I love having a breakfast that feels like a treat. Although I can't handle a lot of sweetness in the mornings, I do like to start off my day with something that feels indulgent yet something that I know is good for me. Usually that comes in the form of whole grains, healthy fats and protein. I am still in love with my banana protein pancakes and vegan pumpkin protein pancakes, which use the same base recipe. So I took that recipe and adjusted it slightly to go even more indulgent...chocolate chip protein pancakes. Ooh yeah.
An ongoing battle with me and my diet is ensuring I get enough protein. This might be a common issues among vegetarians and vegans, but my naturopath has advised me to go for a balance of 150g or so of carbs per day with 55-65g protein and up to 50g of healthy fats. I am under on both fats and protein fairly consistently. Luckily, I'm not TOO low on protein (often falling around 50g), but one surefire way to power up my day is to start my day off with a good dose of protein. On my naturopath's recommendation, I have started stirring half a scoop of protein powder into my morning oatmeal. And my favourite part about this protein need is incorporating these beauties into my diet as often as possible!
I wanted to tell you guys about this little badge you may have seen on my homepage recently. I am so excited to be taking part in the first Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Lindsay at Love and Olive Oil and Julie at the little kitchen. Each blogger that registers is required to whip up three dozen of your best cookies, then ship a dozen of them to three different bloggers that you will be matched up with. You then receive a batch of cookies to taste/sample/inhale and then everyone publishes the recipes on a set date. The links to all will be posted by Lindsay and Julie and everyone can get plenty of inspiration for next year's (they hope to make this an annual event).