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Cashew ‘n’ Oat Hotcakes {21 Day Fix Extreme}

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By now, you all know that I LOVE pancakes!

I eat them almost everyday for breakfast and I’m always posting my latest creations on Instagram.

{Click here for the post I did with recipes for National Pancake Day}

When I received the 21 Day Fix Extreme in the mail, the first thing I did was crack open the nutrition guide to see what kind of recipes they added and I was over the moon excited to see these Cashew ‘n’ Oat Hotcakes.

In all honesty, I never thought of using nuts in my pancake batter but I think it’s a great idea. I’m also a HUGE fan of cashews so I knew I had to try them.

Check out this video of Autumn showing you how to make them, or you can just skip down to the recipe…totally up to you!

 

 

 

Please note, this recipes makes 10 pancakes and each serving is 2 pancakes, so these would be good for meal prep. Simply make a batch of them, store them in ziptop freezer bags and heat them in the mornings. Simple, right?!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 dash Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp . coconut oil , melted
  • 1⅓ cups distilled water
  • 1 tsp . vanilla extract
  • cup mixed berries

Instructions

  1. Place oats, cashews, and salt in food processor or blender; pulse until coarsely ground.
  2. Add egg, oil, water, and extract; pulse until well blended. Batter will be thick, but if it is as thick as paste add 2 to 3 additional Tbsp. of water.
  3. Heat medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Spoon about ¼ cup batter into skillet for each pancake; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbles form on top.
  5. Flip with spatula and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Repeat with remaining batter.
  7. Serve pancakes topped evenly with berries.

Containers 1 Yellow – ½ Blue – 1 tsp

Now while I like these,  they will not be replacing my Healthy Pancakes. I just find them super simple to make and I like that I can cover more containers with them than this recipe does. The Healthy Pancakes also taste better to me. I like the banana flavor of them and the sweetness that offers. These tasted more like baked oatmeal to me, which I know some people will love…I’m just not one of them.

These are still definitely worth making to see how YOU like them. They can offer a nice change of pace from time to time!

So…the burning question of the day is…. Do you call them pancakes or hotcakes?! Rumor has it that it depends on where you live as to what you call them.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology Ice Cream

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Ice cream. Once upon a time it was my favorite thing to eat. Then I realized a lot of the bloating and digestive issues I had were because of dairy issues and I had to break off our relationship.

Sigh…

Then, one day while grocery shopping I found Lactaid ice cream and we were reunited and happy together.

Yay!

That is until the 21 Day Fix came along and broke us up again.

Boo.

Since I started the 21 Day Fix Extreme a week ago, I was missing that sweet treat that I typically craved in the evening. Giving up those “treats” is tough, especially when they were already healthy. Yes, I could have my Shakeology at night and I did a few times, but it just wasn’t what I was craving. I wanted ice cream!

{Fun Fact: I tend to crave ice cream when it’s cold out. I’m totally weird, I know.}

Tonight I remembered a while back I had experimented with ice cream and decided to try making it with my Shakeology!

The result was yumtastic and it’s simple to do. I decided to try a Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology Ice Cream, but I have plenty of ideas for other flavors.

 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp natural PB
1 cup of ice

Blend it all together, freeze until it firms up and enjoy!

This totally satisfied my ice cream craving with zero guilt whatsoever!

It also fit my container counts which made it even better. This tallies up as 1 RED, 4tsps (add less peanut butter if you don’t have that many available) and 1/2  YELLOW since I only used 8 ozs of unsweetened almond milk.

You could absolutely turn this into flavor Shakeology you normally like to blend up. If you are not following the 6pm no yellow, no purple container rule (which I kinda broke by using almond milk, but I was afraid this would turn out like a sorbet with just water) you could use a frozen banana in this so it will be creamier.

Some flavors I plan to try:
All of the Girl Scout Cookie flavors I posted the other day. (This is basically the Tagalongs flavor)
Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
Mocha Fudge (add strong coffee and a splash of almond milk)

Currently I only have chocolate on hand and you could use any protein powder for this. There are some great flavors on the market too, like cake Batter, Fudge Brownie, Mint Chip and Cinnamon Roll, which would make flavoring even easier!

Have you ever turned your Shakeology or other protein into ice cream? If so, what flavor combo did you use?

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National Pancake Day – My Favorite!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you KNOW I love me some pancakes. I eat them almost everyday and I like to experiment with them.

Since today is National Pancake Day, I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you. All of these are based off of my Healthy Pancake recipe, but I’ve included a variation to that below for those of you can’t have or don’t like bananas. Enjoy!

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Get creative with this recipe! Here are some things I’ve added to mine:

  • Mini Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life if you have dairy issues like me)
  • Cinnamon Swirl (I mix cinnamon with some Stevia and vanilla extract, then swirl in once they’re in the pan)
  • Chopped almond or pecans
  • Blueberries

Allergic to bananas or just not a fan of them? Try this recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Using a ninja or blender, blend all of the ingredients together.
  2. Preheat a griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Spray with some coconut oil.
  3. Pour batter into pan to form pancakes (about 1/4 cup per cake)
  4. Cook until small bubbles appear, then carefully flip and cook for a few more minutes until done.
  5. Top with pure maple syrup and 1/2 cup fruit of choice.
Apple Pancakes

I topped these with sliced apple that I sauteed in a little coconut oil and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Need to up your veggie game?

