WIAW: Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes

by Sara on June 27, 2012

Hello! It’s the middle of the week, which means it’s time for another full day food extravaganza!

Head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out all the delicious food bloggers are buzzing about.

But wait! Before you click away…

Might I be able to entice you to stay? πŸ˜‰

I’m not sure where my craving for pancakes came from yesterday morning. I usually enjoy savory egg white scrambles or egg puffs, but pancakes are first thing I remember thinking about when I opened my eyes.

The second thing I remember thinking about is coffee. And when I realized that I was out of my trusty standby, Starbucks Via, I had a mini panic attack.

Coffee crisis!

I rushed out the door sans breakfast and walked two blocks to the closest Starbucks to stock up on my favorite instant roast.

I think the barista thought I was crazy when I asked for a cup of hot water, so that I could mix my instant coffee in the store.

Don’t judge. I truly enjoy Starbucks Via more than I do their fresh espresso! The coffee at the ‘bucks tastes burned to me, but the Via’s have a consistently bold, smooth, delicious flavor.

AND they’re much cheaper. I say that’s a win. Especially when you’re on a grad student budget. πŸ˜‰

**BREAKFAST**

Once caffeine was pumped well into my body, I was ready to eat.

No syrup needed. πŸ˜‰

BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE PANCAKES

1/2 cup oat flour (or oats)

1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese

2-3 egg whites (depending on size)

1/4 unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choosing)

1 t. baking powder

1 packet stevia

dash of cinnamon; dash of salt (optional)

blueberries (about 1/4 cup)

1. Mix everything in a Magic Bullet or blender; fold in blueberries.

2. Cook on a skillet, as you do regular pancakes.

Adding cottage cheese to pancake batter created a flavor reminiscent of cheesecake (or a cheese danish—-whichever you prefer). The pancakes were tender and indulgent, yet super clean and healthy.

After devouring my pancakes, I started prepping for dinner.

The Greek salad needed to marinate for several hours, so I figured I’d throw it together early in the day for maximum flavor. :)

Confession: I ate about a half cup of the salad on the spot. (Don’t worry, there was still plenty enough left for dinner!) πŸ˜‰

Insert: Chest and ab workout at the gym + 20 minutes of elliptical cardio.

**POST-WORKOUT SNACK**

MRM whey vanilla “frosting,” with a dollop of TruWhip on top for extra creaminess. I dunked two Corn Thins into the frosting. Delicious.

If you haven’t tried protein “frosting,” I highly recommend that you do! (1 scoop whey protein + a splash or water or almond milk = “frosting”)

**LUNCH**

I spent the entire morning turning the kitchen into a pig pen (veggies on the floor! flour in my hair!), so the last thing I wanted to do was create more mayhem.

Thank goodness for Sweetgreen to-go!

I cheated and asked for a sample of frozen yogurt. Samples don’t count, do they? πŸ˜‰

My order: Guacamole Greens with shrimp. I substituted roasted corn for the tortilla chips and used the avocado as “dressing.”

When you have a half avocado to work with, you can do that. πŸ˜‰

I also enjoyed a new beverage: Seagram’s Blackberry Raspberry Sparkling Seltzer Water.

I was recently sent a box of these no sugar-added refreshers (they come in four delicious flavors!), and was excited to try my first one.

Verdict: LOVED it! I’m a huge fan of sparkling beverages (my favorite wine is Champagne!) but not such a huge fan of their artificial ingredients.

Okay, full disclosure: I do enjoy Diet Coke regularly but it’s not a something I’m proud of.Β  I’m hoping these fun fruity drinks will help me break my soda habit!

**SNACK #1**

Hard boiled egg and 1/2 oz almonds. The combination of these two foods is so satisfying!

**DINNER**

Elaina and I enjoyed dining al fresco with two good college friends, Lauren and Sara.

We started out with glasses of Moscato, and then moved on to the main course: Greek Chicken Kabobs with Mint and Oregano and Chopped Greek Salad.

The chicken had been marinating in olive oil and spices all day, so the flavor was incredible. The salad was light and fresh, which was great for a summer evening. I especially enjoyed the zing of bold flavor provided by theΒ  kalamata olives and feta cheese.

We’d planned on making s’mores for dessert, but Safeway’s marshmallow stock was completely depleted this afternoon (save for several bags of mini marshmallows—but who roasts those?!). There was no time to come up with a plan B, so we had to resort to something already in the house to satisfy our sweet tooths (<—sweet teeth doesn’t sound right!).

