Small Acts Of Kindness Plus Nonveggie Veggie Pancakes

by TaylorR

Another week is almost behind us. It’s be a whirlwind type of week for me and I am quite ecstatic to move on.

Wednesday we placed my grandmother in hospice. While we’ve known for sometime that this day would come, it never gets easy. Time with family and allowing emotions to run freely has been key.

But when it comes down to it, work must continue on so I was still teaching boot camps and walking in with a happy face and energized persona ready to lead.

Which brings me to this event that completely changed my day… 

I didn’t bring up my family drama to boot camp. Who wants to hear about death? Sadness? My clients are there to have a positive and uplifting experience!

For one class in particular, I left my issues at the door and came in wanting nothing more than to get lost in fitness. I love my boot campers, they are part of my family.

At the end of class, one client approached me with a card, handed it to me and walked away.

Never one to be able to wait, I opened it when I got to my car.

Inside was a wonderful card simply thanking me for caring and working so hard to make sure each class is a success, along with a giftcard to Starbucks.

I cried.

She had no idea what my day had been like, yet someone knew I needed this. At that precise moment, that card turned my day from shitty to blessed.

I can not put into words how thankful I am, I can only say those two words: Thank You. 

It’s amazing how a small act of kindness can go such a long way.

Now I must pay it forward.

I’ll start by sharing this pancake recipe!

The Nonveggie Veggie Pancake

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Did you know that February is National Pancake Month? It is, so during that time I am going to share a new recipe every single week. After all, I am pancake obsessed so why not celebrate?

I know it’s not February yet, but I finally perfected this recipe and didn’t want to put it off any longer!

Remember a while back I mentioned I was trying to eat vegetables with ALL my meals? Since I love pancakes, I had to get creative for my breakfasts.

These pancakes are loaded with yummy nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and protein. Yes they have vegetables in them, but I promise you, you can not tell.

If you have a kid that doesn’t like veggies, make these and call them “Hulk Pancakes!”

Same goes for husbands.

As for me, I love the fact that they have vegetables in them.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 Cup Oats (I used gluten-free)
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxmeal (optional, you can use 1 tbsp extra oats if needed)
  • 1/2 Cup Spinach (or Zucchini)
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/3 Banana*
  • 3 Tbsp Water (or almond milk)
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Packet Stevia (optional)

*For the banana, I break off what I need and freeze the remainder for smoothies.

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Directions: 

  1. Blend everything together, I use a magic bullet for ease.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium heat and slowly pour batter in. I often pour 1/2 in, then after about 30 seconds (the bottom begins to cook) I pour in the remainder to make an extra thick and fluffy cake. This keeps it from running out too much.
  3. Cook ~2-3 minutes per side, or until little bubbles begin to form. Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Remove, top with peanut butter, syrup, honey, fresh fruit, etc and enjoy!

Whats your favorite type of pancake? 

I know it’s so predictable, but I LOVE chocolate chip pancakes. I just don’t eat them often enough!

 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim @ Roaming Raspberry January 17, 2014 at 6:32 am

Cards are the best! They mean so much during a hard time! Put that baby up on the fridge as a reminder for when you’re feeling blue. I’m truly sorry to hear about your grandma, I know she’s been having troubles for a year or so. Just remember you’ve got people that love you and you can lean on us anytime you need to! Love ya Kindal!

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TaylorR January 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Cards are the best. Yes, she’s been a trouper for exactly a year now, put up a hard fight but its time for her to go be an angel. Thank you, love ya too!

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Erica January 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

awwwwwwwwwwww!! Thats perfect. Your clients ROCK! I want to make these pancakes. Josh and I both love spinach. THese would be a great brinner!! Enjoy your weekend <3 <3

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TaylorR January 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm

They really do rock! Def try them, let me know what ya think!

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lindsay January 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

oh friend, so sorry about your grandma. But you are so supportive so it’s nice to see your clients caring for you when needed. I’m always here for you too!

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TaylorR January 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Thanks so much. I have the best clients ever and blends!

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Kim January 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I’m sorry that your week has been so rough.
But, I’m super happy that one of your clients made your day without even knowing you really needed it!!!
I will be thinking about you – I know it is a hard time!

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TaylorR January 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Thank you so much Kim, it means a lot. I really do have the best clients!

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Karen - Fit in France January 18, 2014 at 1:43 am

My favorite pancake are pumpkin with coconut flour or almond flour. I used to have toast every day and since I have started eating pancakes I am no longer hungry in the morning, they freeze up beautifully.

You are so right about random acts of kindness – they really do go a very long way. Recently I sent my 12 year old daughter to the store to buy a couple groceries. At the checkout she was missing about $2. A nice elderly women gave them to her so she could get all the groceries. Besides the fact that next time I will give her more money than she needs, I am very thankful for that random act of kindness towards my daughter and think of that woman often.

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TaylorR January 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Yum! It’s amazing how filling they are! I always mean to freeze a big patch but then laziness takes over.
That was very kind of that lady!

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