5 ingredient protein pancake (gluten and dairy free)

March 21, 2017

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’ve been enjoying protein pancakes quite a bit lately. Today I’m sharing my favorite way to prepare a simple and tasty breakfast that’s packed with protein and healthy fats plus just the right amount of sweet!


This five ingredient pancake it easy to whip up (especially if you haven’t been to the grocery store) and is a great way to start your day or refuel after a workout. You may also like that it’s gluten and dairy free and low in sugar. I’ve included the nutrition breakdown below in case that’s helpful. I hope you enjoy it!


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  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin
  • 1.5 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder (I use SunWarrior)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • cinnamon (a few shakes)
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup



  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Coat a medium-sized skillet with non-stick spray (or coconut oil) and place over medium heat.
  3. Pour batter into the skillet and cook for approximately 2 minutes per side (watch so that it does not burn).
  4. Top with nut butter and fruit or whatever else you’d enjoy.


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Nutrition breakdown (without sweetner):

190 calories (26 grams of protein / 6  grams of fat / 5 grams of carbohydrates)


3 benefits of taking probiotics + a vanilla almond overnight oats recipe

March 9, 2017

Hey there. Thanks for stopping by! Today’s post is about bacteria…the good kind, that is. I’m talking about probiotics – the healthy strains of bacteria found in your belly. They are extremely important to your overall health and well-being. Probiotics are found in many foods and can also be taken as a supplement. I thought I’d offer some of the benefits I have noticed from probiotics and share a delicious and easy way to get them in your diet (overnight oats!). Please remember, I am not a doctor and I would recommend speaking with your health professional before starting a new diet or supplement plan.


Importance of Probiotics

Your stomach contains tons of bacteria – some beneficial and some harmful. Your lifestyle, diet, and other factors, like stress and exercise, all impact the delicate balance of this bacteria. As you can imagine, healthy lifestyle habits promote good bacteria and negative factors (like smoking, stress, and poor diet) promote harmful bacteria. This harmful bacteria can lead to inflammation and may interfere with your body’s ability to think clearly (and positively), ward off illness, and recover from workouts.


One simple way to increase the amount of good bacteria in your stomach is by consuming probiotics – healthy strains of live bacteria. Probiotics are found in fermented foods (like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha) and in supplement form. We enjoy all kinds of fermented food in our house, but since I don’t eat them every day, I choose to supplement with a daily probiotic (the girls take a children’s probiotic, too!). I’ve noticed a positive difference from taking a daily probiotic supplement and adding fermented foods to my diet.


3 benefits of taking probiotics


1. Strengthens your immune system – A large portion of your immune system is found in your digestive track. Probiotics help promote good bacteria (your body’s first line of defense) and inhibit the growth of bad bacteria. Many of my friends and co-workers can attest that I rarely get sick (of course, being a parent means my kids share their illnesses with me quite often, but I’m rarely down and out for more than a few days). I’m sure one of the reasons I tend to stay healthy is because I regularly take my probiotic.


2. Aids digestion and nutrient absorption – This is probably the most widely known benefit of probiotics. Many people suffering from IBS or some other digestive disease may find relief from some symptoms by taking probiotics. Probiotics are especially important for anyone who regularly exercises since they assist with nutrient absorption and muscle repair. Because I have dealt with malabsorption and nutrient deficiency issues in the past, I take a probiotic so that I can be sure my nutrients are adequately being absorbed.


3. Regulates mood – Your stomach is often referred to as your “second brain” due to its ability to influence behavior and mood. The majority of the neurotransmitters that control mood and cognition are found in the stomach. Serotonin, the neurotransmitter known for regulating happiness and satisfaction, is created almost entirely in the stomach (source). An imbalance of bacteria in your stomach has been shown to impact your thoughts and behavior.


I take Proflora Excellence by the Poliquin Group and the girls take the chewable form (which tastes like cherry). We always keep our probiotics in the fridge to preserve their freshness.


Okay, so we know probiotics are good for us and we know we need to incorporate them into our diet. So here is one of my favorite overnight oats recipes, made with greek yogurt and almond milk. The vanilla and almond flavors blend really well together and create a sweet and tasty treat. It’s a great meal to start your day and a simple way to get some good probiotics into your diet.


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Vanilla almond overnight oats


  • 1/2 cup of gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  • sliced almonds for garnish


  1. Combine everything (except the sliced almond) into a jar or bowl. Stir well.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Will last for several days as long as it’s kept in the fridge.





Chocolate chia coconut banana overnight oats

June 30, 2016
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Hello there! I have a delicious overnight oats recipe to share with you today. If you like chocolate and banana then you will LOVE this.


Overnight oats have been becoming really popular lately. They are simple to assemble, great for busy mornings, and the combinations are endless! I love adding protein powder to my oats because it gives it a boost and keeps me feeling full longer.


Overnight oats

Chocolate chia coconut banana overnight oats


  • 1/2 GF rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder (I use Sunwarrior)
  • Toppings: drizzle of honey and shredded coconut



  1. In a bowl or jar, mix oats, chia seeds, protein powder, and cocoa powder.
  2. Add milk and banana slices.
  3. Stir well and cover.
  4. Place in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  5. Before serving, drizzle coconut flakes and honey on top.




Peanut butter & jelly overnight oats

May 25, 2016
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There’s been a serious learning curve over here. Although I blog as part of my day job for a nonprofit, personal blogging is new to me. It’s challenging when you can’t call someone from IT and say, “Um, something’s happened. I don’t know how to explain it, but can you help?” I may have said that once or twice at the office.


I’ve been stumbling along over here with A Fit Mess. Figuring things out as I go. Learning from other bloggers. Tweaking things here and there. And making lots of mistakes. Like when I wanted to free up more storage space for my pictures and deleted dozens of old ones only to realize that resulted in broken images in my original posts. I’m now in the process of going through 100+ posts to make sure there are no broken links or missing images.


Or when your post is accidentally published (*ahem, like the initial draft of this one) and you can’t figure out how that happened. Sorry to all my email subscribers! Auto scheduling posts is trickier than it sounds.


I’ve also realized that blogging isn’t as easy as I thought. Typos drive me crazy. When I’d see a spelling error in another blogger’s work, I would kind of cringe. I’d think, How did they not catch that? And then I started blogging and made tons of typos. It’s easy to do, especially if you write frequently and the only person who is proofing your work is you. At 5 AM. Mid-coffee.


So, I guess this is all to say thanks for sticking with me as I grow. It’s definitely a learning process that will continue to develop. And I’m trying to cut myself some slack. After all, I want this blog to be lighthearted and that also means not taking myself so seriously.


Speaking of lighthearted, what’s better than a PB&J turned power-packed breakfast? Overnight oats make for a great meal on the go. They are perfect for busy mornings and are also a good choice post-workout. The combination of peanut butter and strawberries makes me think I’m eating a dessert.

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Peanut butter & jelly overnight oats


  • 1/2 cup GF rolled oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of protein powder (I use SunWarrior vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • dash of cinnamon


  1. Mix oats, chia seeds, protein powder in a bowl or mason jar.
  2. Add milk, strawberries, peanut butter, and cinnamon.
  3. Stir until everything is incorporated (I mashup some of the strawberries).
  4. Cover and place in fridge for at least 4 hours. I like to stir mine a bit every so often.
  5. Top with a few more strawberries and whatever else you’d like before eating.


Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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