05.24.2017

Wellness Wednesday || Protein Waffles + Some Favorite Workout Gear

Ever since I can remember, waffles have been a staple in my home. Growing up they were a weekend treat, topped with ice cream… always a brunch favorite… and I even requested my dad make them for my bridesmaids and me as we got ready on my wedding day. Obviously, I wanted this to be a tradition for Harper too. Yet, I found myself wanting this savory treat more than just on the weekends… so, I set out to make an everyday version that would be nutritious and keep me (and my family) full throughout the morning.

In my recent quest to intake more protein, I decided to incorporate it into my childhood favorite. I opted for the vanilla coconut flavor from Vital Proteins (you can read all about collagen peptides in this post, along with a few other recipes) as I’ve been loving the taste it adds to pancakes and my morning oatmeal. I then added in some flaxseed…. as I’ve become interested in their health benefits…. among them: improved digestion, balanced hormones, healthier hair and skin, reducing sugar cravings (me, me, me), and antioxidants… to name a few. With those two ingredients, I figured it was bound to be a winning creation…..

I threw in a few other ingredients, turned on the waffle maker, tossed on a few toppings, and gave them a taste. It was better than I expected. Yet, just to be certain it wasn’t my own bias, Harper concurred (she ate them before her blueberries + raspberries… which she never does….) and TJ pretty much begged for seconds. I guess they were a hit. I also made an extra batch for these photos, and was able to store them in the refrigerator and re-heat them in the morning for a quick breakfast… and they were just as good.

Vanilla Protein Waffles:
(makes 4 small waffles)

1/2 banana (mashed)
1 scoop vital proteins vanilla coconut collagen peptides powder
1 egg
1/8 cup oat flour
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
cinnamon
1 tsp almond milk if batter is too thick
Nutritional Facts (approximately): 267 calories | 32g protein | 12.5g fat | 7g sugar (all from banana) 

Directions:

Mash banana in a bowl, then combine with the egg. Next, mix in the remaining ingredients (except almond milk) until well combined. If batter is too thick add in a tsp of almond milk. Then pour into your heated waffle maker. I topped mine with drizzled peanut butter, honey, and some raspberries (which were not accounted for in the nutritional facts above). You can top with whatever you’d like!

And since I’ve been loving my workouts as of late, I’ve been investing in some great workout gear. Some of my recent favorites are below…..

(tank | leggings)

(tee (sized up one, small) | leggings)

(leggings | tank | carrier)

(sweatshirt | sneakers)

(legging/crop duo | wrap)

(leggings | vest | tote)

(crop (wearing size 2, could have worn a 4) | sports bra)