Vanilla protein pancakes

Pancakes are incredible. That’s a fact. But if you’re like me and you need a healthy, satisfying power breakfast that packs enough protein to keep me full and fueled for the day, sometimes the classic pancake isn’t enough. Luckily, pancakes are easily subject to fitness hacks. I’ve seen loads of protein pancake/skinny pancake/etc. recipes floating around on Pinterest, so I decided to try my hand at them with the ingredients I had on hand.

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Vanilla protein pancakes
Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup flour (all-purpose or other)
1 egg
2 tbsp Earth Balance (or butter/other butter substitute)
Pinch of salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Drizzle of vegetable oil (I only had olive oil on hand and it worked fine)
1 packet Vega vanilla protein powder

I added sugar when I made them, but honestly there is no need to, at least if you are using a flavored protein powder like I was! And if you use syrup or some other sweetener, it’s really more than enough sweetness!

Warning: these are SUPER filling! They truly are a power breakfast, perfect for days where I need energy for a high intensity workout. The girlfriend and I made them with bananas, but other fruits would be great, too, as would toppings like peanut butter or jam.

Enjoy!

Peace, sweat and love,

G.

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Hemp Hearts review

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. I’m OK myself, just chugging along and thrilled to be back in good health.

So, earlier this month, I was given the opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Hearts through their partnership with Sweat Pink. As promised, Manitoba Harvest sent me some sweet Hemp Hearts to sample all the way from Canada. When this arrived in the mail, I was super excited:

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There are TONS of ways that you can use these little guys. But first off, what are they? Well, hemp hearts are what remains after the seeds of the hemp plant have been shelled or de-hulled. They are a treasure trove of healthy fats, proteins, and omegas 3 and 6! A serving of hemp hearts boasts a whopping 10 grams of protein AND 10 grams of omegas 3 and 6 – comparable to the more well-known flax and chia seeds.

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Besides the fact that they are nutritionally dense, hemp hearts are also just plain yummy! They have a lovely, subtly nutty flavor that blends well with a wide variety of foods, both sweet and savory. These would definitely be amazing in salads, as well as stir frys. But I must admit that I am so devoted to my new favorite snack of yogurt sprinkled with hemp hearts, that I haven’t been getting as creative as I could! That said, I think they would be amazing with seafood stir fry, in salads, in veggie burgers, and in hot cereals.

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Study break! The protein and fat in these hemp hearts add a vital kick to plain old yogurt – which adds interest in terms of taste and texture, as well as a nutritional boost.

Curious? I sampled them, and I still am! There is definitely a lot of hemp heart potential that I haven’t been able to explore thus far.

Lucky for you (and me) Manitoba Harvest has provided Sweat Pink Ambassadors like myself a coupon code for readers. You can get 20% off at Manitoba Harvest’s site when you use the code “HHSweatPink14” – just in case you needed a little more of a nudge to try out this superfood for yourself 😉

Peace, sweat and love,

G.