March for Our Lives…

Hey guys. As most of you know, the recent shooting in Parkland, FL really struck a nerve with me and many other Americans. I created a video that has gotten amazing reception, I am so happy that it’s passing the dialogue around. I want to make sure that I do what I can to make a difference. If you have not watched my video yet, I would ask that you give it a look/listen.



This past Saturday, I took part in the March for Our Lives. While, D.C. was the location I really wanted to participate in; my work schedule wouldn’t allow *damn work*. However, any location is progress, so I participated in the Stamford March for Our Lives event. It was so incredibly refreshing to see all the people, of all ages, races and backgrounds, coming together for a greater purpose. To demand change. I truly believe this is just the beginning of a much needed movement in this country. Look below for some awesome pictures from the event I attended…


 

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead


Snowy Sunday’s Call for 2-Ingredient Pancakes…

Hey Guys! Today it is a Winter Wonder Land in CT. I love the cold and snow AND days off from work. I woke up today with a craving for pancakes. They are just warm pools of goodness, am I right or am I right?! However, going down this new life journey of wanting to eat better, whole foods; I was stuck.

Do I give into sweet Krusteaz pancake mix temptation with a butt load of Aunt Jemima syrup and pools of butter oozing down the tower of pancakes, or do I find a healthier alternative? Of course that latter doesn’t seem so appealing after that great description.

However, I have been doing SO well and feeling amazing, so I picked the latter and found a healthy and surprisingly yummy alternative. This recipe is flour free, gluten free, Paleo friendly, and non- gmo. Below, please find an actual picture of the goodness I whipped up this morning! PS- not only was it yummy, but it took .5 seconds to make! (Don’t take me literally here).



*2-Ingredient Pancakes*

  • Equipment
  • Small mixing bowls
  • Dinner fork
  • Cast iron or nonstick griddle or skillet
  • Very thin, wide spatula, like a pancake spatula or fish spatula

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana: Peel the banana and break it up into several big chunks in a bowl. Use a dinner fork to thoroughly mash the banana. Continue mashing until the banana has a pudding-like consistency and no large lumps remain; a few small lumps are okay. You should have 1/3 to 1/2 cup of mashed bananas.
  2. Stir in the eggs: Whisk the eggs together until the yolks and whites are completely combined. Pour the eggs over the banana and stir until the eggs are completely combined. The batter will be very loose and liquidy, more like whisked eggs than regular pancake batter.
  3. Heat a griddle over medium heat: Melt a little butter or warm a little vegetable oil in the pan to prevent sticking, if you like.
  4. Drop the batter on hot griddle: Drop roughly 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle. It should sizzle immediately — if not, turn up the heat slightly.
  5. Cook for about 1 minute: Cook the pancakes until the bottoms look browned and golden when you lift a corner. The edges should also be starting to look set, but the middle will still be loose like barely set Jell-O.
  6. Flip the pancakes: I’ve found it best to do this very gently and fairly slowly — the opposite of regular pancakes. Gently work a spatula about halfway under the pancake, then lift until the unsupported half of the pancake is just barely lifted off the skillet. Lay the pancake back down on its other side. Some of the loose batter will probably spill onto the skillet as you do this; just be sure to lay the pancake on top of the spill and nudge any excess back under the pancake.
  7. Cook for another minute or so: Cook the pancake for another minute or so, until the other side is also golden-brown. You can flip the pancakes a few times if you need to in order to get them evenly browned. (Flipping is much easier once the second side is set!)
  8. Continue cooking the pancakes: Transfer the cooked pancakes to a serving plate and continue cooking the rest of the batter. Keep the finished pancakes warm in the oven if cooking more than a single batch.
  9. Serve warm: These pancakes are best when eaten fresh off the griddle and still warm. Serve with maple syrup, honey, jam, or any extra toppings you’d like.

