LOW CALORIE PANCAKES

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Seeing as last time my pancakes were a little on the high calorie side… This is a low calorie version of pancakes!! It’s so yummy and filling I assure that you won’t be disappointed. ūüôā

Apple pancakes! (This time under 300 calories)

Ingredients:
I/3 cup oats
1 grated apple (I used Fuji)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg (or two egg whites)
Pinch of baking powder
1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

Greek yogurt, cinnamon and chia seeds to serve

Method:
1. Blend together the oats and cinnamon
2. Add the apple, egg and almond milk. Blend
3. Heat the pan to a medium heat
4. Spray with olive oil
5. Cook Le pancakes… You might have to spray before flipping over as well.
6. Voila! Guilt free pancakes!

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HEALTH POST | PANCAKES FOR THE HEALTH NUT

¬† ¬† ¬†After seeing a post on Cassey Ho’s blog I had to try out her two ingredient pancakes!¬†Everyone knows that pancakes are delicious but I do know a few haters out there. Here’s a way to satisfy your pancake craving without compromising health. This recipe isn’t really low calorie but I’m sure you can make it so! I always have a breakfast which is generally higher in calories than my other meals just because I do Insanity straight after breakfast!¬†

¬† ¬† ¬†I was experimenting when I made these pancakes so there’s no set recipe but I’ll try and estimate what the measurements were because I pretty much eyeballed it. Changes in the measurements aren’t going to make a huge amount of difference.¬†

BLUEBERRY & BANANA PANCAKES

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (30g)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon¬†
  • 1 tbs of Philadelphia cream cheese for cooking (could be ricotta, greek yogurt or other creamy goodness)
  • Pinch of baking powder (I didn’t use this but I think it will make them fluffier)
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • Greek yogurt and extra blueberries (to serve)

Method:

  1. Put the banana, oats, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder and any other flavours (peanut butter maybe?) that you want in a blender or something similar. (I used a bowl and a soup blending tool)
  2. Add the cream cheese and blend. 
  3. Add milk slowly until the desired consistency is reached. 
  4. Blend blend blend!
  5. Heat up your pan to about a medium heat. 
  6. Spray with olive oil or any other oil/butter etc. 
  7. Spoon some mixture onto the pan (make sure it’s a bit bigger than your spatula) and let it cook until a number of big bubbles form.
  8. It’s pretty sticky but try to get the pancake onto the spatula, while it’s off the pan re-spray the surface and then flip over the pancake.¬†
  9. Cook until… I don’t know 2-3 minutes? Then pop them on a plate!
  10. Place the remaining berries for sauce in a microwave for about 40 seconds to 1 minutes
  11. Stack up your pancakes and add greek yogurt and the berries
  12. Voila! You’re done!

 

It’s about 522 calories+ without the sauce. I ate about 2/3 of the pancakes for breakfast this morning. So delish!¬†

So tell me if this recipe works! 

ily a trilly!

xx

Mariah

HEALTH POST | SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIES

what’s in today’s smoothie: grape, berries, celery and spinach

¬† ¬† ¬†Hey y’all today I want to talk about a website I found called Simple Green Smoothies.¬†It’s exactly what you think it is: a website about simple green smoothies! It’s run by two women Jadah and Jen who I believe reside in America. It’s a fantastic websites and if you’re interested in health or just love yummy drinks I can highly recommend their website for great tips and tricks for making delicious and healthy smoothies. Click here¬†to go there!

¬† ¬† ¬†I subscribed to their mailing service and got a free booklet in PDF form which tells you a few recipes (it’s just a small collection of what’s on their website) as well as a few tips for creating your own flavour. To me, that was the most helpful part because you probably don’t have the exact ingredients listed in any of their recipes. The ingredient I’ve had the most struggles with is kale- what even is it? It’s related to silverbeet but it’s not readily available in Australia yet a lot of American healthy recipes rely on it such as kale chips so until I find kale or a suitable substitute- we will have to do without. That was really off topic. Oops.

Green smoothies are great for a number of things but for me, it’s mainly:

  • They are super easy to make and take a matter of minutes
  • They are yummy and you don’t feel bad drinking it as you would a milkshake
  • Good source of fibre and plant material (so lots of vitamins!)
  • But¬†you don’t feel like you’re just eating a handful of leaves to get these

I think that it’s a really good way to start your day which will leave you feeling inspired and fresh. I usually do Insanity in the mornings but I would not recommend drinking just¬†a smoothie before working out vigorously as it doesn’t contain many carbohydrates so you may get sick. We don’t want that! Today’s my rest day before I re-start Insanity so I’m having a nice relax and a super duper healthy day.

So what they recommend in making your own flavour is to use the following formula:

(Serves 1) 1.5 cups of fruit, 1 cup of leafy greens and 1 cup of liquid

¬† ¬† ¬†How easy is that?! You can go to their website to find out more about the recommended ingredients and the benefits of each one but I’ll tell you what I made today. I used a cup of spinach, half a cup each of grapes, frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries and cold water from the fridge as my liquid (as per the photo above). I’ve never added much liquid in my smoothies before but now that I’ve added water I have to say it’s a lot better and easier to drink. You don’t have to have a special smoothie blender- I usually just use a bar-mix-type thing but you can use whatever appliance you see fit. Please give green smoothies a try!

     Are you into the green smoothie movement like I am? Or is it just a fad? Tell me your recipes and other things in the comments!

ily a trilly,

Mariah

xx