Protein Pumpkin Pancakes. Say that five times fast.

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes. Say that five times fast.

It’s been getting in the 70’s every day, the kids are in shorts and playing outside…in February!  I know a lot of the country is getting the same weather and it’s amazing, and also frightening. Oh hey #globalwarming. Not gonna lie, I am enjoying it. And for some reason I wanted pumpkin pancakes with this weather. Makes total sense haha! These pancakes are super easy to make, gluten free and full of protein and they taste good!

Ingredients:
1/2 c pumpkin puree (from a can is totally fine. Just don’t get the pie mix)
2 eggs
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder or shakeology (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp coconut oil

Combine together and mix well. Heat griddle or pan with 1 tsp coconut oil. Pour pancakes (this mix made 5 for me); cook until edges are dried, flip.

Optional toppings: combine 1 tsp nut butter (I used almond) with 1 tsp pure maple syrup or honey (I used syrup) – microwave for 10 seconds, mix well and spread on top of pancakes. It doesn’t make a lot but enough for a little sweetness on each pancake!

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Container count for portion fix: 1.5 red, 1/2 purple, 3 tsp

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Clean Eating vs Paleo/whole30 vs Mediterranean

Clean Eating vs Paleo/whole30 vs Mediterranean

In case you were wondering what some key differences were between some of the current popular diet and nutrition plans happening these days, check out the chart below!  Whole 30 isn’t mentioned here; but you can include it in the Paleo circle. Whole30 is similar to Paleo in that it also eliminates grains, beans/legumes, dairy and sugar. Paleo permits non-refined sugar such as honey and is designed to be a lifestyle change, while Whole30 is designed to be a 30 day program to improve your relationship with food, but not maintained forever. More information about it here. I follow a clean eating lifestyle 80% of the time, to allow for the occasional beer and wine and dessert. Gotta live a little!  I also practice portion control – because I think that’s a necessary factor in eating healthy. You can still over do it on healthy foods!

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Three ways to integrate Clean Eating in your life.

Three ways to integrate Clean Eating in your life.

Here are 3 simple ways for you to start eating cleaner than you currently do.  What is clean eating?  See my post about it here!  It’s eating foods without added preservatives, sugars, salt, etc.  Very similar to whole foods 30, if you’ve heard of that movement.  I challenge you that anytime you attempt to make a change, do it for at least a week straight before deciding on making it a permanent change.  I’ve tried to change my bad habits before and I didn’t like it, so after a day I would make an excuse why I didn’t like the new change.  Do it for at least a week before you decide!

  1. Limit your cereal intake.  Most (not all) cereals are quite processed, many are not whole grain (although this has gotten much better) and most have added sugar and preservatives.  I was a cereal junky.  I get it.  It’s easy and delicious, and if you don’t have time to make breakfast, it seems like the easiest choice.  Try overnight oats with fruit & yogurt – just as easy and satisfying.
  2. Eat at least 3 servings of veggies a day.  Make this your priority.  If you are eating veggies before other snacks, they are filling you up and you’ll be less likely to reach for a non healthy snack.
  3. Look at the label.  If the sodium % is in the double digits, and there is more than a few grams of sugar for a non-fruit item…and you don’t recognize most of the ingredients…look for a healthier option of the same food, or nix it altogether.

If you are looking for specific suggestions on ways to integrate healthier food options in your life, I’d love to give you some specific suggestions!  Comment below!