Easter break! Spring break! What ever you want to call it, I hope you had an awesome time eating, spending time with family, friends and whatever else you may have done over the vacation.
I started my Easter break by visiting my parents and my two youngest siblings who live at home with them.
It was a mini family reunion even though three of the six kids were not with us. Three out of six is not bad though! It’s harder and harder to get everyone together these days. Since my two sisters are now back in California along with my brother it makes it an even three over there and three over here in France.
My grandpa and my great-aunt joined us all for an early Easter feast. It was a fairly healthy feast, roasted chicken, carrots, risotto and a beautiful green salad with plenty of colorful veggies. Oh and for dessert a fruit salad with mint, a piece of dark chocolate and a jasmine green tea. So not bad at all on the healthy scale when it comes to big family dinners. The next day we had a picnic on the beach and soaked up the sun while taking a little nap. When you can nap on the beach it means two things. 1. The weather is just right and 2. Vacation and relaxation.
I Finished off my Easter break this year with a short weekend in Corsica. A group of ten friends and I hopped on the night ferry to meet up with another couple who live in Bastia. We arrived the next morning ready for a quick adventure. Two full days of traveling, which I didn’t mind at all because it was my first time being on a boat that big. I was pretty impressed! Then two full days of taking in the traditional lifestyle of Corsica.
This was a cheat week-end. We had to taste all the cheeses and meats of course. We had a big traditional lunch in the village of our friends, the dish consisted of chestnut flour, salt and water with a side of cheese and sausage. It was YUM! I didn’t even have to eat for the rest of the day I was so full!
We started out at the port where we docked and 30 minutes later we are driving through the mountains and beautiful countryside to get to another village for sightseeing. The old town where we stayed was filled with little restaurants, churches, shopping and pubs. Friday and Saturday night we enjoyed listening to Franck and their band play at a local pub. Oh yeah did I forget to mention that the reason for the very short trip to Corsica was because the guys were playing at a pub…
At night the guys set up and rehearsed for their gig. Meanwhile the rest of us were having wine and tapas in the center square. As the night went on all the pubs and restaurants filled up. To paint a little picture it was truly a European cliché from a movie. The kids were all playing in the square as the adults sipped on wine, chatting and listening to music. There was even an old church near by lit up perfectly by the candles and outside lighting of the restaurants. The thing is this not a cliché here and it is one of my favorite parts about living in Europe.
The morning we arrived, welcomed with a pancake breakfast in our friends new home. Growing up in a catholic family we always had pancakes for breakfast then off to church for Easter mass. And well we didn’t have them exactly on Easter it was such a treat that they welcomed us like that.
Everyone probably has a way a little different from everyone else that they make pancakes. So today I give you my way. Protein style. I could have these pancakes everyday! I have them at least twice a week because they are my favorite breakfast. They are healthy, fluffy and full of protein. Just what I need to start my morning off before work or before I hit the gym. They take me 10 minutes to make and I can top them off with so many things. To name a few that I like:
Homemade hazelnut spread
Sugar free maple syrup
Sometimes protein powder can give a kind of stiff texture when used in pancakes or bakes goods. That’s why I like to use unsweetened apple sauce (homemade or store-bought works) or bananas to my batter. It lightens the texture and add some fluffiness. When it comes to protein pancakes, these are oh so fluffy and delicious!
I don’t know about you all but I am a full on breakfast and brunch person! My problem in the morning is first off actually getting up in the morning and second having to many great choices for breakfast. I think if I were a morning person I would even prefer going out to brunch then going out for anything else. Can’t wait to share many more delightfully breakfast ideas that you can also have for lunch if you are not a morning person like myself!
- 1 cup unflavored protein powder whey 128 g
- 2 tablespoons Whole-wheat flour 25 g
- 1/3 cup coconut flour 43 g
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce 45 g
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 egg's
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil for cooking
Mix everything in the blender or shake together in a protein shaker
Brush a large non-stick skillet or pancake maker with coconut oil on medium heat.
Poor ¼ cup (57g) of batter on skillet on cook about 3 minutes or until bubbles appear in the middle of the pancake, flip and cook another 3 minutes.
The ingredients that I used for this recipe and are also my personal favorite brands to use include:
Myprotein Unflavored Impact Whey
Myprotein Smooth Peanut Butter
Myprotein Chia Seeds
Mituso Bio – coconut oil
Cocoa Powder- Seven Hills
*Instead of apple sauce you can use bananas in the mixture.
*My pancake griddle (that also makes crepes ) is by LAGRANGE