DIY High Protein Pancake Mix (Gluten Free, just add water)

I was having one of those “life is unfair moments” the other day when sadly looking through the prepared pancake mix aisle. All sorts of options for those that are able to happily consume gluten, or those that aren’t looking for something a bit healthier, or more filling option for the athletes out there. For those of us that are looking for that little extra something, we are left with prepared pancake mix options that are easily 2-3 times the price, and still require a handful of ingredients (causing me to question why we’re paying $14.99 for a little flour?)

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I’ve always tried to hold myself to the standard that if I was going to bother to verbally complain about something, that I needed to be willing to do something about it, and decided to make my own mix.

So, I started defining my must haves:

  • I knew I wanted to stick with real ingredients. This is a clean recipe, folks!
  • Natural protein source, no whey
  • I wanted the pancake to still taste like a pancake – after all, my kids are eating this too
  • I wanted the pancake to be the complete meal, so it needed to have more protein
  • Avoid Paleo – (there are enough Paleo options out there, even though they are expensive)
  • Easy – I wanted to make sure I only had to add water to the mix
  • Gluten free

After spending quite a bit of time researching, I started mixing up ingredients and trying out a few options. I landed on what I think is pretty damn good, and pretty damn easy.

My goal was to be able to bring my mix with me for our family ski weekend getaways and have a super easy breakfast option to whip up in a rental kitchen with low performance culinary tools.

Bowl, whisk, pan, spatula. Done! And easy. Damn Easy.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did. My kiddos gobbled them up, no syrup needed (although there is some in the below picture).  We usually add blueberries for extra sweetness, too.


Nutritional Facts (per 1/2 cup mix): 317 calories, 2 grams fat, 57g carbs, 19 grams protein

DIY Mix:

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbls brown flax seed
  • 2 Tbls baking powder
  • 1 Tbls baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Teff flour
  • 1 3/4 cup Bobs Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour blend
  • 4 Tbls Cultured Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Vital Proteins Collagen, found here

The outcome was a buttery, crisp-around the outside, not too thick, not too thin, delicious pancake. Every 1/2 cup of mix makes about 3 pancakes. Add water to desired consistency.

These are great on their own, but if you feel obligated to do something more than add water, here are some other great mix in options that I’ve also enjoyed!

  • Blueberries and lemon zest
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Chopped apples and cinnamon
  • Sliced bananas and walnuts
  • Shredded carrots, raisins & cinnamon
  • Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts! 


Best Gluten-Free/ Keto/ Paleo/ Dairy-Free Pizza Crust – 3 Ingredients

They say there is no such thing as an original idea. While that’s tough to swallow,  I certainly haven’t disproven that concept with today’s post/recipe.

I can also tell you that from my personal experience, the recipes with the most “-free” labels included in the title… generally taste the worst.

Not the case with this one.

This lovely recipe is an “original” that I conjured up after trying a “Real Good” frozen pizza, which has a crust made from chicken, and Parmesan cheese. Not a bad idea, and even tastier than you’d think. It surprisingly didn’t even taste like chicken. (How is that even possible when people say everything tastes like chicken? I don’t know, but I do trust my tastebuds, so roll with me on this.)

And while the “Real Good” pizza is, in fact, Real Good, I knew I could create one at home that was just as delicious, not as costly, and a dairy-free version for my lactose intolerant buddies out there.  I also knew I had a fair shot at improving the nutritional info.

Real Good ingredients:

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And with all that good stuff, the nutritional info is quite impressive. How often do you see a pizza with 25g of protein per serving??

So again, its a good choice in the frozen pizza aisle. And I’m sure I will get more for those frozen pizza nights in the future, but for now, I’m going to save a few bucks and make my own. As a bonus to spending a few minutes doing this yourself, you gain 20g of protein, some fiber, and less fat.

In fact, my friends at Real Good gave me a code to share with you to get 10% off your order – enter MOMMY6PACK at checkout!!

