Since Sam and I are pretty much on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to food we thought it would be an interesting idea if I did a WIAW. While we both eat as clean and healthy as possible, I eat meat and she doesn’t. Also unlike Sam, my meals don’t often change much. I’m a pretty consistent meat and potatoes kind of guy… or should I say chicken and rice? I’m not huge on adding tons of spices to my food, and where Sam eats because everything she makes is amazingly delicious, I have to admit that most of the time I eat purely for fuel. Which is fine with me because I inhale it so fast I sometimes don’t taste it! When you eat as much as I do….. well let me put it this way, do you enjoy breathing and savor every breath? I doubt you even think twice about it – that’s pretty much eating for me! :).
Last week I was approached by a regular I see in the gym. He asked me how many meals I eat a day. I had to smile as I replied, I never stop eating…. I wasn’t trying to be a smart ass, it was the truth. In a world where everyone’s trying to lose weight, here I am going against the grain and am trying to gain – 15 pounds to be exact.
Bulking isn’t always easy and there are days when I have to coax myself into eating a few more bites because I’m so full. Ever try to do hot yoga with a stomach full of food – lol, its not pretty. Most people I talk to think I can just go out and binge eat on anything I want. It’s not that simple when you’re trying to gain quality mass over quantity mass. Luckily I have Sam that helps make food so incredibly delicious (and healthy!), I can’t help but eat more. So when she’s having 2 pancakes, I’m usually eating 6 or 10.
Weekdays when I work I typically blend a massive smoothie of greens, oats, peanut butter, fruit, a few scoops of protein powder, and almond milk. I try to get in a minimum 700 calories with that shake. Sunday evenings I meal prep for the beginning part of the week to make enough for about 2 to 3 meals each day at work. This week it’s chicken seasoned with low sodium season salt, brown rice, and veggies. In between those meals I’m snacking on low sodium almonds.
I’ve had a lot of almonds. The ones that taste like strawberries, the ones with wasabi sauce. These are still the best and I go through about a bag a week…. Sam’s been known to help and I’ve had to hide them from her. We may share a lot… but I draw the line on Almonds and Peanut Butter! Kidding!… I’m really not.
I also snacked on a few of these Pumpkin Gingerbread cookies. Recipe coming soon!
I’ve eaten oatmeal for my ore-workout meal for as long as I can remember. 2 servings of oats, water, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and raspberries. Post workout I’m usually eating Fage Yogurt, with almond milk, protein powder, fruit, and a pop-tarts all mixed into a giant bowl. Red Velvet pop-tarts are amazing!
Before I go to bed I down another shake but I won’t bore you with that picture!
This weekend my post workout meal Chipolte, my favorite place to dine out! I washed it down with a Coca-Cola for the sugar and carbs after a HEAVY day of legs. Gasp, did he just say Coca-Cola???!!! Burrito bowl with double chicken.
Sam’s step dad had a birthday this past week so when we went to celebrate. I got a grilled prime rib and a baked potato with a salad. The family got dessert to go along with dinner, carrot cake. I personally would have went red velvet…. pop-tart. Anyway, this inspired Sam to create an amazing Carrot Cake Pancake – they are SO good… I know I say this every time, but seriously y’all need to make these… I still have no idea what that green weed on my plate is, I didn’t eat it.
So below is the cake that inspired…. I don’t know who took the picture of this cake, but it was NOT me! Fail on the food blogging photo.
- 1 banana mashed
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 tbs. oat flour
- 2 scoops pea protein
- 2 tbs. coconut flour
- 6 egg whites
- 2 large carrots grated (about ½ cup)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 6-8 scoops stevia
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp nut meg
- Optional but SO not optional:
- 2 tbs walnuts chopped
- 2 tbs raisins
- Grate carrots and set aside in a bowl.
- Mix mashed banana and applesauce in a large bowl. Add egg whites and combine thoroughly.
- Add dry ingredients, vanilla extract,spices and stevia.. Mix until all dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
- Add grated carrots, walnuts and raisins.
- Spoon onto a hot griddle that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray (coconut oil).
- You may need to help the pancakes out by spreading them out into mananageble rounds.
- Cook 4-5 minutes over medium heat.
- Flip pancakes and cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until done.
- Serve with maple coconut butter frosting.
These pancakes wouldn’t have been the same without the maple frosting. To get that recipe head over to our Scary Good Pumpkin Cookies.
What About You?
- Anyone else trying to add some mass for the winter, or am I the only one?!
- Ever have a dessert that sparked inspiration – what did you make? Did it turn out to be awesome?
- Am I the only one who gets approached in the gym? Have an interesting story about it?