A bag of half-eaten Ghiradelli chocolate chips to the rescue. πŸ˜‰

The four of us chatted well into the night, fueled by Domaine Des Ormes (aka delicious fancy French wine) and handfuls of dark chocolate. :)

SNACK #2

After the girls left, I sat down to write this post and nosh on my favorite nighttime treat.

whipped cottage cheese, peanut butter, granola and flax

Always perfect way to end the day! πŸ˜‰

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CALORIES SCHMALORIES

Before I go, I have a little announcement to make: Yesterday was the first day in years that I haven’t counted my calories. I realize that calorie counting is a sensitive issue, and that it can be very destructive (it once was for me!). However I also believe it can be done healthfully. Despite my abusive relationship with calorie counting in the past, over the past three months I’ve used numbers to ensure that I’m eating enough to fuel my muscle gains. And it has worked! I’ve gained seven pounds of mostly muscle to date, and have a few more to go before reaching my 10 pound goal.:)

However, I’ve realized that I’m finally ready to let go of the sense of control that obsessively tracking numbers has provided me over the years. Twelve years, to be exact. I started counting calories when I was 14, and I haven’t stopped since. Oy. That’s a long time!

I’m ready to be free of that. TRULY READY.

I realize that it won’t be a cake walk; old habits die hard, and I’m going to have to un-learn something I do automatically. But I was able to do it yesterday, which means I’ll be able to do it today…and tomorrow. :)

My nutrition classes, as well as personal experience, have reaffirmed that health and happiness are in no way determined merely by numbers. Sure, numbers ARE important—in fact, I plan on loosely tracking protein, carbohydrate and fat ratios to ensure that I’m more or less in the right “zone” for muscle growth and maintenance. However, what’s far more important, in my opinion, is listening to my body and doing what works for me. We’re all different. For some, calorie counting might be the best way to optimize their health. For others, eating 100% intuitively might be the answer.

What I know now is this: At this point in my life, calories no loner need to play a major role. This might change in the future, but for now, I’m going to begin enjoying freedom from numbers. πŸ˜€

Thank you so much for love and support! Love you all!

Questions for you:

Do you count calories? If so, how does it help or hinder you?

What’s your favorite pancake topping?

I only put syrup on plain pancakes! If a pancake is really good, no syrup is needed! I love adding fresh fruit and peanut butter, though. πŸ˜‰

What type of coffee do you drink in the morning, and how do you prepare it?

Unless I have access to really good espresso, I go with Vias. One packet of stevia and a touch of coconut creamer. :)

Favorite “un” salad dressing?

I’ve been known to use goat cheese, ketchup, mustard and guacamole as my “dressings.”


  • Natasha

    Hey Sara!
    I have really been enjoying reading your blog, which i discovered not too long ago :)
    I used to have one too, but I deleted it.
    Anyways,
    All of your food looks DELICIOUS…especially the pancakes! YUM
    Also, I have struggled with many weight issues like yourself, and in regards to calories, I have actually never counted them. I was able to lose a ton of weight by just constantly decreasing portion sizes and the frequency that I was eating. Sometimes I wish I knew just how few calories I consumed just to know where I was at at my lowest point and ensure that I NEVER get back to that place.
    I know that a lot of people do count calories, though, and it’ll certainly be a tough habit to break, but I have faith that you will be fine!
    You are a fit, healthy, and beautiful woman, and you will look great regardless of whatever weight you end up being!
    Good Luck
    xoxo
    Natasha

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Hi Natasha! Thank you so much for saying hello! I love connecting with my readers, and truly appreciate your support and kind words–they make a huge difference, especially on journeys like this! xoxo <3

  • http://freckledlifter.wordpress.com/ Alexandra

    THOSE PANCAKES!!!!! I must make those delicious looking cakes of glory haha πŸ˜€
    And I think I’m gonna have to come over to party it up with you with that night time snack of whipped cottage cheese and nut butter- I swear I could have that combo for every meal and be a happy camper, SO yummy!! :)
    Recently I stopped counting calories and worrying about macros since I was just sick of it taking up so much of my life and my day. I’d rather fill my head with memories and happiness rather than numbers and undesired stress, ya know? It’s been super hard, but honestly, I’ve never felt more free in my life! I know you can break free of the counting girl, you’re SO mentally and physically tough!!!
    Have a fabulous Wednesday my friend! <3

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Please come over and cottage cheese party with me! I’d loooovee that! πŸ˜‰ I bet we could come up with some pretty creative concoctions!

