Last week I embarked on my first ever 7 day green smoothie challenge from Vedged Out. Today, the scales tell me I have lost 3lb which isn’t bad after a week of good, tasty food and in fact more allowance of it per day than I could manage. I wasn’t sure at first but when I looked deeper to see that I didn’t have to count calories and was allowed giant smoothies twice a day, even more giant salads with gorgeous dressings like ranch and tahini and unlimited salsa and a whole cup of houmous to dunk carrots in AND a big bowl of hearty soup or stir fry, I knew this was the challenge for me. And really, it wasn’t all that much a challenge. The only thing I found remotely challenging was trying to plan ahead as I am naturally a very impulsive and instinctive cook who is also very budget driven and uses up what needs using. However, I found ways to entwine my ways into the challenge by going just a little rogue and making my own soups like a Curried Roasted Cauliflower Soup and a Kale Minestrone. I figured, so long as I stuck to the basic proportions of the given soup recipes and didn’t add fat or grains, I’d be fine, and apparently the scale agrees. There’s been very few times in my life where I have lost more than 2lbs in a week, and that has been from illness or stupid teenage ‘nothing but celery’ diets.
Anyhow, today is pancake day. My favourite foodie day of the year after Christmas. I love it. Maybe I love it so much because Mat loves it too and we always have great fun trying and mostly failing to flip pancakes and create weird and wonderful flavour combinations. I also have fond memories of a few years back where my now passed bunny, Binky, made the day when we discovered that he had quite the appetite for pancakes.
One minute they were there, then they were gone. We hadn’t eaten them… then we found him, under the dining table hoarding pancakes. This became Binky’s day as much as ours every year until he passed last summer. So, this year, I must celebrate my second favourite food day of the year for our little Binky and for our greedy selves.
I’ll get back on the smoothie cleanse tomorrow, promise.
A while back I tried the gorgeous Chia Seed Pancakes from Welcome To Abby’s Kitchen and they just brought so much joy with their gorgeous polka dot appearance and were super delicious served with mashed banana and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. These are definitely on the pancake menu today!
Need some more inspiration?
Marzipan Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup
Pistachio Courgette and Hemp Green Pancakes
Or how about some Banana Coconut Pancakes or Apple and Almond Pancakes?
What are you making for pancake day?
Happy Mardi Gras! I love pancakes 🙂 here is my vegan peanut butter pancake recipe that is so yummy – http://milesforthought.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/peanut-butter-pancakes/
Thanks Ani! They look great! 😀
Ummm — total FAIL on my part for not participating in this! My oatmeal doesn’t seem nearly as fun.
😦 Another time!!
These all look scrumptious!
Thank you! I hope you got to enjoy some yummy pancakes too!
Great job, Poppy! Good points made. Eating the right foods is the key to losing weight and being healthy. I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. I don’t starve or deprive myself at all. I eat when I feel hungry. As long as it’s whole foods plant based. I am 44 yrs old (Oh my I just gave away my age..lol) have three teenage kids and weigh 124 lbs. No gimicks, no pills, no crazy diets. I don’t mean to brag (far from it) just making a point. Anyway, thank so much for sharing a link to my chia seed pancake recipe. I’m so excited to know you enjoyed them. Just made my day 😀 Luv ya girl and all you do. Keep up the great work! Muah!!
Abby!! Well, you just blew me away, I’ve seen pictures of you and wow, I would never have put your age anywhere in the 40’s! What an inspiration you are and a sure ‘pin up’ for the benefits of a whole foods plant based diet. You go girl!!!
It’s great to see real women, reaping the rewards without the celebrity staff and doctors.
I love the pancakes, they are so pretty apart from anything else 😀
THANK YOU!!!! XXX
Why thank you, Poppy! You’re like one of my daughters. Do I get to call you ‘sweet pea’ then? hehe 😉
Oh man! Now I want pancakes for supper!
Great post 🙂 Green smoothies are amazing for so many reasons but yes, also weigh loss. My husband lost loads when he was having them twice a day. I am going to have to try Abby’s Chia seed pancakes! Thanks for that link too! I had no time for pancakes today, sadly. I am doing another nutrition course so was super busy with that. Today we were continuing our investigation into protein and specifically why it has been over emphasised and how plant based diets adequately supply us with all our protein needs. Very interesting 🙂
You are so awesome!!! Keep it up!!! Xo
Somer, how great to see you in the blogosphere! I’m totally back on track now after my evening in pancake heaven 😉
I really like the look of those pistachio, courgette and hemp pancakes! A definite must-try
They are a really great way of getting some good healthy foods into a delicious pancake! I think it might be a good way to get kids to eat green stuff!! 😀
Have to agree on the kids bit, I gave mine a spinach and coriander pancake yesterday and he didn’t complain x
That’s what I call mission accomplished mama!! xo
Holy smokes I almost missed Pancake Day!? Your pancakes look so tempting! Green smoothie challenge would definitely have to take the back burner for those. 😉 great job by the way!
Oh my gosh, so glad you caught pancake day in time Sophia!!
I’m back on track for the challenge after my delicious 4 pancakes 😀
I like that you allowed yourself to enjoy pancake day! See you back on the challenge tomorrow!
Tami! Great to have you here! Yes, I had 4 pancakes with a mashed banana and a teaspoon of maple syrup!!! So good and so worth it, totally back on track now 😀
What a sweet story about Binky! Made me laugh out loud picturing him gobbling up pancakes before being discovered. 🙂
Hehe, I know, it is a funny image! Bless him! Glad you enjoyed it, thank you 😀
Wow, well done on the green smoothie challenge! When you first mentioned it I was seeing visions of ‘just juice’ for an entire week but it definitely sounds like the menu was very generous and absolutely delish! But anyway, back to these divine looking pancakes. I am so, so impressed… they look gorgeous. I never would’ve thought of adding mashed banana on the top but it looks great! xx
I tried adding mashed banana once just on a whim when I had a single browning banana and I’ve done it ever since now! It’s especially delicious with a bit of coconut butter melting over too!
Oh I could NEVER do a ‘just juice’ challenge! No way, I’m too greedy! But, this was great, I can still cook and east tonnes of food! I’m continuing in to my second week now 😀 xx
I love Somer’s green smoothy recipes too, they really fill you up,…good for you. Xxx these pancakes all lok so appetizing & fabuliscious too..x
They really do fill you up and with 2 litre sized smoothies a day on this challenge, it’s impossible to be hungry! xx
Happy (belated) Pancake Day! Your pancakes look really tasty!
Thank you, I hope you enjoyed some yummy pancakes too! 😀
I need to try more pancakes! Thanks for the lovely post!
Pancakes are the best! 😀