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Almond-Berry Protein Pancakes (aka the perfect post-workout breakfast!)

Almond-Berry Protein Pancakes (aka the perfect post-workout breakfast!)

I made these Protein Pancakes for Tom and I for an Easter Breakfast after our traditional sunday morning workout.

I have honestly never seen someone eat something so fast!

These pancakes have a good 20-25g of protein per portion (depending on which protein powder you use) making them a brilliant post-workout meal. Super fresh and healthy, loads of good fats. Not to mention they’ll fill you up until dinner!

Considering this was the first time I’d made protein pancakes (and also considering I completely improvised the recipe!) I was very proud of myself. It also just goes to show just how easy they are to make!

You can obviously vary this recipe depending on your berry/nut butter preferences. The strawberry and almond butter combination went really well and the added crunch from the sunflower seeds was perfect. However if you fancied throwing in a few blueberries or chocolate chips then that’d probably go down a treat too!

I won’t keep you waiting any longer though – these are just too good:

Almond Berry Protein Pancakes: Simple Recipe for the Perfect Post-Workout Breakfast!

 

Ingredients

Makes 6 medium sized pancakes.

  • 2 Medium bananas
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of oats, flaxseed or oatbran
  • 3 Tablespoons of ground almonds
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Scoops (around 60g) unflavoured protein
  • A Splash of water or almond milk to to soften the batter (if necessary)
  • A Couple of teaspoons of coconut oil

 

To Serve:

  • Almond butter- around a tablespoon per person (I used a sachet of Pip & Nut Coconut and Almond Butter. YUM). Obviously you can pretty much use any nut butter of your choice.
  • Any berries of your choice
  • Mixed Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • A drizzle of honey

Almond Berry Protein Pancakes: Simple Recipe for the Perfect Post-Workout Breakfast!

Method

In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or spoon. When they’re well mashed with not to many lumpy bits, add the oats, baking powder, ground almonds and protein, until all the ingredients are well combined.

Whisk the eggs lightly in a jug, before stirring them into the banana mixture. Again, stir well, adding any water/almond milk if necessary. The mixture shouldn’t be too sloppy though!

Heat some of the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat. You can then pour in a spoonful of the mixture at a time. They’ll take about two or three minutes to cook on each side. I usually do mine about 10 cm in diameter and about an inch thick, so cooking time will obviously vary depending on the size.

These pancakes tend to brown quite quickly, so don’t worry if you think they look too dark. Just keep sniffing to makes sure they don’t burn!

I like to keep mine warm in the oven until all the batter is cooked.

Chop up whatever berries or fruit you’re serving with your pancakes. Put your protein pancakes on a plate, drizzle with almond butter, honey and top with your fruit and seed combo!

Enjoy 🙂

Almond Berry Protein Pancakes: Simple Recipe for the Perfect Post-Workout Breakfast!

Do you have a favourite post-workout meal?

 

New thing of the month: Living Colo(u)rfully

New thing of the month: Living Colo(u)rfully

If someone had asked me and my best friend on our tube journey home last weekend what on earth we’d just been doing (which wouldn’t have been altogether surprising given that we were both covered in paint and carrying balloons) the answer would have sounded absurd.

“Well we’ve just run, danced and skipped around a 5k race-course whilst getting different coloured paint powder thrown at us”

However if you too have ever found yourself spending your Sunday afternoon casually being covered in paint, you’ll understand the bizarre but hilarious fun that this can actually be.

The Color Run, aptly sponsored by Skittles (and spelt the American way deliberately because, you guessed it, it could only be an American initiative) has been going since 2011 and has since been exploding all over the world in a big burst of popularity, celebration and colour.

Marketed as “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” and aiming to promote health and wellbeing for athletes and amateurs alike, The Color Run can much more appropriately be described as a festival than as a race of any sort.

Which is great for me. I say all the time that I’m not a cardio girl – because it’s true, I’m not, and I’m certainly not a runner. But The Color Run can hardly be described as an intense fitness workout (despite my using it as an excuse for an extra large breakfast portion of overnight oats, yoghurt and berries…)  more than anything it’s a wonderful reason just to celebrate…well, your inner-weirdness.

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One thing it did teach me is that both Chloe and I have a complete inability to just “jog”. We full on sprinted the first kilometre, which was mostly uphill, thus exhausting ourselves for the next leg of the journey. Whenever we’d try to gradually speed up, our equally competitive urges would kick in and we’d soon be storming through the crowds again, desperate to overtake as many people as possible.

I’ve decided that every month I want to try out something new – anything really, an exercise, a food, a fad, who knows. If you have any suggestions please comment! My experience at Color Run made up my mind that this month my new ‘thing’ is going to be, basically, more regular cardio. It’s one of my little demons that I intend to face head on.

Because of this, I thought it might be helpful to come up with a few tips that I’ve been using for any people who might be interested in trying out running or jogging (because let’s face it, it’s pretty good for you) but who (like me) are just really really bad at it.

 

I call them the four essential M’s for Terrible Joggers:

1) Music.

What with my background in dance, I have a firm belief in the importance of music in exercise – not only for energy and motivation but also simple things like timekeeping. I have trouble pacing myself on a run, but I also cannot help but go along to the beat of whatever I’m listening to. So, if a slightly slower song comes on then I HAVE to go more slowly and not exhaust myself within the first 30 seconds. So the first rule of thumb is to put time into your playlist- what songs get you going, and what order they should go in depending on how fast/slow you want to go at what point during your session-  have it all ready for whenever you are.

2) Mates.

Go with a friend. Either someone more experienced that you can learn from, or someone who’s struggling just as much but you can share the painful experience together. Unless you want your run or jog to be exclusively “you” time, then having a buddy can really help make the experience more enjoyable.

3) Map it out.

Plan your route beforehand. That way you can identify particular points where you want to speed up/slow down/stop and stretch etc. Breaking up the route makes the journey more manageable, and easier to tackle mentally and physically.

4) Mind over Matter.

Do whatever you need to do to psyche yourself up, and gradually your mentality will start changing – you might even start looking forward to the weekly jog, who knows? The power of the brain is incredible – the body will only start giving up once the mind has.

 

If those fail I suppose you could always hire some friends to bang drums and chuck paint at you every kilometre. Or you could just sign up for next year’s Color Run.

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