Healthy vegan pancakes- u won’t believe the secret ingredient :)

I love me some dense pancakes, not the airy – barely there pancakes, but real thick and dense pancakes. Since I am trying out the diet outlined in The 4 Hour Body, I cannot have fruit 6 days a week which knocks out my everyday pancake. However, I found a way to adapt it, and make it fit this current meal plan I am on. Instead of the base of my pancake being a banana, the base is now a half a cup of beans! I know it sounds weird, but beans have a very neutral taste and will take the flavor of the other ingredients you put in with them.

The pancakes taste great and are very healthy 🙂 They are also grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan!

Healthy pancakes

1/2 cup of cooked beans (any type will do, and I use canned)
2 tablespoons almond flour
2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons raw carob powder
1/4 cup almond milk
Stevia to taste
Cinnamon to taste
Coconut butter, almond butter, or other various toppings

Makes one large pancake

Rinse cooked beans in water then mash with a fork. Then add the rest of the ingredients, in no particular order, until incorporated into a thick batter or dough. Add more or less almond milk in order to reach your desired consistency. Cook as you would a regular pancake. I like mine very unbaked, and so I often pull mine off of the pan in pieces and re-piece the pancake together on my plate. If you like a more done pancake you can cook it longer, and I recommend making a few small pancakes , if that’s the case, instead of one big one. Finally, top with whatever you desire. I like to put some coconut butter and almond butter on mine 🙂

Another bonus is that each pancake has over 20 grams of protein in it 🙂

If you try it out, let me know what you think 🙂

It’s a Lifestyle Change

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I think this is where people really go wrong with diet and exercise. Too often people assume that if they lose the weight and get to where they want to be that they can stop working out, and dieting and go on with their lives as the normally would when they are not on a “diet”. However, diets do not work because if you go back to how you were living, you will just gain all of the weight back. You have to make a lifestyle change meaning rethink everything you do. And yeah, it’s hard work, but no one expects you to be perfect. Most importantly, there is no right or wrong way to make a change, you just have to find what works for you and keeps you happy and healthy 🙂

9 Miles

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This past Saturday I had my longest run to date which was 9 miles. I know I still have a ways to go to get to 26.2 miles, but it was a huge accomplishment for me. The first 7 miles I was feeling pretty good, but the last 2 my legs were starting to hurt, and I was thinking about slowing down my pace because I was sore. Then I thought about how much I had already accomplished in my training thus far. As I have mentioned before, I have never been a runner. I used to hate cardio because I would be so out of breath that I could barely function, but here I am now, 7 miles down and not out of breath at all. I realized that the only thing that was stopping me was the pain in my legs, but that did not make sense because I have a very high pain tolerance. So what was really stopping me? It was my mind. My brain was saying, “you have already gone 7 miles, that is enough, you can stop”. I was full capable of pushing past the pain in my legs and finishing the last 2 miles. So I did. I ignored my brain and just kept going, and before I knew it I had run 9 miles. Afterward, I felt an immense feeling of accomplishment. The reality that my mind is going to be the biggest hurdle that I have to overcome when it comes to this marathon was made very clear on Saturday.

What do you let your mind stop you from doing?

I Could Look Better

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Often times I get people who wonder why I am still working to get in better shape. They often say, “You aren’t fat, so I don’t see why are you so strict or obsessive about working out”. Truth is, I know I am not fat, but I know the kind of shape I could be in, so I am striving to be fitter. I love the feeling of being strong and being in great shape because it just gives an overwhelming sense of self confidence. It makes you feel like you can conquer the world.

I am not fat, but I want to be the best version of me that I can be 🙂

Fitting in Workouts

I know the excuse a lot of us use is that we are too busy to workout. Let’s face it. We are busy. Really busy. However, we make time for the things that are most important to us. If our friends want to meet us for dinner, we may be busy, but we are still going to move around our schedule so that we can meet them because we want to. If working out is important enough to you, then you will make time for it.

I have a crazy schedule because one week I can be really busy, and the next I can be sitting around all day waiting for a phone call. However, I never know what type of week I am going to have, so I plan out my workouts for the week (with a little flexibility in case work interferes with the time I had planned).