      Thank you SO much for your support, Alexandra; it means the world to me! I’m so proud of you for giving up calorie counting and instead choosing to enjoy living! You’re an inspiration to me! xoxo

  • Meg Doll

    SISTER!!!!!!!! I actually started to cry!!!!!! You stopped calorie counting. I knew why you were doing calorie counting most recently, but you stopped!? Oh sis! I am so proud of you!

    Look how well you are nourishing your body. You truly know what it needs and you are the healthiest you have ever been <3 Not to mention, you are truly enjoying your life now too babe <3

    I really couldn't be more proud! A big virtual hug being sent your way!!!!!!

    I am also really happy/proud of you for making those pancakes! WOW! I have made pancakes with cottage cheese before, but only using a TBSP or so, I must try for version! <3

    I love you so much sis and I just want you to know that you are a true inspiration. Thank you for the wonderful friendship <3

    I love you

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I LOVE YOU, Sis!! SO so much! Your comment made my morning–truly!! Thank you for being so unbelievably supportive; you’ve been a solid shoulder to lean on, which has helped me get to the place I am now. And I’m so proud of YOU! You’ve come so far too…it fills me with unexplainable joy! xoxooxo

  • http://twitter.com/AfterDin Caroline

    Okay. I think I am finally going to buy cottage cheese for the first time this weekend so that I can make those pancakes. I love cheesecake too much and the cottage cheese will sort of be “hidden” so I think I can do it! And then maybe from there I’ll be brave to try it in other things :) Nice to see some more BE ladies on the blog :) litb! And three cheers for no calorie counting – so long as you’re giving your body what it needs and are healthy and strong – it’s not worth the effort!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Yesssss! Let me know if you try the pancakes! You can do it you can do it you can do it! You’ll be a cottage cheese convert before you know it! <3 <3

  • Gothextramileblog

    YUM! Everything looks too good. I love cottage cheese :)

  • Gothextramileblog

    Oh, and I just read the part about the calories. I didn’t see that before I posted my other comment! Haha. Congrats! I don’t count calories, WAY too complicated. I was when I was doing Live Fit, but listening to my body is just so much easier :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Exactly, calories complicate everything! <3

  • http://twitter.com/ClaireTheRD Claire M

    Beautiful pancakes, girl! I’m so glad you don’t need to count anymore – you obviously have an amazingly healthy, balanced lifestyle – and just thinking of food to fuel your strong body is a great mindset!

    PS, your pancakes are the prettiest I’ve ever seen, seriously. πŸ˜‰

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Aww, thanks so much, Claire! That’s a huge compliment coming from you! You’re the breakfast queen! Love ya, girl! xoxo

  • http://www.myfoodnfitnessdiaries.com/ Ash @ My FNF Diaries

    oh man, those pancakes sound and look AMAZING! definitely making those bad boys! and girl, i’m so proud of you for not calorie counting! i know how big of a deal that is, and i can certainly relate. :) xoxo

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Ash!! <3 You've been an inspiration to me!

  • http://lifeisbetterthanfiction.wordpress.com/ Meg

    Yum! I love your pancake idea. Jer loves blueberry pancakes and begs me to make them almost every morning. I like that these have a protein punch! I like to put peanut butter and fresh fruit on mine. YUM! Though I will always dream of coconut syrup from Hawaii.

    I hate, haate counting calories. It’s just annoying to me! I’m glad you are breaking yourself of the habit!

    Guacamole and salsa are hands down my favorite “un” dressings!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Ooh, I LOVE that coconut syrup!! It’s actually the only syrup I truly like. Now I’m going to be craving it…gee, thaaaaanks. πŸ˜‰

      I forgot to mention salsa–I use that too! And sometimes even pasta sauce!

