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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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Hot Pockets

I am a sandwich lover. I can hardly go one day without a sandwich at lunchtime; I just never want anything else! And there is just way too much you can do with a sandwich–the possibilities seemingly endless. Especially when you have an awesome sandwich grill.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Hot Pockets

So here is one of my creations! I have a Cuisinart Sandwich Grill (which I got for Christmas one year…shows how much I love sandwiches) and you may not have one at home. Simply put yours on a flat pan over the stove and flip it like a pancake. If you have a panini maker or anything like that; use it for this recipe! The idea is just to have a warm sandwich because who doesn’t want a warm sandwich when it’s frozen solid outside?! And it’s a buffalo chicken “hot pocket”…so it needs to be hot.

Sandwich Grill

This is my lovely sandwich grill I got for Christmas (a year ago, not this past Christmas) and I have made a lot of gems with this thing! It’s only 20 bucks, very manageable, and a purchase that I promise you won’t regret after you see these!

Use whole wheat Pocket Thins, just in your grocery's store normal bread aisle. At your deli, ask for the deli buffalo chicken. Ours is called Boar's Head.

Sandwich Ingredients 2

I love mustard, and believe it or not, buffalo sauce and mustard go together. It gives the sandwich extra flavor, and you’ll find out that this sandwich knows no lack in flavor!

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Hot Pockets

  • 3 slices deli buffalo chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons of low-fat cheddar cheese (based off preference)
  • Half of a full pocket thin (they are naturally serrated in half as semi-circles, so just break one off)
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Mustard
  • Optional (but so worth it!!) A sprinkle of chopped chives!!

Plug in your: Sandwich grill, panini maker, turn on stove and warm pan, whatever appliance you will be using!

First, break the deli buffalo chicken slices in halves or fourths, then lay them in your pocket thin. (it’s gonna be stuffed) You can drizzle your sauce and mustard as you lay the meat down. Then sprinkle your cheese in, making sure it gets in the middle, bottom, in between. Same with the chives.

If you are using the sandwich grill:

Cuisanart Sandwich Maker

I laid my sandwich literally ACROSS this maker. Because the pocket doesn’t fit in like normal bread but this is perfectly fine! Because you end up getting these crazy awesome hot pockets when you just lay it in the middle horizontally!

And then you have it:

Sandwich Finished Product

This incredible looking sandwich that resembles a quesadilla triangle or a hot pocket πŸ™‚

And this sandwich maker, guys I’m telling you, you have to get! It makes the sandwich so hot and melty on the inside with this crunchy shell on the outside! So good, you’ll never, ever go back to the microwave ones.

Your welcome. Have a great day everyone, stay healthy and happy!!

xoxo

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!