Banana Pancakes

Good Morning!

The past few days I’ve been feeling a bit rubbish…very dopey, low energy, tired …thankfully though I’ve woken up feeling more like myself this morning feeling more energetic!

Last night James and me headed over to some local courts to play some squash.  I’ve only ever really played once before and that was on holiday 5 years ago so it’s fair to say I’m a bit out of practise ;)..it’s really enjoy it though as another form of exercise.  I think it’s easy to get stuck in a rut doing the same thing every week in the gym and this is more sociable, required hand eye co-ordination and works different muscles – winner!

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Lunch yesterday featured a nice big salad with tuna and a lemon, mustard, yogurt dressing (with a side of Barney!), after this Barney and me headed to the local park for a nice long walk, he’s  had a bad back (bless him!) and hasn’t been able to run around, but seems much better now so it was lovely for him to let off some steam and play with some other dogs.

For breakfast this morning I made some really tasty banana protein pancakes, sometime I find protein pancakes can be a little dry and powdery but these were so moist and really tasty.

Recipe:

1/2 banana

1 scoop unflavoured protein powder (I used pea today)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/5 tsp baking powder

1 egg

splash of milk

 

Directions:

  • Put a frying pan on a medium heat
  • Place all ingredients except the milk in a mixing bowl
  • Use a stick blender to blend to a thick but smooth paste (if you don’t have one of these you could mash well with a fork)
  • Slowly add enough milk to form a thick batter and mix thoroughly
  • Use a tablespoon to drop the batter into the pre-heated pan…I made 4 pancakes about 10cm in diameter but you can make them as big or small as you like!
  • Wait until little bubbles form on the surface (don’t touch!…I know it’s tempting!!) and then flip using a spatula
  • Leave for another minute and then serve!

I topped mine with a combo of peanut butter greek yogurt…what a great start to the day!

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Now I’m off to finish my dissertation proposal which has to be handed in by 5pm this afternoon and then plan to go to a step class later on.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Question: Do you like to vary up your exercise with sports and the gym or do you tend to stick to the same things each week?

L x

 

 

Back Online!

Hi Guys!

Apologies for my disappearance of late…we had a few ‘technical’ problems with our broadband connection in our new house so we’ve with without the internet for a few days!!

Wow, it’s Wednesday already…where has the week gone!!

Our house move went really well, we are SO happy with our new home!! I’d put all my trust in James and agreed to get a house solely based on his recommendation so even though I trust him I was slightly nervous of what it was going to be like.  He did well!! It’s a really good size, with 3 double bedrooms, a really nice open kitchen diner and a large lounge dining room as well, in a great location (it took me 15minutes to walk to Starbucks in the centre of town yesterday!), 5 minutes walk from what will be my new uni in September and walking distance to both our gym and the cinema…what more could a girl want!!

I popped into Starbucks yesterday to have a chat with the manager there and I start this morning!!  I mentioned before, I was coffee master at my last store and so she wants me to go in this morning just for a couple of hours to set up a coffee tasting table!!….heaven!

My parents came down for the long weekend with my brother and sister to help us get more organised in the house (James, my Dad and Brother did ‘man jobs’ and my Mum, Sister and me went ‘house shopping’!!) which was great, they have gone on holiday for a few days so have left us with this little man;

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isn’t he the cutest thing you’ve seen!!!

Apparently this is my Dads ‘plan’ to put us off getting our own…it seems to be backfiring though and making us want one more (or me anyway ;)!)

One of the first things we did when I got down here (after unpacking) was join the gym.  We’ve both become members of DWfitness, I’ve really been looking forward to being able to go to a gym which does real Les Mills classes and went yesterday morning, to my first BodyPump class, since I’ve lived back in the UK (which is 2.5yrs now!!) WOW it was good, I was definitely feeling the burn, and WOW am I sore today!!

I was planing to head to the sauna and then for a shower but I was feeling quite shaky by the end so I decided to head straight home and whip up a protein smoothie involving, banana, milk, whey, cocoa and a handful of spinach….

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…so tasty!

So I’m off to work this morning then plan to do some home organisation, walk the dog and I think we’re planning to play squash with some friends tonight 🙂

Hope you’re having a good week so far….Happy Wednesday!!

L x