Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful day! I finished up my 3rd round of BBG today! 36 weeks was completed with a Full Body Workout consisting of double pulse box jumps, plyo push ups, raised push ups, you know the deal. Death by Kayla. But it’s all about the feeling when the last 7 minute timer goes off! Such a satisfying feeling. Getting stronger everyday. Woo, here’s to more weeks of challenges and killer workouts!
Also, I’m finally done with finals!! I’m so glad all that stress is over. This quarter wasn’t too bad though, especially since I’m working two jobs. It’s probably because I only had class twice a week so it saved a lot of commuting time from home to school. I have 3 1/2 weeks of winter break so I’ll be having more down time to make new recipes, yay!! I still have work, but other than that there’s a good amount of free time to hangout with my family, boyfriend, friends & celebrate the holidays with everyone 🙂
I bought a can of pumpkin from Trader Joes before Thanksgiving wanting to make pumpkin pie… but I never had to chance to make it since baking a pie takes lots of time. I was thinking about what I should do with the can of pumpkin since it was just sitting in my kitchen. Cookies, muffins, pancakes, etc? I decided on pancakes this fine Sunday morning after my WEEK 36 full body workout! This recipe calls for 2 tbsp canned pumpkin so I still have a lot left. Which means more pancakes and some pumpkin pie cookies/waffles in the near future 🙂
Pumpkin is a considered a vegetable & has great nutritional benefits!
- A cup of cooked pumpkin alone (not baked into pie, cookies, cake, etc) has more than 200% of daily recommended daily intake of Vitamin A which helps aid vision.
- Rich in carotenoids (gives the vegetable the bright orange color)
- These turn into Vitamin A in the body & can help with aiding vision
- Boosts the antioxidant beta-carotene – cancer prevention
- Protects the skin – the carotenoids may keep skin wrinkle-free
- Great post workout – Restoring Potassium
- Potassium restores the body’s lost electrolytes after a hard workout + keeps muscles functioning well
- A cup of cooked pumpkin has 564 mg of Potassium (compared to 422 mg in a single banana)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Rich in phytosterols & reduces LDL known as “bad” cholesterol
- Boosts mood – seeds are rich in tryptophan (amino acid) which produces serotonin (a major factor when it comes to our mood)
I used the Kodiak Cakes Protein packed mix as my pancake flour! I always use this now because I love the high protein content and it tastes great. It’s a guilt free mix!
These are the ingredients I used.
In the bowl is the pancake mix containing water, egg whites, pumpkin spice, vanilla, cinnamon & canned pumpkin.
Ingredients: Makes 15 mini 2 1/2-inch pancakes.
- 1/2 cup Kodiak Cakes Mix
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Toppings: Siggi’s yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, diced bananas, peanut butter <3
- Preheat your pan to medium heat with a little bit of oil (I used coconut oil)
- Whisk together the mix, water, egg whites, pumpkin & pumpkin spice. Make sure it is smooth & there are no clumps.
- Pour a small spoonful of batter onto pan. Flip when small bubbles form on top. It should cook quite fast!
- Do this until you run out of batter. I was able to make 15 mini 2 1/2-inch pancakes.
- I topped it with diced bananas, sliced almonds, pumpkin seed & 2 tbsp of melted peanut butter of course.
What’s a breakfast without peanut butter or a source of nut butter? 🙂 This was such a delicious breakfast & definitely satisfied my cravings for pancakes!
-Without toppings (just the mix, water, egg whites, pumpkin & spice)
Calories: 234 calories
Fat: 3 grams
Carbs: 34 grams
Protein: 21 grams
Dietary Fiber: 6 grams
Sugar: 4 grams
-With toppings (banana, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, yogurt & 1 1/2 tbsp PB)
Calories: 512 calories
Fat: 21 grams
Carbs: 44 grams
Protein: 34 grams
Dietary Fiber: 10 grams
Sugar: 7 grams