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Happiness is….

Happiness is seeing the first flowers of the season poking their noses out of the ground.


Happiness is wearing flip flops on a sunny day.


Happiness is meeting a giant turtle on your bike ride in the sun.


Happiness is Protein Ice Cream after working out.


[frozen blueberries, frozen peaches, protein powder, xanthan gum]

Happiness is a Larabar on said bike ride….


…enjoyed with your feet dangling off the side of a dock.


Happiness is green grass.


But most of all, happiness is waking up the first morning of spring break and realizing that you have an entire week to do nothing but sleep, eat, and watch Jersey Shore.

And make pancakes.

Or should I say….a Bancake?


Power Protein Bancake

Serves 1


  • 1/4 cup buckwheat, quinoa, or amaranth flour
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I roll with Vega Sport Vanilla)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • liquid of choice (water, non-dairy milk)


  1. Preheat your oven/toaster oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a cake pan with coconut oil.
  2. Mix all of your dry ingredients together, and then add liquid until you reach a pancake-battery consistency (not too thick, but thin enough to spread out).
  3. Pour your batter into your cake pan and bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes, and then plate and serve. Top with chia seed gel, nut butter, whateva suits your fancy:)


I topped mine with Chia Seed Jam made of…

[1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tbsp. carob powder, 1 tsp. maca, 1 tsp. acai, and 10 drops of vanilla stevia]

And defrosted frozen blueberries and blackberries:) See the one on the bottom right? It was HUGE. Biggest blackburry I have ever seen.


Get ready to be obsessed. It’s the pancake for all of us when we’d rather not bust out a pan and risk burning perfectly good batter. Or, when we want cake for breakfast.

Hence, the Baked Pancake = the Bancake.

This stuff tasted and smelled like Nilla Wafers. And vanilla cake.

It was love at first whiff.





The stats? 37 grams of protein [with toppings] in this mother effer. Sorry if that language offends you, it’s something to embrace.

Talk about a protein punch.

I’m off to go on my long run with the Padre and his work buddy – who is a Harvard grad. Whatwhaaaaat

See you tomorrow babydolls! Coming up is a reader’s request. The topic? Why I chose this school.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday chickadees:)

Finish this sentence:

Happiness is…




Filed under Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegan

Back in the Game

Good morning lovlies! I’m so sorry I’ve been off the radar forever! I cannot believe how incredibly swamped I’ve been with school, work, running, and the many events of senior year.

In fact, I’ve been so swamped with my life that, in order to keep a balance in my life, I had to quit my job. *Sad face*

No, I’m not a quitter, for all y’all meanies out there.

When it comes to life, my philosophy is that priorities should always be:

  1. You
  2. Your family
  3. Your relationships with others
  4. Your responsibilities (whether that be school, work, etc.)

For me, if one begins to disrupt a part of my life that’s higher up on the list, it’s time to do some prioritizing.

So I did.

Sorry, job, my grades and my sanity are a bit more important than you 😉

In honor of my prioritizing, I also took some time to re-organize my desk space, newly dubbed “The Office”.



Ahhh! Messy mess = messy head. If my workspace is cluttered, so is my noggin.

And with a wave of my magic wand…


IMG_2906 Ahhh, much better 🙂

Unfortunately, I also came down with a terrible stomach illness Monday night that’s been going around my school – gladly, no puking over here!

The thought not only terrifies me, but also is just nasty. I avoid it at every and all costs.

I hated missing school (hello, make-up work!), but I needed the rest.

I was sure to eat nutritious food, drink some ginger tea, and watch some juicy talk shows – including The Doctors.

Have you ever seen this show? I was surprised that I kind of liked it!

I was expecting some hokey, mainstream show but they actually gave some really great advice, like writing down 5 things that make you truly happy (smile!) and thinking about them every day.

Here’s my 5:

  • Spending time with people I love
  • Cooking something beautiful
  • Making others smile
  • Learning about things that interest me
  • The “wow” feeling I sometimes get when I realize how much I’m capable of

What’s your 5?

That’s all until lunch, lovies! I’m gonna have to get y’all caught up with my life in a series of posts, as it appears – I have so much to say! Including the aforementioned recipes.

It’s time for my morning run, so see you later! Enjoy the rest of your morning 🙂




Filed under Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized