Foodalicious Friday

Well, I’m 10 days into Amanda Russell’s 14-Day Shape-Up Plan and it’s going pretty okay. I’ve cheated a few times : / and I’ve had to supplement it a lot since I train and teach very heavily four days a week and continue to train and teach (more moderately/lightly) on the three remaining days of the week. Basically what I’ve been doing is following the main meals and then doing my own snacks, following her plan when I can. The meals are pretty simple, but good. They definitely don’t leave out flavor, which is great to see.

One of my—and Doug’s!—new favorites thanks to Amanda’s plan is the Feel Good High Protein Pancakes. These are so good that Doug and I have even made them for other meals 🙂

Feel Good High Protein Pancakes

  • ½ banana
  • 2-3 egg whites (we use the whole egg for more protein and calories)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Sun Warrior Protein (can substitute with whey protein—I use my favorite vanilla kind)
  • ½ Tbsp. ground Chia Seeds (I didn’t find these at the store, so we’ve been using flax seeds!)
  • 1 dash of cinnamon or maple syrup (we rock cinnamon)

Mix it all together with a fork (we use a blender). Pour into a preheated skillet (spray with canola oil), once the bottom has set, flip and finish cooking. For extra staying-power and calories, Doug and I have topped them with a little chunky peanut butter.

To round-out this FF, I want to chat a little more about flax seeds. What are they? Well, they look a bit like a small seed and have some benefits of a grain—they’re loaded with fiber, phytochemicals (antioxidants), and Omega-3 fatty acids. Oh, and it’s low in carbs! Flax seeds are also high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese.

I add them to more than just the protein pancakes now. I put them in yogurt and oatmeal, and you can also put them in cottage cheese, protein shakes, hot or cold cereal, and you can even put them in things you bake and cook—meatloaf, meatballs, casseroles, sauces, bread, muffins, and brownies.

Some tips and tricks when using/consuming/storing flax seeds: drink plenty of water due to the fiber content; flax can be used as an egg substitute; store in a cool, dark, dry place, or in the fridge or freezer.

I got my flax seeds from Meijer and they were only $3.50/bag, which is great seeing as you don’t use a ton and there are a lot in there!