The New Year is quickly approaching, which means many of us are racking our brains with ways to make our 2010 better than our 2009. Some of us want to volunteer more and spend more quality time with family, and others want to lose weight and/or live a more healthy lifestyle…or you want to do all the aforementioned, plus more!
Let me start by stating what is the obvious to me – my dad is my hero. Everything he does, aspires to be, and accomplishes is so motivating and so awesome. His New Year’s Resolutions are a little different than your typical lose weight and save more money resolutions. Not that those aren’t great… every year I vow to lose the same weight and it never happens. I tend to lose some weight, rejoice, and then overindulge. Oops. Some day love handles… I will defeat you!
Anyway, about my dad…sure he’s running 5 miles a day now (GO PAPS!)…
It must be disclosed that we are loyal Temple Owls fans despite the Nittany head gear
…but what makes his resolutions so intriguing are how personal they are. And the fact that he sticks to them:
- Don’t sweat the small stuff or even the large stuff
- Let others finish what they are saying before he speaks
- Read one book a week
These are all great ideas! I am sure that many of you out there in cyber-world also have very cool resolutions that set themselves apart from the traditional ones.
For those of you that are like me and can’t help but want to live a healthier lifestyle each January, this recipe is for you.
The holiday seasons are coming to an end, and I have allowed myself to overindulge a little (okay… a LOT) without guilt. Seriously what’s the point of eating the food if you’re going to feel guilty about it? You don’t enjoy it. So I say if you are eating the savories and sweets this week, please take time to enjoy them. If you’re going to fret about it, you might as well not do it.
That being said, I am noticing that I am feeling a little more sluggish and run down than usual. And it’s simply because I haven’t been eating and exercising the way I should be. It’s amazing how food alters your mood and more importantly your health. You are what you eat. This week, I am sweet, fat, and delicious because that is what I am eating.
Well not today!
I had my biweekly bout of insomnia and starting researching new recipes that are easy and healthy. Just the way I like it.
I came across Oatmeal Pancakes from the Clean Eating Magazine. These were very good although the texture was initially off-putting. Pancakes don’t normally feel like oatmeal. BUT oatmeal is so good for you (Oprah starts her day off with a bowl of it every morning) and it is incredibly filling. Often I get so excited to eat my oatmeal and then taste it and wonder what I was thinking. This recipe is a new way to consume that healthy bowl of oatmeal. I added a little turbinado sugar to the batter so it wasn’t as blah as unloved oatmeal can be. I’m glad that I did. Next time I will add vanilla extract, too.
I couldn’t finish the meal! I am a piggy, and I could not finish one serving. LOVE that! And it’s a different type of being full. When I eat junk and need to unbutton my pants, I feel sleepy and overloaded. These pancakes fill you but unbuttoning is not necessary! I still feel light and healthy even though I am quite full.
Try these out! They are a little different in texture, but they are a great start to a healthy and satisfying day!
Source: Clean Eating Magazine Online - Nutritional information on website.
3/4 cup quick cook oatmeal
3/4 cup egg whites (from 5 or 6 large eggs)
1 Tbs. low-fat cottage cheese
1-2 Tbs. turbinado sugar (not reflected in nutritional value)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 Tbs. agave nectar, honey, or pure maple syrup (Grade B)
1/4 cup berries (strawberries, blueberries) – (I used bananas and added a little almond butter to each pancake, also not reflected in nutritional value)
Mist small pan with cooking spray and set over medium heat.
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except agave and fruit (and almond butter if you’re using that as well).
Pour into pan in pancake form. When sides start to brown, flip, cooking for about 3 minutes per side. Serve with agave and berries.
That one banana slice decided to be different. I was just haphazardly slicing them onto the pancakes. Ha.
Here’s to a healthy and fun-filled New Year!