This Week in Workouts + Banana Blueberry Protein Pancakes

Hi friends and happy Father’s Day! I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful day with the dads in your life.

We celebrated the day with my in laws at Roaring Camp Railroad in Santa Cruz. We’ve been wanting to go here for awhile and was glad to finally take Reece since he loves trains. He loved watching the model trains go around their tracks and we took a fun train ride through the redwoods.

Reece_Model_Trains_Roaring_Camp

I oddly didn’t take many pictures today, so here are a couple of Doug and the kids when they were both born:

Doug_Emme_Newborn_Hospital Doug and newborn Reece

They’re so lucky to have such a great daddy!

I did manage to get a picture of our yummy breakfast, though. Banana blueberry walnut protein pancakes and a veggielicious frittata made with onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and spinach.

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The base recipe I used for the protein pancakes is a favorite of mine from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers. I love cooking up a huge batch on the weekend and eating them as a healthy, delicious, protein-packed snack during the week.

I changed up the original recipe to make them extra special for Father’s Day and the results were delicious! Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try too.

Banana Blueberry Walnut Protein Pancakes
Serves 4 (about 16 smaller pancakes)

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1 cup Greek yogurt
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 bananas
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon
1 large handful of blueberries
1 large handful chopped walnuts
1 TBSP butter

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, oats, bananas, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend with immersion blender (I love this kitchen tool! It was a a very worth it $20, but you can also use a food processor or blender) until smooth. Stir in blueberries and walnuts.

Heat pan and melt 1/2 of the butter. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop and pour batter onto heated pan. Flip when edges have firmed and browned slightly. Cook a couple more minutes until batter has firmed completely. Remove cooked pancakes and cook the rest of the batter, adding more butter to the pan as needed.

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You may also remember that this past week was my first time teaching four days of Pilates in a row. I was hopeful that I would fit in a couple rounds of Tabata before classes to get in some cardio each day, but that didn’t happen. Here’s what my workouts looked like this week:

Monday: Strength – Teach Pilates
Tuesday: Strength – Teach Pilates
Wednesday: Strength – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Strength – Teach Pilates
Friday: Cardio – Run 2 miles with the jogging stroller
Saturday: Strength + Cardio – Full body circuit + 20 min HIIT Stationary Bike
Sunday: OFF

I got in six days of exercise, but I definitely missed having more cardio. Lifting weights on Saturday felt great after all the body-weight workouts! I still haven’t figured out how to get in more exercise for me with this much teaching, but I appreciate the suggestions from my post last week about finding balance as a fitness instructor. I probably wouldn’t have taken a rest day today except that it was Father’s Day and we were out of the house. If I had worked out, that would’ve left me with no rest day, which probably isn’t the best thing either.

Don’t forget–tomorrow is the last day to enter to win coffee capsules for your Nespresso machine!

How did you get your sweat on last week?

How many rest days do you usually take?

What’s your favorite pancake recipe?

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  • Hi Laura! I managed 4 days last week of cardio which included three days of HIIT (20-35 mins) and one long run. Usually I try to run three days a week but last week it didn’t quite happen, so HIIT at home is the next best thing. I end up having 2-3 rest days a week, I’d prefer if it was only 2, but on one of the rest days I do some yoga if I don’t get to do any cardio. I’m also trying to be less sedentary, so I’m standing up on public transport during my daily commute (1 hour a day). Thanks for the pancakes recipe, will definitely be trying it out next weekend!

    • HIIT is the best for a quickie, at-home workout! Like you, I prefer two rest days, but I sometimes have weeks with three. If those three days happen to be in a row, I start to go a little bit crazy. 🙂 It’s all about getting in what we can and being consistent. Let me know how you like the pancakes!

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