Hi friends and Happy Hump Day!
I hope your week is going well for you. Ours is truckin’ along and the official start to the NBA season will be here before we know it… or next week.
As you probably saw last week, my What I Ate Wednesdays don’t hold much back. I often get questions about what my every day eating habits are, and to help sum it up I participate in Jenn‘s WIAW link up every week.
In no way do I plan meals out for the purpose of looking healthier or more “on track” than I normally would. I eat what I eat, I document it, and I share it with you!
In fact, the beginning of last week’s food choices (Monday through Wednesday) was anything but on track.
Cheat days happen, and I choose to share those with you to help you realize we are, in fact, all human. We all slip up. We all enjoy the occasional margarita (or three) and in turn follow up with a face full of fried cheesecake.
At the end of the day, it’s all about how you handle moving forward from those days or obstacles. For me, one good thing about eating my face off for a few days is that I always land on my feet with cravings for clean, whole foods for a while after that.
This week is the perfect example of this scenario. On a game day yesterday, my body craved healthy eats!
What I Ate
Wednesday Tuesday: Fuel For Game Day
I knew this breakfast would be an important one. Instead of grabbing my predictive bowl of fiber cereal, I decided to put a little extra effort into it and take another stab at protein pancakes.
They don’t always come out looking like pancakes, so I don’t really post about them. I first made them back at the beginning of 2012, and used that as inspiration to try again. This time I finally got it down!
1/2 cup raw oats
2 Tbsp. egg whites liquid
1 scoop protein powder of choice
splash of almond milk
pumpkin pie spice
cinnamon (both to taste)
1/2 cup pumpkin
pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
cinnamon (to taste)
agave nectar (to drizzle on top)
1. Combine your cake ingredients of choice in a small mixing bowl. Add enough milk to liquify, but not enough to make it runny. Mix well.
2. In a small skillet, spread mixture into a pancake-like shape on stove top on low-medium heat.
3. Cook all the way through by flipping once or twice. This process should take less than five minutes and while you’re waiting mix up the topping.
4. You can then remove the cake from the heat or spread the topping on while it’s still in the skillet.
5. Drizzle with agave nectar or honey for extra sweetness and enjoy!
Also, try adding some unsweetened applesauce to the pumpkin topping as seen here. So yummy!
The cake was very satisfying and just filling enough to last me through lunch.
Grabbing the rest of my already prepped salad from the refrigerator, I simply heated up and added a serving of butternut squash and drained black beans for more substance.
(Under those two ingredients is a base of spring mix and organic power greens, tomatoes, orange peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, green olives, carrots, and fresh cilantro.)
I topped it all off with freshly ground pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar (not pictured).
I always enjoy butternut squash on my salads but never think to add it at home. I will for sure be doing this again!
After lunch, I hopped in the shower to get ready for the game and had to get out the door soon after. I grabbed some fuel on the go with this Designer Whey protein bar and a banana and enjoyed both on my drive over.
After blocking, I had about an hour in the dressing room and made my own meatless sandwich with the lunch meat they bring to our dressing room for sandwiches.
Super boring, but better than nothing.
We had a close game, but ended up winning over the Washington Wizards. I’m excited to play them again next week on Opening Night!
I wasn’t going to do anything after the game, but got talked into a celebratory margarita at Sagebrush Cantina.
(I chose the skinny version. I love when restaurants offer those!)
I ordered a chicken taco salad for dinner and knew exactly what I was getting into. This thing is ginormous, but will last me with enough leftovers for a few meals!
I asked for extra salsa for the dressing and enjoyed about a third of it. Great way to end the night if you ask me!
Now it’s time for me to get outta here and get ready for a busy day of running around before practice. Hope you all have a good one!
Question of the Day
Skinny margaritas: yay or nay?
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Yum! I’ve been obsessing over pancakes lately. I just can’t get enough of them! This recipe looks fabulous and I love the idea of adding the layer of applesauce. I definitely need to give that a try!
It’s great to mix it up every now and then!
Tara | treble in the kitchen
That pancake looks delicious!
Chelcie's Food Files
i love skinny margaritas..I like when they are made using fresh ingredients though!
Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life
Mmmm pumpkin pancakes are always a winner in my book! I need to try that!
That pumpkin pancake looks fabulous! I’m going to try that one. And always love a skinny margarita. 🙂
Let me know how it turns out!
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
I like skinny margaritas!
I love skinny margaritas! To tell the truth I can’t really tell the difference as long as tequila is involved. 😉
I completely agree!
I am a fan of any kind of margaritas 😉 Don’t you love when a restaurant meal lasts you for 3 separate meals?!
LOVE when that happens!
Kathy @ Olives and Garlic
Ahhh I want a margarita now. 🙂 Love the pictures, you look fabulous
Aw, thank you!
Erin @ The Almond Eater
My pancakes NEVER look like pancakes, but I think you’re right—practice makes perfect. And YESSSS for skinny margaritas, though a lot of restaurants don’t offer them, sadly.
Achieving anything circle-link took a lot of practice, let me tell ya! 😉
I don’t drink tequila, so nay on the marg’s but you won’t see me turning down a cherry vodka/diet coke on my rare nights out, lol!
That sounds delish!
I’m right there with ya. Ever since I started eating healthy I craveeee healthy foods, esp. after a few days of indulging. Although I do love my pizza, ice cream and margaritas, so I don’t beat myself up over enjoying them. Skinny margs- HUGE yay!