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Banana Buttermilk Pancakes

I slept through my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday.  Somewhat intentional and not intentional at the same time.  I’ve been off track since I had my cold and it’s taking me a while to get back on track.  I did step on my scale though, and if I remember correctly, I think I am up 1.4 for the week.

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I did a lot of meal prep this week, but I also didn’t track everything.  Like the 1/2 bag of sriracha potato chips that I picked up from Trader Joe’s.  As a side note, Marcia, I went looking specifically for the carrot “noodles” but they were all out of stock until the end of September – weird!

I am finishing up the end of my Ambassadorship with Premier Protein, and only have a few more shakes that they initially gave me.  The chocolate, caramel  and vanilla went fast, but the two remaining ones are two that I probably wouldn’t have with coffee or on their own – the bananas and cream and strawberries and cream.  Not that there is anything wrong with them, but I much prefer these flavors IN something, not by themselves.

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I had a taste for pancakes and made up a batch of mock banana pancakes made by adding vinegar to the Premier Protein shake and using Splenda (or a knock off Spenda that Hannah bought).

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The secret to any good pancake batter is to let the batter sit for at least 15 minutes – that gives the baking powder a chance to do its magic – you want all these bubbles – bubbles = fluffy pancakes.

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I put this into the Weight Watcher’s recipe app, and one pancakes is 3 points, two if 5 points and three are 8 points.  Believe me, two are plenty – very filling!

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Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, I got 9 pancakes out of this recipe.

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These are super light and fluffy, and I like how the bananas kind of caramelized in the pan.

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Banana Buttermilk Pancakes

Adding vinegar to a Premier Protein shake turns it into a mock buttermilk.  So good!

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 9
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons Splenda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teasp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 11 ounce container Premier Protein bananas and cream
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the vinegar and Premier Protein shake together and let sit 5 minutes, or until thickened.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

    Put all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, add the mock buttermilk/egg mixture to the flour and stir, just until combined.  Let the batter sit for 15 minutes or longer.  

    Cook over medium low heat for 1-2 minutes per side - I poured the batter, then placed 5 slices of banana in the pancake, pressing down a bit so they would sink into the batter before flipping.


I am actually not feeling all that well today.  I woke up with an upset stomach for some reason.  Guess what I brought for lunch today?  Ramen noodles! 😛  That’s all I could think of that I had a taste for.  One of my bosses is out of the office the next three days so that’s why I am sucking it up and going to work.  I am hoping I’ll feel better as the day moves on.

You can check out some of the other Premier Protein recipes I’ve made over the last few months:

Elvis Banana Pancakes 

Mile High Biscuits

Blueberry Scones

Vanilla Coffee Banana Pancakes

Skinny Banana Cream Muffins

Cranberry Vanilla Bagels

Skinny French Toast Sticks

Carrot Cake Waffles

Chocolate Berry Oatmeal

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Wendy’s Frosty

 Wow, I didn’t even realize how many recipes I made for them!  I am hopefully going to have them post some on their website – I’ll keep you posted!

How was your weekend??  Happy Monday – make it a great day!

 

 

 

Bread/ Premier Protein

Premier Protein Cranberry Vanilla Bagels

Friday night pajama party!  I had the pleasure of having these two littles over Friday night for a sleep over.  I went to their house to grill up some chicken pitas and brought mac n cheese for the kids.  After we ate, I scooped the girls in my car and brought them home.  I live less than 10 minutes from their house.  Their Momma?  Called me within five minutes of getting home asking if we got home okay. 😀  The girls don’t spend very much time away from their parents, so I get it.

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I lit candles and the littlest little asked “can we turn off all the lights like a real movie theater?!”  Yep!  Um, we may have stayed up until 11:30 – I seriously didn’t realize it was that late, but then again, we watched two movies!  I thought for sure, no problem, they will sleep in!

Nope – the littlest little was up at 6:22.  We all slept on the sofa, which is so comfy.  But I have black light curtains in my bedroom, at 6:22 the living room was flooded with sunlight.

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Since I already went to a meeting last week, I only had to weigh in.  I am sure the girls would have been fine sitting for a 30 minute meeting, but I promised them donuts and smoothies at the coffee shop Hannah works at since she was working.

We walked into WW to wait in line for me to weigh in and the littlest little said “where are the smoothis?!”

