Since I took an unintentional rest day on Friday after sleeping through yoga, I went to the gym for cardio this morning instead of my usual Sunday yoga/ rest day. I did the Fitnessista's "My biscuits are burning!" elliptical workout, the stairstepper, stationary bike, and stretched. I still wanted to have a leisurely brunch like I've started doing on Sundays, so I had an apple with almond butter, a hard-boiled egg, and a seed and raisin ball before going to the gym with plans for brunch instead of lunch after I worked out.
So when I got my new boots and shorts the other day, I actually had 2 other packages waiting for me as well. Yeah, definitely had a prolonged shopping spree. Anyways, one of the boxes contained Sun Warrior protein powder.
I've never bought protein powder before, but after reading about it on a lot of blogs for awhile, and the Fitnessista raving about this particular kind, I decided to give it a try after it went on sale in the Fitnessista's Open Sky shop.
Since I wanted to try out the Sun Warrior and make a brunch food, I decided to make the Fitnessista's Perfect Protein Pancakes. I used some almond milk and some rice milk because I didn't have a full 1/4 cup of almond milk, and I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of gluten-free baking mix. I also did not add any stevia or sweetener because the Sun Warrior already contains stevia and I figured it would be sweet enough with my toppings.
Unfortunately, I thought they were too dry. I much preferred the "hot apple pie" pancakes I made last week. I might play around with the protein pancake recipe and add some yogurt or applesauce to see if I could make them less dry.
I topped them with sunflower seed butter and banana which I heated up in a skillet with a little coconut oil. Oh, and a hefty dusting of cinnamon, of course. Even though they weren't my favorite, I cleaned my plate and they did fill me up for a long time.
The other box I got contained a new toy:
A blender! I love my food processor to death and use it almost every day, but I've been wishing I had a blender, too. After I ordered the Sun Warrior, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and get a blender so that I could make smoothies with the protein powder (and smoothies sans protein powder, too).
My first smoothie was a huge success! I made a Classic Green Monster from Angela at Oh She Glows (amazing vegan blog). I added 1 cup rice milk, 1 T chia seeds, 1 T natural peanut butter, 2 handfuls spinach, a frozen banana, and 2 ice cubes, which was the perfect amount to fill up my glass!
It was absolutely delicious and tasted like a peanut butter and banana smoothie. Packed full of nutrients and delicious to boot - not too shabby! I have a feeling my new toy will be getting lots of use.
Now I've got to do some reading for school and work on an assignment, plus watch the Amazing Race :) Anyone else watching the Amazing Race, or is everyone opting for the Oscars instead?
Have a great night!
|My view of the sunset tonight. I love when I can see a couple of the tall buildings in downtown Cleveland.|
"Brand New Shoes" by She & Him. She & Him is made up of Zooey Deschanel (does anyone watch "New Girl" on Fox? SO funny!) and M. Ward. This video is pretty adorable, too.