I hope you get a chance to try theirs and my recipe – it really is quite awesome!

My version in a side by side nutritional compare:

Nutritional Facts

(whole pizza)

  This recipe Real Good – Sausage
Calories 589 520
Fat 27g 32g
Fiber 3.5g 0g
Carbohydrates 22g 8g
Sodium  391mg 820mg
Protein 70g  50g

The BEST gluten-free pizza crust

(KETO & Fodmap friendly, paleo, dairy free, low carb)

Yield: 1 8-inch personal pizza

Active time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (rotisserie works great!) ~ about 5 ounces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (I use Vital Collagen – purchase here)
  • favorite spices – I used sea salt, basil, parsley and oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  2. Shred chicken – tear chicken into bite size pieces and place in blender, blend for ~30 seconds.
  3. Add remaining ingredients – mix thoroughlyshredded chicken
  4. Spread mixture on a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat. Shape into an 8-inch circle:
  5. uncooked crust
  6. Bake at 500 degrees for 6 min, until its nice and golden brown:
  7. baked crust
  8. Using a large spatula, flip crust over. Add desired toppings and bake for another 6-10 minutes.  I added Kale, low-fat swiss cheese, tomatoes, grilled pineapple, pesto and more spices. (Nutritional info above does include all toppings).finished product.jpg
  9. Allow to cool for a few minutes prior to eating – 500 degrees is hot, people! Then enjoy a hearty, stands-on-its-own, gluten-free pizza crust – now THAT is an original idea. stands on its own

Let me know your thoughts after giving this one a try!


This new go-to beverage doubles as a home remedy for colds AND replaces your electrolyte sports drink

The whole crew has the sniffles, barking cough, and tickle in their throat this week so I thought now would be the perfect time to share my favorite electrolyte drink. This magical concoction is inexpensive to make, uses on-hand ingredients, takes about 5 minutes, and is delicious hot or cold! Easy to execute if you are sick and caring for a whole lot of sickies too.


Use this drink as a replacement for Pedialyte, any sports drink, or a blast of vitamin C for cold & flu season!

Antioxidant Magic

Yield: 16 ounces

Prep time: 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 lemon or lime, juiced
  • 2 clementines
  • 1/8 teaspoon himilayan sea salt
  • 4 dates (pitted)

  1. Microwave water for 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, juice fruit and combine with maple syrup, and sea salt; place in blender.
  3. Add dates to hot water and let sit for 3 minutes.
  4. After dates have softened in hot water, add date/water mix to blender.
  5. Blend until smooth, strain as needed.

Enjoy within 3 days.

What other recipes help you get through sniffle season? If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 


Pamper yourself for pennies


If you’re like most people these days, you’re busy. Too busy. But you’re also not sure how to be un-busy. You know you need to relax, but who has time for an hour long massage and facial when you’re schlepping kids to 4 soccer games and 2 birthday parties every weekend? (Or whatever else consumes your weekend).

I was pondering how to tackle this delimma, and then found these:

I had no idea these magical single-use ‘facial sheets’ even existed until I spotted this one at the closeout rack at Ulta. Bingo! Folks, we have a winner. Meet your facial for 400 cents.

Of course, I had to try more so I could figure out which I liked best! (Side benefit to choosing your own weekly content to investigate). Here’s the scoop on what I tried:

Master Lab Intensive Brightening: $4 Ulta,  $4 Amazon:

Skin was definitely brighter and ‘younger’ looking after I tried it. Worth the $4, and more importantly the 20 minutes I spent wearing it. My face felt amazingly refreshed and clean after giving this one a whirl. And bright eyed! its been awhile since I had felt bright eyed…

Cat mask (tightening), SNP Animals Character Printed Mask (4 Types X2) Multi-pack, $12.44 Amazon

Not sure this really “tightened”. It felt soothingly heavy on my face and felt like it was doing something. Afterwards, my face felt crisp and clean, but not necessarily ‘tight’. Additionally, I must say there is absolutely nothing cute about a 39-year old woman wearing a cat-themed ‘tightening’ mask and I fail to see the relevance of a teenager needing one?

