Happy Friyay! It's the start of the weekend!!! When I was little, the weekend = pancakes and it definitely still does for me but I need some lasting energy that'll propel me through the day and into the night. So, I go for these guys ^ ^ ^ Wow! Don't those look amazing?! Would you have guessed that they're actually pretty healthy? Containing lots of filling fiber and protein and healthy fats? And gluten free? And taste delicious? Too good to be true!
Here's my easy recipe:
1/3 cup oats (blitzed until powdery)
1 scoop vanilla Vega protein (this is plant-based protein. If you're not that into protein powders, just use 1/2 cup oats instead 1/3 and mix in a little stevia, honey, or maple syrup)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 egg white
Now, just mix the dry and wet ingredients together and pour into an oiled pan on medium/high heat. I like coconut oil but you can use butter too! Flip when the side down is golden brown and there are little bubbles around the edges of the pancake. After flipping, check if that side is golden brown too and cut into the pancake with your spatula to see if the middle has cooked. This recipe makes about 3 regular sized pancakes. When I've cooked all my pancakes, I like to cut up half a banana on top and spread about a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter (love Whole Food's pb!) on each cake and melt a piece of 85% dark chocolate in between them. The peanut butter and dark chocolate provide healthy fats and make the meal more filling overall. For nutritional info, feel free to ask.
Y U M ! Enjoy your pancakes and your weekend!
Next on the agenda... Melanie's Ballet Flow class! I took it for the first time yesterday and loved how she combined yoga and ballet for a relaxing and toning class.
The room was dimly lit and there was soft piano music playing. We started the class lying down and stretching out our limbs, taking poses like happy baby. Then, Melanie took us through a flow from standing into baby cobra and back into child's pose, waking up our bodies. She started off the ballet portion of the class with demi pliés focuses on each leg and then both, finally taking us into a grand plié and back up onto our tip-toes. The positions involved balance and focus; Melanie was the perfect guide, while also challenging us to shift our balance on to one foot or the other. After these positions, she took us through the flow again. Later on in the class, she added other challenging moves like chair pose, pictured above, to help tone the thighs and glutes. We went through another salutation and then into warrior two, with one leg forward and our bodies positioned towards the side of the room. She moved us from this yoga pose into another pose called goddess pose, which is also similar to a grand plié in second position! We completed the class with shavasana, resting pose, which was totally relaxing and rejuvenating. The class was a great combination of lengthening and strengthening poses. I left with better posture and in a better mood! Thanks Melanie!
Melanie's Ballet Flow class takes place at TADA on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
That's all for today! Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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