      Loved our conversation yesterday–can’t wait to see you! <3

  • Sally

    Favorite coffee: my Nespresso lattes for sure!! Calories: never have counted, even when it was the new craze back in the ’70s! Pancake topping: pure maple syrup (on our family Swedish pancakes of course!) Super excited about your calorie news! Yaaay!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I can’t wait to have a Nespresso once I get home! You’re approach to food ihas always been an inspiration, Mom. I greatly value and admire your balanced approach! HUGS!! <3

  • Bella Capri

    Those blueberry cheesecake pancakes look so good, and the nutritional info on them is fantastic. I’m going to make these one weekend very soon. You definitely showed a delicious day!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Yay! Let me know how you like them!

  • Anne@LoveMintChocolateChip

    Those pancakes look heavenly! Let’s go to sweetgreen soon?!! The guac greens is my favorite.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      YES PLEASE!! I’d love to go on a Sweetgreen date with you! Want to meet up next week?!

  • http://tinynfit.wordpress.com/ Kristanboyd

    I LOVE almond butter on top of hot pancakes so it gets all metly and delicious! I usually have Dunkin coffee with a little skim milk and splenda/stevia. And sometimes I like my salad plain (I’m weird) but I like to use hummus as dressing! PS- been reading your blog for months and I love your addiction to froyo- I am also in the DC area (Ok that sounds stalkerish) and I have an addiction to froyo too! I love FroZenYo by Penn Quarter, but Pinkberry is a close second. I really want to try their Greek yogurt! And I’ve been meaning to try your egg puffs all week but dont want to haul my KitchenAid out- think a Magic Bullet would work?

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Hi! Thanks so much for saying hello! Hummus is a favorite non-dressing of mine too! I totally forgot that one. πŸ˜‰

      You live in DC?! Let’s meet up for a froyo date (after this week, once I’m done with my froyo fast, haha!). I’m a huge FrozenYo fan!

      And you can definitely try whipping the egg whites in a Magic Bullet, but they puff up SO much, that I think it might explode. Haul out that Kitchen Aid–the egg puffs are totally worth it! πŸ˜‰

  • http://glitzglamgranola.com/ Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Omigosh those pancakes look delicious (obviously I already pinned your recipe!) Can’t wait to make them asap! And you have officially convinced me to try VIAs! I too dislike Starbucks coffee and always go for an Americano instead, so this might be a much more cost-efficient strategy! And that sparkling water looks great! I drink La Croix all the time (which doesn’t have any artificial ingredients or added sweeteners) as a way to sidestep my Diet coke habit… I’ve been trying to only order it at restaurants now! And congratulations on your first day without counting calories! It really is a hard habit to break, but I’m so proud that you’ve done your first day- soon it will be first week, first month, first year! As a former calorie counter, I used to know the amount of calories in *everything*! But now it’s been years since then, and I’m much happier without some ambiguous numbers. I actually tried to track the other day and found myself feeling stressed out by the numbers… they are not always a true picture of health! Hope you are having a great week! xoxo

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Ahh, I LOVE this comment (okay, I always love your comments!). Thanks so much for the pin! Definitely let me know if you try the pancakes–I think you’ll love ’em. πŸ˜‰ And same with the Via’s–they’re so convenient, and surprisingly good! I’m a huge La Croix fan too…The Seagram’s drinks are really similar (dare I say better?!). Thanks SO much for your support! It’s helpful to know that I CAN stop counting for good. Huge hugs! xoxo

  • Carrie@LiftEatRepeat

    I use Salsa almost always for my dressing!

    Favorite pancake topping is All Natural Peanut Butter :)

    I used to count calories when I first started gaining weight, but now that I know how many calories are in everything I eat ( I eat a lot of the same things) I don’t do it as much, its more a tally in my head!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Mmm, love salsa on salads!

      I think your approach to calories is what I’ll slip into; I eat such similar foods on a daily basis…I really don’t need to count! <3

  • http://storiesandsweetpotatoes.com/ StoriesAndSweetPotatoes

    Good for you! Enjoy that mental freedom! I stopped cold turkey years ago when I was counting in a harmful way. Now I do loosely count to ensure I am getting enough and it’s a healthy thing for me right now. I don’t plan on doing it forever but for now, it works. I don’t track my macros which is where I tend to get obsessive.
    Your salads look so fresh and beautiful! I drink plain hot coffee in the mornings with just a touch of almond milk. Mmmm coffee… πŸ˜€

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Sara (my name twin!)! It certainly is freeing not counting right now, but I think there is a time and place for it at different points in our lives. I’m sure I’ll do it from time to time, just to make sure everything is in check. πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  • http://www.hungrymeetshealthy.com/ Christina