Here is an example of my workout plan for this coming week:
Monday: T25 in the AM and SLT in the PM
Tuesday: 3 mile run in the AM and T25 in the PM
Wednesday: T25 in the AM and Ab class in the PM
Thursday: 3 mile run in the AM and T25, and possibly a ballet class in the PM
Friday: T25 in the AM and possibly SLT in the PM
Saturday: 6 mile run
Sunday: Off

This is my tentative schedule because I never know if I am working until the day before, so I have to book classes (such as the ab class, the ballet class, and SLT) last minute. My job requires me to be flexible, but I still need to make a plan so that I won’t make an excuse later in the week as to why I don’t have time to workout.

Have you planned your workouts for this week? 🙂

Picture This

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On those days when it’s really hard to eat healthy because all of your friends are eating junk around you, or when your friends are going to the movies but your are hitting the gym, picture the body you have always wanted. Think about how hard you have worked thus far for that body because it’s not going to just appear because you will it to. You have to work for it. So keep your eyes on the prize, and think about how amazing you will feel when you accomplish your goal! On the days when I need motivation ,I google images of strong, beautiful women who have the physique that I am shooting towards. It helps remind me why I am doing this, and what the end result will be 🙂

Let’s Do This!

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So my T25 workout, shakeology, and portable DVD player came in the mail finally, and I am pumped for Monday to get here so I can get started! I am ready to tackle another Shaun T workout and see some amazing results. I figure it will give me some nice cross training to go along with my marathon training (btw I knocked out a 9 mile run today- my longest to date! :)). I am excited to get started, and I will share information about the workouts and the shakeology flavor once I get started. If you decide you want to join the fun, lol, I have a group on Facebook where I will be posting progress while completing this program, so feel free to join. If you want to purchase the program or shakeology, message me for information and I will get you taken care of 🙂 Wish me luck!

Progress

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I think it is the most amazing feeling to finally reach your goal and see the results you have always wanted. You feel empowered, and like you can conquer the world. Personally, right now I am not where I want to be physically because I can look back and see the shape I was in a few months ago, but i think I needed to end up where I am now to realize that I have to keep up my strict workouts regime and healthy eating if I want to maintain that physique. So now I am working my way back up to where I was, and I am looking forward to reaching my goal and looking back and seeing that I can do anything I put my mind to.

Routine

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Routine is especially important when you are just beginning a workout and nutrition regime because you need to make this lifestyle change a habit. I know from personal experience how difficult that can be. When I am starting a new regime I HAVE to have a routine that is the same every single day because if I skip a day then the next day I have an excuse as to why I can’t do my workout that day as well, and next thing I know I have stopped working out and I am eating more than I should. I know a lot of people who know me who think that because I love fitness, consistently working out and eating healthy comes naturally to me, but I hate to break it to you- it’s always a challenge. It gets easier when your body craves less sweets, but it is still a struggle every day to get out of bed and run when I don’t feel like it, and make a salad when I feel like having pizza. The key to success is consistency. So create a routine and stick to it ! Start today 🙂 If you need some support, id be more than happy to provide some for you 🙂

Eating out of Boredom

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I can really relate to this saying. I am awful at eating just because I am bored, but the good news is that I know that I do this so I can combat it. I find that I am less likely to eat out of boredom when I do not watch tv while I am eating because that way I am focused on what I am eating and how much. Otherwise, I will just keep eating and eating even though I may be full simply because I am bored, and honestly, because I like the action of eating. I know that may sound weird, but I enjoy the motion of eating even if I am not even eating something that I particularly like.

Most people I know struggle with eating out of boredom or just wanting to eat simply because they feel like it. The way to combat it is just to realize you are doing it, and make note of when you are more likely to do it and keep yourself busy instead. I know that I struggle with snacking at night, and when I am watching tv. So I make a point to be doing something in the evening, whether it’s a workout or a class or just hanging with friends. I also try to make sure I am not eating while watching tv so that I do not mindlessly eat.

How do you combat eating out of boredom?