Veggie & Banana Pancakes

We’re officially smack dab in the middle of toddler pickiness when it comes to food. Cheese, granola bars, milk are all fair games (as are any treats we might offer him such as a donut or cookie–though those are rare). Vegetables these days, however, are typically thrown off his tray as soon as they’re placed in front of him. Sometimes he returns to his fruitbat ways and devours kiwi, banana, mango, etc. but typically I find myself fighting to get real nutrients into Jackson’s tiny body. Being pregnant and in the third trimester where my cravings tend to lean towards the sugar food group, I’m not doing much better than our little one in getting in my veggies. This morning I decided to sneak some color into our food so we can both get a much needed nutrient boost, whether we know it or not.

A few months ago Emily posted this recipe for Fluffy Summer Vegetable Pancakes. I decided to recreate it with some adaptations of my own. The result? Epic deliciousness. And healthy to boot! Enjoy 🙂

Veggie & Banana Pancakes
Makes ~15  2.5″ pancakes

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Ingredients:

1c all purpose flour
2/3c + 1/6c white whole wheat flour
2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (if omitted, add additional 1/6c white whole wheat flour)
2 TBSP organic cane sugar (any sugar would work)
4 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP kosher salt
1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1.5c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
2 ripe bananas, smashed
1 TSP vanilla extract
1 TBSP olive oil (or any oil)
1 large zucchini, grated
1 large carrot, shredded
Optional: Chopped walnuts and/or raisins
Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Once combined, add in 2 eggs. Mix. Add milk and mix. Add vanilla, oil & smashed banana. Stir until well combined.
2. Shred carrot & grate zucchini. Pat dry with papertowels to remove excess water and add to pancake mix. Stir until combined.
3. Heat pan over medium heat and spray with nonstick spray. When warm, add batter by spoonful until desired size is created. Add a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, raisins or both while batter is still wet.  I made some with walnuts for me and daddy and some with raisins for Jackson (since he’s still not really able to chew nuts).
4. Wait a minute or two (the edges will begin to turn up and bubble). Flip pancake and let cook on other side until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from heat and repeat.
5. Top with favorite topping and enjoy!

Second Pregnancy: 33 weeks

Life is flying by.  The days are beginning to run together and before I realize it, another week is gone and I find myself standing in our living room bathroom with my stomach sticking out, taking a weekly update picture, thinking I really need to sto procrastinating and clean the mirror already.

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Im officially 33 weeks pregnant and feeling every bit of it. Call it selective memory but I don’t remember having this much pain and discomfort with Jackson (and I weighed 13 more pounds with him by this point). I think a good part of it has to do with inactivity thanks to bed rest, some due to carrying around a 30lb toddler in addition to growing a smal human and the rest I like to attribute to Andrew being bigger than Jackson, though I can’t officially confirm that until our final ultrasound in the next few weeks.

I did some prenatal yoga today. 20 whole minutes in the comfort of my living room with the laptop propped on the tv stand so my crazy, acrobatic toddler couldn’t reach it. I spent the entire time alternating between wanting to cry because it “hurt so good” to wanting to cry because it just downright hurt. I plan to keep it up at least 3 times a week to loosen up my body in preparation of labor. If I go into it as tight and inactive as I am now, there’s no way I’ll survive.

If I make it to 36 weeks (which gut instinct says I will) I have the all clear to swim and run again (haha running, yeah right). I can’t wait t get back int the pool and feel weightless. Running will be there once Andrew comes 🙂

What I’m loving: fruit (especially cold cantaloupe, plums, oranges and mangos), donuts (always), peanut butter and all things chocolate. Also massages, hot hot showers and naps.

Cravings unsatisfied: pizza. Specifically a papa johns pizza smothered in cheese, spicy Italian sausage, black olives, bell peppers, banana peppers, mushrooms, onions and dipped in a heavy coating of their delicious garlic butter. Let’s be honest, it makes the pizza. And it’s crack. Also craving swimming, a deep tissue massage, the ability to breathe when I try to put on my socks, going more than 10 minutes without the urge to pee, running (if I was weightless) and a ice cold smoothie of kale and fruit.

Total weight gain: 18.8lbs (Up 1.4lbs this week)