Panda mask (brightening) SNP Animals Character Printed Mask (4 Types X2) Multi-pack, $12.44 Amazon

Similar to the goofy looking cat mask – this is a thicker sheet that feels very soothing on your face (although your family will surely mock you if they see you in it). This one was supposed to restore dull skin and even skin tone. It did appear more ‘even’ after I tried it!

Yes to PrimRose oil, Yes To Mud Mask Bundle (6 Single Use Masks – 2 of each) Pack of 6 bundle

Slightly less convenient, this is a mud mask paste you apply with your fingers. That said, it only needs 5 to 10 minutes to work it’s magic. After about 1 minute, my entire face was responding to the tinglely goodness and it sure felt like it was doing something! After a quick rinse a few minutes later, I went to bed and fell into one of those deep sleeps that happens only when everything is right in the world…seriously. 4 hours of deep sleep- not my norm.

Yes to Argan Oil$4 Amazon

Another mud mask, I like the initial cool feeling and then tightening as the mask dries slightly. In only 10 minutes, my skin did feel “brighter” as advertised. I spent the rest of the day sans makeup while we ran about town and then went wine tasting… and felt a-ok doing so! Again, takes only slightly more time to apply and rinse when complete, but I think more effective than most of the sheet options. I’m buying these again!

Tony moly I’m Real Luminating Mask SheetTONYMOLY I’m Real Pearl Luminating Mask Sheet, 21 g. $3 Amazon

This is one of the longer wearing masks that states to wear it from 20 to 30 minutes. It had a medium level thickness and felt less ‘cool’ on my face than some of the other options.

Tony moly I’m Real Nutrition Mask Sheet, TONYMOLY I’m Real Lavender Hydrating Mask Sheet, 21 g. $3 Amazon

Similar to the luminating sheet, this one suggests wear from 20-30 minutes. With lavender all over the label, it’s no surprise that I loved the way this one smelled. It also fit really well – not too big, not too small and strategic cuts in the right places to encourage a true one-size-fits all. I was excited about this one since I’ve been told a number of times my skin is dry or dehydrated. (All that water I drink is clearly offset by my caffeine addiction). I will definitely be buying more of these, as this one was my favorite sheet mask. I noticed a fresher look even the next day.

Have you tried one of these at home facials? What are your favs?



Need a new strategy to get your @** to the gym?

It happens. Life gets in the way, or we just simply aren’t motivated to get our workout in a particular day. The critical piece of this is your level of resiliency- don’t let one day turn into 2, or 7, or 30… HOW? Read on!


Here’s an awesome strategy to GET motivated and STAY motivated:

I love peanut butter. But I love cash more. And who doesn’t like extra cash!?!?

Get paid to meet your fitness goals through DietBet, the app that pays you when you achieve your goals from the pot of the contestants who didn’t meet theirs. Bet between $20-$100 on yourself per contest. Fitness goals fall into one of three categories: losing 4% of your weight in 4 weeks, 10% in 6 months, or maintain your weight for a full year. Weigh-in photos, videos and/or random audits ensure fair play. Payouts can be very large – $1000 in some cases. Sign up now for the 4-week game I created to get ahead of the holidays!

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Have you tried DietBet? What do you think? What other strategies work for you?


Funky Super Foods: Turmeric will brighten your day AND ease your pain! (part 4)

More than a pretty spice, turmeric has talents that extend far beyond curry; it’s SUPER healthy and kicking up the flavor in other unexpected ways below.

Check out this looooong list of issues that turmeric helps alleviate, according to WebMD:

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.
Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds and gum disease.

