As silly as I feel typing out these words, I have to admit that despite the curve balls that life has thrown at us lately there’s always something to smile about--even if they are the smallest things that we usually take for granted in our daily lives. Wouldn’t you agree? Greg and I have been preoccupied with unexpected events that transpired this past week. Although the emotional side of it is not quite over yet because there’s still a lot more to take care of, the bright side is that we’ll have the opportunity to show love to some people who are very dear to us as they have been facing extremely difficult times. More than anything, we’re super thankful that we have God to lean on because without His help we would be trudging along on an empty tank, and an empty tank is something we do not want in times like these!
In the midst of all the busyness, however, I’ve been learning to take care of myself and still enjoy the simple, beautiful things in life! At least to the best of my abilities.
Take for example this stack of pancakes. They may seem like the overrated diner pancakes that you used to order as a kid (or maybe still do), but the fact of the matter is that they’re super healthy pancakes that are hearty yet pillowy-like-white-clouds. I think that these are a great alternative for those who need gluten free cakes. And hey…I hear that oats help in the nursing department so I’m trying to get them in my diet as much as I can. Yeap, that’s my excuse story and I’m sticking to it.
Pillowy Oat Pancakes
Makes 2 servings or 1 large serving
1 C oat flour (I processed rolled oats)
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP chia seeds
1 whole banana
1 large egg
2 TBSP greek yogurt
3 TBSP milk of choice (or more to thin it out)
oil spray for skillet
- Add the oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and chia seeds into a food processor or a Magic Bullet. Pulse it until the chia seeds are pulverized.
- Add the banana, egg, yogurt, and milk to the flour mixture and pulse it while stopping a few times to scrape the sides. Add more milk if you want a thinner batter.
- Immediately heat up a large skillet on medium heat and spray it with oil. Let it sit for 30 seconds and start to pour the batter onto the skillet. I prefer to spoon them with a 1/4 C measuring cup, but the size is up to you.
- Top, drizzle, and enjoy!
Lately I’ve been enjoying some foods that are truly worth mentioning—some of them being new and some of them making a comeback after a long hiatus.
Up until now I had only heard of the great benefits and taste of Hemp seeds. These hemp seeds by Manitoba Harvest are so chewy and soft, and they taste extra nutty full of good-for-your-heart fatty goodness. I’ve been using them as toppings on my morning oatmeal, yogurt and cottage cheese mixes along with the Kind granola that you see above. Now, I’ve always been a huge fan of Kind snack bars because of the ingredients and amazing taste, and I have to give them some recognition for succeeding with their extra crunchy granola recipe.
Cottage cheese has made its way back into my life, and so has PB&CO's Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. Mmmm.
Ballet Body: Total Body Review
Another thing that is worthy mentioning is Leah Sarago’s new Ballet Body: Total Body DVD!
I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Leah definitely knows her stuff and has such a creative way of going about fitness. I just cannot rave enough about her knowledge of the human physique because her techniques clearly rend results in building up “elongated” and graceful looking muscles.
Going back a few weeks ago when I was hosting the Ballet Body giveaway, I was pleasantly surprised when I tore open the package that contained the giveaway DVDs. Not only had she sent me a sweet hand written note, but she also sent me her newest Total Body DVD as a little gift of appreciation. As soon as I unwrapped it, I popped it into the DVD player and gave the upper body segment a try. Needless to say, I was instantly hooked and knew that this workout would be going into my weekly fitness rotation. Here’s a brief rundown of the routine.
- All you really need is a yoga mat, 2-5 lb. dumbbells, and a sturdy chair or a waist-high bar or stand.
- The total routine is about 75 minutes long and each segment is broken up so that you can choose what you want if you’re in a hurry: 20 minutes of upper, core, and lower body. There’s also a great 10 minute stretching segment.
- The movements transition rather quickly so the workout seems shorter than it really is.
- The upper routine is very challenging and contains a variety of push-up and plank inspired movements. The dumbbells are used to mimic swan arm type of movements.
- The lower routine is comprised of plies, releves, and countless of pulses. It does a great job at working the hips, glutes, hamstrings, inner thighs, and more.
- Instruction is not voice-over like the other DVDs. Leah actually instructs and gives alternative modifications as she performs each exercise.
- Great for beginners because it contains so many eclectic movements, so long as they go at their own pace and fitness level.
- Makes you one sweaty dancer (wannabe) at the end of the workout! It provides a good amount of cardiovascular benefits.
So there you have it! I’ll be more than willing to answer any additional questions you may have so don’t be shy. :)
What food or food products are new to you right now?
Do you actually like diner pancakes?
-Depends where it’s from and how hearty they are.