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I was very happy with -1.6 after last weeks -3.6.  I think eating a bigger meal at lunch helped, and getting to the gym at night, which I am loving by the way.

We made it to the coffee shop where the girls got donuts as big as their heads.  We brought half home as well as their smoothies.  Their parents did some chores around their house and I told them to go have lunch by themselves.  

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Guess what the littles and I did?  We got Bizzy in my Kitchen!  They brought their own aprons and everything.  That little below made up a recipe – I just had ingredients and she mixed flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs – not sure what else, but they tasted really good!  She could have easily addd a cup of baking powder making them inedible, but they turned out great!

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The bigger little made spicy drop biscuits for her parents – using a recipe because she’s an amazing reader.

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The girls and I had waffles for lunch, but around 2 their parents called asking me to meet them at the local ale house.  I had the goat cheese appetizer and a couple beers – my lunch ended up being 25 points because of the beer (my guess was 7 points each – so good!) but totally worth it.  There may have been a tiny melt down by the time we left.  Um, turns out you can’t keep littles up to 11:30!   Alison, next time promise I’ll get them to bed at a respectable time. 😀

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The best part of being a babysitter is that you get to give them aback and walk away!  They were asleep within moments of driving away. 

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Sunday morning I got Bizzy in my Kitchen, this time making bagels with Premier Protein!   A girl I follow on Instagram from Cleveland posted bagels from her local bagel shop, and one of them was a cranberry cinnamon crunch bagel, which was the inspiration.  I made vanilla protein powder cranberry bagels and they are delicious!

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One scoop of protein powder is 1/2 a cup, so I just reduced the flour by 1/2 a cup and added in the protein powder.

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Then dropped in 1/2 cup chopped craisins.

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After two hours the dough was so light and fluffy.

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And because I baked them on my Baking Steel, the bottoms were perfectly crunchy, while the inside was chewy, exactly what I love in a bagel.  I entered the recipe in the WW recipe builder, and each one comes in at 4 smart points.

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Premier Protein Cranberry Vanilla Bagels

This 4 smart point bagel will cure any bagel jones, without having to cost you a half days worth of points!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine bread, bagles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1 bagel
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 4.5 cups flour
  • .5 cups Premier Protein vanilla protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1.75 cups lukewarm water
  • .25 cups craisins
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, add the water and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add in the protein powder, flour, salt and craisins and mix in your stand mixer for about 5 minutes.  You may need to add a tablespoon or two of flour if the dough is sticking to the sides of your mixing bowl.

    Let rise for 2 hours.  Heat oven to 425.  I got 20 mini bagels out of this recipe.  I weighed out 1.75 ounces per bagel, rolled each piece into a 7 inch log, then brought the two ends together and pinched to seal.

    Heat a pot of water - just enough so the bagels don't sit on the bottom, and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon baking soda - be careful because the baking soda makes the water rise! 

    Boil for 30 seconds per side, then put on a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Bake for 13-14 minutes.  Once out of the oven, brush with a bit of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  I tried adding the cinnamon sugar before baking, but it burned before the bagels were done - so don't do that. 😀




Yesterday’s breakfast – a spinach, mushroom, geta cheese omelette as big as my head, the bagel and watermelon.  So good!  

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And in case anyone was wondering, I got my workouts in this weekend.  Friday was my day off, but Saturday night I did the 30 minute circuit then 35 minutes on the Stairmaster.  Since I didn’t do Insanity on Friday, yesterday I did the 30 minute Friday Night Fight workout – holy balls that was hard!  Then went to the gym last night and my goal was to do an hour on the treadmill at 8% incline, but at 45 minutes, I could feel my blood sugar dropping, so figured it was best to call it a day.  I checked my blood sugar and it was 54, even though I took half the amount of insulin at dinner and ate a fruit salad with dinner.  Luckily there is a grocery store next door, and I got a banana and a granola bar and ate that in the car before driving home.  Damn diabetes 😛

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I hit up the 50% of meat bin at Jewel on Saturday and got lean ground turkey for only $2 a pound!  I have a couple great recipes to share this week – tomorrow will be Greek turkey meatballs and later this week a turkey bolognese.

Thank you Rachel!  Shout out to my blog friend Rachel who sent me her old Fitbit – which is a step up from what I had so I am feeling very fancy.  Her husband Dave curses me when I get more steps than me in our weekly challenges, and I love it. 😀  

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We may have rain at lunch time, but I’ll see if my sister wants to walk the Pedway today.  Gotta get those steps in!  

