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Banana Cinnamon Chia Paleo Pancakes

My kids think pancakes are a food group. I think they’d eat them at every meal if I was willing. When we went Paleo as a family they pined for their beloved pancakes. OK, maybe I did too…
The thing with trying to make a Paleo pancake is that almond flour and coconut flour just don’t behave the same as wheat flour. This isn’t as noticeable in some things, but really can be problematic in pancakes.
I’ve tried and tried again at a great Paleo pancake. Some of the failures were soooo terrible! Some were super dry, some wouldn’t even come together as a pancake, and some quite honestly tasted like warm cardboard. Yum, right?
Finally, I’ve had success. These Banana Cinnamon Chia Paleo Pancakes may not taste anything like Grandma’s pancakes, but they are pretty tasty. They remind me of a whole-grain banana pancake I had at a restaurant once (though they’re grain-free!).

My kids whole-heartedly approve! They could eat them daily right now. I’m not sure if they realize they have chia seeds in them……

A Day In The Life: My Fitness, Food, and Supplement Routine

A group of my fitness blogger friends decided to do Day in the Life posts today. I get a lot of questions about my routine. My Paleo eats, how much I work out, what supplements I take, how I fit in my blogging/freelance/work...stuff like that. I thought joining and doing a day in my life post would be fun and a great way to answer all of those questions at once!

This was yesterday (Tuesday 1/20). It was a pretty average day for me.

4:30 AM My alarm on my phone goes off. I get up, get dressed in my workout clothes, and take my pre-workout (it says to take it 30-60 minutes before your workout, I shoot for 30). This is a new supp for me and I'm still just taking 1 to see how it goes. I also take my Acetyl L-Carnitine because the bottle says to take it on an empty stomach. 
Sometimes I hit snooze until 5, but I'm trying hard not to do that. A lot of people say to sleep in your workout clothes to save time, but that doesn't work for me. What does work for me is to have my workout …

Strawberry Protein Faux-Yo Recipe

I've gotten super serious about my nutrition lately. I am laser focused on my body after baby goals. For me that means upping my protein a bit, dropping my carbs a bit, and shaving off a few calories. 

Never one for depriving myself completely, I always try to concoct healthified versions of my favorite treats. This helps me keep my mindset right (no obsessing allowed) and still reach my goals.

Chips, soda, candy. Meh, no pull there. Ice cream? Frozen yogurt? Now these, these are the things I miss!

My Strawberry Protein Faux-Yo is a super easy, protein-pumped-up swap that is simply amazing.
Plus, it's really just 3 ingredients: cashew milk, whey protein, and frozen strawberries! Can't beat that.

Strawberry Protein Faux-Yo

Makes 2 servings
Approximately 100 calories each!! (depending on the type of protein powder you use)

1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Cashewmilk (you can also use unsweetened vanilla coconut or almond milk)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, I use SFH…

My Piyo First Impressions and Pressing Pause

Unfortunately I am going to have to press pause on my Piyo review series

Disc one in my set skips and freezes. (Serious bummer!) I tweeted Beachbody customer service and they said I need to call about a replacement. Am I the only one that would so much rather send a quick tweet or email than call and sit on hold? Lol.

Anyway, I don't know how long it will take to get a replacement and I haven't been able to do the full calendar because of the defective disc, so I am going to have to postpone my Piyo review series.


However, I will give you my first impression of the Piyo set...

Piyo First Impressions

I like the diet plan. It is easily tweaked Paleo and I don't feel like I'm starving. I could definitely see myself able to stick to it for the 8 weeks.

I LOVE the workouts. They're right up my alley right now. They're definitely yoga-esque, but nothing like the yoga I'm used to. I would describe it more as a body weight workout with a fair amount of focus on cor…

Top 10 BEST Workout DVDs of All Time

I own a lot of workout DVDs. A lot. Really a lot. More than a 100. You might say I just love my at-home workouts. As a busy work at home, homeschooling wife and mom I don't think I'd get a workout in if it wasn't for fitness DVDs. I've done them for years and years. I would humbly call myself a bit of an at-home-workout aficionado. Maybe more than a bit... 
People often ask me which exercise DVDs are the best. Well, it took me a while, but I went through my entire collection and picked out the ones I love most. The ones I would recommend to a friend. 
I've compiled a list of the best of the best in exercise DVDs. These are workouts I use again and again no matter how old they are.My go-to workouts, my favorite workouts, my love-to-hate-kick-my-butt-workouts. The ones I would happily recommend to friends.
In no particular order, the top 10 best workout DVDs of all-time (OK, I know DVDs haven't been around that long, but you get it...)
1. Jillian Michaels Banish Fat …