Ingredient: baking powder

Banana Protein Pancakes

banana pancakes

So if you didn’t notice, I truly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In all my years as a trainer, I’ve never seen a client be successful at losing or maintaining their weight if they were not a breakfast eater.   Starting your day right sets you up for a successful day of eating and choice making in general. However, that doesn’t mean you should just grab anything. Fill your body with high nutrition, low fat food and your body will run like the amazing machine it is.

Fit and Fudgey banana muffins

muffins

So today was my staff Amanda’s Birthday. As with all my friends and families birthday’s I like to make a special treat to celebrate. I mean life is too short to not eat cake!! However, as a Fitness professional it’s not easy cooking for your fitness staff. As much as they enjoy a treat, they are also health conscious like myself so practice moderation whenever possible. Therefore, sometimes the task of cooking a celebratory treat can be tricky. I’m always up to the challenge.

To please everyone’s palette’s, I decided to prepare two treats. One “naughty,” and one “nice”! My staff couldn’t tell the difference. The “nice” treat was moist and yummy and super chocolaty. Not that the “naughty” one wasn’t mouthwatering, but it just goes to prove that “nice” doesn’t mean tasteless!

Cinnamon Muffins

cinnamon muffins

So I have teenagers which means mornings are “fast and furious” around our house. Being boys, they want to sleep until the last possible second meaning that breakfast is either “grab and go” or doesn’t even happen. Since I’m already at work (I leave the house at 5:45 am), chances of them eating something is even less likely. My oldest loves a muffin or loaf bread because it is something that he can throw into a baggy the evening before. I of course would rather them eat something healthier, but I’m a realist after all, so rather than having them skip breakfast altogether, I make it my goal to find ways to make what they will eat just a little bit healthier. This week, my son asked to “Cinnamon Muffins.” Here is my healthier version.