Protein Pancakes Comeback

Once again, I’d like to give a gold star to my northern friends.

My goodness, it sure is a lot harder to get my butt to the gym when it’s 26 degrees outside. You guys deserve a lot of credit for making it to the gym or running outside in frigid temperatures. Warm beds are so enticing!


Today’s workout began with 20 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a leg workout that looked like this:

leg workout

Yesterday I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d be able to tackle a leg workout because I was still sore from Friday’s five mile run. It’s crazy how one run after only two months away from running can completely shock your body.

I swear my legs were more sore after those five miles than they have been after nearly every lower-body workout I’ve done for the past few months. I blame the last mile of the run, when I pushed myself to kick it into gear and run faster than I probably should have after so much time away. Luckily I felt back to normal today and was able to do the above workout without feeling sore.


The return of protein pancakes!

oatmeal protein pancakes

I made myself a batch of oatmeal protein pancakes, topped with pumpkin pie spice and syrup.

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As the pancakes were cooking on the griddle, I also ate a serving of roasted almonds.

Baked Ricotta Macaroni and Cheese

Remember when I was working on a recipe for a healthified version of macaroni and cheese for a recipe project?

Well, the recipe is officially up on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s 30 Days 30 Ways blog!

mac and cheese wisconsin

I promised to let you guys know when the recipe was posted, so you may now find my recipe for baked ricotta macaroni and cheese on their website.

It’s cheesy and delicious!

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  1. says

    i’ve really been craving pancakes lately… i need to whip up one of your protein pancake recipes SOON! i love how they keep you more satisfied and still satisfy a pancake craving!
    looking forward to checking out that mac ‘n cheese recipe! sounds delicious!


  2. says

    I know what you mean about the cold temperatures! I moved to the south to get away from them and we’re having a wintry spell right now. Just gotta bundle up in the layers and head out the door – usually helps to promise myself a warm hot chocolate or tea post-run!!


  3. says

    Getting out of bed for a morning work out in the winter is 100 times harder than it is during the summer months. That cold weather is definitely harder on your legs too. I ran outside this weekend in 20 degree weather and my thighs were so tight this morning it hurt to stretch them out!


  4. says

    Congrats on the recipe feature Julie! And I hear ya about the whole running being sore on the legs thing. I am doing a half marathon this summer but am a total treadmill runner, so I know I’m going to have to get out on a REAL road soon. It just makes it very difficult when we have a ton of snow and it’s FREEEEZING! Have a great (and warm!) day!


  5. says

    I’m in Florida right now, but I live up north in Connecticut and making it out of the house in the cold is horrible. Even just going out for a night on the town can be difficult in the cold. Luckily I workout at home so I don’t have to drag myself to the gym in the morning 🙂

    Your protein pancakes look great!!


  6. allison says

    I completely agree with you on being sore. I have been skipping my run the last 2 months to focus on attack and pump at the gym. Last Sunday I did an easy 3 mile run at the park and my whole body was sore Monday and Tuesday. It really is weird how your body can do that.


  7. says

    It’s like 8* here in CO in the mornings, and Every. Single. Morning is a struggle to get out of bed. But the hot coffee I pour myself once I’m up always tastes extra-amazing!!


  8. Liza says

    Oh. M. Gee. Julie I am DYING for that mac and cheese right now! Ricotta is one of my favorite cheeses – I cannot wait to make this one! Thanks!


  9. Allison says

    I just made my first ever protein pancakes yesterday. Honestly, I probably would have never tried them if it wasn’t for seeing them on your blog so many times. All I can say is: Why didn’t I try making them sooner!? They were amazing!!! I used 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1/3 cup lowfat cottage cheese, about a 1/4 cup or so of egg whites, a dash of vanilla extract, and a dash of cinnamon. Blended with my immersion blender and cooked them in the skilled. OMG. So good! I made 4 small-ish pancakes and topped them with sliced strawberries and sugar free pancake syrup. I can’t wait to make these again with blueberries or chocolate chips!



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