Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Ever since I was little I LOVED Reese’s peanut butter cups.  That choco-pnut /salty-sweet/ fatty/ savory/ happy combo wakes up each taste bud and makes the day extra-better.  BUT, I digress.  Because this post has nothing to do with Reese’s peanut butter cups so I don’t want to get your hopes up.

Good news is, I gotchu a substitute 😉 If you want something sweet after your workout, try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes. They’re yummy they’ll make you happy. Which is really cool 😎 Here’s a low-quality iPhone photo:

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PANCAKES:

1 scoop protein (I used Isopure Dutch Chocolate)

1/2 c egg whites

1 banana

1 tbsp cocoa powder (natural unsweetened)

1/4 tsp baking powder

ICING:

2 tbsp PB2

Splashes of unsweetened almond milk

Macros:

343 Cal/ 39g carbs/ 5g fat/ 45g protein

 

Ready for a FUN FACT!?

Here are macros for 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups:

220 Cal/ 24g carbs/ 13g fat/ 5g protein

 

Let me know if you try them!

Enjoy!

Michelle

 

 

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The Kettlebell Killer

Hello and Happy Thursday!

One day away from Friday!

Yayyyyyy!

I decided because this is a workout blog that I’ll post a workout.  As a trainer, I am coming up with different combinations of strength training and cardio every day. The more variety between exercises, reps, etc., the better.  But you already knew that.

Anyway, change of thought train. I LOVE Kettlebells. I’m actually Kettlebell I certified, not that you care. BUT with the summer quickly approaching, I have my clients doing lots of kettlebell swings.  Why? Because they’re so freakin’ hard! Which is a good thing.  A really good thing. Because when you’re panting, they’re working. And because kettlebell swings incorporate both strength training and cardio, you’re killing two birds with one stone.  DOUBLE WAMMY!

Oh for all of you who weren’t paying attention to anything above– KETTLEBELL SWINGS BURN UP TO 20 CALORIES A MINUTE. FIRE.

 

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1. If just starting out, pick a 8kg/17lb Kettlebell.  I’m not sure if this helps, but in my gym, they’re yellow. Once you get comfortable with this weight, you can increase.  But better safe than sorry 😉

2. Arms should be straight forward, only going chest high to maintain momentum

3. Use them HIPS! You should be thrusting forward with each swing and SQUEEZING your butt cheeks together with every swing

Got it? OK, Let’s work out!

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Can’t read this with all the ridiculous camouflage? I gotchu, boo!

20x KB Swings

20x Dips (on Bench)

20x KB Swings

20x KB Sumo squat +High Pull

20x KB Swings

20x KB straight leg deadlift

20x KB swings

20x single arm KB press (ea.)

20x KB Swings

=100 KB swings

Repeat 3x = 300 KB swings

 

 

This is a very QUICK workout that you can do when you’re in a rush!

Too easy? Too hard? Let me know what you think!

Michelle

Welcome!

Welcome to Workin’ Out & Stuff!

Hi 🙂 If you read my “About” section, maybe you’ll understand a little more of where I’m coming from.  This blog is not only about working out, but it’s also about ‘stuff.’ Working out will be a huge part of it because working out and clean eating are two passions of mine.  BUT, I have an even greater passion for living.

That’s why this blog is called Working Out and Stuff. ‘Cause I like stuff… that makes sense, right?

Anyway, I’ll regularly be posting workouts, recipes (for healthy and not so healthy, but yummy things), and a whole slew of other things that you’ll just have to read to find out about #Cliffhanger

So, please read and comment and positively criticize me to your hearts desire 🙂

 

Michelle