I mean, seriously! You kind of need to be some sort of super-human to not see a reason to make this part of your daily regimen! We’ve been chowing down on this super spice at my house and loving every minute. Below are some great recipes to check out that we enjoyed; I used freshly grated turmeric in all the recipes, but you certainly don’t have to. (I really just wanted an excuse to play around with the spice.)

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea

This fantastic, light-up-your-tastebuds beverage eases your belly stress and simultaneously tastes delicious! Keep this one handy as we head into flu season.

I tried it both hot and cold, and personally preferred the “hot”. Full disclosure, I immediately thought some ginger rum would compliment this nicely (sort of a superfood Moscow mule?), but alas, we had none. If you have some on hand and give it a try, please let me know your thoughts!

Nutritional info (based on 4 servings): Calories 68, Fat .3 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Carbohydrates 20 g, Dietary Fiber 8.5g, Sugars 6.6 g, Protein .7 g

No time to boil water? Get some easy mix in turmeric here

Turmeric Hummus

The Minimalist Baker knows where it’s at with this awesome concoction!

In addition to a great appetizer, it paired very well on a sandwich I made with baby kale and leftover Sticky Chickie (recipe below).

Nutritional Info (2 Tbsp) Calories: 98 Fat: 5.5 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 9.9 g Sugar: 1.6 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 3.5 g

Weeknight Red Curry

Simple, home-cooked and savory meal in under an hour? Yes, please!

This dish is a real keeper. The whole family loved it, single-bowl-style (e.g. no segregated noodles, fish, & broccoli on a plate) the boys loved it all mixed together!

Jonas came up with the idea of throwing in some shrimp, because, well, shrimp! (And he’s got a 30-year-olds palette trapped in an 8-year-old body.) We added a 1/2 lb and it was super tasty.

Nutritional info: Calories 440, Fat 31 g, Saturated Fat 20 g, Carbohydrates 19 g, Dietary Fiber 6 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 26 g

Sticky Chickie

Easy, on hand ingredients, and satisfying. Get ready to put this one in the regular rotation, folks.

The boys kept coming back for seconds, and thirds…. As recommended within some of the comments in the Simply Delicious page, we added in soy sauce (tamari) and a bit of ginger to the glaze – so good.

Nutritional info (2 thighs): Calories 267, Fat 6.8 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Carbohydrates 19.5 g, Dietary Fiber .6 g, Sugars 17.8 g, Protein 36 g

What other tasty dishes have you tried with turmeric? Please share any tasty secrets!


Funky super foods: Should you get down with matcha? (Part 2 on food trends)


There are about a zillion health benefits to matcha – no joke. The secret is getting over the taste. 🤢 I think it’s definitely one of things you acquire over time; it was certainly not my favorite the first time I tried it. After trying quite a few recipes out, I’ve picked my fav’s for you to enjoy to help you get started!

The good news is that you don’t need to consume a lot of this super powder to reap the benefits, so if you are not a raving fan, you can still partake without feeling like you have to choke down your food.

What is it, and why is it so healthy anyway? 

Matcha is made from whole green tea leaves that have been pulverized into a super fine powder. Just some of the reasons why it’s good for you:

  • Higher levels of antioxidants per serving than brewed green tea
  • Mild caffeine boost, allowing you to energize without the normal coffee jitters
  • Induces alertness while promoting relaxation (due to the amino acid L-Theanine)
  • Natural fiber
  • Detoxifies the body because of its high chlorophyll content

A couple things to note before going crazy green in the kitchen. Matcha comes in one of two forms: ceremony-grade and food-grade. Ceremony-grade is technically higher quality and primarily used for beverages, while food-grade is used for baking/cooking. You can use whatever you’d like in either recipe; ceremony-grade is typically less bitter though and may be a good choice if you are not an instant fan and are trying to warm up to the taste. More tips on matcha buying here.

