Well hello there,
I hope your hump day's going well.
Last night, I had a delicious dinner at work:
Salad with a side of well done salmon + wheat bread dipped in oil and vinegar.
While it definitely hit the spot, it didn't even COME CLOSE to the satiating experience that was this morning...
I wanted desperately to incorporate my new jar of delicious homemade pumpkin butter:
(It turned out quite well- the fresh apple juice is very present and I don't mind that one bit)
Hmmm, pumpkin pancakes? Nah, too much pumpkin. Toast with pumpkin butter? Nope, lacks the protein I need for my post breakfast workout session.
Then I thought back to a recipe I'd seen on The Fitnessista's blog a while back and figured I'd give it a try.
That's when these were born:
Perfect Protein Pancakes (courtesy of The Fitnessista)
(coffee was for me, not the batter ;)
A little Earth Balance for the pan:
Here we goooooo...
I'll admit: the consistency seemed a little strange to me at first- the batter's thicker and MUCH easier to handle than your average pancake recipe. "Sure it'll be healthy and protein-packed," I thought, "but will it make for a moist, delicious breakfast?"
Boy was my mind blown! With the pumpkin butter sandwiched between, it was a match made in heaven.
Another scoop? Don't mind if I do.
After those were SCARFED DOWN, I moved into my makeshift home gym...
and did some upper body work targeting the shoulders, upper back, biceps, triceps and chest.
I hope I did it right... I know that's a weird thing to say, but sometimes working out at home just doesn't feel as effective as going to the gym. I'll know tomorrow when I get out of bed. I hope there's pain.
After I pumped da iron, I had a couple hours before acting class so I tackled the pile of dishes in the kitchen, only to form ANOTHER mountain with lunch (Santa, please bring me a dishwasher).
I was feelin' the lentils today:
I tried using the vegan bouillon cube to season the lentils (like I mention here with the quinoa), but it turns out: I prefer a simple garlic clove dropped into the water while the lentils are simmering (garlic means less sodium too).
I topped the legumes with raw red bell pepper and goat cheese.
The side dish (aka side paper towel):
Homemade sweet potato fries fresh from the oven.
I packed a salad for class:
Spinach, cucumber, carrots, goat cheese, strawberries, balsamic vinaigrette and pecans.
And brought this bottle along:
Aloe Vera juice is one of THE best bottled drinks you can consume on a daily basis. It contains all sorts of detoxifying properties that aid in digestion, clean the colon and act as anti-viral/anti-fungal agents (repelling those pesky seasonal colds).
**Note: I suggest drinking 100% pure aloe vera juice sans the sugar- the bottle above was a little too sweet for my taste... Be warned though: the REAL stuff tastes pretty tangy and plant-like, but as long as you know you're doing your body good, I think you'll acquire a taste for it. Plus, you only need 2-4 oz. a day to experience a noticeable effect!
Now I'm here on the couch, tummy rumbling with 2 pro sports games playing in the background (not my choice, obviously).
As soon as they're over, Alex and I are going to get dinner. It'll be an early evening since tomorrow is head shot day!
I'll let you know how it goes ;)
Tata for now,