on the right.
This is Scout, the older of my two Yorkies. He is almost 4 years old and is rocking a cheetah sweater on the right.

Β I love smoothies….a lot.

Pure fruit smoothies. Mango, strawberry, berry, banana, orange, anything!!! I have also been seriously asked if I am a fruititarian or not...
Pure fruit smoothies. Mango, strawberry, berry, banana, orange, anything!!! I have also been seriously asked if I am a fruititarian or not…

Β I am kind of a transcendentalist.

Well, not necessarily. Because I am also too extroverted to be a true one. But I do love nature. You all will see this soon, but sometimes certain changes of the season or a pretty flower can make my whole day. Or beautiful sunrises like this on my run :)
Well, not necessarily. Because I am also too extroverted to be a true one. But I do love nature. You all will see this soon, but sometimes certain changes of the season or a pretty flower can make my whole day. Or beautiful sunrises like this one on my run πŸ™‚

I am a coffee lover through and through.

I'm a coffee lover!!! No I don't really drink it black....I just like this shot. I drink coffee typically at one point in my day every day, but during the semester, I easily drink coffee twice a day to keep me sane and focused :)
No I don’t really drink it black….I just like this shot. I drink coffee typically at one point in my day every day, but during the semester, I easily drink coffee twice a day to keep me sane and focused πŸ™‚ What are your favorite flavors/drinks? My fave is a grande (medium) Americano with 3 pumps of white mocha. It’s one pump less than the usual, and this drink keeps the bold flavor while still being sweet and savory!