January 21, 2015

Coconut Oil Whole Grain Banana Waffles & Realistic Goal Setting

Good morning!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been making a lot of waffles with my new waffle iron. I also just got an ice cream maker for my birthday. (insert red faced emoji) I'll have to seek out some sorbet or healthy ice cream alternatives... or just not blog about the ice cream I make. :-) Hey, everything in moderation, folks! No one's perfect. But any ice cream will definitely have to wait until after Cabo. I'm leaving in 10 days and couldn't be more excited. This vacation will come on the heels of me completing my school counseling internship, which is a huge deal! I can actually start looking for jobs for next school year. I don't even remember what having money is like...

I've been doing a lot of HIIT to try to really lean out. But I've been very strict since after Thanksgiving on my diet and my exercise routine in general. I had a goal of 5 days a week for awhile, and I kept missing the goal or I would be super stressed out trying to figure out how to get to the gym 5 days in the midst of my two jobs, my internship, travel, and driving an hour and a half to school. So I re-evaluated. I asked myself what was realistic. I concluded that I could manage 4 days. And for the most part, I have consistently hit 4 days/week of really efficient and effective workouts. I also got on my boyfriend's case about needing to go to the gym and eating healthier (sorry, babe), and he's been doing great.

It's hard to have one spouse/partner/roommate being uber healthy and the other not so much. Even as an avid fitness and health food junkie, I can be tempted just as much as the next person. It's a lot easier to just give in and munch on some extra junk when the person next to you is. And it's a lot easier to keep laying on the couch watching football when someone else is doing the same thing. But now we've motivated each other. We each have a colored dry erase marker that we use to mark our dry erase board calendar with a dot for each workout. I'm pink, he's orange. Coincidence that it happens to be Bikini Baker colors? ;-) Holding yourself accountable by having a visual of exactly when you workout can be very effective. In the past I know I would forget how many times I had worked out, especially after a long, busy week. But now I just check my dots. You could also use this awesome Plum Paper Designs life planner, which is featured here, and is one of the top hits on the blog.

Last, who wants to be dealing with health issues and frailty when they age? I certainly don't. It's not always about aesthetics, although that's certainly a motivating factor for staying fit. But think about the quality of life you'll have. Is there someone in your household you can motivate to go on a fitness journey with you? I'd love to hear about it.

And don't forget to start your day with a hearty, nutritious, protein packed breakfast! That is number one.

Coconut Oil Whole Grain Banana Waffles
Makes 6-8 standard size waffles

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour (see note below for substitutions)
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2-3 bananas)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup almond milk (see note below for substitutions)
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted coconut oil

*You may use any milk or flour of choice. For gluten free, try spelt or a gluten free flour blend.

1. In a large Ziploc bag (if you want to make the day ahead) or bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
2. In a smaller Ziploc bag or container with a tight-fitting lid, mash the banana, eggs, almond milk and rolled oats together.
3. Stash the wet mixture in the fridge overnight if you want to make the batter ahead of time, and leave the dry mixture on the counter or in your pantry.
4. In the morning or right after away, combine the wet and dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisking until blended. Stir in the vanilla extract and melted coconut oil.
5. Pour batter onto a hot waffle iron and bake until crisp and golden brown.
6. Serve waffles hot with a drizzle of maple syrup or topping of choice.
7. Let leftover waffles cool, then transfer them to a Ziploc bag and store them in the freezer. Reheat and re-crisp in the toaster. They crisp up very nicely.

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