I found this recipe on Instagram of all places, and I like that it’s an easy, protein-packed, gluten-free pancake recipe that only uses a few ingredients. Besides the fact that it gives me a ton of energy, it tastes great:
3 egg whites
1 scoop of protein powder (I use a vanilla flavored one)
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
1 tsp of almond milk (optional)
Optional: sliced fruits like strawberries
Combine eggs, protein, rolled oats, cottage cheese, and almond milk together in a blender and blend until it liquifies. The almond milk makes it a little thinner (I use Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze milk in Vanilla/Unsweetened) so you can add it if you have it but you don’t have to have it for this recipe. I also have made this a ton of times without the vanilla extract and it tastes great even without it, so don’t fret if you don’t have those ingredients.
In a small skillet, add a little olive oil or cooking spray over low heat and pour in mixture. After a few minutes, or until edges solidify, flip pancake over and cook other side. This recipe is enough for two pancakes.
I’ve been getting up extra early lately to make breakfast since I’ve realized how much better my days are going when I do (especially the more stressful ones with work). I know it sounds crazy, but I think even trying new recipes and getting creative with it has been giving me more reason to jump out of bed. This was a creation from this past week:
This week in breakfast
I needed to use the avocado I had since it was getting bad, so after slicing and peeling one, I squeezed half a lemon over it (to keep it from oxidizing more and for flavor), and put a little salt and pepper over it. I also used halves of Arnold Sandwich Thins to spread farmer’s cheese over it, then the avocado on top of that, and then added some organic pomegranate kernels that I found in the freezer aisle (I couldn’t find fresh pomegranate in the store, so ended up buying it frozen). It was such a good, healthy meal.
The other half of my meal was just two eggs I cooked with some of my favorite ingredients: thyme, chopped onions, jalapeños, sun dried tomato, and cilantro. What have you been making for breakfast lately? Share, and maybe I’ll try it next week
Consider this recipe my greatest testament to my love for almonds. Really, this smoothie was inevitable. I cut down a lot on my caffeine but on the days I need a boost, I’ve been making this dairy-free smoothie which is full of protein and potassium. I call it “triple almond” because I basically OD on it — I use almond butter, almond milk, and actual almonds in it.
Triple almond coffee smoothie
I also started adding raw maca powder to this. Maca is a potent, ancient Peruvian superfood with plant protein and fiber that naturally energizes you without the caffeine crash. Technically, you can totally make this without the coffee for that reason but I like its flavor personally. If you have decaf go for it–you’ll still get the energy boost. Maca’s actually a pretty intriguing ingredient, according to the website it says “the maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress…it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility.” Dang. I originally bought this powder for the Jennifer Aniston smoothie I tried recently, but since I spent $23 on a packet of this I decided I might as well throw it in more of my meals.
Anyway, this smoothie like most is pretty easy to make and tastes amazing. Let me know if you try it and what you think!:
Triple Almond Coffee Breakfast Smoothie
– 1/2 cup iced brewed coffee (You can use any, but I’ve been using it with a Blue Bottle Costa Rican grind that I prepare in my Chemex pour over, then I throw it in a mug of ice to let it cool for a few minutes before I pour the ice and coffee together in the blender)
– 1 frozen banana (I always put a couple bananas in the freezer for my smoothies the next day but you can use a non-frozen one too since the ice will chill the smoothie anyway)
– 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened (I use Blue Diamond’s Almond Milk)
– 10-15 raw almonds
– 2 tbs of raw almond butter
– 1 tsp of maca powder
PS I added whipped cream and sliced almonds for the picture–quadruple almond smoothie?– but normally I’d just take this plain. It’s nice to add those little touches if you have guests though!
Sooooo I guess some people noticed how obsessed I am with anything truffle-related (has it been that obvious? ), so I was inevitably tagged me to an Instagram post that displayed a delicious combo of soft boiled eggs and thyme. I’ve been craving it since so I made my own version of it, very slightly altered, but man, you have to try it if you feel the same feels about truffle as I do.
Truffle eggs and thyme
Toast a wheat toast, and top with low fat cottage cheese. Add sliced hard boiled eggs, and season with sea salt, crushed red pepper, fresh thyme, and drizzle a little truffle oil over it. On that note, my friend Shazeen introduced me to The Truffleist‘s truffle oil.
What’s left of The Truffleist Oil in my kitchen
It smells like HEAVEN and is so incredibly delicious. You should check him out and try his stuff — you won’t be disappointed!
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This was inspired by the smoothie that everyone was going loco over because it’s Jennifer Aniston’s breakfast go-to. And you know Jennifer Aniston is probably doing a lot of things right because:
Anyway, the one I made for myself is not reallyyy the same thing because she likes all sorts of chocolate cocoa powder and I just…don’t. That, coupled with the fact that she uses maca powder and I couldn’t find any at Trader Joe’s. If you’ve ever been to Trader Joe’s in NYC, you know you pretty much give up on doing anything else after because by the time you’re out of there you felt like you just came back from battle. So, even though I still plan on getting maca powder from a health food store at some point, I just didn’t have some on me in time to make this breakfast smoothie. [Update: I just bought some at the health food store — it ain’t cheap at $23 for a 8 oz bag. But here’s hoping the health benefits are worth it].
As promised, here’s an addendum to the last post: using that smoky avocado quinoa pilaf and making it a breakfast burrito:
4 10-inch whole wheat tortillas
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup of the cooked smoky quinoa pilaf mixture
1 ripe Hass avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed
1) In a large skillet, warm the tortillas and add grated cheese. Set aside.
2) In a separate skillet, add smokey quinoa pilaf mixture from this recipe.
3) Crack eggs into a pan and stir with a flat bottomed wooden spatula until they are cooked through and incorporated into the quinoa mixture (I also cooked the eggs separately since I had already prepped the quinoa)
4) Add quinoa mixture and cubed avocados to tortillas. Roll up like a burrito.
430 calories, 22 grams of fat (0 trans fat, 9 g sat fat); 39g of carbs; 10 g of dietary fiber; 18 g of protein; 2 g of sugar.