    ALL THIS GOOD FOOD!! i want/need those pancakes. i have to find that seltzer water too!!!

    i’m keeping you in my prayers sister. i want you to be free of your counting/tracking too!! i want you to have happy eating habits. you’re a beautiful person and you deserve it!! xo

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thank you, Christina!! Love you! <3

  • http://www.mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/ Sara @my less serious life

    fantastic about your calorie revalation. i can’t imagine how difficult this will be – but you can do it!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks for your support, Sara!! <3

  • http://consciouscravings.wordpress.com/ Lindsay

    Mmmm I have been craving pancakes like all the time recently. I love them. If I had the time I would probably have them every day. My favorite pancake topping would definitely have to be fresh fruit with like jam like sauces. Such a good combination.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I would eat them every day too! I’m thinking about making a huge batch and freezing them, so that I can grab them on the go!

  • http://twitter.com/CleanFoodCF Danielle

    Woo hoo! Good for you for not counting calories! This is something I’ve struggled back and forth with for a very long time. I love not having the focus on calories when I don’t, but I do have the occasional freak out about it too! It’s all a balance and I think you will definitely find yours. It’s all about listening to your body and eating what you need! On a side note…you are officially the reason I will be buying cottage cheese this week. I’m dying to try your whipped cottage cheese and those pancakes!!! Can’t wait :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks so much for your support, Danielle!! It means so much! <3

      And yessss about the cottage cheese! This makes me so happy! Let me know what you think of the whipped cc and pancakes! <3

  • Min

    Wow, Sara! Everything looks so delish and COLORFUL!! yum! Me and numbers are not friends either. It was a very abusive relationship, and I’m so glad that we parted ways..Although it reappears from time to time. I’ve actually gained over 10 pounds in the last five months, and I’m pretty sure most of it was from muscles. Or so I hope =). Although, as you know, I’m trying to scale it down a lil. I’m def going to try all your suggestions!! Thank you! And I see you did some “ellipticizing” as well =). I hope you achieve your goal soon!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks so much, Min! I couldn’t believe how similar our stories are when I was reading your post last night! Let’s support each other in this! <3

  • http://twitter.com/LiveLearnEat Live Learn Eat

    Since you were 14?? Goodness sakes, it’s sad how early it starts these days! :( I’m so proud of you for breaking free! And no, a sample doesn’t count. πŸ˜‰ On another note, does anything you eat ever *not* look amazingly delicious? Not that I’m complaining AT ALL – your blog is one of my absolute faves for food pics, I always come here for pinnables!

  • http://www.sweatlikeapig.com/ Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Wow, I did NOT know you were still counting calories! Needless to say, I’m very proud of you for stopping. I was a calorie counter until I started working with my coach – at first, like you, I still counted calories but after a month or two I realised what a waste of time it was. Someone was creating a diet plan for me, and as long as I ate within the realm of that and made reasonable substitutions, I would be fine. It must be knowing you’re in my safe hands!

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    Those pancakes look divine!! I feel like I am the last person to add cottage cheese to pancakes. I really need to try it out!!!
    I love moscato! It is perfect for a nice evening dinner outside. Love your dress, btw! The color is perfect for summer!

  • http://cocinadekarina.wordpress.com/ Karina

    i have never been a fan of plain cottage cheese….the texture freaks me out. but after seeing all the praises it was getting from all the bloggers out there who were blending i decided to buy a container this week. I haven’t gotten a chance to eat it on its own blended but i just have to say….HOLY MOLY these pancakes are delicious!! I split the recipe in half because I wasn’t sure I’d like it….i should have never doubted. THANK YOU for this recipe! I will def be posting about it on my blog :)

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    Those pancakes look SO good!! I’ve got to try them out, especially since I’m on a cottage cheese roll :)
    And I also love starbucks VIA more than their coffees! I do love their americanos more than VIA though, but when I’m on a budget that’s my jam.
    I can not stop eating avocados. I’ve eaten them with lunch and dinner almost everyday now.
    I’m a huge fan of sparkling beverages too, so I want to find those asap! Canada better have these…;)
    I am SO SO proud of you for not counting calories, I too have been using calories in a more positive way, not to restrict, but to ensure I ate enough to fuel my body and make sure I gain enough. I’m so happy you’ve made a decision that its not right for you to continue counting, whatever works for you is the best decision!
    Loooove you!xo

  • http://caffeinatedrunner.wordpress.com/ Kailey

    you best believe I bookmarked this recipe for the pancakes!!
    CONGRATS on not counting – isn’t it such a freeing and liberating experience!? You know what you are doing & most importantly you know your body!