As little as 1 gram provides some impressive benefits:

Some great recipes to check out if you are not sure about this green stuff  but want to give it a try:

I really liked this dish; miso and matcha are a good pairing, and it has a nice sweetness to it. Since we’re meat lovers at my house, I doubled the miso mixture, and pan fried some chicken breasts in coconut oil while the eggplant was roasting to amp up the protein, basting the chicken with the extra dressing as it was cooking. Yum!

This grain salad takes some time, but is off-the-hook delicious. Great option for a “wow the crowd” potluck! (Don’t let the 3-4 servings fool you – this feeds a hungry herd). Cut down on the cooking time by using leftover rice.

Really great fix for those monthly chocolate cravings! Make sure to blend your coconut butter completely or the interior will have a gainy texture. Dark chocolate and matcha go really well together – do not pass this one up!

Nice, smooth and a pretty filling addition to a light breakfast! The pairing of macadamia nut milk and coconut milk is really good. Some think almond milk and matcha don’t pair well, so I suggest using a different alternative milk if you can’t find macadamia nut milk and don’t do cow’s milk.

How do you like your matcha? 

Ready to try some? Get some goodness here:


Funky super foods: Smoothie bowls, matcha and more – find out what’s worth your time and what’s not. (Part 1)

We all see the recipes on Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media outlets…. The latest power foods you feel obligated to incorporate into your diet so you live a long life/ avoid an incurable disease/ ward off weight, etc. What fit foods should you try and which aren’t worth your time can be VERY confusing. Here’s some tips to navigate through the challenging waters.

Smoothie Bowls.

Pretty? Yes. Healthy? Possibly.

Admittedly – I didn’t “get” this until I tried it. In my brain, you drink a smoothie, not eat one. That aside, I had generally equated smoothies as the fruit equivalent to the bagel: 5 servings of any one food group is generally not satiating, can be full of hidden sugar, and often high calorie. 

After trying out a few bowls, my advice is to  still proceed with caution: choose recipes that aren’t chock full of added sugar, only fruit, or include large amounts of high calorie “toppings” if you are watching calories or trying to make it through to lunch without snacking. The trick is to find recipes that have a healthy mix of carbs, fat and protein.

Some options below that you don’t need to feel guilty about:

1. Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

I can almost guarantee you will have a “WTF?” moment when you check out the ingredients list for this recipe. Frankly, it sounds odd. It tastes pretty good though. I tried it without toppings and it did seem a little light on the sweet side, so would suggest sliced frozen banana on top, or maybe even a little drizzle of pure maple syrup to give it some more of a carrot cake taste. Alternately (and this is what I ended up doing), add 1/2 cup uncooked, old fashioned oats and that drizzle of maple syrup, put it in the fridge and you have carrot cake overnight oats for the a.m. I liked it that way better than the smoothie!

Smoothie: Serves: 1. Nutrition: 471 calories, 15.9g fat, 4.3g sat fat, 54.6g carbs, 8.6g fiber, 32.5g sugar, 25.3 g protein (Facts include: One scoop vital protein collagen, 1/4 C carrots, 1 tbls Unsweetened Coconut, 1 Medjool Date)

Overnight oats:  Serves: 1. Nutrition: 478 calories, 10.9g fat, 1.7g sat fat, 71.1g carbs, 11.8g fiber, 27.2g sugar, 28.7 g protein (Facts include: One scoop vital protein collagen, 1/2 tbls pure maple syrup (no toppings))

2. Arugula, Romaine and Pear Smoothie Bowl

I was excited to try this one, and then ECSTATIC when my 6-year old wanted to help (a self-described salad hater). I thought it was good as is, but he needed some sweetness so we added in half a fresh pineapple and he gobbled it all up. No longer a salad-hater!

Serves: 1 (without the extra pineapple). Nutrition: 223 calories, 10.9 g fat, 1.2 g sat fat, 29.2 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 13.2 g sugar, 6.6 g protein (calculated without toppings)

3. Chia Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

My kids tried this one with me too; they each needed a teaspoon of honey, but otherwise thought it delicious with chia seeds, coconut and some sliced banana on top. They had no clue there was collagen in there, either! Bonus!

