What I Ate Wednesday #115: Happy Hannuka!

Or Chanukah.. Chanukkah.. Hanukkah? I don’t know, you choose your favorite. Regardless of how it’s spelled, last night it began and I had fun making a traditional-style dinner and lighting the menorah. It was actually the first time using our new menorah that we got as an engagement gift!

Hannuka Menorah

But before we get to our Hannuka dinner, there was a lot more food!

Peas & Crayons What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

[Pre-Workout & Breakfast]
Oatmeal Protein Egg White Oats Almond Coconut Peanut Butter Coffee Califia Farms Milk
Skoop bites, oatmeal, and nut butters. All day, everyday.

[Mid-Morning Snack]
Mamma Chia Energy Blackberry Blast
I was running out the door but wanted a little snack so I decided to give this chia energy drink from Mamma Chia a try. I received 4 flavors to try as part of a FitFluential campaign and the blackberry sounded the best to me. I loved that it wasn’t overly sweet at all. If it were just based on flavor, I’d definitely get it again; unfortunately, as I’m not a big fan of chia pudding because of the texture, this drink didn’t quite do it for me. I’m thinking it would be pretty tasty added to a smoothie though! More on this later.. wheels are turning!

[Lunch]
Roasted Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup Smokey Chicken Wing Chili
I was pretty hungry when I got home, despite a couple samples I tried at the grocery store, so I grabbed some leftovers from the fridge and threw ’em all in a bowl. Butternut squash soup with smokey chicken wing chili and toasted pine nuts on top.

[Afternoon Snack]
Sugar Snap Peas Almond Butter
I think I was craving a crunch after soup for lunch so I attacked that bag of sugar snap peas! A celery stalk also made its way into the almond butter too 😉

[Dinner]
Sweet Potato Latkes Eating Bird Food Baked Chicken Tenders Crockpot Applesauce Brussels Sprouts
If you know the Hannuka story, you know that there is a lot of frying going on [oh hey, 8 days of oil!] I opted for a healthier option with crispy baked chicken tenders, regular & sweet potato latkes [made with a fraction of the oil!], crockpot applesauce, and some leftover brussels. It was awesome. Even husband-approved and he’s picky when it comes to baked tenders! Not to mention I’d never made latkes or applesauce before. Success!

[Evening Snack]
I’m on a cottage cheese kick lately [you’re welcome for sparing you that picture.] I mixed in a little NuStevia cocoa syrup and cinnamon. Delish.

Food for Thought

What holiday do you celebrate?
What’s your favorite holiday meal?

Foodie Friday: Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

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Some might say I have a peanut butter problem. Personally, I think it adds character 😉

Peanut Butter Negativity

I don’t know the first place I saw this, and I’m sure you’ve seen it before, but it’s so true! I’m always looking to add more peanut butter into my diet and have been loving coconut flour pancakes.. coconut and peanut butter? The perfect pair.

Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Makes 1 serving of 4-5 pancakes

Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Ingredients
– 4 egg whites
– 2 tbsp coconut flour* [I use Bob’s Red Mill]
– 2 tbsp peanut flour* [I use Protein Plus]
– 1/4 cup coconut almond milk [I use Califia Farms]
– 1/2 tbsp baking powder
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– Pinch of salt

*These ingredients can be found on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5 off of your first order.

Directions
Place a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Mix all ingredients together and use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to evenly distribute batter into 4 or 5 pancakes. Cook on one side until they start to bubble, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook another 2-3 minutes until cooked through.

Plate up with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

I like to put a few slices of banana and peanut fluff [2 tbsp peanut flour + water + stevia] in between each layer and then drizzles the leftover peanut fluff on top.

Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes Fluff

Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes Stack

Coco-Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes Coffee

Nutritional Information
Per stack without toppings

182 Calories  /  5g Fat  /  8g Carbs  /  2g Fiber  /  5g Sugar  /  26g Protein

Talk about protein-packed! I hope you enjoy them as much I am. I even made an extra batch yesterday to eat on the way to the airport this morning. Speaking of airport.. Baltimore, here we come!!

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

What is your favorite kind of pancake?
Any big plans for the weekend?