  • http://thewhaleydaily.wordpress.com/ Mary Legare Whaley

    Those pancakes look delish. I love blueberry syrup on pancakes, or pecans, or walnuts… So good. I consider myself to be a “calorie estimator”. I’ve never counted them since even nutrition labels aren’t 100% reliable. I think calorie estimating is a healthy way to go, at least for me, because I always have a general idea of what I eat each day, as well as a general idea of how much I burn during a workout. It would be exhausting to to overthink it, but since I eat a lot of the same foods regularly, and vegetables, fruits, and grains make up most of my diet, estimating is a breeze. It’s kind of second nature to me…the only time I really stop and think about the numbers is if I find myself incredibly hungry or super full. That’s when I know if I need to cut back a bit or add something new. Weight loss/gain/management is all a numbers game essentially. Everyone’s different, but we all need to find our healthy balance! Switching gears…morning coffee? I am a bit of a coffee snob…I grind my wn beans. Starbucks French Roast is my current choice. I add a splash of Almond Breeze Coconut Milk these days with a packet of stevia. YUM. I try to set a 2 cup limit…Great post my friend, as usual. =)

  • http://twitter.com/ChefKatelyn Katelyn Block

    Baby girl. I am SO proud of you!!!! That is a huge step, and I know because I’ve been there. You look beautiful and vibrant. This post makes me so so happy. I hope I’ll be seeing you at HLS again this year! <3

  • http://fitnessgall.wordpress.com/ Amber

    Blueberry pancakes are always so good! And that salad looks amazing, shrimps and avocado YUM!

    I love date syrup on my pancakes. And nut butter, always nut butter.

    Good for you to stop counting calories, curious how your journey will go!

  • http://twitter.com/HealthyDiva31 HealthyDiva

    Sara!

    I texted you WAY early this morning, I hope I did not wake you up! I just want to tell you thank you for all your love, support, and friendship!

    I am SO proud of how far you have come, you are STRONGER than you think Sara and you are a beautiful person and deserve to be healthy and happy! F off to those calories! Count blessings, not calories! I love you so much and I am rooting for you always as you know! I am always here for you too! <3 <3 <3

    p.s. come make those pancakes for me and I will make mine for you!

  • http://www.juliegolean.com/ julie!

    those pancakes look DELICIOUS! i was dying for a pancake this morning but i had negative time to make one! this weekend i will FOR SURE be making some hearty pancakes <333 have a great weekend! my favorite un salad dressing is guacamole!!!!

  • http://livingchel.com/ Chelsa

    Those pancakes sound so good. I am trying to stay away from all digestive sensitive foods right now because I have tummy issues :-/ unfortunately that includes dairy. It’s a very sad thing because I love dairy. Your salad looks so good and it makes me want an avocado right now! I too have an issue with counting calories, it’s a control thing. Congrats to you for giving it up!

  • http://www.arunningtale.com/ Lindsey

    Okay I need to try the whipped cottage cheese idea! I have been reluctant but finally convinced. I love Starbucks VIA too :) I make it with almond milk.
    I used to count calories, I never think it helped me, it was a control issue for sure that I am still working out now. I am focusing more on eating when my body is hungry.
    Love Greek yogurt, peanut butter and fresh berries on pancakes.
    Hummus and guacamole are my favorite salad un-dressings!

  • http://twitter.com/caitlinchock Caitlin Chock

    first off, YAY for the pancake recipe and thanks so much, i love those guys so i’ll have to try. secondly, new reader here, but wanted to say congrats on ditching the calorie counting. i’ve counted for years (actually prolly the same as you!) and kno that’s got to feel a bit like jumping off a clif! lol. this is a few months back so i hope u’re liking the ‘free’ feeling. :)

  • Sweetonnh

    Do you buy whipped cottage cheese? Or is it something you’ve “created”??

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I whip my cottage cheese in a magic bullet, but you could also use a regular blender. Depending on how thick the cottage cheese is, I add a drizzle of milk to make it more “blendable.” However, if it seems runny, I usually blend it without the milk. I love it sweetened with stevia or honey!

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