Clean Eating Protein Pancakes in 20 Minutes or Less

I have a confession: I have a sweet tooth and sometimes it HAS to be satisfied. I let myself give in to it every now and then, but when I want to stay on my clean eating track, I have a couple of go-to goodies to satisfy the bugger AND keeps me on track.

Clean Eating Pancakes?

Who doesn’t like pancakes??? When I was younger it was a treat in our house, usually served on Sundays after church. My brothers and sisters and I would slather on the butter, and Mrs. Butterworth was as much a part of the treat as the pancakes. I think the five of us kids would empty a whole bottle at one sitting! YIKES, I cringe at the amount of calories and sugar, and am thankful I found clean eating! When you are on your journey to your best health, eating pancakes with 2,000 calories is NOT a way to reach your goals in a timely manner.

I first learned you could make awesome, great-tasting, sweet-tooth satisfying pancakes when I was prepping for my first figure competition. When one of my fellow competitors shared it with me, I was skeptical after reading the ingredients, until she (literally) shoved a piece of hers in my mouth and said “chew”. I thought I died and went to heaven. These pancakes are really simple to make, you most likely have the ingredients in your kitchen! Just like last weeks post, making Mason Jar Salads For a Week, these pancakes can be whipped up in 20 minutes or less!

Clean Eating Protein Pancakes

Clean Eating Banana Walnut Protein Pancakes (1 serving, 2 pancakes)

Ingredients:
3 eggs or 5 egg whites
1/3 c. organic whole oats
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. organic vanilla
¼ c. chopped walnuts
½ medium banana
2 tsp. coconut oil (divided)

Instructions:

Place eggs, oats, cinnamon and vanilla in a Magic Bullet or blender. Using the chopping blade, blend for 30 seconds or so, until the oats are blended. Melt 1 tsp. of coconut oil in small saucepan on stovetop over medium heat. Once melted spread evenly in sauce pan. Pour ½ of the egg mixture in the heated pan (be sure to give it one last pulse before pouring out as the oat powder settles to the bottom quickly).

Sprinkle half of the walnuts over the cooking pancake followed by slicing half of the banana evenly and pressing down slices lightly over the walnuts and into the batter.

As batter starts to rise, using a spatula, carefully lift underneath and check the underside for doneness, usually 1-2 minutes depending on temperature of your stovetop. When underside is golden brown, carefully slide spatula under the pancake and flip quickly. This part takes a little bit of talent with a regular spatula !  Tip: buy one of the big round spatulas made just for flipping pancakes!

Banana Walnut Pancakes_2The second side of the pancake will cook quickly so have a plate handy. After 15-20 seconds, gently slide the spatula underneath to check. Pancake is done when underside is golden brown and bananas are slightly caramelized. Flip pancake onto a plate and repeat steps for your second serving, usually turning down the heat slightly so the first side doesn’t cook too fast.

Enjoy!

These pancakes are so good and sweet you don’t need syrup! If you are looking to mix things up, you can always trade out the banana for ¼ cup of blueberries, raspberries or mixed berries. I’ve found strawberries don’t work as well with this recipe. These pancakes can be made ahead and reheated later or the next day. The bananas may be a little brown, but it only makes them sweeter!

There you have it! Pancakes that keep you on your clean eating track! Let us know if you gave them a try by sharing a photo on our Aging Youthful Facebook page or leave a comment below.

 

5 Steps To A Week of Salads in 20 Minutes

Healthy and Fast SaladsAre you like me and sometimes finding healthy eating on the run and getting your proper daily servings of vegetables a struggle when you are on your journey to weight loss (or anytime for that matter)? Struggle no more, I’ve found a fast and easy way to make a week’s worth of salads in 20 minutes! Thanks to Pinterest, the Mason Jar salad has helped many of us get everything we need to food prep and pack Mason Jar salads for a week! Here are five easy steps to making your favorite salads for a week.

Step 1: Prep Your Ingredients and Mason Jars

If you are adding a meat protein source like chicken or beef, get it started on the grill, in the oven or on the stove top. While you are cooking your protein, start your food prep: chopping your washed vegetables, making sure you have enough for your lunches for the week.  Get your Mason jars lined out and ready to fill!

Mason Jar Salads

Step 2: Add Dressing

Yes, we START with the dressing on the bottom of the jar. Why you ask….see Step 3. 🙂

Easy Weekly Food Prep

Step 3:  Add Your “Heavy” Vegetables

Next, add vegetables that won’t soak up dressing and become soggy. This includes broccoli, cauliflower, onions, carrots, etc. If you have something like cucumbers, put them somewhere in the middle. If you are adding a protein source, put on top of the heavy vegetables.

Mason Jar Salad Instructions

Step 3: Add Your Greens and Leafy Veggies

Next up is lettuce, kale, or any other leafy vegetables of your choice, and pack them in. Layering the heavy vegetables first keeps the greens separated from the dressing so the greens don’t get soggy over the course of the week.

Fast and Easy Salads

Step 4: Add Anything Else

You could add these before the greens, I like to add them at the end when I have my leafies (is that a word?) packed in to get as many of them as possible. It also prevents me from overdoing the cheese, craisins and nuts, which are my favorite salad toppers! A super-easy way to practice portion control!

Mason Jar Salad Preparation

Step 5: Cover and Store in The Fridge

That’s it! Store your Mason Jar Salads the fridge and grab one as you go out the door in the morning! When you are ready to eat later in the day, dump all the contents into a large bowl or on a large plate. Since the dressing comes out last, it ends up on top of your salad!

There you have it, a week’s worth of salads, food-prepped and ready to go as your healthy fast food! I’d love to hear some of your favorite ingredients and if you give the Mason Jar Salads a try by commenting below or letting us know on our Aging Youthful Facebook page!