Serves: 2. Nutrition: 282 calories, 16.2 g fat, 3.9 saturated fat, 32.2 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 13.3 g sugar, 7 g protein

What smoothie bowls have you tried to add to the list? Please share!


Funky Super Foods – Get Tight and Get it Right with Collagen (Part 3)

Collagen was actually the reason I wanted to start this super food mini series. I love this stuff! Finally an awesome replacement for protein powder that isn’t full of whey (which so many of us have a hard time digesting), unpronounceable ingredients, and most importantly – doesn’t taste like chalk.

Collagen can be found naturally in the body’s muscles, skin, and bones, and makes up about 30% percent of your total body mass. As we age, our collagen production slows by about 1% per year starting at age 20. Sound like around the time you saw your first wrinkle? Yeah – not a coincidence. As we lose collagen, wrinkles become more prominent, joints start to make that snap, crackle, pop noise and hair starts to thin. Which is why many people are looking to boost up their body’s collagen levels, and how I stumbled upon it.

I initially learned about the benefits of collagen when I was doing research on how to get my stomach to tighten back up after having two babies grow in my short-waisted body that expanded my poor belly out further than I ever thought humanely possible. I’d heard of great results and it seemed pretty easy to give it a go (it basically dissolves in anything – hot or cold). Alas, things often don’t ‘bounce back’ as quickly as we want them to and knew I wasn’t willing to go under a knife to improve results on a little extra skin. But after a solid dedication to strength training AND adding collagen into my diet, I’m proud to say you can’t tell the difference between my stomach and a fit woman who hasn’t given birth. No gimmicks, no doctors, no diet drama. Just hard work and this molecule made up of more than 1,000 amino acids.

Take note! When you purchase the powder, it’s important to know where it came from, particularly if you are Vegan; all sources I’ve encountered come from cows, chicken or fish.

Enough chatter! Let’s get on with the recipes:

Too-Good-To-Be True Paleo Cookie Dough

This even has the texture of cookie dough! Just don’t try to actually make cookies with it. I have no idea how they would turn out, but I’m guessing, not as a cookie.


Per Serving (1/10 recipe) (with 1/2 c dark chocolate chunks): Calories: 144; Total Fat: 8 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Carbohydrate: 15 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 7 g; Protein: 3 g

Bacon and Egg Collagen Cups

These are a filing and great make-ahead breakfast option. At 25g of protein per egg cup, you really only need one to get a good breakfast under your belt. We made ours on a Sunday and enjoyed them through to mid-week for an easy am option. And the whole family loved them! If sweet potatoes aren’t your deal, you can use hash browns too.

img_2827Per Serving (1 egg cup): Calories: 272; Total Fat: 11.2 g; Saturated Fat: 5.7 g; Carbohydrate: 16.5 g; Fiber: 8 g; Sugar: 8 g; Protein: 25 g
Easy Protein Pancakes (add 2 scoops of Collagen to this recipe)

I should have taken a picture of the first collagen pancake recipe I tried. TOTAL DISASTER. Even my loving, happy-go-lucky 6-year-old made a sour face and stated, “Mommy, those DO NOT look good”. Gotta love the honesty! And I love pancakes. Almost to the point of obsession. Loss of pancakes without good alternatives was the single-most disappointing thing about having to become gluten-free before some good flour blends and mixes came out for those of us that can’t eat our Wheaties. It still takes some due diligence to find the good recipes though (clearly), and this is one to add to the arsenal, gluten-free or not!

The trick is to add 1 scoop of Collagen powder for every 1 serving in the recipe. 

Per Serving (1/3 recipe): Calories: 310; Total Fat: 3.5 g; Saturated Fat: 1.3 g; Carbohydrate: 33 g; Fiber: 8 g; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 38 g


Check out my Pinterest page if you want to see more pancake goodness, using the same 1:1 ratio as I did with the Biggest Loser Pancake recipe above to add an extra protein boost.

