Just in time for the weekend, Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook guest blogger, Pamela Hernandez, reminds us to be gentle on ourselves as we make changes towards a healthy, Eat-Clean lifestyle. She also shares a delicious Vanilla Coconut Protein Pancakes recipe below. Delicious!
|Fit & fabulous, Pamela!|
I am a vegetarian.
I Eat Clean.
I am a personal trainer.
I am not perfect.
My whole fitness journey, now in its 14th year, has been a work in progress. First, learning how to manage portions and find balance in my early meat-free but carb-heavy diet. Then learning being fit doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym; it’s quality not quantity that matters in workouts. More recently I discovered Eating Clean and how to do it without chicken or salmon and fewer frozen-veggie burgers.
It’s this concept of progress, not perfection, and slow transformation that I teach to my clients. They want to change every aspect of their diet and fitness overnight. They want to know what I eat or what I do when I work out. I am never afraid to share my workouts or food log, but I always tell them it took me years to get where I am today. In fact, my goal is to help prevent them from making many of the mistakes that I did by giving them the tools that I didn’t have when I started, like The Eat-Clean Diet books and Clean Eating magazine.
I reassure them, telling them it may seem slow but in 6 months or a year they will look back and be amazed at how far they have come, one small change at a time. I also counsel them that it will never be perfect but each choice is an opportunity to be a better.
That’s why I live and teach a clean eating, plant based and fit lifestyle. I’m not perfect, but each day I want to be better.
I believe I can be better.
I believe you can be better too.
Pamela’s Vanilla Coconut Protein Pancakes
1 cup vanilla almond milk
¾ cup oats
½ cup whole wheat flour
6 oz Fat Free plain Greek yogurt
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp baking powder
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
Olive oil cooking spray
1. In a medium bowl add oats to soy milk and let sit 5 minutes.
2. In a separate bowl whisk Greek yogurt, egg whites, vanilla extract and coconut oil until smooth.
3. Add yogurt mixture, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and whey protein powder to the oat mixture. Mix thoroughly.
4. Spray a well-heated griddle lightly with olive-oil cooking spray. Pour batter onto griddle and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are lightly browned.
Makes 8 pancakes.