Hello, hello and happy Wednesday! I hope your week has been fantastic so far!
I came to an important realization during my six hour drive home Monday.
Road trip ice cream pit stop take 2: chocolate dipped cone at Dairy Queen—my first in YEARS!
The more ice cream I eat, the more I crave it.
This seems to be the case with other foods like guacamole, chips, popcorn, cinnamon toast, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sea salt chocolate.
(Sidenote: The craving rule does NOT apply to boring foods like plain chicken. Excessive chicken consumption makes me never want to see it again. Ha!)
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that my cravings intensify as I eat ice cream; in fact, usually I’m pretty satisfied with a normal-sized portion (wait, that’s 2 cups, right? 😉 ), or several (large) squares of chocolate. What I mean is that I’ll start craving these foods every day.
Since that amazing roasted banana ice cream experience in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I’ve
wanted needed ice cream or frozen yogurt on a regular basis. What was a once or twice per week treat has become an everyday indulgence.
I’m beginning to think I should abandon the healthy living blog community and join the ice cream gourmande blogging community. Do you think that exists? Or maybe I can break my habit by embracing Michael Pollan’s suggestion to eat sugar only on the days that begin with ‘S.’ Sweets only on Saturday’s and Sunday’s?
Hrmm, I wonder if other languages begin other days of the week with the letter S? 😉
Anyway, until I make up my mind about that (totally kidding—I’d never give up my daily sugar fix!), I’m going to try to redeem my healthy living blogger status by showing you a picture of yesterday’s breakfast: Protein Banana Bread Pancakes.
All joking aside, it felt SO good to make a healthy meal in my own kitchen yesterday morning. After three days of road travel, lots of snacking, and a little bit of indulging (mainly in the aforementioned ice cream), I’m extremely happy to be back in a routine. I love trying new foods when I’m on the road, but after a few days, my body usually starts to rebel. My digestion gets wacky; I feel lethargic, my cravings are all over the place, etc. I definitely feel my best when I’m eating familiar, clean foods at regular time intervals.
I love these Banana Bread Pancakes because they’re easy to throw together on a busy morning. Just toss everything in the blender, pour onto the griddle, and voila! A filling and satisfying stack of hot pancakes. They may not be glamorous, but they’re definitely delicious…and more nutritious than ice cream. 😉
- ⅓ cup rolled oats or quick oats
- ½ banana, mashed
- ¼ cup cottage cheese
- 1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
- 1 packet stevia (or sweetener of choice)
- ¼ t. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or Magic Bullet until batter is relatively smooth
- Spray pan with cooking spray and heat to a medium heat.
- Pour batter onto the warm pan to form four pancakes
- Flip pancakes when they begin to bubble and allow to cook until batter is no longer runny, about two more minutes.
- Top with syrup, cinnamon, and banana slices.
These pancakes seriously taste like banana bread! And I really like starting my day with banana bread.
Blend Retreat Day 2
Speaking of starting my day…The second day of the Blend Retreat began bright and early with a seriously intense workout. Since I’d missed all of the activities Saturday, I was determined to get my bum out of bed in time for the 7am bootcamp, which was led by GPP Fitness.
I never workout early. Ever. Eating breakfast before hitting the gym isn’t a preference for me, it’s a requirement. 😉 If I don’t fuel up beforehand, I find I fizzle out in 20 minutes.
It’s a miracle, then, that I survived an hour-long intense sweat sesh!
This workout was HARD, but SO much fun! The instructor had us doing all sorts of squats, lunges, planks, and…cart-wheels!
I don’t think I’d attempted a cart-wheel since I was an eight-year-old taking Tap and Tumble.
Even though I didn’t feel the burn during the workout, I was barely able to walk Monday morning! GPP definitely worked muscle groups that I don’t typically hit when I strength-train.
slaying workout we all headed to the Hyatt dining room for an incredible breakfast hosted by Chobani.
To say they pulled out the stops would be a major understatement. Check out the spread:
The 20 minute wait for a made-to-order omelet left me ready to knaw off someone’s arm. I was SO hungry!
My omelet contained a hefty splash of oil (at one point this would have terrified me!) sauteed spinach, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, Gouda, goat cheese, and roasted garlic. The garlic totally made the omelet!
All topped off with a special Chobani yogurt sauce.
I also enjoyed sliced pineapple, honeydew, and watermelon, as well as plain 2% Greek yogurt topped with chia seeds and almonds. I couldn’t help but dip my spoon into two of the new Flip flavors, too: Almond Coco Loco and Key Lime Crumble.
Thanks for the amazing meal, ladies!
After breakfast, we all gathered in one of the conference rooms for the closing raffle. Some amazing products were up for grabs!
Birthday Cake Nutty Butter!
Around noon, we all packed up and said out goodbyes. Since I’d only arrived 12 hours earlier, I decided to stick around for the afternoon and explore Park City.
After poking around a few shops on Main Street, I drove to Whole Foods for lunch.
The salmon, tuna, and avocado garden rolls I picked up at the sushi bar were light and refreshing.
At the checkout counter, I noticed that Zaza Raw Desserts were on sale. The Chocolate Cheesecake, which was made with soaked cashews, called to me, and at just $2.50, it was a total steal!
It had a unique, sweet, nutty flavor, but I really really liked it!
I spent the rest of the afternoon looking around the outlets, but by the time dinner rolled around, I realized that most of the restaurants had closed. Many businesses in Utah shut their doors on Sunday, which meant my options were pretty much fast food, fast food, fast food, or…
Cafe Rio! Two nights in a row at this amazing Mexican joint? Don’t mind if I do!
I’d really enjoyed my chicken salad the night before, and definitely could have eaten it again, but in the spirit of trying something new, I ordered two chicken tacos and a side order of that dreamy creamy cilantro vinaigrette. I seriously need to recreate that dressing at home (or move to a city that has a Cafe Rio)!
After dinner, I hit the road again, and drove four hours before stopping in Twin Falls for the night. I crashed within 30 minutes of walking in my room. It was an exhausting, but seriously fun and delicious day!
Aaaaand that wraps up the Blend Retreat recaps! Another HUGE thank you to the amazing ladies who planned the weekend! I can’t wait to experience the entire thing next year—flu-free!
Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday!
I want to know….
Do your cravings for certain foods intensify when you eat them frequently? If so, which foods seem to have this effect on you?
Ice cream, frozen yogurt, chips, and guacamole!
When is your favorite time to workout? If you go in the morning, do you eat breakfast before or after?
I usually workout around 10am–two hours after breakfast.
When you travel, does your body feel…off? Does anyone else have…ahem, digestive issues on the road?
What after-school activities were you involved in when you were little? Dance? Sports? Band?
I was a tapper, tumbler, ballerina, and soccer player, and basketball player. I also played the flute and trombone in the band until middle school.