Courtesy of: The Kitchn


There you have it! I hope you guys enjoy this yummy pancake alternative! I feel 100% guilt free after eating them and again, they really did taste great! If you like this, please spread the love!


***Post Whole30 FAQ***

Hey guys! Here is my highly requested Post Whole30 FAQ! I am so excited to answer a few questions that were sent in! I didn’t want this video to be uuuubbberrr long, so if there is anything you want know that I didn’t address, just email or comment and I will be sure to get back to you!

This video is going to answer great questions in depth. I am going to share my overall take away, weight loss photos, stats, etc. Again, thank you to everyone who supported me and thank you to all of you who tuned in and stuck with me this whole journey! Below, you can find the before and after photos, my stats, my trainer/meal prep chef’s info, Whole 30 books I purchased, and I will share the supplements I use!



*Before Photo*    

*After Photo*

*Measurements*


*Meal Prep Chef and Trainer*

Jalen Holmes

Website/Contact click HERE

Instagram: JalenHolmes6_


*Supplements I Take*

  1. Beef Liver – Vital Proteins- Click HERE to purchase
  2. Ashwagandha – Hanah- Click HERE to purchase
  3. Collagen Beauty Water Powder- Vital Proteins- Click HERE to purchase

I know it might seem like a lot. However, these are only SOME of the supplements I take daily. It is so important to make sure we are fueling our bodies with the minerals and nutrients it needs to run optimally. Sadly, most of our food now, even organic/healthy food, is void of most of the important nutrients and minerals our bodies need. It’s not cheap, but I strongly recommend buying these items. Your body will totally thank you later. *Thank you, Jalen for passing the wisdom along.*


*Whole 30 Books*

Click on each book to purchase!


I truly, truly, hope that this whole process from start to finish has been helpful. Helpful to anyone who was curious, going to start, already started, etc. I hope that we will all take the steps to move towards a happier and healthier life, together! Here’s to a wonderful 2018 and beyond.

 

PS- Any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to drop me an email, comment or DM! You guys are the bestest, I swear.

No Oatmeal, Oatmeal Recipe… *Promise you’ll thank me later*

Hey Guys! So, I was super bummed about the idea of not being able to eat oatmeal once I completed the Whole 30. It is not a part of the Paleo diet, which I am now trying to follow. For many reasons, oats and grains aren’t as great for the body as we have been told. Anyway, getting back to my no oatmeal depression…

I let my mega let down lead me to an amazing no oatmeal, oatmeal recipe that is not only Paleo friendly… it even tastes BETTER than normal oatmeal. Yes, better! Plus, it is suuuuper easy to make! Like running out of the door with two minutes to spare kind of easy. Look below for the recipe…

***Actual photo of the yumminess***


 

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mash your banana and add the Himalayan salt and cinnamon.
  2. Warm the coconut manna/butter in sauce pan over low heat.
  3. When it’s runny and warm remove from the heat and scoop it into the banana mixture.
  4. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

 

I legit purchase everything from Amazon. If you are like me, you can buy it here. Great deal, two pack for $20! Otherwise, I am sure you can find it in Whole Foods or another health food store.

 

There you have it. A simple and amazingly yummy alternative to oatmeal!!! Thank me later, but go enjoy it right now!!!

 

Whole 30 Challenge – Week Three Review…

Yoooo! I have completed my third week of the Whole 30 Challenge. If you are tuning in for the first time, I would definitely recommend watching my week 1+2 review first! Tune in every Tuesday to watch my newest review. Like and subscribe, too! 🙂


 

 


If you are interested in purchasing the Whole 30 book, to read more about what the program is/is like and start for yourself…you can purchase the book in bookstores or online here. If you guys have any questions for me, please comment below or email me. I will be doing an in depth breakdown at the end of the 30 day program, where I will be addressing all questions and concerns!

Email: The_Blogery@yahoo.com

Trainer and Meal Prep Chef: JalenHolmes6_ (Instagram) – Email: JalenCHolmes@yahoo.com