Salad and Pancakes? Works for me!

by Jen on May 2, 2011

In general, I would say that I’m a pretty normal eater. I’m not big on weird combinations and I’m not very picky. But there are days when a little randomness makes its way into my meals.

Take Sunday, for example.

It started with a plain bowl of oatmeal. For most people this is not weird but for those of you who read my blog you will notice the absence of mix ins, nut butter and jam. I was feeling plain and simple – oats, salt, cinnamon, almond milk, water, brown sugar and a sprinkle of chia seeds, because I just couldn’t help myself.

This was just the breakfast I needed to fuel me through teaching a 90 minute hot yoga class. I wasn’t sure how I would like teaching on Sunday mornings but I’m finding that it’s my favorite class. I just love the vibe in the room and having 90 minutes to really get everything in.

After class I came home and got a quick three miles in (8:20 pace!!!) before getting ready for a photo shoot for my instructor bio on Y2 Yoga’s website. Here is a sneak peek…I will post more later!

The shoot was with Wanda June Koch who is the guru in Charlotte for beautiful portraits and she does a phenomenal job with anything related to yoga/dance/movement. This was my second time working with Wanda (the first was for the Lululemon shoot a few weeks ago) and she is just amazing!

I booked it back to the studio after the shoot to practice in the afternoon hot class but things didn’t really go as planned. I unrolled my mat and my mindset kind of shifted. I just didn’t want to be there. At all. I was tired, hungry and wanting to be home with Brandon. Normally, I would tough it out but 20 minutes into the 90 minute class I decided to quit fighting with my mind and get out of there. Best decision I made all day. I came home and spent the afternoon cleaning and organizing and as a result I feel 100 times more sane.

So back to the subject matter that I started this post with…we decided to have pancakes for dinner but I was feeling extreme guilt for not having any vegetables during the day. So I made a salad.

And then I ate pancakes!

I used this recipe but subbed half whole wheat flour and added blueberries.

Salad + Pancakes = awesome Sunday night dinner! :D

And a quick look at today’s eats because they were just super tasty and we can’t miss out on them.

Breakfast at work after teaching BodyPump was apple cinnamon oatmeal in a nearly empty Trader Joe’s peanut butter jar. Mmmm….

Lunch at home was a salad with spinach, mixed greens, dried fruit, almonds, carrots, grape tomatoes, feta and chickpeas. Honey dijon lemon vinaigrette.

Afternoon snack was green tea and Greek yogurt.

And finally, a late dinner after subbing a hot yoga class tonight. Herbs de Provence Chicken with Orzo – so easy and so delicious! I posted the recipe on Bakin’ and Eggs.

Salad and pancakes…would you do it? What weird food combinations do you eat?

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elle May 3, 2011 at 1:53 am

I hit the link to look at your pancake recipe… am always looking for new ones… and it didn’t work for me.

I would love to see it. Can you take a minute to check?

Thanks so much.

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2 Jen May 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

Elle – I fixed the link. Thanks for the head’s up!

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3 S @ extremebalance.net/blog May 3, 2011 at 2:20 am

I’ve done worse. :)

So enlighten me: etiquette doesn’t prevent you from leaving a class 20 minutes in?

Good to know—because I’ve been contemplating some hot yoga, but my first brush up against some “definitely warm but still not truly hot” yoga nauseated me terribly, and I’ve been too afraid to try the hot out of fear of the same. If I can leave, however, I think I might be brave enough to give it a shot!!

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4 Jen May 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

so about leaving class early…it’s definitely not something that i normally do. i try to be on time and stay all the way through savasana just because i think it’s the right thing to do for the teacher and my practice. that said, i am really lucky to work/practice at a really laid back studio where it’s totally okay to come and go as you need to.

regarding your struggle with nausea in warmer classes, it’s actually encouraged to stay in the room even if you have to stay in child’s pose the entire class. obviously, you should listen to your body and leave if you need to but it can take a while to get your body accustomed to the heat!

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5 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) May 3, 2011 at 3:40 am

Salad and pancakes? Sounds like the perfect combo to me! :)

And I LOVE that photo of you!! You look STUNNING and I can’t wait to see the others!! :D

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6 Sarah May 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

love the salad and pancakes combo, I’d do just about anything to enjoy some pancakes tho! Might I suggest subbing out syrup or whatever your topping of choice and spreading on some peanut butter…yum :) by the way (finally) made it to your class on Sunday…loved it!! I really enjoyed your style and the flow of the class. If I didn’t know any better, I would have never guessed you were a newbie! Afterwards I was so glad I got my booty outta bed for it. Keep up the good work! Oh yeah, playlist rocked too!

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7 Jen May 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

sarah – thank you so much for coming to class on sunday and for the kind words about my teaching style and playlist! i’m glad you got out of bed too!!! :D

so on the topic of weird food combinations, i usually top my pancakes with almond butter, plain greek yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup. my husband always asks me why i can’t leave them alone and eat them like a normal person…so sunday night i kept it simple with a little butter and maple syrup! ;)

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8 Brooke @ Veggie Table May 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

I would definitely eat pancakes and salad! :) From what my husband says, I eat / drink a lot of weird things – pickle juice, cilantro on everything, hot sauce on anything, orange or water in my cereal (instead of milk), and cold day-old coffee!

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9 Becca B May 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

beautiful picture!! so pretty!

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10 erin May 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

At least you got your veggies in! Healthy then sweet–can’t go wrong with that!

Love the instructor photo. It’s great that such an amazing teaching opportunity opened up for you.

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11 Brittney May 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

Ah, love your yoga photo!! I think I have you beat on the weird meal combo. Last night I had popcorn, a pear, and half a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios for dinner. Needless to say, that was not a blog worthy meal…haha. I think every once in a while we all just eat random things!

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12 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) May 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

I need to make orzo- I love it when I’m out to eat :)

That pic of you is beautiful!

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13 Marie May 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Wow! Your photo looks gorgeous! It came out so well and I can’t wait to see the others! :) Is that the one you’re choosing?

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14 Jen May 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

hi marie – thanks! i actually ended up choosing another one where you can see my face more! i’ll post it soon – just didn’t want to do overload on self portraits on the blog! :)

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15 Jen May 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Abolutely gorgeous picture!!! I love it!

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16 Alaina May 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Salad and pancake combo is great. Especially if the salad has dried fruit, nuts and cheese in it. I think they compliment each other well!

And I am totally in agreeance on that picture. It is stunning! :-)

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17 Meghan @ StruggleMuffins May 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

You’re awesome :) I love that you left yoga when you weren’t feeling it. It can be hard to be true to yourself and go with your instincts sometimes – especially when you’re feeling pressured by others or by yourself to stick it out – and I think its inspiring that you did it. I have a lot of dinners that start with a salad and end with something breakfasty like pancakes or oatmeal – more power to ya :)

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18 Hollie May 4, 2011 at 7:33 am

You look so pretty in your pic and I love your haircut. I think after looking at your blog now for a long time im going to have to try those overnight oats.

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19 beatrice March 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm

why suddenly you eat so plain for the oats?i usually will not add nut butter or jam like you but i’ll add lots of things like egg white, carob, or sth crunchy(but when i add granola i’ll add more than the oatmeal base so it’s not so healthy)

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