Pancakes and HikingPosted: December 29, 2011
This (Thursday) morning happened to be one of the only mornings during my entire break that I didn’t have to wake up to an alarm, so I ‘slept in’ until 7:30- it was great! I made my way downstairs and checked the temperature outside- it had barely cracked 30˚. I had thoughts of hiking later in the morning, but decided to see it would warm up at all before heading out.
I decided to whip up a batch of pancakes- the same ones that I made for myself on Christmas morning.
They were SO good- and filling! Pancakes are usually the type of food that fills me up for a good 30 minutes, then I’m hungry again. But these actually kept me full all morning. I ate them while catching up on blogs- just like the way I like it.
Coconut/Buckwheat flour pancakes (serves one hungry person)
3 scant T coconut flour
1 T buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
Stevia, to taste
2/3 c liquid egg whites
dash of almond milk (more depending on how thin you want your pancakes)
chopped up fruit, if desired (I mixed strawberries, bananas and blueberries)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat- flip over when edges are fully cooked, then cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side.
I topped mine with the same combination of fruit that were in the pancakes, and nuked it in the microwave so it became more sauce-like.
Man, these are yummy. I also put some almond milk and a few frozen peach slices in the Vitamix for a very refreshing and delicious drink!
I am so in love with my Vitamix- don’t be surprised if I reference it in every single blog post. 🙂
After breakfast, I did a little cleaning around the house and decided to head out for a hike, even though the temperature had only risen to 32˚. But really, hiking in the cold doesn’t bother me at all- I even went snow hiking on my birthday this year with two of my friends!
I figured I would just layer up and test out the new Thermal Under Armour top that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas. I packed up Jackson in the Subaru and headed up to the mountain. One of the really nice things about where we live is that it’s 6 miles from Gambrill State Park, which has a lot of great hiking/mountain biking trails. It takes about 10 minutes to get there, depending on who you get stuck behind driving up the mountain.
It’s always a few degrees colder up on the mountain, but it didn’t feel too bad once I got moving. I did resist the urge to run though, since this was technically my ‘rest’ day. 🙂
Jackson’s such a great hiking buddy.
We stopped at the overlook so that I could try to get a self-timer pic (that’s my new warm Red Sox jacket)- ignore my air-dryed hair, please. I do not dress up or put on make-up to go hiking. 🙂
Our hike was great! And strangely enough- we didn’t pass a single person on the trails. It was so quiet. It also started snowing very lightly about 45 minutes into our hike, but we were pretty close to being done by then. And when I got home- it was still snowing and had actually accumulated on our patio table (not on the roads though).
Everyone is itching for a snowstorm around here, but I’m fine with it holding off for a little longer. I’m sure we’ll see enough over the next few months.
Tomorrow morning I’m teaching Bodypump SOLO (and actually getting paid) for the first time! I should know it in my sleep by now, so I hope I am completely comfortable and confident tomorrow. I still get a little bit nervous when teaching something new to a new group of people- hopefully it won’t show. 🙂 Wish me luck!
What breakfast foods fill you up?
Do you like hiking?