Banana Protein Pancakes

It’s pancake day so… I thought I would share with you the recipe for my most recent pancake stack. It isn’t 100% perfect but it did make some pretty delicious pancakes.

 

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Ingredients:

For the pancakes…

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 ¬†banana
  • 50g buckwheat flour (or any other flour will do!)
  • 15g My protein soya chocolate protein isolate
  • 1 medium egg
  • 100ml almond milk

For the toppings…

  • Sprinkling of coconut
  • A small handful of cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana sliced (freeze the other half for a smoothie another time)
  • Sweet freedom choc shot

Method:

  • Simply blend all the pancake ingredients together (or use a mixer if you don’t have a blender handy).
  • To get the circle shape I used two pans, one small circle one and another to flip them onto.
  • Make sure both pans are very hot before you start cooking and that the oil is evenly coated. Once you begin, turn down the heat.
  • When the pancake mix becomes noticeably more firm on the side facing you, give it a go and flip ’em!
  • Can’t give too much direction here as it really does come with practice and timings all depend on how thick you like your pancakes so… good luck! (P.s. the first pancake is always the worst)

Enjoy a delicious pancake day!! If you make these pancakes please do let me know by tagging me @whygowithout and using #whygowithout so I can find it ūüôā

For another protein pancake recipe click here!

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New Years Resolutions & why not to keep them (all of the time)

Happy new year! This time of year is always an interesting one. People take the time to reflect on their habits of the year just gone and try to figure out what they want to change to make the coming year even better than the last.

One of the most common resolutions is to “get fit”, or “eat clean”. This is one of the trickiest there is. A lot of people who will choose for this to be their main goal for the new year, will try to do it in almost an impossible way. They will completely stop themselves from eating anything ‘unhealthy’, i.e. depriving themselves of a lot of their favourite foods. Or they will set themselves hugely difficult goals like exercising 6 days a week. This is unrealistic and will leave you feeling crappy, unless you have unbelievable willpower and unlimited free time.

The deprivation isn’t the bad part, stopping yourself from eating chocolate, junk food etc. is in the end, a good thing. What is bad is the guilt that comes when you have a slip up. Most likely there will be a slip up as habits don’t change over night. If it does occur, not only will there be guilt, but a lot of people will feel useless and like they will never be able to¬†do it. A lot of people will then give up and feel there is no point trying again. The key is balance which may take a while to find, but is definitely worth the struggle.

Stopping yourself from over-indulging will definitely help your journey to being healthy easier in the long run. In the end, not having chocolate/chips/cake/etc. stops the cravings. However, my point is that if you do find yourself having that muffin or croissant, don’t feel bad about it. Enjoy it and then be even more motivated to be healthy the rest of the week.

Don’t let your new years resolutions be hard to keep. Ease them in. Instead of “get fit”, why not try to start by trying to walk more, going to the gym once a week, then twice a week, then three times and see what routine will work for you. Not only what will help you achieve your resolution, but that will leave you feeling happier and healthier inside and out.

My new years resolution was to read more and watch more documentaries. It is safe to say that it is now 11 days into January and I have yet to do any of this. However, when I finish binge watching all of Gilmore Girls it will be the first thing that I do (…probably). Do I feel guilty that I haven’t done this yet? No, because it is ONLY 11 days into January. I have the whole year to achieve this!

You won’t see big changes in your habits, appearance or anything overnight.¬†New years resolutions take the whole year. Give them the whole year to take shape and enjoy every minute of it! And don’t forget balance is key. Work out during the week, and allow yourself a break and a burger.. and maybe even some chips. In my case, I will be watching Gilmore Girls until I feel like a documentary, or picking up a book…

In the end, the most important thing is your happiness. If your new years resolutions aren’t leaving you happy, rethink your habits and see if there is another way to reach your goals while still allowing ¬†yourself to have a fun, happy year.

5 reasons to eat Blackberries

12491750_888270167938697_3702526392494132230_oAt the end of last year I tried blackberries for the very first time and I was in LOVE. They literally taste like sweets to me and made a nice change to all the other berries I ate more regularly. After my discovery I ¬†did some research to see if they were as good for me as I’d heard people say they were in the past, and they are! So here are 5 reasons why you should start eating blackberries:

  1. They contain high levels of  insoluble and soluble fibre. 100g of blackberries contains 14% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fibre Рthis is a lot! It is critical for your health to have high levels of fibre every day as insoluble fibre will help keep your digestive track clear and regulate your bowels and soluble fibre can help to keep a good balance of bacteria in your gut.
  2. Blackberries are full of antioxidants. As silly as it might sound, having a diet high in antioxidants may actually help you to avoid bad hangovers Рso before a night out, why not have 100g of blackberries and you might actually be able to get out and about the next day.
  3. They enhance your memory. A study conducted in 2009 found that rats who ate blackberries had improved memory and motor function, so best to stock up on them during exam time.
  4. Immunity boosting. Especially at the moment, with snow appearing around the country, it is getting harder and harder to ward off everyones germs. Blackberries are full of essential vitamins and minerals, particular Vitamin C (100g contains 35% of your RDA). Vitamin C, although it cannot prevent you from developing a cold, it has been shown to reduce the duration of one when you get sick. So you can make sure you reach your goal for a daily dose of Vitamin C by eating lots of blackberries.
  5. Good for weight loss. A lot of people worry about eating fruit when they are trying to lose weight because they are high in sugar (although as long as your not eating ridiculous amounts, this is fine because natural sugars are processed with greater ease by the body!). Blackberries are a low calorie, low sugar fruit Рso if you are trying to watch your sugar intake and calorie intake, these are the perfect fruit to snack on.

All in all, blackberries are delicious and why not eat a fruit that is delicious and also offers you a range of health benefits!