Popeye’s Protein Pancakes

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Spinach, egg whites, and bananas.

All considered nutrient-packed staples in my kitchen, so why not put them together?     I know it must sound strange, but believe me, it works.

The outcome: spinach protein pancakes- low in carbs and high in protein and fiber.

Spinach Protein Pancakes                                                                                                        1 serving

1/4 cup of egg whites or 2 whole eggs

1 handful of spinach

1/2 ripe mashed banana (the riper the better)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking powder (helps pancakes rise)

Combine all ingredients into a Magic Bullet (or normal blender) and blend until smooth. If not blending smoothly, add additional egg whites. Heat pan on medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into pan, and flip pancake when bubbles rise and the edges appear to be cooked.

Serve with fresh berries, a dash of cinnamon, a dollop of Greek yogurt or sugar-free maple syrup.

*For additional sweetness: add extra banana, agave nectar, or 1-2 Stevia packets

*For a more pancake-like texture: add 1/4 cup of old-fashioned oats

*A Magic Bullet is the perfect size, easy to pour, and quick to clean!

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Go for the Greens

Feeling sluggish and in need of a wake-up call? Ditch the caffeine and go for the greens!

My green smoothie will give you that extra boost of energy and leave you feeling physically and mentally refreshed.  After pulling an all-nighter or staying out a little too late, this smoothie is my go-to breakfast to get me through the day.  My secret ingredient: greens.

As we know, dark, leafy greens are notoriously good for us.  My personal favorites are kale and spinach.  Rich in vitamins and nutrients, they provide a natural source of energy and a healthy glow to your skin- helping you to appear even more awake than you actually might be at the time.  The high fiber content of these greens helps keep you satiated throughout the day- prolonging those embarrassing stomach growls during class.

Don’t like the taste of the greens? No fear.

After blending the greens with your choice of fruit, natural sweetener and protein powder, the taste is completely masked.

Time to go green, and drink up!

Basic Green Smoothie         

1 serving

1 c. unsweetened almond milk (can use regular milk or soymilk)

2 c. leafy greens (spinach and kale are my favorites!)

½  frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

5 ice cubes

1 Stevia packet

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

*Optional add-ins:

1 scoop of whey protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)

1 tbs. all natural peanut butter

1 tbs. chia seeds

1 tbs. flaxseeds