Monday, July 29, 2013

There's Green Things in Your Pancakes

There's something glorious about lazy weekends full of lounging around and eating epic food.

I had a zucchini that was looking sad and starting to prune up on me, and some mini Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips that I've been wanting to experiment with ... 

What's a hungry girl to do with chocolate chips and zucchini?! 

Make pancakes out of them, durr.

Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Zucchini Pancakes 
Makes 12 medium sized pancakes
  • 2 whole eggs, room temperature
  • 6 tbsp egg whites, room temperature 
  • 1 cup milk (I used whole cows milk, and it's reflected in my nutritional stats, but you can use Almond, Coconut, or whatever milk you prefer.)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Coconut oil or butter for frying
  • 2 tbsp Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips 
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated and squeezed of excess water (using paper towels or a cheese cloth)
Directions: In a medium bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add vanilla and milk, mix well. Then add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Let the batter sit for 5 or so minutes to activate. Then mix in the shredded zucchini. In a frying pan (I used my trusty cast iron), grease with your fat of choice and heat to medium-low. Pour out 1/12 of the batter. Flip when bubbles form and begin to pop, or when the edges look solid. It should be about 3 minutes on the first side. 

I stored the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and heated them up for breakfast this morning in the microwave (for more longevity, they could easily be frozen and popped into the toaster oven for a quick and easy breakfast, too). 

Nutrition Info per 2 pancakes:
125 calories
6g fat (2 blocks)
8g protein (1 block)
4 net carbs (2g fiber)
5g sugar

These were a challenge to turn into a solid 3 block breakfast. It's hard to not micro manage your blocks - don't do it, you'll drive yourself crazy. For simplicity, I threw 5 of them on my plate to give me a solid 20g of protein. I always build a Zone meal starting with the protein. I was set with my fats already in the pancakes, so I knew I just needed to add some carbs. So I whipped up some PB2 in some water, and added 1 block of fruit. It's a common practice for those CrossFitter's with relatively low body fat to substitute some of their carb blocks for more fat blocks. In this instance, that's what I did, by adding some coconut flakes instead of more fruit (though I do not count myself among the CrossFitter's with low body fat, I really just wanted some fat this morning). 

After a solid weekend of rest, I was ready to nail down some training this morning.

Note to self: DO NOT put lotion on before entering the gym. My grip was LOUSY this morning on those snatch grip dead lifts. 

This metcon was short and sweet and fast enough for me to experience that beloved pukie feeling when I hit the wallballs. 

Always a pleasant way to start the morning! 

I sat in quiet contemplation afterwards, drinking my protein and reminiscing about the CrossFit Games. I have a long, long way to go to ever reach that level, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy my own PR's and achievements, however small they may be. 

Happy Monday! Make it a great week, ya'll! 

1. Did you watch the CrossFit Games?
2. What's one movement you hope to tackle this year? (The CrossFit Games marks the "New Year" in CrossFit.)
3. Have you ever hurled during/after a workout? 


  1. First of all, I am so glad I found your blog. I have been crossfitting for about a month now (I took on Murph on my 6th day, crazy right?), and I love reading your tips and getting inspiration. As for your questions:
    1. I watched as much as lousy ESPN would let me. That last minute change to ESPN news was very unwelcome, as we set it to record while we were out. That happened to a lot of people at my box who were all grumbling about it this am.
    2. I am hoping to do 3 unbroken strict pull-ups before the end of the calendar year and get to 20 unbroken double-unders by next summer. I totally think I can do both, so I figure I will revisit those goals once I crush them.
    3. Yup, I have hurled several times both during and after workouts. I almost lost it during Murph, but I kept it together, thankfully.

    Keep on inspiring us!

  2. Ugh! I've definitely had the pre-wod lotion issue. It sucks!!!! Loved watching the Games!!! Happy CrossFit New Year! :) I have a lot to work on, but handstand pushups and stringing kipping pull-ups are at the top of my list.

  3. I have thrown up during a couple of runs. I guess I ate and then went to go run too soon afterwards.

  4. 1. I did watch the games. Wish they played them on replay every weekend :)
    2. I am hoping to finally string together more than three kipping pull-ups. I would also like to learn to cycle my toes to bar and knees to elbow so that I can get faster.
    3. I came close to it on Saturday haha!

  5. I watched the last events of both the team and individual competition. I hope to improve ALL my movements since I am about to start Crossfit (yay!) and I have been known to puke during workouts and lacrosse practice

  6. I think you're WELL on your way to Games status, girlfriend. Keep up the hard work!

  7. 3 Studies SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you literally kill fat by eating Coconut Fats (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from large medical journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!