Fast and Easy Healthy Food

 

 

 

The Worst Parts of Aging…And What You Can Do About It: The Dude’s View

So, what is this getting older all about? We keep preaching about Aging Youthful, but what is this adding of years really all about? What happens as we age?

Keeping Fit as You Age

Well, we start growing hair where we never had it before, and lose our hair where it is supposed to be. Our skin becomes thinner and less elastic so we get wrinkles. Those who spent a lot of time in the sun, or in those damn tanning beds, your skin will look much worse! Our bones and muscles become weaker and more brittle, so it becomes much easier to break a bone or pull a muscle. Our memory becomes worse! What? Why can I remember what was in a movie I saw ten years ago, but can’t remember why I went into the next room?

Our appetite decreases so it might be harder to keep weight on. Our body dehydrates more easily, so make sure you beep drinking…water! We start to lose some hearing, more than the “selective” hearing that our spouses say we have already lost. Our eye site will become worse and we might have to go back to wearing glasses.

We may become more prone to constipation and our heart rate may slow down, so a lot of things slow up. We may also lose control of our bladders, so that will speed up. Our gums may recede so our great smiles may not be quite as great, and our sexual performance may be reduced, so we may not feel the need to smile as much anyway! Wow, we all have a lot to look forward to don’t we?!?!?

Well, there are things we can do to slow or prevent much of this. My thoughts are the biggest things we can do is stay active. Move. I don’t care if you spend ten hours a day in a gym, or go for a walk at the mall, just keep active. We don’t quit moving because we get old, we get old because we quit moving! Eat healthy fresh food, organic is best. Fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, organic meat and dairy. Get enough sleep, and make sure it is good sleep. And there are supplements out there that help greatly, just don’t fall for all the advertising traps out there. Do your research before you buy.

Well, there ya go peeps, join us in this wild ride we call Aging Youthful and keep on rocking. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Just because your number is getting higher, don’t let it define you! NEVER say I’m too old, as soon as you start saying that, you will be!!!

Mark

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Aging Youthful Blog: Aging Never Looked and FELT So Good!

Aging Youthful for PinterestHello Aging Youthful fans! We have been busy working on redesigning the Aging Youthful brand with the bonus of Mark joining Mary in writing! Stay tuned for the “dude’s perspective”! While we will still “motivate. inspire. empower.” and have nourishing our bodies through fitness and nutrition as part of our mission, we are adding two more elements we believe are equally important in creating the Aging Youthful Lifestyle: nourishing our minds and nourishing our souls. We are working hard to post at a minimum three times a week, with articles pertaining to each element. Below I will share what each element will focus on, keeping in mind there might be crossover. I personally believe we can’t have one without the other.

Aging Youthful’s Nourish Your Mind

CoverNourishing the Mind will focus on mindset…what we THINK we become. This has been a huge part of the personal growth of our lives! I have found in coaching others, mindset is KEY in a person having success. I understand most people are skeptical these days, but we must have an open mind and believe that something will work, in order for it TO work! This year I turned 50 and with this milestone came a HUGE SHIFT in thinking and deciding to really leap outside my comfort zone and start REALLY living life to the fullest, not caring what others think and do the things I’ve always wanted!

In the last couple of months this bull (I AM a Taurus after all) took the bull by the horns and created the women’s empowerment workshop First Love Yourself (or FLY), where I create a safe environment for women to share their beliefs of why they feel they are not good enough. This loving environment shifts their thinking and creates massive breakthroughs for women to leave the workshops with the knowledge and tools that they ARE good enough, “perfectly imperfect” and can go back into the world and lift others up with what they have learned.The workshops have been extremely, I am creating curriculum for a day-long retreat to dig deeper and simultaneously creating modules for a 4 or 6 week e-course to work at their own pace from anywhere in the world!

Aging Youthful’s Nourish Your Body

As mentioned above, this element will focus on fitness and nutrition. You may think nourishing your body is just about nutrition, it was also designed to move, be strong and fit! Under this element we will share some of our favorite healthy recipes, superfoods and supplements, and workouts. We are both in our 50’s and we are NOT letting age slow us down! At 55 years young, Mark competed his first Strongman competition this summer and he’s just getting started! His strongest event is the semi-pull and at the Northside Classic in June, he had the fastest time in the semi-pull, with all of his competition being 15+ years younger. Not bad for an “old, retired” musher. 🙂 He’s been so inspiring to me, I’m even considering joining along and training with him! (YIKES, did I just type that???).

Aging Youthful’s Nourish Your Soul 

August2016FullMoonThis element is my favorite. While Mark isn’t on the personal development bandwagon as much as I am, we both have grown by leaps and bounds in this area in recent years. Having so many birthdays (I don’t like to use the word “age”) comes wisdom. For me it means I am reconnecting with my spiritual side. The element will not focus on religion, it is a giving space to allow others to share what speaks to THEIR soul. For some it may be a specific religion, for others it’s a strong pull of knowing we are a part of something much greater than ourselves. Whatever it is, speaks to us through our souls. This is where I know I still need work and the reason I call myself a “student” as I will be ever-learning, ever-evolving. We must be conscious of what type of energy we give out from inside of ourselves and believe we need to nourish our soul with what makes us feel good (volunteer work, philanthropy, coaching, etc.) in order for us to lead a fulfilled, youthful life.

We will share what we learn as we grow and hope you will share nuggets of information you have learned on your journey! In the meantime, drop us a note and sign up for our email newsletter. Our first one will be coming out soon!!! Be sure to like and follow us on your favorite social media platform; we are currently on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Age Youthfully My Friends!