Saturday, July 16, 2011

Take That IHOP!

Yesterday I did two things I have never done before:

First, I signed up for my first ever 5K.  It is sponsored by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is called Race Away From Domestic Violence.

It's happening on August 13th which means I'm running my first race only two weeks after my big move to Indianapolis in order to attend the IU Genetic Counseling Program.  Pretty excited, let me just say.  My best friend Joshua and I are running it together and we've decided to do brunch in the city afterwards.  We don't know where we're going yet but we're foodies so I'm sure we'll have a great time wherever we dine.

Second, I signed up for the Hotter Than Hades Virtual Half-Marathon!  You basically run a half marathon between July 15th and August 15th and record your mileage.  You don't have to run it all in one day.  You do it at your own pace.  Also, if you finish you are included in a drawing for prizes.  Awesome.  You should check it out and participate!

Since today was the second day of Hotter Than Hades, I ran three miles this morning (read: 10am, 75 degrees) and it was a tough one.  I got a stitch in my right lower abdominal region not a quarter of a mile in and I figured I to run through it.  I ran a new route and by the time I hit 2.2 miles I was pretty much done.  Being the stubborn person I am, probably driven in some part by the fact that yesterday was a rest day for me, I pushed myself to finish the three miles.  Because of a missed turn I ended up not finishing a 3 miles loop but rather ending a street over from my apartment building.  It was most likely for the best because as soon as I slowed to a walk to get the rest of the way home I felt dizzy, weak, and like I was going to throw up.  The walking helped to settle me and when I got home to stretch I felt much better.

To help my muscles recover I decided pancakes with peanut butter was the way to go for breakfast.  I then promptly realized I had no PB in the house already made so I whipped out my VitaMix (which I love soooo much) and blended up a big batch of kettle roasted peanut butter.  Not happy with one flavor, I made three specialty ones by combining the plain PB with some other yummy things.  In the end I finished with white chocolate peanut butter, cinnamon peanut butter, and white chocolate coconut peanut butter along with the left over plain peanut butter.  Can you say YUM???

Speaking of pancakes and breakfast, I have the recipe I promised!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes with Butterscotch Syrup
A DNA and Dessert original recipe.

45g whole wheat flour (about 2/3 of a 1/2 cup measure)
15g chocolate protein powder (I used Life’s Basics, about a 1/3ish of a scoop)
1/2 tbsp (3g) cocoa powder (Hershey’s Special Dark is the best!)
1/2 tbsp Stevia or sweetener of choice
1 tsp baking powder
Small pinch of salt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp (14g) chocolate chips (semi-sweet ones make a great addition)
1/2 tbsp (7g) butterscotch chips
1 tbsp maple syrup

How to:
1. Combine dry ingredients, minus chips, and mix well.
2. Add in milk and mix.  The batter will be thick.  If you like flatter pancakes, add water to dilute the batter to your desired consistency.  If you prefer hefty, thick pancakes add just a 1/2 tbsp of water to make it a bit more manageable.
3. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to spoon out the batter onto a medium-high heat skillet.  The batter will need to be spread out just a bit.  Sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
4. Depending on how diluted your batter is your pancakes may or may not bubble to signal you to flip them.  If they are the thick variety, bubbles won’t appear though the pancakes will look like they have firmed up and then you FLIP!
5. Store cooked pancakes in a <200F oven until the rest are done cooking.  Serve the pillows of goodness chip side up on the plate so you don’t lose any of the precious chocolate to the plate!
6. Top with butterscotch syrup made by melting 1/2 tbsp of butterscotch chips (15 seconds in the microwave, stir, another 20 second and stir) and mixing it with a tbsp of syrup.  Mix will and drizzle over your plate of pancakes.

Hope you have a lovely Saturday!  I work at three and then tomorrow Jack and I are attending Family Fundae for some scrumptious ice cream treats.  Can't wait.


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