Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes


I've been really focused on gaining some lean muscle mass lately.  In fact, once I am finished working at my day job, I am usually off to the gym or preparing copious amounts of clean, healthy food to reward my (aching) muscles with.

I have always been really active. I trained and breathed karate steadfastly for 17 years of my life and even made it on the Canadian Karate team. Since graduating from university, then traveling across the ocean blue (I used to work on a cruise ship!) and then settling into my "real" job, I've moved, gotten married and found new interests in running, dancing, crossfit and quick gym sessions of strictly weight training. It's hard to accept anything less than perfection from myself (and yes, I realize that I may be too hard on myself sometimes) but I just can't accept the fact that with age comes a decrease in energy and stamina, and so I push to make eating well and training hard a part of my everyday life.

Actually, I want to strive for perfection in everything that I do. I want to be better to the earth and environment, I want to be a better friend, a smarter individual, a better DIYer, a better artist, a better cook and a better blogger... but I digress, and now I'll just be better at getting straight to the point and post my recipe for these delicious protein pancakes I eat on workout days.

Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes for 2:

Ingredients
  • 1 Small sweet potato, baked in skin (short on time? Poke with a fork a few times and microwave it for 3-4 minutes on high)
  • 2 Whole eggs (alternatively, you may just use the egg whites if you want)
  • 1/4 Cup almond milk (I use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original 40)
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 2  Scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (I use this whey powder, as it even comes in a biodegradable container!)
  • 1 Tsp Coconut oil (I like the Grace Coconut Oil Brand for its nutty flavour)
Instructions:
  1. Scoop out the flesh of the baked sweet potato into a blender. Discard the skin.
  2. Add the almond milk and water to the blender and blend with the sweet potato for 10 seconds.
  3. Add 2 scoops of your vanilla whey protein powder and the 2 eggs to the blender and blend all of the ingredients together.
  4. Set stove to Medium heat and use a tiny amount of coconut oil to grease the pan each time you pour the batter in small circles. (Mine always turn out oblong shaped for some reason)
  5. Flip after about 30 seconds on each side.
The sweet potato and vanilla protein powder are pretty sweet, so I don't use any syrup, but you can choose to top with some Greek yogurt, fruit or powdered sugar if need be.

While you're gobbling these babies up, might I suggest this awesomely motivational video for your viewing pleasure:




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