Banana Pancakes!

(I wish I could figure out how to play Jack Johnson’s song “Banana Pancakes” while you read this post but since I have no idea how to figure out this blog that’s not gonna happen.  Let’s just pretend, ok? ;))

Due to all the flight cancellations from the snow storm, Mike didn’t get home from Georgia until 1am.  So I decided to be a good fiance and prepare a delicious, healthy, hearty breakfast for him this morning.  Plus, I was up early and already going stir crazy in my apartment so preparing breakfast was a nice perk to my day.  Seriously, this snow needs to melt so I can get out and complete my 11 mile run.

Anywho, I went to the Chobani website and followed their perfect pancakes recipe which is the same recipe I used to make these yummy blueberry pancakes.  These pancakes are quick and easy and they always turn out tasting amazing!!   

Banana Pancakes

10 minutes prep time – Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Chobani banana flavored greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk <— I used 1% milk
  • maple syrup, banana slices, strawberries (optional)

Directions

1) In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and greek yogurt.

2) Add yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir together.

3) Heat a nonstick skilled over medium heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray and pour about ¼ c of batter onto pan for each pancake. Cook until edges set and bubbles appear on surface, about 2 minutes. Flip to brown other side.

4) Transfer to a large plate and repeat with remaining batter. Serve with maple syrup, banana slices, and strawberries.  Enjoy!

I have a new record

OK, before I wow you guys with my new record I first wanna show you my lil’ breakfast:

A tasty fruit parfait.  I used strawberry greek yogurt and added layers of fresh strawberries, ground flax seeds, and sunflower seeds to the mix.  Yum!  It’s so much healthier than adding store-bought granola and there’s so many different ways to make it (raisins, chia seeds, almond slivers, walnuts, blueberries, etc.)

Time to talk about my new record………

This afternoon I ran the furthest I’ve ever run on a treadmill: 4 miles!!! 

I know, crazy, right?!   

I’m sure you’re all mystified and wondering how I could have possibly done such an outrageous thing.  Well let me break it down for you.  First, I brought a hand towel with me so I could easily wipe the sweat off my face (I’m a hot mess on the ‘mill).  Second, I went at 4pm so there was fewer people and it didn’t feel like 654 degrees.  Third, I brought a new US Weekly and watched Ellen to keep me entertained and not wanting to poke my eyes out from boredom.  And that’s how you can run 4 miles on a treadmill.  Let me know if you have any other questions on how I did this. 😉

Dinner

After the gym and a couple quick errands, I was starrvingggg by the time I got home (which was at 5:30pm).  So I prepared the delicious meal that I had intended on making last night: pan seared scollops, green beans, and a half of a baked sweet potatoe.

The scallops were actually from the frozen aisle at Target and only cost $6!  Or maybe $7, I forget.   But either way they were waaaay cheaper than at the grocery store which is usually $18-$20 and they were wild-caught.

The scallops were so easy to prepare.  I just sprinkled some sugar and salt on top and then pan seared them in a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. 

The rest of my night will be spent chillin’ with Mike and watching the Lance Armstrong special on Oprah.  Can’t wait to see what he has to say! 

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Did you watch the Lance Armstrong interview?  Thoughts?

What’s the coldest weather you’ll run outside in?

What’s your long run this weekend??

I have an 8 miler tomorrow

How have I gone so long without eating oranges??

Yesterday started with 7 miles before 7.  I wanted to squeeze in my long run before working a track meet so I woke up at 5:35, quickly changed and headed out for a run in the drizzling rain. 😀  The first couple miles dragged but I eventually found my rhythm around mile 4 and averaged an 8:20 pace.

I also carried this mini water bottle since I’m always so thirsty on my long runs (aka super dehydrated from drinking wine the night before).  I thought it would be a pain carrying the water bottle but it actually wasn’t at all.  I pretended I was carrying a weight and was working my arm muscles while running.  And I was able to stash my keys and energy chews in the convenient little pouch.

After my run, I prepared a bowl of oatmeal with a scoop of almond butter and banana slices.  This meal hit the spot and kept me full for hours…..  woohoooo!

The rest of the day was spent working then enjoying some drinks at a bar with friends.

Today

Oh, breakfast today was a good one!  I wanted to make something healthy and light since I ate bar food for dinner last night, so I prepared a plate with orange slices, a sliced banana, and a hard-boiled egg.  And a glass of lemon water on the side.  I feel healthy just typing all these yummy foods….

I can’t even remember the last time I ate an orange?  Maybe years?  But I’ll definitely be eating them more often.  It was sooooo juicy and deliciousssss! 

(And yes mom, I did let my foods kinda touch each other – I tried separating them but it wasn’t happening…. )

Before I log off, I figured I should leave you guys with something useful: a cheat sheet for the treadmill!  I found this handy guide in the February Runner’s World . 😀

Alright, time to get ready for work….  Enjoy your Sunday!  Go PATS!!

Questions for ya:

Did you have a long run this weekend?  How was it? 🙂

What’s your favorite fruit?

Although this orange was quite tasty, I’m gonna go with strawberries!