Make it a great day!

Bread/ Premier Protein/ Weight Watchers

Premier Protein Mile High Biscuits

Every once in a while I impress myself with recipes.  You see I write a lot of my recipes in a book, while I am on the train.  I never know exactly how they will turn out, although truth be told, they all turn out great in my head.  When I opened my oven door and saw these beautiful mile high biscuits I squeaked with joy!  Well, as loud as I could at 6:15 in the morning when my kitchen is outside Hannah and Jacob’s bedroom Smile with tongue out

I’ve had several biscuit recipes on the blog over the years, and most, if not all, have some type of sugar in them.  I wondered if I could sub out the sugar and replace it with a scoop of Premier Protein vanilla protein powder? 

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That turned out to be a great idea!  For the record, these don’t taste like vanilla at all, just a slight hint of sweet like you would with any good biscuit.  And these are only 4 smart points!  They are buttery, flakey, and have just the right amount of bite.  I brought a couple for the woman at the front desk at my office, and one said she grew up on biscuits and declared this one of the best she’d ever had – Wow – high praise!

Here are a few tips about baking biscuits that rise like that – first hot oven – I bake these at 450.  Second, super cold butter.

I use my cheese grated to shred the butter – I pull back a stick of butter and shred 4 tablespoons in my bowl and I never touch the butter with my hands.  Third, because even how quickly you work, the butter starts to warm up in the biscuit dough, so I put them in the freezer for 5 minutes before baking – so super cold biscuit to super hot oven = perfection.

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Then add the powdered vanilla Premier Protein – I just use a fork to mix it all together.

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And because I didn’t have any buttermilk, I added a tablespoon of vinegar to the coconut milk (from Aldi!) and let that sit for 5 minutes until it gets really thick. 

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The deep fryer is on the counter so I can clean it, but have to laugh that I have it in the background.  I couldn’t find my biscuit cutter so a mason jar worked just fine.

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Into the freezer they go!

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Bake for 10 minutes and try to not open the oven door while they cook – I promise they will be perfect at 10 minutes.

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I styled that first photo before I left work, but this is what my actual breakfast looked like when I got to work.  Everything bagel seasoning egg white, 1/2 ounce cheese, piece of bacon and fruit.  7 smart points.

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I went to the Weight Watchers meeting and what I love about this meeting is that there is no real direction.  Not that the leader doesn’t touch on the Weekly meeting subject (usually 5 minutes before the end of the meeting!) but everyone talks back and forth about what worked for them.  One woman had an epiphany.  She was walking after dinner with her husband one night, and he said to her “it will be so great when you get to goal so we can go back to eating like we did.”

She said it stopped her in her tracks – she realized she suddenly couldn’t eat the way she did, because – duh, that gave her a body she didn’t want to have anymore.  Her husband thought of WW as a “diet” not a lifestyle.  So true.  Until you wrap your brain around that, I don’t think weight loss will ever happend.  You aren’t “done” just making better choices every day, which I try to do as well.  

I had an 8 point piece of leftover Lou Malnati’s pizza and apples with chocolate PB2 for lunch.  It wasn’t very filling – I missed my giant picky plates that take me an hour to eat.  Oh well!

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I worked late last night.  I had to literally run 8 blocks to the train to make the 6:25 (or 6:30 if I missed that one) otherwise have to wait until 7:30 for the next train.

I made it by 1 minute! 

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Since its an hour train ride, I took out my laptop, started doing stuff, and minutes later realized that we weren’t moving.  It was then that I heard through the intercom that the 6:25 and 6:30 NW line wasn’t going anywhere because a pedestrian was struck on my train line, merely six days after the last one.  

I didn’t get home until 8:30.  I was happy when I looked on the schedule for Insanity and saw that it was Cardio Recovery for 35 minutes.  It’s all strength (lots of squats and lunges) but perfect workout after a long day.  I think I had turkey burgers and fries on the menu last night, but by the time I finished my workout it was 9:30 and just wasn’t feeling it, so tacos to the rescue – 8 smart points and hit the spot.

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Happy Friday! Last day before my boss comes back from being gone two weeks – I actually miss being busy!  This last week has been pretty light for me, even when I’ve asked everyone around me if they need help, but nothing.  I may work for another attorney this morning though that could make the day go by faster, fingers crossed!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Make it a great day!