Add spinach to your batter! It doesn’t alter the flavor of your pancakes, naturally turns them green and adds a punch of nutrients to your breakfast. You already add spinach to your smoothies, so why not add them to your pancakes?!

These would also be perfect with St. Patrick’s Day coming up! (Need a recipe for an awesome corned beef? Check out this post)

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Use the Healthy Pancake recipe from above and add one packed cup of baby spinach to the mix before blending.

We all know peanut-butter and banana are BFF’s, right?! I’m not sure why I didn’t think to follow Elvis’ lead sooner and turn this combo into a pancake, but I did this morning and it was AH-MAZING!

PB Pancakes

I used the Healthy Pancake recipe from above and add 2 teaspoons of peanut butter to the mix before blending. (Use any nut-butter you like). Top with sliced banana and some pure maple syrup. Want more PB? Drizzle some melted peanut butter over these instead of syrup. Prefer a PB&J flavor? Add sliced strawberries or grapes on top.

As you can see, pancakes can be versatile. I especially love them because I can fill so many of my container needs while one the 21 Day Fix with them. (You didn’t think I just woke up and decided to add spinach to pancakes, did you?! There are a lot of green containers to fill…you have to get creative!)

Do you have a favorite pancake flavor combo that I didn’t mention here? If so, please share it in the comments below so I can give it a try!

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21 Day Fix EXTREME Planning Tools

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The 21 Day Fix quickly became one of my favorite Beachbody programs thanks to it’s focus on nutrition and those super easy to use, color coded containers. Team that up with the fact that the workouts were all beginner friendly and offered a modifier and you have a winning program designed to get anyone started off right!

Click here to learn more about 21 Day Fix.

However, now it’s time to kick things up a notch and get seriously shredded with 21 Day Fix EXTREME!

Celebrity trainer and national bikini competitor Autumn Calabrese is back with her simple eating and has teamed it up with extreme fitness, to help people get shredded and shed off those final pounds.  Here is what I know about 21 Day Fix EXTREME:

  • This is NOT a beginner program
  • 3 different meal plan options to choose from (Energy Balancer, Fat Burner and Countdown to Competition)
  • 7 brand-new, intense workouts
  • Workouts are all 30 minutes in length
  • Color coded containers to eliminate calorie counting and guessing
  • All of the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts include weights or a band (the workouts were designed to be used with the pink band from Beachbody)
  • There will be a modifier, but if you are new fitness, you should start with the original 21 Day Fix.

The containers are the same as in the original 21 Day Fix but depending on which calorie calculation you fall into, your container amounts might be different. This is designed to give you EXTREME results based on your daily activity level as well as your personal goals for the program. This program also takes away the treats that were allowed in 21 Day Fix and it has a much cleaner food list (no more waffles and english muffins – but it’s only 21 days…you can do it!).

If you have never done a fitness program before (any Beachbody program or other gym activity other than just walking on the treadmill or using the elliptical)  it is highly suggested that you start with the 21 Day Fix and then move to the 21 Day Fix EXTREME.

My program just arrived yesterday and I couldn’t wait to crack open the new guide books to see what this new program was all about.

I was happy to see that there are a lot recipes in the Eating Plan this time around. That was my biggest gripe with the first program…lots of foods on the lists and a sample meal plan, but the recipes were very basic and boring to me. I was also happy to see variations of recipes I’ve already been using in there like Turkey Chili, Turkey Meatloaf and Egg Muffins.

The other change I really liked was the calorie calculation. There are now options to choose what kind of lifestyle you lead (sendentary, moderate or active) so there is no longer a “one size fits all” aspect to this. The other plus to me is that there are 3 different meal plan options depending on what your goals are for the program. You can now choose from 3 different options:

  1. The Energy Balancer: This one is similar to the original Fix meal plan. You plan out your breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as two snacks. The goal is to eat every 2-3 hours and use a variety of containers during your main 3 meals and fill in with leftover containers for your snacks.
  2. The Fat Burner: This plan spreads your eating out across 6 meals, so you eat roughly ever 2 hours. However, you need to make sure you finish your purple and yellow containers before 6pm.
  3. Countdown to Competition: This is the strictest of the plans. You’ll spread your eating into 8 meals, roughly 2 hours apart. You’ll follow the Countdown to Competition plan for 2 days, then the Extreme plan for 1, routing throughout the entire 21 days.

As soon as I saw all of these choices, I KNEW I needed to design some new 21 Day Fix Extreme Planning Tools!

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These planners can still be used in conjunction with the 21 Day Fix Planning Tools I posted about when I first started the program. I believe the Tally Sheets that I link to will still work, if they do not, I’ll design some new ones and add them to this post once I take a closer look at things.

If you’ve ever considered trying the 21 Day Fix or if you think you’re ready to tackle 21 Day Fix Extreme, I have an accountability group starting on March 2nd and I’d love to speak to with you!

 

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