Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes & other scrumptiousness!

While I’m down (not out–NEVER out!) with the sciatica, I’m making sure to stay on point with my food.

You see these little “inspirational” posters all over Pinterest:

abs are made in the kitchen
{My boobs would look like that, too, if I held them up–just saying.}

I’m a believer. I’m not able to go all H.A.M. in the gym at the moment, but I can at least make sure that I’m not slumped over on the couch with a bucket of KFC and Ben & Jerry’s eating my emotions, haha.

I’ve been making all kinds of scrumptious goodies to make sure I’m getting a great mix of my proteins, complex carbs & the rest of the good stuff.

One was Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes. I promised I’d blog my recipe so here it is:

Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes -- Cherie Runs This

1 egg
3 tbsp. egg whites
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup oats
1/2 cup sweet potato puree

I blended it all together in my Nutribullet and made pancakes in a skillet like you normally would! Since people love to know EXACTLY which brands I used, let me see if I can remember–Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Whey, Horizon Organic Skim Milk, 2% cottage cheese, and organic sweet potato puree. That’s about as specific as I can get or it even matters. Do your own thing and get creative! 🙂 {I’m sooooo not a recipe/food blogger, can you tell?! Haha, I’m like, oh, just use whatever…Haa.}

Here are some pics of other things I’ve made recently. And haha, nope. No recipes for those–I either just Googled (Google is your friend and will respond faster than I usually get a chance to) it, adapted it on my own, or made it up as I went. That’s the fun of it!

Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast -- Cherie Runs This
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast encrusted with Crushed Almonds

Clean Eating Ground Beef and Red Quinoa Stuffed Peppers -- Cherie Runs This
Grass-fed Ground Beef & Red Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Almond Crusted Crispy Chicken Nuggets -- Cherie Runs This
Almond Crusted Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Indian Spiced & Greek Yogurt Chicken Bites with Red Quinoa -- Cherie Runs This
Indian Spiced & Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Bites with Red Quinoa

Hard Boiled Egg, Plain Greek Yogurt & Berries snack
Hard Boiled Egg with Plain Greek Yogurt & Berries snack

Big zucchini -- Cherie Runs This
Received a crazy huge zucchini from a coworker and…

Clean Eating Zucchini Muffins -- Cherie Runs This

Made Clean Eating Zucchini Muffins, pasta & sliced up extra to save

Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry with Old Bay
Shrimp & Broccoli Stir Fry with Old Bay

Omelette -- Cherie Runs This
Omelette with Spinach, Tomato, Mushrooms, & Ham

Mozarella Stuffed Turkey Meatball Bites -- Cherie Runs This
Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatball Bites

So yes, I’ve clearly been cooking and eating. I think eating healthy can be delicious. I don’t feel deprived and feel like my body is happier with these choices! And yes, it is happy with the occasional piece(s) of dark chocolate. Or a cookie. Definitely the cookie. Haa. BALANCE! 😉