Roasted Carrot Soup

If fall had a flavor, it would taste like this. Soooooooo delicious. Nothing else to say about this one, other than it’s a perfect way to roll into rainy season and leaves changing.

Per Serving (with lite coconut milk and Vital Proteins Collagen): Calories: 303; Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 9 g; Carbohydrate: 35 g; Fiber: 7 g; Sugar: 15g; Protein: 10 g

Have you tried collagen? Have any yummy recipes to share? We’d love to spread the love! 

Please note: I fully support and endorse the product mentioned in this post. Should you choose to purchase, I will get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.


I went on a pescatarian diet for a month and here’s what happened…

Avoiding meat and only eating fish and dairy products as protein sources for 30 days started as a selfish way for me to eat more of my favorite foods while reducing time in the kitchen during the chaos of summer.

I didn’t know what to expect in terms of changes, or if I should even expect anything. I was really surprised though to see what happened: 

  • My average daily grams of fat when down, but not as much as I anticipated  it would
  • My sodium intake plummeted. I had no idea I was way over the recommended daily allowance prior to this ‘test’ since I eat a very “healthy” diet normally 
  • My late night craving for peanut or almond butter completely diminished.

  • Why did these things happen? This is what i learned:

    1. There are a lot of seafood recipes that involve fried food (or include mayonnaise-based sauces). I don’t have a particular craving for fried foods and I really don’t like mayo, but as I was trying to diversify our options, I expanded beyond our standard set of recipes and meal planning. Side note: Bang Bang Shrimp by Damn Delicious is a positively fabulous way to indulge. (Scroll down for lots more recipes below)Take away: when I do this again, I’ll experiment more with plain Greek yogurt replacements for mayo and seek out more grilled seafood options to balance out the fat.
    2. As I mentioned previously, I had no idea my sodium intake was off the charts (as was my cholesterol). I had literally zero awareness that I ate as much processed meat as I did until I removed the turkey sausages at breakfast or occasional chicken sausage stir-fry away from my diet. The pescartaian diet forced me to eat ‘clean’ because there are frankly not as many options for processed seafood. My breakfast replacement was a very satisfying and quick-to-pull-together meal: egg whites, leftover veggies, fresh spinach, a sprinkle of Parmesan and side of fruit. Yummy, without all the cholesterol and salt without even trying! Take away: save money, cholesterol and sodium by skipping the processed meat. There are other options just as quick, delicious and likely with fewer calories.
    3. This whole nut butter deal was perplexing. For many years, I have craved (and occasionally indulged in) a small scoop of nut butter post-dinner. Over the years, I had done research on it and learned I could have a shortage of magnesium in my diet. Despite vitamins and supplements though, I still needed that scoop of peanut butter from time to time. I didn’t even realize I stopped craving it until about 3 weeks into pescatarian month. Only now do I realize I ate so many avocados on this diet, I was probably finally meeting my body’s Magnesium requirements. Take away: be sure to indulge in healthy fats and don’t be afraid to mix up your diet. You never know what you’ll figure out! 
    4. Interested in some of the recipes we tried out? These were some of our favorites! 

      Grilled salmon and asparagus

      Halibut with lemon caper sauce (My in-laws went nuts over this. Skip the almond flour and fancy oil. Use good ole fashioned butter)

      Poke. Lots and lots of poke.

      Kid-friendly poke

      Feeling adventurous? Octopus is my favorite food, but I’d never tried to make it myself until now. ‘Easy’ Octopus (still harder than you think, but fun to try)

      Summer doesn’t get any easier than no-cook, easy prep Ceviche

      I couldn’t close out this post without my favorite meal of all-time: Fish tacos This recipe is an easy keeper that feeds a crowd!

      What other awesome seafood/fish dishes do you and your family enjoy?